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LOS ANGELES (JTA) – After weeks of missiles falling on Israel and bombs dropping on Gaza, we land on Tisha B’Av. With the day-to-day images of explosions and tunnels so fresh, I wondered how they might connect to my mid-summer night’s struggle … more
“Hiddur mitzvah” is defined as taking an ordinary object used for ritual or worship, and beautifying it, thereby creating something more than utilitarian. For example, one can make Kiddush with a drinking glass; but to create instead an ornate … more
BY  LOS ANGELES (JTA) – In the weeks before Hanukkah, with anticipation of the holiday brightly filling my mind, the darkening news of rising anti-Semitism in the U.S. began to … more
(Kveller via JTA) – If your Passover Seder is anything like mine, it can resemble the world’s most difficult classroom: different ages, ranging from 3 to 93, and varying levels of … more
In the world of artifacts, there is a philosophical divide: should they be preserved in the state in which they were found or should they be repaired and restored? If you’ve ever been to … more
I’ve been swimming, competing, lollygagging and generally enjoying the water for 55 years. Having played sports from soccer and football to track and cycling, the environment I love best is … more
Dear Erin and Susan,   My mother has lived in her home for more than 40 years.  She is finally onboard with downsizing. After years of memory-making and accumulating, she is … more
BY LARRY KESSLER The Bar Mitzvah has evolved in 53 years, but the more it’s changed – and it has, big time – the more it’s stayed the same. Back in those ancient … more
March is right around the corner, which means it is time to start thinking about the summer! Seems far away but your children will be out of school before you know it. What should you do with your children this summer? Send them to the Dwares JCC … more
Liz Hollander was an extraordinary human being. “She was a truly righteous person,” wrote one member of the J Street RI steering committee.  Others described Liz as “warm,” “insightful,” “feisty,” “generous” and … more
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