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  • The great California foreskin fight of 2011

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 21, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    As luck would have it, the day local Jewish leaders gathered in Santa Monica to discuss the community’s response to a proposed ballot measure aimed at banning circumcision in that city was the very same day the proposition was rescinded by its proponent.

    Twenty-five people came...

  • Eating disorders: Still on the path to understanding

    June 15, 2011 | 4:33 pm

    For nearly 40 years, Sharon Pikus hid what she calls her “dirty little secret”: After an adolescent case of whooping cough caused her to vomit everything she ate, she turned the experience into a trick to lose weight. 

    “I was always a chubbette as a kid, so I said to myself,...

  • My anorexia: How I became a survivor

    June 15, 2011 | 4:30 pm

    About seven of us have gathered for group therapy in a large room scattered with chairs. A woman with frizzy red hair and a head that looks several sizes too big for her emaciated body sits across from me. Next to her, a statuesque blonde has a polished demeanor that belies the fact...

  • What to look for, where to find help

    June 15, 2011 | 4:27 pm

    As a loving and concerned parent, you may notice that when your daughter enters puberty she will gain weight. Most of this gain is due to her body developing and preparing her to grow taller; the weight usually precedes the growth spurt. A healthy adolescent may gain anywhere from 20...

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  • Valley and Proud: Ventura Boulevard

    May 20, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    Breakfast at Noah’s or Western Bagel?

    Plush seats and ushers at ArcLight Sherman Oaks or art-house fare at Encino’s Laemmle Town Center 5?

    Jerry’s Famous Deli or Fromin’s … er, make that Uncle Bernie’s Deli?

    No, Art’s. Followed by 90 minutes of improvised laughs at...

  • Obama and Bibi appear on same page

    May 17, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    Crush terrorists and then make peace.

    Through quirks of timing, it’s a narrative that President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally can agree on when they meet this week in Washington.

    There remains a critical difference, however, between the two over what...

  • Jay Sanderson pushes for change but some lose heart in the face of his leadership style

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 30, 2011 | 12:52 pm

    “I want everyone to be a LeBron James.”

    It’s early January, and Jay Sanderson is talking in his corner office on the 11th floor of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ headquarters about his first year as president of Federation, explaining the versatility and...

  • Can a Palestinian story prompt dialogue for Middle East peace?

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 23, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Julian Schnabel must have known that screening a film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the United Nations General Assembly would be scene-stealing. To set the town talking, the event would unite all the trappings — provocative subject matter, prestigious venue, Hollywood...

  • Balancing the budget: Making the weak pay

    March 1, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    Sylvia Mnuchen has spent her life fighting.

    First it was cancer that attacked her skin, then her breast. More recently it has been an ailment that has kept her in a wheelchair, her feet swollen, her legs wrapped tight like a mummy.

    But as a loyal Jewish Democrat and longtime...

  • Christian charity in Haiti is the Jewish thing to do

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    January 19, 2011 | 4:33 pm

    Dona is a 14-year-old boy in Port-au-Prince. When his mother was pregnant with him, she hid in fear from his father. In time, he found her and insisted she have an abortion. She refused. They fought, and she ran. 

    After Dona was born, his father eventually found them both and beat...

  • Heschel, King and a Prayer for Peace

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    January 11, 2011 | 7:07 pm

    Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel famously said, “In a free society, some are guilty but all are responsible.” I have been mulling that quote over in my mind since I learned of the horrible assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and the cold-blooded murder...

  • High-paid Jews

    December 15, 2010 | 5:59 pm

    (Editor’s note: The salary for Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles president Jay Sanderson is misleading.  The salary refers to records The Forward compiled for Sanderson’s predecessor, John Fishel, as a note in the chart makes clear.  Sanderson started at Federation in 2010,...

  • Executive salaries: How much is too much?

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 15, 2010 | 5:33 pm

    After the Forward published its list of Jewish executive salaries, a comment from someone identified as Gabe appeared on the newspaper’s Web site:

    “I am appalled that Sarah Bloomfield makes over $542,000 (!!!) [r]unning the USHMM [United States Holocaust Memorial Museum]. I’m...

  • Why Jewish community executives make so much money

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 15, 2010 | 5:32 pm

    The Forward newspaper has done a service to the American Jewish community by publishing the salaries of major executives of American Jewish organizations. They are essentially Jewish communal civil servants, and, as do all civil servants, they sacrifice a measure of privacy — and...

  • Letters

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One Proud Teacher

    I'm a teacher at Shalhevet Middle School. I've been teaching the Holocaust to my eighth-grade students for the past three years.

    Over a two-month period we tackled questions such as: "How was it possible for Hitler to gain such power?" "Where were the American...

  • No Setback in Winnick’s Giving

    By Tom Tugend

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When The Journal interviewed Gary Winnick for a cover story in the fall of 1999, he was asked what he hoped to achieve in the future.

    Winnick replied that he would be happy "if I can freeze-frame my life right now."

    Small wonder. Winnick was then the wunderkind even among a...

  • Serious Matters and the Mind/Heart Problem

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The cover story, "The Final Taboo," in this issue caused a certain amount of soul searching in our offices this week. Not that we questioned the piece or the reporting itself. Everyone had only praise for Religion Editor Julie Gruenbaum Fax, and the research and writing that went...
  • A Curious Thing

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A curious thing happened in the pages of The Jewish Journal the week of Nov. 20. During a period when a host of issues of major importance to the American Jewish community were occuring that commanded front page attention elsewhere, The Journal chose to devote the cover story and an...
  • Recapturing the Dream

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    A curious thing happened in the pages of The Jewish Journal the week of Nov. 20. During a period when a host of issues of major importance to the American Jewish community were occuring that commanded front page attention elsewhere, The Journal chose to devote the cover story and an...
  • Weathering the Crisis

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    City of Hope is the largest provider of bonemarrow transplantation services in California. Here Dr. Stephen J.Forman attends to a patient.

    The City of Hope, the esteemed charity, cancerhospital and research center, is under attack. But supporters of thecharity, whose roots run deep...

  • Cover Story A Call for Support

    By Ruth Stroud

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Orli is the first to admit that she had everythinggoing for her while growing up in Brentwood: loving parents who tookher around the world, a top-flight Harvard education.

    But Orli (not her real name) became an alcoholic,a disease, she says, that afflicted her father. At first, she...

  • One People: Religious Christians and Jews?

    By Judy Gruen

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Most of the mainstream secular Jewishorganizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and the AmericanJewish Congress would like us to think so. But a recent gathering inWashington proved that a grass-roots movement is taking hold amongJews -- not only the Orthodox -- whose views are...
  • Beyond

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Viewpoints from 3 generations

    Beyond

    Bubbe and Zeyde

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    A Modern Grandfather

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    The Family Melting Pot

    >By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

     

  • Cover Story: Grandparenting

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left, Flora and Vernon Stroud with two of their fivegrandchildren, Laura and Jonathan, in 1991.

    The Family Melting Pot

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    Three generations of Grahams.

     

    Is there such a thing as a "typical" Jewishgrandparent in America? When I thought about this impossibly...

  • Beyond

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    She has never been the gray-haired bubbe who stays at home andcooks all day. In fact, her hair is red and -- surprise -- shedoesn't like to cook.

    Roseann Cronrod grew up in the tenements of New York, the child ofrecent Polish immigrants to the United States. She went on to becomea...

  • A Modern Grandfather

    By Tom Tugend

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A Modern Grandfather

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    They don't make grandparents like they usedto.

    Time was when the doddering old dears couldn't imagine a greaterthrill than having the grandkids over and spoiling them rotten.

    Nowadays, a phone conversation is more likely to go like...

  • The Youngest Victim

    By Eric Silver

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    For Olga and Yevgeny Pesachovitch, it was as if their son, Grisha, died three times. The 15-year-old Russian immigrant boy was the youngest of the 13 Israeli civilians killed by the twin suicide bombers who blew themselves up in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market last Wednesday. His...
  • Coping

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    En route home were Alice and Leo Howard and their 14-year-old grandsons, Yoni Howard and Adam Blitz, all of whom had survived the July 30 suicide bombings in Jerusalem's crowded Mahane Yehuda.

    After the El Al jet landed, the relatives greeted each other with hugs and tears and counted...

  • A DIVIDED PEOPLE?

    By Rabbi Harvey J. Fields

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

  • Israel’s Tug of the Tides

    By Rabbi Harvey J. Fields

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Photo from "The Jews in America," Collins Publishers, 1989.Out along the glistening white, sandy beach in Herzliya, one feels a sense of serenity. The expected is unfolding. The tides gently form the shining blue waters of the Mediterranean into white foaming waves that crash upon...
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