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  • The Israeli Family

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 20, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    This is the truly inspiring story of a family putting every single bit of selfishness aside to help Israel: Chami and Oksana Zemach, from the small town, Kadesh-Barnea, Israel, decided that Israel’s lack of proper PR skills will not get in the way of helping the world understand the...

  • Saying Goodbye

    By Ilana Angel

    August 16, 2012 | 5:51 pm

    I left the home of my mother and sister yesterday and my heart is broken.  Saying goodbye to my mother is crushing and I can hardly breathe.  It is painful to live so far from her.  When my mother left Israel with her young family, my grandmother saw them off and my mother vividly...

  • Families reading together: Two summer novels for children

    August 14, 2012 | 11:00 am

    When was the last time your fifth grader read a book written in free verse? How about a children’s version of life in Stalinist Russia?  These two very unusual novels for young people from two Los Angeles children’s authors make excellent summer reads and particularly good...

  • Coming Home For a Good Cry

    By Ilana Angel

    August 14, 2012 | 7:50 am

    Yesterday I drove with my son from Toronto to Montreal.  We blasted RUSH and Justin Bieber and I will tell you that both artists sound just a little better in Canada.  We zoomed along the 401 and life was grand.  I cried for the first hour after we left Toronto having left my...

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  • Relaxing is Exhausting

    By Ilana Angel

    August 13, 2012 | 6:27 am

    I have been at the lake in Ontario for two days and have done nothing but eat, sleep and sit. I sit on the couch, sit on the porch, sit on the deck, and sit in the kitchen.  I eat, nap, watch TV, and talk to whoever is around. I have colored, beaded, and played with Barbie. I have...

  • Love, Faith & Converting

    By Ilana Angel

    August 12, 2012 | 7:16 am

    I would like for my son to marry a nice Jewish girl.  It is important to me, and while I know some people think it is ridiculous, I will feel like a bit of a failure as a mother if he marries a woman who is of another faith.  Love is elusive and his happiness is the most important...

  • Leaving Home or Going Home?

    By Ilana Angel

    August 9, 2012 | 12:23 am

    I am heading home to Canada today.  It is the first time I am going home to see my family in 2 years.  My mother has been here to see me, but I’ve not been to see my siblings, nieces or nephews.  I love them all very much and this is too long to not see them.  Not only am I going...

  • The Famous Question: Can We or Can’t We Have It All?

    By Maya Paley

    August 7, 2012 | 8:49 pm

    I have received several emails and comments on this topic since I started this blog a few weeks ago. They all say the same thing: “Maya, I understand what you’re saying and I respect it, but I can’t call myself a feminist.” A few people sent me the infamous article in The...

  • 18 days and 22 years

    By Ilana Angel

    July 26, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    My son has gone back east with his best friend for three weeks.  It is the third year he has made the trip and he truly loves it.  They hang out at the lake, play tennis, go hiking, see movies, and have a classic all American summer experience.  Today marks 18 days until I see him.

    ...
  • One more reason to love Boy Scouts of America…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 19, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    I’ve always had an issue with Boy Scouts.  Plain and simple, something rubbed me the wrong way about the whole organization; the children standing in full nerd-gear at grocery stores trying to sell me some crap to raise money for G-d-knows what; the badges they are supposed to...

  • What is a Family?

    By Ilana Angel

    July 9, 2012 | 9:50 pm

    I have primary physical custody of my son during the school year and he goes to his dad’s every other weekend.  During the summer however, we split his vacation two weeks on, two weeks off.  It is nice for my son because he can settle in without major disruption.  That said, it is...

  • Family murder-suicide devastates Arizona Jewish community

    June 12, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Following a businessman’s destruction of his family, the Jewish community of Tempe, Ariz., has “no answers,” according to a local rabbi.

    Sometime during the early hours Shabbat, June 1-2, James Butwin murdered his 40-year-old wife, Yafit, and their three children—Malissa,...

  • Tempe family died of gunshot wounds, medical examiner determines

    June 11, 2012 | 10:22 am

    The Tempe, Ariz., family found burned to death in the family’s SUV died of gunshot wounds.

    Police believe that James Butwin died of a gunshot wound that was likely self-inflicted, according to the Arizona Republic. His wife, Yafit, 40, and their three children—Malissa, 16; Daniel,...

  • This week in power: Romney, Gay marriage, Texas crosses, Poland soccer

    By Danny Groner

    June 7, 2012 | 4:49 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Romney’s religion
    Should candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon beliefs matter in the election? asked a Washington Post piece over the weekend. If Romney were, say, Jewish, would that be...

  • Dating with Kids – Mine, His & Theirs

    By Ilana Angel

    May 29, 2012 | 9:47 am

    This weekend was the first time I travelled with the Englishman.  As if that was not stressful enough, it was with our children.  He has two daughters. One lives here and one is away at college in San Francisco.  Since it was a holiday weekend we decided we would go up to visit his...

  • Bella’s Vietnam Adventure by Stacey Zolt Hara

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 25, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Bella’s tale drew me in from the first line, “I’ve never seen so many bikes before.” While looking at the illustrations, I was thrown back to my time in Hanoi, trying to cross the street myself. I enjoyed listening as the family discussed their adventures together, from...

  • Anne Frank, in her family’s eyes

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 23, 2012 | 5:53 pm

    Anne Frank, the single most famous name among the six million victims of the Shoah, entered the realm of history and literature with the posthumous publication of her own diary and has been used — and, some would argue, abused — by others who have depicted her on the stage and...

  • Old becomes new as couples personalize wedding ceremonies

    May 15, 2012 | 11:39 am

    In the months before his wedding, Jon Citel cringed at the notion of having his friends dance him to his bride at a traditional bedeken ceremony, where he would place the veil over her face.

    The concept “was completely foreign to me,” he said. It “felt too traditional.”

    ...
  • I’m Past All That

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 9, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    There is some unwritten statute of limitations on how long one can whine about a crappy childhood, a negligent parent, a few too many chicken pot pies, summers with the grandparents, days spent on Greyhound buses and with dubious caregivers and creepy neighbors. There is just a...

  • Thank you!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 6, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    My grandfather passed away surprisingly about two months ago. Recently, we received a letter from an elementary school in Florida, informing us that a donation of Chai has been made by our American family friends to this school, in commemoration of him. I remember seeing this type of...

  • Young families bringing new life to Budapest synagogues

    May 2, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Linda Ban is a rebbetzin, but with a mass of curly hair and chunky rings on the fingers of both hands, she hardly fits the stereotype of a Central European rabbi’s wife.

    A mother of two in her mid-30s, Ban is married to Tamas Vero, the 38-year-old spiritual leader of Budapest’s...

  • A yearly reminder of the reason we are here

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 20, 2012 | 11:49 am

    The story of Israel is often being described here with the sentence: From Holocaust to revival (free translation from Hebrew).


    In the 1940’s, the Jews, who were scattered all over the world, faced destruction by an evil monster with a twisted mind and great charisma. Being...

  • Chasing parental boredom while catching some foreign films

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 11, 2012 | 11:24 am

    I was in seventh grade when my dad took me to see a Turkish movie exploring the lives of five prisoners given a week’s home leave in the aftermath of a coup d’etat.

    Why did he take a kid to see the movie “Yol”? To teach me a valuable lesson about suffering? To expand my...

  • Liberation

    By David Suissa

    April 4, 2012 | 11:33 am

    It’s fashionable to look at Passover as a universal idea. This makes sense; after all, how much more universal can you get than the theme of human freedom? Also, it’s a lot easier these days to be outer-directed and feel outrage at injustice. Thanks to the Internet, millions can...

  • Miriam Rothstein

    By Jane Ulman

    March 29, 2012 | 5:42 pm

    “I don’t know where I am.” After three days and nights in a cramped cattle car, Miriam Rothstein — neé Farkas — was thrust onto the Auschwitz-Birkenau platform. Her sister Margaret and Margaret’s three children were sent to one side,  her brother Baruch to another. Where was...

  • You, with a kid

    March 29, 2012 | 5:39 pm

    I’ll never forget asking my therapist the following question when I found out I was pregnant: “Who am I going to be?”

    “You,” she answered. “With a kid.”

    That was comforting that day, on that couch, staring at those Matisse prints, being that person who was terrified...

  • Baseball and G-d

    By Julia Bendis

    March 29, 2012 | 10:39 am

    I trust in G-d
    I love my Country
    And will respect its laws
    I will play fair
    And strive to win
    But win or lose I will always do my best

    This is the pledge the players chant before every Little League game, including my twelve-year-old son.  Not only do I cringe every single time I...

  • This week in power: France attack, Mittzkrieg, Sandra Fluke, Backstreet Boy

    By Danny Groner

    March 22, 2012 | 5:33 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    France shooting
    During a shootout Thursday, French police killed the suspect accused of being the gunman who reportedly filmed his attack of a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, that left...

  • Tears flow amidst a determination for democracy

    March 21, 2012 | 10:31 am

    The Jewish community in New York gathered for a memorial service at the Consulate of France Tuesday afternoon.  The well-attended service was organized by Rabbis Joseph Potasnik and Avi Weiss. Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove, Senior Rabbi of the Park Avenue Synagogue, offered the comfort of...

  • Marriage, family pressure and Jewish geography

    By Pini Herman

    March 14, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    What is the difference between a pit bull and a Jewish Mother? The pit bull eventually lets go.

    It’s an old joke, but one that speaks to the role of familial connections among Jews, which play a large role in how we consider the Jewish geography of weddings and marriage. Where...

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