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  • Obituaries

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Albert Alcouloumre died June 5 at 74. He is survived by his wife, Zella; daughter, Marcia (David) Senteno; son, Michael; grandson, Miles Senteno; and brother, Henry (Shirley). Mount Sinai

    NORMA ARBIT died June 2 at 84. She is survived by her husband, Harry; and daughter, Beryl....

  • Who Will Care for the Caregivers?

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    About five years ago, Nina Dayan noticed that her husband's moods began alternating between anger and depression. Then her husband started doing strange things: He would hide her keys, steal money from her purse and share his social security number with strangers on the phone.

    ...
  • Obituaries

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Robert F. McGuire Jr., 'Irish Moses,' Dies at 94

    Robert F. McGuire, Jr., a pilot dubbed the "Irish Moses" for his key role in airlifting 45,000 Yemenite Jews to the new-born State of Israel, has died at the age of 94 at his home in Northridge.

    McGuire, an Irish American, was the...

  • Obituaries

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    MARION APPELL died May 19 at 104. She is survived by her daughter, Adrienne (Stuart) Schweit; and two grandchildren. Groman

    HERBERT APTEL died May 23 at 95. He is survived by his son, Joseph; daughters, Leslie Chotiner and Stephanie Siebert; four grandchildren; and one...

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  • Father’s Day Fix

    By Leonard Felder

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Several years ago, my wife, Linda, and I attended a conference of psychotherapists and sat next to a recently divorced female therapist who said to us, "Next time I'm going to marry a Jewish man."

    My wife asked, "Oh, are you Jewish?"

    The female therapist replied, "No, but I've always...

  • Obituaries

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Greta Furst,
    L.A. Free Clinic Auxiliary Co-Founder,
    Dies at 73

    Longtime Beverly Hills resident Greta Lenetska Furst, L.A. Free Clinic auxiliary volunteer co-founder, died June 1 at the age of 73. Furst was honored Dec. 6, 2004, at the organization's 28th annual dinner gala at the...

  • Obituaries

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Constantin Andronescu died April 26 at 61. He is survived by his daughters, Liana and Nicole. Sholom Chapels

    LILLIAN DIANE ASHER died May 3 at 92. She is survived by her son, Howard; daughter, Roberta Isaacson; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Groman

    BRENDA BAGG died...

  • Obituaries

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    SOUSAN AKHAVAN died April 29 at 46. She is survived by her husband, Shahram. Chevra Kadisha

    HANOUGH AIENEHSAZAN died May 1 at 77. He is survived by his wife, Sara; and son, Sharyar Aynesazan. Chevra Kadisha

    Mark Becker died April 25 at 51. He is survived by his mother, Helen;...

  • Jewish Ethical Views Differ on Schiavo

    By Joanne Palmer

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    As a federal court considers whether to reconnect Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, Jewish scholars are turning to halacha, or Jewish religious law, for guidance on the issue.

    Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged Florida woman whose parents and husband have been battling in state and...

  • Purim Saga

    By Rob Eshman

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    How fitting that the heartbreaking saga of Terri Schiavo is coming to a head during Purim. Granted, the connection to a holiday known for merrymaking is not obvious. On its face, Purim celebrates the rescue of Persian Jewry from certain destruction in the time of King Ahasuerus....

  • Obituaries

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    PERLA ABITTAN died Aug. 3 at 74. She is survived by her husband, Emile; son, Arie; daughter, Rica (Yizhaz) Elbaz; and three grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

    Max Barbach died Aug. 1 at 98. He is survived by his sons, Ron (Sharlene) Barback and Harry (Eleanor); daughter, Sandra; grandson,...

  • Obituaries

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Edward Simon Aboud died July 27 at 75. He is survived by his friend, Rose Lee Holman. Groman

    Thomas Alon died July 25 at 55. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; daughters, Rachel and Stephanie; stepdaughter, Claudette (Alan) Ganger; stepson, Jeffrey Hope; two grandchildren; mother,...

  • Obituaries

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ronald Abelson died July 23 at 75. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Kerry Zymelman; and two grandchildren. Sholom Chapels .

    George Alexander died July 20 at 74. He is survived by his sons, Gerald, Robert and Lance; seven grandchildren; and sister, Frances. Groman

    ...
  • Obituaries - 2004-10-01

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

  • James Albeck died July 9, at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Steven (Virginia) and Jeffrey; daughter, Dana (Alex) Fuhr; six grandchildren; and brother, Lorin (Shirley). Mount Sinai

  • Sylvia Aronson died July 5 at 85. She is survived by her son, Barry;...
  • Israel Serves Up a Star

    By Bucky Fox

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When the U.S. Open swings into New York Aug. 30, you'll have to squint to find Israel's tiniest tennis player.

    It'll be easier to catch her on the scoreboard. She's the one with the muscular name -- Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi -- and the big game.

    Generating power with her 5-foot-2,...

  • Donor Pool Swim

    By Jessica Ravitz

    April 29, 2004 | 8:01 pm

    Few days have haunted me like April 15, 2002. It was the day Time magazine screamed out from its cover that women cannot have it all.

    Like a slap to the face, the writer reported that the biological odds are against getting pregnant after 35 and that stories of women conceiving into...

  • A Photographer’s Love Letter to Israel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "So what were my dying words?" Hallie Lerman laughs as she recounts the dream in which she was on her deathbed, surrounded by her husband and two adult daughters. "Not 'I love you, or take good care of my future grandchildren.' No. I said, 'Don't abandon Israel!"

    Lerman, a birdlike,...

  • I, Me, Not-Husband

    By Adam Gilad

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I am completely frozen.

    I have just walked out of a pitch meeting in Santa Monica. Wilshire Boulevard is breezy and gorgeous. It

    is 4 p.m. I have been married for 17 years and now, it appears, I'm not. For the last 17 years I had a wife, a family, a home, a dock in the open sea of...

  • Part-Time Work, Full-Time Families

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Around the time Sally Priesand was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Conservative women began to press the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) to ordain women. In contrast to the matter-of-factness with which Priesand's ordination took place, the ordination...

  • He’s No Robert Redford

    By Adam Wills

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    An Irish multimillionaire pining for a London teacher offered her husband $1 million to divorce her in a real-life "Indecent Proposal" that has scandalized London's Orthodox Jewish community, according to a May 4 report in London's Sunday Times.

    Brian Maccaba made the offer to Alan...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Husband Goes AWOL at Holidays

    Dear Wendy,

    My husband and I have the same argument every year: I ask him to attend High Holiday services with me, and he refuses. He claims he is not a believer and does not want to be hypocritical. I've tried every argument to change his mind....

  • Meeting Dr. Soulmate

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Somehow, the universe knows. It knows when you have on a fresh coat of MAC lipgloss, some cute heels you got on sale at Charles David and clean hair that's looking halfway decent. It knows. That's the night you won't meet anyone.

    If a principle is true, then so is its opposite,...

  • Dear Rabbi

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Naming a Child in an Interfaith Marriage

    Dear Rabbi,

    I was brought up practicing the Jewish faith. While I have not continued the practice as an adult, I do plan on being more proactive with my beliefs. My husband is Protestant and we are currently expecting our second child....

  • River of Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On Jan. 12, 1995, Valerie Sobel's 19-year-old son, Andre, died of a brain tumor. Exactly one year later, her husband shot himself. His suicide note stated that he did not wish to live past his son's tombstone unveiling. Three months later, Sobel's mother died of a stroke.

    "This kind...

  • Two Mothers

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At first glance, it would be hard to imagine two women with less in common than my mother and my husband's mother. You can begin with the obvious differences in cultural and religious background: my mother grew up Jewish in the Bronx, while my mother-in-law, a Presbyterian, has lived...

  • Domestic Violence

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Ruth Neal, coordinator of Ezras Bayis, has seen Orthodox womenwho have been bitten, shoved, slapped, punched, spit at, scalded withhot chicken soup, threatened with a gun, pushed down a flight ofstairs. Wood cut by Kathe Kollwitz from "German ExpressionistWoodcuts," 1994.

     

    Ilana*, an...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Detail from the cover of "Boy MeetsGirl," a romance comic book, 1947

    Suffocating Sweetheart

    Dear Deborah,

    I am engaged to a wonderful man whose "littleproblem" has become very, very big during the course of our two-yearcourtship and has grown acute during our engagement. He was always...

  • Happy Anniversary

    By Beverly Gray

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My 25th wedding anniversary iscoming up fast. Wish me luck.

    I'll need all the good fortune I can muster,thanks to one of the ways I've chosen to mark this momentousoccasion. Of course, Bernie and I will be celebrating conventionally,with a party for some of our oldest friends. But, in...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Illustration from "Painting with Passion," 1994. Photo-illustration by Carvin Knowles

    Losing My Religion

    Dear Deborah,

    My husband and I have decided to get a divorce, and we have amicably worked everything out -- finances, custody, etc. What has become acrimonious and ugly are our...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Deborah,

    My husband and I were very depressed this past Mother's Day. Both of our mothers passed away years ago, my husband's by suicide. Also, both of us came from parents who divorced when we were young, and neither of us had very good relationships with our mothers.

    We do not...

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