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Camp Connection

Many people who attend Jewish camps speak of the total immersion into Judaism and the sense of connection it offers. The experience can be...

Hebrew Academy Jewish Day School Celebrates 50 Years

The Hebrew Academy of Orange County turns 50 years old this year. Today, the school is a mainstay of Southern California’s Jewish community. It...

INO WOLF

In 1938, Ino Wolff’s family owned a restaurant in Breslau, Germany, serving delicious continental food, 150-plates a day. But it was a difficult time...

HEAR AND THERE

To escape poverty and pogroms in Eastern Europe in the late 1800s, my grandfather chose to emigrate, and subsequently legally immigrated into the United...

AMERICAN JEWS AND ISRAEL

One clear result of the recent Israeli elections is that there are major differences between an important segment of the US Jewish community and...

SLEEP UPDATE

Trying to train yourself to sleep less is like altering your shoe size, so claim contemporary researchers. It is amazing to consider how little...

Open House on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day (which this year begins on Tuesday night May 7), Israel does not just remember its fallen soldiers—it also embraces the bereaved...

Camp!

On a conservative day, my work “uniform” looks like jeans and printed shirts that hide the spills and thrills of many kids. Other days...

JLife Extra: After Passover

May brings many events to the OC By Ilene Schneider   Closely following on the heels of Passover are Yom HaShoah and Yom HaAtzmaut. Join organizations throughout...

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JLIife Extra December 2020

Zooming as Usual Jewish organizations wrap up year By Ilene Schneider The last month of 2020 will continue with an assortment of remote programs for the Jewish...

Lighting the Way

If Mattathias were alive today, how would you define him? American-Jew, Greek-Assimilated Jew? Every year at Hanukkah, we celebrate the miracle of light. What...

Miracle of the Oil

A pervasive paranoia has swept through our health-conscious nation—alas, the fear of frying. If you want to enjoy Hanukkah, however, get over it! Although the...

Ready to Begin Again

Not all miracles in Jewish history get holidays unto themselves. What was so special about Hanukkah that it became something to celebrate every year?  ...