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  • Hillel opens doors to non-Jews, campus at large

    By Ben Harris

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Hillel centers on university campuses were viewed not long ago as little more than the local Jewish hangout, a place where students could come for kosher meals or socialize with other Jews.

    But in a move that Hillel leaders say has been forced upon them by this generation's altered...

  • Intermarriage reports urge understanding and openness

    By Sue Fishkoff

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Three new scholarly reports on intermarriage argue for increasing Jewish educational opportunities, encouraging Jewish behaviors among both intermarried and inmarried Jews and opening the doors even further to intermarried couples and their children.

    One report, the result of a new...

  • Don’t build walls to keep out non-Jews

    By Gary Tobin

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    A study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life shows that Americans are switching religions more than ever. As many as one of every two adults does not practice the religion in which they were born or raised.

    Evangelical and nondenominational Protestantism are the winners....

  • Individual choice challenges communal commitments

    By Jacob Schacter

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In 1985, Robert Bellah co-authored a book titled "Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life," which highlighted the centrality

    of personal autonomy and individual choice in the United States. As an example of this widespread phenomenon, he described a nurse,...

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  • Birthright program needs wider support

    By Charles R. Bronfman

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Although the High Holy Days have always been a period of introspection, the Jewish community -- at least those in it who care deeply about its future -- could stand to do some especially vigorous soul searching this year.

    The results of a new study, "Beyond Distancing: Young Adult...

  • Are day schools the ‘magic carpet?’

    By Rabbi Laurence Scheindlin

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One of my "headmasters for the day" this year was a first-grader. In case you don't know it, there's a big difference between first- graders, sixth-graders and eighth-graders. Sixth-graders will say what they think you want to hear. Eighth-graders will say just the opposite of what...
  • Some boo the Hindu that you do so well—others, not so much

    By Rob Eshman

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last Friday night at Sinai Temple, Rabbi David Wolpe came off the bimah during services and whispered into my ear. "Interdating?! I bet you got some letters."

    The rabbi was right: Letters, phone calls and a woman at Sinai who followed me down in the elevator and out into the parking...

  • Our Hindu Widows

    By Rob Eshman

    August 9, 2007 | 12:00 pm

    I know too many beautiful, brilliant single Jewish women in their 30s and 40s.

    I hear too many stories about the lack of available Jewish men, the first dates who are too lost or too pathetic, the fights over marriage and children that end the relationship and send the woman, now a...

  • Harry Potterstein?

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As I, along with millions of others, sped through "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," I found myself picking up on more than a few new spells and the ingenuity of J.K. Rowling's enthralling writing (don't worry -- it's safe to read on. No spoilers here).

    Behind Harry's...

  • The Answer

    By Rob Eshman

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I just spent two days listening to some of the most brilliant and famous Jewish scholars, rabbis and thinkers in the world discuss the question "Why Be Jewish?" and they didn't give me one clear answer.

    And that's funny, because even before I came to the conference, I knew the...

  • Dumbing Down Judaism

    By David Suissa

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    You can't talk about Jewish philanthropy without talking about Jewish priorities. For many years now, a huge priority for the American Jewish community has been to fight assimilation -- what is elegantly called "Jewish continuity." It's a priority that is rarely challenged. How do...
  • ‘Half-Jews’ fight for acceptance

    By Sue Fishkoff

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish world has a problem with the way Renee Kaplan defines herself: half-Jewish. Kaplan, a television producer in her mid-30s, is the daughter of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother who was raised Jewish.

    "I've had endlessly to defend my half-Jewishness: resist rabbis who...

  • Laughing for Unity

    By David Suissa

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It was one of the stranger events I've attended since I moved to the hood.

    A friend sent me an e-mail telling me I "can't miss" this Jerusalem rabbi's one-man show Sunday night at Beth Jacob Congregation. I opened the e-mail a few minutes before show time, so, on a whim, I ran over...

  • ‘Reboot’-ing Gen Y

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A lot of aging lefty Jews long for the good old days when, as they recall, Jews and blacks marched together for civil rights and liberal rabbis thundered about brotherhood and sisterhood from their pulpits.

    But those memories are selective. Not all Jews and African Americans got...

  • Grunions

    By Rob Eshman

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm



    The grunion were running last weekend, so I went down to the Venice Beach breakwater just before midnight to watch them mate. The sight of thousands of slim, silvery fish wiggling desperately out of the surf and struggling to spawn before the next wave crashed upon them made me...
  • Taste-testing Judaism

    By Amy Klein

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ingrid Vanderhope, an Australian-born Christian and practicing Jehovah's Witness, recently saw an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times picturing a spoon holding the words, "A Taste of Judaism," followed by the words "...Are you curious?"

    Sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism,...
  • Don’t write off the intermarried

    By Edmund Case

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Charles Dickens' classic, "A Tale of Two Cities," begins with the famous line: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Sociologist Steven Cohen's new study on intermarriage has a similar title but a different spirit.

    Ignoring positive recent evidence from Boston and...

  • Jewry’s Myopic Plan

    By Bethamie Horowitz

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The call for "Jewish continuity" sounded by American Jewish communal leaders more than a decade ago as an antidote to rising intermarriage rates and other signs of weakening identity has spawned a veritable industry aimed at making American Jews more Jewish. There has been an...