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  • FED UP: the movie

    By Tera Greene

    May 29, 2014 | 11:38 pm

    #FEDUPMovie: It's time to rethink scary movies. It's time to get real about food.
    Sugar's got a hold on me, you, us... Aren't we FED UP yet?

    I AM ADDICTED TO SUGAR

    Sugar is an epidemic and it is killing us. Not slowly, but fast. From obesity (and childhood obesity), to diabetes to mood swings, Sugar is on a war path. And the food industry is in...

  • Follow The DJ

    By Tera Greene

    March 31, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    Short and sweet.

    I am launching my website, http://www.djnovajade.com, tomorrow, April 1, 2014. 

    DJing is my profession, though many of you know that I am also a speaker and writer (duh!), among other things.  So, as I take my career to the next level, I am using my gifts in...

  • The power of two

    January 31, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Lee Shoag is the kind of husband who tells his wife he loves her wrinkles.

    Barbara Shoag says her husband’s excess pounds mean she has more of him to hug.

    But when the Reform Jews from Long Beach, both 74, took a whitewater rafting trip several years ago and found themselves...

  • Chill Out, It’s Just A Dinner Party

    By Elana Horwich

    October 17, 2013 | 9:00 am

    The notion that one person, usually a woman, is responsible from start to finish for a perfect dinner party performance plagues my students with worry. Many cook really well but are too scared to have anyone over to eat! They fret: How can I make sure the dinner party will be...

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  • A family in grief chooses life

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 19, 2012 | 10:36 am

    In July, Ivonne Goldberg was at the park with her 3-year-old son, Mikey, and with Nofar Mekonen, a sunny 14-year-old girl visiting from Israel. Nofar was chatting on and on about her trip to Los Angeles, her family, her school.  

    “Where did you get your English?” Ivonne asked...

  • My Single Peeps: Michele L.

    August 22, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Let this be a lesson to all of you: Michele showed up at our interview with two boxes of noodle kugel — one savory, one sweet. Can I be bought off? Apparently. The noodle kugel is her own product — well, actually it’s made from her Aunt Nonie’s recipe, which Michele packaged...

  • Thermostat or Thermometer: How Do You Function?

    By Samira Asemanfar

    August 21, 2012 | 10:23 am

    It is very simple. As most genius is (in retrospect).

    As an entrepreneur, mother, friend, lover, spouse or whatever valuable role you play: are you a thermostat or thermometer?
    A thermostat sets the temperature that it expects.
    A thermometer reads the current temperature.

    If you are just an observer, being a thermometer works. But in your life, you are a thermostat. Your company and your family look to you to successfully set expectations and regulate. The dangerous place is to act as a thermometer when you are positioned as a thermostat.

    Check yourself.

  • Families reading together: Two summer novels for children

    August 14, 2012 | 11:00 am

    When was the last time your fifth grader read a book written in free verse? How about a children’s version of life in Stalinist Russia?  These two very unusual novels for young people from two Los Angeles children’s authors make excellent summer reads and particularly good...

  • Survivor: Sol Berger

    By Jane Ulman

    August 1, 2012 | 11:58 am

    “Where are the dollars?” two plainclothes Gestapo officers demanded as they appeared without warning on both sides of Sol Berger. Sol denied any knowledge, even though the daughter of a local currency dealer was hovering nearby at the train station in Tarnow, Poland, holding the...

  • In a new network, Jewish cancer survivors are finding the understanding they need

    July 12, 2012 | 10:53 am

    Roni Bibring was 15 when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Four years later, her treatment completed, she says her biggest challenge—having lost touch with many of her friends—is making new friends who understand what she’s been through.

    “Most people don’t even realize that...

  • My Single Peeps: Aviv A.

    July 5, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Aviv, 34, shows up to our interview dressed to the nines. He’s wearing khakis, a blue chambray shirt and a plaid blazer. He’s wearing Gant — a label I like a lot. And I appreciate how fastidious he is about clothing. “When you work in video games, everyone around you is a...

  • 10 groups awarded for fostering inclusion of disabled in Jewish community

    June 12, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    The Ruderman Family Foundation announced its ten inaugural Ruderman Prize in Disability winners, for fostering full inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community.

    The foundation, which initiated the prize this year, received more than 150 applications representing...

  • Miriam Rothstein

    By Jane Ulman

    March 29, 2012 | 5:42 pm

    “I don’t know where I am.” After three days and nights in a cramped cattle car, Miriam Rothstein — neé Farkas — was thrust onto the Auschwitz-Birkenau platform. Her sister Margaret and Margaret’s three children were sent to one side,  her brother Baruch to another. Where was...

  • You, with a kid

    March 29, 2012 | 5:39 pm

    I’ll never forget asking my therapist the following question when I found out I was pregnant: “Who am I going to be?”

    “You,” she answered. “With a kid.”

    That was comforting that day, on that couch, staring at those Matisse prints, being that person who was terrified...

  • The story of Titanic survivors Leah and ‘Filly’ Aks

    March 29, 2012 | 5:16 pm

    When Titanic departed on its first and last voyage from Southampton, England on Wednesday, April 10, 1912, 18-year-old Jewish immigrant Leah Aks and her 10-month-old son, Philip were on board.

    Passover had concluded the day before. On sailing day, Leah was pleased to find that the...

  • The high cost of how women relate to money

    February 16, 2012 | 11:46 am

    There are a number of topics society has told us we aren’t supposed to discuss in mixed company. Religion, for example, has long been a forbidden subject between people of different faiths. Politics is mostly swept under the rug among people of different parties. Money, something...

  • Brides reflect: the most important takeaways for wedding planning

    February 7, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    On my wedding day last fall, I was very nervous. My husband and I planned our celebration, to be held in Chicago, entirely on our own and all the way from Boston. We were also combining a Russian-Jewish family with a Sabra-Israeli family, and members of each took long flights to the...

  • Your sedentary life is getting old

    January 26, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    One of the best anti-aging activities you can do for your body is exercise. For years, it has been widely accepted that we start getting slower, weaker and more fragile with age. But more recently, this has been proven otherwise by studies on the cellular process of aging and the...

  • Surivor: Greti Herman

    By Jane Ulman

    January 18, 2012 | 5:11 pm

    In the pounding rain, lined up five abreast, Greti Herman — then Margit Berger — and her parents were marched from Hungary’s Csillaghegy Ghetto to the nearby train station. As they walked, her mother motioned for her and her father to remove five of the six threads that attached...

  • Feeding the hungry, keeping It ‘light’

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 5, 2012 | 5:46 pm

    On a recent Friday morning, about an hour and a half into his regular weekly shift as the Friday manager of the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry (NHIFP), Jerry Rabinowitz, 86, broke into a smile.

    A young mother and her two young boys had come to the food pantry with about a...

  • ‘We’re here to make other people’s lives easier’

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    January 5, 2012 | 5:40 pm

    Many people avert their eyes when they walk by the homeless.

    Hanne Mintz opens her hand, her heart and her home.

    Four years ago, Mintz, 68, found Ryan, 20, living on a park bench near her house, and after they bonded over her bullmastiff, she took Ryan out to breakfast and offered...

  • Cooking for AIDS patients Is chicken soup for grieving mom’s soul

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 5, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    Several days before Mollie Pier’s son, Nathaniel, died of complications from AIDS, she joined together with his doctors, Nathaniel and his longtime partner, Michael, as the couple exchanged rings and vows in his hospital room.

    After Nathaniel died on Dec. 27, 1989, Pier stepped up...

  • Remember Us project means they’ll never be forgotten

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 5, 2012 | 4:57 pm

    There was a moment while preparing for her bat mitzvah when Rebecca Hutman feared the occasion would not live up to its importance. She wasn’t settled at a shul, and the experience was feeling kind of rote. That’s when her mother, Samara Hutman, suggested Rebecca join the...

  • Sarica C.

    January 4, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    I’ve become fascinated with meeting single peeps who are only children. Sarica is one of them. Whatever negatives there are growing up without siblings, the positives are immediately apparent. Sarica, like others I’ve met, is overachieving, confident and a natural leader. She...

  • Donna Tuna

    By Jane Ulman

    January 4, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Suddenly, midday on Sept. 1, 1939, Donna Tuna — then Golda Tajchman — spotted planes flying low over her small town of Ryki, Poland, machine-gunning the inhabitants, who were running, panicked, in all directions. Donna, along with her mother, sister Regina, and younger twin...

  • Who goes to Jewish adult ed?

    By Pini Herman

    January 4, 2012 | 11:59 am

    Formal adult education in America is more than 100 years old as a popular concept, having started at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1907. As a Jewish concept, it is embedded in the Torah. Before going to the Holy of Holies in the Temple on Yom Kippur, the high priest would...

  • Retraining programs get unemployment bump

    January 4, 2012 | 11:56 am

    Courtney Myrick, 27, trained to be a massage therapist several years ago but found that customer service jobs paid the bills. After 10 years in the industry, however, jobs became scarce and less stable. 

    After a layoff in June, Myrick enrolled in BankWorks, a free program...

  • Are you ready for an MBA?

    By Judy Gruen

    January 4, 2012 | 11:41 am

    Thinking of returning to school for an MBA? If so, you have lots of company. Highly ranked MBA — master of business administration — programs remain extremely competitive, despite the economic downturn. This is true not only for the full-time and part-time MBA programs that are...

  • Israel’s Mr. Basketball is also Mr. Goodwill

    December 26, 2011 | 12:19 pm

    Selected 12th overall in the 1965 National Basketball Association draft, Tal Brody passed on the American Dream so he could help change the landscape of Israeli sports—turning down the Baltimore Bullets for a spot on Maccabi Tel Aviv.

    “It was a challenge to take a team that...

  • At 95, Kip’s Toyland owner ready for more fun and games

    By Rachel Heller

    December 22, 2011 | 11:25 am

    On a chilly Monday morning in late November, the sunlit patio outside Kip’s Toyland in the original Farmers Market was awash in anticipation. Reporters and city officials milled about, and passers-by with cameras hovered among the tables and chairs. A birthday surprise was in store...

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