Sunday, February 7, 2016 Shevat 28, 5776

Drink in a great surprise if you're out L.A. way
By:
George Medovoy, JE Feature
Driving up Highway 101 between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, you'll pass Oxnard, where new housing growth edges out to beautiful beaches and broad farmlands. But what may surprise you is that this central coast city, just 43 miles north of Los Angeles and 11 miles inland from Channel Islands National Park, is also the home of the Baron Herzog...
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There's lots to view in this popular California dream of a town
By:
Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
From the perspective of Los Angelinos and regular visitors, there was a time when Ojai existed in the shadows cast by its tony beachfront neighbors, Santa Barbara and Mendocino. Thanks to its sunny location away from the beaches, nevertheless, Ojai developed a loyal following thanks to its quaint shops, spas, Aquarian-age establishments, horseback-riding, wineries and celebrity hideaways (Johnny Cash owned...
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Teen lit goes to the older, darker side; is it bad for kids' health?
By:
Tula Batanchiev, JE Feature
The cutesy and optimistic Babysitters Club book series may have titillated teens of yesteryear, but today's young adults are going in for much darker fare. Dark, depressed teen fiction is on the rise. There are fictionalized narratives about eating disorders, and fantasy novels about teen prisoners. Publishers are taking more risks; literature is reflecting recent world events; and such frank...
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By:
Rachel Vigoda, JE Feature
Rather than follow the old-fashioned model of opening the doors and waiting for the Jews to show up, newer Jewish groups are aiming to engage Jews where they are. And where the Jews are, if they're in their 20s or 30s, is online. Local organizations targeting Jews in the post-college, pre-marriage range -- such as the Collaborative, the Philadelphia branch...
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Just a few months ago, InterFaithways seemed like the next big thing. The one outlet in the region devoted exclusively to helping interfaith families feel more welcome in the community had secured prior funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. With the release of the 2009 "Jewish Population Study of Greater Philadelphia" -- and its startling statistics on intermarriage...
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