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  • How the West Was Frum

    By Penny Schwartz

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Can you imagine an Orthodox bar mitzvah celebrated in the Arizona desert soon after the Civil War -- with a guest list that includes Apache warriors, gun-slinging outlaws and a minyan imported from Tombstone?

    Robert Avrech did.

    Avrech, 57, a Hollywood screenwriter, wrote his...

  • The Forbidden Food

    By Dan Jacobs

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I was casually walking through the meat aisle at the local supermarket yesterday morning looking for kosher chicken when I saw her holding a package of frozen shrimp.

    Her hair was long and sun-bleached blonde, and her eyes were blue like the sky. I knew she wasn't Jewish. My heart...

  • Put Mitzvah in Bar Mitzvah for non-Jews

    By Rabbi Ken Chasen

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    On Jan. 14, you could hear the wake-up call sounding for Jews all across America.

    Perhaps you noticed the article by reporter Elizabeth Bernstein in that morning's Wall Street Journal. Perhaps someone e-mailed it to you. Perhaps numerous someones emailed it to you.

    It appeared in my...

  • 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...

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  • Krusty’s Adult Bar Mitzvah

    By Adam Wills

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Krusty the Clown never had a bar mitzvah. It's a startling confession "Simpsons" fans will hear this Sunday when the Springfield celebrity discovers he doesn't have a star on the town's Jewish Walk of Fame.

    In the episode, "Today, I Am a Clown," written by Joel H. Cohen, the...

  • One Powerful Parchment

    By Julie G Fax

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jono Wagmeister's bar mitzvah adventure started at a friend's bat mitzvah in Atlanta last April, and took him on a virtual journey across the world and through centuries of Jewish history.

    It was in Atlanta that Jono first heard about the 1,564 scrolls the Nazis collected and...

  • Your Letters

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Marine in Iraq

    After reading Rabbi Mordecai Finley's article about his son in Iraq as a Jewish soldier liberating Arab people ("Jewish Values Guide Marine's Life in Iraq" Aug. 8), I am reminded of some 20 years ago having the honor of serving in the Israeli Army with Rabbi...

  • A Double Mitzvah

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    If one follows the traditional Jewish philosophy that a lifetime is 70 years, Dr. Hy Goldman was symbolically reborn on April 22, 2000. It's a philosophy Goldman likes, and thus followed to the next logical conclusion -- that he should reaffirm his commitment to Judaism with a second...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Family Footsteps

    Zachary Phillip Eisenberg has donated $1,000 in gift money from his recent bar mitzvah to John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, in memory of his late grandfather, philanthropist Juels Eisenberg, who succumbed to cancer three years ago.



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  • Your Letters

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A Conservative Challenge



    In our studies at Beth Chayim Chadashim's (BCC) Queer Jewish Think Tank, we are not throwing out the halacha, nor are we bending and twisting the texts to suit our own devices ("A Conservative Challenge," Jan. 17).

    BCC and Rabbi Lisa Edwards are at the...

  • A Mitzvah

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When teen titan Henry Laufer needed to raise the bar on his bar mitzvah, he turned his drive for skateboarding into a skateboarding drive.

    Laufer, a pupil at Crossroads Middle School in Santa Monica, recently had his wheels spinning on what do to with his Feb. 1 bar mitzvah rapidly...

  • A Ukrainian City’s Coming-of-Age

    By Daniel MacIsaac

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's not too often that a 13-year-old boy can change the world -- or at least the world in which he lives.

    So, it is difficult to underestimate the significance of the recent bar mitzvah of Menachem Mendel Moskovitz, known as Mendel.

    As the eldest son of the Venezuelan-born chief...

  • A Plea to Lower the Bar on Bar Mitzvahs

    By Gary Wexler

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I'll never forget the first bat mitzvah invitation my oldest daughter, who is now 22, received. It didn't come in the mail. It was hand delivered after dark by a lady in a fairy godmother costume, carrying a crystal wand, who rang our doorbell, singing.

    Her lyrics requested our...

  • The ‘Contemporary’ Bar Mitzvah

    By Jane Ulman

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "No, Jeremy, you cannot wear 'liberty spikes' to your bar mitzvah party," I say, referring to the hair-style that transforms my son's head into the Statue of Liberty's crown.

    "Mom, you don't understand," he says. "Even when I'm 50, I'll be spiking my hair."

    Oh, to be adolescent...

  • Make it Count

    By Rabbi Cheryl Peretz

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Have you ever noticed yourself counting the time leading up to an important moment in your life -- the years before a bar mitzvah or golden celebration, the months before a new baby is born, the weeks before a wedding or graduation or even the days before a special birthday?

    How...

  • Rabbi for the ‘Summer’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When comic Kevin Pollak did standup at his bar mitzvah, the rabbi was his straight man.

    So he laid on the shtick to play Rabbi Jacobsen in Pete Jones' melodramatic film, "Stolen Summer," which opens today in Los Angeles. The comedy-drama follows a Catholic kid bent on converting the...

  • Everything I Know About Bar Mitzvahs

    By Jane Ulman

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Many Native American parents, in an adolescent rite of passage, send their teenage sons on a solo journey, without food and with little water, into the wilderness. This is called a vision quest, and the child doesn't return until he is visited in a dream by his personal spirit....

  • A Heartwarming Thanksgiving

    By Amy Klein

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It all started in Savram, a little Jewish town outside Odessa more than 100 years ago.

    Gisya Veintraub bore 13 children. Eight survived, each having three, four, five children of their own; the dozens of cousins and their children formed a close-knit family, where cousins were like...

  • Today I Am a Man

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    All of five feet tall in his stiff new suit and shiny shoes, he can barely be seen over the bima. In a cracking adolescent voice, he announces, "Today I am bar mitzvah. Today I am a man." Yes, you are. But what do you know about being a man? A Jewish man? What can we tell you?

    His...

  • No Longer Ignored

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    With her easy laugh, latent-hippie style and warm demeanor, Judith Edelman-Green resembles everyone's favorite aunt -- you know, the one who sneaked you off to get your ears pierced when you were 12. Her great rapport with people is probably one of the chief reasons she has been so...

  • Mother of Invention

    By Jane Ulman

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The photographs from my son Gabe's bar mitzvah sit on my dining room table, waiting to be ordered.

    His bar mitzvah took place more than a year ago.

    The handpainted needlepoint canvas that I am stitching for my husband's 50th birthday remains unfinished. Never mind that he's now 51.

    I...

  • My Bat Mitzvah

    By Jennifer Moses

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Recently, I've been competing with a bunch of 13-year-olds and coming up short. This is because, as of last month, I've been studying for my Bat Mitzvah, the same event that at one point was originally, if tentatively, scheduled for June 1972. But when I was 12 and my father, who in...

  • Planning a Special Bar/Bat Mitzvah

    By Becca Hornstein

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In 1987, when Joel Hornstein stood before over 200 congregants, family members and friends to recite his Bar Mitzvah Torah portion in English and Hebrew, he had only been able to speak for a few years. No one expected a child with autism, or any other significant disability, to...

  • Sites of Passage

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There are so many elements to keep track of for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, one's eyes could get blurry. Looking through your computer screen might help make things a bit clearer. To help guide you, we've compiled a list of Bar/Bat Mitzvah-related sites. For online access, visit...

  • Her Side of the Mountain

    By Yehuda Lev

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Think Grimm. Not grim, but Grimm, as in fairy tales. You'll need a young heroine, a hero, an apparently unreachable goal, numerous obstacles and a friendly supporting cast.

    Once upon a time (about a year ago), David and Ianthe Low, together with their newborn son Asher, flew from...

  • Dropping Out

    By Julie Wiener

    June 22, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Elliot Maltz had a Bar Mitzvah two years ago, but he says his Hebrew school experience was "really boring" and "discouraged me from future practice."

    Maltz, a West Hartford, Conn., 15-year-old who spends most of his free time playing sports, says being Jewish is important to him, but...

  • A Mother’s Rite of Passage

    By Jane Ulman

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    For the past nine months, every Sunday morning, my son Gabe has been working with Cantor Jay Frailich of University Synagogue in Brentwood. He has been learning darga tevir, mercha tevir, tipcha sof pasuk and dozens of other tropes in order to chant parts of the Acharei Mot Torah...
  • Israel Bonds

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Bonds: They're not just for bar and bat mitzvahs anymore.

    That's the message the State of Israel Bonds organization wants to get across in announcing its new floating rate offerings. Rather than being seen as a quasi-charity and feel-good gift for 13-year-olds, the...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My older cousin, Earl, was into Judaism in a bigway when I was a kid. I mean, he was cool and everything -- playedguitar, had long hair, a beard, earth shoes and his own room in theattic -- but the guy loved to daven. From what I can remember, thismade him something of an exception...
  • Honor Thy Parents

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Blythe Danner, David Lascher and Kevin Zegers star in "A Call to Remember."In "A Call to Remember," which airs on Aug. 30 on STARZ! and Aug. 31 on the encore cable channel, we meet David and Paula Tobias (Joe Mantegna and Blythe Danner), survivors who lost their first spouses and...
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