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  • Happy Hanukkah, Happy Christmas, Happy Everything

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    I love it when Hanukkah lands at the same time as Christmas. It feels festive and inclusive and joyous. I hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday season. Be kind to one another and be kind to yourselves. In a world with so much darkness, be the light. Help someone in need, smile at a stranger, say thank you, laugh from deep within your soul, reach out to someone you miss, say sorry, forgive, cry because it is cathartic, and remember to not only count your blessings, but keep the faith.

  • My Aussie Posse

    By Ilana Angel

    December 7, 2016 | 6:57 am

    In September of last year, I went to Australia for my friend Gamble’s wedding. It was a life changing trip. I met really wonderful people who have become friends. Not casual friends, but rather real friends. People who are important in a way that matters to my soul. Australia will...

  • Dating 101: Return of the Englishman

    By Ilana Angel

    July 14, 2016 | 7:33 am

    I am home after 12 days in London. I love England and enjoy my time there. I worked long hours and didn’t have time to see family in Manchester, but I got my work done and am happy to share I’ll be spending the next 12 months traveling back and forth for a project, and am looking...

  • Judaism and Israelism in film and television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 30, 2016 | 8:18 am

    When I write "Israeli", what comes to mind? Chutzpah? Over confidence? Too friendly? A conqueror? And how about "Jewish"? Big nose? Greedy? Guilt inflicting mothers? Tradition?

    The media affects the way we view the world. Mass communication may not entirely decide for us how we...

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  • Happy Thanksgiving 2015

    By Ilana Angel

    November 25, 2015 | 11:16 pm

    Thanksgiving is a time to say thanks and be grateful for the blessings in our lives. It is a special holiday because we are all being grateful together and at the same time. Since this is my 49th Thanksgiving, I am going to share 49 things I am grateful for. In no particular order,...

  • The Pleasures of Staying Home

    By Mindy Leaf

    September 7, 2015 | 7:12 am

    I was never known to be a "homebody." Home was merely the place where I fell asleep, kept my clothes and took my daily shower. Work, focused activity, real conversations and daily living were reserved for "the outside."

    I was known to employ a fierce dedication at the office,...

  • HUGS: NOT WANTED

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 13, 2015 | 12:27 pm

    Our lawn guy — who always shows up at his convenience and conveniently ignores any extra requests (except to say he'll return later, with special equipment, but never does) — has just completed a simple mow job. Upon receiving his payment, he feels compelled to give me a hug.

    ...
  • Bye Bye to the Bombastic

    August 6, 2015 | 9:01 am

    There’s a new phenomenon on the rise—it seems that over-talkers are overtaking our society. Auntie recently attended a soiree and two overbearing types kept stomping on the flow of conversation. No one is saying it’s not fun to jump in and add to the chatter—but loudly shutting...

  • This is Me (or is it?)—The Facebook Paradox

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 21, 2015 | 5:39 am

    My sole Facebook friend (acceptance required, as she is my stepdaughter) has lately been  "pinning" her life on Pinterest. It seems she's discovered yet another way to collect and display her "likes" and interests ... in place of actively engaging in her life. I could be sounding...

  • Dating 101: Relationship Advice BBQ Style

    By Ilana Angel

    October 20, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    I went to a BBQ on Saturday that was unlike any BBQ I have ever been to. I ventured out of the valley, which I rarely do, and headed for the marina where I was in for an interesting afternoon. It was an eclectic group of people and I was fascinated.  By fascinated of course I mean...

  • Summer Snippets Part 1

    By Elliot Steingart

    July 24, 2013 | 9:38 am

    The summer of 2013 is a collection of meaningful memories, memories of traveling to Pittsburgh, and the Black Hills of South Dakota for friends' weddings, and such.

    Pittsburgh is home, and will remain home until no one volunteers to scoop me from the airport. Zach pulls up in his...

  • Temple Israel to hold star-studded musical gala

    April 10, 2013 | 6:21 am

    With a little help from his friends — and “Friends” — Danny Maseng is working to reinvent Temple Israel of Hollywood’s (TIOH) annual gala.

    Sure, the wine, dinner and honorees will be at the Hollywood Boulevard synagogue on the evening of April 27. But so will a number of...

  • Pure Love in the Middle of a Travel Nightmare

    By Ilana Angel

    June 13, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Yesterday I flew to New York City.  By flew to New York City of course I mean I ended up in a travel nightmare.  I was taking a client’s child to the east coast to go to camp for 2 weeks.  The plan was to fly her in, drop her to her best girlfriend, have dinner with my friends in...

  • Friends or foes?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 8, 2012 | 2:27 pm

    At first glance, this is a fairytale story coming true- an Israeli singer shining abroad. This story could have had a happy ending as well if it weren’t for politics raising its ugly head yet again.

    A couple months back I wrote about a Facebook campaign which changed my entire...

  • April fools Facebook

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 25, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    On March 31st, I had an idea, which I found brilliant at the time, for an April fool’s day prank: on midnight, I changed my birthday on Facebook to April 1st, and quietly laughed to myself.

    I went to sleep, waiting for the morning to read what those who are my friends on Facebook,...

  • Friends with Baby Boomers

    By Elliot Steingart

    April 25, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    I’ve reached the age when I can relate to my parents’ friends as much as my own friends.

    My parents are still friends with the same crew they rolled with in Pittsburgh, and now a slew of South Africans in San Diego where they’ve lived the last ten years. My parents are pick-up...

  • Meet the Friends

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 13, 2012 | 5:12 pm

    When your boyfriend meets your friends for the first time, it can be almost as nerve-wracking as meeting the parents.  Although my boyfriend of a year knows and has built relationships with all my friends in LA, I have a lot of friends in other places.  This past weekend we went to...

  • Lunch with the Enemy

    By Ilana Angel

    January 10, 2012 | 11:43 pm

    I had lunch today with a new friend.  It’s rather interesting that we are friends actually because before I even met her, I was certain I would not like her.  She is young, beautiful, talented, Jewish, and while almost 20 years younger than me, in the same dating pool.  Of course I...

  • My First Thai Massage Experience

    By Ilana Angel

    October 23, 2011 | 1:28 pm

    It has been a great weekend in Los Angeles.  It’s sunny and warm with the smell of fall in the air.  It’s as if we are almost having a season, which for LA is unusual.  As my family prepares for snow in Canada, I am counting my blessings and was thrilled to go to Starbucks this...

  • Am I One Cup of Tea Away from Voting for Sarah Palin?

    By Ilana Angel

    September 21, 2011 | 10:59 pm

    When I met Sarah Palin in March of last year, I wrote about it, and was immediately admired by some, and shunned by others.  Members of the Republican Party praised me for being kind, and some of my liberal friends told me I was talking to the devil and needed to never speak of her...

  • NYC Housewives Implode & No Comment from Survivors or Bethenny

    By Ilana Angel

    September 18, 2011 | 11:22 am

    We’ve been waiting for Bravo to listen to our pleas about the ladies of NYC.  It’s been painful to watch.  It was once a fun romp for an hour a week, but has became a crap fest of screaming, fighting, and no fun.  Well, change is coming and change is good.  Hopefully.

    I’m not...

  • My Cynical & Jaded Online Dating Butt Just Got Kicked by a Kid

    By Ilana Angel

    August 31, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    I wrote a while back about a man named Dave who wrote me 4 times on an online dating site with the same message.  It was so sad that it became funny, and after I wrote back to a couple of his emails telling him I appreciated the interest but did not feel we were a match, I gave up...

  • Meeting the Locals: Connecting on the Road and at Home (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    June 26, 2011 | 11:57 am

    One of the most unexpected surprises of budget travel has been the connection with people. One of my favorite parts of our trips happens not only when we meet locals along the way, but also other travelers back home afterward.

    Traveling the “five-star” way (having lived on board a...

  • Amy Chua a.k.a The Tiger Mother Got It Right!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 3, 2011 | 11:28 am

    When I first heard about Amy Chua, the self-professed Chinese Tiger Mother, I didn’t understand what all the hype, the drama and the hatred was about.  After reading more about her and her parenting memoir “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”, I couldn’t help but like her even more!

    ...
  • “Scre4m’s” David Arquette on Courtney Cox

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 18, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    Ghostface is back with “Scre4m,” and with it Courtney Cox and David Arquette, who met on the set of the first “Scream,” in 1996, married three years later, had a daughter but after 11 years of marriage are now in the midst of a trial separation.  In interviews with Oprah and...

  • A story of unconditional friendship

    January 27, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    I met Robin on Passover in 2000. We were both crossing a busy street in Beverly Hills carrying covered dishes, my 6-year-old was holding on to the edge of my skirt, and I asked if she was going to the same seder we were. It was my first Passover in Los Angeles, and now I realize it...

  • Friend or Flirt?

    January 27, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    After the 1989 blockbuster movie “When Harry Met Sally…” many were left questioning whether truly platonic relationships are possible. But friendships between men and women really do exist and, if anything, are becoming increasingly common.

    Over the past two decades, the...

  • Facebook Shmacebook!

    By Julia Bendis

    January 18, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    People like me should Not be on Facebook!  When you go to Facebook site to sign up, there should be a giant disclaimer that says: “For tough skin people only!  People that are overly sensitive, wear their heart and feelings on their sleeves, and drama queens should NOT sign up!”...

  • Friendship and freedom at Adat Chaverim

    By Tom Tugend

    September 25, 2008 | 3:11 am

    "What does it mean to be free and why is freedom so important?" was Karlo Silbiger's first question to some 20 kids ranging from 3 years to early teens.

    The youth and their parents were meeting on a recent Sunday morning to check out the offerings of Adat Chaverim (Community of...

  • Pope in Paris: ‘To be anti-Semitic is to be anti-Christian’ [VIDEO]

    September 15, 2008 | 12:59 am

    PARIS (JTA) - Jews and Christians should get to know each other better, Pope Benedict XVI said at a meeting with French Jewish leaders.

    On the first day of his four-day visit to Paris, the pope condemned fanatics and anti-Semitism, called for a strengthening of bonds between...

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