Jewish Journal

Sharing the love, handling the holidays

by Edward Farber

September 3, 2013 | 10:27 am

Every day in my office, I see parents, embittered by divorce and so grateful to finally be physically and legally apart from a partner they once loved and now hate, struggling to co-parent... read full article

  • High Holy Days: Services are Smaller but just as holy

    Singles services are Smaller but just as holy

    September 3, 2013 | 10:11 am

    The Los Angeles Jewish Singles Meeting Place, a group that arranges small-scale events every week to connect middle-aged singles in a non-threatening environment, might seem an unlikely sponsor for community-wide services during the High Holy Days.

    And yet, since 1977, the group...

  • Atoning in the digital age, there's an app for that

    by Julie Bien

    September 3, 2013 | 9:56 am

    The digital age is changing the way we approach all aspects of life — including repentance. 

    There is a catharsis in release, especially public release, and that’s what the founders of a slew of new digital programs and apps have tapped into during the High Holy Days. From...

  • Happy new mitzvah

    By David Suissa

    September 2, 2013 | 5:23 pm

    “Organized Judaism is in trouble.” I’ve been hearing that refrain for years now, from rabbis and Jewish leaders in speeches, sermons, op-eds and conferences. The litany of complaints is familiar: Synagogue membership is down; the new generation doesn’t like organized religion;...

  • High Holy Days Food: Welcoming new breaking-the-fast traditions

    by Jessica Ritz

    August 29, 2013 | 11:12 am

    On Yom Kippur, after the day’s hard spiritual work is done, the break-the-fast meal poses its own challenges. An upside: No one is terribly picky about what they’re taking in after 24 hours of fasting. Preparing a tantalizing spread can be almost an act of cruelty; better to keep...

  • Making cookies ... And a difference

    by Rebekah Blume

    August 28, 2013 | 5:39 pm

    Left destitute overnight when the Nazis confiscated his life savings in 1941, Ben Lesser’s father, Lazar, used a 100-pound bag of flour and some salt — a housewarming gift from a friend — to bake pretzels for the local bars in Niepolomice in southern Poland. 

    While his family of...

  • Let them dat (honey) cake

    By Judy Zeidler

    August 28, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is considered a High Holy Day, but it’s also a happy holiday, full of hope and optimism.

    I am always impressed by the fact that food plays such an important part during one of the most sacred of Jewish holidays. The traditional foods — apples,...

  • High Holy Day services: Tashlich 2013

    August 27, 2013 | 1:32 pm



    Temple Adat Elohim. Sept 5. 4:30 p.m. Oak Canyon Community Park, 5600 Hollytree Drive, Oak Park. (805) 497-7101. adatelohim.org.


    Temple Judea. Sept. 6. Approximately 11:30 a.m. Lake Balboa, 6300 Balboa...

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