Posts Tagged ‘Love’

Jewish Lovebirds Meet Through JFS and JARC

Lovebirds who connected through Jewish organizations JSL and JARC  share their love stories. Love is not just for Valentine’s Day. Love can happen when you least expect it, as in the case of these two couples who share their stories with us. Nancy and Manny Kalef Nancy and Manny Kalef are part of a love…

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Valentine’s Day Views: Even Barbra Streisand Slept Alone

Even Barbra Streisand slept alone!” This is the phrase my best friend, Tim, and I would say to each other when holidays like Valentine’s Day were fast approaching. Why did we say this? Because Barbra Streisand is America’s Queen, at least to Jews. In a career spanning six decades, she has won Academy Awards, Grammy…

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Commentary: Spread the Light

I write this hours after serving as a lamplighter at the eighth-annual Menorah in the D celebration. This was a true honor. I held the torch to honor the Pittsburgh community and memorialize those who lost their lives in the massacre that took place a month ago at the Tree of Life synagogue. I held…

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The Balancing Act Of Marriage And Family

Because of the onslaught of holidays in the fall, we haven’t had the opportunity to meet with our rabbi on a weekly basis. This time has given us the opportunity to navigate some very difficult aspects of relationships, including balancing our relationship with family issues and other responsibilities. As our schedule and lives have somewhat…

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In Their Own Words

Sponsored by our community partners Pain Free Life Centers Essays from local teens dealing with mental health challenges. Teens involved in UMatter at the Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield periodically submit essays to the organization’s website that deal with their own personal struggles with mental health. Friendship Circle is sharing these anonymous essays with the JN.…

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Getting Married At Other Peoples’ Weddings

Well, not exactly. But, being at other peoples’ weddings certainly makes me think about my own wedding. And June, July and definitely August are shaping up to be very busy nuptial seasons. This August, my best friend and my sister are getting married within two weeks of each other, and I am in both weddings.…

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Guest Column: Immigrant Children Need Love & Kindness

This is not about politics. This is not about laws. This is about medicine, about the human brain and development, and about human beings. I am not a politician or a lawyer. I am a physician, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, a mom, neighbor and an American, and I am completely horrified at the treatment…

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For Openers: Big Lessons From A Tiny Person

Conversations with my granddaughter are expanding beyond burbles and trills to delicious mispronunciations that will become the stuff of family lore. Ohdor means “please open the door.” UpDown is a request to read the Olivia book about opposites. More than her darling gymnastics with the English language, Olivia’s actions speak potent lessons. In a single…

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Learning About Judaism: Six Degrees of Separation

We’ve started the conversion process and are several weeks in at this point. And, as it turns out, there are connections everywhere. [similar id=43974 type=all] We were out to dinner with my fiancé’s family to celebrate his grandmother’s 90th birthday and they were asking about the conversion process. We were talking, and my fiancé’s cousin…

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