Jewish Journal

Julie Brown

  • How one bat mitzvah girl made a wish come true

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If you've heard it once, you've heard it 613 times: a bar or bat mitzvah is more than just a big party.

    Over the years, b'nai mitzvah students have been encouraged more and more to select a cause, organization or project that they can support by donating community service hours, a...

  • Keeping the SAT Drama to a Minimum

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As if getting myself into college hadn't been difficult enough, now I'm embarking on the adventure of navigating my son through the process. I call it an "adventure," because it truly is nothing less -- a roller-coaster ride fraught with sudden turns, unexpected pitfalls,...

  • Jewish Population on Rise in South Bay

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Thirteen years ago I called my cousin in the San Fernando Valley and announced to her that I was moving to the South Bay.

    "Why would you do that?" she said. "There are no Jews in the South Bay!"

    I don't know when that rumor might have held a modicum of truth, but it isn't the case...

  • The Great Camp Learning Curve

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Spring is in the air: apricot blossoms burgeoning on their branches, daffodil 10-packs floating in plastic pots at Trader Joe's and summer camp brochures stuffed into our mailboxes.

    I am a big fan of camp. Every summer from 1973 on, I packed my trunk and headed to Malibu. Camp...

  • Ner Tamid Opens Link to Jewish Past

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    At Congregation Ner Tamid, most members can trace their ancestors back to Eastern Europe and the late 1800s.

    Few are aware that 1654 was one of the most significant years in Jewish history -- the year that 23 Jews fled the Portuguese Inquisition when they boarded the St. Charles...

  • Sadness and Joy Mix on Mitzvah Day

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It was supposed to have been a happy day. Strangely enough, it was. Last Sunday, more than 500 members of the South Bay Jewish community gathered to celebrate our fourth annual Mitzvah Day.

    In this far-flung community, home to about 40,000 Jews, the event has become a time when we...