Jewish Journal

10 Ways Tel Aviv is different from Los Angeles

by Ryan Torok and Julie Bien

March 3, 2014 | 2:08 pm

Tel Aviv via Wikimedia Commons

1. Every adult you meet, including that cool surfer chick on the beach, is a soldier.

2. Finding real coffee is nearly impossible. Instead, you are offered five permutations of... read on

  • We’re officially in a drought! 25 easy ways to conserve water

    By Julie Bien

    January 17, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    Governor Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency in California. This should come as no surprise to anyone who lives here (hellloooooo 90 degree January days)!

    In fact, we no longer have a "fire season." They've become a year-round affair due to low winter and spring... read on

  • What LA wants to know: Top 10 local Google searches of 2013

    By Julie Bien

    December 18, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    Ever wonder what Angelenos are curious about? Wonder no more! Google compiles a list each year of the top searches by city. Let's analyze what local inquiring minds turned to the internet to research over the last 12 months ::Spoiler alert:: crime and sports (and crime IN sports)... read on

  • 10 Things to help you survive the onslaught of parties this December

    By Julie Bien

    December 3, 2013 | 11:09 am

    Just because you're Jewish doesn't mean you won't be attending your share of holiday events this December--from office parties to New Years Eve soirees, here are some tips on surviving the onslaught of food, alcohol and people.

    1. Get your flu shot. Seriously. Not only does... read on

  • Twelve weird Thanksgiving facts

    By Julie Bien

    November 27, 2013 | 11:25 am

    1. Since 1934, The Detroit Lions always play on Thanksgiving                                                     

    Detroit radio station owner, George A. Richards, bought the Lions (then known as the Spartans) and moved the team from Ohio to Detroit in 1934. In the early weeks of... read on

  • An American burger in Haifa: Israeli takes on fast food

    By Julie Bien

    November 20, 2013 | 10:43 am

    Recently, a friend of mine was visiting from Israel and extolling the virtues of American fast food as the most divine dining experience on God's green earth. I would argue that the most divine dining experience is an al pastor taco from a truck at 2am, but that's a debate for... read on

  • Aren’t you cold? Conversations with my Jewish family:

    By Julie Bien

    November 5, 2013 | 11:12 am

    1.  About boyfriends

    Me: So, what do you think of him?

    Mom: It doesn't matter what I think. Are you happy?

    Me: Yes. Very.

    Mom: As long as you marry someone that's Jewish. That's important. Is your boyfriend Jewish? I just don't want you to get too serious if he isn't. 

    ... read on
  • Jewish Folklore: Helping you keep your demons, ghosts and monsters straight

    By Julie Bien

    October 31, 2013 | 10:27 am

    In the spirit of the season, I've compiled a glossary of the most well-known ghosts, demons and monsters in Jewish mythology. So next time you catch yourself wondering whether you're possessed by a Dybbuk or an Ibbur, or you find yourself wanting to create a Golem to watch your... read on

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