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Pearl Salkin

  • B’nai Mitzvah

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    After years of study, months of planning, weeks of preparation and days of bouts with butterflies, a child ascends the bimah and makes a grand entrance into the Jewish community as a full-fledged member. It's a proud moment. It's a personal accomplishment. But more importantly, it's...

  • Adding Personal Touch Puts Your Stamp on Celebration

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Whether a Jewish wedding is white tie and tails at a five-star hotel, blue jeans and bare feet on a beach or something in between, today's betrothed couples are choosing to custom mix and match the components that come together to form a unique and perfect union.

    It's a...

  • Eco-Friendly Parties Mix Mitzvah, Simcha

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Three days after my son, Will, ascended the bimah as a bar mitzvah, I stopped by our shul to drop off some books and thank the principal of the Hebrew school and others who made his big day such a wonderful experience.

    When I got back in my car and drove past the piles of huge trash...

  • When Just ‘I Do’ Just Won’t Do

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The traditional Jewish wedding ceremony as we know it has evolved over thousands of years. But suddenly, today, in what seems like a nanosecond out of all of recorded Jewish history, couples standing under the chuppah are seeking a whole new script.

    It's in to take the traditional...

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  • Megillah of Mixed Messages

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's time to take out the groggers, make some noise and watch the parade of mini Esthers at the local synagogues and Jewish schools.

    There'll be an aura of frivolity as well-respected pillars of our community expose their funny bone and sense of silliness when we all gather for the...

  • Shhhh ... I’m Praying

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Am I the only one who goes to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services to listen and participate?

    Probably not. But why do I feel that way sometimes?

    I realize it would be hypocritical to say I sit (and stand and sit and stand) through all those hours of psalms, songs, sermons and...

  • SomethingBorrowed

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My wedding gown hangs on the rod in the corner of my closet. Although it's sealed in cellophane, the once winter-white dress has lost its luster. After multiple moves and 28 years in cramped quarters, its previously pristine layers of bright lace have turned dingy and dim.

    I...

  • Not Your Bubbe’s Wedding

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A bride, a groom and a chuppah. Palm trees swaying in a balmy breeze. Blue skies and an aquamarine sea. Sandpipers and seagulls running along the sandy shore. "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav" (Jerusalem of Gold) played by a steel drum band.

    No, this isn't your bubbe's wedding.

    In today's...

  • Aloha, B’nai Mitzvah

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Minnie Marvit stepped up to the bimah in Hawaii to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah. This "girl," however, was a 92-year-old bubbe. "I wanted to do this for some time, but I waited until I moved to Hawaii," she said. "I feel so at home here."

    Marvit is a member of Congregation Sof Ma'Arav...