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Jewish Journal

Elyse Samuels

  • Artist displays what’s missing in a ‘Box’

    September 18, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    It’s hard to believe that Dwora Fried — a native Austrian with unruly, fiery red hair, a lesbian, world traveler, mother of four and daughter of a Holocaust survivor — is able to create artwork just as complicated, dynamic and vivacious as herself, all within a wooden box that’s...

  • Holy Days done your way

    September 3, 2013 | 11:08 am

    You could make a movie about the way Sigal Farkash spends the High Holy Days. In a way, someone already has.

    “Have you ever seen the movie ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’? That’s how we celebrate,” the Israeli from Sherman Oaks said, describing the lively atmosphere of food and family...

  • High Holy Days: Services are Smaller but just as holy

    September 3, 2013 | 10:11 am

    The Los Angeles Jewish Singles Meeting Place, a group that arranges small-scale events every week to connect middle-aged singles in a non-threatening environment, might seem an unlikely sponsor for community-wide services during the High Holy Days.

    And yet, since 1977, the group...

  • How do you raise $120 million?

    August 22, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s newly renovated sanctuary has been cleaned and fully restored. An extended bimah is more accessible for the first time. Photo © Tom Bonner 2013

    Ask Rabbi Steven Z. Leder what the mission of Wilshire Boulevard Temple is, and he’ll tell you, “We...

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