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  • Theodore Bikel’s 90th birthday celebration

    3 weeks ago

    How do you celebrate the 90th birthday of a man who has had a major impact on American film, television, theater, music and social activism?

    By putting on a concert and inviting legends of folk music to perform, of course.

    Theodore Bikel has turned 90, and as actor and the...

  • Katy Perry, bar mitzvah DJ?

    April 23, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Katy Perry has released a new promo video for her new single, “Birthday,” that features the singer as a mistress of disguise.

    Among other birthday-related professionals — an aged dancer named Goldie (for her “golden nuggets”) and a Craigslist birthday clown — Perry dresses as...

  • Beverly Hills is 100 Years Young! #BH100

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    April 11, 2014 | 9:07 am

    Lisa Donald Lili-00215,000 slices of cake! Beverly Hills is turning 100 and celebrating in style! Donald Wressel from Guittard Chocolate unveiled his plan to turn 700 pounds of chocolate and one metric ton of ingredients into a giant chocolate birthday cake.

    Mayor of Beverly Hills Lili Bosse invites...

  • Rabbi Jacob Pressman turns 94: A community treasure

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 23, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    For decades now, as Rabbi Jacob (Jack) Pressman celebrated a milestone birthday, there was a gala show and dinner starring Rabbi Jack and his myriad show-biz friends to manifest and celebrate the many talents and achievements of this extraordinary man. Five years ago, Temple Beth...

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  • Happy birthday Mr. Mandela!

    July 18, 2013 | 10:14 am

    South Africa and the world showered tributes on Nelson Mandela on Thursday as the anti-apartheid leader turned 95 in hospital and his doctors reported he was "steadily improving" from a six-week lung infection.

    The country has been on edge since the former president and father of...

  • Shimon Peres’ top 10 life lessons [VIDEO]

    June 26, 2013 | 10:47 am

    Shimon Peres celebrated his 90th birthday last week (his actual birthday is in August). Here he is on Israeli television sharing ten lessons he’s learned over the last nine decades.

  • Happy 90th, Shimon Peres!

    June 18, 2013 | 2:44 pm

    Dignitaries from around the world gathered in Jerusalem today to celebrate the 90th birthday of Israeli President Shimon Peres. Bill Clinton, Sharon Stone, Tony Blair, Dr. Ruth, Robert DeNiro and Barbra Streisand (who sung the traditional song “Avinu Malkeinu”) joined thousands of...

  • In Israel, Sharon Stone meets her biggest fan, visits Hadassah Hospital

    June 18, 2013 | 9:28 am

    It’s unclear whether this guy is a fan of Sharon Stone or a fan of campy t-shirts. Either way, he had what was surely a surreal moment yesterday when, dressed in a “Basic Instinct” shirt, he bumped into Stone on the streets of Tel Aviv.

    The photo went viral — so far it has close...

  • Bands enter b’nai mitzvah music mix

    June 12, 2013 | 4:58 pm

    While b’nai mitzvah parties have long featured DJs to mix tunes and rouse the crowd, some celebrants are choosing something else: teen bands.

    Make all the One Direction or — for those of a certain age — New Kids on the Block jokes that you want, but this option for musical...

  • Getting it Right

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 10, 2013 | 8:00 am

    We’ve all heard stories of people who were turned off from Judaism by negative experiences with a synagogue, a rabbi, etc. “He wouldn’t even meet with us to talk about our marriage because my fiancé hadn’t converted yet,” or “They wouldn’t let me into High Holy Day services because...

  • Happy Birthday to Me

    By Ilana Angel

    April 7, 2013 | 7:28 am

    Today is my birthday.  I am 47 years old.  That is almost 50.  At 46 I felt like I was still teetering towards the low end of the 40's but I am now officially well into my 40's and actually closer to 50.  I don't care about birthdays that much, and truly have no fear about getting...

  • Praying For Change

    By Ilana Angel

    March 26, 2013 | 3:25 pm

    I pray everyday.  I wake up in prayer and go to sleep in prayer.  A lot of time it is not a prayer as much as it is a conversation with God.  I talk about what is going on so I can put it all out into the universe and hope it comes back in a way that makes things better.  Lately I...

  • Tribute and Legacy: Being Present

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 29, 2012 | 11:59 pm

    Sitting between my parents at the temple where I grew up, I felt lucky. It seemed odd at a funeral, but that is how I felt. After years of traveling by land and sea, I was home and sharing in an ancient tradition to commemorate the life of our temple's matriarch, Florence Zeldin...

  • Gilad Shalit marks first birthday since being freed

    August 28, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    Gilad Shalit marked his first birthday since being freed from Hamas captivity.

    Shalit turned 26 on Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Shalit to wish him a happy birthday.

    “This is a particularly happy birthday,” Netanyahu reportedly told Shalit. “It is a birthday of...

  • The Gold Man – A Guest Blog

    By Ilana Angel

    August 27, 2012 | 12:07 am

    I spent the weekend in San Francisco with the Englishman and our kids.  It was his birthday, and with his oldest daughter there attending university, we headed up so we could celebrate together. Our kids all get along in a marvelous way and I am truly blessed because I love his...

  • April fools Facebook

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 25, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    On March 31st, I had an idea, which I found brilliant at the time, for an April fool’s day prank: on midnight, I changed my birthday on Facebook to April 1st, and quietly laughed to myself.

    I went to sleep, waiting for the morning to read what those who are my friends on Facebook,...

  • Supermodel Naomi Campbell celebrates birthday in Bethlehem

    May 23, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Supermodel Naomi Campbell visited Bethlehem in honor of her birthday.

    Campbell lit candles in the Church of the Nativity Tuesday, the day she turned 42, according to reports. She ate lamb and rice at a nearby restaurant accompanied by friends, Palestinian guards and her own security...

  • What Do You See?

    By Ilana Angel

    April 7, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    It has always been interesting to me how I can look at something and see one thing, and someone else will look at the same thing and see something completely different.  Perception and interpretation are fascinating to me.  I have a very specific worldview.  It is guided by my faith,...

  • Birthdays, Dating & a Twitter Support Group

    By Ilana Angel

    April 3, 2012 | 10:38 pm

    This weekend will mark my 46th birthday.  I don’t feel 46, or look 46, but I will in fact be 46.  I can vividly remember when my mother turned 35 and I thought she was the oldest person in the world.  My mother is only 22 years older than I am.  I have dated men who were 22 years...

  • The double Bar Mitzvah — partners in time

    February 15, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    Forty-five years after his bar mitzvah, Edward L. Moskowitz could not find the photos. They were lost in his garage, in a box, among shelves of such boxes, and were his only remaining evidence of a Shabbat he had shared in the mid-1960s with Marty November, his bar mitzvah partner.

    ...
  • Happy Sweet 16

    By Ilana Angel

    January 18, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    My son is turning 16 this week.  He is a remarkable human being and I am blessed and honored to be his mother.  To mark this most special of occasions, I want to share 16 things that I think he should know.

    1.  Driving is a privilege and you must respect the power of being behind...

  • Shalit spends 25th birthday in captivity

    August 29, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit spent his 25th birthday in captivity.

    Sunday was the sixth birthday that Shalit has marked in captivity since he was captured by Hamas terrorists in a cross-border raid in June 2006.

    Shalit’s parents led a protest in front of Prime Minister...

  • Peres marks 88th birthday

    August 16, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres marked his 88th birthday with a full working schedule.

    During a meeting Tuesday with the Chinese military chief, Gen. Chen Bingde, the general offered his birthday wishes to Peres.

    “Your health is not only a blessing for Israel, but also for world...

  • Facebook Shmacebook!

    By Julia Bendis

    January 18, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    People like me should Not be on Facebook!  When you go to Facebook site to sign up, there should be a giant disclaimer that says: “For tough skin people only!  People that are overly sensitive, wear their heart and feelings on their sleeves, and drama queens should NOT sign up!”...

  • Israel at 62: The Limits of Debate

    April 20, 2010 | 6:21 pm

    As Israel prepares to celebrate its 62nd birthday, the weather outside is chilly. The climate at home is not wonderful either.

    Politicians, pundits and bloggers in faraway cafes deliver solemn verdicts on the future of Israeli-American relations. Pollsters conduct beauty contests,...

  • A minyan grows up (sort of)

    By David Suissa

    September 2, 2009 | 9:32 pm

    If I wanted to start a minyan, I think the last thing I’d call it would be a “happy minyan.” Seriously, how can you live up to that ideal every week? How can you not get exhausted by the constant pressure to deliver “happy”?

    And yet, every time I’ve popped into the Happy...

  • Decorated Vet Celebrates 85th Birthday at Jewish Home

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 2, 2009 | 7:05 pm

    Jewish Home for the Aging resident Al Silver celebrated his 85th birthday with 40 family members and friends on July 19.

    Silver’s four children presented their father with the medals of valor Silver had earned but never received during his Word War II service in the United States...

  • Shalit’s mother: Gazans also want Gilad freed

    August 27, 2009 | 4:47 pm

    Hundreds rallied in Mitzpe Hila on Thursday, to demand the government do more to secure the release of captive Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.

    Shalit, originally from Mitzpe Hila, will turn 23 on Friday. Shalit was captured during a cross-border raid by Hamas militants in 2006 that left three IDF soldiers dead.

    Read the full story at Haaretz.com.

  • Jewish Agency events mark Shalit birthday

    August 25, 2009 | 5:23 pm

    Events marking the 23rd birthday of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be held around the United States on Friday.

    The Jewish Agency for Israel is organizing about a dozen ceremonies to honor the soldier, who was taken captive in a cross-border raid at the Gaza-Israel border...

  • Judea Pearl: A Poem for Israel’s 61st

    By Judea Pearl

    May 1, 2009 | 5:16 pm

    (Free Translation from Yaron London’s MIRDAF)

    Generous land, her veins full of honey
    and blood in her rivers like water still flows.
    Land whose tall mountains are carved out of copper
    But her nerves out of iron, she knows.

    A land whose long history is but chase after chase,
    Two...

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