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  • In praise of pastrami

    By Gina Nahai

    January 30, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    You know you’re getting old when every meal starts and ends with an admonition about how food will kill you. 

    For a few years now, whenever my friends and I sit down to eat, the conversation veers toward illness, and how to avoid it, and somehow, it all comes down to food. No...

  • Oh Carnival Cruise Line, how I wish you’d step up to the rest of them…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 18, 2011 | 9:26 pm

    Maybe some of you noticed that I haven’t written in the last week.  Alright, none of you noticed but that’s not the point.  My husband and I took the boys on a long awaited vacation on board the “brand new” Carnival cruise ship called ‘Splendor’, or as I am calling it ‘Ineptness’.

    ...
  • Bob Saget: Clean-cut and filthy (uncensored version) [VIDEOS]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 14, 2008 | 2:40 am

    Bob Saget was pondering his status as comedy's reigning filth monger at a Santa Monica cafe recently.

    "You play a guy who's clean-cut and never curses for eight years, like I did on 'Full House,' and people think that's who you are," said Saget, who will be roasted on Comedy Central...

  • Is circumcision a requirement for conversion?

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I called Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn at his home in Kansas City, Kan., where he's rabbi at that city's New Reform Temple. Was it true that he had told the group in Mexicali that it wasn't necessary for adult converts to Judaism to have a brit milah (ritual circumcision)?

    "That is...

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  • A grown-up children’s story

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Inner child therapy is a psychological method aimed at giving voice to part of the adult psyche that remains eternally childlike. It purports that a vulnerable innocence exists within our subconscious; when acknowledged, a more complete and mature life experience is attained.

    For example, were my inner child invited to describe Parshat Noach, she might say:
     

  • Go West, young Torah-observant Jews!

    By Amy Klein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Yeehaw!
     
    The wait is finally over for members of Young Israel of Century City, who were eagerly anticipating the theme of the annual program "brochure," which was kept secret until its publication last week.
     
    It's ... Old West.
     
    The Young Israel of Century Gazette is printed on...
  • Scheduled Relaxation

    By JoAnneh Nagler

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday afternoon I was standing in my shower scrubbing my tile. It suddenly occurred to me -- in the midst of Ajax and scouring pads -- that the man who was ruling my fantasies was on a plane coming back from a sure-it's-professional junket in Las Vegas.

    Something was wrong...

  • Jewish Studies Bug Bites Parents, Too

    By Sue Fishkoff

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eighteen months ago, when Lenard Cohen's 4-year-old daughter was enrolled in the family's congregational preschool, the Philadelphia-area father of three decided to go back to school himself.

    He signed up for the Florence Melton Parent Education Program, a Jewish adult education...

  • Questions, Prayers and Shabbat Lights

    By Amy Klein

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith Questions

    Why do bad things happen to good people? Or why do bad things happen to me? Dr. Aryeh Dean Cohen paraphrased these questions at an April 5 interfaith dialogue on theodicy or how to reconcile a benevolent God with evil.

    The roundtable dialogue, "Jewish and...

  • Intense Me’ah Gets High Marks

    By Penny Schwartz

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A Jewish adult education program is bearing fruit, according to a recent survey.

    And now Me'ah -- an intensive, two-year Jewish adult-education program marking its 10th year -- is spreading from Boston across the country.

    The name of the program, which means 100 in Hebrew, refers...

  • Wanted: A General in the Obesity War

    By Brian Albert

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Obesity is the fastest growing health threat in this country, currently on track to overtake tobacco as No. 1.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 30 percent of American adults older than 20 (more than 60 million people) are obese. The percentage of youths...

  • The Silver-Haired Bar Mitzvah Boy

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "I'd like to order a cake for a bar mitzvah," I said to the lady behind the counter at the kosher bakery. "Please put on the top, 'Mazal tov, Spencer.'"

    "Your son's name is Spencer?" she asked.

    "No, my husband's name is Spencer," I replied.

    "But you said this is for a bar mitzvah."

    ...
  • 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...

  • Election Education

    By Julie G Fax

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Democrats and Republicans may have done their best to get out the vote, but nothing quite does it like making it part of the school curriculum. At schools around the city this week, regular classes were suspended so that kids from elementary to high school could dip their young toes...

  • Wonderousness of the First Time

    By Joan G Friedman

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A bar mitzvah is a time of becoming an adult. While my son was ready to proclaim, "Today I am a man," he also had to go through life with his voice changing and the wearing of braces for a perfect smile.

    My first experience with this momentous occasion was after our son celebrated...

  • Not Just for Kids Anymore

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Storyopolis, the children's art gallery and bookstore, is kicking out children next week for a grownups-only project, an Artists' Studio Series featuring the not-so-kid-friendly art created by children's book illustrators they work with regularly.

    While appealing to the 21-and-over...

  • Between the Sheets

    By Carin Davis

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    So what does a nice Jewish girl know about porn? Quite a bit. Writer Lynn Isenberg strived for silver screen success and Hollywood nights, but instead found sex scene success and "Boogie Nights." Tired of legitimate film studios' constant rejection, Isenberg found success as a...

  • Adults-In-Training Hopes and Fears

    By Jane Ulman

    December 11, 2003 | 6:59 pm

    "Why are you having a bar or bat mitzvah?" Larry Kligman, dean of students at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge, asks the school's 65 seventh-graders.

    "Tradition."

    "Fun."

    "Identity."

    "Heritage."

    The students are attending a one-day retreat, an event the school...

  • You Gotta Be in it to Win it

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Want to win a full day school scholarship? Or maybe free synagogue membership?

    Now you can, in the new Jewish community raffle, Arie Katz, chair of the Jewish Community Scholar Program (CSP), created the raffle to raise awareness of adult Jewish learning in Orange County and what he...

  • Going Forth as a Driver

    By Jane Ulman

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On May 7, exactly 16 years minus 5 1/2 hours after his birth, my son, Gabe, took his driving test at the Winnetka Department of Motor Vehicles office.

    "Are you nervous?" the test instructor asked.

    "Yes," Gabe answered.

    "Don't be, or we'll both be dead."

    I, too, was nervous....

  • Ex Marks the Spots

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Let the courts decide who gets custody of kids. What I want to know is, who gets custody of the coffee shop? The grocery store? The brunch place?

    It's been seven months since I broke up with Z, and I miss our old haunts, the places we used to go together, the places I relinquished...

  • Fern Milken Sports & Youth Complex

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    If anyone doubts the popularity of the new Fern Milken Sports & Youth Complex at the West Valley Jewish Community Center, just show up on any given weekday. The center, which used to attract primarily seniors, is now a hangout for youth of all ages, especially those with a love of...

  • The Journey Within

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Three in five adults report that their level of Jewish involvement has changed substantially over the course of their adult lives. Remarkably, their involvement is nearly as likely to have increased as to have declined.What's constant is change. American Jews continually adapt and...

  • A Hands-On Holiday

    By Julie G Fax

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Teachers have known for a long time that hands-on projects can bring a message home better than any lecture or study session.

    And perhaps there's no holiday on the Jewish calendar that better lends itself to creative manual labor -- for kids and adults alike -- than Sukkot, which...

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