During 30 years of conducting family oral-history interviews, I’ve heard about hundreds of mothers — the fabulous, the absent, the affectionate, the adventurous, the...
Everyone has a story. It is not only those who have experienced terrible suffering or accomplished something extraordinary. Wouldn’t we all love to have...
He sleeps while I sit by his side. Every so often, Dad wakes up, and looks with some confusion around his small room, at the hospital bed, the TV and the whiteboard where someone has printed in large letters: “Today is WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2011. Your daughter Ellie is coming this morning.”
\"I always say it is lingerie and meditation that have kept me young,\" says Michael Attie, a 62-year-old author, spiritual seeker and former owner of Playmates of Hollywood -- the world\'s largest lingerie store. Once known as \"The Lingerie Monk,\" Attie managed to combine his passion for spirituality with 13 years of selling sexy lingerie on Hollywood Boulevard. I first met Attie when I recorded his mother\'s family history, and she told the story of her son inheriting Playmates of Hollywood. Her husband owned the store until 1982, when, faced with declining health, he called his son, who was meditating in the woods of Northern California, and asked him to come home to run the lingerie store. Michael Attie made the most of it.
John F. Kennedy once said, \"When written in Chinese, the word \'crisis\' is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.\" Life is full of change -- in fact, one of the only things we can predict and count on in life is that things won\'t stay the same. For many of us, this is exemplified in our work. Indeed, statistics suggest that most adults will experience five to 12 careers or job changes in a lifetime.
Couples who have created a partnership and life together consistently talk of the effort involved. Yes, some relationships seem easier than others, but all say it takes time, energy and a true willingness to face whatever comes along on their journey together.
Many people with aging parents don\'t want to face their eventual death, said Rachelle Elias, a licensed marriage and family therapist and grief specialist in Santa Monica. \"We believe that, since they\'ve been here all of my life, they\'re a fixture. They\'ll always be here. \"Also, the small child part of us sees our parents as a buffer between us and anything bad that might happen. They\'re sort of a place of refuge, even if it\'s just in our mind.\"
Imagine this situation: You\'ve arrived at LAX after hours of sitting in an airplane from Italy. You\'ve waited in line to get through customs, lugged your suitcases from the baggage claim and you finally emerge to locate your relatives. But they\'re nowhere to be found, and you don\'t speak English. What do you do?
On April 19, 12 German teenagers left Heidelberg, flew west for about 6,000 miles, disembarked at LAX, and entered the lives and homes of 12 Jewish American teenagers. None of the 24 teens knew quite what to expect. During their two-week stay in homes of Kol Tikvah congregants, the German students visited local high schools, attended Shabbat services, took part in a Yom HaShoah program, tried a range of new foods and looked everywhere for Tom Cruise.
In my family, death and funerals seem to inspire joking. Maybe it\'s discomfort, but it also seems to be a lack of concern and heaviness about the whole thing. No one in my family does much visiting of graves, and burials are apparently not deemed necessary.
Leona Goldring is 93. She not only attends monthly Anti-Defamation League (ADL) meetings, as well as planning sessions for their fundraising events, but she also is still active in the Women\'s Fundraising Division of United Jewish Fund (UJF). She was its chairperson about 40 years ago, and she still attends regular strategy meetings for former chairs.
When I last wrote this column for The Jewish Journal several months ago, I had no idea that my mother would soon be living a short bike ride away. Or that her relocation to Los Angeles would take over my life. But transitions, while challenging and stressful, thankfully don\'t usually last forever, and I\'m glad to say that Mom is finally settled in, and I\'m returning to my status as a fully functioning human being.
\"I have good news! My cancer is in remission.\" I\'ve called Elsie Schwartz to talk about the High Holy Days, but the news about her illness is an unexpected surprise and a huge relief. At 89, Elsie has taught me a great deal about life and about choosing to face death by living fully and fully loving.
\"Adult children are the ones who are going to make the heroic efforts and attempts to provide daily care or monitoring, if that\'s necessary,\" said Merril Silverstein, Ph.D., associate professor of gerontology and sociology, at USC Andrus Gerontology Center. Many seniors are retiring to warmer spots, but subsequently moving back to be near children. \"The family is really the safety net for older adults.\"
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