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  • Philanthropy from Venus differs from philanthropy from Mars

    By Jacob Berkman

    November 19, 2008 | 1:18 am

    Women give charity differently than men.

    They are a little more generous across the board and a little less egocentric in their giving. More often they believe that charity is a moral obligation. And they tend to be more inclined toward education, religion and health-related causes....

  • We don’t need more gabfests on diversity

    By David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The details of the ugly dustup between a leading local Jewish philanthropist, Daphna Ziman, and the local African American head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Rev. Eric Lee, are still at issue. Ziman disseminated her account of the encounter in a widely...
  • The journey to inclusion

    By William Kolbrener

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    My son, Shmuel, was born four years ago on the 10th of Cheshvan. My wife woke me at 3 a.m.; we were at the hospital a bit after 3:30. Not her first delivery, the labor was quick. By 5:45, she gave birth.

    So efficient she was, I thought that there would be time to make it to my...

  • Second-class Conservative citizens

    By Jeff Bernhardt

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When I first read that there would be a vote by the Conservative movement's Committee on Law and Standards regarding homosexuality and Jewish law, I was of course interested.

    I'm a gay man, and I have had both personal and professional ties to the Conservative movement since I was...

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  • What Blacks Can Really Learn From Jews

    By Eric V. Copage

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I was recently at a dinner party in a New York apartment with a group of friends, all of them black except for a single white visitor. Toward the end of the evening, the conversation turned to how to improve black social, financial and educational progress. One black man, a lawyer,...

  • Change of Command on ‘Commander in Chief’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Was it sex, TV politics or controversial opinions about the Middle East? Or something else entirely?

    News reports and sources cite conflicting reasons why Israeli-born Rod Lurie was booted or departed as show-runner of the successful new ABC drama, "Commander in Chief," about the...

  • The Circuit

    By Julie G Fax

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    SHoshanim Celebrates

    Shoshanim, a magazine for Jewish teenage girls, is celebrating its fifth year in publication with a newly designed Web site, new features and an upgraded layout. Based in Los Angeles, the magazine geared for Orthodox teenagers has 5,000 subscribers. It is the...

  • The Court of Cupid

    By Lori Gottlieb

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It seems a bit disingenuous for women to get all bent out of shape over Harvard President Larry Summers' recent suggestion that innate gender differences may account for variances in math and science skills. After all, most women maintain that innate gender differences exist when...

  • To Tree or Not to Tree

    By Seth Menachem

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    For the first time in my adult life I'm dating a Jewish girl.

    Her father's Catholic -- an Italian -- but according to my

    rabbi, "She's all good."

    (Maybe he didn't use those exact words, but something to that effect.)

    Carrie and I bicker but never have any real fights; that is...

  • False Promises in Berg’s ‘Becoming’

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Becoming Like God" by Rabbi Michael Berg (Kabbalah Publishing, $21.95).

    I have never been to the Kabbalah Centre, never studied with one of their teachers, and cannot comment on their practices. My sole direct exposure was to watch a videotape produced by the center, "The Power...

  • The Ring

    By Greg Ross

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    My girlfriend wants a ring.

    To say that I didn't see this coming is the understatement of the century. In a way, there is not much to tell:

    Los Angeles boy meets Boston girl living in Los Angeles. Though we had some differences -- seems the East Coast Ivy-Leaguers up there can even...

  • Unacceptable

    By Michael Tolkin

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After The New Republic's Gregg Easterbrook wrote in his online column that Jewish executives in Hollywood "worship money above all else," he apologized.

    Every group in some way lives up to its stereotypes, and even knows that about itself -- otherwise there'd be no specific humor...

  • Arab Groups Assail Bush Appointment

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish and Arab leaders say President Bush's appointment of Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes to a federal think tank -- despite the objections of Arab groups and some congressional Democrats -- offers a window into White House thinking on Middle East issues.

    Bush's Aug. 22...

  • Shut Up, I Love You!

    By David Suissa

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What is it about the mitzvah of loving our fellow Jew that is so complicated?

    This question was on my mind recently when I witnessed an extraordinary event. A group of Sephardic, Chasidic, Reform, Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, unaffiliated, atheist, right- and...

  • Somebody Stop Me

    By Mark Miller

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I've been spending so much time and energy dating that it sometimes feels like an addiction. Or at least another career. If only it paid. And didn't involve so much time at Starbucks. And didn't require at the end of each meeting having to come up with a polite way to say, "It's...

  • Cape Town Clash

    By Moira Schneider

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A controversial conversion has reignited a dispute over Orthodox Jewish standards between South Africa's Orthodox establishment and one of the largest Orthodox congregations in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Attempts to paper over the cracks between the beit din, or the Jewish law court,...

  • Take It to the Church

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The church is not a place that one typically associates with Chanukah. But that will change on Dec. 6 when members of Los Angeles' Jewish and African American communities come together at the West Angeles Cathedral. The Crenshaw District institution -- with a new $60 million...

  • Spicy ‘Shores’ of the Mediterranean

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Celebrated cookbook author and chef Joyce Goldstein can trace her bloodline to a Russian shtetl, but her heart and soul lie in the Mediterranean.

    In "Cucina Ebraica" (Chronicle Books, 1998) and "Sephardic Flavors" (Chronicle Books, 2000) she explored Italian Jewish and Spanish...

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