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  • Knowing Oneself: The Art of Translation

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 29, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    “Communication is always an act of translation.” The words ring in my head, lingering. It’s Friday at Beit T’shuvah, and I'm sitting in on a seminar with the Center for Collective Wisdom, discussing organizational spirituality and how to access the deeper wisdom...

  • Ask Your Therapists

    By Monica Farassat

    December 22, 2011 | 1:11 pm

  • Thank you Steve Jobs.  Rest in Peace.

    By Ilana Angel

    October 5, 2011 | 9:30 pm

    Mr. Jobs passed away at the young age of 56.  He was a visionary who changed the world in a profound way.  Though not that savvy when it comes to technology, I know about the things he created, and how they changed the world.  While I cannot share details of the global impact of his...

  • Jews by Choice bolster ties with first Israel mission

    By Rachel Heller

    October 10, 2008 | 12:32 am

    Misty Zollars knew she wanted to be Jewish ever since she was 13, when her best friend invited her to her first Passover seder.

    "I found the afikoman, and I knew I was going to be a Jew," said Zollars, now 28, of Sherman Oaks. "The warmth of the family tradition and the concept of...

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  • Experience at international camp broadens perspective

    By Sivan Ron

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    As I look at a picture from the summer of 2007, I wish with all of my heart that I could go back and relive it. This picture contains a group of campers, each with a big smile on his or her face, glowing with happiness to be surrounded by their new best friends.

    From a distance,...

  • Creating a new community

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When I moved from Miami to Los Angeles four months ago with a tenuous plan and a lofty dream, I packed my car with all the things I thought I would need to survive on my own: 600 thread-count Calvin Klein sheets (because a gal's gotta dream), a Proust novel (intellectual sustenance...
  • Pick your redemption

    By David Suissa

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    There's something about being Jewish that makes you think big. Jews can easily schmooze about global stuff -- the bigger the better. We're here for all of humanity.

    We want to save the planet, whether from global evil or global warming. When we talk about our own problems, we also...
  • So many singles, so few tables

    By David Suissa

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    This is not a sob story. There is no hunger or homelessness, there are no kids with cancer.

    Rather, it's the story of single Jews in Los Angeles who, once in a while, would love to gather around a family Shabbat table. They're not desperate for company. Many don't have family here,...

  • I was a teenage punk

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Recently I asked a 15-year-old boy what music he listened to. His answer: "No one you ever heard of." A perfect answer. Because what every fan needs, what every person should have, is music that is his own.

    Over the years, there's been a lot of music that has mattered to me. That...

  • Scheduled Relaxation

    By JoAnneh Nagler

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday afternoon I was standing in my shower scrubbing my tile. It suddenly occurred to me -- in the midst of Ajax and scouring pads -- that the man who was ruling my fantasies was on a plane coming back from a sure-it's-professional junket in Las Vegas.

    Something was wrong...

  • The Hebrascope: Signs of the Jewdiac

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Aries (March 21-April 20)

    Notable Jewish Aries: Howard Cosell

    It's OK to be...

  • How They Choose to Be Jews

    By Sue Fishkoff

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    OK, we know some of the things that college students, especially college freshman, want. But put aside the clichés, the risqué jokes and careerism for a moment. It turns out that many Jewish undergrads also seek a connection both to Judaism and to Jewish peers.

    How this translates...

  • The Legacy of a Folk Hero

    By Carolyn Hester

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As fate would have it, back in 1961, while at Columbia Records making my third folk music album, I invited my friend, Bob Dylan, to play harmonica on the LP. It was I who introduced Dylan to John Hammond. The influential Columbia Records executive produced albums for legendary jazz...

  • Villaraigosa a Yemenite?

    By Bobbi Murray

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The energy and enthusiasm of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa got ahead of his staff when, at a Rosh Hashanah dinner with consular officials, he suddenly announced his intention to lead a local delegation to Israel.

    The pledge had raced across newswires for several days and...

  • Nimoy’s New Trek

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In a recent Tel Aviv seminar, Leonard Nimoy -- famous as "Star Trek's" logical Mr. Spock -- described the Vulcan way he behaved while playing Golda Meir's husband in a 1982 TV movie.

    "I had a question and the director blurted, 'It doesn't make any difference, you're wrong for this...

  • Spectator - The Geffen’s Great Escape

    By Tom Tugend

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the 1930s, with the Great Depression at home and Hitler saber-rattling overseas, George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, two sharp-witted Jewish lads, kept Broadway and the nation laughing.

    Together, they wrote such comedic classics as "Once in a Lifetime," "The Man Who Came to Dinner,"...

  • Jewish Arsonist Worked for Paris Center

    By Philip Carmel

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    French Jewish leaders fear they may have cried wolf once too often after a Jew was arrested in connection with the well-publicized arson of a Jewish community center in central Paris.

    Paris police say a 52-year-old Jewish man arrested Monday morning in connection with the Aug. 22...

  • Burbank Police Kill Israeli Man

    By Julie G Fax

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Stunned friends and family members are trying to make sense of the death of Assaf Deri, a 25-year-old Israeli who was shot and killed by Burbank police officers on June 25.

    Friends say the sparse details in the police report do not fit the picture of the man they knew.

    "He never had...

  • Q & A With Norman Brokaw

    By David Finnigan

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Norman Brokaw's first day at the William Morris Agency was July 7, 1943; he has never worked anywhere else.

    The 15-year-old, $25-a-week mailboy was the first mailroom trainee to become an agent, later becoming the agency's chairman of the board. He represented Bill Cosby for four...

  • Clarinetist Finds His Klezmer Voice

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "I came to klezmer quite by accident," said virtuoso clarinetist David Krakauer.

    He was a noted classical musician around 1987 when a chance encounter on a Manhattan bus changed the direction of his career.

    Seated nearby was the accordionist from a klezmer band that played in front...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Take a Leap

    Let's leap into the month of Adar! This is the month in which we are told: "The month of Adar brings great joy!" That is because Purim, a very joyous holiday, begins on the 14th of Adar. So, get into the spirit everybody and jump for joy!

    Now don't leap to...

  • A Jewish Diet

    By Rabbi Sheryl Nosan-Blank

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Tu B'Shevat seder, with its many fruit and nuts, challenges us to reconsider our usual diets, and the recommended Jewish diet. While the FDA recommends a diet high in grains, rich in nutrients and low in saturated fats, Judaism recommends a diet high in holiness, rich in...

  • Community Briefs

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Hier: Gibson Is Insensitive

    Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has asked Mel Gibson to "speak out forcefully against anti-Semitism" and to "condemn the false charges of deicide leveled against the Jewish people."

    In a letter sent to the director of...

  • A Ramah Union

    By Matt Rosenbaum

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    David Ross and Lauren Schmidt met for the first time in Los Angeles in May 2000. Or at least, the couple is pretty sure that was the first time.

    Raised in Palo Alto, David was an active member of United Synagogue Youth since his early childhood, and spent every summer at Camp Ramah...

  • Sacred Spaces

    By Rabbi Mimi Weisel

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The second part of this week's double portion, Chukat-Balak, is rather humorous, and even curious. In the second part of the portion, Balak, king of Moab, hires Balaam who is considered to be the world's greatest wizard, to curse the Israelites. Yet, when this great sorcerer attempts...

  • Rocky Mountain Chai

    By Lisa Keys

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The year was 1996, and Rabbi Mike Comins, newly ordained at Jerusalem's Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, had reached a crossroads. He had just completed his rabbinic thesis, was preparing to start his doctorate and, even though he was writing about God, "I felt like...

  • Solace in SoCal

    By Denise Berger

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sergio Edelsztein said he would not have come from Israel to a cultural exchange in New York. "Los Angeles is so much more open, and it's still about regular people -- not so much of an establishment," said the director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv.

    Edelsztein was...

  • Spinning a Jewish Web

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When preschool teacher Sylvia Rouss noticed a lack of children's literature about Judaism, she did something about it: she wrote the books herself. Rouss, who teaches at Stephen S. Wise Temple, is the author of the popular "Sammy Spider" series, which are widely used in Jewish...

  • Stay Connected

    By Kimber Anapoell Sax

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Orange County. At least 60,000 Jewish residents creating over 20,000 Jewish households spanning 800 square miles. Within the borders of this vast area, we can find about 25 synagogues, great Jewish day schools, numerous Jewish organizations ... and you.

    In May, The Jewish Journal of...

  • A Personal Success

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Jewish Journal:

    About five years ago, I ended a very serious relationship. I was devastated, but knew that my life could not end over this. I did everything to try and resolve my pain but it was hopeless. I eventually moved to another city, started a new career, and got on with...