Jewish Journal

  • Old game, new spins

    by Robin Heinz Bratslavsky

    November 17, 2011 | 2:44 pm

    When it comes to Chanukah, playing the dreidel game is as ubiquitous as lighting the candles on a chanukiyah and eating latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts).

    The dreidel, a four-sided spinning top, can be made of almost any material, including wood,...

  • Israel, the brand

    Jewish Week Staff Report

    November 17, 2011 | 11:18 am

    In the 19th century, industry in what became the State of Israel consisted mainly of small workshops that made farm implements. Today, the country manufactures everything from drugs to lasers to shoes, and the closest thing to farm implements are complex drip irrigation systems.

  • Rising tennis star Nadine Fahoum: In her own words

    by Nadine Fahoum

    November 17, 2011 | 10:18 am

    My name is Nadine Fahoum and I am a 21 year old Israeli Arab Muslim from Haifa.  When I was 6 years old and it was time to enroll me in elementary school, my parents faced a very complex dilemma—whether to enroll me in the ―Reali Hebrew School or in an Arab school in Haifa. ...

  • Esther H.

    by Seth Menachem

    November 16, 2011 | 2:18 pm

    Esther walks into Starbucks to sit down with me, recognizes a young guy at the table next to us and gives him a hug. “He’s my acting coach.” She sits down, continuing, “I noticed people come off kvetchy [in the column]. I want to come off on a higher level. On a sophisticated...

  • Motek Kleiman

    By Jane Ulman

    November 16, 2011 | 1:58 pm

    “It was such a winter, with wind and snow. It was Dante’s night.”

    It was Jan. 21, 1945, and Motek Kleiman and the prisoners of Blechhammer, a sub-camp of Auschwitz, were being liquidated, dispatched on a two-week forced march to Gross-Rosen, another sub-camp. There, Motek...

  • Passing of Evelyn Lauder marked by Jewish activists against breast cancer

    by Suzanne Kurtz, JTA

    November 15, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    It’s hard to find a Jewish woman without a direct connection to breast cancer. With nearly one in 40 women of Ashkenazi descent possessing a genetic mutation that greatly increases their chances of contracting the disease, breast cancer, like Tay-Sachs and Gaucher’s, is a...

  • Jaclyn L.

    by Seth Menachem

    November 9, 2011 | 11:27 am

    Jaclyn spent her childhood moving from place to place: “We were a gypsy family.”  So she has a lot to compare it to when she says, “I love L.A. I love living here. It’s got everything. And I like the people. I dispute most of the clichéd descriptions of the people in L.A. I...

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