Jewish Journal

  • Rachel Bookstein: ‘We work better together’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 1:56 am

    Working on a college campus, Rachel Bookstein is constantly talking to students about sex. She has very strong opinions about it -- as does her husband of 11 years. A self-declared "Torah-observant feminist," Bookstein found the place where she thinks Judaism and feminism meet in the...
  • Marjorie Pressman: ‘I created my own role’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 1:51 am

    Like an elegant first lady, Marjorie Pressman knows how to dress for an interview.

    She chooses a baby-blue cardigan set crowned with opal buttons, double-strand pearls and a dash of iridescent eye shadow. In her mid-80s, she retains a youthful glow as she sits in her living room...

  • David Light: ‘It’s a tricky balancing act’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 1:45 am

    It's Friday night at IKAR, and David Light can't pray.

    On this hot and sticky Shabbat, a few hundred people pack the Westside Jewish Community Center auditorium, davening with fierce intensity to the deep patter of drumbeats. Light sits in the second row, watching his wife, Rabbi...

  • Deferred dream comes true for actress Nan Tepper

    By Tom Tugend

    August 7, 2008 | 1:09 am

    "What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?" African American poet Langston Hughes asked.

    Not always. Take the case of Nan Tepper, who deferred her dream for half a century but, at 77, is now winning plaudits as the iron-willed grandmother in Neil...

  • Temple bingo— a gamble if it’s a good way to raise funds

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    July 31, 2008 | 12:45 am

    The social hall at Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks undergoes a major transformation every Thursday night. Television monitors and a flashing scoreboard are mounted on the walls, and a sea of cafeteria-style tables cluttered with small computer monitors, game cards and good-luck...
  • All pink, all the time

    By Molly Binenfeld, Contributing Writer

    July 31, 2008 | 12:35 am

    The doors, roof and the mailbox of the Pink Lady's Woodland Hills home are painted in a shade that might best be described as cotton candy, and pink accents adorn her white picket fence. The interior is decorated in varying shades of pink, from the appliances in the kitchen to the...
  • Geriatric love, (I.B.) Singer style

    By Tom Tugend

    July 23, 2008 | 3:51 pm

    Max Kohn is a European-born short story writer in New York who has gained a considerable cult following in America. Though almost 80, he pursues an active love life, sometimes in fantasy, sometimes in reality.

    If Kohn, the central character in the film, "Love Comes Lately," seems to...

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