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January 2018

A Discovery of Self

COMING TO HERITAGE POINTE has been a wonderful eye opening experience for me. A discovery of self. Living here made it possible to unlock...

B’nai Mitzvah Boot Camp

AT CONGREGATION B’ NAI TZEDEK, we hold a semi-annual “B’nai Mitzvah Boot Camp,” where I gather the students who will become B’nai Mitzvah within...

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...

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...

The GREAT JEWISH FAMILY        

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I was on a train from Paris to Antwerp. The only other occupant of the compartment was a man who was...

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...

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. ...

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...

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Something New

    Every fall, the air gets cooler, the kids go back to school, and Rosh Hashanah rolls around. The holiday itself celebrates the...

Digging In

    The High Holiday celebrations in the Jewish world are an incredibly hands-on experience.     Even the tiniest active gesture pulls the holiday...

Yom Kippur

    Yom Kippur–the Jewish Day of Atonement–is a fast day that follows Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are often called the...

Rosh Hashanah Basics

    Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year, a fall holiday that calls for both rejoicing and serious introspection. According to Jewish tradition,...