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Unlikely Heroes

Half a century before the Internet was invented, an American Jewish organization was asking how new media might be harnessed in the fight against...

“We Were the Lucky Ones”

    TV creators definitely have a fascination with the Holocaust as of late, from “Hunters,” a TV show about Nazi hunters, to “Russian...

Education for Change

Commentary on Parashat Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9 - 30:20.    I consider the most beautiful passage in the Torah to be found in Parashat Nitzavim (Deut....

“13: The Musical”

Put a family movie night on your calendar for this coming August because the movie adaptation of the very Jewish Broadway musical “13,” titled...

Priceless Treasures

  A young child’s diary, a favorite doll, a cookbook of family recipes, a report card, a Torah scroll smuggled to the United States and a...

Family Ties

    In the 80s, my father and I did parent/child Hebrew classes (before it was cool). Every Saturday afternoon after religious school, my...

Melamed

    Around this time last year, in a column titled “An Unusual Public-School Teacher,” I wrote about my cousin Evan Leibowitz, an Orthodox...

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In Memoriam- Mighty Mensch-Polly Sloan was an icon of Jewish Orange County

“When Polly Sloan (1925-2022) died in her Monarch Beach home on May 31 at age 97, it wasn’t only the end of an era;...

News & Jews- A California university will rename a library building previously named after a Nazi sympathizer

The California State University Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to remove the name of an unrepentant antisemite and Nazi sympathizer from the main library...

Orange County’s Jewish History- The (Jewish) Godmother of Latin American Art

It might seem a bit odd, but the person who single-handedly introduced modern Latin American art as a legitimate field of study was not,...

Well Seasoned

If ever a cuisine may be said to be misunderstood, it must be Indian. “Too spicy” some people will say, or “I don’t like...