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Shavuot Reflections

The celebration of Shavuot is an excellent occasion to reflect upon Jewish culture, Jewish identity, religiously observant and secular Judaism.   I would like to...

The Cheesecake Holiday

You may have heard Shavuot referred to as the cheesecake holiday, but how did the tradition of eating dairy for Shavuot begin? “The use of...

International Child Abduction and Covid-19

The pandemic has made cross-continent custody battles even more difficult     When parents separate and divorce, it is extremely unsettling, stressful and destabilizing for...

We All Must Consider Ourselves Witnesses

Before the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library was dedicated in 2005, before the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education was opened in 2000 (both at Chapman...

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Here Comes Summer

Until making aliyah, I hadn’t appreciated what living in a country with a “dry season” really entails. When I was a student in Israel...

The First Lady of Irvine

To the names Sid Goldstein, Samuel Rosen, Harriett Wieder,and Jacob and Sarah Stern, all of whom have Orange County parks or facilities named after...

Yom Kippur 1973

What were you doing during the 1973 Yom Kippur War?     I found myself asking this question recently while watching the “Valley of Tears”...

Jlife Extra- June 2021

Jlife Extra Not-So-Gloomy June Cultural events dominate calendar By Ilene Schneider Whether your issue is culture or cancel culture, you have an event to entice you in June....