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  • A transgender story: From male Orthodox activist to female author, educator in Jerusalem

    Twenty-five years ago, Yiscah Smith was a man who ran a Jerusalem educational center for Chabad — a religious group that helps bring unaffiliated Jews closer to their faith. These days, she is doing a different sort of outreach — as a transgender activist and educator who preaches a message of truth and tolerance.
  • Jewish musicians are behind many favorite Christmas tunes

    Jewish musicians are behind many favorite Christmas tunes
    Christians don't seem to mind that so many beloved Christmas songs were written by Jews, and Jews tend to reel off the list with pride. "White Christmas." "Let It Snow." "Santa Baby." "I'll Be Home for Christmas." "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" ("...

    'The Sexuality Spectrum' At Charter Oak

    'The Sexuality Spectrum' At Charter Oak
    In July 2011, same-sex marriage was legalized in New York by the state legislature. In the months leading up to the historic decision, Laura Kruger paid close attention to foes of the measure. "There was such hatred. People were irrational. Their...

    Year 5775 begins with High Holy Days

    Year 5775 begins with High Holy Days
    Yes, it's a new year in September. And yes, it's the year 5775 — in the Hebrew calendar. That's because Jewish people around the world are observing the biggest and most important religious holidays of Judaism — beginning with the new year,...

    Silver Circle Gala Honors Chris Silbermann, Pointer Sisters Make Guests 'Jump'

    As the dust of the Oscars settled, the Venice Family Clinic's 32nd annual Silver Circle Gala honored Chris Silbermann, Dr. Jonathan Fielding and Ruth Ziegler on March 3 at the Beverly Hilton. The clinic, which provides primary healthcare to 24,000 low-...