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  • Jewish Studies Bug Bites Parents, Too

    By Sue Fishkoff

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eighteen months ago, when Lenard Cohen's 4-year-old daughter was enrolled in the family's congregational preschool, the Philadelphia-area father of three decided to go back to school himself.

    He signed up for the Florence Melton Parent Education Program, a Jewish adult education...

  • First Person - A Coming Out (of Egypt) Story

    By Jeff Bernhardt

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sixteen years ago this month, I planned to take the Passover message of liberation to heart. I was going to come out of the closet to my sister and my parents and, in doing so, free myself from the bondage of keeping this huge and personal part of me from them. I was going to...

  • Mommy, Me & Cheesecake Makes 3

    By Melissa Maroff

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    OK, mom, so what part of eating that cheesecake is making you feel guilty?

    If you fear that little bubbela is annoying the other customers in the bakery, your worries are over.

    The Essential Chocolate Collection, a Culver City bakery, is for parents who want an alternative to...

  • yeLAdim

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Flicks and Picks: "A Rugrats Passover"

    If you've always wanted a different view of Pesach, this is the movie to watch. The animated Nickelodeon series is about a group of babies who get involved in all sorts of mischief. In "A Rugrats Passover," Grandpa Boris, babies Tommy and...

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  • Spectator - A Sane Italian Jew? Fugedaboutit

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Historians have indicated there were roughly 50,000 Jews in Rome when Caesar reigned and the same number under Mussolini. Beyond the obvious assimilation, it's clear Jews and Italians know how to coexist. No wonder the two peoples lived in adjoining neighborhoods on the Lower East...

  • ‘Kitchen’ Lets Kid Chefs Cook Up Fun

    By Julie G Fax

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Before I had a chance to flip through Susie Fishbein's new "Kosher by Design: Kids in the Kitchen," my 9-year-old, Yair, had swiped the hardcover off the pile of mail and bookmarked the recipes he wanted to try.

    And try -- and succeed -- he did.

    In "Kids in the Kitchen," best-selling...

  • Out of the Picture

    By Dara Lehon

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Summer's over, and I just got round 10 of Beth's camp pictures. She's made new friends, and seems to be learning a ton. She has that youthful exuberance. Adorable, no?

    Well, sort of.

    Beth is not cute. She's not small. And she's not particularly -- well -- that young. Beth is my...

  • Ways to Care for a Parent Who Didn’t

    By Dr. Rachelle Zukerman

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Some 10 million older Americans need some kind of assistance to get through every day. Family members (mostly grown children) provide about 80 percent of that help. Lots of those adult children welcome the opportunity to give back to their parents a portion of the love and care they...

  • Few Females Filling Mohel Role in U.S.

    By Sue Fishkoff

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Dr. Debra Weiss-Ishai watched her son's brit milah two years ago, she thought to herself, I could do this better. Not just technically, although as a pediatrician she had done numerous medical circumcisions. She felt she could bring a warmth and spiritual beauty to the ritual in...

  • South African Judge Inspires Redemption

    By Laureen Lazarovici

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When he turned 6 in 1941, Albie Sachs received a birthday card from his father, Solly, a union leader in South Africa. The card read: "Many happy returns, and may you grow up to be a soldier in the fight for liberation."

    It would be less a wish than a prophecy. The younger Sachs...

  • More Blessing, Less Bragging on Bimah

    By Jane Ulman

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    One mother thanked every one of her daughter's teachers by name and grade, beginning with preschool. A father enumerated the scores of all his son's soccer games. And another mother, with tear-filled eyes and a choked-up voice, used the occasion to present her daughter with her first...

  • Karen Gilman: What Makes Her Run?

    By Amy Klein

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    To try to figure out all the volunteer projects social worker Karen Gilman is involved in -- and where she finds the time to do them all -- is to sift through a complex maze of stories of individuals who need help, or organizations that need help, or a volunteer staff that...

  • Yaelle and Nouriel Cohen: Kindness Starts at Home

    By Julie G Fax

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    When the doorbell rings at the Cohens' Pico-Robertson home -- or more accurately when the door edges open, since it's almost never locked -- the littlest of Yaelle and Nouriel Cohen's six kids grab their shoes. If it's someone dropping off donated food or clothing, they...

  • Hey Kids!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's Your World

    Welcome to your page in The Jewish Journal. The last Friday of every month belongs to the kids of Jewish Los Angeles. In honor of the New Year and new look of this page, we want you to come up with a new name for it. Please send your ideas to kids@jewishjournal.com...

  • Wine, Women, Song

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As the daylight hours dwindle down to a precious few, and hurricanes, fires and floods give the distinct feeling that the world is indeed coming to an end, let's turn our thoughts to two of the things that make so many Jews so happy: wine and Hawaii.

    That's where Judd and Holly...

  • ‘Call Waiting’ Rings Emotional Bell

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There's pain and then there's the big pain.

    Pain is what happens in a regular life -- the predictable illnesses, disappointments and aggravations. The big pain is something like the Holocaust and the aftermath of surviving it.

    The larger pain makes the regular mode of suffering seem...

  • Anticipating Orphanhood

    By Ellie Kahn

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Over coffee at Panera, my friend Ellen and I discussed our children's school, her career options and my recent dating adventures. And we laughed about the policeman who didn't give Ellen a ticket because he liked her "Beat Bush" sticker. We laughed a lot, as we usually do.

    Then we...

  • Obituaries

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Gerald Albert died Aug. 26 at 76. He is survived by this wife, Estelle; son, Jeffrey; daughters, Marilee and Raquel; and two grandchildren. Groman

    LARRY ALLEN died Aug. 15 at 48. He is survived by his wife, Traci; two sons; parents, Charlotte and Herb Beatus; parents-in-law, Eddie...

  • Singles - Guilt Trip for Two

    By Lisa Rosen

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My parents have given me so much; it's now time to start giving back to them. I'm referring to guilt in this case. Specifically, guilt about not living up to one's potential, about not keeping up with the Joneses' children, about not providing ammunition for bragging rights over...

  • Sportsmanship Starts With Parents

    By Julie M. Brown

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Years ago, when my son was beginning his foray into competitive tennis, I entered him in a local, somewhat low-key tournament intended to introduce new players to tennis competition. I thought it would be fun. But as I watched my son's match, the activity one court over distracted...

  • Special Needs Group Fills Special Niche

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When parents gather for monthly meetings of Ozreinu, a spiritual support group for families with special-needs children, the first thing they do is check in.

    Before they get to the Jewish text, before they begin the formal discussion, they update each other on what's been going on...

  • Letters

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Real Intelligence?

    I was very disturbed that you chose to publish the letter by Sabi Israel stating that "to believe in evolution takes just as much blind faith as believing in intelligent design" ("Letters," Aug. 19). This is simply not true. There is no dispute among scientists...

  • Preschool Teaching Methods Stir Debate

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Once upon a time, children didn't step into a classroom until kindergarten. There, 5-year-olds got their first real introduction to ABCs and 123s, colors and shapes and how to share and take turns.

    Today, kindergartners are widely expected to know their letters and numbers before the...

  • Spy Kids’ Bar Mitzvah

    By Amy Klein

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's not easy for a kid to find out that his parents are spies, and that he and his sister have to rescue them from evildoers.

    But it's not as hard as trying to learn Hebrew from scratch in six months for a bar mitzvah -- especially when the spy scenario is fictional and the bar...

  • Recipes Add Spice to New Party Trend

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Although today's bar mitzvah parties are often as elaborate as yesterday's weddings, there's a new trend on the horizon -- a, noisy, jubilant oneg Shabbat and lunch directly after the ceremony, and a quiet, intimate dinner at home for a few close friends and family at night.

    The...

  • Bust Bad Behavior on the Circuit

    By Susan Estroff

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Ah, the thrill and abandon of early adolescence. Laughing with friends; smacking gum and blowing bubbles; sending your best buddy messages in sign language across a crowded room. And, if you're lucky, the rabbi won't shoot you a dirty look when your behavior interferes with the bar...

  • Battling Board Backs Bond

    By Howard Blume

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    What a difference a day makes.

    In 24 little hours, the L.A. school board journeyed last week from chaos to harmony; from nothing to a November ballot measure; from no new taxes to a bond measure that will ask voters to raise their property taxes for schools "one last time."

    If...

  • Getting Kids Into Charity Pays Off Big

    By Daniel Akst

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Start talking to wealthy families about the benefits of getting kids involved in philanthropy, and they'll tell you the biggest beneficiaries are the kids -- and their families. They say even young children who get involved learn the value of money, the limits of resources...

  • The Way of Madness

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The idea of one Jew killing another is shocking. Most of us think it never happens -- but the truth is that it does. It happens this week in the Torah with Pinchas. After seeing a Jew apparently enticed by a Midianite prostitute, Pinchas runs them both through with his spear.

    It...

  • Obituaries

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Michael Angel died June 12 at 87. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Judith (Bob Salvaria); son, Stephen (Ellen); five grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Ruth Anne Baim died June 16 at 91. She is survived by her daughter, Beverly (Sol) Mandelblatt; grandchildren, Michael Mandelblatt...

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