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  • Do you miss Christmas?

    By Diana Emuna

    4 days ago

    “Do you miss Christmas?”  There is a widely held belief among born Jews that converts mourn over the loss of Christmas.  We miss the love; the Hallmark finery and the family get togethers. 

    I will be honest.  I don’t miss it.  I like the glitter and lights, but I don’t dwell on...

  • Generations

    3 weeks ago

    I have been thinking about the inscription on the northeast corner of Sinai Temple, where I come to work everyday: l’dor v’dor. Partly, it has been on my mind since I returned from the Builders of Jewish Education’s and Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education’s co-hosted...

  • Argentine children of ‘Disappeared’ learn of Jewish parentage

    August 13, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    When Mariana Perez was a teenager, whenever she went out to dance and met a boy she liked, she would ask his age. If she was older than he was, she wouldn’t get involved, because there was a chance he might be her younger brother, one of the 500 babies abducted during Argentina’s...

  • Northridge mother pleads guilty in syrup swastika vandalism

    By Ryan Torok

    July 19, 2012 | 9:30 am

    A Northridge mother pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for helping her teenage daughter and two friends deface homes with maple syrup swastikas, human feces and toilet paper, according to the L.A. city attorney’s office.

    ...
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  • A beautiful shiva

    By William Goldstein

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    My mother, Sylvia Goldstein, Sura Malka bas Yeshiya, passed away on March 11, the fourth of Adar II. She was 92 and had the full use of her mind and wit all of her years.

    Sensing that after six months of hospital and rehab, back and forth, Mom was nearing the end of her journey I...

  • Shoah survivors’ offspring carry their legacy within

    By Jane Ulman

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I can't look," 11-year-old Lara Berman shouted as she abruptly ran out of the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in tears during a family trip to Israel. Her mother darted after her.

    "I'm going to see myself in one of those pictures," the young girl said.

    That was 16 years ago, and Berman,...

  • I am now the voice of my parents

    By Julie Kohner

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    There was never a time in my life when I did not know about the Holocaust.

    As I was growing up, when my friends were visiting their grandparents, I didn't have grandparents. I asked my parents why and was told they had died a long time ago. When I continued asking, they said my...

  • Identity and connection spur more adult b’nai mitzvah

    By Peter L. Rothholz

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Norma Glickman wanted to make her own Jewish identity more meaningful. Her husband had studied to become an adult bar mitzvah, and after his death, she felt it would be a tribute to him to follow his example and become a bat mitzvah. When Glickman, 79, completed her study at Temple...
  • ‘Boychick’ puts bar mitzvah audience in the simcha

    By Jay Firestone

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Most b'nai mitzvah are similar. The prayers are rehearsed months in advance, the speeches are delivered almost flawlessly, and even the parties are practically identical, regardless of which disc jockey you've hired. It's probably even safe to say that the b'nai mitzvah experience is...
  • TV: From Bensonhurst to Vermont, via Hollywood

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Gary David Goldberg did not set out to be a screenwriter. He was already 30 when a teacher at San Diego State University guided him toward the profession. That fateful nudge set Goldberg on his path to becoming a successful writer/producer and director of a string of films and...
  • Mom’s last day

    By Rabbi Mike Comins

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A test of emunah (trust, faith), according to prominent voices in our tradition (Mishna Berachot 9:2), is the ability to bless the bad, as well as the good. Upon hearing of the death of a loved one, can one say, baruch dayan emet (blessed be the truthful judge.) And might one add,...
  • Manage your Chanukah fantasy by putting the focus on your family

    By Donna Becker

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Every Chanukah we seem to throw ourselves into planning the perfect celebration. Beautiful pictures in glossy magazines and catalogs feed a holiday fantasy that includes intricate latke recipes and newly minted family traditions presented to a receptive room full of beaming relatives...
  • Television: Will Shabbat dinner drama hold ‘Nine’ viewers captive?

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Kates and his wife, Sheryl, recently invited their doctor-son and his girlfriend of two years to Shabbat dinner. Nothing too out of the ordinary there -- unless you consider the fact that the couple is not married, although the young woman is pregnant and they broke up during a...
  • Briefs: Olmert upbeat on U.S. ties; Hamas names new leader; Olmert’s lesbian daughter slams Jerusale

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Olmert Upbeat on U.S. Ties

    Ehud Olmert voiced confidence that Israeli-U.S. relations will remain robust despite the Republicans' midterm election defeat.

    "Support for Israel has traditionally been bipartisan," the Israeli prime minister told reporters en route to Washington, where...

  • Got Sababa?

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    More fashion for a cause? You betcha. After all, why "Livestrong" when you could "Get Sababa?"

    Lance Armstrong's yellow "Livestrong" bracelets to benefit his cancer foundation are already passé. But hoping to start a fashion craze of her own, 27-year-old Traci Szymanski has...

  • Gerda Straus Mathan

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Gerda Straus Mathan, a well-respected, Berkeley-based photographer of Jewish and other subjects who studied with Ansel Adams and lived for a time in Southern California, died Aug. 10 following a long illness. She was 83.

    A photojournalist with degrees in biology, zoology and art,...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Right a Wrong

    The five daughters of Tzlophchad (say that 10 times fast!) went to Moses and said: "The law says that if a man dies his property goes to his sons. But our father doesn't have any sons! What will become of all his property? Please change the law so that we can keep...

  • Schizophrenia With a Dash of Schmaltz

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Iris Rainer Dart's cousin was diagnosed with schizophrenia decades ago, the illness sent shockwaves through her Jewish family. "They were from the shtetl and superstitious," said Dart, 59, the best-selling author of 1985's "Beaches." "They thought that the illness was a curse,...

  • Finding a Kindred Spirit in a Patriarch

    By Rochelle Furstenberg

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The Discovery of God: Abraham and The Birth of Monotheism" by David Klinghoffer (Doubleday, $26).

    David Klinghoffer's biography of the patriarch Abraham rides on a new wave of interest in the Bible, and a growing sense of the Abrahamic heritage that Christians, Jews and Muslims...

  • Digging For Jews

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When director Andrew Davis first read Louis Sachar's acclaimed children's novel, "Holes," about a boy sent to a hellish Texas juvenile delinquent camp, he said he "detected a Jewish family." The story of the fictional Stanley "Caveman" Yelnats IV flashes back three generations to...

  • Hidden Heritage Inspires Director

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    British film director Stephen Frears was drawn to "Liam," about the making of an anti-Semite, partly because of a startling family secret he discovered in his late 20s.

    His brother blurted out the news during his grandmother's 90th birthday party, not long after Frears had married a...

  • Answering the Call

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A historic conference call recently took place between the six Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters (JBBBS) associations in America. The Jewish agencies had never spoken together outside of informal gatherings at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) conferences; in the past,...

  • The Joy of ‘Oy’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Richard Lewis is a comedian who has perfected the art of the kvetch.

    In his act, he paces the stage, plastering his palms to his temples to express the universal oy. Clad completely in black, he laments his hypochondria, his "dates from hell," his Jewish family. "My grandparents...

  • Reflecting on the Past

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 31, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There were reasons for Carole Goldman to decline the role of Ma in Richard Greenberg's Jewish-assimilation play "Everett Beekin," opening tonight at South Coast Repertory.

    First, there was the matter of salary, since Goldman was doing less theater in favor of higher-paying jobs on TV...

  • Epic Proportions

    By Tom Tugend

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "Sunshine" is a massive, sprawling film that spans 120 years in the lives and loves of four generations of a Hungarian Jewish family.

    It is part history course, part lust among the bourgeoisie, and an all- around object lesson on the ultimate futility by Central European Jewry to...

  • Balancing Acts

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Dealing with the holiday season is no easy task for a modern Jewish family. Tinsel, bright lights and department store Santas seem to leap out from every corner (certainly from every corner mall). Reinforcing the joy, and the values, of Chanukah can be a challenge to a committed...
  • Finding Support

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On a Wednesday night, about a dozen parents of children with developmental disabilities gather at Sinai Temple, a Conservative synagogue on the Westside. They meet to knock down barriers and dispel myths, to offer a shoulder to cry on and good advice on working the system of state...
  • Chanukah with the Spielbergs

    By Tom Tugend

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When Steven Spielberg and his three sisters were growing up in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Spielbergs celebrated Chanukah like any other Jewish family -- well, almost.

    "You have to realize that everything in our household was exciting, everything had an edge of hysteria," says Leah Adler,...

  • Withdrawals from the Memory Bank

    By Charles Marowitz

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan Tolins' first play, "Twilight of the Golds," caused a strong tremor when it was produced at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1993. A science-fictional comedy, it bounced off the provocative theory that sexual orientation could be biologically determined by analyzing the DNA of the...
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