Jewish Journal

Carin Davis

  • New York’s magnolia bakery brings sweet smell of (kosher) success to L.A. [VIDEO]

    November 30, 2010 | 7:30 pm

    Watch videoblogger Orit Arfa taste test Magnolia’s cupcakes against another kosher bakery. See video below

    Craving a kosher cupcake? Magnolia Bakery is cooking up the cure. Now open at 8389 W. Third St.,  this chic New York transplant looks to quickly become part of the Los Angeles...

  • Milken Baseball Loses First Championship

    June 6, 2010 | 2:51 pm

    Milken Community High School’s varsity baseball team attempted to make history on Friday, looking to capture the school’s first Southern Section championship.  The Milken Wildcats (19-4 at game time) faced the returning Division 7 champions, the Camarillo Cornerstone Christian...

  • Dodgers Legend Koufax Pitches Wit, Wisdom to Enthusiastic Audience

    March 1, 2010 | 3:33 pm

    “Dodgers spring training kicks off Friday with a game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz., but an early preseason event last Saturday treated L.A. baseball fans to an evening with Jewish pitching legend Sandy Koufax and Dodgers manager Joe Torre. The 90-minute program at...

  • SoCal Sports Hall of Fame Inducts 2010 Class

    February 10, 2010 | 3:19 am

    Two weeks before the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games kick-off, Southern Californians honored their own top athletes at the 14th Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner. The Jan. 30 affair at the Skirball Cultural Center celebrated local Jewish...

  • USC Safety Taylor Mays Keeps Education and Football in Sights

    November 18, 2009 | 12:00 am

    Taylor Mays, an All-American, All-Pac-10 USC safety, is pegged as fast and physical in NFL scouting reports. Known for his intense, hard-hitting play and his blazing speed, he has the ability to go sideline-to-sideline, chase down opponents and deliver crushing blows. He runs a...

  • Facebook Change of Face

    February 11, 2009 | 6:30 pm

    One night over dinner downtown, Ryne and I agreed we were just having fun. Fine by me. I mean, the fun was great, and it’s not like I started to have real feelings for him or anything.

    Nope, I was super-OK with the casual thing. Totally cool. I definitely wasn’t falling for...

  • She’s a mensch

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Last week, my new boy, Ryne, and I volunteered together at a Jewish Federation event. After a long, mitzvah-filled day, I turned to him and said "You're a mensch." He smiled back and said, "You're a mensch, too."

    That's when I blushed. And not just because this fine boy's hand was...

  • Just embrace the madness

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    There's a time in every relationship when its strength gets tested. For God and Abraham, it was that whole sacrifice your son bit. For Esther and Ahasuerus, it was the "please don't kill me and everyone I know" thing. For Mr. and Mrs. Zebra, it was are you coming on this cruise with...
  • Bruin coach is ready for March Madness

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Growing up, Scott Garson's Calabasas family loved two things: Judaism and basketball. His mother, Corinne, was president of the Woodland Hills Reform congregation Kol Tikvah, while his father, Lee, is a UCLA alum who coaches youth basketball. So it's no surprise that Garson is a...
  • Burden of proof

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    No matter how down I get on the L.A. dating scene, my loving mother and married amigos are always there to pump me up. They give me a Date One for the Gipper speech and an encouraging pat on my tush. My to-die-for tush. They swear tons of successful, sexy men are still out...
  • Red Date, Blue Date

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    My friend Rachel invited me to the "Republican Jewish Coalition's (RJC) 39-and-under mixer." I wanted to go, but I had the "Really Tall Jewish Council's 39-and-under mixer" that night. C'mon, was she serious? Republicans? Jewish Republicans? Hello, oxymoron. I'm a blue state girl....
  • L.A. teams are golden at Maccabi Games

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    More than 60 athletes from Westside JCC's Team Westside and The New JCC at Milken's Team L.A. represented the greater Los Angeles area this month during the 25th annual Maccabi Games, scoring numerous gold, silver and bronze wins in such sports as baseball, basketball, swimming,...
  • L.A. ‘boys of summer’ take to the diamond in Israel

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Echad, shtaiyim, shelosh strikes and you're out at the new ball game. That's right, sports fans, America's favorite pastime is set to become Israel's favorite pastime. At least that's the hope of the new Israel Baseball League (IBL). With six teams, three stadiums and a 45-game...
  • Working Girl

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I'm a multitasker. I can type an e-mail and conduct a conference call; I can watch a reel and read a memo. I can rub my tummy and pat my head, or pat your tummy and rub your head -- which sounds like a lot more fun.

    Point is, I can do two things at once and do them both well. But...
  • Zapped!

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Looking for a new way to meet a new man I try a new sensation: The One Key Away Party.

    At this high-tech, low-stress dating party, eager singles walk around, electronically zapping potential mates. Intrigued by this "Go Go Gadget" dating service, I decide to give it a whirl.

  • Leaders of the PAC are back

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The Pac-10 Mens' Basketball Tournament returns to Staples Center this week, and Jewish athletes Derek Glasser and Alex Pribble join their teams in the quest for the Conference Tournament Title.

    Glasser, the starting point guard for Arizona State Sun Devils (8-21; 2-16 in Pac-10)...

  • Camp Ramah marks 50 years

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As Camp Ramah celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the list of camper and counselor alumni who once passed through its Ojai grounds grows ever more lengthy and impressive, becoming virtually a who's who of Los Angeles machers.

    Among the alumni: Sinai Temple's Rabbi David...

  • The little things

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When did things first get serious? When I gave my boyfriend, Scott, my guest parking pass. That's right. I presented him with that little laminated gem that allows visitors to park on my happening WeHo street -- ticket free -- after 7 p.m. I told him it was his, for keeps. For real....
  • Pro soccer rookie Bornstein gives small goals a big kick

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    ChivasUSA's Jonathan Bornstein is the top contender for the 2006 Major League Soccer (MLS) Rookie of the Year award. Not bad for the Los Alamitos native who was not invited to the MLS combine and was chosen in the fourth round (of four) of 2006 MLS SuperDraft (37th pick overall).
  • My True Best Feature—My Crazy Charm?

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My friend Nanea is breaking up with singlehood, and my girls and I are ready to help. Best friends since UCLA, we throw Nanea a wild bachelorette party weekend in NYC.

    My group takes a bite out of the big apple. We shop uptown, dine downtown, theater on Broadway, picnic in Central...

  • Dating by Committee

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My guy Scott and I talked every night -- until last night. He flew to San Francisco to hear a friend's band play and I never heard from him. I left a message, he left me hanging. I know. He calls me, he calls me not, is nothing new. But it's new to me. I'm too cute to be blown off....

  • Bruins Prep for Tense Tournament

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's March Madness, so brush off your brackets, enter your office pool and cheer for two Jewish UCLA Bruins, one male, one female, as they head into the big dance.

    Sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar led UCLA to their most successful regular season play since the season leading up...

  • Feminist Desktop Revolution

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Don't have time to shlep to a museum? Too tired to remember if the free museum day is the first or second Tuesday of the month? Want to conquer a large, overwhelming exhibit in small, 15-minute intervals? Then bring the museum to your desktop and browse at your own pace.

    The Jewish...

  • Boutique Teaches Brides Love Lessons

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Where there's a bride to be, there's a bachelorette party. And for many Los Angeles women, that party means just one thing: The Love Boutique. For 25 years, the shop has entertained and educated parties of women about sexuality and sensuality. The Love Boutique parties are like...

  • Two Bruins Get Big Kick Out of Sun Bowl

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Most of the football world is savoring the high and lows of the Steelers' Super Bowl romp over the Seahawks, but two unlikely Jewish athletes have their own gridiron memories to relish from this past season.

    Jimmy Rotstein and Brian Rubinstein had never played in a college football...

  • Kitchen Confidential

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    My guy Scott dined with his friend Kate and her fiance Steve. No biggie. She's an old friend, she's taken. Nothing to worry about. I'm not jealous. It's cool. Till he adds, "She made this puttanesca sauce from scratch. It was really good. It had peppers and tomatoes and basil. It's a...

  • Gifts for Your Honey Too Large to Wrap

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Those eight crazy nights are coming up fast. Still stumped what to get your sweetie? Think outside the giftbox and give your loved one a gift certificate for an experience. Whether it's a pampering, an adventure, or just some much needed help, Los Angeles is loaded with services that...

  • Get Married Without Disowning Your Mom

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Welcome to tonight's main event, bride-to-be vs. mother of the bride. These two lightweight champions are battling it out for the hostess title. Ladies, take your corners. Have a clean fight, a fair fight and no hitting below the garter belt.

    Many a wedding have lead to...

  • New Hadassah Chief Does Balancing Act

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a mother of two grown children, Morlie Hammer Levin knows the challenges of balancing family, career and spiritual life. But factor in the L.A. native's recent New York move, a high-pressure job with a high-profile organization and finding a new religious community and you have...

  • Wedding Bell Oops!

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Last time I saw Barry, he was dressed as an egg at a Purim party, so I was excited to run into him last month at a birthday party.

    This time, for better or worse, he was wearing pants.

    "Barry, what's up? I haven't seen you in forever. How's life? How's work? Ohmygosh, how was your...

  • Pin Up These Pinups

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    At last, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Calendar has some real competition -- some Jewish competition. The latest thing in girly pinups -- with class -- is the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute's (HBI) Jewish + Female + Athlete Calendar. So you can toss that traditional scroll of...

  • Women Get Assist in Drive for Basketball

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Betty Laham played basketball throughout her four years at YULA High School. When she returned to Los Angeles after graduating from NYU, she was eager to find an organized women's basketball league and hoped to recapture the challenges and excitement of regular play.

    She searched for...

  • Party Pooper

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My college friends Jordy and Michelle are throwing a party -- a birthday party for their 1-year-old son. That's right, my former party 'til the break of dawn dormmates are hosting a luau for their little one. This should be good.

    I walk into the Hawaiian-themed rager and am...

  • Running the Gamut of Faith

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "God on the Starting Line: The Triumph of a Catholic School Running Team and Its Jewish Coach" by Marc Bloom (Breakaway Books, 2004).

    In the celebrated world of competitive high school athletics, cross-country barely makes the map. Or more like it rarely makes the map, and when it...

  • Let the Games Begin

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Let the games begin -- in Israel.

    The 17th World Maccabiah Games, an intense, world-class Olympic-style competition, will begin July 10 in Israel. The quadrennial games will bring together more than 7,000 Jewish athletes from 60 countries in 30 sports and four age...

  • The Dealbreakers

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My blind date, Scott, likes college hoops, '80s TV and helping others. I like his cute tuchus. I'm thinkin' we'd make a fine pair of Jews. We stray from the first date playbook and follow a Santa Monica dinner with a Main Street stroll. As we walk past yet a third unique boutique on...

  • Ex-treme Takeoff

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    You always see him one more time. It's inevitable. And it's always on a bad hair day.

    I'm flying home from a Chi-town visit with the Davis fam. Sporting yoga pants, glasses and a tired green hoodie, I grab my backpack, my book, "Midlife Crisis at 30" (required airplane reading), and...

  • Jewish Jordan Gives UCLA His Best Shot

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Bruin fans call him the Jewish Jordan. The Freshman Phenom. The Future of UCLA Basketball. Those are high expectations to place on an 18-year-old curly haired kid from the Valley; but the kid doesn't think so. Freshman point guard Jordan Farmar welcomes the challenge. Actually, he...

  • Duel Role for Fencing Teens

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Fencing's all the rage in Hollywood hits like "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" and "Die Another Day," although it's less of an everyday hobby with today's teen crowd. But for Jewish high school students Harry Mahaffey and Teddy Levitt, fencing is where it's...

  • New Chuppah Honors Terror Victim

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    On the eve of her wedding, 20-year-old Naava Applebaum and her father, Dr. David Applebaum, the director of emergency medicine at Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center, sat at Jerusalem's Café Hillel. The two were celebrating her upcoming nuptials with a father-daughter talk....

  • Nothing But the Truth

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Let's go live to my blind date at a West Hollywood Restaurant. The merlot is great, the gnocchi is inspired and the waiter taught me to say fork in Italian. The guy? Not for me. Marc is a rare blond Jew, but there was no click between us, no fireworks, no cell phone call from the...

  • A Sporting Chanukah

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    On the third night of Chanukah my true love gave to me, an Olympic swim cap signed by Lenny Krayzelburg, a game of Horse with the Houston Rocket's Bostjan Nachbar and a chance to be on the set of ESPN's Cold Pizza.

    Thanks to the Center for Sport and Jewish Life's online...

  • Single Woman of Valor

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    I am a woman of valor.

    But nobody is singing my weekly praises. Oh no, that's saved for the same lucky women who get the

    Pottery Barn registry, the rock on their hand and a man in their bed.

    According to Jewish tradition, every Shabbat, a husband sings "Eshet Chayil" -- "A...

  • Singles ‘Curse’ Becomes a Blessing

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Curse of the Singles Table, A True Story of 1001 Nights Without Sex" by Suzanne Schlosberg (Warner Books, $13.95).

    Most single women in Los Angeles go through dry spells -- a few weeks without a date, a couple months without a boyfriend, a season without some action. But how...

  • Set, Spike, Kiss

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I'll never play the violin in high heels again.

    OK, I'll be back in sticks in six weeks, and I never played the fiddle. But I did play an important game of volleyball.

    Every Sunday, my peeps and I play co-ed pickup volleyball on Venice Beach. New catch Austin is always up for a...

  • Teshuvah for Two

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    There's nothing more romantic than a cantor's serenade, a symphony of grumbling stomachs, and an oversized sheet of dry honey cake.

    Which is why I might invite new guy Austin to spend Yom Kippur with me.

    Austin and I met last month on a great blind date. He's cute, he's kind, he had...

  • Twin Triathletes Go for the Gold

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. may have the Hamm brothers, but Israel has the Alterman brothers. Like their American counterparts, these 24-year-old twins have their eyes on Olympic gold.

    Ran and Dan Alterman are Israel's reigning triathlon champions. For the past four years, they have dominated the sport...

  • Superflirt

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Faster than a benching rabbi. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall bachelors in a single bound. Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's SuperFlirt.

    That's right, I'm spending three days in San Diego at Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention....

  • Trendy Is New Trend in Wedding Cakes

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A round, three-tiered white cake topped with white buttercream frosting is so yesterday. This year's big wedding trend is the trendy wedding cake.

    Modern brides are tossing out tradition along with their bouquets and matching their cake to their character. They're designing desserts...

  • Fate With a Frummie

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A funny thing happened on the way to the Old City. Well, technically, it happened in the Old City. My friend, Matt, invited me to Shabbat lunch at his rabbi's house. I covered my cleavage and accepted the invite. Packed with kids and black hats, this third meal was standing-room...