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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...
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December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pmLaura 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...
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...
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October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pmOn 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...
July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pmHow YOU Can Help Israel
Kids in Los Angeles can send letters to kids in Israel by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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...
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...
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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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
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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...
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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...