Jewish Journal

Father’s example inspires tikkun olam in daughter’s life

by Lisa Armony, Contributing Writer

September 1, 2010 | 10:59 am

Janice Kamenir-Reznik with a Congolese villager during a Jewish World Watch mission. Photo by Mike Ramsdell

Janice Kamenir-Reznik doesn’t tend to get nervous before a speaking engagement, but her Sept. 12 address to worshippers at Mount Sinai Memorial Park and Mortuary’s Kever Avot service has... read full article

  • How to record your family’s story

    by Ellie Kahn

    September 1, 2010 | 10:53 am

    When my friend and I couldn’t get a table at Junior’s, we sat at the counter. Of course sitting at the counter means having lunch with the stranger next to you.

    The man beside me looked about 75, and I couldn’t help but notice him because he was flirting so loudly with the...

  • Once Upon a Time ...

    by Jacqueline Renfrow, Contributing Writer

    September 1, 2010 | 10:45 am

    Energy poured from the woman with flowing brown hair and a giant smile as she took the stage during the National Storytelling Conference, held this year at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, July 29-Aug. 1. 

    “I’m happy to represent the home team,” Karen Golden...

  • Stories bring a life full circle

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 1, 2010 | 10:42 am

    Elie Wiesel often recounts the tale of Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sasov, who needed a miracle. His predecessors had gone to a particular spot in the forest, lit a special candle, said a certain blessing and were able to evoke a miracle. Throughout the generations, much had been lost. Now...

  • Cultivating the Bible

    by Leslie Berliant, Contributing Writer

    March 24, 2010 | 2:17 pm

    Suburbanites and city dwellers alike turn to gardening as a way to connect to nature. From backyard plots to community gardens, digging in the dirt ties people to the land.

    Gardening can also be a way to connect to Judaism and to the parables and directives in the Bible. After all,...

  • Secret Garden: Blossoms of the Apple Tree

    by Rabbi Nicole Guzik

    March 24, 2010 | 2:12 pm

    What is the secret to keeping love alive?

    I have been asked this question more times than I expected in my short few months as a new rabbi in Los Angeles. Singles and couples sit in my office and ask what Judaism has to say about keeping the emotional and spiritual bonds between two...

  • Ablaze With Color: Israel’s plant diversity yields scenic vistas, ties to holidays.

    by Michele Chabin, Contributing Writer

    March 24, 2010 | 2:08 pm

    The rains that drenched Israel during a few intense storms this winter did not end the country’s longstanding water shortage, but they did awaken a remarkable range of wildflowers and plants.

    From the Golan and Galilee up north to the Judean hills in the center and the Negev...

  • Wildflowers of Israel

    by Leslie Berliant, Contributing Writer

    March 24, 2010 | 1:47 pm

    Enter any Trader Joe’s grocery store in Southern California and you are likely to find vibrant sunflowers with golden orange leaves and a dark center among the bouquets and potted plants. What many customers might not realize is that the sunflower being sold is called Jerusalem...

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