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  • 5 Reasons Why You Need to Pee In the Forest Once in a While

    By Arielle Adelman

    August 13, 2014 | 9:23 am

    When I was a little girl I would beg my mom to let me be “nature girl”.  By definition, nature girl means: a person with xx chromosomes who uses the great outdoors or a sandbox to (daintily) pee.  In my adult life when I recall this memory, I’ve had a hard time understanding my...

  • VideoJew’s VideoGuide to L.A.  #5—Jew vs. Wild

    November 3, 2008 | 7:04 pm

    VideoJew Jay Firestone goes native in this episode of VideoJew’s VideoGuide to Los Angeles

  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 5 - Jew vs. Wild

    By Jay Firestone

    November 3, 2008 | 6:03 pm

    Volume V: Jew vs. Wild

    One of the main reasons I moved to Los Angeles was for the weather.  Unfortunately, it took me a few months before I really started taking advantage of the climate and outdoor activities, like hiking, fishing, swimming, sailing, sunbathing, people watching, breathing, etc.  And of course, the common stereotype exists that Jews and the wilderness are not a match made in heaven.  But I traveled deep into the wild (Santa Monica pier and the Hollywood Hills) to prove that in the battle between Jews and the wild…Jews win.

  • Collecting stamps

    By Dikla Kadosh

    June 17, 2008 | 11:29 am

    Jewish Journal super-intern, Jina Davidovich, writes about her extracurricular activities for The Calendar Girls:

    As a senior at Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Girls’ School, my obligations extend beyond surviving anxiety attacks that come with opening college decision letters,...

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  • Baja community begins where the land ends

    By Adam Wills

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Waves rush over a pebbled beach as the tensions of city life melt away. The Mexican sun hangs languidly overhead, bleaching colorful kayaks stacked along the shoreline. Hovering far off in the deep blue skies, parasailors are dwarfed by the arriving Carnival cruise ship that will...
  • God Was With Us That Night in the Negev

    By Daniella Kaufman

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Our bus driver Boris had been navigating the roads of the Negev for at least an hour when the whole bus suddenly shook, rattled and rolled. As we gazed out the window, we saw that Boris had left the road. All we saw was rock, dust and a little more rock. It took about two more hours...

  • Spice Up Pesachat Ixtapa Club Med

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Kayaking, catamarans and savory kabobs are all on the menu at the kosher Club Med program in Ixtapa, Mexico. The weather is warm, the sunsets are spectacular and the meals are to "live for."

    Raphael Bellehsen of New York-based Le Voyage Travel is the brains behind the program,...

  • A Torah Trek to Find a ‘God Moment’

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's a Sunday afternoon in midwinter Los Angeles, the sun is sparkling, the temperature is perfect, I'm in one of the most beautiful settings anyone can imagine, and I'm supposed to be talking to God. I'm sitting alone in a lush, grassy field near a rustling brook, mountains surround...

  • A Desert High in Palm Springs

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While nearby flatlands warm under perfect 60-degree winter weather, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway transports visitors to a pristine snow-covered forest. In just 10 minutes, this aerial tram carries passengers nearly 6,000 feet. The beautiful 14,000 acres of Mount San Jacinto State...

  • Mothers’ March

    By Naomi Segal

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A single mother's 120-mile hike to protest Israeli government cuts in social welfare benefits has captivated public and media attention and spawned similar pilgrimages in the country.

    The growing tent encampment set up by Mitzpe Ramon resident Vicky Knafo and her comrades on the...

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