Construction crews broke ground at the site of the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue (MJCS) last week -- two and a half years after the congregation held a gala groundbreaking celebration for the new $10 million building.
"Building in Malibu is legendary -- it's very difficult to get through the regulatory process. Thank God, we've made it through all of that," said George Greenberg, congregation president.
Jews have always used humor to get themselves through difficult times.
Dating is not brain surgery, but for some men it is more difficult. I think I've discovered why. The current thinking on intelligence is that people have several types of intelligence, which may not be equally developed.
Psychologist Daniel Goleman coined the phrase "emotional intelligence" or EI. He defined EI as "knowing one's emotions, managing emotions, motivating oneself, recognizing emotions in others and handling relationships." Goleman and others have found that EI has little correlation with IQ. They are on to something.
If you're anything like me -- and for the love of God, I hope you're not --you've found dating in Los Angeles to be nonstop inferno of disappointment, frustration, anguish, horror, tedium and depression.
And those are the dates that work out fairly well. It's not hard to understand why some battle-scarred veterans of the singles scene have completely sworn off dating, substituting other, nondating activities in life, whatever those could possibly be. I understand jogging may be one of them.
Didgee is looking forward to the day he can leave the quarantine cage to snuggle up with his two Sheilas in the shade of a eucalyptus tree, and learn to say "Shalom" as well as "G'day."
It has been one year since a financial crisis engulfed the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA). In response to this crisis, JCCGLA was forced to close facilities, cut services and lay off scores of staff. Programs that served more than 1,000 people were discontinued. It was a very difficult year -- but we survived.
It's one of the oddities of world affairs that the worse things get in the Middle East, the more various countries, international bodies and individuals want a piece of the diplomatic action. The region could use some help, but sadly, recent offers by a number of hopeful mediators are likely only to confuse matters and make U.S. diplomacy more difficult.
The Europeans, the United Nations, even Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan all want to lend a hand.