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  • Secular Connection

    By Evan Marc Katz

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I fell in love with a brilliant, attractive and witty Filipina woman last year. She was a fallen Catholic, didn't accept Jesus as her savior and was totally cool with raising kids Jewish. When I went to her uncle's place for a birthday party and everyone was singing "Sunrise,...

  • A Day on the Bimah Changes Everything

    By Michael Jackman

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My bar mitzvah took place in Queens, New York, in 1970. It was an unexpected and odd occasion, and I hadn't thought about it in years. But now, 34 years later, I was once again in New York, and the subject of my bar mitzvah came up, as the ceremony itself first had, unexpectedly.

    My...

  • Your Letters

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Cool

    The torrents of ink on "Jewish hip," "Jewish cool" and "Jewish pop culture" obscures a simple truth: Only Jews who take seriously Judaism -- the religion -- can count on having Jewish grandchildren ("From Jew to Jewcy," July 23). This is because in an open society only...

  • Robbo to Sing at Center Gala

    By Stefanee Freedman

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Songwriter and performer Robb Zelonky tangos to the lyrical subject of cleaning up a messy room and morphs into an Elvis impersonation when he sings, "Don't Wanna Share My Toys."

    Zelonky, known to kids as Robbo, brings his family-oriented songfest to the stage as part of the Irvine...

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  • ‘L-Words’ in a J World

    By David Finnigan

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The 2000 book "Best Lesbian Erotica" includes Jewish writer Joan Nestle's short story and its provocative, leave-nothing-to-the-imagination title referencing sex with World War II pinup Rita Hayworth.

    "Desire and passion are a very big part of my life. I am a Jewish woman and I...

  • Jews’ Long History in Turkey

    By Yigal Schleifer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish presence in Turkey usually is dated to 1492, when the Ottoman emperor Beyazit II welcomed Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition to his territory.

    In fact, though, Jewish life in the area has been traced back to at least the fourth century B.C.E. During the Byzantine...

  • Your Letters

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Piece of the Pie

    Tom Tugend's article led me to fantasize that if I were a secular Jewish millionaire, what would I do to mitigate the present feverish global anti-Semitism ("Why Aren't Jews Giving to Jews?" June 27)? I certainly would not give a dime to organizations that are...

  • A Costly Win

    By Leslie Susser

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Since the start of Israel's election campaign last October, the flamboyant leader of the secular-rights Shinui Party had been promising a secular revolution in Israel.

    This week Yosef "Tommy" Lapid seemed to have a golden opportunity to fulfill his promises when Shinui -- which...

  • Challenge Begins for Shinui

    By Leslie Susser

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the biggest winner in Israel's election would appear to be Yosef "Tommy" Lapid, head of the staunchly secular Shinui Party. In just its second election, Shinui more than doubled its strength Tuesday, jumping from six to 15 Knesset seats to become...

  • The Shinui Stance

    By Eric Silver

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Tommy Lapid, who has made a second career hammering the ultra-Orthodox, says he didn't go into Israeli politics in order to become a government minister. But the outspoken, 71-year-old veteran journalist is suddenly warming to the prospect.

    With elections less than one week away,...

  • Preaching Tolerance

    By Ronald J. Nessim

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Can religious leaders be devout but not fanatic? Can fervent belief and tolerance coexist? Such questions are hardly academic these days: the results of religious fanaticism now consume headlines, and lives. One set of reassuring answers can be found in the life of Rabbi Benzion...

  • Hollywood Mitzvahs

    By Mike Levy

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When one person helps another person, it's a mitzvah. When 1,500 people from 30 different organizations join together to help out in over 50 volunteering projects, it's Temple Israel of Hollywood's (TIOH) Mitzvah Day.

    The April 29 event attracted volunteers of all ages from both...

  • Thoughts on the Lieberman Selection.

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As a centrist observant Jew working in the secular professions, I am particularly struck by Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore's selection of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman as his vice-presidential running mate for the November 2000 elections.

    The life of the Orthodox Jew at this...

  • One People: Religious Christians and Jews?

    By Judy Gruen

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Most of the mainstream secular Jewishorganizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and the AmericanJewish Congress would like us to think so. But a recent gathering inWashington proved that a grass-roots movement is taking hold amongJews -- not only the Orthodox -- whose views are...
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