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  • Feb. 25-Mar. 2

    By Ryan Torok

    February 23, 2012 | 9:30 am

    SUN | FEB 26

    ONE-DAY UNIVERSTIY
    American Friends of Tel Aviv University holds mini-classes with renowned Tel Aviv University academics, including “Birds: The Middle East’s Peacemakers” with ornithologist Yossi Leshem, “Should You Know Your Genome?” with genetics professor...

  • Brides reflect: the most important takeaways for wedding planning

    February 7, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    On my wedding day last fall, I was very nervous. My husband and I planned our celebration, to be held in Chicago, entirely on our own and all the way from Boston. We were also combining a Russian-Jewish family with a Sabra-Israeli family, and members of each took long flights to the...

  • Thanks Anyway, But We’ll Plan Our Own Wedding

    April 15, 2009 | 3:02 am

    One of the first things I learned about wedding planning is that it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. Oh, I knew it would take time, money, teamwork and a slew of help from my family and friends, but what I never took into account was just how political the entire process...

  • The high cost of dying

    By Jane Ulman

    August 7, 2008 | 2:06 am

    A traditional Jewish funeral is simple and not ostentatious -- good news for people concerned about the high cost of dying. But while Jewish law doesn't require embalming, elaborate floral displays or 16-gauge metal caskets with tufted crepe interiors, it does require Jews to be...
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  • All the time in the world

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    July 21, 2008 | 9:56 pm

    I have heard that if you want something done, give it to a busy person. I have no idea why that is a good idea. I guess it means a busy person will always find a way to squeeze in one more thing, while a lazy person wouldn’t, otherwise they wouldn’t be lazy.

    I can attest to...

  • Help is here for planning a ceremony in Israel

    July 9, 2008 | 9:51 pm

    Given the negative press about over-the-top b'nai mitzvah celebrations, many families are rethinking the black-tie or other extravaganza, giving preference to true expressions of mitzvot. High on the list of alternatives is a trip to Israel, where the bar or bat mitzvah ceremony and...
  • The unlikely candidate

    By Dara Lehon

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I've always admired investment banker/doctor/accountant/lawyer/teacher/artist-types those who'd set their paths out early on and pursued their objectives outright I, on the other hand, have had a seemingly somewhat ... unexpected career path.

    Since graduating college (with an...

  • Affordable winter escapes are but a snowball’s throw away

    By Adam Wills

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Now that the holiday season is upon us, it's time to do a little carving -- and we're not talking brisket.

    The recent tease of fresh powder has left rippers and freeriders hopeful that there won't be a repeat of last season's half-open San Bernardino snow farms.

    Already some...

  • B’nai Mitzvah: Ten ways to slash the cost of a big party

    By Gail Anthony Greenberg

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Do you have to spend a king's ransom to have a fabulous bar or bat mitzvah for your child? Absolutely not, but remember that not all money-saving tips are created equal. This one -- which I've read in several places -- wins my top prize as the silliest: Have your party on a Monday...

  • Schools Give Prum-Hess High Marks

    By Julie G Fax

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last year, two Los Angeles schools applied for and won MATCH grants, which are awarded each year by a consortium of Jewish education foundations that reward day schools for cultivating new donors. The grants brought in more than $100,000.

    This spring, 13 day schools were awarded the...

  • Avoid an Oops in Shooting Your Video

    By David Notowitz

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Little Rachel takes her first steps -- but your camcorder battery dies before you get the shot.

    Your family reunion includes Grandma Shirley, whom you haven't seen in 15 years and, frankly, may never see again. You interview her on video, but when you sit down later to watch it, the...

  • Throw a Party With a Purpose

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I'll call your bet and raise you two," the sequin-clad woman said.

    "Go for it," I said, only to see my winnings swept up moments later by a poker-faced dealer.

    "You may have won this round," I told my chip-hauling opponent. "But just wait until after the Motzi!"

    Having one son...

  • This Time They’re Ready for the Wave

    By Peter Ephross

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    Some 50 South Indian villagers are spread out along the sandy beach. Women clad in brightly colored saris converse in groups, while...

  • Kosher Stylin’

    By Jessica Ravitz

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    If we are what we eat, then at this moment I'm a big fat Gordo's burrito with extra cheese. But I'm a veggie burrito because for the past several years, I've been cultivating my own brand of kosher. I like to call myself "kosher style."

    It's a phrase that's apt to confuse, so let me...

  • Will She Marry Him?

    By Seth Menachem

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In my last Singles column, "Change of Heart," I left off with one important question for my girlfriend, Carrie: "Will you marry me?"

    Did she say yes?

    Well, let me back up a bit.

    A few days before the column came out, I drove over to Carrie's parents to ask for their blessing. Carol...

  • Tips for Picking Holy Land Locales

    By Yael Adar

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Israel has scores of unique wedding venues. Most couples typically choose a venue between Jerusalem and Caesarea, thereby missing out on the many special venues in Israel's periphery. Planning a wedding in the outlying areas is hardly difficult and transportation for guests can be...

  • Passover Pains

    By Amy Klein

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It was only December when the calls started coming in. I had barely closed the drawer on my menorah and was about to remove the blue wax stains near the window (hopefully without chipping the paint on the windowsill) when the phone rang.

    "What are you doing for Pesach?" my father...

  • Create Festive Table in a Blue Mood

    By Linda Morel

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Following are pointers on livening up your Chanukah table from "Kosher by Design" by Susie Fishbein (Mesorah, 2003).

    1. In the Beginning: Dress your dining table with a snazzy tablecloth. A gold one will glitter. Using narrow runners and/or yards of wide ribbons, preferably in...

  • Did You Know…?

    By Joan G Friedman

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Did You Know...?

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    • Sometimes the marriage ceremony is held outdoors. Particularly in ultra-Orthodox and Chasidic weddings -- but anyone can do this -- the marriage ceremony is performed outside at night. The custom developed because the stars are associated with God speaking to...

  • No Rush

    By Seth Menachem

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Lately it seems as if everyone I know is interested in me getting married. In fact, the person pressuring me the least is my girlfriend,

    Carrie. She's still working on her independence, having recently moved out of her parents' house for the first time.

    Like many women, Carrie...

  • A Single Thread Links Generations

    By Bonnie Vorspan

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Becoming a grandparent is a very exciting event. Being able to create an heirloom pillowcase out of heirloom pieces for the britim, or covenant ceremonies, of our first grandchildren was an equally humbling and exciting adventure.

    Our daughter and son-in-law, Alisha and Ahud...

  • From Durban to Beersheba

    By Harold Brackman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The horrid bus bombings in Beersheba on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 16 Israelis, including a 3-year-old boy, are grim reminders that the war onterror continues to rage in Israel.

    Indeed, in 2004, the month of September has klal Yisrael reeling from this brutal attack and...

  • Give Your Sukkah a Shot of Style

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    After the high of the High Holidays, twice-a-year Jews hang up their kippot for another 354 days, or so, and in the process miss out on the lesser-known treat of Sukkot. While not a "High" holiday anymore, Sukkot used to be one of the big three back in the time of the First Temple....

  • Groundwork Laid to Evacuate Gaza

    By Gil Sedan

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Despite political hurdles, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is forging ahead with his Gaza disengagement plan, giving various government agencies the green light to prepare for the evacuation of settlers -- using both carrots and sticks.

    Even as Israeli police begin laying the...

  • Wonderousness of the First Time

    By Joan G Friedman

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A bar mitzvah is a time of becoming an adult. While my son was ready to proclaim, "Today I am a man," he also had to go through life with his voice changing and the wearing of braces for a perfect smile.

    My first experience with this momentous occasion was after our son celebrated...

  • B’nai Mitzvah Planning Guide

    By Joan G Friedman

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At Birth

    When the child is born, start saving! It's not a bad idea to start two savings accounts; one for college and one for the bar or bat mitzvah.

    One to three years ahead

    • Set the date.

    • Set a budget.

    • Reserve the synagogue.

    • Reserve the hall for additional receptions.

    • ...

  • The Last-Minute Pajama Party

    By Lisa Frydman Barr

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Invitation Process


    "It's already been decided," my 6-year-old announces with an impish smile and a green-eyed glint.

    "What's been decided, honey?" I ask.

    "My first sleepover party. I invited Julia, Emma and Rachel to sleep over this weekend."

    "Noa," I say slowly, wondering who...

  • Wedding Woes and Chuppah Horrors

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Warning: Article may contain graphic descriptions of wedding snafus. Content may be unsuitable for anxious brides, grooms or mothers-in-law. (But don't worry, there's a happy ending.)

    It was a hot and sunny June afternoon, just hours before Julie Davine's meticulously planned 1991...

  • Settlers Threaten to Resist Withdrawal

    By Leslie Susser

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon faces a new obstacle to his plan to evacuate settlements in the Gaza Strip and West Bank: right-wing rabbis who have ruled that dismantling settlements contravenes Jewish law. The rabbis are calling on soldiers to disobey orders and on settlers to forcibly...

  • Israel Opens Arms to L.A. Vacationers

    By David Finnigan

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A 10-day Los Angeles Jewish community trip to Israel in December caps off what is expected to be a stronger tourist year for the Jewish state.

    The "Mega Mission" trip was originally planned last December as an Aug. 1-10 journey incorporating all denominations, with support from...

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