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  • With Cohen’s 80th birthday comes ‘Popular Problems’

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 15, 2014 | 10:35 am

    The mere release of “Popular Problems,” two days after Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday last month, is remarkable in and of itself. (How many 80-year-old sex symbols and style icons are there?) But it also caps a decade in which Cohen conquered troubling neuroses and fears to mount...

  • Theodore Bikel’s 90th birthday celebration

    By Avishay Artsy

    June 25, 2014 | 11:10 am

    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...

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  • 11 years without Ilan Ramon

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 3, 2014 | 8:04 am

    We all remember that moment on Febuary 1st,  2003, when we realized our hero in space, Ilan Ramon, would not return. On that day, 11 years ago, the Columbia space shuttle disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth's atmosphere at the end of a 15 day and 22 hour...

  • Inspiration: First Prize $1,000usd CASH

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 14, 2014 | 6:29 am

    Winter 2014 INSPIRATION Travel Writing Contest

     $1,750usd in CASH PRIZES,

    Free Entry

    Dates: January 2, 2014 - February 14, 2014 at midnight PST. We are looking for an article about a place that inspires you to spend your time with no regrets. In Arnold Bennett's book, How to...

  • 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...

  • Polishing jewels of Elul

    August 21, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    What is the art of welcoming?

    In the eyes of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, it’s his responsibility “to create a better place, foster an open and welcoming city and find the prosperity that lifts us all for generations to come.”

    For music legend Quincy Jones, it’s the act of...

  • 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...

  • The Israeli Family

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 20, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    This is the truly inspiring story of a family putting every single bit of selfishness aside to help Israel: Chami and Oksana Zemach, from the small town, Kadesh-Barnea, Israel, decided that Israel’s lack of proper PR skills will not get in the way of helping the world understand the...

  • 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...

  • Early Retirement in Hawaii

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    April 26, 2012 | 11:32 pm

    Today we are honored to present an article from G Kamana from his Hilo office. After knowing this “Healer in the Streets” for many years, I am certain you will be inspired by his literal and figurative journeys.

    I’ve decided to retire early. At the ripe age of 34, with only 2...

  • 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,...

  • Become an Inspiration Addict

    April 5, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    In my senior year of high school, I drank the juice of inspiration, and all of a sudden everything in the world started to matter. I used to think inspiration could be found anywhere, but I learned there are indeed bad books, pointless movies, and invites worth turning down. These...

  • 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...

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