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  • The modern Jewish law

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 30, 2012 | 10:49 pm

    The Israeli government will soon start paying non-Orthodox rabbis. This news, as it appeared in bold letters in my morning paper, literally put a smile on my face. Not because I am Reform or Conservative, or anything, but because I am really proud of my Israel finally growing up.

    ...

  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through Feb. 2009

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 10, 2008 | 3:04 pm

    ALTTEXT

    Robert Dowd -- Pop Art Money -- See Jan.17 listing

    DECEMBER

    Fri., Dec. 12
    "Laemmle Through the Decades: 1938-2008, 70 Years in 7 Days." It must have been an extraordinarily difficult task to select only seven films to represent the rich and diverse history of the Laemmle Theatres...

  • Don’t cut support to innovative nonprofits

    November 19, 2008 | 3:32 am

    From New York to Los Angeles to San Francisco, the impact of the global financial crisis feels like an eerie parallel to the days after Sept. 11. No one knows whether the acute phase is over or whether there will be further shocks. For some, little has changed; for others, life will...
  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through November 2008

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 3:22 am

    SEPTEMBER

    Fri., Sept. 12
    "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People." Angelenos can explore the legacy of one of the Catholic Church's most beloved popes in a new Skirball Cultural Center exhibition. Through artifacts, photographs and audiovisual recordings...
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  • Urban love story brings Berlin’s past to the present

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    August 20, 2008 | 10:39 pm

    A scene in Anna Winger's novel, "This Must Be the Place" (Riverhead), is reminiscent of the Chasidic story about people who no longer remember the way to pray nor the words, yet somehow simply remember the instinct to pray. Two friends descend into a storage area in their Berlin...
  • Candidate Adeena

    By David Suissa

    July 24, 2008 | 1:24 am

    If you want to really annoy Adeena Bleich, just ask her what it feels like to be a young Orthodox woman running for City Council. I know, because when we sat down recently for lunch at Shiloh's, the first thing I asked her is what it felt like to be a young Orthodox woman running...
  • AUDIO: Iranian American Jews —Death and violence in the community (taboo?)

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 2, 2008 | 12:21 am

    Local Iranian Jewish community leaders on recent incidents of violence in the community and the traditional taboo on discussing the topic.

    http://jewishjournal.com/audio/IAJPodCast20080429.mp3

    From Karmel Melamed’s Iranian American Jews blog.

  • D-A-T-E is just a four-letter word

    By Lori Gottlieb

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I'm not sure why this never made any of the 2006 year-end lists, but it seems that -- at least for singles -- the most confusing question of the year wasn't "How do you pronounce 'al-Zarqawi?'" but the more mundane "How was your date?" To be specific, the confusing part would always...
  • A Different Israel

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Israel is discussed these days, more often than not it is in terms of an existential crisis, or "the situation," or as the subject of international news headlines. However, reading recently published works by three different Israeli fiction authors, Etgar Keret, Benjamin Tammuz...
  • Behind the Bimah

    By Meredith Jacobs

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In "Teaching Your Children About God," Rabbi David Wolpe suggests taking our children to a sanctuary when services are not being conducted to give them a sense of the sacred.

    I love this idea. I have been in my own sanctuary at odd hours, and even if I am there for "business...

  • College Students Find High Holidays’ Place in Higher Learning

    By Lisa Hirschmann

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holidays are here. With them comes a new school year, whereupon many recent graduates of Jewish high schools will face the challenges for the first time that can accompany being an observant Jew in an academic environment that runs on the Christian calendar.

    Gone are the...

  • Rising Singing Star Pitches New Sound

    By David Mermelstein

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Many young girls dream of a life on the stage, but few could have envisioned the career now enjoyed by Hila Plitmann, a Jerusalem-born soprano who these days makes her home in Studio City. Plitmann, 32, is not famous in the way that, say, sopranos like Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt...

  • ‘Hybrid’ Actor Crafts ‘Everyman’ Show

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Is it possible for an everyman to be a leader? Can an everyman be a woman?

    Ameenah Kaplan, who calls herself a "hybrid" -- the product of an African American mother who converted to Judaism and a Jewish father -- is directing, choreographing and co-producing "Everyman for Himself."...

  • Oy, Baby!

    By Amy Klein

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The New York Times Magazine doesn't want single women my age to enjoy their weekends.

    A few months ago it was Maureen Dowd with "What's a Modern Girl to Do?" on how men don't like smart, independent women, and now this: "Wanted: A Few Good Sperm," a March 19 cover story about older...

  • Valentine’s Day.com

    By Amy Klein

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "J-ated," as in "jaded," might be the best way to describe the ennui that has set in among many JDaters these days, singles tired of the merry-go-round of endless possibility and disappointment.

    In spite of that, or because of it, new dating Web sites seem to pop up every day.

    ...
  • Messianics Gather for National Meeting

    By David Finnigan

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A Christian megachurch whose clergy has worked with local Jewish leaders in recent years to support Israel gathered last weekend to celebrate Jews who proclaim Jesus as the messiah.

    About 1,100 people attended the Jan. 20-21 Road To Jerusalem conference, which took place at...

  • Capturing Chasidim

    By Susan Josephs

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As a street photographer, Maya Dreilinger echoes the sentiments of the 1982 "Missing Persons" song "Walking in LA." Driving around the city, "you don't see a lot of people walking," she said. "But the Chasidism are always out on the streets and not just on Saturdays."

    With her...

  • Still Smarting

    By Amy Klein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    By Sunday evening, single women across America were trying to slit their wrists by inflicting a hundred little paper cuts from the Sunday New York Times Magazine, featuring an article by Maureen Dowd, "What's a Modern Girl to Do?"

    Feminism is over, Dowd writes, men only want to date...

  • Like I Love Fresca

    By Lilla Zuckerman

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There are pros and cons to dating in the modern technological age.

    Some recent downfalls?

    A cyber-stalking from a boyfriend's crazed ex, finding my exes on JDate and some unsavory messages from men who perceived my contributions to this singles column to be an open invitation (when...

  • Kabbalah and the Modern Shrink

    By Gaby Friedman

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Connecting to God, Ancient Kabbalah and Modern Psychology" by Rabbi Abner Weiss (Bell Tower Books, $24).

    It was Rabbi Abner Weiss, in psychologist mode, who "Jerry" went to see after his wife, "Sandy," found him in bed with another woman. Although Jerry and Sandy seemed like the...

  • A Bissel ‘Kvetch’ Goes a Long Way

    By Allan Nadler

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods" by Michael Wex (St. Martin's Press, $24.95).

    If you asked me whether I enjoyed Michael Wex's hilarious and learned book, "Born to Kvetch," I would find myself in an impossible quandary. To admit the rare pleasure I...

  • It’s Not Your Zayde’s Klezmer Anymore

    By Gaby Friedman

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Musician Eric Stein felt disillusioned with rock 'n' roll. He spent years slogging away in a band without "making it," so he started looking for something else.

    He considered being a history professor, but then, a new instrument and an old style of music changed his mind.

    The...

  • Brand Israel

    By Amy Klein

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    What do you think about when you hear the word Israel?

    Chances are if you're like most Americans, when you hear Israel, you think war. Ask most Americans to free-word associate with the word "Israel" and they'd probably say: terrorists, Palestinians, danger and conflict.

    At best....

  • One Historian’s Look at How Jews Shaped the Modern Age

    By David N. Myers

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "The Jewish Century," by Yuri Slezkine. (Princeton University Press, $29.95).

    Yuri Slezkine opens this major new book by declaring: "The modern age is the Jewish age, and the 20th century, in particular, is the Jewish century." This assertion may ring bells.

    Anti-Semites have...

  • Curb Your Verbosity

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Do rabbis have to be wordy? Actually, no -- or at least, not according to Sinai Temple's Rabbi David Wolpe. For the past eight years, Wolpe has been doing the unthinkable and actually condensing his lofty thoughts into succinct, easy-to-read-and-digest 200-word essays in the New...

  • Insta-Love

    By Elizabeth Much

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    It happened so quickly I couldn't believe it. After a seemingly endless period of F & L's (first and last dates, as I fondly call them), I met him.

    When I walked into my favorite vegetarian restaurant I was relieved I'd decided to forgo my usual dazzling sweatpants/no makeup look....

  • Sins the Rabbis Left Out

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The writers of the machzor were pretty comprehensive in listing the multitude of sins we commit as a community over the course of the year. Some of them -- such as foul speech, unscrupulous business affairs, sexual immorality and fraud -- are remarkably relevant today. But the...

  • Membership Briefs

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Humanistic High Holidays

    Three secular humanist groups -- Adat Chaverim, Society for Humanistic Judaism and The Sholem Community -- will hold High Holidays services in the Los Angeles area.

    Adat Chaverim, whose "celebrations" have been led by a madrich, or trained lay leader, since...

  • Israel Seminar Gives Teachers Refresher

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When it came to modern Israel, Ziva London found herself living in the past. Having immigrated to the United States 23 years ago, the Jewish-day-school teacher recently realized that her concept of the Holy Land reflected the Israel she knew there as a citizen more than two decades...

  • Frum Frenzy

    By Anna Schneider-Mayerson

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Visitors trolling for casual sex on Craigslist.org last week were left scratching their heads over an unfamiliar reference that has surfaced in a flurry of recent postings.

    "I keep seeing this term 'Frum.' Can somebody please clue me into what the hell that is?" wrote Jeff, a...

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