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February 2020

The First Lady of Colors

A group of senior women recently approached Suzi Weiss-Fischmann after a speaking engagement, whispered “a little guilt under the kilt,” and walked away giggling....

Celebrating 2020 Vision at Annual Gala

Day in, day out. Year to year. For decades, Heather Katz, Sandy Klein, and Arie Katz have made significant contributions to enrich Jewish life...

Food Appearance and Disappearance

The food that never comes to mind during a slow-moving fast day is the three-layer vegetable kugel that was traditionally served at Grandma’s on...

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Barely two years have passed since Arie Shikler retired after serving as a Cantor for 49 years, and retirement hasn’t slowed him down one...

Make SHABBAT Yours

Since the advent of the digital era, we are defining community differently. Not necessarily by our neighborhoods or synagogues, but by interests that we...

THE LOVE WE WRITE

How can it be it be over when it barely had begun? I’d planned for zoos and skating-rinks, I’d planned for years of fun. How can...

SWEET SMELLS

The sweet smells of challah baking prompts anticipation of Shabbat. The delicious and beautiful braided egg bread sets the meal apart from the rest...

Scott & Leslie Seigel

When looking up the word mensch, don’t be surprised if the definition is accompanied by a picture of Scott & Leslie Seigel. Five years...

Grab & Crack

Israelis separate their munchies into pitzuhim and hatifim. Pitzuhim are (literally) “things that can be cracked”; i.e., nuts and seeds. Hatifim, literally “things that...

Healthy Kids!

What’s for lunch? How can I encourage my child to eat more vegetables? Everything I buy is prepackaged with tons of sugar. What should...

A Very Special Art Class

Once a month on Thursday mornings, the Pre-Schoolers at University Synagogue have a very special art class. Quietly they line up and walk through...

Jlife Extra

February Offers Potpourri of Activities By Ilene Schneider Whether you’re a Mah Jongg player, a history buff, a movie afficionado or somebody who just wants a...

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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...