Jewish Journal

Annabelle Stevens

  • Macrobiotic principles fit Sukkot meals

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Lee Gross, 31, and Ben Newman grew up together in New York. Both loved Hebrew school and dreamed of going to rabbinical school. Twenty years later, their spiritual journeys took them on different professional paths. Newman is a rabbi. Gross is executive chef of M Café de Chaya on...
  • Are Cell Phones Ever Cool in Shul?

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, I was at a funeral at Mount Sinai in Glendale when, at one of the most emotional moments, a cell phone rang loudly for several minutes, humming a Broadway tune. Attendees fumbled into their handbags and pockets to check if they were the culprit. The cell phone...

  • My Yiddishe Mamma Day

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Yesterday, I got three messages from my mother, a long distance Jewish mother joke from my brother in London ("A homeless man approaches a Jewish mother on the street. 'Lady, I haven't eaten in three days,' he said. 'Force yourself,' she replied.") and the last was from the Loews...

  • Aunt Coca’s Ghost

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Did you have an Aunt Coca? My auntie, to whom I am not genetically connected, was a lady we kindly invited to family gatherings because she was alone. It was silently understood that she was an "old maid," one of those unfortunate women who did not marry and have children.