Jewish Journal

The hero in our midst

by Marci Kislin Heskel

November 12, 2014 | 10:54 am

“You are somebody” Mel Feuer tells students at Horace Mann Elementary School. Mel is a 16-year volunteer for the Community Circle Program, sponsored by the Maple Counseling Center. ... read on

  • Riots in Jerusalem: It’s Never Been About Borders

    by Gidon Ben-Zvi

    November 11, 2014 | 9:18 am

    Recent unrest in Jerusalem is once again fanning the fires of indignation regarding the very presence of Israel in certain parts of the country's capital city. Return East Jerusalem to the Palestinians, so goes the peace calculus, and these long repressed victims of an unusually... read on

  • Crowdfunding a Jewish education

    by Josh Anisfeld

    November 5, 2014 | 10:12 am

    I remember walking into the kindergarten room of Solomon Schechter Day School in Chicago when I was 4.  The first thing asked of me was to put on my kippah. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the request. I remember reading Torah for my first time in 2nd grade.  We split up into... read on

  • UNfriend: The case for Israel pulling out of the United Nations

    by Harry and Gidon Ben-Zvi

    October 6, 2014 | 9:44 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the UN General Assembly in New York last week took place in the Western world's epicenter for the promotion, codification and implementation of insitutional anti-Semitism.

    After all, it is no coincidence that behind every... read on

  • Meditation on a Tallis

    by Anita Getzler

    September 24, 2014 | 9:15 am

    Sitting here, small, next to you in your dark suit,

    so handsome, so content.

    Here at synagogue,

    secure, with peace in your heart.


    The exuberance with which you davin,

    the satisfaction with which you hold my hand.

    It feels so little inside yours—almost lost.

    How... read on

  • Millennials: Map out your holidays

    by Tess Cutler

    September 22, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    Birthright Israel Alumni Organization NEXT is targeting the millennial generation, Jews in their 20s and 30s, with their High Holiday initiative. The millennials are notoriously the toughest demographic to get to temple.  

    “It’s pretty expensive here in LA to belong somewhere,... read on

  • Power Morcellation and women’s health: What you should know

    by Judy Cohen, American Recall Center

    September 22, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Did you know September is National Gynecological Cancer Awareness month? In recent months, a common gynecological procedure has come under scrutiny from the FDA. This minimally invasive procedure uses a device called a ‘power morcellator’, which unknowingly accelerates hidden... read on

  • The apple as symbol

    by Paula Brooks

    September 19, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    The apple has long been regarded as a symbol of desire.  The Romans associated this fruit with Venus, the Goddess of Love.  At the heart of the cross-section of an apple are five seeds in the shape of a pentagram, which corresponds symbolically to the human being with its five... read on

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