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  • Why is this Trip Different than All Other Trips?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 18, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    By Adam Siegel

    At Beit T’Shuvah, we thrive on transformative experiences; stories of transformation and redemption nourish our souls.  Often times, the stories people share with me serve as sustenance for showing up (for life) each morning.  We collectively celebrate achievements...

  • All about my IDF (part two)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 26, 2012 | 10:18 am

    I've wanted to tell you about my military service for a while now, but I never knew exactly what I want to say. However, since foreign media take a very negative, false approach towards the IDF, and more and more false accusations pop up every day, I feel I can't wait any longer...

  • A summer to remember

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 18, 2012 | 10:01 am

    In this post, I would like to talk to you about an experience I’m sure most of you know well- Jewish summer camp. But since you know it so well- I would like to tell you about this experience from an Israeli delegate side. Last summer I had the honor to be a part of an Israeli...

  • Should we ‘roll the dice’ on untested Obama?

    October 15, 2008 | 9:55 pm

    The pretentiously messianic Sen. Barack Obama would be comical, except many people vote apparently not for president but for debate team captain. While partisans argue unconditionally for Obama or Sen. John McCain, both candidates are, as in any election, flawed. It is increasingly...
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  • McCain for America—and Israel

    October 9, 2008 | 10:52 pm

    As a patriotic Jewish American, I care deeply about Israel's wellbeing and security, as well as that of our own country. In having to choose between the two presidential candidates, I find myself looking closely at their statements, record of accomplishments and the people

    who advise...

  • Yom Kippur Dilemma

    By Gina Nahai

    October 1, 2008 | 11:15 pm

    Is it just me, or does Yom Kippur seem to arrive earlier and more frequently these days?

    I feel like I've barely had time to recover from one when the next one's announced, and then I have to toughen up and refrain from saying things like "oh no, not again," in front of my kids,...

  • Can McCain fix his Palin problem?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 27, 2008 | 6:17 pm

    Ever since the quick burst of celebrity that accompanied her surprise selection for the vice president numination, it’s been all downhill for Palin. 

    Her public approval has been dropping steadily in recent weeks, and perhaps even more damaging has been the general sense in the...

  • Props to Tiffany Shlain, honorary Hollywood Jew (from San Francisco) for ‘The Tribe’ [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    September 8, 2008 | 4:41 am

    We’ve been waiting for this to come out online for free, and here it is.  Tiffany Shlain’s amazing ‘The Tribe’—narrated by Peter Coyote—explores the history of the Jewish people from the time of Abraham up through today, and uses the Barbie doll (created by Southern California Jewish...

  • Life lessons from the trenches of cancer survival

    By Roberto Loiederman

    September 4, 2008 | 1:36 am

    On my neck there's a large, upside-down L-shaped scar. One leg of the L runs from my right shoulder blade upward to just below my right ear; the other leg takes a 90-degree turn, following the jaw line to my chin. The right side of my neck -- the inside of the L -- looks as if it's...
  • ANALYSIS: Sarah Palin . . . and the Jews

    By Rob Eshman

    August 29, 2008 | 4:36 pm

    When Sen. John McCain tapped Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate today, the Jewish political blogosphere -- as loud and fast and opinionated as (for lack of a better word) the Gentile Web -- came to a screeching halt.

    After all, you can fight about John McCain, and...
  • Dems use speeches to hit GOP on Israel

    August 28, 2008 | 2:42 am

    DENVER (JTA)—President Bush and John McCain backed policies that have endangered Israel, Democrats argued during their convention speeches Wednesday night.

    In a night dedicated largely to foreign policy and national security issues, several speakers at the Pepsi Center argued that...

  • Are school trips worth the cost?

    By Julie G Fax

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    • Sixth-Grade Trip to Catalina: $400
    • Senior Trip to Poland and Israel: $4,000
    • Educational Value: Priceless
    Milken Community High School 11th-grader Rebecca Suchov considers her elementary and middle school trips to Colorado, Arizona and Washington, D.C., -- and any number of local...
  • Is everyone weird?

    By JoAnneh Nagler

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After three months of a hopeful re-entry into dating life -- Internet, setups, chance meetings -- I had to hang it up. It had started out just fine. Possibilities were popping up with flash-frame, Internet-inspired regularity and, suddenly, my 40s had seemed inspired by the twinkling...
  • N.Y. or L.A.—which is better for dating?

    By Teresa Strasser

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In my now perhaps exceedingly long life as a single woman, I've lived in both New York and Los Angeles.

    When people ask me which city is better when it comes to dating, I can only answer by citing a famous scene from the horror classic, "When a Stranger Calls."

    The babysitter is...

  • Full circle

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My daughter, the animal lover, has a father who isn't. A hamster is the biggest pet I've gotten talked into so far. It lives in her room, and basically I wouldn't even know it was there except for one thing -- it's nocturnal.
     
    All night long I could hear Ruby the hamster running in...
  • Life at 85: what a trip!

    By Red Lachman

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was born in Chicago some 85 years ago. My home was Jewish Orthodox and consisted of my mother, her two brothers and their father, my grandfather. I specify my grandfather because, in those days, nobody ever thought of placing their old father in an old folks' home.
     
    My closest...
  • God Was With Us That Night in the Negev

    By Daniella Kaufman

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Our bus driver Boris had been navigating the roads of the Negev for at least an hour when the whole bus suddenly shook, rattled and rolled. As we gazed out the window, we saw that Boris had left the road. All we saw was rock, dust and a little more rock. It took about two more hours...

  • The Key Is Rejoicing

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A story is told about a Chasidic rabbi visited by an enthusiastic follower. The man eagerly wanted to update the rabbi on his latest religious undertaking.

    "I have decided to inflict my body and deprive myself from mundane pleasures," the man said. "Every day I roll in the snow...

  • After School Is Prime Game Time for Kids of All Needs

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Kathryn Gaskin's blonde braid bounces against her sweatshirt as she rounds second base under the afternoon sun. The 12-year-old's obvious enthusiasm is not for her own athletic pursuits but for those of Angeline, a teen with Down syndrome, whom Gaskin coaches in an after-school...
  • More Jewish Parents Picking Secular Path to Camp

    By Julie G Fax

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Most of the 4,500 campers returning from Jewish overnight camps this month will come home tired and dirty, with a suitcase full of laundry, a head full of memories and an address book full of new friends. Many will already be counting the days until next summer.

    But according to a...

  • Gibson’s Defenders Aren’t Hearing Him Right

    By Michael Tolkin

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mel Gibson's defenders don't understand the essence of Jew hatred, that it's a projected fantasy, and that the Jews Gibson hates are not real Jews or real people, they're all the Jews he doesn't know; the Jews he likes are exceptions to a fantastic image of the world around which...

  • The Bittersweet Meaning of Mud

    By Natalie Katz

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mud

    I had been waiting seven years, and my machon summer at Camp Ramah in Ojai was finally here. It would be different from every other summer, because we would finally be the oldest group, and camp domination would be ours. I knew it would be bittersweet, and I looked forward to making...

  • The IDF and Civilians:  A Personal Account

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    To all those who feel that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers have no regard for civilians, and that they "do what they need to do" without regard for potential civilian casualties, I offer no opinions on this matter.



    Instead, I offer this personal experience for your...

  • Summer Tours to Israel Rerouted, But Not By Much

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Most summers, the trip to the Naot Sandal factory on a kibbutz close to Israel's northern border is a highlight of the teen tours run by United Synagogue Youth (USY). But this summer, with the north under constant threat of rocket attacks, the 400 USYers stayed in the central and...

  • Life vs. Death

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In college, I wrote the same literature essay over and over again. Regardless of the novel, its plot or its country of origin, I found that I could always work up four pages on the subject of "Life vs. Death."

    My ideas on this subject were not particularly original. In a high...

  • Performers Go It Alone and Like It That Way

    By Robert David Jaffee

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Michael Raynor moves with the balletic grace and cocksure athleticism of a former pickup basketball player and street fighter. He simulates dribbling a ball between his legs with the adeptness of the highly recruited hoops star he once was, then he assumes his grandfather's boxer's...

  • Sderot Attack Interrupts Villaraigosa’s Call

    By Marc Ballon

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Thursday, July 6, at 9 a.m., Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a longtime supporter of Israel, was interrupted twice in attempts to place a call to Eli Moyal, mayor of the Israeli city of Sderot.

    Palestinian terrorists have been attacking the city almost daily with Kassam...

  • The Making of a Jewish Teen

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Community
    by Lauren Schein, Tribe Contributor

    I am a stubborn person. I get it from my dad. I also get many of my beliefs from my dad, who disregards all religion as not only mostly useless, but harmful.

    I also have influences from my grandparents, who are big players in their...

  • Special Delivery - When Baby Brings More Than Expected

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sarah Berger had a tough pregnancy. Berger, who asked that her real name not be used, had severe morning sickness for six months, and then was on bed rest for her last 10 weeks. But it wasn't until her baby came home that trouble really began.

    "On the third day, I remember this dark...

  • Visit to Ethiopia Changes His Life

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In 2004, John Fishel went to Ethiopia as part of a delegation of American Federation leaders. The experience changed his life.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, along with five members of the UJA Federation of New York, visited shantytowns filled with...

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