Jewish Journal

Cover of May 1-7, 2015 Jewish Journal

Transgender Jews: Beyond the Rainbow

by Julie Gruenbaum Fax

Deborah attends services at Temple Aliyah nearly every week, but on a Friday night two years ago, she was nervous. Her daughter, Rebecca, then 18 and known all of her life as Jeremy, had chosen the Kabbalat Shabbat service to come out...

(May 1-7, 2015: Volume 30, Number 9)

  • What Muslims Can Learn From Zionism

    By Rob Eshman

    4 days ago

    Three weeks ago, at the King Fahad Mosque in Culver City, it occurred to me how to beat ISIS.

  • How Do You Stay Jewish?

    By David Suissa

    4 days ago

    In the Modern Orthodox world, parents don’t like to hear the letters OTD. They stand for “off the derech,” off the path (of Torah), meaning your kid has decided to leave the religious world. It happens more frequently than you might think.

  • The Washington Dread and Denial Association

    By Marty Kaplan

    1 week ago

    Stories, whether torn from history or made from whole cloth, can make us want to shout that. Don’t open that door at the top of the stairs. Don’t get on that boat. Don’t believe that president, general, journalist, preacher, cop.

  • And Still It Moves

    By Gina Nahai

    4 days ago

    The little train station in Great Neck, N.Y., looks exactly the same as it did in 1973. There’s the narrow driveway in front where cars await incoming passengers, the two metal benches just above the sidewalk, the brown tinted glass on the door. Inside, there’s the same brown wood...

  • In Combating Drought, L.A. Should Follow Israel’s Lead

    4 days ago

    California’s current drought is calamitous, and there’s no end in sight. The good news is that we’re busy taking appropriate, absolutely necessary action.

  • Wake Up, America! Learn from the Iranian-Jewish Tragedy in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    4 days ago

    During the last few weeks, many of my friends from the Ashkenazi community have asked why countless Iranian Jews living in the U.S. such as myself are opposed to the current efforts by the Obama administration to renew ties, the Islamic Republic of Iran