Jewish Journal

  • A Matter of Size

    By Rebecca Halpin

    May 19, 2010 | 1:00 am

    Birthright Israel NEXT LA at the Opening Night Gala of the LA Jewish Film Festival, screening “A Matter of Size”, about a Sumo Wrestling team in Israel

  • From Alef: Bad Mitzvah

    By Heather Wolfson

    May 17, 2010 | 12:22 pm

    By Lucy Gillespie
    Featured in Alef: The NEXT Conversation

    If Torah stories are perfect parables – solid, flawless shells of metaphor to be cracked by brains trained hard in symbolism – then here’s a hard nut for all you would-be Talmudic scholars. Bear in mind that at the end,... read on

  • Jews in ALL Hues

    By Heather Wolfson

    May 14, 2010 | 3:10 pm

    by Jared Jackson

    Growing up, I never thought about how being both African American and Jewish could be deeply meaningful.  The journey to discover and understand my identity began in freshman year of college. By some strange twist of fate, I ended up living on a floor where most of... read on

  • From Alef:  13-Bar Mitzvah Season

    By Heather Wolfson

    May 10, 2010 | 2:35 pm

    Featured in Alef:  The NEXT Conversation

    As we started putting together Alef’s 13th issue, we realized that thirteen often gets a bad rap. Defined, simply, as “a cardinal number; 10 plus 3,” this numeric landmark is undeniably significant. But why? How did “13″ ever come... read on

  • NEXT Shabbat-a-thon

    By Sophie Sills

    May 6, 2010 | 10:21 pm

    I huffed in my hot car, shelpping to Santa Monica, halted in Friday afternoon LA traffic, but looking forward to breathing the clean beach air, free from the work week’s nuisances. After my Shabbat bereft tenure in San Francisco, getting myself to my host’s house is a small price... read on

  • Green SoCal Natural Spotlight:  Hollywood Reservoir

    By Heather Wolfson

    May 4, 2010 | 3:57 pm

    By Joshua Marks

    After over eight-and-a-half years of living in the Los Angeles area I had never even heard of the Hollywood Reservoir.

    That all changed last Saturday afternoon when I drove up the narrow, windy residential roads of the Hollywood Hills to this urban oasis in the... read on




Sophie Sills recently relocated from San Francisco to Los Angeles after completing an MFA in Creative Writing. Here she teaching English at National University, composes poetry...

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