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...

  • Home Run

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shawn Green sits quietly in the Dodgers dugout waiting for pregame batting practice to begin. His unassuming nature seems at odds with his 6-foot-4 figure; his quiet presence inconsistent with his celebrity.

    But then Green seems to live in contrast. He is not observant but is proud...

  • A Kick Out of Torah

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What do you get when you cross Judaic philosophy with Chinese martial arts? Tora Dojo. The brainchild of Gandmaster H.I. Sober, Toro Dojo combines elements of traditional Karate and Kung Fu with Jewish spirituality. Tora Dojo, which started more than 30 years ago with 12 Yeshiva...

  • Jewish Sportsmen?! No Joke

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Why sit home and watch "SportsCenter" on TV when you can take part in a local sports highlight?

    On Sunday, June 6, the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction banquet. Yes, there are enough extraordinary Jewish sportsmen and women in the...

  • Like a Jew in a Bagel Store

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I'm no longer a virgin. To Israel, that is. This single babe just returned from her maiden voyage to the land of milk and honey. And all I can say is -- there were a lot of honeys. Jewish men everywhere.

    In the restaurants, on the streets, in the shops -- I didn't know where to...

  • Tinseltown Players Schmooze in Israel

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's popular sentiment these days that Hollywood has turned its back on Israel. Recent visits by actor Jason Alexander, action hero-turned-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and a concert announcement by Madonna indicate a few stars are still looking to show their support. But most...

  • Short-Term Help, Long-Term Effects

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Michael Borkow had done the Israel tourist thing before, and wanted to spend his week's vacation volunteering in Israel.

    "I didn't want to sit in a hotel room or listen to a tour guide tell me to look out the left- hand side of the bus. I wanted to show my support of Israel in a...

  • College Finals Test Gymnasts’ Mettle

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Two Jewish gymnasts, University of Denver's Ashley Shible and University of Florida's Orley Szmuch, are tumbling toward success at the NCAA's National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships, held April 15-17 at UCLA's legendary Pauley Pavilion.

    For Szmuch the competition is...

  • Date My Friend

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I'm always looking for new ways to meet new guys. So I was beyond excited to see a Date My Friend e-vite in my inbox (www.datemyfriend.net). Guys at organized singles events can be, well, honestly ... weird. I'm talking droolers, heavy breathers, socks and Tevas. But like a live...

  • Family Put Bruin on the Right Track

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jeremy Silverman's strength on the field is only matched by his strength of character. A shot put and discus thrower for UCLA, the 21-year-old student athlete has a kind, grounded quality.

    Silverman grew up in Annville, Penn., a town with one stoplight and a gas station. As a...

  • Lending a Hand at a Community Seder

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I'm spending Passover in Chicago -- home of the Cubs, the Bears and the whole Davis mishpachah (family). Mom's serving up chopped liver, chicken soup, matzah balls, matzah kugel, gefilte fish -- and those are just the appetizers. We'll drink wine, read the haggadah and belt out our...

  • Stanford’s Grunfeld Flies High

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's March Madness and all eyes are on the Stanford Cardinals. Ranked No. 1 in the nation, the near-perfect team enters this weekend's Pac 10 Tournament as the Pac 10 regular season champions and will enter next week's NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed. Key to the Cardinal's success is...

  • In Remembrance of Ringerman

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It seems everyone has a story about Jerry Ringerman. The former director of Camp JCA Barton Flats and JCC San Francisco, who died on Jan. 6 at the age of 79, touched the lives of thousands of campers, staff and youth, and they, in turn, have touched the lives of thousands more. Born...

  • Milken Dances Into Bid for Nationals

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jews can dance a mean hora, but when it comes to hip-hop, they aren't known to hold their own -- until now. The Milken Community High School Dance Team swept the open regional Dance Team Competition in Las Vegas and earned a bid to the 2004 National Dance Team Competition of the High...

  • Taking a Leap

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    No one asked me to my senior prom. Jon asked Liz, Steve asked Jen, Brian asked me how to ask Kim, but my dance card remained empty. I sulked, I cried, I listened to Monster Ballads.

    I swore my life was over. Then I found inspiration in an article on famous women who never went to...

  • Between the Sheets

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    So what does a nice Jewish girl know about porn? Quite a bit. Writer Lynn Isenberg strived for silver screen success and Hollywood nights, but instead found sex scene success and "Boogie Nights." Tired of legitimate film studios' constant rejection, Isenberg found success as a...

  • Get Me to the Beach on Time

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tired of the same old country club I-dos? Bored with the been-there, danced-to-that-Beverly Hills reception? Why not take your wedding on the road?

    At one time, destination weddings were reserved for celebrity vows, hushed elopements and civil ceremonies. Exotic locales meant no...

  • Maccabi Athletes Take Gold in Pan Am

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    From the fanfare of the banner-waving opening ceremonies to the pride of hearing the U.S. national anthem played during their medal ceremonies, Southern California athletes made the most of their experience at the 10th Pan American Maccabi Games. They joined over 2,000 Jewish...

  • A Leg Up

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nothing says casual first date like fresh flowers and kettle corn. So when Matt the internist suggests we spend Sunday afternoon exploring a Santa Monica street fair, I'm in. We share roasted almonds, sunshine and our own true Hollywood stories. There's a lot I like about Matt --...

  • Winemaker Brings Kosher to Oxnard

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Fruity, oaky and sugary; I taste blackberries, vanilla and sugar, lots of sugar; full-bodied, strong finish, and very sweet; horrible and, yet again, very sweet. That was the kosher wine tasting of yesteryear.

    Today, we can raise our glasses and toast the groundbreaking of the new...

  • Working Out Solo Not Working Out

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I'm an exercise addict who does it all -- hiking, running, spinning, dancing, aerobics and Tae Bo. I run the Santa Monica stairs and jog the UCLA perimeter. I'm hooked on Pilates DVDs, "Buns of Steel" tapes and hit the gym three or four times a week. But this September I hit a wall....

  • Athletes Sport Skills in Chile

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Did you hear the one about the Jewish linebacker? If you did, don't tell it to Jed Margolis, executive director of Macabbi USA/Sports for Israel. "The joke is always that there are no good Jewish athletes, but that's not true, especially in Southern California," Margolis said. "Some...

  • Israel Philharmonic Strikes Teen Chord

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Wearing Ug boots and draped wool scarves, a chatty clique of Milken Community High School girls slumped into their seats in a packed auditorium. About 600 had assembled to hear the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's (IPO) KeyNote Brass Ensemble perform with the school's Chamber...

  • Hair Club for Jews

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Hi. My name is Carin and I have a Jewfro.

    Heeb hair. A Moses mop. A latke lid. I'm down with my fun girl curls, but I can't say the same for the men I meet. My big hair is the Mason-Dixon Line of my L.A. dating life. Some men love the untamed, wild, bed-head look of my natural...

  • In Sickness and in Taffeta

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As a woman prepares to say "I do," her friends prepare to stand by her side in purple puffy dresses and lavender dyed shoes. In sickness and in health, in velour and in taffeta, in chartreuse and in lemon. As her bridesmaids, they will participate in a tradition that may be as old as...

  • Sit Down and Be Counted

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    We've all heard the wedding hora horror stories, where the beautiful bride plummets 10 feet to the ground with a thud -- another unfortunate victim of the Jewish chair-dance tradition. Well, the MitzvahChair will put the kibosh on that newlywed nightmare.

    A safety net for simchas,...

  • The Guy Clock

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ryan and I did the L.A. supercasual thing for six or seven months. When I tried to rev up our relationship from supercasual to just plain casual, he freaked. I'm talking full-on, take-it-to-Dr. Phil meltdown:

    "I haven't dated enough women."

    "I haven't seen enough of the world."


  • Trade You a Jutze For a Koufax

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Just when baseball fans were denied the miracle of a Cubs-Red Sox World Series, another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes up to bat. The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) has commissioned the printing of 15,000 sets of "America's Jews in America's Game" baseball cards....

  • Sorry for the Sin

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur's on deck, boys -- so you better bust out your little black book. No, not the machzor. Your other little black book -- the one where you keep all your digits.

    Pull out your PalmPilot, run through your phone sheet, sift through the scribbled notes on the back of crumpled...

  • Single Conspiracy

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Someone call Oliver Stone, I've uncovered a conspiracy. The system is trying to keep the single woman down. That's right, the world revolves around happy little couples. And who pays the price? I'll tell you who pays the price. Single people, that's who. And we're not going to take...

  • The Great Jewish Hope

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dmitriy Salita doesn't fight on the Sabbath, which gives his competition a much-needed day of rest from this powerful junior welterweight. With a 13-0, 10 KO record, the 5-foot-9, 139-pound fighter who goes by the moniker "The Star of David," is a rising star in the boxing ring.


  • The Friend Zone

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jay and I met watching college hoops at Maloney's in March. He's a Syracuse fan who came to believe his team would only win when my tush was on the bar stool next to his. Apparently, I give good karma. Hoping to get lucky, Jay had me sit next to him for the entire NCAA tournament. It...

  • An Emergency Case

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Even hot chicks get sick. So I'm sitting at the M.D.'s filling out my paperwork when the question glares up at me:

    In case of emergency call:


    I'm totally stumped. For the first time ever, this yenta has nothing to...

  • Age-Old Dilemma

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    My friend Lindsay's friend, Michelle, hosted a 30th birthday bash for her friend, Beth, last Saturday night. So of course I was there.

    And so was birthday girl Beth's friend Michael's friend, Rob. And Rob was hot.

    Six-foot-two before breakfast, with broad shoulders and blue eyes,...

  • The Dayenu Diet

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Do these jeans make me look fat?"

    Smart men don't answer that question. Smart women don't ask it. But all women think it. Especially single women who are trying to bag a boy. After all, a man's first impression is based on a woman's looks. And single men are looking at more than...

  • Mensch Madness

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If you're looking to win your office March Madness pool, put your money on the Jews. Representing the West Coast in this year's dance are Cal forward/center Amit Tamir and Stanford University guard/forward Dan Grunfeld.

    Grunfeld has been a reliable force off the bench this season,...

  • Your Dime or Mine?

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Mike was the kind of blind date I couldn't wait to meet. He scored Kobe-size points on my over-the-phone potential meter.

    You hang at Q's? I hang at Q's. You're from the Midwest? I'm from the Midwest. You like the Green Bay Packers? OK, so he had one flaw. But he made up for it...

  • Speed Flirting

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I talk a lot. And I talk quickly. So when my friend, Talia, suggests I use my speedtalking at SpeedDating, I'm in. Why not spend a night with "The Fast and the Flirtiest"? Daters take your mark, get set, go!

    The next Sunday night, I'm on my way to the Meet Me Cafe on Robertson...

  • The Matzah Bull

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Christmas Eve 2001. Bing Crosby's on my radio, Jimmy Stewart's on my television and I'm on my couch.

    I usually find a night with my remote pretty satisfying, but tonight it's not hitting the spot. Tonight I'm feeling grumpy, disheartened and a little bit lonely.

    It just seems like...

  • My Chanukah Miracle

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I'm an experienced multidater, so I'm usually pretty good at juggling men.

    But this Chanukah, I think I dropped a couple balls. Every year I throw a latkes-n'-liquor, dreidel-til-you-drop, anti-Antiochus Chanukah rager. It's a typical "they attacked us, we lived, let's eat" Jew crew...

  • Bruin Pair Ready to Battle Trojans

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Crosstown football rivals UCLA (7-3) and USC (8-2) will face-off in their 72nd annual battle for city bragging rights at The Rose Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 23. And leading the Bruins are Jewish senior starters Mike Seidman and Mike Saffer.

    Tight end Mike Seidman, 21, whose mother is...

  • Wingman Wanted

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Let's talk about Ruth and Naomi, two smokin' hot babes who Thelma and Louised it from Moab.

    Ruth could have ditched her friend to find a new dude. But instead, she played her "where you go I go, where you stay I stay" wingman card and schlepped across the desert with Naomi. My...

  • Tribemembers With Halos

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Two Jewish pitchers -- Al Levine and Scott Schoeneweis -- are part of this World Series' miracle, where the Anaheim Angels have made it for the first time (as of press time the series was undecided).

    Levine, a right-handed relief pitcher with a 4.24 season ERA, credits the Angels'...

  • E-mailer at the Bat

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I'm a sucker for a slugger in a baseball hat. So I got caught looking at Alex, the hottie at my weekly Sunday softball game. He works for a nonprofit, volunteers at a local hospital and drinks at St. Nicks. And he has the greatest laugh.

    Wise to the rules of both softball and dating,...

  • Combatting Hunger

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Give a hungry man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. Give him chicken soup while fishing, you feed him, teach him and give him a taste of home.

    The Los Angeles Jewish Community has launched a spirited multilevel attack on local hunger....

  • Finding the ‘It’ Shul

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In Los Angeles, the happening High Holiday haunts sell out faster than Springsteen at The Forum. And the tickets cost just as much. So every fall, Jewish singletons like myself do the New Year hustle, seeking out affordable, last-minute tickets to The Main Event. About a week before...

  • Tea House Therapy

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Tired of serving up that familiar holiday honey cake? At the Rooibos Tea House, a happy, healthy New Year starts with African red tea and red tea baked goods.

    "Cooking with our tea is a delicious way to celebrate the High Holidays -- tasty and energizing," said Rooibos owner Nira...

  • Serving Jewish Pride in L.A.

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish tennis players served up a strong presence at this summer's Los Angeles-based pro tournaments, with Israelis Harel Levy, Noam Okun and Anna Smashnova participating in recent Southland competitions.

    Levy, who lost to American Toby Ginepri in the first round, and Okun played in...

  • Plus Guest

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I'm amazed Jewish boys ever find the courage to take a wife, because the ones I date can't find the courage to take a guest.

    Dan and I met at The Well on Sunset Boulevard and Argyle Avenue. He ordered a Scotch neat, I ordered a boy cute. On our third date, Dan mentioned we'd lost...

  • Kibbitz

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Summertime means baseball, barbecues and kosher dogs. Not the pups you throw on the grill, the ones you take for a walk. That's right -- man's best friend is eating man's best food. KosherPets, a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based pet food company, offers up "kosher-style" pet chow for your...

  • Knitting Trend Is No Yarn

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Guess my Grandma Faye was a hip, trend-setting bubbe. A real lady before her time, she knit sweaters, crocheted blankets and kept closets full of colorful yarn.

    This season, Hollywood's hottest names are taking their cue from Jewish grandmothers. Forget power yoga and decaf soy...

  • Combatting Hunger

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Give a hungry man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. Give him chicken soup while fishing, you feed him, teach him and give him a taste of home.

    The Los Angeles Jewish community has launched a spirited multilevel attack on local hunger....

  • Jewish Fans Fill Dodger Stands

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Hot dogs! Get your glatt kosher hot dogs."

    Not your typical vendor cry? Not your typical Dodgers game.

    The fourth annual Jewish Community Day at Dodger Stadium boasted an Israeli and American flag color guard, a reserved section filled with as many kippot as baseball caps, and a...

  • Synagogue’s Biggest Hit

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's 20-19 in the seventh, two outs, runners on first and third. The unrelenting Valley sun beats down on four-time league champions Temple Judea, who have allowed Kol Tikvah Black to score three runs in the game's final inning and narrow the margin to one. With a clean crack of the...

  • Everyday Judaism

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Late-night giggles in a bunk bed, lazy afternoons in a cool pool, sweet summer Shabbats with friends that will last a lifetime -- to Rabbi Daniel Greyber, the new executive director of Camp Ramah in California, the Jewish camp experience is a delicate balance of athletic, social and...

  • Ziegler’s Elite Eight

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Three bouncers, two lawyers and a musician among them, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies class of 2002 brings a new leadership to the Conservative movement this week with the ordination of eight rabbis. From backgrounds as different as the paths on which they are about to...

  • Israel in the Arab Mind

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As tensions in the Middle East soar, many Jewish Angelenos search for answers to the generations-old question: Can there ever be peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors?

    "No," says journalist and Middle East expert Avi Davis. "There cannot be peace until there are fundamental...


    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Three men storm the gym and force us to the ground: Our hearts race as they press mock guns to our heads.

    But as students of LARAM, we know we have options. We have tools to neutralize our aggressors -- during this in-class drill and during true-life attacks.

    LARAM, derived from the...

  • The Safe Spot

    April 25, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    "How do you explain breast cancer to your 3 1/2-year-old son?" asked Susan Cohen of Woodland Hills. "How does your spouse feel about becoming your caretaker?" These are some of the questions addressed at The Safe Spot. "The things we shared with other families [who] were on the same...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm


    You spent two nights stuffing yourself on matzah ball soup and gefilte fish. Two days later, you awaken from your food coma and rejoin the world. And what better way to spend this Shabbat afternoon than at the Skirball Cultural Center with USC Dean of Fine Arts...

  • The Four Menches

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The haggadah speaks of the Four Sons: the wise, the wicked, the simple and the one who doesn't know how to ask. And on a good night in Hollywood, you can pick up all four. The first Saturday in March is a girls' night out (with the understanding we intend to pull men). Elizabeth,...

  • Aromatherapy Miracles

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "American Pie" star Shannon Elizabeth may appear to have perfect skin. But Michelle Ornstein knows that everyone, even stars, have bad skin days. And when they do, they turn to this Israeli-born spa owner for help.

    "Everyone breaks out. Teens, movie stars, homemakers. People who...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    SATURDAY March 23

    Don't waste another Saturday night date on dinner and the movies.

    Be creative, be romantic. Plan a special night out at the symphony. Even if violins send you snoozing, your effort will score big points. Check out the West Hollywood Orchestra's, "Jewish Voices,"...

  • West Valley JCC Open and Synagogue Basketball League

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Shomrei Torah pulled a three-peat, defeating Valley Beth Shalom in the West Valley JCC Synagogue League Championship. Former collegiate and Israeli hoop star, Mark Turnenshine, earned MVP honors for his 37 tournament points.

    The Doorjammers defeated the John's Jocks for the West...

  • Mind, Body and Soul

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What do women want? Happiness, family and to shed those last 10 pounds. Women can learn how to accomplish all this and more at an educational conference produced by women and designed to meet the needs and wants of women.

    "Exercising Your Mind; Minding Your Body," the fourth annual...

  • The Basketball Diaries

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Two standout Jewish hoop stars headlining the Pac-10 basketball tournament? It's all part of March Madness. David Bluthenthal, USC's 22-year-old small forward, and Amit Tamir, UC Berkeley's 22-year-old forward/center, each look to lead their team to the conference title at the March...

  • A Matter of Opinion

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbis to your corners. We want a clean fight, a fair fight, and no hitting below the beard. It's not the WWF Wrestling Smackdown -- it's the JSI rabbinical smackdown, brought to you live by the Jewish Studies Institute (JSI) Talkback Series.

    The series, held at the Museum of...

  • The Queen’s Advice

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Megillah tells us that Esther found the courage to confront Ahasuerus, confess she was a Jew and not only save her relationship, but the entire Jewish people. And yet more than 2,000 years later, this Jewish girl can't even find the courage to confront the guy I'm dating and...

  • The Porn Star and the Rabbi

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Did you hear the one about the rabbi, the porn star and the adult magazine editor? They don't walk into a bar, they walk into a synagogue.

    Adult film star Nina Hartley and her fiancé, Taboo Magazine editor Ira Levine, will speak on "Love and Sex in the 21st Century" at Temple Beth...

  • My Very Own Chuppah

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Hold onto your son's baby blanket. Don't give away your daughter's cheerleading uniform. If they hold precious memories and deep meanings, you may be able to recycle them -- as part of your child's chuppah.

    Chuppahs and ketubahs are long-standing Jewish wedding traditions. But Los...

  • A Kosher Kisser

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I keep kosher, but most of my Jewish peeps do not. To them, Double Doubles with cheese are a basic food group, and pizza without pepperoni is like the Rams without Warner. This is cool by me. I don't want to force my observant practice on my friends. But it becomes more complicated...

  • Ice Capades

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Joey likes Rachel!"

    In Aliso Viejo's Ice Chalet snack bar, six typical teens squeal about "Friends" and lace their skates. Among them, an eye-catching brunette balances against a table and lifts her left foot to meet her back. The banner above the skate-rental booth, constructed...

  • Schmoozapalosers

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Like a pareve partygoer in a world of milk and meat, I'm traipsing between two distinct December traditions. While I don't belong in Christmas festivities, I don't enjoy the season's organized Jewish events. And so, I'm more confused than Anne Heche on a trip to Fresno.

    The Christmas...

  • It’s Just a Present ... Really

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Legend tells us that Judah and the strapping young Maccabees faced the mighty Syrian army and defeated it against all obstacles. But if you want to face some real odds, try finding a nice Jewish guy courageous enough to accept a girl's Chanukah present.

    I just started dating a guy....