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  • The convert and the Christmas tree

    By Avishay Artsy

    1 week ago

    For me, Christmas was always something other people did. Growing up in a Jewish home, I watched the holiday’s rituals unfold in movies, on TV and in the homes of friends: hanging ornaments on a tree, unwrapping presents and singing songs of Yuletide cheer (whatever that means)....
  • Converts say Freundel’s abuse of power extended beyond mikvah peeping

    October 23, 2014 | 9:57 am

    CORRECTION: This version corrects the date of Mandel's conversion. It took place eight months after her "practice dunk," not a year and eight months later. The correction appears in paragraph 10


    When Rabbi Barry Freundel asked Bethany Mandel to take a “really long shower” before...

  • Israeli group files lawsuit asking Interior Ministry to recognize converts

    February 27, 2013 | 8:42 am

    An Israeli advocacy group filed a lawsuit seeking the recognition of all Orthodox conversions performed in Israel.

    The Jewish Advocacy Center for ITIM: the Jewish Life Information Center petitioned the Supreme Court last week calling on the Interior Ministry to recognize the...

  • Double-dip conversion

    By Jared Baker

    January 30, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    When Jennifer Harrison-Gomez decided to convert to Judaism, her husband, Brian Gomez, followed suit.

    At 8 years old, Jennifer saw a film about Judaism that sparked her interest. In middle school, she read “The Diary of Anne Frank,” which further intrigued her. As an adult, she...

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  • An example to her children

    January 9, 2013 | 11:55 am

    Fourteen years ago, Catherine and Bruce Penso’s oldest daughter, Leah, was ready to become a bat mitzvah. But before her big day, Leah told her parents that she wanted to go to the mikveh and formally convert. 

    Catherine and her younger daughter, Rebecca, decided to join Leah in...

  • Stories of Jewish Conversion: Frank Siciliano

    September 27, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Hearing the name Frank Siciliano, you would probably not immediately think “Orthodox Jew.” But this Jew by Choice, who has lived in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood for the past three years, is as passionate about his religion and his people as one can get. 

    Siciliano, a...

  • Israeli high court affirms conversions questioned by rabbinical courts

    April 27, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Israel’s high court reversed two annulled conversions to Judaism and affirmed thousands of others.

    Two women had in 2008 appealed to the rabbinical appeals court annulments by lower rabbinical courts of their conversions, which came about because of divorce cases.

    The rabbinical...

  • Israeli Jews back non-Orthodox conversions, poll finds

    September 28, 2010 | 12:25 pm

    Nearly two-thirds of Israeli Jews believe that non-Orthodox converts to Judaism should be considered Jewish, a new Israeli government survey reveals.

    The survey released Monday, which was commissioned by the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry to gauge Israelis’...

  • The choosers

    By Rob Eshman

    April 28, 2010 | 6:10 pm

    Last month, I was eating dinner alone at a neighborhood pizzeria when I overheard a conversation that made me stop mid-tongue burn.

    “I’ve never dated a Jewish man,” a waitress on break said.

    “Really?” said her friend. “You should try it.  In fact, I’m becoming a...

  • 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...

  • Service Reaches Out to Jews by Choice

    By David Finnigan

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It fit somehow that this recent Saturday service for converts to Judaism took place in a synagogue library. Because this gathering, at Temple Beth Am near Beverly Hills, was both an exercise in worship and in teaching. Maybe it even fit that this was a children's library, because...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Hey, Big Spender
    The imminent mayoral election must have incumbent Jim Hahn feeling generous. In a sharp break from last year, Hahn's 2005-2006 proposed budget increases city spending by $566 million.
    This year's proposed budget weighs in at more than $5.95 billion....

  • Your Letters

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Math Problem

    It's a shame that in her zeal to pin the state's budget problems on the Democrats, Jill Stewart attacks the community colleges and the disabled community in her opinion piece, "Math Problem" (March 19).

    As a math instructor at community colleges and the father of a...

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