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  • Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Being Stereotyped…

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 2, 2011 | 7:29 pm

    Vicki Larson posted an article on the Huffington Post recently about ‘Why Young Men Fear Marriage.’  She writes about two young men who write a blog called We’re Just Not There Yet. Daryl, 31, and Seth, 28 write this shtick about how even though they’re smart, and have great...

  • Hank Moody Syndrome

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 16, 2011 | 7:36 pm

    Maybe it’s because I live where they shoot the show, but recently I’ve felt like every guy I know in Santa Monica/Venice wants to be Hank Moody.  I love the show Californication and at first, I thought all the references to it had to do with some general wistfulness about just...

  • The Depressing News on the Cost of Success?

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    January 26, 2011 | 9:28 am

    So this week I read the most depressing article I’ve read in a long time (and I read a lot).  Tracy Clark-Flory in a story on Salon interviewed Mark Regnerus, the co-author of a new book that was just released, Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate and Think...

  • Individual choice challenges communal commitments

    By Jacob Schacter

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In 1985, Robert Bellah co-authored a book titled "Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life," which highlighted the centrality

    of personal autonomy and individual choice in the United States. As an example of this widespread phenomenon, he described a nurse,...

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  • Marry first, date later

    By David Suissa

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It was a short but fascinating discussion. I had about a dozen singles over for Friday night dinner -- as part of Lori Pietruszka's "Shabbat in the Hood" program to connect Jewish singles with a Shabbat experience -- when a cryptic exchange caught my attention.

    Someone mentioned that...

  • Happiness—maybe it’s not ‘out there’

    By Alisa Ruby

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It all started with the phone call from my Jewish mother in the Philadelphia suburbs about five years ago: "My friend's son is moving to L.A. I think he has an on-again-off-again girlfriend. But, he's cute and nice. Anyway, he's going to call you for coffee." Innocent enough, or so I...
  • Premarital counseling gets short shrift in Jewish L.A.

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Couples make many choices that represent shared values in the run-up to a wedding, from filling the ceremony with long-held family traditions to tackling stress-filled tasks like whittling down the "I can't believe we know this many people" guest list.

    Often such to-dos are...

  • Semper Fiber

    By Judy Gruen

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I am a big believer in New Year's resolutions, especially of the weight-loss variety. I've even been known to renew my vows on a weekly basis. Yet, I have learned that any drastic promises, such as, "I will never eat another bowl of Ben & Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch ice cream...
  • Noah Bleich: A Man of Many Hats

    By Sarah Price Brown

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Noah Bleich
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Noah Bleich is standing at the entrance of an elementary school with a blue-and-white menorah on his head. Once again, he has...

  • Saying ‘shalom’ to Santa Claus

    By Kathleen Vallee Stein

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I was very sad when I put an ad in the Recycler for my beloved Christmas dishes, but it was time to part with them. I had converted to Judaism two years earlier but kept the dishes stored in the back of the linen closet. I wanted them to go to a good home.

    The dishes represented...

  • Conservative rabbis open doors to gays, sort of

    By Ben Harris

    December 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (JTA) -- By the time leading Conservative rabbis convened to discuss the movement's approach to homosexuality, talk already had turned to the day after.

    With the endorsement Wednesday of three conflicting teshuvot, or halachic responsa, by the movement's...

  • Jewish Time Machine: The 1982 General Assembly in Los Angeles

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes to issues making up the agenda during General Assemblies in Los Angeles, perhaps Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) was right when he wrote: "What has been will be, what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun."

    Los Angeles had surpassed Chicago...

  • Same-sex unions roil Jews in former Soviet Union

    By Vladimir Matveyev

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The resignation of a longtime leader of one of the largest Reform congregations in Ukraine has thrown the spotlight on a bitter controversy over homosexuality within the post-Soviet Reform movement.
     
    Boris Kapustin, 70, founder and chairman of the Reform congregation in the Crimean...
  • Jamie McCourt Proves She’s an Artful Dodger President

    By Robert David Jaffee

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bougainvillea and vines curl around a pergola at the Bel Air Hotel's outdoor patio restaurant, a lunch spot for Westside powerbrokers. It's 10:30 a.m., and powerbrokers are scarce at this hour, except for Jamie McCourt, vice chairman and president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who is...

  • New U.S. Stamps Honor Friends of Jews, Israel

    By Michael Berenbaum

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On May 30, the United States Postal Service issued a series of new stamps honoring six career State Department diplomats who earned the gratitude of this nation for taking "risks to advance humanitarianism...[and] peace," even if their actions put themselves "in harm's way."

    Words...

  • 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...

  • Choice of Seminary Leader a Bold Move

    By  Dr. Michael Berenbaum

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The selection of professor Arnold Eisen as the new chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) represents a bold move of unpredictable consequences for its leadership.

    Eisen is a distinguished scholar of modern Jewish thought and an insightful student of the American Jewish...

  • 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...

  • Competing Moments of Truth on Schools

    By Howard Blume

    April 9, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Tuesday April 18, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to lay the groundwork for the most defining initiative of his term in office: his attempt to take control of Los Angeles' schools. But the day before he does, opponents of his plan will beat him to the microphone. The L.A....

  • Big Sunday Gets Big Boost From City

    By Naomi Glauberman

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Big Sunday began in 1999 with 300 Jewish volunteers devoted to a day of good works. That was impressive in a city notorious for lack of civic involvement -- but that was just the beginning.

    What started as Mitzvah Day for congregants of Temple Israel of Hollywood gradually spread...

  • Singles - Notes to Self

    By Amy Klein

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Note to Self: Do not date a man who says that he can't be in a relationship. Do not go out with him after he tells you he wants to go out with you -- but only casually. Even if everything he says or does proves to the contrary -- like for example, he calls you every day and wants to...

  • Selling Judaism: Let’s Make It Harder

    By Rafael Guber

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes to marketing Judaism, especially to young adults, it is hard to imagine a program, innovation and --dare I say it -- gimmick that has not been tried. I would like to suggest one.

    Let's make Judaism harder.

    Really, I am serious.

    This has nothing to do with theology and...

  • How to Keep Your Love Alive

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I'm smiling a lot these days because I've recently fallen in love. Starting over at 56 years young, it's unlikely that I'll experience a golden anniversary, but I'd really, truly like to enjoy and adore one special person for the rest of my hopefully long, healthy life.

    With the...

  • Happy Non-Anniversary

    By Michael Rose

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I know that I was angry at L. I remember feeling frustrated and sad, not so much over L., but about the life we had envisioned, that I had started to view as a reality. I found myself mourning the losses that never were -- theoretical, suppositional losses -- the honeymoon we would...

  • Student Rabbis, Cantors Take Next Step

    By Julie G Fax

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    University of Judaism

    It might just be a demographic blip, but it certainly is an interesting one. This year's graduating class of rabbis at the Conservative University of Judaism (UJ) in Los Angeles is made up of four women and two men. And at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS)...

  • Discovering Keys to Lasting Matrimony

    By Sheryl P. Kurland

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Everlasting Matrimony: Pearls of Wisdom From Couples Married 50 Years or More," by Sheryl P. Kurland (American Literary Press, $39.95).

    In the late 1940s, Ron Farrar's and Joan Pachtman's passion to help those in need charted the course for personal passion and lifelong matrimony....

  • Principal for a Day, Lesson for a Lifetime

    By Sarah Price Brown

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    This Wednesday dawns as another tough, typical grind for the principal of the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES). There's the 7:15 a.m. arrival and the 10 p.m. departure. Then there's the picket line set up by half the teaching staff. And later, the little problem of...

  • Israel Feeling Strains of Democracy

    By Leonard Fein

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When it suits us, we refer to Israel as "the only democracy in the Middle East." When it suits us, we refer to Israel as "the Jewish state" or "the state of the Jewish people." And now and then, we describe Israel as "a Jewish democratic state."

    But that last does not quite roll so...

  • East of Western— a Kosher Cornucopia

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    President Bush is declaring his hope for a Palestinian state loud and clear, and no wonder -- it's almost the price of entry to the alliance with Europe that he urgently wants to revive.

    Some in the American Jewish community at first were uneasy about Bush's push for the...

  • What’s Next for Shalhevet?

    By Julie G Fax

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Sitting at the back of a large multipurpose room packed full of students and staff at Shalhevet's weekly town hall meeting, Jerry Friedman is kvelling at a level usually reserved for grandparents at a bar mitzvah.

    Someone taps him on the shoulder, and Friedman reluctantly excuses...

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