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  • A Letter to My Neighbors…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 21, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    From the Messy Closet of Julia Beynart-Bendis


    My Dearest Neighbor:

    How are you?  Hope this note finds you well.  Remember the party your threw last weekend at your house?  I wanted to thank you for it, unfortunately somehow I did not receive the invitation.  Therefore I wanted to...

  • Tel Aviv named a top party spot

    May 5, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Tel Aviv is one of the world’s top 10 summer party destinations, according to a popular travel website.

    HotelsCombined.com, one of the world’s largest online travel sites, named Tel Aviv to its 2011 list of cities where the summer fun never lets up.

    The “city that never...

  • Amy Chua a.k.a The Tiger Mother Got It Right!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 3, 2011 | 11:28 am

    When I first heard about Amy Chua, the self-professed Chinese Tiger Mother, I didn’t understand what all the hype, the drama and the hatred was about.  After reading more about her and her parenting memoir “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”, I couldn’t help but like her even more!

    ...
  • Charlie Sheen is crazy; is he an anti-Semite too?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 28, 2011 | 11:20 pm

    Charlie Sheen definitely does not have his life in order. And on the morning shows today he said some weird, wild stuff. Looks like he followed that up by ripping his both to the trades, which resulted in the remainder of the “Two and a Half Men” season being cancelled. A real loss...

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  • Facebook Shmacebook!

    By Julia Bendis

    January 18, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    People like me should Not be on Facebook!  When you go to Facebook site to sign up, there should be a giant disclaimer that says: “For tough skin people only!  People that are overly sensitive, wear their heart and feelings on their sleeves, and drama queens should NOT sign up!”...

  • L.A.‘s young Iranian Jews mix partying and politics

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 17, 2009 | 3:45 am

    As a journalist covering Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community, I probably get invited to nearly a dozen community events each month with the majority involving social or religious-based gatherings. I typically take a rain check on attending these events because they are...

  • Maccabiah Athletes Find their Party

    By Gina Lobaco

    July 13, 2009 | 2:31 am

    Max Nordau is kvelling from the great weight room in the sky.  The Zionist father of the Maccabi games dreamed of Jews, with rippling muscles and athletic talent who would dispel the old stereotype of physical weakness and give rise to a “new Jew.”

    The Sunday evening welcome...

  • Take Me Out to the Bar Mitzvah…

    March 18, 2009 | 3:11 am

    Roger Owens has been pitching with the Dodgers for 50 years, ever since the team moved from Brooklyn. His accuracy is uncanny, and he remains a crowd favorite. He throws under the leg, behind the back and even two at a time, sometimes more than 30 rows back.

    Owens, also known as the...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Dec. 27- Jan. 2: Hot Rod Chanukah, Moroccan New Years Eve

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 26, 2008 | 6:02 pm

    SAT | DECEMBER 27

    (CHANUKAH BASH)
    The week has been loaded with holiday merrymaking, but if you've got a drop of energy left, you'll want to make it last all night long at the Hot Rod Chanukah Party hosted by The Jewish Federation's Young Leadership Division and Birthright Israel...
  • Pinched pocketbooks no bar to party planning

    November 13, 2008 | 6:14 pm

    Pinched Pocketbooks NoBar to Party Planning

    Have tough economic times forced you to scale back your child's bar or bat mitzvah party plans? With your 401(k) down, is the ice sculpture out? Is your resetting ARM making you reconsider that 18-piece orchestra?

    If so, you can still have...

  • Yes, we Cain

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 26, 2008 | 5:50 pm

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  • L.A. bakers suggest ways to make picking your cake a little sweeter

    By Elyse Glickman

    August 15, 2008 | 6:31 pm

    In Los Angeles, with today's foodie culture in full tilt, there is no "one-size-fits-all" option when it comes to choosing a bakery to create the perfect wedding cake. And since it is the bride who usually makes the cake decisions, she'll soon realize that it can be as complex as...
  • Report from Beijing: Security, it’s not just for airports anymore

    By Alison Klayman

    August 13, 2008 | 1:35 am

    BEIJING (JTA)—Security checks no longer just for airports in Beijing

    Olympic security is no easy task. It’s not just about the sports venues — attention must be paid to the entire city’s infrastructure, hot spots and transportation systems.

    One of the transitions that I think...

  • VideoJew explores the Purim hangover…at Chabad Purim party

    By Jay Firestone

    March 27, 2008 | 12:33 pm

    Purim may be over, but the holiday is most likely still in our systems.  For me, the Purim hangover is never easy.  My body aches thanks to several consecutive sets of hora dancing.  My stomach aches from an overdose of flour, eggs and raspberry preservatives.  But most of all my...

  • Unique party planning isn’t chopped liver

    By Michele Alperin

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Some things never change, or do they? Bar and bat mitzvah parties overwhelmingly follow a recipe that everyone assumes is written in stone, said Gail Greenberg, creator of mitzvahchic.com. The only room for creativity, people think, is to have a unique theme.

    So why are people stuck?...

  • How to throw a great party for less than $3,000

    By Anne Phyllis Pinzow

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Live chamber music, canapes, games, photographs, food, food and more food, dances, drinks, sign-in card, table decorations, invitations, servers, flower arrangements, party favors and, of course, the appropriate clothing. The checklist for my oldest nephew's bar mitzvah went on and...
  • Eight days of Chanukah candle lighting - Day 7: Taglit Birthright party

    By Jay Firestone

    December 10, 2007 | 10:07 am

    Throughout this week, I’ve made latkes (or at least attempted to), gone to school musicals and even mastered the art of the dreidel.  Now, for the 7th day, its time to party, Chanukah style.  Thanks to the help of Taglit Birthright Israel, Jdub Records (in addition to the support of the Progressive Jewish Alliance), we can light candles with class, drinks and girls.

  • Party like it’s 5768—Persian style, JCafeLA, Billy Crystal

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Party Like It's 5768!

    OK, I admit it: I partied during the High Holy Days. It wasn't all fun and games of course -- I spent a great deal of time considering my deeds and misdeeds of the past year, and that kind of repenting is exhausting. After intense reflection and days upon days...

  • There is more going on than just a ceremony and a party

    By Matt Lipeles

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I have a confession to make. I punched out my brother at his bar mitzvah. I'm not proud of it, but it's true.

    I was sitting at a table with him and a couple of cousins, and he told this joke I didn't find very funny. I looked at this smirk on his face, and I just couldn't stand it....

  • Where to party in Haifa, ‘the city that works’

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's said that Haifa works, Jerusalem prays and Tel Aviv parties. But even people who work need to party -- maybe even more so.

    Locals might groan that Haifa's nightlife consists of a few landmark establishments, and while it's true that the city's nightlife selection is sparse...
  • Masquerade

    By Amy Klein

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Beware the beautiful masked woman on Purim."

    I texted a young friend after midnight on Saturday night, before my carriage turned into a Purim pumpkin. Because when he saw me, he didn't know it was me.

    I suppose I couldn't blame him: My hair was blown out straight and silky, I was...

  • Former emcee sheds light on beaucoup-buck parties

    By Jay Firestone

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm


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    Perhaps the most notorious custom of the b'nai mitzvah experience is the frequently expensive, over-the-top party. This leap from childhood to adulthood is no longer just a religious experience, it's also a celebration where disco...
  • But what about Azerbaijan?

    By Rob Eshman

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, in that Hollywood purgatory just before the announcement of the Oscar nominations, I found myself at a party in honor of Borat.

    I fully expected Borat to appear, dingy brown suit and post-modern Groucho mustache and all. Instead, as I walked through the door of the...

  • Washington, D. C.: Progress on both sides of the aisle

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The partisan atmosphere surrounding the president's State of the Union address will only get nastier as we approach the 2008 presidential race. So now might be the best time to take a moment and reflect on the greater good that is served by Jewish activism in all political parties....
  • Bat mitzvahs in Israel run gamut from fancy to frum

    By Melody Amsel-Arieli

    January 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Aren't all bat mitzvahs alike?

    A couple years of Hebrew school, at best, followed by a gathering of the clan on the big day, a smattering of Hebrew blessings, the haftarah, a festive Oneg Shabbat and, finally, a party to beat all get out? To American Jews, it may seem that way. But...

  • A Chanukah for the party people

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    On the first night of Chanukah my true love gave to me...social justice?

    That's the theme of one of the hottest parties of the Chanukah season, "Vodka Latka: The Festival of Rights," sponsored by the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA), JDub Records and Reboot on Dec. 13 at the El Rey...

  • Live from the ‘hood: we’re gonna party like it’s 5667

    By David Suissa

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I love Judaism. It's got answers for everything. If something bothers me, I just ask a million questions; I dig a little and, voila, I'm enlightened.
     
    One thing that bothers me is how so many Jews go bonkers on Simchat Torah. If you're not sure what I mean, come visit my...
  • When Birthday Party Blowouts Blowup

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The wedding invitation convinced me that modern moms and dads have officially lost their gumballs regarding children's birthday parties. "Master Jacob Estroff" read the ivory parchment envelope; it took a moment to register that the addressee was in fact Jakey, my 5-year-old. The...

  • GOP Sees Israel as Way to Woo Democratic Jews

    By Marc Ballon

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For two decades, Nathan Hochman voted exclusively Democratic: Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Clinton, Gore -- the 42-year-old former assistant U.S. attorney cast his ballots for them all. To Hochman the Republican Party represented a right-wing amalgam of pro-business, anti-abortion...

  • Sinai Dinner Prompts Revamp of Biblical Proportions

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In February 2004, chef Ido Shapira of Tel Aviv received an impassioned phone call from the United States.

    "I want you to cook for a banquet in Beverly Hills in 2006." The insistent voice belonged to Irwin S. Field, of Los Angeles' Sinai Temple, who was planning a lavish...

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