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  • Ten Tips for a Great Speech

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    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...

  • Alternative Invitation to a Simcha

    By Meira Maierovitz Drazin

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    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...

  • Give and Take

    By Rabbi Asher Brander

    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...

  • Rabbi Leder’s ten Money commandments

    By Julie G Fax

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Stop equating what you earn with your value as a person. The true measure of a person has precious little to do with money.


    Whatever our issues are concerning money, they are probably masking a deeper, more...

  • Baggage Claim

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I used to want things. One day, I realized the seven pairs of Puma sneakers and the Pottery Barn rug and the 8-pound "Columbia Encyclopedia," those were just things to pack, and I didn't want them anymore.

    Actually, that day was just about two weeks ago, when I got a job in New...

  • An Experience Worth the Price of Admission

    By Eryn Brown

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • Summer Tzedakah

    By Sandy Schachter

    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...

  • Fed Campaign Ends on High Note

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    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...

  • How to Fundraise in the 21st Century

    By Marc Ballon

    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...

  • An Unorthodox View of Who’s Orthodox

    By David Suissa

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Who knew that an article on Jewish love would generate a little debate?

    A while back, I wrote a piece titled, "Shut Up, I Love You!" (Feb. 14) about how Jews are great at giving to each other but lousy at taking from each other. I suggested you honor your fellow Jews by taking or...

  • Give a Little Bit

    By Abby Gilad

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    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...

  • Realty’s Fealty for Jewish Los Angeles

    By Michael Aushenker

    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...

  • Here Comes the Price: Buying Gifts

    By Jodi Werner

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Please follow me through a short exercise (choosing from the options in parentheses to tailor it to your own experience):

    Your friend (since elementary school/from graduate school/of the family) calls to tell you that she's gotten engaged. You're thrilled, and you scream with her...

  • Whose Loss Is it Anyway?

    By Amy Klein

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    JERUSALEM -- Have you heard of virtual tourism? It's the latest thing from America, where people who can't go to Israel -- because of security fears, economic constraints, parental prohibition, etc. -- give money to other people who are going. The tourists are then supposed to give...

  • Stanley Hirsh

    By Rob Eshman

    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...

  • Builder to Fashion a Lofty Downtown

    By Marc Ballon

    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...

  • Competing With That Other Holiday

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    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...

  • Eight Crazy Delights

    By Michael Aushenker

    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...

  • Jewish Giving is Still Looking Good

    By Melissa Minkin

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When the stock market entered bear territory last month, individual investors weren't the only ones taking note. The continued softening of the market can also have a major effect on nonprofit organizations, many of which have benefited greatly from an exceptional run during the past...

  • Let there be light

    By Sharon Halper

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As the rabbis asked, what is Chanukah? It's the darkest time of the year. One might easily believe that it will never be light and warm again. Natural history proves us wrong. The miracle of the seasons is the evidence.

    There's darkness in many parts of the world. One could...

  • Wrap Party in Redondo Beach

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Simmons earns her living as a CPA in Brentwood. But evenings, weekends and every other spare minute during the holidays and many other free moments during the year find Simmons shopping for bargain toys and wrapping paper, scanning the shelves or standing in checkout lines at...

  • The Only Choice We Have

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Sometimes 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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