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  • Mormon missionaries meet modern Judaism

    By Amy Klein

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Do Jewish people still practice sacrifices?"

    This was among the questions asked recently by a group of Mormon missionaries, 50 students who came to Palos Verdes' Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to hear a lecture by Rabbi Isaac Jeret of Congregation Ner Tamid, located...

  • The rise of the independent b’nai mitzvah—bane or boon?

    By Jane Ulman

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Gabriel Shacket stood on the bimah, before the Holy Ark, and led the morning service for a group of 75 family members and friends. He recited the prayers and blessings, chanted from the Torah and delivered a speech. In short, the 13-year-old became a bar mitzvah.

    "It was a beautiful...

  • Rethinking—and revitalizing—religious schools

    By Julie G Fax

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Like most kids Jewish kids in the 1970s, Devorah Moos Hankin didn't like religious school, nor did she get much out of it. She remembers learning by rote, with a teacher standing at the board writing Hebrew letters.

    Her sons are having a much different experience at Temple Emanuel in...

  • A Place at the Table

    By Rabbi David Baron

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A few years ago I invited a Mormon family to our seder. The presence of non-Jewish guests in our home changed the dynamic in many ways, not the least of which was our newfound enthusiasm for giving clear and thorough explanations of the rituals we observe each year. This Mormon...
  • Whither the First Born?

    By Rabbi Joel Rembaum

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One can learn a great deal about how not to parent by reading the stories of the dysfunctional matriarchal/patriarchal families that comprise a substantial proportion of the narrative in Genesis. One pattern that generates much pain for the dramatis personae of the first book of...
  • On Thanksgiving,  open your hand to the poor and needy

    By Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    n 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, "I do therefore invite my fellow ... to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving.... And I recommend to them that ... they do also ... commend to [God's] tender care all those who have become widows,...
  • Finding Mr. and Ms. Right

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Of all the regular columns in The Jewish Journal, I enjoy the Singles column the most. You know, the one typically written by a 30-something still out there, searching for Mr. or Ms. Right.

    I married young and don't really know too much about the singles scene. But invariably this...

  • Special-Needs Bill: Good IDEA or Not?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Jewish organizations expressed disappointment over President Bush's recent signing of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), saying the bill does not go far enough to help Jewish children in private school who need extra educational support.

    Under IDEA,...

  • Court Writes Off Deductions

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.

    For Jewishly committed parents, that saying should extend to one other area: private school tuition.

    Michael Sklar, a Tarzana accountant, recently tried to make a change to that rule and failed. On Jan. 31, the 9th U.S. Circuit...