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  • Books: A compassionate journey of deafness in Africa

    By Celia Soudry

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa" by Josh Swiller (Holt, $14).


    While traveling through small, desolate villages in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, Josh Swiller shared his shack with the natives, letting them sleep on his couch and read his coveted Sports Illustrated...

  • Jew in the Jungle

    By Joy Rothke

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In 2002 I wrote "Tropical Depression: Lost in Paradise," an essay about my misadventures as a newly minted

    expat. It was published about six months after I arrived from San Francisco to tiny, rural La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica.

    Relocating to Central America seemed like a...

  • Israelis Sue Over Sept. 11 Arrests

    By Uriel Heilman

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Paul Kurzberg, an Israeli from Pardess Hanna, was in the office of his New Jersey moving company on Sept. 11, 2001, when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

    Like many Israeli movers in the New York area, Kurzberg, who was in his late 20s, was not legally authorized to work...

  • The Shofar

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Davi Cheng had some trepidation when she went to Hillel for the first time. She tried to feel comfortable, but she couldn't understand the language of the services and the liturgical rituals were confusing.

    Then she spied something unfamiliar on a bookshelf that made her feel right...

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  • Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Meal

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The apple, even more than the bibical pomegranate, has become the symbolic first fruit to be eaten during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which will be observed at sundown, Wednesday, Sept. 15.

    During Rosh Hashanah, tradition calls for a perfect apple to be pared and cut into...

  • Groups Celebrate Seders With a Cause

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At Jewish Family Service's Freedom Seder, participants read from a haggadah that was just a little bit different. Instead of reading of the four sons, those at the Freedom Seder read about the "four community members."

    "The wise community member asks, 'How can we, as individuals,...

  • A Portrait of My Wedding

    By Soriya Daniels

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After only two hours of sleep, I woke up on Aug. 13, 2000, to the sounds of drizzle hitting my hotel window. With a pit in my stomach, I got out of bed -- terrified and excited all at once. It was my wedding day, the culmination of three months of harried planning. I desperately...

  • The Soul of Maui

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    There's a Hawaiian legend about a pregnant woman who developed a craving for the eyeballs of royalty. Advisers to the king took this to mean that the woman's child would one day grow up to defeat the king and rule all the islands. The king decreed that the baby be killed as soon as...

  • Ready or Not

    By Amy Klein

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There is a new High Holiday book on my shelf that I have been avoiding assiduously, if only for the exalted title: "This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared." Rabbi Alan Lew's book, subtitled, "The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation," reminds me that the summer is...

  • Going Through Hell For The Dead

    By Larry Derfner

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Natan Koenig was blotting up blood from the floor of the cafeteria named for Frank Sinatra at Jerusalem's Hebrew University. Koenig worked for two hours on that 95-degree afternoon on July 31, arriving soon after a Hamas-made bomb exploded under a table, killing nine people,...

  • A Different Kind of Youth Program

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For many teens, having a bar or bat mitzvah is both a beginning and an ending. According to Jewish tradition, the ceremony signifies a child's transition into manhood or womanhood. For some teens, it also marks the end of a structured Jewish education. Some kids dread Hebrew school...

  • The ‘Contemporary’ Bar Mitzvah

    By Jane Ulman

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "No, Jeremy, you cannot wear 'liberty spikes' to your bar mitzvah party," I say, referring to the hair-style that transforms my son's head into the Statue of Liberty's crown.

    "Mom, you don't understand," he says. "Even when I'm 50, I'll be spiking my hair."

    Oh, to be adolescent...

  • Learning Lite in Laguna

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    If food really is a cipher, unusual tales are spilling from menus devised for a two-part Jewish holiday cooking class this month at Laguna Culinary Arts.

    Mark Cleveland, a guest instructor at the year-old Laguna Beach cooking school, specializes in creating low-fat meals with...

  • Living the Chai Life

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    They're celebrating the fourth night of Chanukah at the Chai Teen and Youth Center, and, to put it mildly, this joint is jumping.

    Nearly two dozen teenagers fill the huge recreation room, with its gaming tables lined up two by two, like the animals on Noah's Ark. Some kids play air...

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