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  • 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...

  • Aimee L.

    December 21, 2011 | 11:40 am

    Aimee was born and raised in Memphis, Tenn., but went to college in upstate New York to get as far away from the South as possible. “Memphis was kind of racist and conservative, and I felt like there was a different world out there that I wanted to check out. When I was 12, I went...

  • ‘Rabbi, Matisyahu shaved off his beard! Should I shave off mine?’

    December 15, 2011 | 10:47 am

    As if the Jewish world doesn’t have enough problems with Iran on the brink of starting a nuclear war and the radical Muslim Brotherhood making gains in Egypt’s phased elections.

    This week we were rocked by another close shave with disaster: “Chasidic reggae superstar”...

  • Lisa L

    December 14, 2011 | 11:37 am

    Lisa describes herself as looking like Shirley Temple, “But I’m spicy — not vanilla.” She’s originally from New York, then moved to San Francisco for 12 years. “I loved it, but I needed a change — my life had become too monotonous. I ate at the same brunch place every...

  • Rita Kahane and Serena Rubin

    By Jane Ulman

    December 14, 2011 | 10:45 am

    “Schnell, schnell,” the SS soldiers, with dogs and guns, yelled at the newly arrived Auschwitz prisoners. “Hurry, hurry.” Twins Rita and Serena Siegelstein, then 17, were suddenly separated from their parents and two brothers and rushed into a large building. Female guards...

  • Jason L.

    December 7, 2011 | 4:44 pm

    Jason lives in the same building as I do and shares an apartment with two friends from high school. During our interview him for this profile, one of the roommates, Rebecca, wanders around the house, eavesdropping. After Jason says, “I think I’m pretty easygoing,” Rebecca...

  • Chanukah for the kids

    November 23, 2011 | 2:59 pm

    “Chanukah Lights,” by Michael J. Rosen and Robert Sabuda (Candlewick: $34.99) is a Chanukah book like no other, a beautiful collaboration from two masters of their fields: author Rosen and pop-up-book artist extraordinaire, Sabuda. This ingeniously designed book encompasses a...

  • Ian L.

    November 22, 2011 | 1:17 pm

    Ian grew up with two much older sisters, but “I was kind of like an only child … good life, good childhood, maids … I even had a wet nurse.”

    He was a very bright kid —“not like jerky smart, but like an old soul.” In second grade, his parents moved him to a Jewish day...

  • Israelis seeking alternatives to traditional wedding ceremonies

    November 21, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    Anna Melman and Ari Bronstein are in the midst of planning their wedding, which will be held in January in Israel. They have a venue and a rabbi. But they want to find ways of making the traditional ceremony more egalitarian.

    “In the wedding ceremony as it is now, the bride is...

  • Rising tennis star Nadine Fahoum: In her own words

    November 17, 2011 | 10:18 am

    My name is Nadine Fahoum and I am a 21 year old Israeli Arab Muslim from Haifa.  When I was 6 years old and it was time to enroll me in elementary school, my parents faced a very complex dilemma—whether to enroll me in the ―Reali Hebrew School or in an Arab school in Haifa. ...

  • Esther H.

    November 16, 2011 | 2:18 pm

    Esther walks into Starbucks to sit down with me, recognizes a young guy at the table next to us and gives him a hug. “He’s my acting coach.” She sits down, continuing, “I noticed people come off kvetchy [in the column]. I want to come off on a higher level. On a sophisticated...

  • Passing of Evelyn Lauder marked by Jewish activists against breast cancer

    November 15, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    It’s hard to find a Jewish woman without a direct connection to breast cancer. With nearly one in 40 women of Ashkenazi descent possessing a genetic mutation that greatly increases their chances of contracting the disease, breast cancer, like Tay-Sachs and Gaucher’s, is a...

  • Mikveh time for Oprah?

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 10, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Oprah still isn’t a member of the tribe, despite a visit to a Brooklyn Heights mikveh last week.

    JTA caught the eye of Jewish hopefuls last week with a title that suggested she was visiting the mikveh to mark the beginning of her new show. 

    “Oprah did not embrace the Jewish...

  • Arab spring comes with bikinis

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 10, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Huda Naccache spurred the “Arab bikini revolution” by being the Israeli Arab model with the least amount of clothing ever to be featured on the front page of a magazine, according to AFP.  The 22-year-old model from Haifa graced the cover of Lilac magazine as part of her campaign...

  • Jaclyn L.

    November 9, 2011 | 11:27 am

    Jaclyn spent her childhood moving from place to place: “We were a gypsy family.”  So she has a lot to compare it to when she says, “I love L.A. I love living here. It’s got everything. And I like the people. I dispute most of the clichéd descriptions of the people in L.A. I...

  • I believe pain and anger may offer opportunities for growth

    October 26, 2011 | 5:18 pm

    I was 10 years old. My father left us and moved to the United States from Winnipeg, leaving my mother, my 6-year-old sister and me destitute. After spending a bitter Canadian winter and spring with friends, we moved into my mother’s parents’ home in Minneapolis.

    I was bitter...

  • The mourning after

    October 20, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    Each culture has rituals and customs surrounding death, and Judaism is no exception. Jewish tradition and the Jewish community provide mourners with structure and direction during the grieving process.

    When a family member dies, those left behind often find themselves in a state of...

  • Opinion: Why is it so hard to become a better person?

    By Dennis Prager

    October 12, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    The following is a summary of the Rosh Hashanah sermon I gave this year.

    The purpose of the High Holy Days (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) is moral introspection: Every year, Jews meditate on the issue of becoming a better person.

    But how many of us do become better people the next...

  • Ruth Dayan: A return to Nahalal

    October 7, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    Ninety-five-year-old icon Ruth Dayan, who lives in Tel Aviv, visited Moshav Nahalal for its 90th anniversary celebrations at the beginning of this month. “As I approach a century… I feel I have lived many lives,” she says.

    Dayan, a social activist on behalf of underprivileged...

  • Following her heart: A Yom Kippur story

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    October 5, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    This is what Ava Kaufman was wearing when she negotiated with God while in a seven-week coma following a heart transplant: a white turtleneck leotard with a white leather miniskirt, and white thigh-high boots.

    In her hallucination, she was sitting in the palms of two giant...

  • Taking seven steps to ‘Sukkot happiness’

    October 5, 2011 | 2:14 pm

    But are you happy? 

    No, this isn’t your mother wanting another update on your life. It’s not Dr. Phil’s provocative question through your TV/computer screen as you sit (safely) on your couch. And it isn’t someone reading you the Declaration of Independence wondering if you...

  • Rabbis’ love for Israel: Is it a generational thing?

    October 4, 2011 | 4:12 pm

    Do Conservative rabbis become more politically conservative on Israel as they grow older, or are older rabbis simply more right wing than younger rabbis when it comes to Israel?

    A new study by the Conservative movement’s flagship institution presents some evidence of a...

  • Majority of Israelis support non-Orthodox marriages, survey finds

    October 4, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Some 62 percent of Jewish Israelis believe that civil and non-Orthodox marriages should be recognized in their country, according to a new survey.

    The Israel Religion and State Index 2011 conducted for the Hiddush-Freedom of Religion in Israel organization, also found that 61...

  • David B.

    September 27, 2011 | 5:43 pm

    David grew up in Miami — my mother was his elementary school teacher. Apparently he was always a nice kid. I’m not even sure he ever had a rebellious teenager phase. He’s a musician — and not only are his songs in the safe styling of Michael Buble, they’re also for...

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