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Let there be light

By Susan Freudenheim

October 3, 2012 | 12:04 pm

Students from the Katira Primary School celebrate the inaugural lighting of their classroom in rural Uganda. Photo courtesy of Jewish Heart for Africa and IKAR.

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 synagogue committed itself to helping an... read full article

  • A promise for Rosh Hashanah: Remembering the value of dignity

    By Susan Freudenheim

    September 12, 2012 | 2:13 pm

    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 simple word has stuck in my mind and my heart. It was spoken at the beginning of Barack Obama’s short tribute film that was shown just...

  • Helping mothers have it all

    By Susan Freudenheim

    June 27, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    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, Anne-Marie Slaughter, is at an evening work event talking to very important, very professional people, and all that’s really on her...

  • Fishing in Africa

    By Susan Freudenheim

    May 2, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    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 activist from Kenya specializing in the geopolitics of water, a 32-year-old powerhouse who just won a highly prestigious Goldman Environmental...

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  • Living with Holocaust ghosts

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 25, 2012 | 12:42 pm

    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 with a Latvian accent — he softly spoke: “Thank you for the help that is not only material, but also moral. A person lives through...

  • Beauty that heals

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 4, 2012 | 11:50 am

    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 met some of its staff, but I’d never visited its campus on Venice Boulevard, with its sanctuary adorned with stained-glass windows, as...

  • Beyond 'Kony 2012'

    By Susan Freudenheim

    March 14, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    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 house. We don’t watch TV at dinner, nor does my very independent 16-year-old tend to share. But her urgency was palpable, so we let her...

  • Hadassah feminists

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 29, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    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 show — and that’s the sort of dedicated young woman who devoted herself not just to her husband and family, or even to her work, but...

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