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  • A Tiny Heart

    February 24, 2016 | 5:00 am

    My phone rings at all hours of the day and night. As the face of our community’s Chevrah Kadisha, I am on call to arrange the pickup of deceased, provide information and reassurance to families, solve problems, and sometimes to serve as a bridge between a family and the cemetery....

  • Funerals held for two Jerusalem stabbing victims

    October 5, 2015 | 9:06 am

    Thousands attended the funerals of two Jewish-Israelis who were stabbed to death in Jerusalem’s Old City.

    The funerals for Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Benita, a 22-year-old soldier, were held in Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon. They were stabbed to death on Saturday night by...

  • Encountering familiar strangers

    July 15, 2015 | 4:00 am

    [Editor’s Note: 18 students of the Gamliel Institute, the leadership training arm of Kavod v’Nichum, having successfully completed all courses and requirements as part of the certification process by the Gamliel Institute, participated in, and recently returned from, the first ever...

  • Paris victims’ families charged for Jerusalem funerals

    January 13, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    Israel’s burial association charged each of the families of the Paris kosher supermarket victims nearly $13,000 for their Jerusalem burial plots and funerals.

    The charges were levied by the Chevra Kadisha, part of the Religious Services Ministry, after the families refused to...

  • In Israel, no one’s backing down from a Third Intifada

    By Simone Wilson

    November 12, 2014 | 3:25 pm

    On the platform of the central bus stop and hitchhiking post for Gush Etzion, a Jewish settlement bloc that spills over Israel’s eastern border into Palestinian territory, wet sand was poured on Nov. 11 to cover a human-sized blood stain from the night before. 

    Israeli mother...

  • Second light rail victim, Palestinian attacker buried in Jerusalem

    October 27, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Hundreds attended the funeral for the second victim of the driver who smashed his car into the light rail in eastern Jerusalem.

    Karen Yemima Muscara, 22, who had come to Israel more than a year ago from her home in Guayaquil, Ecuador, to complete her conversion to Judaism, was...

  • Take Back Our Rights!

    October 8, 2014 | 4:00 am

    The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Most States (and Commonwealths) have similar, even identical, provisions in their constitutions.


  • Losing to Gain: The Central Paradox of Death Rituals - The Break that Binds

    August 27, 2014 | 6:00 am

    Central to religious practice, rituals may often seem intentionally obtuse, to the point of irrationality. This, in fact may be their very purpose. By devising rituals that at times seem to make little or no sense to the uninitiated, those who learn to perform the rituals - if not...

  • The Bookends of Life

    August 6, 2014 | 8:00 am

    The call came from a woman I liked and had learned from: would I consider participating in a Taharah – a what? Someone had died and she was spearheading a new initiative to offer the traditional Jewish ceremony of purification. I was hesitant but open, and after more conversation...

  • The Case Against A Kosher Casket

    July 30, 2014 | 3:04 pm

    Kosher means fit or proper for ritual use, but unlike the biblical delineation of which foods are kosher, there are no biblical rules to give guidance regarding manufacture of kosher caskets. The Talmud contains dozens of occurrences of Hebrew words that are translated to English...

  • Giving Back: Taharah

    July 23, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    I waited a year after my mother, z”l, passed away, before I was able to think about doing for others what the Chevrah Kadisha had done for my mother.

     I read the manual which they gave me. My friend, Helene, suggested that I watch the first time and read the prayers in English as...

  • Kaddish for a Texan who gave his life in Gaza

    July 22, 2014 | 11:57 am

    The soldiers walk past us, two single-file lines between the gravestones, their blank, sunken faces barely visible in the darkness. The coffin appears, hoisted on their arms and wrapped in an Israeli flag. We follow in its wake.

    Within minutes, some 20,000 people have massed...

  • Isn’t it Depressing?

    June 25, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    People say to me, “I don’t understand how you do your job,” or,”What's it like to be surrounded by death all the time?  Isn't it depressing?”

    It’s not depressing, but it can be sad. Those of us behind the scenes, the Shomrim who sit vigil with our loved ones, the members of the...

  • Real Housewives of Atlanta RECAP

    By Ilana Angel

    January 11, 2012 | 9:30 am

    I’m a little late with this recap because there was so much reality television to talk about I fell behind, but also because this week in Atlanta was a little boring and I couldn’t quite get into the racap.  There are weeks when the entire hour is jam packed with good stuff, and...

  • What Really Matters

    By Misha Henckel

    October 20, 2009 | 2:19 am

    Misha Henckel is a Los Angeles-based personal and executive life coach. Her executive clients are generally leaders of entertainment and media companies who are focused on re-inventing themselves and re-envisioning their organizations. She is founder of Life Mastery Circles, a...

  • That campus anti-Semitism thing, you say it’s your birthday

    September 3, 2008 | 11:19 pm

    Quiet War at UCI

    It is unfortunate that The Jewish Journal would choose to run as its cover story two weeks ago an article by Brad Greenberg that preys on the deep and recurrent fears of some in our community of a rampant anti-Semitism on our college campuses ("Quiet War on Campus,"...
  • Obituaries

    August 14, 2008 | 1:58 am

    Harold Ackerman died July 30 at 96. He is survived by his son, Jerrold; and daughter, Tobi Chinsky. Hillside

    David Alper died Aug. 2 at 84. He is survived by his wife, Estelle; daughters, Elizabeth Keran and Joan; and sons, L. Andrew and Robert. Hillside

    Jeanette Brauner died July...

  • Obituaries

    July 31, 2008 | 1:19 am

    Bertram Abels died July 15 at 77. He is survived by his daughter, Alicia; son, David; three grandchildren, Chelsea, Zachary and Hunter; and brother, Elvin. Mount Sinai

    Harold Alexman died July 16 at 82. He is survived by his sons, Leonard (Rosemarie), and Larry (Kelly); daughter,...

  • Obituaries

    July 23, 2008 | 11:48 pm

    Sue Lynn Alexander died July 1 at 74. She is survived by her husband, Joel; sons, Glenn and Marc; daughter, Stacy; and two grandchildren. Groman

    Samson Asch died July 4 at 100. He is survived by his daughters, Hella (Charles) Hershson and Basia (Larry) Frank; son, Morris (Linda); and...

  • Obituaries

    July 10, 2008 | 12:48 am

    Goldyne Savad, Hadassah Hospital Benefactress, Dies at 100

    On June 1, a single woman, 100 years and seven months old, died in Los Angeles, where she lived almost her entire life. Goldyne Savad, one of the brightest and prettiest of her family, was the only one born in the United...

  • Obituaries

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 am

    Alice Appel died June 3 at 84. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn (Hank); grandchildren, Jeff (Lisa) Solny and Carrie (Ken) Block; and four great-grandchildren. Hillside

    Jack Applebaum died May 29 at 82. He is survived by his son, Larry (Lucia); and granddaughter, Lauren. Mount...

  • Obituaries

    June 5, 2008 | 6:35 pm


    Dorothy Beck died May 20 at 85. She is survived by her son, Michael (Sally); daughter, Linda (Karl) Lindeur; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Ellis Berkowitz died May 13 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; and daughter, Ellen (Res)....

  • Obituaries

    May 29, 2008 | 2:29 pm

    Sylvia Beck died May 6 at 76. She is survived by her husband, Walter; daughter, Shira (Paul) Wintner; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Lillian Berger died May 11 at 93. She is survived by her daughter, Rosalie (Felix) Slater; son, Louis (Bonnie); four grandchildren; and seven...

  • Final lesson

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In this week's Torah portion, Vayechi, we have the most intimate description of a deathbed scene and the most elaborate description of a le'vayah (funeral) contained in the Torah.

    As I read through this portion in preparation for writing this column, I found myself struggling for a...

  • Obituaries

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Marty Adlin died Sept. 26 at 88. He is survived by his wife, Frances; brothers Bernard (Arlene) and Sidney; and special brother-in-law, Ted Krakower. Malinow and Silverman

    Selma Balberg died Sept. 27 at 89. She is survived by her husband, Harry; son, Stephen; daughter, Susan...

  • Obituaries

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Author & Former Jewish Journal Columnist David Margolis

    Dies at 62

    David Margolis, who lived and chronicled the transformation of an American hippie of the 1960s into a deeply spiritual resident of a West Bank settlement, died July 17 at the age of 62.

    A Brooklyn native, Margolis...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Thousands March for Israel in New York

    Tens of thousands gathered in New York to salute Israel. Marchers and onlookers filled Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Sunday for the annual Israel Day Parade.

    Palestinians Fake Jenin Funerals

    Palestinians reportedly have been holding...

  • There’s No Time Like the Present

    By Ellie Kahn

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In my family, death and funerals seem to inspire joking. Maybe it's discomfort, but it also seems to be a lack of concern and heaviness about the whole thing. No one in my family does much visiting of graves, and burials are apparently not deemed necessary.

    My mother wants her body...