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  • Risk aversion is risky business

    December 20, 2010 | 1:51 pm

    “Why are so many people in their 20s taking so long to grow up?” Robin Marantz Henig asked in The New York Times Magazine (“The Post-Adolescent, Pre-Adult, Not-Quite-Decided Life Stage,” Aug. 22). Lori Gottlieb urged reluctant single women to “Marry Him: The Case for Settling for...

  • Stodgy Jews

    By Joel Chasnoff

    June 1, 2009 | 3:42 pm

    Last night, I did my stand-up comedy act at a fundraiser for a Jewish newspaper. The publisher, a Jewish grandma in her 60s named Esther, explained that if the newspaper didn’t raise fifty grand, they’d have to fold. She blamed their predicament on the economy, and also on...

  • Younger Persians seeking greater role in community

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:22 am

    Many of Los Angeles' young Iranian Jews arrived in the United States as small children or were born here to immigrant parents.

    Now young professionals in their 20s and 30s, they have fully embraced life in America and are championing greater political activity for the Iranian Jewish...

  • Extending the Birthright privilege

    By Julie G Fax

    July 17, 2008 | 12:06 am

    Sophie Ambrose grew up without religion on a hippie commune near Jerusalem, Ark. Her mother had rejected Judaism, her father had rejected his Christian background. Ambrose explored churches on her own as a teenager, took a world religions class in college, and as a graduate student...
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  • ‘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...
  • We don’t need more gabfests on diversity

    By David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The details of the ugly dustup between a leading local Jewish philanthropist, Daphna Ziman, and the local African American head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Rev. Eric Lee, are still at issue. Ziman disseminated her account of the encounter in a widely...
  • So Cal Jews’ primary colors are red and blue

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein had barely slept in days.

    A senior at Beverly Hills High School, he'd spent long hours rallying support for Barack Obama, and as the results from the Iowa caucuses poured in, as fellow Obama supporters packed the presidential candidate's California...
  • Obituaries

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Wolli Kaelter, 'A Rabbi's Rabbi, a Mensch's Mensch,' Dies at 93

    In a prayer for his ordination from the Hebrew Union College (HUC) in 1940, Wolfgang (Wolli) Kaelter wrote: "Grant us depth that we might understand, vision that we might see, and let us never become...

  • Workmen’s Circle celebrates 100 years; Progressives fight for what’s Left

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Workmen's Circle Celebrates 100

    It's not every centenarian who can celebrate his birthday with full-throated songs and Yiddish jokes, but the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring did just that in marking its 100th anniversary year in California with high good humor, leavened with a bit of...

  • The Bloods, the Crips and the rabbi

    By Tom Tugend

    January 18, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In 1970, Abraham David Cooper was arrested by Washington police during a sit-in across from the Soviet embassy and put behind bars in a jammed holding cell. The then-20-year old Yeshiva College student came away from the experience with two important observations that may have...
  • Engaging young philanthropists—our approach

    By Sharna Goldseke

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I have been asked to reflect on the challenge of engaging younger Jewish philanthropists in communal life. As a member of the next generation, I have wrestled with this question for more than a decade.

    Approximately five years ago, at the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies,...

  • A free trip to Israel—custom-made for you!

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Click on BIG ARROW for Taglit video

    What's more enticing than a free trip to Israel? A free trip to Israel tailor-made for your interests.

    Taglit-Birthright Israel, a partnership between the Israeli government, local Jewish communities, Jewish federations and philanthropists,...

  • Run for Her: A new generation of awareness

    By Rachel Keller

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    You might think that getting up at 5 a.m. on a Sunday in November would be an impossible feat for a teenager, but when I arrived to volunteer at the second annual Run for Her 5K/3K Friendship Walk/Run for ovarian cancer awareness and research, I was surprised by the number of kids...
  • Class Notes: Camp Ramah celebrates Golden Anniversary

    By Julie G Fax

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    About 800 people are expected at Camp Ramah in Ojai this weekend to celebrate 50 years of Conservative Jewish camping in Southern California.

    All 14 of Camp Ramah's past directors are being honored at the Dec. 3 gala, among them some of the top leaders of the Southern California...

  • Teens, college students make their presence known

    By Jane Ulman

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Welcome to Los Angeles."

    "Welcome to the GA."

    Erika Levy and Alie Kussin-Shoptaw, seniors at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, easily spotted in their bright orange volunteer vests, stood by the escalators at the Los Angeles Convention Center, greeting arriving United...

  • ‘Moishe Houses’ provide post-Hillel hangout for 20-somethings

    By Sue Fishkoff

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Say you're a few years out of college, living with friends and working in a low-paying job for some do-good organization. You don't go to synagogue, but you miss the camaraderie of your college Hillel, and you like to invite people over for Shabbat meals.

    Imagine if someone was...
  • At-risk youth; Much more Mathout; Donkeys vs. Elephants—the beef goes on

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Custody Battle
     
    Wendy Jaffe's cover story on divorce focused primarily on the custody battles while neglecting alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as mediation, which can lead to far more peaceful results ("Who Gets the Shul?" Oct. 6).
     
    In my role as a divorce mediator,...
  • Orthodox youth not immune to high-risk lifestyles

    By Julie G Fax

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, Joel Bess gathered his group of 15 teenage boys and took them to the funeral of a 21-year-old who had died of an overdose. Like the teenagers, the youth who died was Orthodox and didn't fit the yeshiva mold and wound up on a path of high-risk behavior. After the...
  • Rabbi Carron brightens prisoners’ darkest days

    By Nick Street

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Daniel, a blue-eyed 24-year-old who was a few credits shy of finishing his undergraduate degree at UCLA last spring, is now an inmate in unit 131 at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles.
     
    When Rabbi Yossi Carron arrives for his meeting with Daniel -- not...
  • God Was With Us That Night in the Negev

    By Daniella Kaufman

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Our bus driver Boris had been navigating the roads of the Negev for at least an hour when the whole bus suddenly shook, rattled and rolled. As we gazed out the window, we saw that Boris had left the road. All we saw was rock, dust and a little more rock. It took about two more hours...

  • Judaism Finds Its Niche in Great Outdoors

    By Rachel Silverman

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There are Jews hanging from mountaintops all over Colorado. Others are lighting Shabbat candles on sailboats or discovering their spirituality on the ski slopes.

    These Jewish adventure enthusiasts not only make an effort to do the hobbies they love with other Jews, but they do so...

  • Class Notes

    By Julie G Fax

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Get Packing
    It was weeks before camp started, but on Sunday, June 11, Gear Up for Camp Day brought 1,700 people -- including 500 campers and their families -- to The Federation's Camp Max Straus, run by Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Campers filled laundry bags with camp...

  • Class Notes

    By Julie G Fax

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    New Yeshiva Flying SCY High
    Founding board members of the new Southern California Yeshiva High School (SCY High) for boys in La Jolla knew that with a history of failed yeshiva high schools in the area, they had to offer the community something new and innovative. So they, along with...

  • ‘Wagging’: My Story as Gay Jewish Male

    By Eric Gordon

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A couple of years ago, I heard about an oral history project for older gay men and women that resulted in a staged play. I didn't see it, but when Bob Baker, the adapter-director, sent out the call for a new cast, I signed up.

    We listened to each other's stories, wrote up the most...

  • 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...

  • Jewlicious Conspiracy

    By Reina V. Slutske

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In November 2004, I sat in Rabbi Yonah and Rachel Bookstein's kitchen. They are a young couple with three children, and together they run the Cal State Long Beach University Hillel (he is spiritual adviser; she is program director).

    Apple laptop on hand, Rabbi Bookstein talked of a...

  • ADL Youth DREAM of Promoting Tolerance

    By Laureen Lazarovici

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At Claremont High School, there is a boy named Matthew Shepard -- the same name as the Wyoming college student killed seven years ago in a brutal anti-gay hate crime. Senior Adam Primack often saw his schoolmate get teased, and he also witnessed students chant homophobic slurs during...

  • Out of My Comfort Zone

    By Benjamin Steiner

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Each morning at the Anti-Defamation League's Grosfeld National Youth Leadership Mission in Washington, D.C., which took place in November, about 20 students crowded into a hotel room for student-led Shacharit, or morning prayers.

    What was notable was that many of those students...

  • Where the Boys Aren’t

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Chanukah party for Adat Ari El's junior United Synagogue Youth group had all the elements the seventh- and eighth-grade members had requested: latkes, a gift exchange and a fierce board game competition. Yet, said, Julee Snitzer, the synagogue's youth activities director, of the...

  • Selling Judaism: Let’s Make It Harder

    By Rafael Guber

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes to marketing Judaism, especially to young adults, it is hard to imagine a program, innovation and --dare I say it -- gimmick that has not been tried. I would like to suggest one.

    Let's make Judaism harder.

    Really, I am serious.

    This has nothing to do with theology and...

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