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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Sept. 4, 2009 / 15 Elul 5769

New York Alumni Association

By Greg Crosby

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | California is full of a lot of things. For years it was known as the land of the fruits and the nuts. Whether that statement referred to its abundant agricultural bounty or to the population mix I will leave for you to decide. One thing is for sure, California always had an eclectic jumble of people. It was once said that the United States must be on an incline with California at the lowest end, which would explain why anything that is loose in the rest of the country seems to slip right down into California.

We have everything you could possibly want here in California, and more than a few things you wouldn't want. Take our climate for example. We have four fabulous seasons: the mudslide season, the earthquake season, the Santa Ana winds season, and the fire season. We have vast deserts, a beautiful coastline, sparkling beaches, majestic mountains, and unspoiled forests - all within easy shopping distance to factory outlet malls.

And what we don't have indigenously (do you like that word?) we take from other places. We didn't have major league baseball clubs, so we took the Dodgers and the Giants. We can do these things, you see, because we're California - and anything is possible here. Except maybe getting a decent egg cream.

Yes, California is full of a lot of things. One thing that California is certainly full of is New Yorkers. This brings me to the topic of today's column, the New York Alumni Association. (They don't call me the king of blends for nothing, folks.)

The New York Alumni Association (NYAA) organizes reunions for transplanted New Yorkers here in Southern California every year and this year (its 24th) is no exception. The event is comprised of two parts; the meet and greet "schmooze" part, and the presentations and stage show. The NYAA is the brain child of Lou Zigman, who along with his wife Fran devotes their time and energy into this yearly reunion. The reunion this year will take place in Beverly Hills on October 10th. Lou tells me that although he is a proud New Yorker originally, he loves Southern California. As he says, "We love California and we cherish New York."

The NYAA started about 30 years ago when Lou along with Dr. Mel Goodman and Dr. Steve Matlin organized the first west coast Lincoln High School reunion. Soon after that, other high school groups started holding their own west coast reunions and then in 1985 Lou and Fran created the NYAA in an effort to gather together all those who enjoy a bit of nostalgia and who share common pride in their New York roots.

As part of the reunion, each year the NYAA honors a famous alumnus and "adopts" as an honorary New Yorker a person they would love to have in their "family." Previous honorees have included Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Ruby Keeler, Steve Allen, Joe Bologna, Renee Taylor, Martin Landau, Tony Orlando, Charles Durning, Jerry Vale, Connie Stevens, Neil Sedaka, Dick Van Patten, and Mickey Rooney. For many years Milton Berle played a major role in the event, serving as Chairman of the Board. The honorary chairs today are Jon Voight and Lou Gossett, Jr.

Last year the group honored funnyman Jerry Stiller and adopted veteran actor Jack Klugman. This year two singers will be venerated: Bronx bombshell Melissa Manchester will be the honored New Yorker with Ed Ames being the "adopted" one. Ed originally hails from Malden, Mass. The ceremony will be part of a larger entertainment show, which in past years has featured some of the biggest stars in show business. Friars Club comedians Freddie Roman and Sal Richards will be serving as masters of ceremonies.

So what's a nice boy from Burbank, California doing writing a column about the New York Alumni Association? Believe it or not, even though I was born in Los Angeles and raised in Burbank I do have some creds in that department. To begin with, both of my parents came from New York - my father from upstate (Syracuse) and my mother from Brooklyn.

Add to that the fact that my wife is also from Brooklyn. I can safely say after 31 years of marriage, traveling back and forth between coasts, I've come to know that borough quite well. Besides, it seems almost everyone we know has their roots on the east coast. To put it another way, to quote a title from a Liza Minnelli tune, I happen to like New York.

If you'd like information on the event (reservations required to attend) call (310) 276-2754 or e-mail nyalums@aol.com

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