Jewish Journal

  • Small change

    Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    November 10, 2010 | 7:06 am

    It was nearly 5 o’clock when Susan realized she didn’t have the fresh basil and black olives she needed for the chicken dish she was preparing for dinner. Guests were arriving at 7 and she still needed to shower and change. Scribbling the few items down on a scrap of paper, she...

  • A creative twist on Chanukah giving

    Dasee Berkowitz, JTA

    November 10, 2010 | 7:00 am

    When I walked into our local Kmart the night after Labor Day, Christmas music already beckoned shoppers to do what they do best during the great white winter holiday: consume. Traditional Christians probably decry the way in which the focus of their holy day has shifted away from...

  • Alpert Award Gives Lift to Dancer

    By Debra Levine

    December 3, 2009 | 2:30 pm

    For a good couple of minutes I was in shock,” said burgeoning ballerina Hana Goldstone, a light giggle punctuating her otherwise grown-up voice.

    The 16-year-old is remembering the moment she learned that The Herb Alpert Foundation had granted her a $40,000 Emerging Artist...

  • Peace in the Middle East?

    by Ma'ayan Cohen

    December 3, 2009 | 2:26 pm

    Psychotherapist Shepha Schneirsohn Vainstein lives on a ranch in Agoura Hills that also serves as headquarters to the peace-seeking Salaam Shalom Educational Foundation, which she co-founded.

    Believing that “the greatest strength and greatest asset in the Middle East are the...

  • Future of ORT Schools in Former Soviet Union on Shaky Ground

    By Laura Stampler

    November 16, 2009 | 2:59 am

    The Jewish life that once was so vibrant in Eastern Europe was long ago ravaged, if not destroyed — first by the Holocaust and then by communist regimes. The latter strictly forbade all religious practice, and even being culturally Jewish was considered socially detrimental and...

  • One Man’s Illness Works to Myeloma’s Benefit

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 16, 2009 | 2:34 am

    “Tonight we’ve heard from a small Jew, a medium-sized Jew, and now we’re about to hear from the world’s biggest Jew,” comedian Ray Romano cracked to an auditorium full of Hollywood bigwigs.

    Brad Garrett, who is a striking 6 feet 8 1/2 inches tall, sauntered onto the...

  • Jumpstart Nurtures Innovation, Focused on Social Entrepreneurs

    by Emily Kaplan, Contributing Writer

    November 16, 2009 | 2:31 am

    Noble goals are not always enough to sustain a nonprofit, and ideas lose momentum when the realities of money and practicality come into play. The road to a failed nonprofit is paved with good intentions, to paraphrase the axiom.

    Enter Jewish Jumpstart, a one-stop shop for Jewish...

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