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  • God created a broken world so we would learn to fix it

    14 hours ago

    I have just returned from Israel, where I visited more than 600 teen participants on Young Judaea programs this summer. While there, I was handed a note from Mrs. Warshawsky, one of the elderly neighbors living next door our campus situated in the heart of Baka, Jerusalem. I opened...

  • Don’t kill us

    July 23, 2014 | 9:20 am

    We are teenagers on summer vacation. Some of us are religious Jews and some of us are religious Muslims. We are in different places and we come from different places.

    We are your future.  And four quite like us -- Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrach, and Mohammed Abu...

  • Something in it all

    By Revital Belz

    June 18, 2014 | 2:57 am

    I was eleven when I first went to sleep away camp. It was an Orthodox Jewish camp In Eastern Pennsylvania, a two hour bus ride from my New Jersey Suburban home. I boarded the bus in my oversized tan boy shorts and big grey t-shirt and the carrot sticks my mom had packed for me as a...

  • With aunt of kidnapped yeshiva student in attendance, hundreds of L.A. Jews pray for safe return

    By Jared Sichel

    June 15, 2014 | 11:17 pm

    Hundreds of Jews gathered in Los Angeles Sunday evening at Beth Jacob Congregation for a communal prayer service in response to the Jun. 12 kidnappings of three Israeli yeshiva students by Palestinian terrorists near the West Bank towns of Gush Etzion and Alon Shvut.

    As the aunt...

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  • Boyfriend? Lover? Partner? Dude I’m Dating?

    By Ilana Angel

    December 14, 2012 | 8:06 am

    I am 46 years old and I have a boyfriend, which is ridiculous.  Not ridiculous I am in a relationship, but that he is my "boyfriend".  By definition a boyfriend is a frequent or regular male companion in a romantic or sexual relationship. That sounds like a grown up thing, but the...

  • Words can kill

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 8, 2012 | 9:27 am

    For the past few weeks my mind has been preoccupied. An event that occurred in my home town got me thinking on how mean can people be? And moreover- how mean can young people be? What makes a kid or a teenager, who didn't even get the chance to experience real life, own a heart of...

  • Israel’s whiz kids

    July 11, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Mickey Haslavsky of Holon is only 18, but he’s already on his second startup.

    “When I began my first startup at 16, I thought I was the only one creating Web sites at this age, but I was amazed to discover a huge community between [the ages of] 10 and 18 around the world, and I...

  • Homework: Perspectives of a Mother & her Son

    By Ilana Angel

    April 23, 2012 | 1:09 pm

    If you read my blog on a regular basis, or happen to stumble upon it on one of the days I write about my son, you know that I love him in a profound way.  He is perfection to me and there is nothing I would not do for this kid. 

    We don’t fight, but when there is a difference of...

  • Dating with Children: Hope & Expectations

    By Ilana Angel

    April 15, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    Dating is hard.  Dating with young children is harder.  Dating with older children in nerve wracking.  My son is 16 and now has opinions about who I date.  He wants me to be happy and is very protective of my heart.  He has seen it get broken and so he wants to make sure I date...

  • A Nightmare 16 Years In The Making

    By Ilana Angel

    April 9, 2012 | 10:48 pm

    It has been a very interesting weekend.  By interesting of course I mean stressful, sad, and frightening.  It was Passover, which was wonderful.  It was my birthday, which was wonderful.  It was also the first time my son took the car out on his own, which was wonderful for him, but...

  • A Drivers License For Him & No Sleep for Me

    By Ilana Angel

    April 5, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    My son received his California Drivers License today.  April 5th, 2012 will forever be known as the day I stopped sleeping.  We went out for breakfast to celebrate, came home, and 10 minutes later be borrowed the car.  He left 5 minutes ago to go to the mall, all by himself, and I...

  • Mothers, Sons & Lessons in Love

    By Ilana Angel

    March 4, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    My heart has been broken.  When my father died it broke in a way that it will never recover from.  There is the heartbreak of loss and sorrow, and the heartbreak of love.  Both take your breath away and you are certain you will never recover.  While my heart will never be the same...

  • Being Sad, the End of an Era & Sex with Trolls

    By Ilana Angel

    February 16, 2012 | 10:32 am

    I have been sad for a couple of days.  Not depressed, just sad.  It was the anniversary of my dad’s passing, my son is growing up, I miss my family, and I have decisions to make about my work, but none of that is the cause of my sadness.  I was just sad.  I have been crying easily...

  • My Son, My Teacher, My Oh My

    By Ilana Angel

    November 2, 2011 | 7:07 pm

    I love my son.  He is almost 16, and truly perfection.  Our relationship is not always perfect, but he is the single greatest person I know, and being his mother is a blessing.  He has always been a wonderful child.  A few bumps along the road to be sure, but I am beyond lucky to...

  • My Hiatus from Online Dating Sadly, and Thankfully, Comes to an End

    By Ilana Angel

    September 26, 2011 | 10:36 am

    I have not had a date in 2 weeks.  One crazy date too many put me over the edge, and I had to walk away from it all.  I simply could not handle going out on another nightmare.  I knew I hit the wall when a man contacted me online and his email made me sick.  Everything he wrote made...

  • My Teenager Still Needs Me - Thank God

    By Ilana Angel

    September 8, 2011 | 9:11 am

    I am raising my son to be a good man.  I am trying to present Judaism to him in a way he will not only embrace it, but want it for his own family. I am teaching him to believe in himself, respect women, and take care of the planet.  I want him to work hard, and be generous to those...

  • My Cynical & Jaded Online Dating Butt Just Got Kicked by a Kid

    By Ilana Angel

    August 31, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    I wrote a while back about a man named Dave who wrote me 4 times on an online dating site with the same message.  It was so sad that it became funny, and after I wrote back to a couple of his emails telling him I appreciated the interest but did not feel we were a match, I gave up...

  • Sunday Drive with a Howler Monkey

    By Ilana Angel

    August 29, 2011 | 8:42 am

    I was home all weekend with a sinus infection and bronchitis.  I can’t breathe, have a horrible cough, and I could have spent all day in bed.  My son was great and took care of his dear old mom.  He did his homework, checked on me throughout the day, and made me lots of tea with...

  • The Secular Bar Mitzvah

    By Annie Korzen

    August 22, 2011 | 12:46 pm

    Coming-of-age rituals are a part of growing up.  They exist in every culture: christenings, communions, sweet-sixteens, quinceaneras, debutante balls – whatever.  They can all take a bite out of your wallet. But, thrifty as we are, that is not the main reason we did not give our...

  • Sex, Drugs & Driving:  Surviving the Teenage Years

    By Ilana Angel

    August 17, 2011 | 1:06 pm

    When my son was a baby I could not wait for him to walk, now I wish he would just sit still.  I could not wait for him to talk, now I wish he would be quiet sometimes.  I could not wait for him to drive, and now I find myself praying he will fail his permit test and not be allowed to...

  • Teenagers reveal why this service is different from all other services

    By Jeff Bernhardt

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Since the recent holiday of Passover was one of asking questions and thinking about transitioning from one state of being to another, it is an appropriate time to think of the bar and bat mitzvah in a similar context. These four questions -- or more accurately one question and four...
  • The seminar of a lifetime

    By Chelsea and Hayley Golub

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As we stepped off the bus into McPherson Park in the middle of Washington, D.C., many emotions flooded through our minds. We were scared, we were nervous, but mostly, we were excited. McPherson Park was only a couple of blocks away from the White House. There was much irony in this...
  • ‘Teenism’ gives young adults an undeserved rep

    By Justin Morris

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Teenagers. The word strikes fear into the hearts of most parents and adults. I bet you get shivers down your spine as you're reading this. Though most teenagers are perceived as reckless, raucous, recalcitrant, rowdy and riotous, the truth is that for the most part, teenagers...
  • A summertime find—future Jewish leaders

    By Zachary Lasker

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As a camper, Max Kates was full of energy, soaking up everything Camp Ramah in Ojai offered. He loved sports, singing, his friends and Shabbat. When the summer arrived for him to join the staff, he immediately applied to participate in Ramah's counselor leadership-training program....
  • Summer activities push camps to offer variety

    By Celia Soudry

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Ruth Berkowitz, mother of five, has two manila folders stuffed with camp brochures, schedules and a pencil-drawn spreadsheet compiled of summer activities for her five children, including a column for each week.

    Berkowitz, an Orthodox Jew, has sent her children to both Jewish and...

  • Teens and philanthropy are a MATCH

    By Cliff Henry Zimmerman

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Survivor. No, not the television show, as I wish were the case. A young Jewish woman and personal friend, Amy Farber, is a real survivor who was diagnosed with LAM (short for the fatal lung disease lymphangioleiomyomatosis) a few years ago, when she was 35.

    I met Amy Farber last...

  • Israeli entry ‘Mud’ wins at Sundance

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    'Mud' Wins at Sundance

    Two Israeli films taking critical looks at the Jewish state's society and institutions have won major prizes at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival at Park City, Utah.

    "Sweet Mud," or "Adama Meshugaat" in Hebrew, a top-grossing film in Israel, follows a...

  • Rebecca Levinson: Born to Be a Volunteer

    By Jane Ulman

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rebecca Levinson
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Rebecca Levinson grew up always doing things for the community.

    "This is what you do," the 17-year-old junior at North...

  • Israel’s Teens Get Ironic ‘Inheritance’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Inheriting the Holy Land: An American's Search for Hope in the Middle East," by Jennifer Miller (Ballantine Books, 2005).

    Amos Oz has explored the subject in novels. Amos Elon has penned essays about it. Politicians as varied as Abba Eban, Mahmoud Abbas, Bill Clinton and even Ariel...

  • yeLAdim

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We Love Israel

    Come Party With The Jewish Journal at the Israel Independence Day Festival on May 7. Answer the Kein v'Lo question on a separate sheet of paper, attach the completed entry form and bring it to our booth at Woodley Park, which will open at 10 a.m. Every family that...

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