Thursday, March 21, 2013
A shofar blasted as Cantor Tannoz Bahremand of Stephen S. Wise Temple stepped into the historic downtown sanctuary, raising her voice in prayer as. . .
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Getting to Know You...
In 2000, an urban congregation of 1,000 families found itself at a crossroads. The synagogue had a balanced budget and a beloved rabbi who was. . .
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Jewish Women’s Conference: Putting women first
The talk at the second annual Jewish Women’s Conference of Southern California focused not so much on the Jewish part, as on the women’s part.. . .
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The American election and Israel
Americans who care deeply about Israel have to make two decisions regarding the upcoming election.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Let there be light
We take light for granted. But in the Torah’s opening chapter of Bereshit, it was God’s first gift. It seems fitting, then, that when a local. . .
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A promise for Rosh Hashanah: Remembering the value of dignity
After all the political speechmaking of the past few weeks, in the wake of all the claims and fact-checking, name-calling and back-slapping, one. . .
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Helping mothers have it all
The much-discussed article in the July/August Atlantic magazine begins with a story that likely will be familiar to any working mother. The author,. . .
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Fishing in Africa
To meet Ikal Angelei in a Wilshire Boulevard coffee shop, as I did this week, is to traverse oceans and travel through deserts. Angelei is an. . .
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Living with Holocaust ghosts
Ed Asner, aka Lou Grant, walked slowly to the front of the stage at the Museum of Tolerance on Sunday night, and in his familiar growl — this time. . .
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Beauty that heals
Last Sunday, I took my first trip to Beit T’Shuvah. I’ve been hearing about this highly successful addiction treatment center for years and had. . .
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Beyond 'Kony 2012'
A week ago last Monday, my daughter brought her laptop to the dinner table and insisted, “We have to watch this.” This never happens in our. . .
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Amid all the boozing, smoking and jumping from bed to bed in “Mad Men,” there’s a certain 1960s persona that’s missing from the popular TV. . .
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Thank you Planned Parenthood
Amid all the hubris and rancor flying around the subject of women’s reproductive rights these days, I suggest we stop for a moment and send a word. . .
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Opinion: Debbie Friedman’s gift
One evening last February, 1,500 people poured into the vast sanctuary of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, filling every inch.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Opinion: The back of the bus
If Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy teaches us one thing, it’s that the fight for civil rights is not particular to a time, a place, a people or a. . .
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Opinion: Good writing counts
Each autumn, the Milken Family Foundation throws one of the best luncheons of the year, and it’s not the fine kosher fare at the Luxe Sunset. . .
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
A moment for Angelina Jolie
The draw of a Hollywood premiere for a film written, directed and produced by Angelina Jolie is irresistible. True to her A+-list status, Jolie’s. . .
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
On a particularly beautiful day like last Sunday, I, to be honest, had a hard time facing the prospect of spending the afternoon in windowless. . .
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Who owns a horror?
At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art right now, in the ground-level hall of the Art of the Americas building, right off the main courtyard, a. . .
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Opinion: Empowered women
It takes a little effort to find the exhibition “Women Hold Up Half the Sky” at the Skirball Cultural Center. You have to bypass three alluring. . .
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Holocaust survivors’ 11th hour
Last week, everyone was scurrying around Zane Buzby’s small but serviceable office, high up in a rather creaky building in downtown Los Angeles.. . .
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Opinion: Jetsons vs. Flintstones, a visit with Thomas Friedman
Last weekend, I was talking to a friend in New York who is a top IT manager for an advertising firm. My friend is in the process of remaking the Web. . .
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Feminism, revisited: Gloria Steinem meets Mona Eltahawy
When an e-mail arrived in my inbox recently announcing a public conversation between Gloria Steinem and Mona Eltahawy, I knew I had to be there, even. . .
Monday, October 10, 2011
Art Spiegelman: Behind the Mouse Mask
Wearing a three-piece suit and looking more elder statesman than the artist he is, Art Spiegelman addressed an audience of about 100 at the. . .