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  • The Real Housewives of O.C. Are Back!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 7, 2011 | 10:20 am

    I am ecstatic to say that the Real Housewives of Orange County are back on television!  Of course when I say ecstatic, I mean that in every sarcastic way possible…  Can’t you just feel me rolling my eyes when I write this?  Not only are they back for a brand new season, but this time...

  • The Currency of Flirting

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 3, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Awards Season is over! Thank God! While I wasn’t at the Academy Awards Sunday night, I along with the rest of the city’s scenesters have been all over the city in the last few weeks for awards parties, luncheons, and celebrations. As fun as it all is, it’s also a lot of work...

  • ‘Being Erica’ Takes Jewish Slant on Single Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 2009 | 5:15 am

    In the March 19 episode of SOAPnet’s time-travel fantasy, “Being Erica,” 30-something Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk) is zapped back to the day of her bat mitzvah, shocked to find her grownup brain inside her 13-year-old body as she recites her haftarah portion, which she barely...

  • Status symbol

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Status used to be about social hierarchy -- whether you made a good living or were born into the right family or had achieved prominence in your community. But these days, if you say the word "status" to Generation Single-and-Facebooking, you may be understood very differently.

    For...

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  • The Great Reveal

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    From now on, I'll only go on dates in pajamas.

    On Wednesdays.

    At 10:45 p.m.

    Such midweek engagements in sweats and old T-shirts, with stress and exhaustion at their peak, would eliminate some pretense -- therefore saving my suitors and me time in assessing marriage potential....

  • Accountability

    By Amy Klein

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As usual, it started out with questions.

    "Where do you work? What do you do? Have you been on any trips lately?"

    I was all for talking about myself, what I do, where I've been, where I'm going. But then it got personal.

    "Are you renting? How much do you pay per month?"

    Real estate...

  • Attack of ‘The Mothers’

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    It's early Saturday morning and Shabbat is cresting with the West Coast sunrise. As is my custom, I dress, slip into a pair of heels, and ready myself for a contemplative worship. When I was new in town I could daven, throw back a shot of Manichewitz and grab a piece of challah on my...
  • I am not a fixer-upper!

    By  Orit Arfa

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Do I have a sign on my forehead that says, "Fix me up"? I hope not, because then I'd really have a hard time meeting guys.

    But every so often I get a phone call from a friend or relative, or my mom's friend or co-worker, and even from people I meet on the street: "Orit, I want to...

  • The Connector

    By Amy Klein

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I love my neighbor. Not, as it says in the Torah, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." But literally, I love him. It's not only because he helps me with manly activities, like moving furniture, killing cockroaches and opening jars (how do single women do these things alone?) but because...
  • Happiness—maybe it’s not ‘out there’

    By Alisa Ruby

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It all started with the phone call from my Jewish mother in the Philadelphia suburbs about five years ago: "My friend's son is moving to L.A. I think he has an on-again-off-again girlfriend. But, he's cute and nice. Anyway, he's going to call you for coffee." Innocent enough, or so I...
  • ‘Love 101’ from the teachers at Tel Aviv’s dating school

    By  Orit Arfa

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Michal's story of dating frustration is undoubtedly common among singles living in Tel Aviv, or any major population center of the United States.

    "I'd often go out on dates and meet guys hoping to create a relationship. I'm good-looking, smart, fun, communicative, but I'd end up...
  • MUSIC VIDEO: Kenny Ellis—‘Swingin’ Dreidel’

    December 14, 2006 | 10:34 pm

    Kenny Ellis sings his hit single from his ‘Hanukkah Swings!’ album on Favored Nations Records—swingingest ‘Dreidel Song’ ever

  • My True Best Feature—My Crazy Charm?

    By Carin Davis

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My friend Nanea is breaking up with singlehood, and my girls and I are ready to help. Best friends since UCLA, we throw Nanea a wild bachelorette party weekend in NYC.

    My group takes a bite out of the big apple. We shop uptown, dine downtown, theater on Broadway, picnic in Central...

  • That’s What I Do

    By Keren Engelberg

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you're a single 24-year-old gal looking to meet a preferably Jewish single guy in Los Angeles, you'd think a good pick-up line might include the words "I work for The Jewish Journal." After all, what better way to convey to the guy-of-interest that you're a fellow MOT? But you'd...

  • Singles - Operation: Picky

    By Amy Klein

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Did I mention I have ESP?

    I know what people think. I know what people think when I tell my latest dating story.

    I know because some of my "friends" -- or people who call themselves such just for the occasion to chastise me -- say, with rising frustration in their quietly expelled...

  • Dating Creeds

    By Dara Lehon

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Believe it or not, I've never felt quite as valuable, attractive and desirable as the times I've gotten dumped. Well, sort of.

    According to some once-doting men, I'm terrific. I'm also beautiful, talented, smart, sassy, funny, dynamic, cute and sweet. To make matters worse, I'd make...

  • A Blog World After All

    By Rachel Silverman

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Last year, the Pew Internet and American Life Project estimated that 8 million American adults had created blogs. Although the number of specifically Jewish blogs is unconfirmed, those with knowledge of the blogosphere say the pool is substantial. Jewish blogs, or Web diaries, run...

  • Too Picky

    By Glenn M. Gottlieb

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, I had just returned from a trip to New York to meet someone my rabbi tried to set me up with -- a member of his

    former congregation there. On my first Friday night back in shul, I was confronted by close married friends of mine with the question.

    "So-o-o ...,"...

  • The Cost of Marriage

    By Jonathan Udren

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    After two years of single life in Israel, I looked forward to the new perspectives that marriage would bring to my Israeli immigrant experience.

    I knew that the normal adjustments from bachelorhood were inevitable, such as putting down the toilet seat and washing linens more...

  • The Painful Holidays

    By Michele Herenstein

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A feeling of trepidation takes hold of my heart. The Jewish holidays are upon us again, and as a 30-something single in a family of all married siblings, I'm feeling anxiety and pain.should be excited, as I get to spend two days with my parents, brothers, sisters-in-law and their...

  • He’s my ...

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    The term "boyfriend" is like the knee joint on someone who is morbidly obese. It is being asked to do way more than it was designed

    to do. It is buckling under the pressure. Where it once could do the job, it is now carrying too much weight.

    Example: My grandma had a companion...

  • Where Is the Woo?

    By Mark Miller

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I wish I lived 200 years ago so I could woo a woman the way single men did back then. Who even uses the word "woo" anymore, much less knows what it means? Who even gives much thought at all to what they say to the opposite sex?

    The media and the MTV generation and life's...

  • Twisted Spinster

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    My friend has a red velveteen frog that lives on the arm of her red velvet sofa.

    Her living room has become the gathering place for our little group, five of us, all single. We spend many a night on these couches, shoes kicked under the coffee table, ordering Chinese food,...

  • Letters to the Editor

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Shalhevet's Future

    Let's look 20 years into the future. Who will be our community leaders ("What's Next for Shalhevet?" Feb. 4)? They will, by and large, be students from schools like Shalhevet High School and Middle School, because there they learn that when a community paper...

  • A Noodge Too Far

    By Jill Franklin

    December 3, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    When I got engaged, my mom's dearest girlfriends, whom I affectionately call "The Crones," all sent me a card. On the front it said,

    "Now that you are engaged, no one will ever ask you again 'When are you getting married?'" On the inside it read, "So, when are you going to have a...

  • Applesauce Warms Holiday Celebration

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    By the time Chanukah rolls around, I'll have spent the last three to four weeks cleaning and cooking up a storm for a Thanksgiving feast; planning, decorating, and baking for my daughter's birthday party; volunteering and baking some more for several school holiday celebrations;...

  • Sexual Taboos Split Persian Generations

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Like many single Jews, Sharona Saghian met her husband on JDate, the Internet dating service aimed at Jewish singles. Although by doing so, the 28-year-old broke her community's old, venerated matchmaking traditions.

    Saghian is Persian and in her community most parents prefer to...

  • From the Mouths of Babes

    By Joan G Friedman

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    How Do You Decide Whom to Marry?

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    •You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. -- Alan, age 10

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    •No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to...

  • Like a Jew in a Bagel Store

    By Carin Davis

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I'm no longer a virgin. To Israel, that is. This single babe just returned from her maiden voyage to the land of milk and honey. And all I can say is -- there were a lot of honeys. Jewish men everywhere.

    In the restaurants, on the streets, in the shops -- I didn't know where to...

  • The Safe Unsafe

    By Adam Gilad

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    You date. You go to dinners. The beach. A friend's showcase. You retell your charming story until you hate every polished detail.

    You laugh, you listen, you communicate varying measures of maturity and audacity. You venture forward as sincerely as caution allows and then one day,...

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