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  • Skip college — embrace Judaism and learn a trade

    October 30, 2015 | 9:51 am

    The conventional profile of American Jews is that they tend to be highly educated and work in professions like medicine, finance, law and the academy.

    Jews, of course, “value education,” as the trope about the “People of the Book” goes. And American Jews, since they started...

  • The Pleasures of Staying Home

    By Mindy Leaf

    September 7, 2015 | 7:12 am

    I was never known to be a "homebody." Home was merely the place where I fell asleep, kept my clothes and took my daily shower. Work, focused activity, real conversations and daily living were reserved for "the outside."

    I was known to employ a fierce dedication at the office,...

  • For Hasidic Jew who consults for Google, no college degree required

    September 1, 2015 | 9:59 am

    When Issamar Ginzberg enters his Jerusalem office on a sweltering summer day, he’s wearing a long black coat tied at the waist and a black hat. His long, scraggly beard and sidecurls, or payos, offer no relief from the heat.

    The office — thank God — is air conditioned, and...

  • A Short Guide to the Good Life

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 14, 2015 | 5:40 am

    This week, I've been dipping into a new/old book on how to live your life. It's called A Strategy for Daily Living by psychiatrist and author Ari Kiev, and was first published in 1973. (And because I live in a bibliophile's house, it was the original, slightly crumbling edition...

  • I am NOT impressed!—a rant against ‘The Man’

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 24, 2015 | 11:04 am

    I'm generally thought of a "nice" person. At least I've been told so often enough. I'm naturally kind, sympathetic, conscientious about things I promise and like to make people laugh (or at least crack a smile). I treat most everyone I meet — be they the Queen of England (well I...

  • High Holy Days: Working for happiness

    By Amy Klein

    September 3, 2013 | 10:37 am

    Did you know that many people actually find free time more difficult to enjoy than work? Although many people also find their work stressful, boring or meaningless, success doesn’t make people happy either. 

    “More than a decade of groundbreaking research in the fields of positive...

  • Discussions under way on shortening Israel’s workweek

    September 19, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    A proposal to make Sunday a day off from work and school advanced in Israel.

    A political truce in recent weeks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who opposed the change, and Vice Premier Silvan Shalom, who has been pushing for a shorter workweek for years, has given new...

  • How to get paid what you want

    February 16, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Whether you’re looking for a new job or are a recent graduate, you might be so thrilled to get a job offer — any offer — that you settle for less than you should.  Here are five strategies to get paid what you really want:

    Tip 1: Don’t provide salary history. Keep your...

  • Single, Happy, Hopeful & Strutting

    By Ilana Angel

    November 30, 2011 | 9:12 am

    I am in a dating slump and frankly have no real interest in getting out of it. I had a date last week that was completely uneventful, and when I came across someone online I thought looked interesting, it turned out he was a reader of my blog and while a fan, was not brave enough to...

  • For downtown’s Persian Jews, work plus worship equals success

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 26, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Fast-paced techno dance music blasts through Chikas, a retail clothing store off Santee Street in the heart of downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District, which many call the Garment District. Robert Mahgerefteh, the store’s owner, helps the dozen or so young women looking for great...

  • More Facts, Questions and Things I Will Never Understand or Have Answers To.

    By Julia Bendis

    June 29, 2011 | 4:22 pm

    1. Why Oh why do people insist on asking how you are doing, when they don’t plan on listening to the answer?  Just say “Hello” and keep walking!  But don’t ask people how they are, and then interrupt them mid-sentence to tell them how late you are and need to run!

    2. Why is it that...

  • Obvious vs. the-Not-So-Obvious!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 31, 2011 | 1:18 pm

    Lately I’ve been thinking about the many jobs I have had, all through my teenage years and adulthood.  The reason I started thinking about them is simple: every time my children talk about what they want to do when they grow up, and it changes daily, I usually have a funny anecdote...

  • A Soviet Passover…

    By Julia Bendis

    April 18, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    How do you prepare for Passover when the rest of the world doesn’t stop to observe it?  When the rest of the world takes a break for Christian holidays, and people have time to cook and prepare for a religious celebration, do they realize how much it sucks to be a Jew, a Muslim or...

  • To Be or Not to Be, Rich…

    By Julia Bendis

    March 3, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Please tell me how can anyone get ahead in this world, financially that is?  I should rephrase: how can an average person with children get a head in this world?

    I sit here pondering that question while staring at the Orthodontic Invoice for my fifth-grader’s teeth!  Three...

  • 10 things I love and understand

    By Julia Bendis

    February 25, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    1. Don’t you love those people that use ALL CAPS when typing?  What is the thought there?  That unless you use all capital letters nobody will read your email, or that its a lot more important that other people’s emails?  And furthermore the same people that use all caps, don’t know...

  • Joys of growing up in Communist Soviet Union, and other tales of my Family.

    By Julia Bendis

    February 16, 2011 | 9:39 am

    -While my husband, growing up in Ohio got to go on potato chip factory field trips, my brother and I got to go on Concentration Camp field trips.  Look up Salaspils in Latvia.

    -When most kids got to play with Barbies, toy trucks and teddy bears, I got to play with syringes, which my...

  • My Interview with the Department of Homeland Security!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 1, 2011 | 10:45 am

    Years ago, I had applied for a position with the Department of Homeland Security.  Why would I apply for a position with the Homeland Security?  Who knows…  Remember my post about my ADD, and pins in my ass?  Well, that’s why.  This was right after 9/11, and they just formed this new...

  • Israeli students protest yeshiva stipend

    November 2, 2010 | 9:49 am

    Thousands of Israeli university students gathered in Jerusalem to protest a bill that would provide stipends to yeshiva students.

    As many as 10,000 students from universities throughout the country arrived by chartered buses to the capital Monday evening for the protest march from...

  • Create a new model to   enhance work, self, family and community

    September 25, 2008 | 2:37 am

    Now is the time of year when we return to what matters most in our lives. We reflect on what we've done and we commit to making things better in the year ahead. What a great and powerful moment in the Jewish cycle. For without this annual taking stock, how can we evolve to become the...
  • Swearing at work

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 1, 2007 | 6:19 pm

    I had an editor once that tried awfully hard to sell me on writing a story about what people thought about cussing at work. I was never clear on why a newspaper reporter would write such a newsworthlessness topic, so I didn’t. If only I’d had this news peg from a lawsuit filed...

  • Muslim meatpackers fired for praying

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 24, 2007 | 11:20 am

    Somali Muslims in Omaha claim they were harassed and fired for taking a 5- to 10-minute break each evening to say the maghrib. Jama Mohamed, 28, is among the workers who say they were fired or forced to quit.

    ‘‘Some of them took the [prayer] mat from me; they started shouting, they...

  • Fran Rosenfield: All About the Children

    By Adam Wills

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Fran Rosenfield
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Fran Rosenfield answers the door of her Northridge home a few moments after the musical doorbell has cycled through its tune....

  • Milken School head gets the surprise of her life

    By Julie G Fax

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rennie Wrubel had no reason to suspect.

    The board members, the 800 students on bleachers, the officials from the Bureau of Jewish Education and private foundations -- they had come to Milken Community High School to hear Gen. Shaul Mofaz, minster of transportation and deputy prime...

  • Mayor implores people of faith to fight homelessness

    By Naomi Glauberman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Local communities have to provide services and supportive housing. We can't be a city that grows in one part and leaves people destitute in another," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told a crowd of more than 300 at Leo Baeck Temple on Sunday.

    Teachings from the Torah, as well as triumphs...

  • Q&A With Rabbi Harold S. Kushner

    By Sarah Price Brown

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Twenty-five years ago, Rabbi Harold S. Kushner wrote a book that changed his life and the perspective of millions. "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" became an international bestseller that made Kushner a celebrity and gave many suffering people a sense of comfort. Kushner...
  • Partners in Creation

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Roger Gottlieb makes the case in his book, "A Greener Faith," that we are in need of an ecotheology -- to view the Earth in a more divine and holy way. He writes that we have so separated ourselves from nature we don't actually feel our interconnectedness with it; rather, we value...
  • Life in the ‘hood: Gino Tortorella, hairdresser to the Jews

    By David Suissa

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    After 30 days of spiritual feasting, repenting, praying and partying, I think this is a good time to head into the hood and meet my buddy Gino Tortorella.

    I love Gino because he's entertaining in a Martin Scorsese sort of way -- he looks like a cross between Joe Pesci and Danny...

  • Winning Nobel Prizes seems to run in one family’s chemistry—and biology

    By Joe Eskenazi

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    You've heard of the nuclear family. But how about the deoxyribonucleic family? Thirty-seven years after Arthur Kornberg won the Nobel Prize in medicine, his eldest son, Roger, took home this year's prize in chemistry, receiving the call from Stockholm Oct. 3.
    Not only are both...
  • Defying Nazis?  Sure!  It’s all in a days work

    By Tom Tugend

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Of all the books written on German militarism, "The Captain From Koepenick," by German playwright Carl Zuckmayer, is not only one of the great all-time satires, but penetrates to the heart of the matter more pointedly than a dozen treatises.
    The play premiered in 1930 and...
  • Russian Singer Goes From Defector to Cantor

    By Roberto Loiederman

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I was born in the 1960s into a typical Soviet Jewish family," says Svetlana Portnyansky. "We never went to synagogue, never were religious. At family events at home, we sang Jewish songs sometimes, but we'd close all the doors to make sure no one heard us."

    Given Portnyansky's...

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