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  • Choose Your Own Cruise Adventure

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Cruising isn't what it used to be. And to the more than 10 million people who took to the high seas last year, that's a good thing.

    While cruising used to be considered a venue for "the newly wed or nearly dead," 21st century cruising is attracting an entirely new audience,...

  • The Great Question

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    We're almost halfway through the first decade of the 21st century. Not a bad time to assess "Who We Are."

    "Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer," edited by Derek Rubin (Schocken Books, 2005), an Israeli-born professor who teaches in the Netherlands, collects...

  • Tommywood - Tale Still Compelling

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Forty years ago this Oct. 15, Houghton Mifflin published "The Painted Bird" by Jerzy Kosinski. The book was immediately acclaimed as a must-read text on the Holocaust and the nature of human cruelty.

    In the years leading up to and following Kosinski's 1991 suicide, his reputation...

  • Rebels: The Other Face of Chasidim

    By Hella Winston

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, my friend Stan -- a nonpracticing lawyer who spends much of his time retooling his Web site and rollerblading around Venice in tight green biking shorts and what can best be described as Elton John sunglasses -- has been flirting with becoming Lubavitch. Even though he...

  • Why a Novel?

    By Alan Zweibel

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "The Other Shulman" by Alan Zweibel (Villard, $23.95).

    I write. This is what I do. I'm a professional comedy writer. My job is to sit in a room with my vocabulary, select words and put them in an order that will not only hold your interest but also, hopefully, make you laugh. It's...

  • L.A. Jewry Needs More Exploring

    By David N. Myers

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Like any self-respecting East Coast native, I arrived in Los Angeles more than a decade and a half ago armed with the usual stereotypes of this city -- namely, it lacked intellectual and cultural "gravitas," was distinguished by its traffic and smog and defied all known logic of...

  • Get Enraptured With the Central Coast

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    California is beautiful. You can forget that sometimes, living in Los Angeles, fighting traffic, commuting past big-box retailers and strip malls and -- does it get any worse? -- Lincoln Boulevard.

    But drive a few hours and you will find Beauty herself, and you will once...

  • Culling Your ‘Stuff’ Can Be Painful Task

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    My Aunt Naomi is overwhelmed.

    Now 78, she was widowed three years ago. She lost her husband, but inherited his piles of files, cancelled checks and warranties for current and formerly owned equipment.

    Aunt Naomi also has her own collections -- beloved tchotchkes that are scattered...

  • Buckeye State Gets a Jewish Museum

    By Susan H. Kahn

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Stroll in the shadow of Jewish-owned factories like Glick Neckwear and Favorite Knitting Mills in Cleveland's long-vanished garment district. Take a seat in an art deco theater where Ethel Merman belts out a song. Round a corner to see Superman bursting through a wall. These are...

  • How to Keep Your Love Alive

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I'm smiling a lot these days because I've recently fallen in love. Starting over at 56 years young, it's unlikely that I'll experience a golden anniversary, but I'd really, truly like to enjoy and adore one special person for the rest of my hopefully long, healthy life.

    With the...

  • A Local Witness to Darfur Tragedy

    By Marc Ballon

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    John Fishel has seen hell, and he wants to share his impressions with the Jewish community.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles recently visited refugee camps in the African country of Chad to bear witness to the pain and suffering of more than 250,000...

  • Spectator - Sweet Music Amid Turmoil

    By Tom Tugend

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Those who have followed the documentaries produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center know what to expect: Films like "Genocide," "Liberation" and "In Search of Peace" that hit you right between the eyes and in the solar plexus.

    Thus, it is more the surprise that its Moriah Films...

  • The Conversation

    By Rob Eshman

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Things started to go bad quickly.

    The United Airlines agent informed us our flight from Denver to Aspen was over sold -- not everyone with a valid ticket was going to get on board.

    Dozens of passengers were trying to be the ones past the gate.

    Among them, lots of Jews.

    We were...

  • Bike the Big Apple

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chasidic Williamsburg, Roosevelt Island and Long Island City are easily navigable by bicycle, but given New York's frenetic pace, you might prefer an expert take you there.

    Bronx native Joel Seidenstein stands ready at the handlebars.

    After 33 years teaching social studies in the...

  • A ‘Spectacular’ Summer of Inspiration

    By Natalie Goodis

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I reach over and switch on my bed lamp. The bright red digits on my clock across the room scream scary numbers -- it's 3:30 a.m., and I'm wide awake.

    Only a day after returning from a six-week trip to Eastern Europe and Israel, it's no wonder that my body's timer is completely off...

  • What to Ask a Jew

    By Rob Eshman

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    If you're Jewish, this is not for you to read. Please clip this editorial and hand it off to a close non-Jewish friend. I'm certain some of your best friends aren't Jews. And thanks for sharing.

    Dear Non-Jewish Friend:

    Every year around this time your friend disappears from work or...

  • A Smile Can Be Key to Temple Security

    By Ron Wolfson

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Will you feel safe going to synagogue this New Year?

    The High Holidays bring a special dilemma to American congregations. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur attract more Jews to synagogue -- and more attention to American Jews in general -- than at any other time of year.

    The very...

  • Channel Surf With the Tribe

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Welcome to fall: The time of High Holidays, contemplation, repentance and really, really long services.

    And did I mention TV?

    OK, we'll give you the benefit of the doubt. I'm sure your calendar is marked with things like "bake brisket, 350 F for five hours" and "bring challah to...

  • A Bissel ‘Kvetch’ Goes a Long Way

    By Allan Nadler

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods" by Michael Wex (St. Martin's Press, $24.95).

    If you asked me whether I enjoyed Michael Wex's hilarious and learned book, "Born to Kvetch," I would find myself in an impossible quandary. To admit the rare pleasure I...

  • Sacred Sounds All Over Town

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There's an inescapable irony in vocalist Vanessa Paloma performing Ladino songs at the San Gabriel Mission, which was founded by Spanish Catholics. It was, of course, Spanish Roman Catholics who expelled Ladino-speaking Jews from Spain in 1492. Paloma called the venue "emotionally...

  • Movie’s Journey Mirrors Director’s

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In 1993, actor Liev Schreiber stood at his grandfather's bedside in the blue-collar, Lower East Side apartment where he had spent many happy hours during an otherwise turbulent childhood.

    In his prime, Schreiber's grandfather, Alex Milgram, had been a tough but cultured proletarian...

  • L.A. Authors Break the Heroine Mold

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    California purists who like to shop local, travel local and eat local will have no problem reading local. Among the season's offerings of new books are several impressive works by Los Angeles-based writers.

    Although the many writers at work in this city choose different...

  • PhD on the Flying Trapeze

    By Beverly Gray

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    You're on the flying trapeze, gliding fearlessly through the air. Keeping you aloft, 30 feet above gaping spectators, are your trusted teammates. Today, your welfare is in their hands. Tomorrow they'll go back to being -- the guys from accounting?

    On that premise, Edy Greenblatt has...

  • A Read on Life

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Lately, I've been thinking about two novels I recently enjoyed: "The Other Shulman" by Alan Zweibel (Villard, $23.95), and "Joy Comes in the Morning" by Jonathan Rosen (Picador, $14).

    The two novels are strikingly different: One deals with confronting a marriage of long standing;...

  • Beyond the Birds and the Bees

    By Julie G Fax

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    It was lights out in the guys bunk at Camp Alonim, and the beginning of the nightly brag session. Some of the 15 and 16 year olds started egging each other on to share details of who snuck where with whom and how far they got.

    But tonight Seth Ort, the 21-year-old...

  • ‘I Do’ in Israel Without Rabbinate OK

    By Michele Chabin

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The bride circled the groom under the chuppah. The groom stomped a wine glass at the end of the ceremony and was greeted with shouts of "mazel tov."

    Despite these traditional touches, this wedding was not performed by an Orthodox rabbi, and therefore not registered by the Chief...

  • Hospice Option Gains Jewish Supporters

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Barbara Sherman lay dying, she knew what she didn't want: She did not want to end up in a hospital; she did not want the neighbors calling 911; she did not want someone sticking a needle in her arm. She wanted no interventions, not even morphine to ease the pain.

    "Her greatest...

  • 2005 Grads: Oh The Places They’ll Go.

    By Julie G Fax

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Leor Hackel,
    Shalhevet School

    Whether it was discussing the Terri Schiavo case or debating whether students should get PE credit for participating on sports team, Leor Hackel had one goal for the weekly town hall meetings he lead as head of Shalhevet's...

  • Hoop Star Scores On and Off Court

    By Cookie Lommel

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Aulcie Perry is a tall man -- and a man who stands tall in Israel. At 6-foot-11, the former professional basketball center would stand out in a crowd anywhere in the world. In Israel, Perry draws crowds of fans, especially youngsters.

    "I've been here a long time," said Perry, an...

  • ‘Jubana’ Memoir Rescues Its Author

    By Susan Josephs

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Jubana! The Awkwardly True and Dazzling Adventures of a Jewish Cuban Goddess" by Gigi Anders (Rayo/HarperCollins, $23.95).

    Three years ago, Gigi Anders found herself down and out in Hackensack, N.J. Her fiancé couldn't go through with their wedding, she had quit a job at a nearby...

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