Author Archives: JLife

Remembering Miriam Oxman   

MIRIAM OXMAN, 95 of Buena Park, California, passed away November 18, 2017.  She started a mail-order business at Rosecrans and Valley View Streets in Santa Fe Springs in 1961 with her husband Jerome Oxman. “Oxman’s Surplus became a landmark in Southern California for its extraordinary military museum, war memorabilia, and surplus military sales to the public. Miriam Averbook was born ... Read More »

Tabloid Leadership

I’VE GIVEN SOME thought, recently, to the naming, blaming and shaming of people in the front-page worlds of performance arts, publishing and business who may have abused their relative positions by sexually subjugating others. More shocking than the tawdriness of the tales is the arrogance that led some to believe that they are important enough to wield abuse and call ... Read More »


SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I was on a train from Paris to Antwerp. The only other occupant of the compartment was a man who was busy reading a book. So friendly me looked over at the book and realized it was Hebrew. I said, “Hebrew!” He looked up immediately and asked if I spoke the language to which I replied I ... Read More »

The Sephardim

A STRIKING DIFFERENCE between Jewish life in the States and in Israel is the relative lack of Sephardim in the U.S. This difference gets expressed in Jewish religious life as well as in other aspects of Jewish culture (music, food, clothing, etc.). It also gets expressed in one’s consciousness of what a Jew looks like and what it means to ... Read More »

What Connects Us

WHAT CONNECTS JEWS to Jerusalem? Some would say its history; starting with Abraham bringing his son Isaac for a sacrifice and Jacob’s amazing dream.  King David established it as the Jewish capital some three thousand years ago. His son King Solomon constructed the First Temple that was destroyed some 465 years later by the Babylonian King Nebachnezer. After an interlude ... Read More »

More Mitzvah, Less Bar

“OH, YOU’RE ON the Bar Mitzvah circuit now,” a friend recently smirked at me. “Buckle up.” My son’s social calendar rivals Meghan Markle’s. A private event at a museum one weekend. A lavish affair at a swanky hotel the next. Invitations engraved in metal to soirees at “It” restaurants where barely pubescent partiers dance until well past the pumpkin hour. ... Read More »

A Call to Action

As I’ve grown older and experienced more life, I have become increasingly concerned about what responsibilities we, post-Holocaust Jews, bear towards ensuring that all people have access to human rights.  Every time I watch the news, or listen to the radio, I learn about the plight of people across the planet with no access to food, health care, housing, education, ... Read More »

Early Adventures

The Olam Jewish Montessori of Beth Jacob Infant/Toddler environment opened its doors in September 2017. “At Beth Jacob we are very excited about the opening and success of our Olam Infant/Toddler Room. Our mission is to serve the community and provide the infrastructure for a growing and blossoming, engaged Jewish community. The Olam Infant Room, with its incredible program, provided ... Read More »

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