Jewish Journal

The Rebuke of Donald Sterling

By Susan Esther Barnes

April 30, 2014 | 1:30 am

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Donald Sterling, assuming the voice on the recording released this week is really his and hasn’t been altered in any significant way, said some despicable things. Many people were, quite... read on

  • What if Your Synagogue Called…and Didn’t Ask for Money?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 23, 2014 | 1:30 am

    I still remember the first time I got the call. “Hi,” the caller said, “I’m on the synagogue board, and I’m calling to wish you a happy Passover holiday.”

    “Thanks,” I replied, waiting for the request for a donation. Or to serve on a committee. Or some other inconvenient thing the... read on

  • Searching for Passover Hobbits

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 16, 2014 | 1:30 am

    “Ray is annoyed by the search for hobbits,” my husband said, referring to his friend who, like my husband, is not Jewish but is married to someone who is.

    “Hobbits?” I asked.

    “Yes,” he confirmed.

    “Why is he looking for hobbits?” I inquired, I thought, quite reasonably.

    “You... read on

  • Wobbly Webinars

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 9, 2014 | 1:30 am

    Webinars are all the rage these days. It seems like every institution I run into that has anything to do with education wants to use webinars in some way. Which would be great, but for some of them, it appears they’re just trying to jump on the bandwagon without understanding the... read on