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  • Life without Keren: an interview with Rivana Tendler, who lost her daughter in Second Lebanon War

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 2, 2014 | 8:35 am

    On this Memorial Day, I would like to tell you the story of Sergeant Major Keren Tendler, who died on August 12, 2006, during the Second Lebanon War. Her mother, Rivana Tendler, told me the story of a bright young girl who suddenly was no more, and shared the reality of life...

  • Living in the shadows – the story of the Holocaust’s “Hidden Children”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 25, 2014 | 8:23 am

    When remembering the horrors of the Holocaust, one can’t avoid thinking about the kids. Jewish children who lived in Europe during the Third Reich were forced into a grown-up perspective on life and skipped the innocence of the childhood. They did not laugh, they did not play, they...

  • The powers and pitfalls of the boomer brain

    July 19, 2013 | 1:27 pm

    “I’m reading a great book about the middle-aged brain,” I recently told a friend, “but I can’t remember the title.”

    Welcome to the boomer brain. Grasping for names. Walking into a room only to wonder what you went there for. Getting halfway through a book before realizing you’ve...

  • In their memory…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 15, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    Something quite extraordinary happened last night:  25,578 stars shined bright. All together, all of a sudden. It was in the middle of my town square, as thousands of citizens shared an hour of remembrance and respect for 25,578 Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. We...

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  • Keeping Holocaust memory alive—and sacred

    April 4, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    The destruction of Solomon’s Temple by the Babylonians in 586 BCE was the first great national tragedy in Jewish history. During the subsequent exile, four fast days commemorating the calamitous event were added to the Jewish calendar: the 10th day of the Hebrew month of Tevet,...

  • Opinion: Naming memory

    By David Suissa

    December 7, 2011 | 5:16 pm

    Adam Ungar was a happy kid who loved to ski and play the piano. He was a regular at his local synagogue, and he always looked forward to spending the holidays with his grandparents, who lived an hour away by train. Adam and his younger sister, Helen, would often go horseback riding...

  • German Nazi compensation fund recipient produces anti-Semitic booklet [UPDATE]

    September 19, 2011 | 4:10 pm

    A German fund established to compensate victims of forced labor under the Nazis sponsored a project that produced anti-Semitic propaganda.

    The Memory, Responsibility and Future Fund, which was established 11 years ago, sponsored a student exchange program between high school...

  • Supermarket Memories…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 9, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    Every time I’m at the Supermarket, I start to remember my very first trip to one just like it.  When you come to America from the former Soviet Union and enter ANY grocery store, you are bound to go into shock.  As I’ve written before, the shelves of U.S.S.R.’s grocery stores...

  • I love you, Grandma, so I tell you lies

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 29, 2008 | 6:10 pm

    I never lie. I never, ever lie. Except I lie to my grandmother. I lie to her all the time. The things I tell her are almost exclusively lies.

    In one moment, this almost universal wrong became a right. And somewhere deep in the Valley at an elder care facility, in a room painted a hue...
  • Images, memories and sounds paint vision of my Israel

    By Natalie Portman

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    This is the second in a series of weekly columns celebrating Israel's 60th anniversary, leading up to Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day, in May.

    Israel is...

    Where I was born. Where I ate my first Popsicle and used a proper toilet for the first time. Where some of my...

  • Obituaries

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Victor Bates died Dec. 22 at 102. He is survived by his wife, Yetta; daughter, Marlene Berman; grandchildren, Cathy (Randy) Marks and Sue (Ron) Grossblatt; and five great-grandchildren. Hillside

    May Bierman died Dec. 18 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Rita (Herb) Silverman;...

  • As she remembers it

    By Gina Nahai

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Do you write from memory? Someone always asks, and I become tongue-tied and uncertain, scrambling for the words, the ways to make believable what I know will sound bizarre -- a too-complicated response where all that is required is a simple "Yes" or "No" or "Sometimes; the rest is...
  • ‘Live from Tehran’

    By Gina Nahai

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's 8 p.m. on a Wednesday, and I'm at the studios of KIRN -- a Persian-language AM radio station on Barham Boulevard near Universal Studios. I'm a guest on a program called "Live From Hollywood."

    The host/producer, Suzi Khatami, is an Iranian woman who, like me, left the old...

  • We dare not murder memories of genocide

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Amnesia of the past foreshadows amnesia of the future. Forget yesterday's tragedy and the threat to tomorrow is denied. Forget the first genocide of the 20th century -- the murder of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 -- and the memory and atrocities of the first genocide of the 21st...
  • Pledge to survivors—we will carry the torch

    By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Growing up, we whose parents had emerged out of the Shoah believed that they were indestructible. After all, they overcame the German efforts to murder them, survived ghettos and death camps, and rebuilt their lives after the war. They also had a special appreciation and zest for...
  • The Departure

    By Shmuel Moreh

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    
    My mother told me: "They are persecuting us,
    We have no place in Iraq any more, my son!
    How long should we yield
    To their yoke, how much patience do we need?
    Let us depart on "Eagles Wings" indeed!
    When she realized my grief at the threshold,
    She said: "My son, don't grieve,
    Those...
  • Clergy abuse—the cover and the story; Anti-Semitic road rage—do the right thing?

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Cover Choice

    It is appalling to me that you should depict this dreadful image on your cover ("Don't Kid Yourself," Jan. 12)

    I understand your exploring the topic in an article, but to put this image and headline on the cover of The Jewish Journal when you describe plenty of...

  • Nation World Briefs

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rebbe Commemorated at White House
    A commemoration of the death of the Lubavitch rebbe culminated in a White House briefing. Leaders of both parties in Congress, as well as top Bush administration officials, attended the two-day tribute to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who died...

  • Déja Date

    By Amy Klein

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    They say that familiarity breeds contempt, but I'm thinking that when you meet so many strangers in so short a time, familiarity might just breed comfort. You see a guy's picture 20 times, you begin to feel you know him. Maybe the first time he wrote to you, you weren't sure about...

  • Iranian Muslims Can’t Forget Shoah

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For the Iranian Jews of Los Angeles, remembering the Shoah has taken on a new, sorrowful resonance in the wake of recent statements denying the Holocaust by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. At the same time, this year's observance will be buoyed by the presence of Iranian...

  • First Person - In This Moment

    By Esther Pasternak

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Look where you want to go and you will go there," my ski instructor explained. As a college English major, I was always on the lookout for a good metaphor. I didn't ski much after that, but I used my instructor's metaphor constantly throughout college.

    When I graduated from UCLA...

  • Could You Help Me Find My Uncle?

    By Robert Stevens

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Dear President Ahmadinejad:

    Allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is Robert Stevens, and I am a 27-year-old child of Holocaust survivors. The purpose of my letter is not to criticize you for being anti-Semitic or for wanting to wipe Israel off the face of the earth or for...

  • 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...

  • Private Author’s Public ‘Memory’

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop" by Joseph Lelyveld (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $22).

    As a child, Joseph Lelyveld's parents called him "memory boy." He was the family's institutional memory, paying attention and recalling with ease events and people -- a useful skill for someone who...

  • The Love Impaired

    By Matt Lipeles

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    You remember the famous line from "Forrest Gump"? "I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is."

    The other day, it suddenly hit me. I'm the anti-Forrest Gump. I am a smart man (or at least I test well) but I don't think I know what love is at all. There is nothing I find as...

  • First Steve, Then Bill

    By Rob Eshman

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When those people at the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation put on a fundraiser, they don't fool around.

    After Sheryl Crow sang, the event's host, Steven Spielberg, spoke. And after him, 20 minutes of stand-up by Robin Williams ("Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    This week's portion is named for Moses' father-in-law, Yitro. Moses is exhausted because he spends the whole day talking to anyone who needs counseling or judgment. Yitro, who is visiting him, says: "You'll kill yourself if you keep up at this pace. Get some people to help...
  • Emergency Room Serves as Memorial

    By Dina Kraft

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The gleaming digital tracking board that dominates Shaare Zedek's new emergency room, with its color-coded system for monitoring patients, has Dr. David Applebaum's fingerprints all over it.

    So do the more private individual rooms for patients, the improved nurse-to-patient ratio...

  • Becoming a Nephew

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Today, I am a nephew. Last weekend, the names of more than 3 million persons murdered in the Holocaust were posted on the Internet as part of a searchable database created by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

    Yad Vashem was established in 1950 by an act of the Knesset, the Israeli...

  • Creative Chuppahs Are Labor of Love

    By Donna Gordon Blankinship

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nancy and Kim Goldov wanted to personalize everything about their wedding. She sewed her own gown. He composed music for the ceremony. They both created a new last name to share: combining Stolov and Goldschmidt into Goldov. So it probably didn't surprise anyone that the couple spent...

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