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  • Israel invites you to pedal with purpose, hike for hope

    by Michele Chabin

    5 days ago

    Three years ago, Betsy Diamant-Cohen had a double knee replacement. Once healed, the Baltimore resident got on a bicycle and slowly built up her strength to the point that she recently flew to Israel to participate in a cycling fundraiser for the Arava Institute and Hazon Israel...

  • An instrumental leader

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

    5 days ago

    Howard Banchik will tell you there’s a lot more to music and learning to play an instrument than meets the ears.

    The co-founder of real-estate investment firm Westwood Financial Corp. in Los Angeles and member of University Synagogue in Brentwood credits learning to play music as...

  • Loss turns to gain with young at heart

    By Ayala Or-el

    5 days ago

    After her mother passed away a little over a year ago, Ofra Bennun watched her father slowly begin to decline. After 62 years of a loving marriage, it was hard for Israel Knan, 83, to be alone. 

    So Bennun made sure that he wasn’t, creating a 60-plus club for Israeli seniors like...

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  • A dress to impress…after the wedding

    By Elyse Glickman

    2 weeks ago

    You spent serious time and money picking out the right wedding dress, taking great care to ensure the perfect look. With that kind of commitment, it would be a shame to allow those investments to waste away after the big day, disappearing into the fashion graveyard of a dry...

  • It’s Birthright Israel — for Jewish moms

    by Ben Sales, JTA

    2 weeks ago

    On the surface, the tour looked much like a standard Birthright Israel trip: Participants celebrated Shabbat in Jerusalem’s Old City, swam in the Dead Sea and ascended the ancient mountain fortress at Masada. The trip was mostly free and organizers were prepared with...

  • Gene Simmons: Rock god turned business tycoon

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    Gene Simmons has made a career out of doing a lot with a little. 

    His band, KISS, featured members with little or no formal musical training but went on to become one of the nation’s biggest rock acts. Growing up in Haifa, he sold cactus fruit to workers at a local bus stop to...

  • MeUndies: Not your parents’ underwear retailer

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

    3 weeks ago

    It was a particularly unglamorous experience that sparked Jonathan Shokrian’s idea for a multimillion-dollar business.

    Preparing to embark on a two-week trip to Europe in 2010, the then-25-year-old Conservative Jew from Los Angeles realized he needed more than his existing...

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