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  • She’s a mensch

    By Carin Davis

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Last week, my new boy, Ryne, and I volunteered together at a Jewish Federation event. After a long, mitzvah-filled day, I turned to him and said "You're a mensch." He smiled back and said, "You're a mensch, too."

    That's when I blushed. And not just because this fine boy's hand was...

  • My True Best Feature—My Crazy Charm?

    By Carin Davis

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My friend Nanea is breaking up with singlehood, and my girls and I are ready to help. Best friends since UCLA, we throw Nanea a wild bachelorette party weekend in NYC.

    My group takes a bite out of the big apple. We shop uptown, dine downtown, theater on Broadway, picnic in Central...

  • Two Bruins Get Big Kick Out of Sun Bowl

    By Carin Davis

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Most of the football world is savoring the high and lows of the Steelers' Super Bowl romp over the Seahawks, but two unlikely Jewish athletes have their own gridiron memories to relish from this past season.

    Jimmy Rotstein and Brian Rubinstein had never played in a college football...

  • Get Married Without Disowning Your Mom

    By Carin Davis

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Welcome to tonight's main event, bride-to-be vs. mother of the bride. These two lightweight champions are battling it out for the hostess title. Ladies, take your corners. Have a clean fight, a fair fight and no hitting below the garter belt.

    Many a wedding have lead to...

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  • Wedding Bell Oops!

    By Carin Davis

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Last time I saw Barry, he was dressed as an egg at a Purim party, so I was excited to run into him last month at a birthday party.

    This time, for better or worse, he was wearing pants.

    "Barry, what's up? I haven't seen you in forever. How's life? How's work? Ohmygosh, how was your...

  • 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...

  • Let the Games Begin

    By Carin Davis

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Let the games begin -- in Israel.

    The 17th World Maccabiah Games, an intense, world-class Olympic-style competition, will begin July 10 in Israel. The quadrennial games will bring together more than 7,000 Jewish athletes from 60 countries in 30 sports and four age...

  • The Dealbreakers

    By Carin Davis

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My blind date, Scott, likes college hoops, '80s TV and helping others. I like his cute tuchus. I'm thinkin' we'd make a fine pair of Jews. We stray from the first date playbook and follow a Santa Monica dinner with a Main Street stroll. As we walk past yet a third unique boutique on...

  • A Sporting Chanukah

    By Carin Davis

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    On the third night of Chanukah my true love gave to me, an Olympic swim cap signed by Lenny Krayzelburg, a game of Horse with the Houston Rocket's Bostjan Nachbar and a chance to be on the set of ESPN's Cold Pizza.

    Thanks to the Center for Sport and Jewish Life's online...

  • Single Woman of Valor

    By Carin Davis

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    I am a woman of valor.

    But nobody is singing my weekly praises. Oh no, that's saved for the same lucky women who get the

    Pottery Barn registry, the rock on their hand and a man in their bed.

    According to Jewish tradition, every Shabbat, a husband sings "Eshet Chayil" -- "A...

  • Singles ‘Curse’ Becomes a Blessing

    By Carin Davis

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Curse of the Singles Table, A True Story of 1001 Nights Without Sex" by Suzanne Schlosberg (Warner Books, $13.95).

    Most single women in Los Angeles go through dry spells -- a few weeks without a date, a couple months without a boyfriend, a season without some action. But how...

  • Set, Spike, Kiss

    By Carin Davis

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I'll never play the violin in high heels again.

    OK, I'll be back in sticks in six weeks, and I never played the fiddle. But I did play an important game of volleyball.

    Every Sunday, my peeps and I play co-ed pickup volleyball on Venice Beach. New catch Austin is always up for a...

  • Trendy Is New Trend in Wedding Cakes

    By Carin Davis

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A round, three-tiered white cake topped with white buttercream frosting is so yesterday. This year's big wedding trend is the trendy wedding cake.

    Modern brides are tossing out tradition along with their bouquets and matching their cake to their character. They're designing desserts...

  • Lending a Hand at a Community Seder

    By Carin Davis

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I'm spending Passover in Chicago -- home of the Cubs, the Bears and the whole Davis mishpachah (family). Mom's serving up chopped liver, chicken soup, matzah balls, matzah kugel, gefilte fish -- and those are just the appetizers. We'll drink wine, read the haggadah and belt out our...

  • Maccabi Athletes Take Gold in Pan Am

    By Carin Davis

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    From the fanfare of the banner-waving opening ceremonies to the pride of hearing the U.S. national anthem played during their medal ceremonies, Southern California athletes made the most of their experience at the 10th Pan American Maccabi Games. They joined over 2,000 Jewish...

  • Athletes Sport Skills in Chile

    By Carin Davis

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Did you hear the one about the Jewish linebacker? If you did, don't tell it to Jed Margolis, executive director of Macabbi USA/Sports for Israel. "The joke is always that there are no good Jewish athletes, but that's not true, especially in Southern California," Margolis said. "Some...

  • In Sickness and in Taffeta

    By Carin Davis

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As a woman prepares to say "I do," her friends prepare to stand by her side in purple puffy dresses and lavender dyed shoes. In sickness and in health, in velour and in taffeta, in chartreuse and in lemon. As her bridesmaids, they will participate in a tradition that may be as old as...

  • Sit Down and Be Counted

    By Carin Davis

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    We've all heard the wedding hora horror stories, where the beautiful bride plummets 10 feet to the ground with a thud -- another unfortunate victim of the Jewish chair-dance tradition. Well, the MitzvahChair will put the kibosh on that newlywed nightmare.

    A safety net for simchas,...

  • Single Conspiracy

    By Carin Davis

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Someone call Oliver Stone, I've uncovered a conspiracy. The system is trying to keep the single woman down. That's right, the world revolves around happy little couples. And who pays the price? I'll tell you who pays the price. Single people, that's who. And we're not going to take...

  • An Emergency Case

    By Carin Davis

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Even hot chicks get sick. So I'm sitting at the M.D.'s filling out my paperwork when the question glares up at me:

    In case of emergency call:

    Relationship:

    I'm totally stumped. For the first time ever, this yenta has nothing to...

  • Bruin Pair Ready to Battle Trojans

    By Carin Davis

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Crosstown football rivals UCLA (7-3) and USC (8-2) will face-off in their 72nd annual battle for city bragging rights at The Rose Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 23. And leading the Bruins are Jewish senior starters Mike Seidman and Mike Saffer.

    Tight end Mike Seidman, 21, whose mother is...

  • Tribemembers With Halos

    By Carin Davis

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Two Jewish pitchers -- Al Levine and Scott Schoeneweis -- are part of this World Series' miracle, where the Anaheim Angels have made it for the first time (as of press time the series was undecided).

    Levine, a right-handed relief pitcher with a 4.24 season ERA, credits the Angels'...

  • E-mailer at the Bat

    By Carin Davis

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I'm a sucker for a slugger in a baseball hat. So I got caught looking at Alex, the hottie at my weekly Sunday softball game. He works for a nonprofit, volunteers at a local hospital and drinks at St. Nicks. And he has the greatest laugh.

    Wise to the rules of both softball and dating,...

  • Combatting Hunger

    By Carin Davis

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Give a hungry man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. Give him chicken soup while fishing, you feed him, teach him and give him a taste of home.

    The Los Angeles Jewish Community has launched a spirited multilevel attack on local hunger....

  • Finding the ‘It’ Shul

    By Carin Davis

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In Los Angeles, the happening High Holiday haunts sell out faster than Springsteen at The Forum. And the tickets cost just as much. So every fall, Jewish singletons like myself do the New Year hustle, seeking out affordable, last-minute tickets to The Main Event. About a week before...

  • Tea House Therapy

    By Carin Davis

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Tired of serving up that familiar holiday honey cake? At the Rooibos Tea House, a happy, healthy New Year starts with African red tea and red tea baked goods.

    "Cooking with our tea is a delicious way to celebrate the High Holidays -- tasty and energizing," said Rooibos owner Nira...

  • Serving Jewish Pride in L.A.

    By Carin Davis

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish tennis players served up a strong presence at this summer's Los Angeles-based pro tournaments, with Israelis Harel Levy, Noam Okun and Anna Smashnova participating in recent Southland competitions.

    Levy, who lost to American Toby Ginepri in the first round, and Okun played in...

  • Combatting Hunger

    By Carin Davis

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Give a hungry man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. Give him chicken soup while fishing, you feed him, teach him and give him a taste of home.

    The Los Angeles Jewish community has launched a spirited multilevel attack on local hunger....

  • Jewish Fans Fill Dodger Stands

    By Carin Davis

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Hot dogs! Get your glatt kosher hot dogs."

    Not your typical vendor cry? Not your typical Dodgers game.

    The fourth annual Jewish Community Day at Dodger Stadium boasted an Israeli and American flag color guard, a reserved section filled with as many kippot as baseball caps, and a...

  • Synagogue’s Biggest Hit

    By Carin Davis

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's 20-19 in the seventh, two outs, runners on first and third. The unrelenting Valley sun beats down on four-time league champions Temple Judea, who have allowed Kol Tikvah Black to score three runs in the game's final inning and narrow the margin to one. With a clean crack of the...

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