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  • Funding a Jewish future

    September 12, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    When Allen Alevy was 12 years old, he was called to the Torah for the first time. Although he hadn’t yet had a bar mitzvah, his maternal grandfather’s Orthodox synagogue was one man shy of a minyan

    Alevy, who attended morning services regularly, recalls feeling so honored that...

  • Jewish Lists: What They Say About Us

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 9, 2013 | 9:27 pm

    Jeffrey Goldberg's recent column in Bloomberg, is a very powerful argument for canceling the recent proliferation of media-inspired "Jewish Lists." This article is a must read. It also got me thinking about what the lists that we create today say about our generation, because lists...

  • Jewlicious works

    By Rob Eshman

    March 14, 2013 | 5:48 am

    Saturday afternoon on the upper deck of the Queen Mary, six young Jewish adults were engaged in a heated discussion. The topic:  Men or women-- who's hornier?

    I overheard it, and marveled at the participants-- a group of people you wouldn't ever expect in the same room: a svelte...

  • Former Westboro Baptist Church members open up at Jewlicious festival

    March 13, 2013 | 8:27 am

    Talk about coming full circle.

    Three years after members of the Westboro Baptist Church picketed the Jewlicious festival, two granddaughters of the controversial congregation’s pastor appeared at the weekend event to give their first speech since defecting from the group, most of...

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  • Here on Earth

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    September 12, 2012 | 11:40 am

    “The Torah that I am prescribing to you today is not too mysterious or remote from you. It is not in heaven ... it is something that is very close to you” (Deuteronomy 30:11-13).

    A great illustration of this passage is contained in the Yiddish story by I.L. Peretz titled “If Not...

  • White night in Pico

    By David Suissa

    May 30, 2012 | 12:46 pm

    I have a feeling that several years from now, as the movement to strengthen Jewish connection in America accelerates, the coolest night of the year will be Shavuot.

    You see,  one of the traditions of the Shavuot festival — which commemorates the receiving of the Torah some 3,300...

  • Rabbi Now Connects L.A.’s Young Jews

    August 26, 2009 | 6:57 pm

    Rabbi Yonah Bookstein knows how to excite Jewish youth. He’s been the guiding light behind the annual Jewlicious Festivals in Long Beach, which bring together youth from all denominations to celebrate their spirituality with raucous concerts mixed with some serious learning; he’s...

  • Rachel Bookstein: ‘We work better together’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 1:56 am

    Working on a college campus, Rachel Bookstein is constantly talking to students about sex. She has very strong opinions about it -- as does her husband of 11 years. A self-declared "Torah-observant feminist," Bookstein found the place where she thinks Judaism and feminism meet in the...