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  • New book tries to keep Orthodox, well, Orthodox

    By  Orit Arfa

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm


     
    "Off the Derech: Why Observant Jews Leave Judaism; How to Respond to the Challenge," by Faranak Margolese (Devora, 2005).
     
    Several years ago, I received an online questionnaire asking things like: "If you had to attribute your not being observant to one thing, what would it...
  • Public Reactions Are Strong to A Personal Journey

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles photographer Naomi Solomon capped off her informal summer presentation series "Settlers: A Photographic Journey of the Life and Disengagement of the Jews Living in Gaza" at Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills last week, drawing more than 150 people.

    Her evocative...

  • End of Sanity

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The orange ribbon was tied neatly around my rearview mirror.

    Through the mirror I saw the face of an acquaintance in the backseat. I was giving her a ride from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    When she noticed the color of my political views above the dashboard, she offered her own: "We...

  • Laser Heart Surgery

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My only decent pair of glasses broke en route from Los Angeles to Israel, and I took it as a sign -- it was time to for corrective laser surgery, a.k.a. LASIK.

    "Make sure on the day of surgery someone comes with you," the Israeli receptionist said to me after I set my appointment.

    ...
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  • An Unorthodox Artist

    By Rachel Brand

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When most people think of a spiritual awakening, they don't necessarily think of such a thing taking place at the GAP.  But then again, artist Orit Arfa isn't really into conventionality.

    While walking down the streets of Manhattan seven years ago, dressed in her ankle-length skirt...

  • Israeli-Style Fitness

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Maybe it's no Sports Club/LA in its luxury and beauty, but the Elite Sports Center at Tel Aviv University is one of the best sports clubs in Israel, with facilities and services that may make even the premier sports club in L.A. a little envious.

    The Elite Sports Center runs all of...

  • Officials Visit Israel

    By  Orit Arfa

    November 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Andrew Carter, a participant of Operation Unity, a program that brings minority Los Angeles high school students to live on an Israeli kibbutz for six weeks, never felt as accepted as he did in Israel. No one treated him differently because of his color, he said, and the minute he...

  • “Anne Frank” for Teens

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Contemporary Holocaust literature for young adults seems to favor a theme: transport unaware teenagers to German-occupied Europe and, together with the characters, the readers will emerge as more sensitive, aware young adults.

    The book, and recent Showtime drama, The Devil's...

  • A Drink from the Same Cup

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    If the pursuit of peace in the Middle East will not unite the parties concerned, then one life-sustaining element may. Israeli, Arab and American researchers and engineers have come together to find ways to produce more potable water for agricultural...

  • Three’s Company

    By  Orit Arfa

    April 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Perli Pelzig first knew he had talent at the ageof 5, when he would chalk life-size figures of animals on thesidewalks in his native Germany. These figures attracted attentionfrom passers-by, and, not long after, Pelzig was named "wunderkind"for his dazzling artistic capabilities.

    ...

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