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  • From the Mouths of Babes

    By Joan G Friedman

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    How Do You Decide Whom to Marry?

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    •You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. -- Alan, age 10

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    •No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    TAKE A LOOK, IT'S IN A BOOK
    On Sunday, Nov. 14,
    come to the second annual
    Jewish Children's Bookfest
    from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,
    at the Triangle, Mount Sinai Memorial Park
    (6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley,
    exit the 118 West at Yosemite).
    Children and their...
  • I Love a Parade

    By Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I can't think of anyone who doesn't love a parade. The first one I remember attending was as a 10-year-old. My parents took my brother and me to what was then called the "Santa Claus Lane Parade," which took place just after Thanksgiving Day and made its way down Hollywood...

  • Superflirt

    By Carin Davis

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Faster than a benching rabbi. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall bachelors in a single bound. Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's SuperFlirt.

    That's right, I'm spending three days in San Diego at Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention....

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  • Frum Frenzy

    By Anna Schneider-Mayerson

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Visitors trolling for casual sex on Craigslist.org last week were left scratching their heads over an unfamiliar reference that has surfaced in a flurry of recent postings.

    "I keep seeing this term 'Frum.' Can somebody please clue me into what the hell that is?" wrote Jeff, a...

  • Mel Brooks: Genius Behind ‘Producers’

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    To understand something of the success of "The Producers," it helps to understand something of its history. There is probably no person on the planet who doesn't know the story of how this sensation of a musical came to pass, but let me quickly recap:

    In the early '60s, Mel Brooks...

  • Shabbat in Jerusalem

    By Laurel Sternberg

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Friday in Israel is not really a work day, but a semi-holiday. Friday is not a holy day, but it has a special flavor because it is when we finalize our Shabbat preparations.

    I used to live on a gorgeous street in Jerusalem, Rehov Caspi. The street boasts a view of the Temple Mount,...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    One Fun Festival

    Come to the Israeli Independence Day Festival on May 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Woodley Park (between Burbank Boulevard and Victory Boulevard adjacent to the 405).

    For more information about the festival, go to www.israelfestival.com, and be sure to stop by The Jewish Journal booth for free goodies.

  • My Culture War

    By Rob Eshman

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Freedom of the press is, strictly speaking, the freedom to own a press. Within wonderfully broad limits, The New York Times can say anything it wants, but you can't say anything you want in The New York Times.

    Radio entertainer Howard Stern, as successful and wealthy as he is,...

  • A Buffet Fit for Your Kings and Queens

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    My family loves Purim. It is a time when our grandchildren dress up in biblical costumes to act out the story of Esther and attend Purim carnivals, just as our children did when they were young. As in most holidays, we all look forward to the traditional foods that are part of the...

  • For the Kids

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    UNIVERSAL FUN

    Cats, monsters, horses and dinosaurs -- you can see all this and more if you head over to Universal Studios Hollywood. You have until Jan. 15 to get in for a reduced price. Buy the tickets through your synagogue or find a coupon in The Jewish Journal!



    Things You Know

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  • Have a Holly Jolly Schmooz-fest

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Chinese-food-and-a-movie faces strong competition in our city once again this year. This Christmas Eve, on a night that would otherwise be distinguished by what we aren't celebrating, Stu and Lew Productions brings Jewish cheer with its "Schmooz-a-Palooza" party. Going on its 10...

  • Down to the Wire

    By J.D. Smith

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm getting married in a couple of hours. My little brother is coming to pick me up and take me to the hotel to marry my long-suffering fiancée, Alison. This is the last article I'm writing from this side of the fence. The next time you hear from me, I will be a married man. You...

  • Marlene Marks’ Spirit on the Web

    By Beverly Gray

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Being treated for cancer is no one's idea of fun. But a new Web site, www.chemochicks.com, is bringing moral support and an irreverent sense of humor to women undergoing chemotherapy. The colorful, breezy site gives female cancer patients a place to gripe, share inspiring stories and...

  • Painted Clowns

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm drinking at a bar called the Dirty Horse on Hollywood Boulevard. Well, that's not the real name but I never got a look at the sign and that name seemed right.

    It fits the place, with its plastic pitchers of beer, painted clowns on black velvet, bowls of peanuts and the...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    A coalition of Southern California Jewish organizations comes together today for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 60th Anniversary Commemoration. Theodore Bikel narrates the program, which includes the lighting of six memorial candles by Holocaust survivors in honor of the 6...

  • The Dayenu Diet

    By Carin Davis

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Do these jeans make me look fat?"

    Smart men don't answer that question. Smart women don't ask it. But all women think it. Especially single women who are trying to bag a boy. After all, a man's first impression is based on a woman's looks. And single men are looking at more than...

  • Snooze-Proof Seder

    By Andrea Adelson

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Guests at one of Heidi Kahn's Passover potlucks stepped into a desert oasis. That year, her Irvine tract home was transformed with a Bedouin makeover achieved by suspending a tent inside. Another year, guests, who always contribute to the feast, were also asked to bring household...

  • Purim Around the World

    By Abby Gilad

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I know you're going to have a lot of fun dressing up, eating hamantaschen and drowning out Haman's name with your groggers! Here are some other interesting customs that used to be practiced at Purim around the world:


    France -- Because of the verse in the Megillah, "I shall surely...

  • The Matzah Bull

    By Carin Davis

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Christmas Eve 2001. Bing Crosby's on my radio, Jimmy Stewart's on my television and I'm on my couch.

    I usually find a night with my remote pretty satisfying, but tonight it's not hitting the spot. Tonight I'm feeling grumpy, disheartened and a little bit lonely.

    It just seems like...

  • Wingman Wanted

    By Carin Davis

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Let's talk about Ruth and Naomi, two smokin' hot babes who Thelma and Louised it from Moab.

    Ruth could have ditched her friend to find a new dude. But instead, she played her "where you go I go, where you stay I stay" wingman card and schlepped across the desert with Naomi. My...

  • Tisha B’Av

    By Abby Gilad

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    You are enjoying the fun of summer when -- plunk! -- there's a day of mourning. This year, the ninth of Av, the day both Temples were destroyed, falls early in the summer. The fast starts at sunset on July 17 and continues until sunset on July 18.

    There are some things that are...

  • Star Power

    By Journal Staff

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It all started with a void in the contemporary family.

    "Our conversations with children are not deep enough," says psychiatrist Cece Feiler. "If you can't talk to your children, they grow up into adults who don't care.

    "It forces you to slow down, to reflect and to interact in a...

  • Having Fun Is No Picnic

    By Teresa Strasser

    March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It is Saturday night, and I'm determined to have a good time.

    Realizing that I never have fun and thinking that it would probably be a good idea, I decide to go out to a bar with some friends. One shows up at my house, and since she's "out of gas," I offer to drive. On the way, she...

  • Seder Ceremonies

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When the Weber family invites the Wolfson familyfor seder, we are asked to prepare a presentation on some aspect ofthe seder ceremony. The presentation could be a d'rash , an explanation of whatthe Haggadah is trying to say. But, over the years, our presentationshave also been given...

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