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  • A clash of two birthdays

    By Judea Pearl

    September 17, 2008 | 11:26 pm

    Last month, in my column titled, "Al-Jazeera and the Glorification of Barbarity", I described Al-Jazeera's royal celebration of the birthday of Samir

    Kuntar, the unrepentant child-killer psychopath and called on the network to "publicly apologize to its viewers in the Arab world for...

  • Happy birthday to me

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 21, 2008 | 12:07 am

    Not long ago, a guy I know, a good guy who to all outward appearances seems happy and successful, replied to a birthday e-mail I sent him at work -- "go home and blow out some candles" -- with this:

    "I'm 40-f---ing-8, give me a break. They tell me that's close to 50, but I refuse...

  • Turning 60

    July 16, 2008 | 10:41 pm

    Whenever Israel has a watershed anniversary, I'm a sucker for commemorative albums and coins. Like Israel, I was born in 1948. Our lives are intertwined.

    Israel is my Rorschach. I see myself refracted in our shared growth and maturity. I believe that the existence of Israel makes...

  • Happy Birthday, USA! Sweet dreams with the Shema

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    June 26, 2008 | 12:57 pm

    Happy Birthday U.S.A.!

    We celebrate the 232nd birthday of the United States of America on July 4. Between noshing on barbecue and watching fireworks, test how well you know early American history. Circle the right answer for the following questions but read carefully -- some might...

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  • Today, we’re Jewish AND Irish

    By JewishJournal.com

    March 16, 2008 | 7:27 pm


    Today, St. Patrick’s Day, is Dad’s birthday. 

    As long as I remember, our family has had fun with the coincidence of these two auspicious days, as we subtly mutate into Irish Jews, mostly at Dad’s expense.

    We have given him presents like shamrock cufflinks and shamrock ties,...

  • Generations of comics salute Mort Sahl on his 80th

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Mort Sahl changed the face of comedy. Before his, that face was Marty Allen's."
    -- Jack Riley


    And if you get that reference, you would have loved the Mort Sahl 80th birthday celebration at the Wadsworth Theatre on June 28. What's not to like? Shelley Berman in a seersucker suit...

  • Happy Birthday, Unsung Heroes, Heroes of Sherwood, Rock for Research

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Happy Birthday

    Topping-smothered mashed potatoes in martini glasses don't make appearances at typical synagogue shindigs, but Betty's Birthday Bash was no standard function.

    Thrown by the atypical Westwood Village Synagogue, the evening Bash took place Dec. 24 at the Luxe Hotel...

  • Hitting the century mark doesn’t stop this translator

    By Jane Ulman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Most afternoons, you can find Eva Zeitlin Dobkin working. Undaunted by the 100-year marker she passed last month, she pulls her wheelchair up to the hospital bed in the room she shares at the Jewish Home for the Aging -- her side is separated by a curtain -- and spreads her work out...
  • When Birthday Party Blowouts Blowup

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The wedding invitation convinced me that modern moms and dads have officially lost their gumballs regarding children's birthday parties. "Master Jacob Estroff" read the ivory parchment envelope; it took a moment to register that the addressee was in fact Jakey, my 5-year-old. The...

  • Happy Birthday from Berlin

    By Peter L. Rothholz

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At precisely 8 a.m. one day last year, I was awakened by a phone call. When I picked up the receiver, I heard a man's voice say "Happy Birthday from Berlin."

    Since I knew no one there who could possibly know my birthday, I took it to be a practical joke. But it wasn't. The caller...

  • The Hebrascope: Signs of the Jewdiac

    By Jew Girl

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    (April 21-May 20)

    Notable Jewish Taurus:



    Barbra Streisand

    During this birthday period, it makes sense to expect things to be all about you. Sadly, friends and family aren’t so sensitive to your needs....

  • Ready, Aim, Birthday!

    By Judy Gruen

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's not every day that I am E-vited to a birthday party promising to feature live ammunition. Excitedly, I E-sponded with a resounding "yes."

    Paula was throwing a Wild West-themed shindig for her husband Bill's birthday. It was a "BYOF" (Bring Your Own Firearm) affair.

    "Don't...

  • Party Pooper

    By Carin Davis

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My college friends Jordy and Michelle are throwing a party -- a birthday party for their 1-year-old son. That's right, my former party 'til the break of dawn dormmates are hosting a luau for their little one. This should be good.

    I walk into the Hawaiian-themed rager and am...

  • Happy Birthday, Me!

    By J. Keith van Straaten

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In a few weeks I'll turn 33 and, sadly, I realize I'm long past being anything "for my age." I'm no longer cute for my age, talented for my age, a good reader for my age. All qualifications and special considerations have long passed. There's nothing I can get away with now because,...

  • Salami Shortage No Baloney

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Five hunks of Hebrew National salami lie side by side in a glass display case at Ben's Kosher Delicatessen in midtown Manhattan. When compared with the crispy corn dogs and enormous latkes, they don't look like much. But the takeout counter guy is relieved he has any salami to sell...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday



    With Valentine's Day comes melodrama, though if you're lucky it's just in the form of Neurotic Young Urbanites' new show, "Golden Prospects: A Los Angeles Melodrama," which promises opium, pornography, prostitution, disfigurement, blindness, and a live on-stage pianist....

  • Rose Queen for a Day

    By Phyllis Folb

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It took 50 years, but this New Year's Day a childhood dream and mother's fantasy is about to come true.

    I was born on Jan. 1, 1953. Dwight D. Eisenhower prepared to assume the presidency, American troops remained in Korea and newspapers heralded mine as Los Angeles County's first...

  • Merit and Mazel

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I'll be 54 this weekend. Not for me the modesty of hidden age. I'll take my years, gladly, as I'm given them.

    My mother's age was 29 for more than a dozen years. My brother was amazed when he overheard her tell a friend that her upcoming birthday party was to celebrate her 50th.

    But...

  • Birth of a Jewish Nation

    By Yehuda Lev

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I have been asked by the Hillel Foundation at Dartmouth College to meet with them on the occasion of Israel's 54th birthday. There aren't too many of us still around who were there at its birth, and they would like to hear, from the perspective of a participant, what made it possible...

  • And Many More

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There's nothing like completing chemotherapy to spice up a birthday party. Last weekend, 40 of my dearest friends performed a commemorative Havdalah ceremony to mark a really great CT scan and year 53. My "re-birthday" celebration was just the ticket, restorative not only for me but...

  • Hero With a Thousand Faces

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The 60th birthday of Bob Dylan (né Robert Zimmerman) has created a bull market in baby-boomer nostalgia and soul-searching. In his 20's, Dylan defined a generation. Perhaps even more significantly, he invested pop music with social meaning, giving future generations a powerful tool...

  • Happy 53

    By Rob Eshman

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Some birthdays are better than others, and number 53 is especially tough for Israel.

    Whether or not we in America see it this way, Israel is at war. A recent fax from the office of the mayor of Efrat in Gush Etzion reported, "the current PLO war has taken a tragic toll."

    That's only...

  • Counting Our Days

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "Ima, how old am I today?"

    My oldest son's sixth birthday is coming soon. Recently, he has developed a near obsession with calculating exactly how old he is on a daily basis, practically down to the hour. Of course he is hardly unique. From our earliest years, we humans feel the...

  • Celebrating the Birthday of Family and Trees

    By Jane Ulman

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The month of January marks three important birthdays.

    On Jan. 3, my oldest son, Zack, turned 16.

    Exactly 16 years and 90 minutes after his birth, he received his driver's license. During the time I spent waiting at the Department of Motor Vehicles, only slightly shorter and less...

  • Party Out of Bounds

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    More than 100 guests sat in a sea of round banquet tables in a Studio City hotel, munching on fancy appetizers presented by waiters. A band warmed up. Kids crowded entertainment stations waiting for artists to personalize clothing and paint their faces.

    I had been invited to a...

  • Community Briefs

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    They must put something in the water at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. Not only did the school recently take first place nationally in the fiercely competitive Academic Decathlon; another team from ECR won the first annual Jewish Quiz Bowl, on April 26, at the Westside...
  • Hopeful Romantics

    By Bonnie Trachtenberg

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When you're still "flying solo" and your 35thbirthday comes a-knocking, suddenly, the pitifully comic titlescrowding the self-help shelves of your bookstore seem less like jokebooks and more like required reading.

    I should know. Just days away, that landmarkbirthday is feeling more...

  • The Good Son

    By Linda Feldman

    July 31, 1997 | 7:59 pm

    My birthday used to be celebrated as if it were a national holiday. From the backyard pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey days to the touch football games on the beach at Easthampton, July 16 was a date inscribed in infamy.

    My children forgot my birthday at their own peril. So they never did....

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