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  • 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...

  • Stacey K.

    September 7, 2011 | 11:21 am

    When you think of a born-and-bred Brooklyn girl, blond-haired Stacey probably isn’t what comes to mind. When she pulls up to meet me, she’s on a pink scooter in a black outfit layered with pink — pink nail polish, a long, pink scarf, even a pink cover on her iPhone. She looks...

  • Benson S.

    August 31, 2011 | 9:54 am

    Benson was born in Canada. “I call it Poland, because the winters are so bad.” He asks me about myself, and when I answer, he lifts his hands in the air and waves his fingers at me. He’s sending me “blessings,” he says. He has this spiritual/guru kind of bent to everything...

  • Lauren Rochelle G.

    August 9, 2011 | 6:04 pm

    Lauren, who’s 35, reminds me of a Brooklyn Jew from my grandma’s generation. Not the mild-mannered, sweet- talking bubbe — but more the sharp-tongued Brooklyn Jewish grandma who has no problem telling her granddaughter she’s dressed like a whore and then giving her a kiss on...

  • Job hunting woes

    By Marcia and Dr. Rick

    August 9, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    Peter from New York City writes: 

    I’m having difficulty finding a job. I finished a college degree in 2001 and haven’t found a full time job since. I’ve been applying online to job ads in various industries. I didn’t know what to major in but ended up with a major in Health...

  • Ryan S.

    August 2, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    It might be my own prejudice, but there’s this really odd side to Ryan — the one that believes God sent him a message to become more religious. And then there’s the really normal side — the one that’s a sweet, hardworking accountant for charter schools in Los Angeles....

  • To Wed a Daughter, to Sell a Kidney

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    August 1, 2011 | 11:33 am

    My eldest daughter, Mushki, is engaged and will be married in a few months, G-d willing. I’m surprised at how well I’m taking it given that all my friends had warned me that I would feel like a stranger was stealing her. Luckily, she’s marrying a really great guy who makes her...

  • In their 40s and 50s, they’re preaching the faith

    July 28, 2011 | 4:37 pm

    Ten years ago, Sonia Saltzman was a frequent business traveler to Latin America for a Boston-based nonprofit job in international micro-lending.

    Evette Lutman spent more than 10 years working as an attorney representing battered women and serving as a family referee in a Michigan...

  • Spry centenarian reveals key to longevity

    July 26, 2011 | 6:00 pm

    Alfred Raider strolled up to the bimah when he was called for the third aliyah during a recent Shabbat morning service at Shaarey Zedek Congregation, an Orthodox congregation in Valley Village. After services, family, friends and fellow congregants gathered to join Raider for the...

  • Letting her go

    July 22, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    Please send your resume if you are interested in the following position:

    Seeking a caretaker of a small person who requires 24-hour attention. Picture the vigilance the Secret Service would employ if the president decided to catch the playoff game between the Tripoli Traitors and...

  • For non-Jewish mothers raising Jewish children, things can get complicated

    July 20, 2011 | 4:10 pm

    Lisa Shimel, who is not Jewish, celebrated Christmas with her Jewish husband until their first child was born; now they’ve added Chanukah. Deb Morandi works at Jewish Family Services, where she introduces intermarried families to Judaism, though she is not Jewish.

    Pat Luftman was...

  • Egg Rolls and Matzoh Brei: A look at Asian-Jewish marriages

    July 19, 2011 | 4:36 pm

    After her husband stepped on the glass at their wedding, and she survived the chair dance without falling, Emily Brecher changed into a traditional red Chinese dress.

    “Then my husband and I knelt down before my parents and my Jewish in-laws at the tea ceremony,” Brecher...

  • Extravagant Jewish celebrations — Have we gone too far?

    July 19, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    A wedding that costs $100,000? A bar mitzvah that costs $20,000? When did extravagance and luxury become such primary Jewish values? I can’t remember the last simcha (Jewish celebration) I attended at which there were not tremendous amounts of wasted food, overly expensive napkins...

  • David S.

    July 19, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    David, age 53, is a nerd. There’s just no way for me to comfortably write around it or dress it up as something other than what it is. During our entire interview, I was distracted by how his cell phone kept slipping out of a hole in his front shirt pocket and he’d continually...

  • Susan B.

    July 12, 2011 | 6:46 pm

    When Susan first e-mailed me, it was to pitch herself to one of my single peeps. One of the pictures she sent me was of her standing, in a blue cocktail dress, one hand leaning on a silver Aston Martin, in the driveway of a beautiful home. Not wanting my peep to think she was high...

  • Charles P.

    July 5, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    I wrote and starred in a short film, and the director brought Charles in as DP (director of photography). I’ve shot quite a few videos before — always simple setups with a small crew. So when I asked my friend Yitzy if we could use his apartment to shoot a video, I assured him it...

  • Abby L.

    June 28, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    Abby came to me via her mother, who e-mailed me after reading a My Single Peeps column. Abby, who is 34 and a stand-up comic, says she asked her mom — a founder of the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue — to use her contacts to hook her up with someone like David Letterman....


    By Annie Korzen

    June 15, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    I often picture myself as a guest on “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” and when James Lipton asks, “What is your favorite word?” my answer is “Restaurant!”  I would pay extra for a house without a kitchen. I love eating out. I love the whole ritual of studying the menu,...

  • You Should Be Skinny

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    April 4, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    This is not my advice on how you should get skinny.  I’m simply telling you, you should be skinny.  Everyone has to figure out what sort of diet and exercise plan and tricks and tips works for them.  Since I retired from dancing professionally, my weight has been pretty steady –...

  • Hank Moody Syndrome

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 16, 2011 | 7:36 pm

    Maybe it’s because I live where they shoot the show, but recently I’ve felt like every guy I know in Santa Monica/Venice wants to be Hank Moody.  I love the show Californication and at first, I thought all the references to it had to do with some general wistfulness about just...

  • On marrying out

    By Amy Klein

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    When I was 25, my Orthodox girlfriends and I discussed at what age, if we weren't married, we might sleep with someone. The question was deeper than its "Sex and the City" nature might sound (although those girls had made that decision a long time ago).

    The question wasn't just...

  • The so-called ‘perfect date’

    By Amy Klein

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The date was going really well. The conversation was flowing. We were practically finishing each other's sentences.

    "Have you ever been to Azumi Sushi?" I asked.

    He smiled, secretly, a half smile.

    "What is it?" I asked him.

    "I was just about to say that," he replied.

    Not that...

  • Out of the Picture

    By Dara Lehon

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Summer's over, and I just got round 10 of Beth's camp pictures. She's made new friends, and seems to be learning a ton. She has that youthful exuberance. Adorable, no?

    Well, sort of.

    Beth is not cute. She's not small. And she's not particularly -- well -- that young. Beth is my...

  • The Cost of Marriage

    By Jonathan Udren

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    After two years of single life in Israel, I looked forward to the new perspectives that marriage would bring to my Israeli immigrant experience.

    I knew that the normal adjustments from bachelorhood were inevitable, such as putting down the toilet seat and washing linens more...

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