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April 2019

It’s an Ancient Hatred

Anti-Semitism Semitism is a hatred that never goes away. Once upon a time it was a hostility to Jews because they rejected idol worship...

Holocaust Survivors

Walter Lachman was 17 when he was liberated from the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. Jenni Unterman was a hidden child in Holland until age seven....

Creating Light

They bore witness to some of the most horrible atrocities known to humanity, and yet their message is one of hope. As they age,...

Journey Toward Freedom

Slavery is an extreme. Imagine that you are a slave. You have no control over your time. You are bruised from back-breaking labor and...

The Deal with Dill

Dr. Elliot Weinstein has a love affair with pickles. Ever since he discovered an old family recipe for making them, Weinstein’s become something of...

Meaning & Matzah

Once again, I am going overseas for Pesach to see my children, leaving the husband behind. Because I love him, I prepare the house...

Bris?

Warning: Please be advised that there might be some information in this article that may offend some people, scare others, comfort some moms. This...

Passsover at Grandma’s

My personal memory that most symbolizes Passover is the Yellow Pages phone book. Two volumes—one per child—placed atop the formal,wider, seats of Grandma’s dining...

United We Stand?

In last November’s elections, two new Jew-haters entered Congress: Rashida Tlaib, representing a Michigan district with anti-Semitic roots dating back to Henry Ford’s weekly...

Women in Pesach

I remember how excited I was to attend my first women’s seder when I was a teenager. It was a revolutionary concept in the...

Jlife Extra

From recognition to tikkun olam, from Passover seders to Yom HaShoah commemorations, April is an exciting month for the Orange County Jewish community. For...

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Eighteen years ago, I was the mom of a toddler, running around ensuring my only child had all the life experiences that would ensure...

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Synergy in the Shtetl

When Jewish people moved to Orange County in the 20th century, they noticed that there were no Jewish neighborhoods. There were clusters of Jewish...

Fresh Orange Jews

According to the Jewish calendar, we are in the month of Adar and when Adar enters, joy increases! Why is Adar the month of...

Orange County’s Jewish History- The Orange County Doll Ladies

B’nai B’rith, now known as Jewish Women International (JWI), began the “Dolls for Democracy” program in 1956 in conjunction with the interfaith, interracial organization...

Remembering the Children of the Holocaust

When Pavel Friedmann, a young inmate at the Terezin Concentration Camp in 1942, wrote about the last butterfly he ever saw, he described a...