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  • Obituaries

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Abraham Balaban died Nov. 23 at 85. He is survived by his sons, Gary, and Jeffrey. Hillside

    Dr. Leonard Breslaw died Nov. 1 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Elayne; daughters, Donna (Brian) Jones, Amy Louise Goldberg, Robin (Scott) Weisbond, Iris (Gary) Spiegel; nine grandchildren....

  • H.O.P.E. for the bereaved, even years later

    By Jane Ulman

    December 26, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Four years after Shirley T.'s husband died, the anniversary of his death was more painful than she could have anticipated. She spent the day before cooking the foods he loved and somehow navigated emotionally through the anniversary itself. The following Thursday evening, she was...
  • Obituaries

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Dorothy Shaffer Schatz, Established Shelters to Help Survivors of Domestic Violence

    Dorothy Shaffer Schatz, noted Jewish community leader, died Nov. 15 in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Chicago, she moved to Los Angeles in 1947, where she met her husband, Mickey.

    She worked as an...

  • Obituaries

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Francis Sarko Adler died Oct. 17 at 83. She is survived by her son, Alan; daughters, Gayle Faso and Andrea; and four grandchildren. Groman

    Gilana Alpert died Nov. 3 at 26. She is survived by her parents, Rabbi Alan and Anna; sister, Aleza; and brother, David. Mount Sinai

    Mildred...

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  • Transcendence—a true story for Yom Kippur

    By Julie G Fax

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Phil and Laura both look a lot like their mom, in different ways," remarks Abby Leibman, Philip and Laura Donney's legal guardian.

    Abby was trying to explain that for her, Phil and Laura evoke the presence of her twin sister, Nina Leibman, who 11 years ago was murdered by her...

  • Farewell, my beloved Mom

    By Lewis Groner

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    My mother's body laid lifeless in front of me, wrapped thickly in a sheet and resting on a table in plain view. Her head and her feet were nearly indistinguishable.

    I approached the rabbi to perform the traditional keriah, the ritual tearing of a mourner's garment. He cut a small...
  • Obituaries

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Genelle Altman died Feb. 21 at 84. She is survived by her son, Jeff. Malinow and Silverman

    Ben Berk died Feb. 21 at 99. He is survived by his daughters, Harriet (Arthur) Kohn and Marlene Safer; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Eugene Merrill Brown died...

  • ‘Tragic Loss’ documents Israeli astronaut’s ill-fated flight

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Space escapades have been filling the news of late, from the tale of a jealous NASA astronaut stalking her rival to Virgin Galactic's 99-minute trek into space for $200,000. But it is all a far cry from the devastating turn space travel took four years ago, when the space shuttle...
  • Briefs: Palestinians riot near Jerusalem dig; Brandeis threatened with loss of donations

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinians Riot Around Jerusalem

    Palestinians rioted at entry points to Jerusalem to protest a ban stemming from previous riots over an Old City dig. Police banned Palestinian males under age 50 from attending Friday prayer services at mosques on the Temple Mount, and extended a...

  • New approaches in Iraq could <I>help</I> Israel

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For Israel and its American supporters, the Iraq War has scrambled the Middle East in ways that are difficult to navigate.

    Once people hoped that the Iraq War would make Israel safer. The neocons, who cooked up the invasion and sold it to a president desperate for historic glory...

  • A date for three

    By Esther W. Hersh

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I'm always hearing about a surplus of widows and divorced women, but recently I realized that I have been meeting widowers.

    I got a call from my photographer who asked if he could fix me up with one of his actor clients, "Moe," who had spotted my photo and wanted to contact me. The...

  • Woman’s cathartic memoir focuses on Hobson’s Choice—mom or dad

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Devyani Saltzman sat frozen over her math homework as her parents screamed at each other one evening at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992. Her mother, the Indian-born filmmaker Deepa Mehta, had come to Cannes to premiere her first feature, "Sam & Me," about the unlikely relationship...
  • Bittersweet symphonies: the Pearls struggle to find life after Daniel’s death

    By Tom Tugend

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eight days after Yom Kippur, Judea and Ruth Pearl will commemorate what would have been the 43rd birthday of their son, Daniel. As on every Oct. 10 for the last five years, it will be a day of intensely personal reflection and remembrance by the couple and their daughters, Tamara and...
  • Obituaries

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Joanna Black died May 2 at 17. She is survived by her mother, Suzanne; sisters, Danielle and Rebecca; and many friends.
     
  • Marriage Conversion Rate Proves Low

    By Rachel Silverman

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Low conversion rates among intermarried Jewish families continue to plague those working to reverse the demographic downtrends in American Jewry.

    Fewer than one-fifth of non-Jews who marry Jews convert to Judaism, according to a new study distributed by the American Jewish Committee....

  • Comforting Mothers Without Mothers

    By Adeena Sussman

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "My childhood skidded to a stop on a Tuesday afternoon in the middle of my 15th year, with my mother's first mammogram results," writes Hope Edelman in her moving new book, "Motherless Mothers: How Mother Loss Shapes the Parents We Become" (Harper Collins). For Edelman, her mother's...

  • Invitation to a Ritual

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My hair is starting to go. I sent out a notice to the friends who have banded together to support me since I received my cancer diagnosis:

    To: All recipients
    From: anejenzmom@aol.com
    Subject: Upfsherin

    Peter, who has been cutting my hair since 1981, will be coming over at 7 p.m....

  • 9/11 Museum Head Uses Shoah Lessons

    By Matthew E. Berger

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Alice Greenwald vividly recalls touring the Auschwitz concentration camp with a Holocaust survivor and watching how the woman shared her story with her children and grandchildren.

    It was as if she was trying to instruct her heirs as to the kind of people she wanted them to become,...

  • Not Supposed to Be This Way

    By Caroline Cobrin

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I really loved your story," Tante Mina said to me in a nearly inaudible gasp.

    She looked at me and it gave me hope, for her eyes still held that sparkle, that fight, that desire to live. As I walked out of the critical care unit of the hospital to let the next family member into...

  • Suit Filed Over Police Shooting of Israeli

    By Jim Crogan

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly 20 months after Assaf Deri, an Israeli national, was shot and killed by Burbank police in a North Hollywood alley, his parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in L.A. Federal Court against Burbank and Los Angeles, both cities' police departments, and officers involved in...

  • Wendy Chronicles—A Personal Memoir

    By Caroline Aaron

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Wendy Wasserstein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, died on Jan. 30 in New York of lymphoma. She was 55. This essay was written by her close friend, actress Caroline Aaron.

    I first discovered Wendy Wasserstein at the 92nd St. Y. Known as the off-Broadway playwright of...

  • Austria Makes Reparations for Nazi Past

    By Tom Tugend

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The expulsion and extermination of 182,000 Austrian Jews during the Nazi era is a wound that will never heal completely, but two important decisions during recent weeks at least point to a symbolic closure for the dwindling number of survivors and the Austrian government.

    In a...

  • First Person - A Love Story

    By Rabbi Mark S. Diamond

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This is the story of my friend Valerie, whom I first met just last year. Valerie sent me an e-mail introducing herself as Shira, a Jew-by-Choice who worked as a flight attendant. She wondered if I was the same Rabbi Mark her fiancé Glenn knew from his synagogue's high school youth...

  • A Big Impression

    By Wildman Weiner

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I'm too old to have heroes. But for those who live their lives with courage, I can make an exception. Like the Impressionists, for instance, whose lives of self-sacrifice I was trying to share with my class of older adults.

    "OK, everyone," I say, "whoever's not here, raise your...

  • The Lost Words

    By Esther Hecht

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Yitgadal v'yitkadash shmei." Three words into Kaddish, the mourner's prayer, Yoni stumbled on an unfamiliar vowel. Then, again and again, as he continued reciting the traditional prayer at his mother's funeral in Jerusalem, he twisted and mangled the words. He frowned in...

  • After the Miscarriage

    By Andrea Lesch Weiss

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When my doctor informed me, in the seventh week of my first pregnancy, that I had miscarried, he accompanied the news with what he surely thought was a comforting idea.

    He told me that God wanted perfect children, and this was His way of making it happen.

    It was the first of several...

  • Culling Your ‘Stuff’ Can Be Painful Task

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    My Aunt Naomi is overwhelmed.

    Now 78, she was widowed three years ago. She lost her husband, but inherited his piles of files, cancelled checks and warranties for current and formerly owned equipment.

    Aunt Naomi also has her own collections -- beloved tchotchkes that are scattered...

  • Letters

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Misunderstanding

    I would like to clarify a misunderstanding in a recent press release from the Orthodox Union that was reported in The Journal, "Mourning For Gaza, New Orleans" (Sept. 30). The OU organized a nationwide ta'anit dibbur, or period of silence, over this past Shabbat....

  • Prices Too Low to Be Kosher

    By Stanley David

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Illyse Zesch likes to start her Passover shopping early. So it isn't surprising that, two weeks before the holiday, she made a trip with her fiancé -- Rabbi Steve Conn of Santa Clarita's Temple Beth Shalom -- to the Kosher Club on Pico near La Brea, the largest kosher market in...

  • Exploring Judaism’s Healing Potential

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Rabbi Donald Goor, senior rabbi of Temple Judea in the West Valley, has identified a deficiency within the Jewish community: There's not enough emphasis on care of the soul.

    "In my rabbinate, I see so many people who walk around wounded. They function very well in life, but they...

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