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  • How lying down on the job pays off

    May 24, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Can you put a price on a good night’s sleep? Earl Kluft thinks so. But it will cost you.

    Kluft, 62, is CEO of the family-run E.S. Kluft & Co., and he made headlines last year with his king-size Palais Royale plush mattress, which sells at Bloomingdales and Macy’s for $33,000.

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  • This seder honors today’s Egyptians

    April 20, 2011 | 3:51 pm

    Jews have long celebrated freedom as part of the Passover seder, but any look at a newspaper these days provides a reminder that the topic is as relevant as ever.

    Inspired by the mass uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East, more than 150 people gathered...

  • My personal Purim miracle

    March 17, 2011 | 4:13 pm

    It was Purim, 1985. The surroundings seemed so strange to me. From childhood, Purim always meant Megillah reading, noise from noisemakers, loud music, lively dancing, people dressed up in different costumes, lots of good food, exchange of Mishloach Manot gift baskets, and a little...

  • Retelling Purim: Q & A with Mordechai, Esther, Vashtie and Hayman

    March 15, 2011 | 10:21 am

    With Purim just a grogger’s turn away on March 19, it’s time to reroll the scroll of Esther and take another look at the whole megillah. It’s a story with characters so lifelike, I should quote them. That would be news.

    But lacking a time machine, I was still able to go to the...

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  • Turning the world upside-down on Purim

    March 14, 2011 | 10:23 am

    When was the last time you stood on your head?

    If you don’t practice yoga, and you’re not a 2-year-old, it’s probably been quite a while.

    Noting that my toddler couldn’t get enough of being upside down on his little sister’s infant seat, I understood the allure. Seeing the...

  • LAUSD’s new calendar impacts camps, families

    By Rachel Heller

    January 25, 2011 | 6:27 pm

    This summer was going to be the one — the one when Prissi Cohen’s daughter, Tillie, would finally get to enroll with a friend in a late-summer overnight session at Camp Ramah. But now Cohen’s not so sure.

    If Tillie, 10, winds up going to a Los Angeles Unified School District...

  • Lifting voices — and hearts — in song at Hava Nashira

    January 25, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    To those who love it, Hava Nashira is less a Jewish summer music workshop and more a calling. Even the name — translated as “come let us sing” — beckons.

    Started in 1992 by Debbie Friedman and Cantor Jeff Klepper, the sessions originally intended to train camp song leaders...

  • Pingpong therapy brings net gains to Alzheimer’s patients

    By Rachel Heller

    January 25, 2011 | 6:20 pm

    Usually, Fryda Dvorak needs a cane to move around. But put her behind a pingpong table and you wouldn’t know it.

    Dvorak, 86 and living with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, returns volley after volley with her confident lob, sometimes gritting her teeth in concentration as she...

  • Menorah Housing opening new building in West L.A

    January 25, 2011 | 6:15 pm

    The new building on Pico Boulevard and Veteran Avenue in West Los Angeles could pass as an upscale hotel in the heart of Hollywood, with its brightly painted exterior walls and angular balconies.

    Instead, the complex is the 17th addition to the collection of apartment buildings...