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  • Mental Workouts Keep Your Brain Fit

    By Sophia Dembling

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I work out regularly -- power walking, aerobics, weight lifting, yoga. But none of these have exhausted me as thoroughly as my first year sitting in a college classroom as a "nontraditional" (a.k.a. "old") student. By the end of each day of classes, I felt like I'd run a 10K carrying...

  • AIPAC Is Guilty—But Not of Spying

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    As some 1,250 delegates gather in Los Angeles under the banner of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to celebrate the deepening ties between the United States and Israel and to strengthen those ties through political activities, I am mindful of two who...

  • Teshuvah for Tots Sets Right Tone

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 2005 | 8:01 pm

    The concept of repentance is hard enough for grown-ups to get, so how do educators make the central themes of the High Holidays real for children?

    While projects like tempera-painted honey dishes and party-whistle shofars are de rigueur, preschool and elementary school teachers take...

  • Give Some Honey to Apples of Your Eye

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holiday Hustle. We know the steps well. It starts with a tireless trek to the mall in search of that stylish synagogue suit. Next comes the culinary juggling act, simultaneously preparing Aunt Sophie's tzimmes, Bubbe's killer kugel and a 22-pound turkey, dressed and trimmed....

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  • Youth Groups Are Worth the Fight

    By Lisa Greengard

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Here is a dreaded conversation familiar to most parents of Jewish teens:

    Them: "Hi, this is your synagogue youth adviser calling to make sure you received the flyer about our upcoming youth group event. Will your child be joining us?"

    You: "Thank you for your phone call. I talked...

  • Families Find Magic in ‘Miracles’ Musical

    By Beverly Gray

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Lexie Aaron stands center stage. The 13-year-old girl sings out in a strong, pure voice, "Miracles happen ev'ry day ... open your eyes."

    The song is the opening number of "Everyday Miracles," an original musical about four Hebrew school students who travel back in time to interact...

  • Pitfalls of Making Playdate Plans

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Brandon was 3 the first time another mother called me to schedule a playdate.

    "A playdate," I giggled. "That's so clever! Did you make that up yourself?" (The dead silence on the other end of the phone clued me in that I had just made a monumental maternal faux pas that could...

  • Afikomen, Afikomen Wherefore Art Thou?

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    The afikomen: dessert or simply a ploy to keep children -- and some adults -- awake through most of the seder? Most people probably favor the latter, and tend to choose one of two techniques to make finding the half-piece of matzah interesting:

    Method No. 1: Hiding the afikomen...

  • Holiday Frivolity for Young at Heart

    By Jane Ulman

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Offering the chance to parade in costume as Queen Esther or King Ahasuerus, shake groggers at the mention of Haman's name and feast on hamantaschen, Purim is the perfect holiday -- for our kids' grandparents and great-grandparents.

    At every age, we must be connected to life's fun...

  • Forgo Rainy Day Woe With Spa Trip

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When the torrential winter rains take a reprieve, don some wings and head south. This three-day itinerary for rest, relaxation and kosher cuisine creates sunny inspiration even on the cloudiest days.

    Day 1: Ease in slowly with a day stop at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa, an...

  • Jerusalem’s Old City Finds Twin in Girona

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    With their narrow passageways and cobblestone streets, picturesque Girona and Jerusalem's Old City share more than just a certain outward appearance.

    As early as the 12th century, artists from this Catalan city portrayed Jerusalem and its Jewish residents in a magnificent tapestry...

  • Reach Out and Touch Faith

    By Julie Woldow

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    When Elizabeth Cobrin goes to Israel this winter break with Birthright Israel, she and her friends have devised a plan to find each other when participants in all the different Birthright trips get together.

    They are going to sing their camp songs really, really loudly, until they...

  • Teens Gear up for Bicycle Tzedakah

    By Julie M. Brown

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    With their hands all but frozen, lips blue and feet soaking, nearly 50 South Bay teens and a large handful of adult volunteers braved the storm on Sunday, Dec. 5, to devote their afternoon to testing, cleaning and repairing bicycles.

    The second of four Arachim programs, this event...

  • Tropically Together in Club Med

    By Tom Tugend

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In its early days, Club Med catered mainly to single swingers, but when business dropped, the management wisely turned some of its resorts into family destinations.

    That suited us fine, because my wife and I have three daughters, three sons-in-law, seven grandchildren and counting --...

  • Study Points to Big Church-State Shift

    By James D. Besser

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A new study reveals that the Bush administration is succeeding beyond the most optimistic projections of supporters -- and the most pessimistic fears of critics -- in funneling government social service dollars to religious groups, despite the refusal of Congress to pass most of its...

  • Back to the Desert

    By Shelly Malmon

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Modern Jews must possess an ancient collective memory to stay out of the desert. I only had enough vacation days saved up for the Memorial Day weekend, not enough for 40 years of wandering.

    But Arie Katz, founder of Orange County's Community Scholar Program, which sponsored this...

  • Sweet Days of Summer at Day Camps

    By Stefanee Freedman

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Local synagogues, Jewish centers and other cultural organizations are holding day camps throughout the summer months that expose children to Jewish culture, popular culture and even pre-Columbian culture.

    The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Orange County operates two camps in two...

  • Short-Term Help, Long-Term Effects

    By Carin Davis

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Michael Borkow had done the Israel tourist thing before, and wanted to spend his week's vacation volunteering in Israel.

    "I didn't want to sit in a hotel room or listen to a tour guide tell me to look out the left- hand side of the bus. I wanted to show my support of Israel in a...

  • Exile the So-So Seder

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Some people like their Passover seders just as they remember them: the same lines recited by the same relatives with the same emphasis, the same songs, jokes and foods, the same delicate glassware that picks up the light in a certain way, reflecting past and present.

    David Arnow...

  • Transition to New Center Under Way

    By Andrea Adelson

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The transition by Orange County's Jewish Community Center (JCC) to an expansive $20 million facility in Irvine this summer is already underway with the hiring, effective March 1, of an expanded management team.

    On the job only a few months, Dan M. Bernstein, the JCC's executive...

  • Teen’s Loss of Sister Spurs Charity Efforts

    By Andrea Adelson

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Seventeen-year-old Megan Knofsky keeps alive her sibling's memory by sustaining a teen support group that raises money for research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, the genetic disorder that affects 30,000 people and claimed her sister, Sarah, in 1997.

    Two years ago, Knofsky of...

  • Purim Celebrations to Kick It Up a Notch

    By Andrea Adelson

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The calendar is doing for Purim this year what Emeril suggests is good for any recipe: Kick it up a notch.

    The celebrations over the deliverance of the Jews of Persia will get an adult rating at one synagogue's annual reading of the scroll of Esther. Virgins cavort alongside the...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday

    "The Nanny's" Fran Drescher whines her way into hearts once again, as she hosts the Jewish Television Network's one-hour, all-the-stops-pulled-out"A Chanukah Celebration." Today on PBS, Fran shares her own Chanukah memories, then introduces each of the segments that...

  • Turkish Jews: We’ll Carry On

    By Yigal Schleifer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The recent bombings of two Istanbul synagogues won't end the tradition of openness in Turkey's Jewish community -- and it could even make the community more cohesive, leaders say.

    At the same time, the attacks are unlikely to force Turkey to retreat from its alliances with Israel...

  • Cal State Bridges Culture Gap

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Los Angeles campus of California State University hardly seems fertile ground to introduce studies on Jewish culture and history.

    Located five miles east of the downtown Civic Center, Cal State L.A. has some 21,000 students, of whom more than half are Latino, almost a quarter...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What's a HTROA?

    A MINOTAUR at the Zimmer Children's Museum? No, not really. Unscramble the words in this paragraph to find out what their newest exhibit is:

    In order to read this HTROA, you will need a

    GMNIFYNGAI glass. And it is there, right at the end of the DAY, the pointer....

  • Valley Festival Draws Thousands

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It was a sunny day in Woodland Hills -- perhaps a little too sunny -- but the heat did not stop the 11th biennial Los Angeles Jewish Festival from creating some heat of its own.

    "More booths, more vendors, more of everything" is how festival co-chair Nancy Parris Moskowitz described...

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Rules at 2003 Valley Fest

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The 11th biannual Los Angeles Jewish Festival, co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation and a host of Jewish organizations, synagogues and corporate sponsors, promises an eclectic lineup of rock and rock hybrids.

    The Main Stage, sponsored by Countrywide, will include rockers Rick Recht...

  • Israel Fest Expands Celebration Borders

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    UCLA Hillel special events coordinator Guy Kochlani was born in Tel Aviv, but he was never actively involved in supporting Israel -- until the day three years ago when a group of Palestinian students interrupted the Yom HaAtzmaut celebration on campus.

    "I couldn't believe it -- these...

  • A Big Sunday

    By Rachel Brand

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Temple Israel of Hollywood held its first Mitzvah Day five years ago, it was just that: Temple Israel of Hollywood's Mitzvah Day. Over the years, however, as the annual "do-good" day has attracted the attention of other organizations throughout the Los Angeles area, Mitzvah Day...

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