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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Rachel C.

    September 20, 2011 | 7:47 pm

    A close friend e-mailed me that he thought Rachel would be good for My Single Peeps.  “I think you guys will hit it off well, as you have a lot in common — a dead dad, childhood ADD, you both write and act, and you’re ‘good people.’ ”

    Like me, Rachel moved from the...

  • The skin game

    September 16, 2011 | 1:49 pm

    Most of us have one body part that we’d like to change, be it our double chin, our tuchis or our belly. And as a quick fix, plastic surgery has become pervasive – according to the American Academy for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 1.6 million surgical cosmetic procedures were done...

  • Something special

    September 16, 2011 | 1:28 pm

    Stephen Michaels’ fondest memories of his Aunt Lisa are of watching movies with her.

    “I remember being next to her, just being with her,” he said. “It was fun.”

    One of her favorites was “Forrest Gump.” She could relate.

    At age 12, Stephen is the same age that his...

  • It’s hard for me to say I’m sorry…

    September 16, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    Jews tend to be a forgiving people. We also tend to be an apologetic people. There is good reason for this: We are commanded to seek forgiveness from those we have wronged. We also are encouraged (strongly) to accept apologies from others when they are sincere.

    Forgiveness is such...

  • My single peeps: Michael C.

    September 13, 2011 | 7:16 pm

    Michael was born in Michigan. He went to Columbia University, where he studied political science and wrote his thesis on nuclear deterrence theory. He went on to Berkeley Law School with the intention of running for political office. “Law school was more about strategy than...

  • Roseanne Barr: Meditate with me at Jewish retreat center

    September 13, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    When one thinks of Roseanne Barr, “meditative” is hardly the first adjective that comes to mind.

    The Emmy Award-winning comedian and actress, who reached superstar status with her role as a blue-collar matriarch on her hit eponymous sitcom, was never known for her mellow side...

  • One woman’s political awakening

    September 7, 2011 | 2:08 pm

    Sept. 11 is partly responsible for my choice of career. In 2001, I was an architecture student, even if a disillusioned one, completely uninterested in politics and affairs of the world.

    9/11 changed that.

    Sept. 11, 2001, was just another lazy evening for me in Lahore. I had my...

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