Jewish Journal

Elyse Glickman

  • Wedding dress elegance, embellished

    1 week ago

    When Sabrina Dahan gets married in August, she won’t be wearing just any dress — it will be one she designed herself. 

    The experience of preparing for her own nuptials has been eye-opening for the 28-year-old designer, who debuted her eponymous line of made-to-order gowns in...

  • European travel: Should I stay or should I go?

    2 weeks ago

    Three days before I was to depart for Europe on a river cruise traversing the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium, I woke up to the news that terrorists had detonated explosives at Brussels’ airport and one of the city’s metro stations, killing more than 30 victims and...

  • A millennial in the modern business world

    February 25, 2016 | 11:29 am

    While still in her 20s, L.A. native Elana Joelle Hendler had already fulfilled one of her dreams: She created a successful luxury lifestyle business, EJH Brands, based on her artwork. Hendler produces candles, home décor accessories and wildlife-themed art prints that have drawn...

  • Tips to consider before you reach your destination (wedding)

    February 10, 2016 | 3:25 pm

    For Jewish couples contemplating a destination wedding, Israel is often the first country that comes to mind. But the Promised Land isn’t always an option, nor is it every couple’s dream wedding location. Every couple has its own definition of paradise — the choices can seem...

  • Todd Bird

    December 30, 2015 | 1:29 pm

    In the 1990s, Todd Bird was a Hollywood nightlife mover and shaker and promoter. He opened Hollywood’s first mixed martial arts gym at the turn of the millennium. In the years that followed, he soared in the call-center business. However, Bird’s drug addiction ran concurrent with...

  • Teachers get a lesson in propaganda

    December 9, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    Propaganda can come in many forms — even board games.

    When local educators gathered Dec. 5 for a teaching workshop presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, they were exposed to World War II-era posters, films, photographs and a disturbing board game from the...

  • Why bar mitzvah DJs charge the big bucks

    November 24, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    Even though weddings, corporate parties and birthday celebrations keep DJs busy throughout the year, a new study reveals that you’ll probably pay more for one to play “Hava Nagila”  — or anything else — at a bar or bat mitzvah.

    The national survey results, released earlier this...

  • Filling the gap: The case for a post-high school year in Israel

    November 11, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Although the notion of taking a year’s break between high school and college appeals to many young people, parents often think a year abroad is a luxury of the privileged. However, counselor Phyllis Folb argues that a gap year can be an essential component of a young Jewish adult’s...

  • Brand-new labs, advanced equipment prep students for sci-tech careers

    October 6, 2015 | 11:07 am

    While Jewish day schools across Los Angeles have always tried to keep children and teens rooted in their ancient faith, new programs are now helping students develop the skills and creativity needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

    Over the past decade, secular and...

  • Masa Israel broadens study-abroad options

    August 26, 2015 | 11:16 am

    Many college students have romantic notions of studying abroad in places like Italy or France, but Aaron White found himself at Tel Aviv University thanks to Masa Israel Journey, a program that connects young Jewish adults with study-abroad, internship and volunteer opportunities...

  • Embracing senior moments with humor, insight

    August 19, 2015 | 11:50 am

    Aging — and dying — may be an inevitability, but it need not be a tragedy. Just ask octogenarian Bernard Otis, the author of “How to Prepare for Old Age (Without Taking the Fun Out of Life),” who has learned through personal experience, extensive observation and interviews that...

  • Einstein Charter Schools expand to Beverly Hills

    August 12, 2015 | 2:17 pm

    The Albert Einstein Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences (AEA) marked the start of the 2015-16 school year with the opening of its new Odyssey Academy, a school serving kindergarten through fifth grades in Beverly Hills on the site of Temple Emanuel’s former day school. This will...

  • An optimistic entrepreneur earns his (Akiva) Stripes

    July 8, 2015 | 3:20 pm

    While some people wear their hearts on their sleeves, Georgia native Cameron Alpert prefers the front of a T-shirt or a hoodie. That’s what led him to start Akiva Stripe, a Los Angeles-based and Jewish-inspired urban clothing line, with the hope that others will proudly do the...

  • Finding roots in Israel

    June 30, 2015 | 10:27 am

    l though Birthright and other identity-instilling trips to Israel for young adults have gotten a lot of Jewish media attention, there is another subset of the Jewish population — baby boomers — looking for a similar experience in Israel that transcends the leisure vacation. 


  • Here comes the groom-ing!

    June 25, 2015 | 4:39 pm

    Step aside, brides — those indulgent pre-wedding salon, spa and grooming gatherings are no longer exclusively your domain! Grooms, it’s your turn for a luxurious pre-wedding makeover and grooming session. To ensure you’ll look tip-top in your tux and tie, we’ve consulted local...

  • Takeout on Christmas isn’t the only Jewish connection to China

    April 23, 2015 | 1:12 am

    Hong Kong, like the favorite neighborhood Chinese restaurants that so often bring American-Jewish families together on non-Jewish holidays, is a welcoming expanse that offers delicacies for every taste. It’s a captivating blend of futuristic architecture and rough-hewn...

  • Scoping out the senior scene

    April 15, 2015 | 10:35 am

    Why take Max Izenberg’s advice on what’s going on around town? Because the retired nutritionist knows what’s good for you. 

    Izenberg built her career on helping people and being well-informed, qualities she’s found useful in gathering and sharing information with an extended...

  • Rethinking the ‘Birthright’: A trip to the Israel for adults

    April 15, 2015 | 10:15 am

    Birthright trips to Israel are the ultimate opportunity for young Jewish adults to get face-to-face with the places and history that shape their Jewish identity. But what about more mature adults who never got that chance?

    Stacy Wasserman believes she has the answer in her L’Dor...

  • Skills-focused camp program takes summer to the ‘Max’

    March 26, 2015 | 11:58 am

    Jewish summer camp is full of tradition, but that’s not stopping Kibbutz Max Straus in Glendale from rolling out Kibbutz Explorations, four special core programs designed especially for 21st-century teens and tweens.

    Campers ages 12 to 15 enrolled in the program this summer will...

  • A Jewish state grows in Basel

    February 25, 2015 | 11:00 am

    Basel, Switzerland, could be thought of as the cradle of modern Zionism. It was here that the First Zionist Congress was held in 1897, and the city remains a pilgrimage site for many American and Israeli Jews.

    One of the most powerful and attractive locations that still draws...

  • A dress to impress…after the wedding

    December 11, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    You spent serious time and money picking out the right wedding dress, taking great care to ensure the perfect look. With that kind of commitment, it would be a shame to allow those investments to waste away after the big day, disappearing into the fashion graveyard of a dry...

  • JNET: Jewish professionals networking and shmoozing

    October 23, 2014 | 11:50 am

    Forget the gold watch for 50 years of service at one firm. For many baby boomers and Gen X-ers, starting one’s own business has become more of a necessity than an alternative career path. As a result, professional networking groups have sprung up throughout the United States to...

  • A passion for antique purses

    October 23, 2014 | 11:02 am

    Lori Blaser’s home is a shrine to women’s handbags. With 2,500 pieces in her collection — the oldest of which dates back to the 16th century — she displays her treasures with the eye of a skilled interior decorator (which she is). Beaded and mesh bags nonchalantly dangle from the...

  • L.A. Cancer Challenge:  Running for lives of others

    October 14, 2014 | 10:36 am

    When thousands of racers line up at the Veterans Affairs grounds in West Los Angeles on Oct. 26, it will be to raise awareness for a devastating type of cancer sometimes linked to mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that are more prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews.

    But it’s not...

  • Photojournalist Phil Stern: From WWII to James Dean

    September 10, 2014 | 1:06 pm

    Some life journeys are so epic, it seems there’s no way they could be captured, even in a Hollywood movie. And yet, as it turned out, all photojournalist Phil Stern needed was his trusty camera.  

    A heralded chronicler of World War II and Hollywood icons such as James Dean and...

  • Keeping Jewish young adults engaged in Judaism

    September 3, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    Heading off to college is usually seen as an exciting, colorful rite of passage. But, as rabbis at several local synagogues have observed, those steps toward adult independence often come with uncertainty and a need for an additional support system beyond Mom and Dad.

    That, they...

  • Event planners cater to vegetarians and vegans

    August 20, 2014 | 10:46 am

    The prospect of finding satisfying wedding or b’nai mitzvah reception food has long been daunting to most vegetarians and vegans, no matter how expertly the dishes are executed. Sides and substitutions can only fill up a person so much. 

    Those who’ve done their family celebration...

  • Hava’s Kitchen: Healthy home-cooked comfort food with global flavors

    August 13, 2014 | 10:21 am

    There’s nothing more comforting than a home-cooked meal — even if it’s not cooked in your home. 

    While the hectic pace of everyday life and two-income homes have made the fresh-prepped meal an endangered species, healthy food delivery services like Hava’s Kitchen are doing their...

  • Giving your leftovers to charity

    July 16, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Anybody who has grown up in a Jewish home and attended key family functions, from bar mitzvahs to weddings, knows that the food served during celebration is the life of the party.  

    It’s comforting to know, though, that meals created to celebrate life also can help sustain it for...

  • Building a positive outlook: Yosef Nemanpour

    June 11, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    Shalhevet High School
    Going to
    : Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah; Yeshiva University

    Yosef Nemanpour knows the difference between being a bystander in life and an “upstander,” Shalhevet High School’s widely used term to describe someone who constantly interacts with his world at large...

  • Seeing Seville

    June 4, 2014 | 11:42 am

    In Spain’s fourth-largest city, Seville, the Juderia (Jewish quarter) is a vibrant maze of brightly painted buildings, vest-pocket-sized parks, sidewalk cafes, flamenco-show venues and boutiques. 

    While this should come as no surprise — it is the area’s social and commercial...

  • Bar/Bat mitzvah attire that inspires

    May 16, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    Un Deux Trois features looks for girls designed by Beverly Shorkend.

    Back in the day, b’nai mitzvah fashion was oh-so-simple. Boys often dressed as their dad’s mini-me, while girls either donned something frilly or severe (many moms, no doubt, remember the omnipresent Gunne Sax...

  • Just add water

    May 14, 2014 | 3:01 pm

    While some local families opt for bar or bat mitzvah celebrations in synagogues or hotel ballrooms, others are drawn to a more intimate destination with a stunning backdrop: the Pacific Ocean. 

    There’s a certain romance tied to beachfront weddings, and that appeal extends to...

  • Wayne Feinstein: Following his gut instincts

    March 12, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    Benjamin Feinstein, by all accounts, was an exceptional young man. By the time he was a high school senior, his grades assured acceptance to numerous top universities. He also excelled all four years on his high school’s varsity basketball and golf teams, and had a huge and loyal...

  • Camp fair pitches many tents

    February 12, 2014 | 4:31 pm

    If there’s anything the upcoming “Summer Days” camp fair proves, it’s that day camps are as diverse as the kids who attend them. 

    The second annual fair — featuring more than 50 day camps from 30 ZIP codes — takes place Feb. 23 at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel Air from 1-4 p.m....

  • Sidonia Lax: A survivor marches with the living

    January 2, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    Sidonia Lax, now 86, survived the Holocaust but won’t let that define her. “I am a thriver,” she said. A stroll through her Sherman Oaks home is proof — her walls overflow with decades of family photos and mementos of her work as a member of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council...

  • Leslye Adelman: Feeding body and soul

    January 2, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    While some synagogue sanctuaries are adorned with fresh flowers, the bimah of Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village is lined with towers of fresh apples and oranges. Although the décor, devised by Leslye Adelman, is stylish, it is also functional. Every Monday, the fruit moves to...

  • New and improved: These upgraded wedding venues aim to add ‘wow’ to your vows

    October 22, 2013 | 10:56 am

    Some brides look for the hottest new places for their wedding ceremonies and receptions. Others are interested in staging their nuptials at L.A. mainstays. There are places, however, that offer the best of both worlds — locations that are definitively part of the local DNA, yet...

  • Fighting cancer: From loss to action

    September 18, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    A calming shade of purple punctuates the Manhattan Beach office of the woman who founded the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). In one corner, two teddy bears with purple ribbons add a comforting touch to the “living room” setting where Pamela Acosta Marquardt meets with...

  • At long last, lasting love

    September 18, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Encino lawyer Jeremy Karpel’s home has an art gallery feel to it, with an eclectically decorated living room spilling out into an elegantly landscaped yard. During one recent weekend, it was the perfect backdrop for a party commemorating his grandparents’ anniversary, filled with...

  • Jewish culture adds spice to Santa Fe

    August 28, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Santa Fe has a lot more than great cuisine and an art scene to intrigue travelers — this New Mexico town is more than 400 years old and the oldest state capital in America. And for Jewish travelers, it contains surprises that cross all of these areas.

    Some of the first Jewish...

  • Weddings: Fabric of your (future) life

    July 17, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    Weddings are unquestionably high-pressure situations, with budgets, guest lists and locations being hot-button issues. However, as real life and reality television attests (Exhibit A: “Say Yes to the Dress” on TLC network), there is nothing that can bring out a bridezilla quite...

  • Iceland’s inner warmth

    June 19, 2013 | 4:51 pm

    Iceland is a small place that is big on surprises. 

    Scandinavian in its roots, the society has a reputation as being a homogenous, quaint and relatively uneventful place — Björk and her infamous swan dress aside. In the last several years, however, an influx of tourists,...

  • Eco-friendly aspects of the simcha can elevate a young person’s conscience

    April 18, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Given that many high-profile celebrities expound on the virtues of their environmental involvements (among them, Natalie Portman and Alicia Silverstone), it is inevitable that eco-friendly activities, foods and fashion — along with a side of social justice — will appeal to a wide...

  • Including peers with special needs can be part of a teen’s transition from child to adult

    April 17, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    For many teens, a bar or bat mitzvah is not just a rite of passage and an embrace of a community’s Jewish values; it also is an opportunity to make a mark socially by inviting BFFs and other classmates.

    In the process, there are going to be kids who will not make the list — some...

  • Beresheet Hotel: A Desert Dream

    April 10, 2013 | 7:56 am

    The two-year-old, five-star luxury resort not only raises the stakes for Negev Desert tourism but also puts visitors in touch with the Israeli south’s past and future.

    When the Beresheet hotel opened for business two years ago in the Negev Desert, Israeli President Shimon Peres...

  • Documentary filmmaker has a ‘Hava Nagila’ in her heart

    February 27, 2013 | 8:15 am

    "Hava Nagila” is one of those songs, like “Celebration” and “Auld Lang Syne,” that brings back memories and gets stuck in one’s head. In fact, “Hava Nagila” is so ingrained in American pop culture that many non-Jews can readily identify it, and high-profile non-Jewish recording...

  • Navigating the dating world: Women in the meet market

    January 23, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    Women over 50 who are determined to settle down without settling can think of Marcy Miller’s memoir, “Rebooting in Beverly Hills: A Wise and Wild Path for Navigating the Dating World” (Bancroft Press, $22.95) as a sort of boot camp. 

    The willowy attorney and jewelry designer,...

  • Money saving ideas: For richer, not poorer

    January 16, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    Tying the knot doesn’t have to be synonymous with fastening a financial anchor around newlywed couples. It just requires great care, sufficient research and attention to detail.

    Even with the best planning, however, it might be hard to believe you could pull off a dreamy wedding...

  • Hail, Caesarstone!

    December 20, 2012 | 4:04 pm

    As California’s real estate market continues its recovery and spring remodeling season is poised to start, many homeowners are once again looking for enduring ways to rejuvenate their living spaces and add value to their homes. Not surprisingly, the rooms that get the most use —...

  • Let it shine with these unique menorahs

    December 6, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Artists and designers in the United States and Israel are broadening and updating the ways in which we pay tribute to Judah Maccabee through the emblematic menorah, commemorating the miraculous endurance of the fabled lighting oil and the resilience that keeps Judaism’s fire lit,...

  • ‘Blue Lagoon’ Honeymoon

    November 16, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    Islands and honeymoons are a time-tested match made in heaven. Perhaps that’s why so many newlyweds flirt with Fiji, a gorgeous archipelago nation in the South Pacific. 

    This country is the embodiment of romance. One of its most recognizable islands is the Turtle Island resort,...

  • Haifa a many-faceted jewel

    October 31, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Visiting Americans often compare Haifa with San Francisco for its hilly landscape and trendy, artsy neighborhoods, or Boston for its mix of academia and maritime culture. While this northern Israeli city is a weekend getaway for Jerusalemites and Tel Avivians, Haifa is also worth...

  • Dressed for Success

    October 26, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    Although the Los Angeles fashion industry is often associated with the most recent designer jean craze, pricey T-shirts and swimwear, stalwart brand Belldini is still going strong after several decades for a number of reasons. One of them is that even the trendiest L.A. career...

  • Helene Schneider: How the mayor of Santa Barbara does it

    October 24, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    With its prime oceanfront location, fabled history and elegant architecture, it is not surprising Santa Barbara is still identified as one of Los Angeles’ swankiest backyards, as well as one of America’s hippest college towns. 

    New York native Helene Schneider, now 41, followed...

  • Destination Bar Mitzvahs

    October 17, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    Factor in the enormous guest lists, global cuisine and diversions such as high-tech interactive entertainment, and it is clear that bar and bat mitzvah celebrations have become more sophisticated than they were even a decade ago. 

    But not every student wants to celebrate becoming...

  • Self-styled historian seeks clues to Japan’s Holocaust survivors

    April 11, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    Akira Kitade is a former Japanese tourism executive who still relishes the opportunity to show a newcomer the cultural sights of Tokyo. He also delights in showing off photos of his new grandchild and extended family.

    But it’s the aging black-and-white snapshots of seven Jewish...

  • Yosemite home to a fascinating Jewish past ... and present

    April 28, 2010 | 5:00 pm

    When many Jews think of the Gold Rush, one thing that often comes to mind is Levi Strauss and his watershed invention — blue jeans. While his fortune is forever associated with San Francisco, it is important to note there were other Jews who traveled west to find gold, but ended up...

  • Hot Shots

    July 14, 2009 | 6:43 pm

    The parents of post-bar or bat mitzvah children often display their photo album featuring moments from the big day — their child holding the Torah, posing with family, hanging on for dear life during the chair dance and mugging for the camera with friends. But these albums reflect...

  • Web Can Help Take ‘Oy Vey’Out of Planning Big Day

    June 17, 2009 | 2:25 pm

    Bridal magazines and Web sites like TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com overflow with designer dresses, couture cakes, haute honeymoon destinations and dreamy reception ideas. But even the best-organized bride will tell you there is so much more to consider when planning a Jewish...

  • Chanukah Gift Guide 2008

    December 5, 2008 | 6:06 pm

    Here’s some ideas for gifts that will continue to inspire long after the chanukiah has been put away. Bling that bridges faith and fashion, a DVD from a local yoga instructor and a Western Wall locket from an Agoura Hills jewelry designer are a few ideas from Southern California and...

  • Save the date, save the world

    October 10, 2008 | 4:21 pm

    Wedding invitations have traditionally gone beyond telling friends and family about the whens and wheres of a couple's big day. Through use of color, typefaces and embellishments, they made a statement about a couple's personality and tastes.

    As the environment and economy play...

  • L.A. bakers suggest ways to make picking your cake a little sweeter

    August 15, 2008 | 6:31 pm

    In Los Angeles, with today's foodie culture in full tilt, there is no "one-size-fits-all" option when it comes to choosing a bakery to create the perfect wedding cake. And since it is the bride who usually makes the cake decisions, she'll soon realize that it can be as complex as...
  • Location, location, location

    August 15, 2008 | 6:25 pm

    Your congregation is there for you when you need it, but there are times when you're tempted to think outside the synagogue -- such as your wedding.

    Destination weddings in spots like Hawaii or the Caribbean are a romantic way to start a new life with someone, but changes in the...

  • Sweet somethings for that special day

    August 15, 2008 | 6:16 pm

    While the image of a wedding cake at the center of a reception table is iconic, many couples and their guests will admit they are not exactly "layer cake" kinds of people. For this reason, having a sweet table is a must, not just alongside a cake but sometimes instead of one.

    "I am...

  • Tolerance Museum director doesn’t tolerate status quo

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The Museum of Tolerance is rarely the same experience twice, even with its permanent exhibits. New visuals, soundtracks and materials are added to keep the displays current and relevant. And while many people think of the museum as a "Jewish" institution, it is the "human" experience...