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  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 7-13, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    July 5, 2012 | 9:38 am

    SUN | JULY 8

    L.A. performance artist and avant-garde clown April Hava Shenkman channels the comedy queens of Hollywood’s golden age for advice and wisdom. Follow Shenkman’s pursuit of happiness in this one-woman, cabaret-style performance. Sun. Through July 29. 9-10...

  • Rhoda S.

    June 27, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    Rhoda’s a widow in her 70s. “I was married to a physician — a brilliant ophthalmologist. He passed away two and a half years ago.” Although she still mourns her loss, she’s ready to find companionship. She signed up for Match.com — “My lead [in my profile] is: I really...

  • Football, Prayers & Faking it for Love

    By Ilana Angel

    June 24, 2012 | 6:49 pm

    If you are going to date an Englishman, you have to like football (soccer).  By like it of course I mean pretend you like it so as to impress him.  I have been pretending to care about this game for months and it has been exhausting.  It started out with my blatant faking of...

  • Randy S.

    June 20, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    Randy moved 16 times before he got to high school.  He never knew his father—his hippie mom didn’t know, either, and they didn’t care.  “She was part of this spiritual group so we all lived communally.  We lived in a house with 12 people in San Francisco.  It wasn’t until...

  • Guershon M.

    June 6, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    The most embarrassing aspect of Guershon’s life is that he’s 34 and lives with his mom, so of course I’ll lead with that. “I started film school and I [moved in with my mom], and the hardest thing for me was it seemed like [my friends] had all their s—- together. It was...

  • Michelle P.

    May 30, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    Michelle wants to go on 365 dates in a year. She calls her project Michelle365. “I’m really using the term dates loosely as an excuse to get to meet all different types of people.”

    She cares more about personality than looks. “I asked the guy who works at a landfill out on a...

  • June 2-8, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    May 30, 2012 | 11:01 am

    SAT | JUNE 2

    Musicians come together to rock your soul during the Beit T’Shuvah Sisterhood concert. Performers include Craig Taubman, singer-songwriter James Fuchs, funk ensemble The Bobby Hunt Trio, folk-rocker Danny Peck, student Cantor Rachel...

  • Alexander T.

    May 23, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    Alex wrote to me asking why I didn’t have any gay single peeps on my site. I told him I do — “you should take another look” — and then offered to interview him sight unseen. Because I’m awesome like that. He took me up on it. Because he’s trusting like that.

    Alex was...

  • May 26-June 1

    By Ryan Torok

    May 23, 2012 | 10:16 am

    SAT | MAY 26

    Haskell, a young Jewish immigrant fleeing Russian pogroms in 1909, settles in the Baptist community of Hamilton, Texas, in this musical adaptation of playwright Mark Harelik’s tale of a stranger in a strange land. As he struggles to achieve the...

  • My Single Peeps: Isaac S.

    May 15, 2012 | 8:58 pm

    When Isaac sits down to speak with me, I see the rugged beard with a shot of gray around the chin, the athletic build and the tight-fitting Israeli-style clothes, and I think, “I know exactly who this guy is.” He has an Israeli accent, so when he first says to me, “In Israel I...

  • May 19-25

    By Ryan Torok

    May 15, 2012 | 6:26 pm

    SAT | MAY 19

    Days after the election that brings Hitler to power, a Jewish couple — an acclaimed physicist and his unfaithful wife — contemplate whether to seek an unknown future outside of Germany or stay put in Berlin. Written by playwright Iddo Netanyahu,...

  • Lawrence J.

    May 9, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    Lawrence is a South African Jew who has been in Southern California since he was 10. I met him through his sister, Francine, who briefly dated my eldest brother after they met abroad on a high-school trip. I hadn’t seen Francine in years, so she tagged along for the interview.

  • May 12-18

    By Ryan Torok

    May 8, 2012 | 7:00 pm

    SAT | MAY 12

    What if O.J. Simpson didn’t do it? The Journal invites you to the L.A. premiere of a documentary that examines that very question. Explore the evidence with private investigator William Dear, whose ongoing investigation into the 1994 murders...


    By Ryan Torok

    May 3, 2012 | 6:15 pm


    SUN MAY 6

    Hike Griffith Park and relax in Amir’s Garden (amirsgarden.org) with the young professionals of Valley Ruach. A barbecue and picnic with kosher and veggie hot dogs and salads follows. Wear sturdy and...

  • My Single Peeps: Natania L.

    May 2, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    If I wrote Natania’s column gender-neutral, there would be very few tip-offs that I was writing about a woman. To be fair, if someone wrote about me the same way, there’d probably be very few tip-offs that I’m a man. At least in the sense that I like clothing and hate watching...

  • Apr. 27-May 3

    By Ryan Torok

    April 25, 2012 | 10:46 am

    SUN | APRIL 29

    Mizrahi pop star Eyal Golan, “The Voice” contestant Monique Benabou and Craig Taubman are the featured performers at today’s 64th Independence Day Festival, which includes a Salute to Israel Walk and Ride and an art installation competition....

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Apr. 14-20, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    April 11, 2012 | 10:47 am

    For Yom HaShoah events, visit jewishjournal.com/yom_hashoah.

    SAT | APRIL 14

    End Passover with Yiddish music and Chinese food. Singer-songwriter Mark Levy performs a diverse range of Yiddish music — classic folk songs, theater songs, and songs...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Apr. 7-13, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    April 4, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    SAT | APRIL 7

    For television actor Jack Shore and his Yiddish actor grandfather Jacob Shemerinsky it’s showtime — in parallel dimensions. Preparing for a sold-out tribute to his grandfather, Jack is backstage in his cramped dressing room worrying about his...

  • Alexa N.

    March 21, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    Alexa initially wrote to me because she was interested in one of my single peeps. She attached a picture of herself — a headshot, where she looked like she was 14 years old. My friend never responded, probably fearful of getting arrested on a date with a ninth-grader. But I invited...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Mar. 24-30, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    March 21, 2012 | 1:38 pm

    SAT | MARCH 24

    Soulful Yemenite singer Achinoam Nini, aka Noa, has experimented with folk, rock, Arabic pop and more during her 20-year career. Tonight, she performs classic Israeli songs, such as “Hayu Leilot” “Mayim Rabim” and “Ruach Stav,” from her latest release,...

  • EG Daily

    March 15, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    The first time I saw EG I was just starting to train at the Howard Fine Acting Studio.  She looked familiar, but I didn’t put it together immediately.  Then it clicked — Dottie!  From “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”!  After we became friends and had worked together on various...

  • My Single Peeps: Rachelle S.

    March 8, 2012 | 11:50 am

    Rachelle is originally from New York.  “I went to San Francisco in my 20s, so I feel as if I grew up [there].”  Her husband at the time wanted to get out of New York, “and I’m actually glad he wanted to move.  I love San Francisco.”  She divorced in the 1970s and, while...

  • Shanee F.

    March 1, 2012 | 2:53 pm

    Shanee was born and raised in Beverly Hills by Israeli parents. After college, she moved to New York for four years, where she worked in marketing. “I absolutely adore New York, but I came back because my heart is here — my family and good friends are here. I have the most...

  • Ruthie B.

    February 23, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Ruthie, who is 81 now, was raised in Chicago. An abused child, she was sent away to live on a farm called Glen Eyrie in Delavan, Wis. “You know what it was like in the ’30s if you had a mean mother — no one talked about it. I know how to milk cows, kill chickens.”


  • The Bachelor – Hometown Dates Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    February 22, 2012 | 9:28 am

    We are hitting the home stretch and as it is every season around this time, I am reaching my breaking point.  I love this show so much that I can’t stand that it’s almost over.  By love it of course I mean it is total crap and I am counting down the minutes until it is finally...

  • Dina S.

    February 16, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Dina grew up in Michigan, one of only a few Jews in her area. Her parents, who themselves had met at a Camp Ramah, sent her to Camp Ramah in Canada so she could meet other Jews. “I really loved it,” she told me. She spent 10 summers there as a camper and counselor — even after...

  • Dating Sucks but LA Singles Rock

    By Ilana Angel

    February 13, 2012 | 2:41 am

    This past Saturday night, the Jewish Journal held its first singles event and I was honored to be a part of it.  By a part of it of course I mean this was my baby and I was thrilled with how the event turned out.  It was the forward thinking of Rob Eshman and David Suissa that...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: February 3-February

    By Ryan Torok

    February 9, 2012 | 6:48 pm

    Pick of the Week: Sat., Feb. 11

    Journal bloggers Ilana Angel (Keeping the Faith) and Elliot Steingart (Some Reservations) join singles columnist Seth Menachem (My Single Peeps) and Hollywood Jew scribe Danielle Berrin for an irreverent discussion on...

  • My Single Peeps: Sonia S.

    February 9, 2012 | 5:36 pm

    Sonia doesn’t look or sound like your typical Jewish girl next door. Sure, she’s loud — but her accent is more Charo than Bette Midler. Her clothing is, too.

    Sonia was born in Costa Rica to a Catholic family. Her uncle, who is now a Vatican priest, told her that he knew...

  • Candace B.

    February 1, 2012 | 3:56 pm

    Candace was raised in the Valley, a typical middle-class Jewish upbringing, where her family raised her with the hope that she’d do better financially than their generation. But she was never typical. She went to the first alternative college in the United States (Johnston College,...

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