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  • Out on a Limb

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Janet Sternburg accomplishes in a phrase what usually takes pages, even books, to describe. She uses the image of the phantom limb -- the phenomenon whereby someone who has lost a limb continues to experience pain even when the limb is no longer attached -- as a metaphor for the...

  • Charm School

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "I'd like to give you the keys to my apartment," he said. This was after our first date, if you could call it that. We met for a couple drinks at a bowling alley bar with all the ambiance of a Greyhound station in Lompoc.

    I picked the bowling alley. You don't want ambiance when...

  • Will the Real Jew Please Stand Up?

    By Lori Gottlieb

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I thought I could tell the difference between Jews and gentiles, and not just by using Lenny Bruce's criteria: chocolate is Jewish and fudge is goyish.

    Granted, people are individuals -- and particularly post-Sept. 11, stereotyping seems gauche if not utterly narrow-minded -- but...

  • Leave the Czech

    By Mike Levy

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Vivien Straus grew up on a 660-acre kosher, organic dairy farm on the outskirts of a town of 50 in Marin County. She once ran away from home when her parents told her that she had to marry someone Jewish. But the life-changing experience that inspired her play, "Getting It Wrong,"...

  • Ready for Battle

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Bad news on the cancer front. My CT scans, which had been 99 percent tumor-free for almost six months, show a few tiny lesions. A few tiny lesions in non-small-cell lung cancer is not a good thing. My oncologist nearly cried.

    What I would give not to have to write about this. I hate...

  • Uncle Mom

    By J. D. Smith

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Have you ever wanted to be a Soccer Mom? If you're not one, it looks like a pretty good gig from the outside: Leisurely lunches with the girls and shopping trips to the mall. Do a couple of errands, get the kids off to their after-school amusements, then pick up some take-out for...

  • To Shop Is to Cope

    By Teresa Strasser

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I'm in a Commerce outlet mall feverishly darting from store to store. A swirl of images plays across my frontal lobe.

    There are caramel-colored leather boots and pale pink thongs from Italy and a mint-green skirt with a tiny bow on the front. There's an unassuming corduroy blazer...

  • In Praise of Geeks

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Don't bother me with the guy voted "Cutest smile." That guy's gonna go bad on you. That guy will be of no use. Worse, someday soon he will bore you; he will frustrate you with his basic inability to understand human suffering the way a geek can.

    Johnny Dimples never endured unwieldy...

  • My Sister Julie, Queen of the Jews

    By J.D. Smith

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    My sister Julie was not bat mitzvahed. She does not read Hebrew. She attends synagogue exactly four times a year, observes the first night of Passover and celebrates Purim. She lives in Montecito, a lovely suburb just south of Santa Barbara, where she is known by the title: "Queen of...

  • Hello, My Name Is Porsche

    By J. D. Smith

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    My sister Julie just moved to Atlanta for two years. Her husband got an offer he couldn't refuse, so they're off. It was the kind of offer that makes me think I could tough out a couple years in Afghanistan, if necessary -- but nobody asked me. My nephew Chris is starting school...

  • Down for the Count

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I want to tell you about the "No Mas Date," but first I have to tell you about legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran.

    Perhaps you've heard of Duran, widely considered one of the 10 best boxers of the 20th century. His nickname was "Manos de Piedra," Spanish for "Hands of Stone."...

  • Visiting the Sick

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    You'd have no trouble finding me in the treatment area of Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center. Even from a distance, mine is the little roomlet that rings with soft laughter and the sound of -- well, yes -- a party going on.

    How dare I have fun during chemotherapy? It's not that I look...

  • Shalhevet Experiences Israel

    By Judy Lash Balint

    June 7, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even as organizations are canceling their summer Israel programs, for some teens already in Israel the experience is proving invaluable.

    A dozen 10th-grade Shalhevet High School students in the middle of a six-week study trip in Israel held a videoconference last week with their...

  • Takin’ It Easy on New Year’s

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The first time I went over to Jon's apartment, I thought it was so sweet that he had a framed black and white picture of his dad on the nightstand, smiling somewhat ruggedly in a flannel shirt.

    Only it wasn't Jon's dad. It was Don Henley.

    And that's when I realized that Jon,...

  • Shameful Behavior

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    You go out. You talk to a lot of people you don't know. Maybe you gossip a little. Maybe you flirt. Maybe you try too hard and end up acting just a bit like someone else.

    You wake up the next day with the uneasy feeling that you've just gotten drunk and had a one-night stand. But you...

  • Matchmaker, Matchmaker

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had occasion to peer into two almost antithetical worlds of matchmaking. The first: a do-it-yourself option courtesy of a Jewish dating service on the Internet. The second: "Old School" Jewish Matchmaking like a picture postcard sent through time from...
  • Out and About

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    A newspaper office is, in some ways, a hot-house world. There are those insistent deadlines every week; copy to edit; layouts to peruse; the telephone and e-mail increasingly the link to a world that's outside.

    But then -- thank goodness -- there are those forays out of the office....

  • Groundbreaking Cinema

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In "Hit and Runway," a straight Italian-American naif teams up with a gay Jew to write a screenplay. In "Aimee & Jaguar," a Jewish woman and a Nazi's wife begin a torrid affair. In "Man is a Woman," a gay man marries a woman, a Yiddish singer, who has never known a man.

    "There is...

  • To Live and Date in L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Daisy Lawrence is worried about her friends.

    "They're really nice Jewish people," says the twentysomething single, "hard working, very bright, nice looking, ethical Jewish people -- and they all have tremendous difficulty meeting other Jewish people."

    So when the Jewish Federation of...

  • Ticket to Enlightenment

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Ever since I moved to Los Angeles, I've been completely lost.

    No, I don't mean spiritually or emotionally. I mean literally. I've been lost for pretty much two straight years.

    What is the Thomas Guide to me but the Book of Babel? I have a hard enough time just knowing where I am in...

  • The Power of Israel

    By Sarah Tuttle

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My name is Sarah -- actually, it used to be Sarah, but that was before I went to Israel and experienced the best summer of my life. A summer that changed me forever.

    In one summer, I made new friends, saw sights that brought history alive, learned more Hebrew and Judaica than...

  • Where the Action Is

    By Adam Gilad

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    These are threeexperiences that have made me most hate being Jewish:

    1. Living, in Jerusalem's Old City, among smugOrthodox holy-rollers, who are armored in their American-extractedmoney, their path cleared by the blood spilled by generations ofmostly secular Israelis, strutting...

  • Taking a Child to Israel

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Going to Israel with two small children under the age of 6 is a little like swimming with weights -- you'll get to your destination, but it will take a lot more sweat and planning.

    My husband and I recently took our not-quite-6-year-old daughter, Rachel, and 2 1/2-year-old son, Danny,...

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