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  • Spy Kids’ Bar Mitzvah

    By Amy Klein

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's not easy for a kid to find out that his parents are spies, and that he and his sister have to rescue them from evildoers.

    But it's not as hard as trying to learn Hebrew from scratch in six months for a bar mitzvah -- especially when the spy scenario is fictional and the bar...

  • 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."

    ...
  • A Mother’s Wish for Her Daughter’s Day

    By Wendy Jaffe

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Aaaah, to be a Jewish parent 1,000 years ago. Sure you had to worry about anti-Semites trying to exterminate your people, dying from the flu and wild animals eating your children for lunch, but what a breeze to plan your child's bar mitzvah. No invitations to send, no DJs to hire, no...

  • Recipes Add Spice to New Party Trend

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Although today's bar mitzvah parties are often as elaborate as yesterday's weddings, there's a new trend on the horizon -- a, noisy, jubilant oneg Shabbat and lunch directly after the ceremony, and a quiet, intimate dinner at home for a few close friends and family at night.

    The...

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  • Fourth Bar Mitzvah No Piece of Cake

    By Jane Ulman

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Fourth bar mitzvah. This must be easy for you," my friend Maureen says.

    "I'm a loon," I answer.

    "But you've already done this three times."

    "Doesn't matter."

    It doesn't matter, because I still have to make sure that Danny learns his eight aliyot and his haftarah, writes his d'var...

  • Bust Bad Behavior on the Circuit

    By Susan Estroff

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Ah, the thrill and abandon of early adolescence. Laughing with friends; smacking gum and blowing bubbles; sending your best buddy messages in sign language across a crowded room. And, if you're lucky, the rabbi won't shoot you a dirty look when your behavior interferes with the bar...

  • The Goalie of Oz

    By Emily Pauker

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Oz Iluz loved to play goalie on his soccer team, but wasn't too keen on math or the math exam that awaited him. So the 12-year-old didn't really want to get on the small No. 14 bus in Jerusalem on that February morning in 2004.

    A suicide bomber also boarded the bus, killing eight,...

  • Writer, Cast Find Faith in ‘Lessons’

    By Susan Josephs

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Wendy Graf sat in a synagogue several years ago listening to a rabbi's sermon.

    "She was talking about experiencing a traumatic event and how her faith had been sorely tested," Graf recalled. "That really got me thinking."

    Graf went on to write "Lessons," her latest play that mines...

  • First Haircut Brings Shear Delight

    By Ted Roberts

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Come to New Jersey," my grandaughter said, "we're having a simcha!"

    A wedding? A lottery win? She doesn't explain. Then I think, airfare $240, motel $220 and then there's expenses for my lovely wife -- hair, nails, Louie XVth gown. This will run me $962!

    I ask a dozen probing...

  • 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...

  • 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.



    Top Bill-ing

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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...

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