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  • Whose reality is real?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 22, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    A little while ago, Hendel Schwartz got a call from a city bus driver.

    “Your son walks with God,” the driver told her.

    Daniel Schwartz, 23, who has cerebral palsy, is sociable with a great sense of humor, and once he learned the independence of riding buses, he made them...

  • Finding their place [VIDEO]

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 22, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    Lauren Levine is settling in with a group of friends apartment to watch “American Idol,” when a look of panic comes over her face. She rummages around, finds her keys and darts out.

    “I left the hair thing on,” she says when she returns, breathless, from her own apartment...

  • Making ‘old country’ latkes on this side of the Atlantic

    by Jamie Geller, JTA

    December 12, 2011 | 3:22 pm

    My grandparents really knew how to cook. It seems to me that everyone born in the “old country”—in this case Transylvania—was born with built-in cooking intuition. Somehow they could create the most scrumptious meals using no fancy equipment, or even measuring spoons.

    They hosted...

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  • Making it easier for LGBT Jewish kids to be open, honest

    By Ryan E. Smith

    November 1, 2011 | 8:44 pm

    Someday, maybe every gay Jewish youth will have as easy a time coming out as Elias Rubin did.

    “I came out a few days after I figured it out myself,” said the 11th-grader from Valley Village. “Everybody was totally supportive and accepting.”

    That was when he was in eighth...

  • The People of the Children’s Book

    By Orit Arfa

    November 1, 2011 | 8:40 pm

    When Myra Clark-Siegel, wife of Israeli Consulate General David Siegel, packed their things for their Los Angeles mission, she sacrificed a few items. But she couldn’t leave behind her children’s favorite books, no matter that they weighed down the suitcases.

    “We love reading,...

  • JDate study claims more Jewish marriage matches than its competitors

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 26, 2011 | 4:07 pm

    The Jewish dating Web site JDate recently announced results from a study that claims the site is responsible for facilitating more Jewish marriages than all other dating Web sites combined. The study, commissioned in-house by JDate’s parent company, Spark Networks, and conducted by...

  • Controlling who shall live and who shall die … and when

    By Ellie Kahn

    October 25, 2011 | 7:15 pm

    My 93-year-old father and I have little left to say to each other.

    He sleeps while I sit by his side. Every so often, Dad wakes up, and looks with some confusion around his small room, at the hospital bed, the TV and the whiteboard where someone has printed in large letters:...

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