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  • A couple’s surrogacy mitzvah

    November 13, 2013 | 2:30 pm

    Orit Harpaz loved being pregnant with her son Theo, now 9. The Sherman Oaks-based photographer got pregnant quickly, had no trouble carrying the child, and delivered at home with her husband, Gal, also a photographer, at her side. At the same time, she watched her best friend...

  • Three adorable puppies rescued in the Negev

    by Uri Fintzy, JTA

    June 4, 2013 | 9:32 am

    Meet Wendy, Winnie and Willie.

    Done awwing? good.

    These three sweet puppies were found deserted near the Israeli town of Netivot in the Negev Desert. The person who found them called Jay and his fiance Roni, a couple who volunteer for animal welfare and occasionally take...

  • A rabbinic lesson in marriage counseling

    March 6, 2013 | 8:54 am

    All too often, religious and societal taboos impede honest dialogue about difficult issues that can affect any marriage, such as spousal abuse, blended families, adoption and infidelity.

    Learning how to deal with those situations is one reason why Associate Rabbi Adir Posy of...

  • The mitzvah of Adoption, Denied Orphans in Russia, and The Baal Shem Tov

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 19, 2013 | 8:08 am

    A Chabad family in Nepal recently made a great public Kiddush Hashem (sanctification of G-d’s name) by adopting a starving child. While definitions for these terms vary, what is clear is that there are millions of orphans around the world and we must all do our part.


    What...

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  • Kidsave changes lives for orphaned children, adoptive parents

    July 19, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    Santiago Brown calls himself a “cashew.” It’s his way of combining the words “Catholic” and “Jew,” to refer to his unusual religious background. He lived in Colombia in a Catholic orphanage until being adopted into a Jewish family a year ago, at the age of 12. His...

  • Billionaire Adopts Girlfriend - UPDATED

    By Ilana Angel

    February 10, 2012 | 1:01 am

    John Goodman is very wealthy.  He was a child of privilege, but as wealthy as he was growing up, he’s richer now.  He founded the International Polo Club and is a billionaire.  That’s with a B.  He is not only a billionaire, but also a pig, coward, and disgusting.

    Two years ago,...

  • Angelina Jolie’s Tattoos.

    By Julia Bendis

    May 15, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    As I looked at pictures of Angelina Jolie’s tattoos, I couldn’t help but want to get some more of my own.  The longitude and latitude ink of her childrens’ bithplaces looks so neat on her arm.  But not wanting to be a copy cat, I thought of putting actual names of cities where...

  • Wanted: One Bubby and Zaidy willing to adopt

    By Lauren Bottner

    May 11, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Officially, grandparents’ day is the first Sunday after Labor Day, falling on Sept. 11, 2011.  Bad timing this year.  Guessing that there’s a slight chance it’ll be overshadowed this year, I’m moving it up…to today. 
    ______________________________
    WANTED:

    One bubby and...

  • Ellen DeGeneres is barking up the wrong tree

    By JewishJournal.com

    October 18, 2007 | 2:29 pm


    Why am I defending Mutts and Moms against Ellen DeGeneres in the Great Doggy War of 2007?  Well, someone has to.

    It turns out we adopted our dog Kira from Marina Baktis at Mutts and Moms three years ago.  Marina was a thorough pleasure to deal with.  Not at all the crazy,...

  • Dual Identity, Double the Questions

    By Sarah Price Brown

    July 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Chinese villagers found the baby, abandoned by her birth parents, in a basket on a riverbank.

    "Just like Moses," the child's adoptive mother, Terri Pollock, says. Today, Leah Hua Xia Pollock, 14, lives in Seattle and plays the flute in her temple's klezmer band.

    Last year, Leah...

  • Actor’s Missing Dad Takes Center Stage

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In his raw, autobiographical monologue, "Who Is Floyd Stearn?" actor Michael Raynor struts onstage with a swagger reminiscent of James Caan. Raynor, playing himself, jabs a finger at a faded photograph.

    The photo was taken on 185th Street in Queens, on his grandmother's lawn. In...

  • Mom, Can We Keep Him?

    By Rachel Brand

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If your kids are out of the house and you're experiencing empty-nest syndrome, how about considering adoption? Don't worry though, this adoptee will be pretty low-maintenance -- all he needs is a caring family, food, water and, of course, plenty of fly-repellent gel.

    The adoptees are...

  • Problems and Promise

    By Rob Eshman

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Just off Motor Avenue in West Los Angeles, about where cars shoot out from under the 10, a simple sign points the way onto the campus of Vista del Mar Child and Family Services. Go fast and you'll miss the sign and the 17.5 acres beyond it of bungalows, recreation areas and service...

  • “Unholy Order: Mystery Stories with a Religious Twist”

    By Dennis Gura

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In 1995, nurse, mystery writer and prospective single mom Serita Stevens traveled to Romania to adopt an abandoned 9-month-old baby girl. So appalled was she at the conditions in the orphanage at which she finally met her future daughter, she started Hugs and Hopes--Romania to help...

  • Operation: GobbleCrying ‘fowl’ on Thanksgiving by feeding, not eating, a turkey.

    By Jane Ulman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Judaism commands us to be kind to animals.

    Thus I don't eat them and I don't keep them as pets. But this Thanksgiving, I've gone a step further. I've rescued one.

    "Oh great, you adopted some foul fowl," my husband, Larry, says.

    "Not any old fowl," I answer, "but Pumpkin, a 40-pound...

  • Mothers and Daughters

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    White Oleander

    By Janet Fitch

    Little, Brown, $24..

    When author Janet Fitch was 9, her longtime friend disappeared into the netherworld of the Los Angeles foster care system.

    The girl's mother had died, then her father and an elderly aunt. When her older brother, a junkie, was arrested,...

  • Are You My Mother?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    All her life, Jeanette Kopitowsky has been searching for a face in the crowd. She scans strangers' faces for someone, anyone who looks like herself. Her biological mother. Her father. A sibling.

    The playwright-actress, who was abandoned by her parents as a baby, grew up in foster...

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