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  • A night for the soul

    By David Suissa

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Have you ever heard words of Torah that made you really uncomfortable? Where you almost started to squirm, not because you were bored, but because you were rattled?

    This happened recently when I had a "Torah in the Hood" salon at my place for about 20 Jewish singles.

    The class was...

  • Don’t hold your breath on plans for baby

    By Julie M. Brown

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Nothing is more exciting than finding out that you're having a baby. The moment I found out I was expecting, I began making grand plans. I read the books, spoke to pregnant friends and questioned all the new mommies I knew. Then I made some big decisions.

    Disposable diapers were...

  • Collegians do the ‘Write Thing’ at GA

    By Leni Reiss

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    College students are not only attending the General Assembly, they are covering it as well.

    This will be the 17th year that a select group of Jewish collegians, as members of the Do the Write Thing team, will have its own prestigious place in the General Assembly.

    For this 40-member...

  • Full circle

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My daughter, the animal lover, has a father who isn't. A hamster is the biggest pet I've gotten talked into so far. It lives in her room, and basically I wouldn't even know it was there except for one thing -- it's nocturnal.
     
    All night long I could hear Ruby the hamster running in...
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  • The Ultimate Enigma

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Zot chukat haTorah begins this week's parsha, telling us that the subject of the Red Heifer is the chok of the Torah. A chok is a law that is simply incomprehensible. It makes no sense to us whatsoever.

    When I tell you that a person who had become ritually defiled by close contact...

  • Sderot’s Kids Living in Fear

    By Uriel Heilman

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven-year-old Shir Lazmi says she loves going to school. Why? Because she's not really allowed to go anywhere else.

    That's because Shir lives in Sderot, where months of intense rocket fire by Palestinians from the nearby Gaza Strip have all but confined schoolchildren like her to...

  • yeLAdim

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mighty Glad to See You!

    It was great seeing so many of you at the Israel Independence Day Festival on May 7 (we hope you enjoyed the fans). Be sure to check out our yeLAdim page on June 30, as we will be printing many of the essays you wrote for our 20th anniversary!

    Kein v' Lo:

    ...

  • Wandering Jew - The Hit Parade

    By Wildman Weiner

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Here it is: 5,000 years after Moses wandered the Sinai, his people have finally found a home in Reseda, no less, at the Jewish Home for the Aging, the largest continuing residential care facility for the elderly in the Western United States. Yet while these Jews are no longer...

  • Top 10 Things to Do Before the Change

    By Jennifer Pirtle

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    No matter where you are in the menopause transition, it's never too late (or early) to get your health act together to ensure the next 40 or so years are as terrific as or better than the first were. Here are 10 things you can do right now.

    1. Choose the right health-care provider

    ...
  • Perfectly Imperfect

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish kids all get A's. It's a fact. They're all well above average. Jewish kids always star in the show, play first violin in the orchestra, win the debate championship. This week the last of the college acceptance letters went out. They all got into Stanford, Berkeley and Brown....

  • Kids Learn Burial Rites From Barney

    By Naomi Glauberman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Their bagels sliced, toasted and slathered with cream cheese, the parents and students of the fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Santa Monica's Sha'arei Am turn toward Rabbi Jeff Marx as he welcomes them to Family Education Day.

    His introduction is interrupted by Lori Daitch, the...

  • ‘We Will Remember Your Story’

    By Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Following is an excerpt from remarks Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered last year as part of a benefit dinner for March of the Living at the Beverly Hilton. Organizers at the event presented the governor with an award for his support.

    I am so honored to receive this award, an...

  • Avoid an Oops in Shooting Your Video

    By David Notowitz

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Little Rachel takes her first steps -- but your camcorder battery dies before you get the shot.

    Your family reunion includes Grandma Shirley, whom you haven't seen in 15 years and, frankly, may never see again. You interview her on video, but when you sit down later to watch it, the...

  • yeLAdim

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Flicks and Picks: "A Rugrats Passover"

    If you've always wanted a different view of Pesach, this is the movie to watch. The animated Nickelodeon series is about a group of babies who get involved in all sorts of mischief. In "A Rugrats Passover," Grandpa Boris, babies Tommy and...

  • Focus on the Love

    By Rabbi Perry Netter

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher made me diagram sentences, not unlike most seventh-graders in America's public schools. Truth be told, I would have rather pulled knitting needles through my cheeks than learn the rudiments of English grammar, but Mrs. McGee insisted...

  • What Blacks Can Really Learn From Jews

    By Eric V. Copage

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I was recently at a dinner party in a New York apartment with a group of friends, all of them black except for a single white visitor. Toward the end of the evening, the conversation turned to how to improve black social, financial and educational progress. One black man, a lawyer,...

  • A Dying Language Comes to Life

    By Jane Ulman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Gut morgn."

    Teacher Hannah Pollin greeted the group assembled in a large circle around her. Her nine high school students, armed with a page of interview questions and tape recorders, sat interspersed among 13 senior citizens at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda. They formed...

  • Pupils Vote Yes on Democratic School

    By Dina Kraft

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Under a classroom's fluorescent lights, students and teachers scramble to find seats. An important "Parliament session" is under way as together, they hammer out a plan for allocating the school's activities budget.

    The scene is the Hadera Democratic School in Israel, where students...

  • Wandering Jew - Music to My Ears

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "In syngagyng a sangasongue ... " -- James Joyce, "Finnegans Wake."

    Singing in synagogue is something I wish I were better at doing or at least less embarrassed about doing full-throated. At the Synagogue for the Performing Arts, the congregation doesn't have that problem. They have...

  • Friedan: Universal Woman, Particular Jew

    By Blu Greenberg

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Betty Friedan was, like most ordinary mortals, a mass of contradictions.

    She was loud and sometimes imperious, yet she could be charming, funny, gentle, kind and winsome. A public persona, at times her ego needed massaging, but she remained surprisingly unassuming and...

  • How Green Is My Shul?

    By Jane Ulman

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For 75-year-old Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, it was the need to re-landscape that steered the synagogue in an ecological direction. The status quo was 8,000 square feet of unwatered, weed-ridden and rarely mowed grass, along with three palm trees, two citrus...

  • My Jewish King Kong

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's a sunny winter day and a friend and I fear for our lives as my husband, Ron Magid, screeches our oversized Chrysler east down Sunset Boulevard. We're speeding toward the ArcLight Cinemas and a press screening of Peter Jackson's "King Kong."

    The usually amiable Ron swears at...

  • Iranian Muslims Brush Up on Shoah

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center hosted more than two-dozen representatives from local Iranian Muslim news outlets this month to provide them with information about the Holocaust that they can, in turn, use to educate their readers, listeners and viewers.

    "We are looking to introduce the...

  • David Karp: A Guide for Unity in Scouting

    By Marc Ballon

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    When attorney David Karp reminisces about his time in the Cub and Boy Scouts, the good memories come flooding back. He remembers taking long nature hikes, making close friends and fashioning a pinewood derby car from a block of wood, four nails and four wheels. The Scouts,...

  • Skip Beaten Path for Zipline Adventure

    By Jack Weiss

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    High above Kiryat Shemona, the Bekaa Valley to our left and the Golan Heights straight ahead, my wife and kids jumped from a cliff and sailed hundreds of feet on a zipline.

    Waiting to leap were two young Orthodox men. The first pushed off, his payot flapping in the wind as he held on...

  • Qumran Offers Look at Legacy of Scrolls

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Descending eastward from the rolling hills on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the sapphire-colored Dead Sea appears like a jewel set in the dusty brown Judean Desert. As you breathe in the thundering stillness, it's easy to imagine why the ancient Essenes chose this place for their...

  • How to Keep Your Love Alive

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I'm smiling a lot these days because I've recently fallen in love. Starting over at 56 years young, it's unlikely that I'll experience a golden anniversary, but I'd really, truly like to enjoy and adore one special person for the rest of my hopefully long, healthy life.

    With the...

  • A Local Witness to Darfur Tragedy

    By Marc Ballon

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    John Fishel has seen hell, and he wants to share his impressions with the Jewish community.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles recently visited refugee camps in the African country of Chad to bear witness to the pain and suffering of more than 250,000...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Back to the Beach

    Just because we're back in school doesn't mean we can't think about the beach. If you want to go into the new Jewish year with another mitzvah under our belt, here is a fun opportunity:

    Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 17

    Help clean the Coastal Park area at Cabrillo Beach...

  • Task at Hand

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the essay "The World as I See It," Albert Einstein wrote: "A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other people, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give the same measure as I have received and am...

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