March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm
Once, I had the notion on a Sunday afternoon that baking abatch of chocolate chip cookies would be a cathartic experience. Iwent to Ralphs, I bought the ingredients, I read the directions onthe back of the chips. But as I stirred the batter in a huge bowl, Iknew something wasn't...
March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm
It was a moment that almost perfectly defined thisweek's United Jewish Appeal young leadership conference inWashington. In one section of the vast Washington Hilton ballroom,hundreds of young Jews were intently listening as special U.S. peaceenvoy Dennis Ross and Israeli Ambassador...
March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm
I'm reading amagazine. Apparently, there's a woman who won't stop having plasticsurgery until she looks exactly like a cat. I'm pondering theimplications of this when someone walks by my cubicle. Fortunately,I've positioned myself and the magazine so that passers-by mightassume my...
March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm
It all begins on a Friday around sundown. You, theparticipant, are assigned to a family's house. Perhaps you arrive attheir doorstep, or maybe you meet them at Aish HaTorah's KabbalatShabbat services at Pico Boulevard and Doheny Drive and walk homewith them afterward.
At the dinner...
February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm
J.J. Goldberg's column on Israeli Finance MinisterNeeman's proposal to gradually phase out American economic aid toIsrael missed several key points, leading readers to draw skewedconclusions ("Foreign Aid as Shell Game," Feb. 13).
Israel has been a true foreign aid success...
February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm
The 405 Jewish Singles circuit bringstogether men and women from nine synagogues along the rush-hourartery
By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer
Single and stuck in evening rush-hour traffic onthe 405 Freeway on the last Friday of the month? Instead of leaningon the horn and screaming at the...
February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm
I am standing in the doorway looking at my first blind date, I'mthinking: somebody could have said something about -- how do I saythis tactfully -- his face.
Over drinks, I try to decide which eye to look at.A choice must be made, as his eyes occupy slightly different planeson his...
February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pmThese are more stories of beshert, of relationships thatare "meant to be," with a little help from The Jewish Journal. Overthe past year, at least five couples have called us to announce theirpersonal-ad-inspired nuptials. And, no, they weren't ashamed to admithow they met. Gone is...
February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm
Stop the presses: The Jewish communityis ready to discover...singles. That's right. What intermarriage and"continuity" were to the 1990s, singles will be in the years ahead: agroup to study, court, serve and, finally, value.
Why are we discovering singles just now? Thearrival of...
November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm
I love basketball. Not as in, I love Neil Diamond,I hum along when he's on the radio. No.
More like, when I know my team is playing and I'mnot watching, I get the agitated look of a kid with chicken pox onHalloween. During basketball season, my life is scheduled aroundgames; people...
September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm
I remember coming home from my first date witha boy.
There was my mother, waiting up in the buzzyfluorescent light of our kitchen. She was gripping a cup ofalready-cold tea, her elbows propped up on the table. She wouldprobably want to know everything -- if I liked him, if he liked...
July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm
ou read me! You really read me!
When I perused the stack of letters in response to my recent column on the difficulty of finding friends in a new city, I not only felt less like a huge loser, but I was reminded what it means to have a community. When I question why being Jewish is...
July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pmBy Teresa Strasser, Contributing Writer
"Don't you want to play with the other little girls?" my grandmother asked me one summer, while the two of us sat on a park bench near a pack of screaming children.
I buried my head deeper into my book.
"Just go up and introduce yourself," she...
May 15, 1997 | 8:00 pm
For some brides-to-be, family relationships will never become fairy tale "happily-ever-afters..."
No Fairy Tale Wedding
I am 32 years old and getting married this summer. Ever since my mother passed away four years ago, my family has been a mess. I am the only girl of four...