Jewish Journal

  • Festival-goers this year can party under the moonlight

    By Celia Soudry

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    For Yoram Gutman, the Israel Independence Day Festival is a yearlong effort.

    "The minute one festival ends, I start working on the next," said the Reseda businessman, who has served as the festival's executive director since 1994.

    This year's festival, which celebrates Israel's 60th...

  • What Israel means to me

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Tovah Feldshuh

    "I love, admire, and will eternally raise money for Israel because I am well aware that she takes bullets for me. She is my life insurance."

    Judd Hirsch

    "It's not easy to understand how a nation can reclaim itself after 5,000 years of banishment, occupation, and...

  • For Israeli ex-pats, the homeland is calling

    By Ayala Or-el

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Merav and Roy Lobel are going back to Israel. Since the birth of their baby boy, now eight months old, they have longed to be with their families. Each time they've hung up the phone after a call to Israel, they've felt as if part of their heart was still there.

    Guilty feelings about...

  • New generation has a new take on Israel

    By Julie G Fax

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Earlier this spring, David Weiner, a 32-year-old social studies curriculum publisher from Los Angeles, went on an unlikely pairing of back-to-back missions to Israel.

    His first week in Israel, he and a mini-bus full of peers in their 20s and 30s visited grantees of the New Israel...

  • The country’s most formidable challenge? Welding its dual identities

    By Michael Oren

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I will never forget my first day in Israel when a group of teenagers pointed at my tallit and laughed. It was the summer of 1970, and, at age 15, I had realized my dream of volunteering on a kibbutz. Raised in an American home in which Conservative Judaism melded effortlessly with...
  • Israeli rapper Subliminal has built a music empire

    By Dikla Kadosh

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The first song Ya'akov Shimoni ever wrote was called, "Genesis." The lyrics -- in English, Hebrew and French -- were about pollution, global warming, Mother Earth and the destruction of Israel's natural resources. It was 1997 -- long before "An Inconvenient Truth" became a...
  • Turning 60 with Israel—just Fed-Ex those Dead Sea anti-aging creams

    By Jane Ulman

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Israel, girlfriend, what is your problem? Why all this hoopla and hype? Does the whole world have to know that you and I -- hey, break out the Botox -- are turning 60?

    Born in May 1948, separated by only 13 days and some 6,000 miles, we're Jewish soul sisters, linked by lineage,...

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