In two weeks Jonathan Shainberg is going to be standing in front of a large crowd at Young Israel of Century City to administer the spiritual content of his bar mitzvah. When he is done wowing the crowd with his chanting of the weekly Torah portion, he will attempt to nourish their...
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March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
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After canceling a bat mitzvah trip to Israel for their daughter, Danielle, Tricia and Mark Rauch decided that if they couldn't bring their family to Israel, they would bring Israel to Houston. But when Tricia and Danielle began shopping for Israel-themed bat mitzvah invitations, they...
February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Max and Irving went fishing on an overcast afternoon. About two hours into their expedition, a fierce storm developed.
Their small rowboat tossed, turned and finally flipped over in the lake. Max, a strong swimmer, called to save Irving. Inexplicably, Irving did not respond to any...
January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm
NET WORTH DOES NOT EQUAL SELF-WORTH
Stop equating what you earn with your value as a person. The true measure of a person has precious little to do with money.
IT'S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY
Whatever our issues are concerning money, they are probably masking a deeper, more...
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When it came time to talk about the high price of High Holiday tickets, The Jewish Journal thought there would be no better person to chat with than Ron Wolfson. He's spent more than 28 years with the University of Judaism (UJ), both as dean of the school of education and director of...
September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm
The rabbis say that the world stands on three things: learning, prayer and righteous deeds. Since reconnecting with Judaism 15 years ago, this statement has always meant a lot to me .
I now attend weekly Friday night Shabbat services and Torah study on Saturday morning and am active...
September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Propelled by a tide of last-minute contributions in the final weeks of its annual campaign, the Jewish Federation of Orange County raised a record $2.3 million, a 9 percent gain over last year, outpacing national results by the United Jewish Communities.
"We attribute the increase in...
August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm
More than a century ago, Jewish federations served the needs of tightly knit Jewish communities around the country. Centralized, bureaucratic and occasionally paternalistic, these charitable organizations were highly efficient fundraising and money-dispensing machines in an era when...
June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm
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Last week, I watched as Adam, a preschooler at Temple Akiba in Culver City, handed a beanbag to Melissa. She was crying because she didn't have one. He had two. In Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89), we are told that we must give one-tenth of our yearly income to the Levites. Can you...
June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm
RUTH, A TRUE FRIEND
On Shavuot, we read the Book of Ruth. Even though Ruth's husband died, she decides not to desert her mother-in-law, Naomi, who has lost her husband and two sons. Ruth leaves her home in Moab to accompany Naomi back to Israel. She cares for Naomi and goes to...
May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Jewish philanthropy in Los Angeles can be summed up in three words: "Location, location, location."
"Real estate gives far more with respect to Jewish causes," said Mark Karlan, chairman of the Real Estate and Construction (REC) Division of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los...
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March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm
I first met Stanley Hirsh in 1984 when he stopped by to visit an after-school program in Jerusalem where I was working as a counselor. The kids and I were playing a game of basketball on a cracked blacktop court.
After watching from the fence for a while, Stanley called me over and...
December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Mark Weinstein can barely contain his excitement. Standing on the roof of a historic downtown building in the heart of the Fashion District, the boyish-looking developer points to a group of surrounding structures, his voice rising with excitement.
Where the untrained might see...
November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm
"Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights," croons Adam Sandler in that humorous holiday tune, "The Chanukah Song." Sandler speaks for many American Jews in feeling a certain pressure and longing for Chanukah to live up to the glitz and excitement associated with...
November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm
1. No Nostalgia for Waxing
This Chanukah, there is no more scraping, boiling water, melting with a hair dryer or freezing to remove wax drippings from your menorah because Wax-Off prevents wax from sticking to any candle-holder surface. Visit www.wax-off.net...
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March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pmSometimes the same thing that got you into trouble can get you out of it. Take for example the fact that in last week's Torah portion, our ancestors used their gold jewelry to fashion a golden calf. For this act of idolatry and faithlessness, thousands were killed as God's anger...
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