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  • In Praise of Geeks

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Don't bother me with the guy voted "Cutest smile." That guy's gonna go bad on you. That guy will be of no use. Worse, someday soon he will bore you; he will frustrate you with his basic inability to understand human suffering the way a geek can.

    Johnny Dimples never endured unwieldy...

  • My Sister Julie, Queen of the Jews

    By J.D. Smith

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    My sister Julie was not bat mitzvahed. She does not read Hebrew. She attends synagogue exactly four times a year, observes the first night of Passover and celebrates Purim. She lives in Montecito, a lovely suburb just south of Santa Barbara, where she is known by the title: "Queen of...

  • Hello, My Name Is Porsche

    By J. D. Smith

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    My sister Julie just moved to Atlanta for two years. Her husband got an offer he couldn't refuse, so they're off. It was the kind of offer that makes me think I could tough out a couple years in Afghanistan, if necessary -- but nobody asked me. My nephew Chris is starting school...

  • Down for the Count

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I want to tell you about the "No Mas Date," but first I have to tell you about legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran.

    Perhaps you've heard of Duran, widely considered one of the 10 best boxers of the 20th century. His nickname was "Manos de Piedra," Spanish for "Hands of Stone."...

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  • Uniting to Fight Prostate Cancer

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Bob Dole. General Norman Schwarzkopf. Harry Belafonte. Robert Goulet. The willingness of such well-known figures to make public their battle with prostate cancer has brought visibility to an issue that until the last few years, lacked the attention, funding and research interest...

  • The Waiting Room

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Four guys sit in the Insider's Waiting Room at Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center, preparing to have blood drawn. Like many cancer patients, they dress like they've just had a run around the track: sweats, athletic shoes and, of course, baseball caps. With cancer, you've got to be ready to...

  • Not in Vain

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The sanctuary of B'nai David-Judea Congregation in the Pico-Robertson area was once a spacious movie theater. Last Wednesday, April 25, it was filled to the nosebleed rows with more than 500 junior-high and high-school students from Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys and Girls...

  • Fit After 50

    By Mike Levy

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Looking to get in shape, clients of all ages, shapes and sizes come to youthful fitness trainer Betsy Mendel. Mendel, who operates a business called No Excuses, has developed special insights into the training needs of her middle-aged clients. After arriving in Los Angeles from...

  • Circumcision Lite

    By Susanna Crosby Perrin

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    An undeniable physical reminder of a man's connection to Judaism, circumcision has been an important focus of the first days of a boy's life since before we received the Torah. However, for almost as long, there have been people who question the act of circumcision and those who have...

  • Don’t Trust Me

    By J.D. Smith

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Darryl is a louse. He is a despicable person and if he treated me the way he treats women, I'm sure we wouldn't remain friends for long. He is dishonest, unfaithful, and utterly untrustworthy, but only in the ways of (what passes for) romance. He called me up the other day because...

  • Help Wanted

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If the New Economy has let you down and the Old Economy holds no charms, there may be a career opportunity for you in the Shul Economy.

    Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the seminary that trains men and women for professions in Reform synagogues and other...

  • Rest in Peace

    By Mark Schiff

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    While at a friend's house recently, I noticed something very important. Every time the poor guy sat down and got semicomfortable, his wife would ask him to get up and do something. She just couldn't stand watching him relax.

    "What do you need, honey?" he asked.

    "I need a bowl...

  • Déjà Vu, All Over Again

    By Andrea Gappell

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When my dance card is empty, I can always count on JDate, the premier Jewish dating service on the Internet, to provide a tango partner.

    Logging on at 1 a.m., I peruse the candidates within my "desired date age range," finding a man who looks interesting and is actually willing to...

  • Takin’ It Easy on New Year’s

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The first time I went over to Jon's apartment, I thought it was so sweet that he had a framed black and white picture of his dad on the nightstand, smiling somewhat ruggedly in a flannel shirt.

    Only it wasn't Jon's dad. It was Don Henley.

    And that's when I realized that Jon,...

  • Shameful Behavior

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    You go out. You talk to a lot of people you don't know. Maybe you gossip a little. Maybe you flirt. Maybe you try too hard and end up acting just a bit like someone else.

    You wake up the next day with the uneasy feeling that you've just gotten drunk and had a one-night stand. But you...

  • Matchmaker, Matchmaker

    By Teresa Strasser

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had occasion to peer into two almost antithetical worlds of matchmaking. The first: a do-it-yourself option courtesy of a Jewish dating service on the Internet. The second: "Old School" Jewish Matchmaking like a picture postcard sent through time from...
  • To Live and Date in L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Daisy Lawrence is worried about her friends.

    "They're really nice Jewish people," says the twentysomething single, "hard working, very bright, nice looking, ethical Jewish people -- and they all have tremendous difficulty meeting other Jewish people."

    So when the Jewish Federation of...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Outspoken Men

    Readers: When itcomes to Jewish men and women and the great, complicated knot oflove, hate, passion, contempt and yearning, Jewish Journal readers --in this case, men -- are outspoken. These responses and excerpts areto Headin' for the Exit ("Renounces Jewish Women,"...

  • A Jewish Guy

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Frankly, I'mall for it.

    But what about sports? Girls? Humvees andwashboard abs? This column's supposed to parse the experience of aJewish Guy in the world. But some guys have called, confused. What'sall this about singing baby boys to sleep? About tender talks and thesalve of toddler...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    Roller-Coaster Life

    Dear Deborah,

    I have had a strange, traumatic, roller-coaster life, but I havefinally settled down with a truly wonderful man. The problem I haveis that I cannot understand why I feel so empty and have no sexualdesire whatsoever for my prince.

    When I was small, my...

  • Checking My Mailbox

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    ou read me! You really read me!

    When I perused the stack of letters in response to my recent column on the difficulty of finding friends in a new city, I not only felt less like a huge loser, but I was reminded what it means to have a community. When I question why being Jewish is...

  • Part Memoir, Part

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    For the next few weeks, you will be hearing about girls and sex. "Oprah," "Leeza," "Charlie Rose," The New York Times, even The Jewish Journal -- media great and small will focus airwaves and inches on a topic that, while hardly new, rarely gets serious, sustained attention.

    You'll be...

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