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  • We have no homosexuals here

    By Gina Nahai

    July 10, 2013 | 11:48 am

    First, an apology. 

    To the good men and women of the LGBT community at Sinai Temple and everywhere else in the world, on the subject of said temple’s recent announcement that it would henceforth perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, in reference to the mindless, intolerant and...

  • Let there be light

    By Susan Freudenheim

    October 3, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    We take light for granted. But in the Torah’s opening chapter of Bereshit, it was God’s first gift.

    It seems fitting, then, that when a local synagogue committed itself to helping an impoverished village in rural Uganda, the first gift would be to turn on the lights — to give the...

  • A promise for Rosh Hashanah: Remembering the value of dignity

    By Susan Freudenheim

    September 12, 2012 | 2:13 pm

    After all the political speechmaking of the past few weeks, in the wake of all the claims  and fact-checking, name-calling and back-slapping, one simple word has stuck in my mind and my heart. It was spoken at the beginning of Barack Obama’s short tribute film that was shown just...

  • Beauty that heals

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 4, 2012 | 11:50 am

    Last Sunday, I took my first trip to Beit T’Shuvah. I’ve been hearing about this highly successful addiction treatment center for years and had met some of its staff, but I’d never visited its campus on Venice Boulevard, with its sanctuary adorned with stained-glass windows, as...

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  • Beyond 'Kony 2012'

    By Susan Freudenheim

    March 14, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    A week ago last Monday, my daughter brought her laptop to the dinner table and insisted, “We have to watch this.” This never happens in our house. We don’t watch TV at dinner, nor does my very independent 16-year-old tend to share. But her urgency was palpable, so we let her...

  • Hadassah feminists

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 29, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    Amid all the boozing, smoking and jumping from bed to bed in “Mad Men,” there’s a certain 1960s persona that’s missing from the popular TV show — and that’s the sort of dedicated young woman who devoted herself not just to her husband and family, or even to her work, but...

  • Thank you Planned Parenthood

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 15, 2012 | 2:33 pm

    Amid all the hubris and rancor flying around the subject of women’s reproductive rights these days, I suggest we stop for a moment and send a word of thanks to Planned Parenthood for its 100 years of caring for both women and men with nowhere else to turn — almost 50 of those...

  • Opinion: Debbie Friedman’s gift

    By Susan Freudenheim

    January 18, 2012 | 11:01 am

    One evening last February, 1,500 people poured into the vast sanctuary of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, filling every inch.

    Rabbi Ed Feinstein stood on the bimah and addressed them: “With the ashes of Auschwitz in our throats, it was hard to sing,” he said. “With the death and...

  • Opinion: Good writing counts

    By Susan Freudenheim

    December 22, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    Each autumn, the Milken Family Foundation throws one of the best luncheons of the year, and it’s not the fine kosher fare at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel that draws us in. This is when Gil Graff, executive director of the BJE (Builders of Jewish Education) and Richard Sandler,...

  • Opinion: Imagine

    By Susan Freudenheim

    December 7, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    On a particularly beautiful day like last Sunday, I, to be honest, had a hard time facing the prospect of spending the afternoon in windowless conference rooms at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. The draw, however, was “Imagining Our Future: A Day of Jewish Learning & Culture,”...

  • Who owns a horror?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 22, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art right now, in the ground-level hall of the Art of the Americas building, right off the main courtyard, a life-sized, lifelike sculptural installation shows a black man being castrated by a group of five white men wearing cartoonish masks.

    ...
  • Feminism, revisited: Gloria Steinem meets Mona Eltahawy

    By Susan Freudenheim

    October 19, 2011 | 6:28 pm

    When an e-mail arrived in my inbox recently announcing a public conversation between Gloria Steinem and Mona Eltahawy, I knew I had to be there, even though it was scheduled for midday on a Thursday across town at UCLA’s Hammer Museum. The juxtaposition of these two women was...

  • Opinion: A penny to get to Israel

    By Susan Freudenheim

    September 21, 2011 | 6:11 pm

    I’m standing in a room with Sheldon G. Adelson, the tough, outspoken billionaire casino magnate. And I’m wondering: Where is he?

    I had arrived at the lovely Wilshire Boulevard high-rise home of Corie and Michael Koss expecting to meet the fearsome subject of Connie Bruck’s...

  • Niceness, by the Book

    By Susan Freudenheim

    March 30, 2011 | 10:59 am

    Right around the time the curtain was dropping on the opening night of Broadway’s new “South Park”-inspired musical, “The Book of Mormon,” I was in Salt Lake City, Utah, having dinner with two top-level elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, plus a few...

  • A Mother’s Pride

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago as the school year ended, my daughter stood on the bimah in the chapel of our synagogue and, with four of her fellow fifth-graders, led her Jewish day school's Monday Tefillah services. Four girls and a boy shared the honor, and their radically varying sizes bespoke...

  • A Torah Trek to Find a ‘God Moment’

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's a Sunday afternoon in midwinter Los Angeles, the sun is sparkling, the temperature is perfect, I'm in one of the most beautiful settings anyone can imagine, and I'm supposed to be talking to God. I'm sitting alone in a lush, grassy field near a rustling brook, mountains surround...

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