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  • My travels with the Wong family

    October 24, 2014 | 8:58 am

    My experience is that those of us who believe—albeit with qualifications—in multiculturalism don’t always have the opportunity to put theory into practice.

    A transplant from Los Angeles to San Diego, I lived in a confirmed bachelor’s not-so-splendid isolation, with my...

  • Killing it in Mexico

    By David Suissa

    April 24, 2014 | 8:39 am

    I confess that I’ve felt a little guilty luxuriating in a Mexican resort during this Passover holiday instead of finding ways to connect with the long and painful journey of my ancestors. But I did spend the first part of the holiday in freezing Montreal, so maybe that compensates...

  • Tijuana to Tefilah

    By Jared Sichel

    April 17, 2014 | 5:19 pm

    As I stepped out of the van into the chilly, pre-dawn Tijuana air, I could just barely make out the shadows of the pedestrians nearby, all of them stepping over puddles and street trash, walking in the same direction. 

    I watched as two girls, Chaya Leibkinker, 16, and her sister,...

  • Kaddish in Mexico

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 12, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    Light and wind poured in through the cracks in the plastic casing the first time we said it. 

    We were in Oaxaca, on the rooftop of a charming but spare hacienda, shielded from the elements by a tent of opaque plastic walls, and the mood was a little bit somber. 

    Three stories...

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  • ‘Don’t take my daddy’: When the immigration debate hits home

    By David Suissa

    December 11, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    No matter where you sit on the immigration debate, it’s hard not to be moved by what happened to little Adam, an 8-year-old Jewish boy from the San Fernando Valley who watched his father being taken away on the morning of Oct. 18.

    Adam was holding his father’s hand as they...

  • Report: One-quarter of Israelis—and 37 percent of kids—live in poverty

    December 4, 2012 | 9:43 am

    The numbers tell a consistent storyline: Nearly one in four Israelis lives in poverty.

    A report last week by Israel’s National Insurance Institute showed that 1.8 million of Israel’s 8 million people live below the poverty line.

    In 2011, the year for which the report was...

  • The Self-Destruction of Bethenny Continues

    By Ilana Angel

    May 1, 2012 | 10:04 pm

    Bethenny Ever After continues to be a massive crock-pot of crap.  It is slow moving, repetitive, predictable, and painful to watch.  There are things that just don’t match up, which makes sense since this is a show about Bethenny and none of her stories add up.  She has been lying...

  • The embrace

    By Rob Eshman

    February 8, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    At the end of Shabbat services last Saturday, I watched a 7-year-old boy recite the blessing over the wine, the Kiddush. His voice was pure, the Hebrew, a learned language for him, flowed fast and flawlessly from his mouth. His face shone.

    I couldn’t take my eyes off the boy,...

  • Bahia de Kino, The Foundation Part 1

    December 12, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    Three years ago while my wife and I traveled around the world for a year, we spent some time in the Mongolian capitol of Ulaanbaaatar before heading into the emptiness of the Gobi Desert. While roaming the streets of the capitol one afternoon, we ran into a Canadian miner at a video...

  • Oh Carnival Cruise Line, how I wish you’d step up to the rest of them…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 18, 2011 | 9:26 pm

    Maybe some of you noticed that I haven’t written in the last week.  Alright, none of you noticed but that’s not the point.  My husband and I took the boys on a long awaited vacation on board the “brand new” Carnival cruise ship called ‘Splendor’, or as I am calling it ‘Ineptness’.

    ...
  • Amigos in San Miguel de Allende: A Shavuot Story of Conversion

    June 1, 2011 | 11:02 am

    Click here to read this article in Spanish.

    Earlier this year, I got a call from an old friend, Rabbi Juan Mejia. Juan asked me if I’d be willing to accompany him and Rabbi Felipe Goodman to San Miguel de Allende for a couple of days in early February. Juan, Felipe and I have a...

  • My Interview with the Department of Homeland Security!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 1, 2011 | 10:45 am

    Years ago, I had applied for a position with the Department of Homeland Security.  Why would I apply for a position with the Homeland Security?  Who knows…  Remember my post about my ADD, and pins in my ass?  Well, that’s why.  This was right after 9/11, and they just formed this new...

  • Great Doctor must not exist!

    By Julia Bendis

    January 4, 2011 | 6:05 pm

    Don’t you just love when you visit a Doctor, and he tells you to go ahead and call him if you need anything else?  I am still pretty shocked when I hear any Doctor say that, since most of them want you to come back, pay money, and THEN they will answer your questions, even if you’ve...

  • Deals on December getaways

    November 19, 2010 | 1:30 pm

    It is so good to be a traveler during December. Whether you want a romantic escape, a girlfriends’ getaway or a family vacation, the deals are abundant as many people choose to stick closer to home through the holiday season. My family and I have traditionally hit the road and...

  • Israeli father and daughter found shot in Mexico

    October 18, 2010 | 10:40 am

    An Israeli man and his daughter were found dead in their home in Mexico City amid signs of violence.

    The bodies, riddled with gunshot wounds and signs of violence, were discovered Sunday by volunteers for the ZAKA international rescue unit.

    Moshe Aruh, 60, and his daughter Sapir,...

  • Yiddish keeps on keeping on in Mexico

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 29, 2009 | 10:45 am

    JTA has started a new feature called The Wandering Jew. Ben Harris began at Burning Man, and last week headed south. In the above video, he tells the story of a Mexican Yiddish day school.

  • Making swine flu kosher:A sympton of the disease of Israeli politics

    April 30, 2009 | 4:23 pm

    From Haaretz.com:

    :On what must have been a slow day at the Knesset, the de facto head of the Health Ministry, MK Yakov Litzman, stated Monday that swine flu would be from here on in referred to as “Mexico Flu,” as pork is non-kosher and considered unclean under Jewish law.

    ...
  • Swine Flu in Israel

    April 28, 2009 | 12:14 pm

    From Haaretz.com:

    “Israel confirmed its first case of swine flu on Tuesday, Israel Radio reported, as the Health Ministry raised its level of alert to 4 out of 6.

    A 26-year-old man who recently returned from Mexico was diagnosed with the virus, after two days of quarantine at the Laniado Hospital in Netanya while he waited for the results of his tests.”  Read the full story at Haaretz.com.

  • Playboy apologizes for nude Virgin Mary

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 13, 2008 | 3:11 pm

    Look who’s apologizing for its lustful way of remembering the Virgin Mary. My man A-Dob has the story:

    A nude model resembling the Virgin Mary on the cover of the Mexican edition of Playboy magazine, published only days before a major Mexican festival dedicated to the mother of...

  • Virgin Mary bares all for Playboy Mexico

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 12, 2008 | 3:18 pm

    Playboy Mexico and its patrons are raking in the Christmas cheer in a most shocking way. The current issue appears to be a tribute to the Virgin Mary, and, by all indications, the model portraying her does her Garden of Eden best inside the magazine’s pages. After only days on the...

  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Gustavo Arellano gets it right—Aztlan != Israel

    By The Web Guy

    November 13, 2008 | 8:30 pm

    I have to quote the entire thing to give you the flavor:

    Dear Mexican: In a column some time ago, you mentioned the Aztec prophecy claiming that “their descendants would reclaim ancestral lands in the Southwest U.S., and guess what?” I’d appreciate it if you shed a little light...

  • Reversal of fortune: The Mexican immigrant shift

    June 26, 2008 | 11:31 am

    "Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America" by Gregory Rodgriguez (Pantheon, 2007).

    The immigration-reform debate has gripped the country and enflamed passions. Hate groups, along with mainstream media, have engaged in facile...

  • Some retirees make aliyah to San Miguel de Allende

    By Buzzy Gordon

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    This coming week, Angelenos of all races and creeds will join in Cinco de Mayo celebrations that the local Mexican American community has adopted as its major holiday (even though it is different from Mexico's actual Independence Day, which is Sept. 16; May 5 marks a victory of the...
  • Israeli girl’s disappearance marks 1-year anniversary

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Are you sleeping?" the 1 a.m. caller asked. "She has been found! You can be happy."

    Sadly, for Dania and Dror Rishpy, the call, built on a baseless report from a bad source, brought but another fleeting flicker of hope.

    It has been a year since Dana Rishpy, an Israeli girl last seen...

  • Oaxaca is a dreamy stop down Mexico way

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    If you're heading down Mexico way, all the way down to Oaxaca, you should know about a bed and breakfast there called Casa Machaya. The name is a sly Jewish reference, a wink at potential clients for the B & B: That's right, it's not meant to be the Spanish "ch," as in "change," but...
  • ¡Hasta la lingua! Goodbye, tongue! Hello, pastrami!

    By The Web Guy

    November 15, 2007 | 7:26 pm


    From the BBC:

    An indigenous language in southern Mexico is in danger of disappearing because its last two speakers have stopped talking to one another.


    Of course, this begs the question “If two Jews means three opinions, how many languages do two Jews speak?”

    OK.  Maybe not ‘of...

  • Thirst for Judaism binds group together across border

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    We were near the desert, somewhere past the Salton Sea, when Daniel (Dany) Mehlman, a 48-year-old Conservative rabbi, summed up the situation.

    "OK," he said, "we're going to rendezvous with a man I've never met, go with him to a Mexican city I've never been to, then spend the...

  • Yehoram Uziel: A Lifeline to Mexico

    By Amy Klein

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Yehoram Uziel
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Yehoram Uziel, 56, began volunteering right after he finished serving in the Israeli army as a tank corps officer. First he...

  • Baja community begins where the land ends

    By Adam Wills

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Waves rush over a pebbled beach as the tensions of city life melt away. The Mexican sun hangs languidly overhead, bleaching colorful kayaks stacked along the shoreline. Hovering far off in the deep blue skies, parasailors are dwarfed by the arriving Carnival cruise ship that will...
  • Su temple es mi casa

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's 103 degrees in Hollywood, and I'm schvitzing. As I head up the stairs at my synagogue, Tony Guerrero and I exchange greetings.
     
    As usual, he's looking sharp: pressed slacks, a clean white button-down shirt, and today -- a tie and a kippah. "Tony," I ask incredulously, "how...
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