Jewish Journal

  • 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...

  • Syms clothing company, and its affiliate Filene’s Basement, files for bankruptcy


    November 3, 2011 | 11:29 am

    Syms clothing company and its affiliate, Filene’s Basement, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    “This has been a challenging time for Syms and Filene’s Basement,” said Syms Corp. CEO Marcy Sims Wednesday announcing the bankruptcy. “We have been faced with increased competition from...

  • Altara M.

    by Seth Menachem

    November 2, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    Altara is an only child, raised in New York. She wants to find a man from the East Coast. And when she wants something, she goes after it. That’s how she got in this column.

    “At 27, I bought myself a little Mercedes. I focused on something I was really good at. I sold...

  • Violet Raymond

    By Jane Ulman

    November 2, 2011 | 2:41 pm

    “We got married with a yellow star on his jacket and on my dress.”

    Violet Raymond, then Ibolya Friedmann, and her new husband, George Singer, stood under a chuppah at Nagyfuvaros Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, on May 27, 1944. She was 17, and he was 19. Three days later, George...

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