Lifecycle

  • ‘generation J’ Author is on a Quest to Discover Her Own Jewish Identity

    The author of the recent memoir “Generation J” is a poster adult for the unaffiliated Jew. Lisa Schiffman grew up in a non-Jewish environment that, as she describes it, came directly out of an early Philip Roth novel. She suffered from a serious case of Christmas envy and didn’t have a Jewish education or a… More ▸

  • Reconstructionist Jews Receive New Prayer Book for High Holidays

    As they gather for the High Holidays this year, Reconstructionist Jews will be following a new prayer book. According to spokespersons for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, the 1,275-page Machzor’s “user-friendly and inclusive” liturgy balances “deep respect for 3,000 years of Jewish tradition and the honest struggles which contemporary Jews have with that tradition.” In addition… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Cornered by Ken Starr, Monica Found Solace from Jewish Heroines

    Surrounded by Ken Starr’s minions, her world collapsing all around her, Monica Lewinsky’s thoughts turned to Hannah Senesh, a Jewish poet and war heroine who parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe to rescue Allied prisoners and organize Jewish resistance. The Jewish presidential paramour was sustained by thoughts of the Hungarian Jewish fighter on that fateful day at… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Film critic Gene Siskel was remembered at his funeral as a man devoted to Judaism and his family. During his eulogy, the officiating rabbi said Siskel’s last appearance in public was to attend his daughter’s Bat Mitzvah in January. Siskel died Saturday at 53 following complications from a brain tumor. More ▸

  • Rabbis’ Manual Offers Prayers for Life’s Tribulations, Mitzvahs

    Nowhere is it more obvious that religious life has changed in recent decades for many American Jews than in the new Conservative manual for rabbis. The 688-page, two-volume set — which is three times as long as the last edition, published in 1965 — is full of rituals for life’s threshold moments that had historically… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Jewish Juror Spares Life of Oklahoma Bomb Abettor

    Growing up in northern Idaho, Niki Deutchman had no idea that she would one day play a pivotal role in one of America’s most infamous trials. But she did have an inkling that she would become a Jew. Deutchman was the forewoman of the jury that was unable to decide the fate of Terry Nichols… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Hadassah Opens Up Its Doors to a Younger, Hipper Generation

    Diva Barbra Streisand has lent her name to its new institute dedicated to research on Jewish women. And Donna Shalala, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, predicted at its national convention in Chicago in July that a U.S. president would emerge from its ranks. What is it? Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist… More ▸

  • Expatriate Group Fulfills Needs of Foreign Jews Living in Moscow

    Just before Chanukah last year, Faye Siegel was desperate. She wanted to set up a holiday party for other American Jews living in Moscow but she didn’t know many — so she called the U.S. Embassy. “Tell me, please, do you have any Jews out there in the embassy who might be interested to celebrate… More ▸