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  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 8, 2013 | 5:52 am

    Camp Kimama is taking off!

    More than 1500 children and teenagers from all around the world will land this summer in Israel, for an unforgettable international experience named: Camp Kimama. The staff is assembled from young Israelis, Jewish Agency summer camps alumni, who use...

  • Creating inclusiveness at interfaith b’nai mitzvah

    April 17, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    For interfaith couples who choose a Jewish identity for their families — even ones who have shared holidays with their extended families and answered questions for years — a bar or bat mitzvah raises new questions.

    Am I welcome? If I attend, what will be expected of me? Should I...

  • In their memory…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 15, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    Something quite extraordinary happened last night:  25,578 stars shined bright. All together, all of a sudden. It was in the middle of my town square, as thousands of citizens shared an hour of remembrance and respect for 25,578 Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. We...

  • Boy donates two ambulances

    January 16, 2013 | 2:04 pm

    Robert Leeds’ bar mitzvah party last February was something special.

    During the cocktail hour, Cirque du Soleil entertainers roller-skated on a half-pipe. The celebration — which had a British invasion theme with English guards, a teahouse and traditional pub food — also featured...

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  • SHAVUOT: 10 ways to celebrate

    May 24, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Saturday, May 26

    “TEN”
    Rabbis Yonah Bookstein (Jewlicious) and Sharon Brous (IKAR) meet for a rabbinic head-to-head during a night of Shavuot celebration, which features TED-style learning, challah baking, meditation, tequila shots with the rabbis and more. Special guest...

  • Extravagant Jewish celebrations — Have we gone too far?

    July 19, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    A wedding that costs $100,000? A bar mitzvah that costs $20,000? When did extravagance and luxury become such primary Jewish values? I can’t remember the last simcha (Jewish celebration) I attended at which there were not tremendous amounts of wasted food, overly expensive napkins...

  • Backlot parties put simchas in the spotlight

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Founders of Hollywood's great studios, like Jack and Harry Warner and Louis B. Mayer, played down their Jewish heritage when they arrived from the East Coast. Now, more than 70 years after the beginning of Hollywood's Golden Age, when talkies became the rage and Jews routinely...
  • Teens should follow in footsteps of volunteerism

    By Lynn Schusterman

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As I watch the first of my six granddaughters prepare to become a bat mitzvah this spring, I am filled with pride. She and young Jews like her around the world are following in the footsteps of generations of youth who came before them, affirming to their communities that they are...
  • Siblings show they have write stuff

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As they practiced their haftorah portions, perfected their speeches and sent out invitations, Daniel and Lauren Deitch felt something was missing from their b'nai mitzvah preparations: Grandma Julie.

    The Deitches' grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, had promised to attend their Dec....

  • Try main course hamantashen for a topsy-turvy day!

    By Jeff Nathan

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Chef Nathan prepares savory hamentaschen. Video courtesy JewishTVNetwork.com.

    So you know about Purim, right?

    I don't have to mention the big names here, like Queen Esther, her uncle Mordecai, the Persian King Ahasuerus and (get your groggers ready) Haman, the king's...

  • Missing in action—Tu B’shevat

    By David Suissa

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Orthodox Jews are known to be deeply attached to religious rituals. Their days are filled with them. In addition to the three daily prayers, some observant Jews make it a point to recite at least 100 blessings a day.

    When actual holidays arrive, this attachment only deepens. Take a...

  • Victory of a Blessing

    By Rabbi David Baron

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    There are times in our lives where after periods of struggle and conflict, we seek peace and quiet.

    As life would have it, the term of tranquility is short, but we can emerge from these times strengthened both physically and spiritually.

    "Vayeshev Ya'akov -- And Jacob settled down...

  • Celebrate Rosh Hashanah in India? No Problem

    By Robin Esrock

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Young Israelis are among the world's most prolific travelers, gravitating to hot spots like Bolivia, Thailand and India, where the shekel stretches far. Having experienced Pesach in Argentina, surrounded by more than 400 mostly Israeli backpackers, I was curious to see where I might...

  • Personal Touch Can Tame Parties, Trim Expenses

    By Beth Levine

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Not too long ago, some Jewish mothers and I were discussing our kids' upcoming b'nai mitzvah. We were wondering how to tame the ever-escalating, three-ring circus that the parties have become.

    We are commanded to celebrate this important day in our children's lives as if it were a...

  • I’ve Got a Secret

    By Judy Gruen

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I thought I had struck social gossip gold when my friend Paula let slip a delicious bit of intelligence straight into my eager ears.

    Paula and I were participating in a real-time, interactive social dialogue (meaning, we were on the phone) trying to schedule a lunch date. This was...

  • Why I Write Jewish

    By Jane Ulman

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Jan. 25, 1997, my oldest son, Zachary, became a bar mitzvah, a ceremony that inaugurated him into the Jewish community as a responsible young adult. It also catapulted me into the world of Jewish journalism as a family columnist.

    Call it writing therapy. Call it black humor....

  • Dozens of Cousins

    By Betsy R. Rosenthal

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine all the "Cheaper By the Dozen" kids grown up, married and with kids of their own. That's my family. My mom is one of a dozen, and I'm one of the children of the dozen. And maybe not that surprisingly, my mom chose to have only two children (me and my brother) and my husband...

  • Seniors’ Deeds Pave Path for Future

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Parents and pundits, you may breathe a sigh of relief. The Class of 2006 -- or at least The Jewish Journal's not-so-random sampling of the class of 2006 -- will put to rest any notion that this plugged in but wireless, overscheduled but doted upon and supersavvy but still so na?ve...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Full House of Hope
    It was a full house May 14 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire at the 30th annual Celebration of Life Faces of Hope Benefit gala, honoring the City of Hope's bone marrow transplant (BMT) program, along with the program's director, Dr. Stephen J. Forman. Watching the...

  • Pioneering Class of 2006

    By Julie G Fax

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Did I miss something?"

    Adam Teitelbaum wasn't sure why everyone was laughing. He stared out at the 800 guests, shrugged his shoulders and looked behind him for a clue from the 46 other graduates. They shrugged right back at him.

    "When I am an old man," he had just intoned, "and have...

  • Mentor Sees Benefit in Villaraigosa Story

    By Lisa Hirschmann

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Herman Katz has begun to grow weary of hearing and seeing his own name. A humble 73-year-old who has taught and counseled in Los Angeles public schools since 1957, he has been living in the limelight since one of his former students, Antonio Villaraigosa, became mayor last year.

    Katz...

  • Eco-Friendly Parties Mix Mitzvah, Simcha

    By Pearl Salkin

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Three days after my son, Will, ascended the bimah as a bar mitzvah, I stopped by our shul to drop off some books and thank the principal of the Hebrew school and others who made his big day such a wonderful experience.

    When I got back in my car and drove past the piles of huge trash...

  • A Few Purim Celebrations

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

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    ...

  • Letters

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Mensches, Menschen

    The plural of "mensch" has always been "menschen" ("Mensches: Some Big-Hearted Angelenos You Would Be Proud to Know," Jan. 6). Come Purim, will we read about "hamentasches"?

    I was impressed, though, by the dedication of those featured in the accompanying article.

    ...

  • 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...

  • Double Celebration

    By Jane Ulman

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Tu b'Shevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat, marks the birthday of the trees.

    Will the trees be taken out

    to dinner at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga to feast on vegan duck and passion fruit sorbet?

    Will they receive a digital camera, a copy of Carl Hiaasen's newest...

  • Not Your Grandma’s Honey Cake

    By Linda Morel

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It wouldn't be the second night of Rosh Hashanah if our friends didn't come for dinner, contributing a cornucopia of dishes, especially divine desserts. There are enough pastries covering the buffet to keep judges at the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest busy for a week.

    I always bake a...

  • Rosh Hashanah 5765

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    So, what do math and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, have in common? On this day, Jews are supposed to do a cheshbon hanefesh.

    This literally means "accounting of the soul."

    We count up and categorize all the actions we've taken

    and all the thoughts we've had during the...

  • Douglases: Good as Gold

    By Tom Tugend

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Heralded by the blowing of shofars, Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, stood under the chuppah Sunday afternoon and reaffirmed the marriage vows they first recited 50 years ago.

    The first time around the couple eloped to Las Vegas, when Kirk managed a day off from shooting "20,000...

  • Seder Tips

    By Julie G Fax

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Whether you've been doing it for years or are brand new, leading a seder is a challenging job.

    "Many arrive at the seder vaguely expecting to hear the great tale of the Jewish people's struggle for freedom," writes David Arnow in his new book, "Creating Lively Passover Seders:...

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