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  • Follow The DJ

    By Tera Greene

    March 31, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    Short and sweet.

    I am launching my website, http://www.djnovajade.com, tomorrow, April 1, 2014. 

    DJing is my profession, though many of you know that I am also a speaker and writer (duh!), among other things.  So, as I take my career to the next level, I am using my gifts in...

  • Beyond sicko

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 16, 2008 | 10:53 pm

    Because this was happening a short taxi ride from the White House, I half expected someone from Dick Cheney's office to burst in at any moment, grab the microphone and proclaim the conference kaput, dissolved like an inconvenient parliament.

    "I think this may be the best day of my...

  • My December visit with ‘lady’

    By Gina Nahai

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Agha isn't here," Khanum says as soon as I walk in through the door. "I don't know when he'll be back."

    Agha is her husband -- dead for 35 years and buried in Iran -- but she speaks about him as if he were just out running an errand.

    "No point waiting around for him," she tells...

  • The fab fundraising fifth-grader

    By Amy Klein

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Many people took it upon themselves to raise vast sums of money for Israel during the conflict with Lebanon this summer, but how many were still in elementary school?

    Ten-year-old Shira Bouskila was. The Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy fifth-grader raised $24,000 for the children of...

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  • Today’s Task: Be an Angel

    By Amy Klein

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    We all have daily to-do lists. So why shouldn't God? That's the premise of Dr. Ron Wolfson's new book, "God's To-Do List: 103 Ways to Be an Angel and Do God's Work on Earth" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2007).

    "God has a to-do list for you," the book opens. "You are God's partner....

  • Laura’s Smile

    By David Suissa

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Laura Benichou was born on June 9, 1998, with a hole in her heart. This hole probably saved her life, because she was also born without her main pulmonary artery.

    The blood had to go somewhere, so it went through the hole. Her condition would take too long to explain, but one result...

  • Mayor implores people of faith to fight homelessness

    By Naomi Glauberman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Local communities have to provide services and supportive housing. We can't be a city that grows in one part and leaves people destitute in another," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told a crowd of more than 300 at Leo Baeck Temple on Sunday.

    Teachings from the Torah, as well as triumphs...

  • Wanted: someone to help suffering Jews

    By Amy Klein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One day, Rabbi Barbara Speyer went to a Los Angeles-area nursing home to provide emergency chaplaincy services -- spiritual comfort and care -- to a dying patient. When she arrived, the administrator said to her, "Why do you guys charge for this? This should be voluntary!"
     
    Speyer...
  • Congress OKs bill barring military chaplains from mentioning Jesus in official prayers

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Congress OKs bill barring military chaplains from mentioning Jesus in official prayers
     
    The U.S. Congress rescinded language in Pentagon orders that allowed military chaplains to mention Jesus in official prayers. Controversy over including similar language in the Defense...
  • Measure ‘R’ contains curious ‘reform’

    By Jill Stewart

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On November's ballot, tucked among the local measures affecting only Los Angeles, is curious Measure R, a plan by the Los Angeles City Council to provide each of the 15 council members an extra $570,000 in pay, by my own estimate roughly $1.25 million in subsidized health care per...
  • How YOU Can Help Israel; Electronic Devices

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    How YOU Can Help Israel

    Kids in Los Angeles can send letters to kids in Israel by e-mailing elka1@jdc.org.il. The letters will be printed out and inserted into "care packages" that are beng sent out to families in shelters in Northern Israel. When you send an e-mail, include your...

  • Advice and Reality Face a Moment of Truth in Israel

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Just don't take the bus."

    As I left on a trip to Israel a couple months ago, this was the advice I got from everyone. Even then, a time of relative peace, the ersatz front-page pictures of terror-torn Israeli commuter buses surrounded by wounded people being moved to ambulances...

  • Visit to Ethiopia Changes His Life

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In 2004, John Fishel went to Ethiopia as part of a delegation of American Federation leaders. The experience changed his life.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, along with five members of the UJA Federation of New York, visited shantytowns filled with...

  • We Must Treat Others With Kindness

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I often give young people advice on dating, occasionally without their asking. I tell young women not to judge a man by his car, since you will not end up living with the car but with the man who drives it. I advise men, when they take a woman to a restaurant, to sit facing the wall,...

  • Life More Ordinary

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I recently visited a congregant in the hospital and was surprised to find a doctor crying in the hallway. I told her I was a rabbi and asked if I could help. The doctor immediately apologized for her tears.

    "It's been a hard week," she said, "I'll be OK."

    She told me she had just...

  • Throw a Party With a Purpose

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I'll call your bet and raise you two," the sequin-clad woman said.

    "Go for it," I said, only to see my winnings swept up moments later by a poker-faced dealer.

    "You may have won this round," I told my chip-hauling opponent. "But just wait until after the Motzi!"

    Having one son...

  • PASSOVER: Try to Avoid Asking the Fifth Question

    By Rabbi Stewart L. Vogel

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    While there are only four questions posed in the haggadah, most seders struggle with the unasked fifth question, "When are we going to eat?" It is asked, not only by hungry children, but also by adults who feel disconnected to the rituals of their ancestors. As if reenacting the...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A Growing Hunger

    Responding to the needs of the hungry, Temple Beth El of San Pedro welcomed Dr. H. Eric Schockman, president of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and chair of the National Anti-Hunger Organizations, to a recent Shabbat service. He spoke about MAZON's 20-year history...

  • Center’s Studies Aid Care for Frail Elderly

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rose Sino sits in her wheelchair as lunch is placed before her. Her son offers her a forkful of cheese blintz, which Sino quickly chews before accepting another bite.

    While this scene might appear routine, its significance is not lost on her son, David Swartz, or her caregivers at...

  • Home Pampering Easy as 1, 2, Ahhhhh

    By Beth Gilbert

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    No one deserves a spa experience more than you do. Just picture it -- warm tubs scented with essential oils, invigorating body scrubs, refreshing botanical blend face masks smoothed on in soothing circular massaging motions and misty showers with luscious gels.

    Sound divine? You...

  • How Green Is My Shul?

    By Jane Ulman

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For 75-year-old Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, it was the need to re-landscape that steered the synagogue in an ecological direction. The status quo was 8,000 square feet of unwatered, weed-ridden and rarely mowed grass, along with three palm trees, two citrus...

  • Ways to Care for a Parent Who Didn’t

    By Dr. Rachelle Zukerman

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Some 10 million older Americans need some kind of assistance to get through every day. Family members (mostly grown children) provide about 80 percent of that help. Lots of those adult children welcome the opportunity to give back to their parents a portion of the love and care they...

  • Israeli Government Gets on With It

    By Dan Baron

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel is resigning itself to politics without Ariel Sharon.

    Shock gripped the Jewish state last week when Sharon was hospitalized with a massive stroke, turning to fears for the worst when he underwent repeated surgery.

    Doctors said it could take time to ascertain whether Sharon...

  • Agencies Join to Aid Special-Needs Kids

    By Marc Ballon

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Sally Weber never felt so alone.

    Nearly three decades ago, she learned her daughter had a severe language disorder that hindered her development. Besides dealing with the shock of having a child with special needs, Weber found little solace in the local Jewish community that had...

  • Senior Moments - Great-Grand Marshal

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    As I walked through the grounds at the Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA), I noticed a man in a wheelchair reading a magazine. It was called "Life Extension."

    I had to laugh. Someone must have strategically placed this magazine, like a prop, for the interview I was about to conduct....

  • A Local Witness to Darfur Tragedy

    By Marc Ballon

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    John Fishel has seen hell, and he wants to share his impressions with the Jewish community.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles recently visited refugee camps in the African country of Chad to bear witness to the pain and suffering of more than 250,000...

  • Juvenile Offenders Taste Teshuvah

    By Sue Fishkoff

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The slightly built, 13-year-old Latino boy sitting in the Starbucks near downtown Los Angeles didn't know much about teshuvah, the Jewish notion of repentance.

    But it lies at the heart of L.A.'s Jewish Community Justice Project, and it kept this scared kid with the tremulous smile...

  • Protection Does Grow on Trees

    By Andy Lipkis

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Another year, another tree story -- isn't it enough already?

    Well, no. Tu b'Shevat is an annual celebration for a reason.

    Thousands of years ago, our rabbis knew that we would need to be reminded on a regular basis about how important trees are to our lives. We must always...

  • Passion to Help Sick Spawns Wider Effort

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Lori Marx-Rubiner underwent a bilateral mastectomy two years ago, she lost the use of her arms for a few weeks. She couldn't brush her teeth, let alone tackle cooking dinner or driving her son to school.

    The Adat Ari El community came to her rescue, bringing approximately 60...

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