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  • Shul counseling center costs little, does much for many

    By Ryan E. Smith

    May 15, 2012 | 8:36 pm

    Even a rabbi needs a little help sometimes, which is why Rabbi Harold Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) was inspired decades ago to promote the creation of a counseling center run by temple volunteers.

    “When I first came to this community, I realized that many of the problems...

  • Divorced by 30

    May 3, 2011 | 6:42 pm

    Sascha Rothchild, 33, describes the feeling leading up to the end of her first marriage as a sort of underlying malaise.

    “It’s just that feeling of falling asleep at night,” she said, “knowing that you’re unhappy, and that you’re unhappy on someone else’s terms.”

    ...
  • Counselors in demand as college applications soar

    By Rachel Heller

    October 31, 2008 | 6:21 pm

    High school seniors don't have it easy during this year's college application season, which is expected to be the most applied-to year on record.

    Just ask Jeremy Friedman, who is juggling 12 applications in addition to his class work and a part-time job.

    "I didn't think applying...

  • Dear Abby of Cyberspace

    By Leda Siskind

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    For a while this past year, several thousand girls between the ages of 10 and 14 read my words every day by logging on to Allykatzz.com, an Internet site for "'tween" girls that provides a safe alternative to MySpace and Facebook.

    They wrote to me about their parents' divorce or...

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  • Sheket, b’vakasha!

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Shutting Jewish Mouths

    We were surprised to read the mischaracterization of the American Jewish Committee (AJCommitee) in Rob Eshman's column ("Shutting Jewish Mouths," Feb. 16).

    As our 175,000 constituents know, we welcome a wide range of viewpoints in the AJCommitee "tent" and...

  • News from the hood, eruv in the air

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Neighborhood Angels

    David Suissa gets it right when he praises the incredible work of selfless individuals ("Neighborhood Angels," Feb. 2). Through their tireless efforts to feed struggling Jewish families, Yaelle and Nouriel Cohen bring honor not only to themselves but also to...

  • 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...

  • A match made in D.C.?

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One of the primary reasons many groups give for the limited availability of premarital counseling programming is the lack of available funding.

    However, millions of dollars are spent every year in divorce proceedings, legal fees and mediation and, with that in mind, the federal...

  • Order in the McCourt; Professionally Speaking; Youth and Priviliege

    By Norma Zager

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Order in the McCourt

    Jamie McCourt, Los Angeles Dodgers' president and vice chair, was honored with the prestigious Woman of the Year award at Friendly House's annual luncheon and celebrity stylist, Carrie White, was honored with the Excellent Service Award. They join a...

  • Wanted: someone to help suffering Jews

    By Amy Klein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One day, Rabbi Barbara Speyer went to a Los Angeles-area nursing home to provide emergency chaplaincy services -- spiritual comfort and care -- to a dying patient. When she arrived, the administrator said to her, "Why do you guys charge for this? This should be voluntary!"
     
    Speyer...
  • Rabbinical marriage counseling works—up to a point

    By Marc Ballon

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Karen Fox remembers the moment when she decided she needed to pursue a master's degree in counseling psychology.
     
    In the late 1980s, Fox, a rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, decided to create a support group for several couples who had privately sought her out to discuss...
  • Rabbi Carron brightens prisoners’ darkest days

    By Nick Street

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Daniel, a blue-eyed 24-year-old who was a few credits shy of finishing his undergraduate degree at UCLA last spring, is now an inmate in unit 131 at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles.
     
    When Rabbi Yossi Carron arrives for his meeting with Daniel -- not...
  • Suit Filed Over Police Shooting of Israeli

    By Jim Crogan

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly 20 months after Assaf Deri, an Israeli national, was shot and killed by Burbank police in a North Hollywood alley, his parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in L.A. Federal Court against Burbank and Los Angeles, both cities' police departments, and officers involved in...

  • The Fastest Therapy in the West

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    First there was speed dating. Now, there's speed healing.

    Welcome to The Ten Minute Method, a new form of condensed counseling offered by a Chatsworth therapist that promises to be both fast and affordable at $18 a session.

    You may be thinking: 10 minutes? That's just long enough to...

  • Unmarried Counseling

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    My neurosis is like a Ferrari. I can go from 0 to 60 in under four seconds.

    One second, I'm nervous I may have said the wrong thing in a meeting; the next I'm convinced that the best way to deal with how horribly I've botched the situation is to toss myself off the Staten Island...

  • Interfaith Couples ‘Prepare’ for Bliss

    By Michael Jackman

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The rose-colored glasses often worn by couples headed for the bimah can easily hide some relationship blemishes. So when the glasses come off after the honeymoon, the new vision of the future can be a bit shocking. Before you take that long trip down the aisle, you might want to...

  • Out of Darkness

    By Rabbi Sharon Brous

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I once counseled a young man through what he later understood to be the most profound and transformative moment of his life: He was abandoned, without explanation or apology, by his beloved fiancée. After a crushing year, he came back to tell me that he realized, in retrospect,...

  • Exploring Judaism’s Healing Potential

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Rabbi Donald Goor, senior rabbi of Temple Judea in the West Valley, has identified a deficiency within the Jewish community: There's not enough emphasis on care of the soul.

    "In my rabbinate, I see so many people who walk around wounded. They function very well in life, but they...

  • To Live and Teach in L.A.: A Difficult Job

    By Sarah Price Brown

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Eight-year-old Danielle dashes to the front of her third-grade classroom and shows off her drawing of an equilateral triangle.

    "That's fah-bulous, dah-ling," the teacher says.

    Danielle flashes a satisfied smile and prances back to her seat. The other students look admiringly at...

  • And They Lived Happily Ever Apart

    By Mark Miller

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Years ago, when I met someone who had life-partner potential, someone who could be my first real adult relationship, I held on

    tighter than Donald Trump to a bad hair style.

    "I love you," I said.

    "I want to be with you all the time," I said.

    "Let's get married," I said.

    I said a...

  • The Mickey Rule

    By Sam Shmikler

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My brother Mickey works with teens and adults as a mental health counselor. Mickey began his counseling career while he was a teenager. Like many talented people who begin their careers with a significant bang, he gave me advice on teenage dating that was so profound, so...

  • Kibbutz Camp Offers Hope to Survivors

    By Eric Silver

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In Kibbutz Negba, a dozen Israeli teenagers attending a summer camp in the guesthouses of this Negev kibbutz were asked to model small trees, and then decorate them with photographs of themselves.

    One sculpted a tree that had been struck by lightning and died. Another molded a...

  • The Agonizing Toll of Sexual Addiction

    By Julie G Fax

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One Friday night 33 years ago, when Yisroel Richtberg was 12 years old, an older boy sneaked into his dorm room at his Chasidic yeshiva in Israel, pulled off Richtberg's pajama pants and raped him. The same thing happened the next Shabbat.

    The boy told Richtberg (not his real name)...

  • The Rabbi, Divorced

    By Howard Kaplan

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Four years ago, Perry Netter feared his divorce from his wife, Esther, would end his career as a rabbi. Sitting in his office at Conservative Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, he said he knew that people want their rabbi married. Congregants like to gaze upon the rabbi's family as the...

  • Best & Worst of Times

    By Julie G Fax

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's been a month of extremes for the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) on the West Coast. As the Orthodox youth group basks in the joy of moving into its own building, it is also reeling from the shock of a scandal involving an East Coast regional director allegedly...

  • Counseling Centers

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Conejo Valley Counseling Center: 100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 110, Thousand Oaks. (805) 379-2273:

    "You and Your Aging Parent," now forming.

    Widow/widowers support group, now forming. Wednesdays.

    Metro Counseling Center, 8846 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 858-8863:

    "Dearly...

  • The Good Lieutenant

    By Tom Tugend

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "When I started this work two years ago, I was like a young child," says Cheli. "Now, many times I feel like an old woman."

    Cheli is a lieutenant in the Israeli army's Nachal Brigade, and when one of the young soldiers in her unit is killed, she goes to his parents, tells them how...

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