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  • Moving and shaking: A night for Chaim, Peachy and Mark Levy Beit Midrash and more

    16 hours ago

    Hillel at UCLA threw “A Night for Chaim” on Jan. 31 to celebrate its longtime director, Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, who became the organization’s emeritus director in June. Held at the Skirball Cultural Center, the gala drew 480 guests, including alumni, students, donors and others...

  • American Jews helped create prayer space equality at Kotel

    17 hours ago

    The recent decision to create a mixed prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem may have been made in Israel, but the American-Jewish community was an active player in the process of pushing for pluralism at the site, according to local leaders.

    “Issues like pluralism at the...

  • Meeting of the minds at Limmud FSU event

    1 week ago

    As a large crowd celebrated Havdalah by dancing around a fire pit in the courtyard of the Westin Pasadena hotel, Hollywood animator and director Saul Blinkoff said he was inspired by the diversity of attendees at the Jan. 29-31 Limmud FSU West Coast, a learning conference organized...

  • Moving and shaking: Nicholas Kristof, Bet Tzedek Justice for All and Constance Scharff

    1 week ago

    It was an evening against despair. On Jan. 25, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof delivered a lecture before a packed house of more than 800 people at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    At a pre-lecture reception, a small crowd of invited guests joined Kristof as he toured the...

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  • Census of homeless will ensure proper funding for programs

    1 week ago

    The carload of concerned locals, including an Orthodox rabbi, a pizzeria owner and a construction project site manager, peered into an alley in search of signs of life.

    “This alley’s actually too thin to live in,” Pico Shul’s Rabbi Yonah Bookstein said as the sedan carrying the...

  • Rabbi leads fight to end homelessness

    1 week ago

    There are so many numbers that count in the fight against homelessness. For the 7,500 volunteers who hit the streets during the last week of January, the focus was on getting an accurate count on the number living without homes in Los Angeles County. 

    But before that, Valley Beth...

  • Audit to shed light on Conservative Judaism

    1 week ago

    It’s no secret that Conservative Judaism faces significant challenges, but officials within the movement hope an audit of close to 1,000 people by the branding firm Good Omen — expected to be released in the coming weeks — will help pump new life into it. 

    “We’re in the final...

  • Sharansky applauds ‘One Kotel for One People’

    2 weeks ago

    In the wake of the Israeli government’s historic announcement on Sunday, Jan. 31, that a new, expanded egalitarian prayer space would be opened up at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, spoke to the press from Pasadena.  The new...

  • Moving and shaking: Duo Re’im, Steve Greenberg wins, BJE Gala and more

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli folk music veterans Duo Re’im (“Re’im” is Hebrew for “friends”), featuring Benny Rosenbaum and Yisrael Gottesdiener, appeared live at Beth Jacob Congregation during “From Israel with Love.”

    The Jan. 10 event was the third annual concert at the Modern Orthodox congregation...

  • A conversation on how to fix Israel’s PR

    2 weeks ago

    Two national pro-Israel leaders had no problem agreeing during a recent community conversation at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills that the Jewish state has an image problem. The real difference of opinion they had was what to do about it.

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, founder of The...

  • Moving and shaking: USY convention, West Valley Eruv inauguration and more

    3 weeks ago

    United Synagogue Youth (USY) held its 65th international convention in Baltimore from Dec. 27-31. More than 700 teenagers, including 25 from Los Angeles, attended. The convention, themed “Think More, Do More, B’More,” focused on advocacy and included sessions on political activism...

  • Jewish leaders pledge to restore ethical behavior

    3 weeks ago

    A national effort is underway to restore ethical behavior to a Jewish community that has been tarnished by high-profile scandals — clergy and other leaders engaged in sexual abuse, mikveh voyeurism and more.

    “Declaration on Ethics in Jewish Leadership” began circulating among...

  • Moving and shaking: Democracy Council benefit, Jewish Diplomatic Corps and more

    January 14, 2016 | 9:00 am

    Three former campers were honored with leadership awards Dec. 5 at the Shalom Institute’s gala at the W Hollywood hotel.

    Andrea Spatz, a Shalom Institute board member since 2007 and immediate past president who spent summers growing up at Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Camp Hess...

  • Rabbis across denominations talk tradition

    January 13, 2016 | 2:29 pm

    Four area rabbis from different denominations examined the role that tradition plays in contemporary Jewish life during a panel discussion at Shalhevet High School on Jan. 9 as part of a community conversation called “An Evening of Discussion & Dialogue: What Unites Us? What...

  • Moving and shaking: Los Angeles Jewish Home gala, Israel Cancer Research Fund and more

    January 8, 2016 | 9:17 am

    “Celebration of Life: Reflections 2015,” a Los Angeles Jewish Home gala on Nov. 8, honored Molly Forrest, the Home’s CEO and president, for her 20 years of leadership and service. She was presented with the Visionary Award by Valley Beth Shalom Senior Rabbi Ed Feinstein during the...

  • Jewish leaders endorse, critique Obama’s actions to curb gun violence

    January 5, 2016 | 4:42 pm

    President Barack Obama’s announcement Tuesday of a series of executive actions to curb gun violence, including expanding background checks for people purchasing firearms on the private market, prompted an array of responses from leaders in the Los Angeles Jewish community.

    Rabbi...

  • Steven Sunshine

    December 30, 2015 | 1:41 pm

    Steven Sunshine, 55, has had his share of hardships, including undergoing a bone marrow transplant in 2006. When Sunshine’s sister was found to be a donor match, providing him with the needed marrow, he was acutely aware that not everybody is so fortunate. From this realization, a...

  • Moving and shaking: Jewish Educator Awards, StandWithUs Festival of Lights and more

    December 30, 2015 | 12:18 pm

    The 26th Jewish Educator Awards luncheon Dec. 15 singled out the four winners of the annual initiative of the Milken Family Foundation, which gives $15,000 to outstanding educators from day schools affiliated with Builders of Jewish Education (BJE).

    Honored at the event, which...

  • Avi Davis, journalist, AFA co-founder and president, 57

    December 30, 2015 | 8:50 am

    Avi Davis, a prolific writer and president of nonpartisan organization American Freedom Alliance (AFA), died Dec. 21 at UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack while riding a bike, according to news reports. He was 57.

    Davis was a native of Melbourne, Australia, who...

  • Moving and shaking: Chanukah, Tipsy Torah and more

    December 16, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    An annual Chabad menorah-lighting took place before sundown on the afternoon of Dec. 8 on the Spring Street steps of Los Angeles City Hall.

    The festive event brought together local elected officials and Chabad leaders. Together they lit two candles on the Katowitz menorah, which...

  • Many Jewish day schools closed in response to LAUSD threat, now deemed a hoax

    December 15, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    A handful of Jewish day schools in the Los Angeles area responded on Dec. 15 to a threat to L.A. schools by either canceling classes or enacting other precautions, such as increasing campus security. By midday, the threat was deemed a hoax according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank),...

  • The road from addiction to the chuppah

    December 14, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Yehoshua Lowy, a former cocaine and heroin user, said he weighed 127 pounds and had track marks up and down his arms when he entered the Los Angeles-based Chabad Residential Treatment Center in 2010.

    On Nov. 23, the 29-year-old New Jersey resident celebrated five years of...

  • Moving and shaking: Friends of Sheba Medical Center; ETTA gala; Sharon Freedman and more

    December 9, 2015 | 4:14 pm

    Friends of Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer held its 45th anniversary gala, “Honoring Our Heroes,” at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Nov. 15. The event, hosted by actor Jason Alexander, honored local heroes, Sheba doctors and their patients, and raised more than $2 million.

    ...

  • Audit leads Jewish Community Foundation, Ron Galperin to advocate for abuse prevention

    December 9, 2015 | 11:11 am

    A Jewish elected city official and a Jewish organization are advocating prevention of domestic violence and abuse in Los Angeles.  

    An audit published on Oct. 1 by Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin titled “City of Los Angeles Domestic Violence Services and Programs” states...

  • Los Angeles mayor, Chabad leaders light menorah at L.A. City Hall

    December 8, 2015 | 5:18 pm

    An annual Chabad menorah lighting took place on the afternoon of Dec. 8 at the Spring Street steps of Los Angeles City Hall.

    The festive event brought together elected officials and Chabad leaders. Together they lit two candles for the first two nights of Chanukah, which began on...

  • Moving and shaking: JWW Global Soul Award, Matisyahu, Netiya and more

    December 4, 2015 | 8:57 am

    Jewish World Watch (JWW) awarded its 2015 Global Soul Award to the Katzburg Gabriel family on Nov. 18 during its annual gala event, held at UCLA Royce Hall.

    “We look forward to working with you for the furtherance of this humanitarian mission,” Stuart Gabriel said upon receiving...

  • San Bernardino was home to 100-year-old Jewish congregation [UPDATED]

    December 3, 2015 | 5:06 pm

    Update: Dec. 4, 11:12 a.m.: In a phone interview on Thursday, Congregation Emanu El Rabbi Jay Sherwood said his Redlands-based congregation is determining ways of helping those affected by the mass shooting on Wednesday.

    "At the moment we are waiting to hear what needs there are....

  • Honk if you like car menorahs

    December 2, 2015 | 4:03 pm

    Around this time every year, cars topped with oversized electric menorahs begin to appear on streets of the United States, England and elsewhere.

    Of these cities, perhaps the car-mounted menorahs are best suited to Los Angeles, a city known for its automobile-centered lifestyle...

  • Jewish and Latino leaders celebrate peace at Fiesta Shalom

    December 2, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    The Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles’ third annual Jewish-Latino celebration Fiesta Shalom took place Nov. 22, attracting more than 200 elected officials, celebrities and other influential community members to the iconic East Los Angeles Tamayo Restaurant and Art Gallery....

  • Moving and shaking: Temple Ner Simcha commemorates Paris victims; OUR HOUSE gala and more

    November 24, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    Trans-denominational synagogue Temple Ner Simcha in Agoura Hills held a ceremony Nov. 16 to commemorate the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks, which took place three days prior.

    Temple Ner Simcha Rabbi Michael Barclay (center) leads a prayer service to honor the victims of...

  • Moving and shaking: The Israeli Philharmonic, Beit Issie Shapiro and more

    November 19, 2015 | 12:59 pm

    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performed at a Nov. 10 concert gala that raised more than $1.6 million for education programs in Israel and Los Angeles. It also honored Bram Goldsmith, philanthropist and chairman emeritus of City National Bank, with the “Founders Award for a...

  • New SoCal Jewish sports camp hopes to hit it out of the park

    November 18, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Sports and Judaism are coming together next summer in SoCal — and it has nothing to do with Joc Pederson playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    An overnight camp focused on athletics called 6 Points Sports Academy California is set to open June 21 at Occidental College under the...

  • Erika Glazer: From blankets for the homeless to multimillion-dollar gifts

    November 18, 2015 | 10:52 am

    In 2013, Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Koreatown campus was renamed the Erika J. Glazer Family Campus, after the Los Angeles philanthropist pledged $30 million to help pay for the historic site’s renovation and expansion. Recently, Glazer spoke about why she gives, the challenges...

  • Moving and shaking: FIDF Western Region Gala; Mega challah bake and more

    November 12, 2015 | 10:16 am

    The annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala on Nov. 5 was a star-studded event that raised more than $34 million. The evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel drew more than 1,200 attendees, including celebrities Jason Alexander, Gene Simmons, Liev...

  • YULA students honor deceased classmate through community service

    November 11, 2015 | 3:47 pm

    Just over a month after the tragic death of one of their classmates, students from YULA Girls High School have decided to honor her through yearlong community service projects.

    Tsofia Mesica was 15 when she died in an accident in Tarzana this past September. Now, her peers are...

  • Pro-Israel rally draws 200 on eve of Obama-Bibi meeting

    November 11, 2015 | 3:45 pm

    Pro-Israel performers at a weekend rally at the Federal Building sang about their love of the Jewish homeland, and a DJ spinning dance music prompted some 200 attendees to boogie while waving Israeli flags, both large and small.

    “It was good to see young Jewish people standing...

  • $4 million matching grant aims to engage L.A. Jewish teens

    November 11, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    With the support of a more than $4 million matching grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, along with financial assistance from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is developing the Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative as part...

  • Moving and shaking: Helen Mirren at the IFF; LAMOTH gala; Frank Gehry is honored and more

    November 5, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    The opening night of the 29th Israel Film Festival (IFF) drew nearly 2,000 people to the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills for a star-studded gathering of Hollywood celebrities and Jewish community leaders.

    Honorees at the Oct. 28 event — which included a gala and a premiere film...

  • Protesters rally against media coverage of Israel

    November 3, 2015 | 2:12 pm

    The offices of the Los Angeles Times were closed to the public Nov. 1, but that did not stop a group of about 40 demonstrators — many of them Jewish high-school students — from expressing their outrage at how the newspaper has been covering the recent wave of violence in Israel.

    ...
  • Moving and shaking: AFMDA Humanitarian Award, Tour de Summer Camps and more

    October 29, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    The Beverly Hilton was filled with laughter and emotion on the evening of Oct. 22 as Jerry Seinfeld emceed the American Friends of Magen David Adom’s (AFMDA) Los Angeles Red Star Ball, which drew 1,100 guests and raised $12 million. 

    Those funds will go toward ambulances, medical...

  • There’s no business like Israel business

    October 28, 2015 | 3:47 pm

    Rob Anders, co-founder and CEO of software company Niio, said his company is poised to become the “iTunes of art” when it launches next year with a product that allows consumers to purchase and rent digital artwork and exhibit it on screens in their homes.

    At the recent Israel...

  • Fred Sands, real estate leader and philanthropist, dies at 77

    October 27, 2015 | 5:20 pm

    Los Angeles real estate mogul and philanthropist Fred Sands — whose name became ubiquitous with for-sale signs across California — died Oct. 23 of a sudden stroke while in Boston, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 77.

    At the time of his death, Sands was serving as...

  • Moving and shaking: Daniel Pearl Music Days; Remembering Leo Frank and more

    October 21, 2015 | 4:05 pm

    An interfaith concert featuring 200 students held Oct. 15 at Weizmann Day School in Pasadena celebrated the life of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl as part of the 13th annual Daniel Pearl Music Days series. The “Harmony for Humanity Concert” featured pupils from...

  • Ehud Barak discusses Mideast affairs

    October 21, 2015 | 3:02 pm

    At a time when Israel is engulfed in terror, millions of Syrians are living as refugees and the Islamic State is a source of havoc in the region, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said he has deep uncertainties about the future of the Middle East. 

    “We are living in a...

  • Wracked with violence, Israel has full support from majority of L.A. Jews

    October 21, 2015 | 11:33 am

    Maty Baruch was wearing a hamsa necklace and pushing an overflowing shopping cart down Elat Market’s produce aisle before Shabbat on Oct. 16 when she was approached by a reporter, asking how she feels about the current terrorism in her native Israel. Baruch, a preschool teacher at...

  • Rabbi Solomon F. Kleinman, social justice advocate, founder of first synagogue for the deaf, 95

    October 21, 2015 | 11:21 am

    Rabbi Solomon F. Kleinman, who served as rabbi of Temple Ahavat Shalom (TAS) in Northridge from 1973-1986, died Oct. 9. He was 95.

    His rabbinic career included a wide range of accomplishments, including serving as Southern California regional director of Union of American...

  • Moving and shaking: Janet and Jake Farber honored; Aziza Hasan appointed by Obama and more

    October 15, 2015 | 1:34 pm

    The inaugural Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Jewish Community Lifetime Achievement Award Gala honored Janet and Jake Farber on Oct. 1 at the Skirball Cultural Center. The award was in recognition of their setting the “highest bar for philanthropy and leadership in our...

  • Berkeley students chant for intifada [video]

    October 14, 2015 | 2:56 pm

    A video of UC Berkeley students chanting in support of an intifada “just hours…after the stabbing of a 72 year old Jewish civilian on a bus” was shared on the Facebook page of pro-Israel group StandWithUs on Wednesday.

    “Shocking: right now on the campus of UC Berkeley, students...

  • Los Angeles Lakers blowout Maccabi Haifa B.C., US-Israeli ties are strengthened

    October 12, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    Israeli and Jewish pride was everywhere on the evening of Oct. 11, as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Israeli Premier League team Maccabi Haifa Basketball Club (Maccabi Haifa B.C.) competed in an NBA exhibition game at Staples Center. 

    Maccabi Haifa B.C. players Renee Rougeau – a...

  • Local groups rally support for Syrian refugees

    October 7, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    With the number of Syrian refugees climbing above 4 million, local Jewish organizations are taking note and reaching out.

    Jewish World Watch (JWW), whose mission is fighting genocide, recently launched a fundraising campaign that has collected about $10,000 to help fund fully...

  • Fresh start at Harkham GAON Academy

    October 5, 2015 | 3:43 pm

    The contrast at the Westside Jewish Community Center (WJCC) was marked: In the gymnasium, Harkham GAON Academy students were actively engaged in a basketball game. In the auditorium next door, members of a different generation were performing their own exercises in a WJCC-sponsored...

  • Moving and shaking: Wonder Woman Walk; ADL/El Cab Tournament and Dinner; JCPSC and more

    September 30, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    Shortly before erev Rosh Hashanah began on Sept. 13, more than 1,000 people participated in Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s (TCRF) inaugural Jessica M. Berman Wonder Woman Walk for Breast Cancer, a 5K charity walk held at Palisades Park and Recreation Center. It raised nearly...

  • YULA student’s death in car accident stuns community

    September 30, 2015 | 10:48 am

    Late on the afternoon of Sept. 24, hundreds of people gathered at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuary to mourn 15-year-old YULA Girls High School student Tsofia Mesica, who died three days before in Tarzana as a result of a reported “car surfing” accident. Throughout the...

  • Hate crimes rose in L.A. County in 2014

    September 24, 2015 | 3:22 pm

    Hate crimes in Los Angeles County targeting Jews increased by 31 percent in 2014 from 2013, despite being at the second-lowest overall number in 25 years, according to the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 2014 Hate Crime Report, which was released Sept. 24.

    The...

  • Moving and shaking: Rosh Hashanah at City Hall, ‘Understanding the Iran nuclear deal’ and more

    September 24, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    A Sept. 18 Rosh Hashanah celebration filled Los Angeles City Hall with the sounds of the shofar. “Tekiah gedolah,” said Rabbi Joshua Hoffman of Valley Beth Shalom, before delivering a long — and loud — blast on the ram’s horn.

    As part of the event, The Jewish Federation of...

  • Moving and shaking: Early Childhood Center, JVS, AFOBIS and more

    September 16, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos participated in the Aug. 26 ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of the Harry Rubinfeld Jewish Education Center, an expansion of the Early Childhood Center (ECC) at Burbank Temple Emanu El. 

    He was joined at the event by Rabbi John Carrier...

  • Rabbis’ High Holy Days sermons to emphasize spirituality, not politics

    September 9, 2015 | 4:06 pm

    Over the last several weeks, Rabbi Yonah Bookstein of Pico Shul and Rabbi Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation have been gathering signatures from rabbis across the country opposed to the Iran nuclear agreement. So far, more than 1,200 have signed on. 

    Bookstein has blogged...

  • Moving and shaking: Chabad telethon and Rabbi Jason Weiner

    September 9, 2015 | 11:55 am

    Minutes before joining Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, director of Chabad West Coast, and fellow Hollywood star Jon Voight in front of TV cameras to make a pitch on behalf of the international Chasidic movement, Elliott Gould enjoyed a moment of calm.

    “It’s a privilege, and it’s also...

  • L.A. County, Beverly Hills discuss their own water deals with Israel

    September 8, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    The State of Israel has entered into two separate agreements with the Beverly Hills City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors related to tackling water-shortage problems and more.

    The L.A. County vote Sept. 1 was unanimous, according to Consul General of Israel...

  • Moving and shaking: Rick Santorum, Brad Sherman, L.A. Dodgers and more

    September 3, 2015 | 1:41 pm

    Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential hopeful, spoke for an hour on foreign policy, Iran and radical Islam at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills on Aug. 27 to a small but overwhelmingly sympathetic audience. 

    Sporting a black kippah and...

  • IKAR announces its move to Shalhevet

    September 3, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Egalitarian spiritual community IKAR announced on Aug. 26 that it is relocating to Shalhevet High School’s new building near Olympic Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, following its 11 years operating out of the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC). 

    “We are thrilled to announce...

  • IKAR announces it will move to Shalhevet

    August 27, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    Egalitarian spiritual community IKAR announced yesterday that it plans to relocate temporarily to Shalhevet High School’s new building near Olympic Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, following its 11 years operating out of the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC).

    “We are thrilled...

  • Moving and shaking: ‘Bridging the Divide,’ Project Angel Food, Kirk Douglas and more

    August 27, 2015 | 1:33 pm

    “Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race,” a new PBS documentary about the first African-American mayor of Los Angeles, screened Aug. 12 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills during an event organized by the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF).

    The...

  • Iran deal debate rages on throughout L.A.

    August 26, 2015 | 3:34 pm

    Activist Sam Yebri and USC lecturer Josh Lockman have read every page of the controversial Iran deal, but they’ve come to very different conclusions.

    “Iran wants this deal. They need it. We can do better than this deal,” Yebri said, garnering applause during a community debate on...

  • Sanctuary@Pico Union looks to engage and enlighten

    August 26, 2015 | 2:54 pm

    With the launch of the Sanctuary@Pico Union next month, Craig Taubman — the singer/songwriter who co-founded Sinai Temple’s influential “Friday Night Live” services — aims to bring Jewish congregational life to a venue that has not seen any in nearly a century. 

    The Pico Union...

  • Moving and shaking: LAPD show up for Torah-dedication, Far West USY reunion and more

    August 19, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    A Torah-dedication ceremony at the ultra-Orthodox Hancock Park synagogue Kollel Yechiel Yehuda drew about 400 people on Aug. 11 — including a number of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers.

    “It’s important to tap into the ultra-Orthodox community,” LAPD officer Adam...

  • Remembering, honoring IDF’s lone soldier Steinberg, comrades

    August 19, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    “I just want to say, Max was my best soldier, and I loved him so much, and to be with you is like closure for me. It’s something you can’t explain in words.”

    But Israel Defense Forces (IDF) 1st Lt. Ohad Roisblatt did his best. He told an audience of about 90 people at Beth Jacob...

  • ADL preps community for High Holy Days security demands

    August 19, 2015 | 11:20 am

    The three silent surveillance videos showed an all-too-disturbing sequence of events: First, a shooter carries a rifle into a supermarket in broad daylight; people flee the store and run for their lives. The shooter begins firing at people inside the market before struggling with a...

  • [UPDATED] Matisyahu performs at music festival that had dropped him from its lineup [VIDEO]

    August 17, 2015 | 10:28 am

    [UPDATE: Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m.]  Matisyahu performed on Aug. 22 at a Spanish music festival that had cancelled his performance due to apparent pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement before inviting him back to perform.

    "Tonight was difficult but...

  • Moving and shaking: Kadima Day School, Touro College and community preparedness

    August 13, 2015 | 8:53 am

    Kadima Day School has announced Greg Kovacs as the new head of school. Kovacs, whose hiring became effective July 1, has more than 15 years of leadership experience, including time spent as executive director of the C5 Youth Foundation.

    Greg Kovacs, head of school at Kadima Day...

  • Federation: Water under the bridge, or too little, too late?

    August 12, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    When The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles sent out a call to action last month, officials hoped the result would be vocal, community-wide opposition against the Iran deal. Instead, the message led to an outcry by some against Federation itself for getting involved in the...

  • L.A. Jewish Federation sends second email on Iran deal, acknowledging the deal is ‘complex’

    August 6, 2015 | 5:06 pm

    Following public outcry in response to a community-wide call-to-action email sent July 21 by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, on Aug. 6 Federation Board Chair Leslie E. Bider and President and CEO Jay Sanderson sent a second email with the subject line “An...

  • Moving and shaking: ‘Iran: What Now?’, LEAP Foundation and more

    August 6, 2015 | 10:22 am

    Dalia Dassa Kaye, director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy and a senior political scientist at the Rand Corp.; former U.S. Congressmember Mel Levine; and Omri Ceren, senior adviser at the Israel Project, participated in an Aug. 2 debate at Beth Jacob Congregation titled...

  • Moving and shaking: Taste of Summer in Santa Monica, Peter Beinart at IKAR and more

    July 29, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    The sun was gradually setting when nearly 600 people dressed in cocktail attire arrived at the fourth annual Taste of Summer event on July 25 in Santa Monica. 

    DJ Mark Chill and DJ Matt Urbano supplied the tunes as young professionals sampled palatable offerings from local...

  • Moving and shaking: Singing at Dodger Stadium, JNET, Amos Horev and more

    July 27, 2015 | 9:05 am

    Cantor Marcus Feldman of Sinai Temple sang the national anthem at Dodger Stadium on July 7 as the Los Angeles Dodgers took on the Philadelphia Phillies. Approximately 50 people from the Westwood-based Conservative congregation — including Rabbis David Wolpe and Jason Fruithandler —...

  • Welcome sites for visiting athletes

    July 24, 2015 | 2:39 pm

    Lucy Meyer has defied expectations since birth, when she was deprived of oxygen for five seconds and doctors predicted that she would, as a result, never spit or swallow. Now 16, she goes surfing and boogie boarding — despite having cerebral palsy.

    With the Special Olympics World...

  • Moving and shaking: Alpert Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth Am and more

    July 16, 2015 | 11:53 am

    Alayna Cosores, assistant director of early childhood education at the Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach, is among the 19 early childhood educators from across the country to be named Fellows in JCC Association’s first Sheva-Covenant Directors Institute.

    The three-year...

  • Deal or no deal? A busy road ahead for Congress

    July 15, 2015 | 9:52 am

    The region’s Democratic Congressmen are speaking out about the Iran nuclear deal forged by a Democratic president — with reservation.

    Speaking to the Journal hours after the landmark deal was announced on July 14, Reps. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)...

  • Moving and shaking: Michael Oren, Tony Blair, synagogue softball and more

    July 9, 2015 | 10:53 am

    Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren’s dual loyalties — and his frustration with the growing separation between Israel and the U.S. — were evident in his remarks July 1 when he appeared at the Museum of Tolerance to discuss his recently released,...

  • Real-estate mogul Fred Sands talks business, giving and rock ’N’ roll

    July 8, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    If the name Fred Sands sounds familiar, that’s because it was once ubiquitous on real-estate signs across Southern California. That was before Sands sold his business, Fred Sands Realtors, to Coldwell Banker in 2000. 

    Today, the 75-year-old Wilshire Boulevard Temple congregant,...

  • Jerry Weintraub, famed concert promoter and film producer, dies at 77

    July 7, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    Rabbi Levi Cunin still remembers how decades ago, as a little boy, he visited the Malibu home of movie and music mogul Jerry Weintraub at his request with a crew from Chabad to kasher it — and gave the Hollywood producer the surprise of his life. 

    “One of the places where he got...

  • Michael Oren responds to ‘Ally’ backlash at local event

    July 2, 2015 | 4:48 pm

    Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren’s dual loyalties — and his frustration with the growing separation between Israel and America — were evident in his remarks July 1 when he appeared at the Museum of Tolerance to discuss his recently released, controversial...

  • Moving and shaking: Marriage equality rally, L.A. Press Club Awards, the Black Eyed Peas and more

    July 2, 2015 | 11:40 am

    Los Angeles clergy, city officials, same-sex couples and other supporters of gay marriage rejoiced in the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states during a June 26 rally in West Hollywood Park.

    “Marriage, that peculiar and particular joining of...

  • IDEAS and ideals spell innovation for Israel

    June 25, 2015 | 3:19 pm

    In some ways, the secret to good movie-making remains as simple as ever, according to Steve Tisch, the Oscar-winning producer of “Forrest Gump.” “People want to see movies that move them, entertain them,” he said. “They want to laugh.” 

    Tisch, a philanthropist who donated $10...

  • Rabbi’s car set on fire outside Chabad synagogue

    June 25, 2015 | 11:41 am

    Security cameras at Chabad of Mt. Olympus show two individuals vandalizing a Hyundai Sonata belonging to Rabbi Sholom Rodal, the Chabad’s rabbi, at 2 a.m. on the morning of June 24, according to Rodal as well as a police official.

    The two were caught on camera setting the car on...

  • Moving and shaking: ‘Mad Men’ Day, Jewish World Watch and more

    June 25, 2015 | 11:08 am

    The City of Los Angeles declared June 17 “ ‘Mad Men’ Day” and honored the popular television show’s creator, Matt Weiner, during a ceremony at City Hall.

    City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, whose office led the proceedings, welcomed Weiner and more than 20 members of the show’s...

  • ADL to introduce graphic novel about tragedy in Tel Aviv bar

    June 17, 2015 | 4:32 pm

    American filmmaker and freelance journalist Jack Baxter got more than he bargained for when he set out in 2003 to make a film about Mike’s Place, the famous live music bar in Tel Aviv. He was one month into shooting a documentary about the bar and the people who run it when a...

  • Moving and shaking: Ordination, graduation, The Learned Hand Award and more

    June 17, 2015 | 4:21 pm

    Local seminaries were in full ordination and graduation mode last month, celebrating a combined total of 30 new rabbis among them.

    For the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, this year’s ordination...

  • Hebrew spoken by a rainbow of Young L.A. voices

    June 17, 2015 | 4:02 pm

    It’s story time at Lashon Academy Charter School, and Hebrew teacher Ravit Shemesh is reading a Hebrew-language picture book about a grandmother to a group of students sitting at her feet on the classroom’s carpet. Among them is Veer Joshi, a non-Jewish Indian student.

    Ei-fo...

  • Moving and shaking: Aish gala, ‘Mad Mensch’ at IKAR and more

    June 11, 2015 | 12:26 pm

    The glitzy 35th annual Aish Los Angeles gala, held on May 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, spotlighted the organization’s mission of connecting Jews to Judaism while drawing a crowd of 950 people.

    Richard Sandler, executive vice president of the Milken Family Foundation and...

  • Authentic people person

    June 10, 2015 | 3:07 pm

    Jacob Shulman, 18
    El Camino Real Charter
    Gap year: Conservative Yeshiva in Israel

    As president of Shomrei Torah Synagogue’s chapter of United Synagogue Youth (USY), Jacob Shulman has learned that leadership requires one of the hardest skills in life: working with people.

    ...
  • A team player and leader

    June 10, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    Elizabeth Byrnes-Mandelbaum, 17
    Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
    Going to: Duke University

    Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences senior Elizabeth Byrnes-Mandelbaum’s high school career has been filled with academic highs, athletic accomplishments and extracurricular...

  • The passion of Powell

    June 10, 2015 | 1:06 pm

    New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) is getting a new name on July 1, becoming de Toledo High School in honor of a gift its namesake family provided last year.

    Some have called the donation of an undisclosed amount from Philip and Alyce de Toledo of Sherman Oaks a...

  • Moving and shaking: AFHU award dinner, TRZ Yom HaShoah event and fire safety at B’nai David-Judea

    June 3, 2015 | 5:19 pm

    New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) celebrated its upcoming name-change to de Toledo High School — which goes into effect July 1 — during the school’s annual gala at the Skirball Cultural Center on May 17. 

    The event honored members of the de Toledo family: Alyce and Philip...

  • Moving and Shaking: Harriet Rossetto, AJWS, TCRF and Israel Advocacy

    May 29, 2015 | 5:05 pm

    Harriet Rossetto, the founder and executive vice president of Beit T’Shuvah, a residential treatment center and educational institution in Culver City, has been named a 2015 Advocate for Action by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

    ONDCP Director...

  • Family’s link to VBS is all relative

    May 29, 2015 | 3:34 pm

    Sometimes the old adage really is true: The family that prays together stays together. The Braun family, whom Valley Beth Shalom is honoring at its June 7 “Living Our Legacy: Celebrating the Best of Valley Beth Shalom” ceremony, is a family whose relationship with VBS spans five...

  • ADL hosts discussion on coming out and fitting in

    May 28, 2015 | 5:13 pm

    Wearing a suit and tie and sporting a beard and a closely cropped haircut, Seth Marnin explained at an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) panel discussion that people are often startled to learn he was once a woman. 

    A transgender Jew, Marnin recalled confusing an acquaintance by...

  • Tribute to the man reviving the Breed Street Shul

    May 27, 2015 | 9:49 am

    Stephen Sass wiped tears from his eyes as he took the stage May 17 to receive an award recognizing his leadership toward the renovation of the century-old Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights. 

    Although his work over about the past 15 years has been tough going at times, he said...

  • Moving and Shaking: Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, David Myers and Richard Sandler

    May 21, 2015 | 5:34 pm

    A red carpet ceremony and a screening of “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” kicked off the 10th annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) on April 30 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. 

    The opening gala, which drew approximately 700 people, was just the beginning of a week...

  • Moving and Shaking: Amos Oz, Ari Shavit, Natalie Portman and Cantor Yonah Kliger

    May 14, 2015 | 5:49 pm

    “I love Israel even at moments I cannot stand it.”

    Israeli author Amos Oz has complicated feelings about the Holy Land, and he wasn’t afraid to share them during a conversation with journalist Ari Shavit at a recent gala celebrating the fifth anniversary of the UCLA Younes and...

  • Meeting of the Minds at Annual Milken Conference

    May 8, 2015 | 12:22 am

    Jon Medved, CEO of the Israeli crowd-funding venture OurCrowd, looked out upon a prestigious gathering at the 2015 Milken Institute Global Conference on April 29 and declared 2014 “the year of the Israel IPO.”

    As part of a session called “Beyond Start-Up Nation: Israel’s Growth...

  • Moving and Shaking: Dead Sea Scrolls, Yom HaAtzmaut and The Women’s Guild

    April 30, 2015 | 7:53 am

    Blue tablecloths decorated tables, Israeli music played, and Hebrew-speaking security personnel were on guard as the local Israeli consulate held an upbeat Yom HaAtzmaut celebration at the California Science Center on April 23.

    The crowd of 500 mixed and mingled, enjoying food...

  • Nepal: How you can help

    April 27, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    Jews in Israel and abroad are responding to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 —resulting in the death of more than 4,000 Nepalese people — through action and financial campaigns.

    “The people of Nepal are in desperate need right now,” American Jewish Joint...

  • Yom HaShoah commemorations draw thousands to Pan Pacific park

    April 23, 2015 | 4:05 am

    Two events recalling past genocides — and promising to fight against future ones — drew thousands of people to Pan Pacific Park on April 19.

    The first event, Jewish World Watch’s (JWW) annual Walk to End Genocide, began with drumming and song and the sounds of the shofar, which...

  • Recalling the Nazis Next Door

    April 23, 2015 | 4:01 am

    As author and journalist Eric Lichtblau delivered remarks during an April 20 Yom HaShoah program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, photographs of the unimaginable appeared on a slide show behind him: ex-Nazis who were provided safe haven by the United States during the Cold War.

    ...
  • Moving and Shaking: Temple Israel of Hollywood Cantor, Great Minds Gala, and Mimouna celebration

    April 23, 2015 | 3:13 am

    Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) has announced that cantor and music director Danny Maseng will be leaving the congregation this summer. Maseng took over at the synagogue in 2008 upon the retirement of longtime Cantor Aviva Rosenbloom, making him just the third full-time cantor in...

  • Shoah commemoration brings both high and heavy spirits to Pan Pacific

    April 20, 2015 | 7:04 pm

    Two events recalling past genocides — and promising to fight against future ones — drew thousands of people to Pan Pacific Park on April 19.

    The first event, Jewish World Watch’s (JWW) annual Walk to End Genocide, began with drumming and song and the sounds of the shofar, which...

  • Moving and Shaking: AFHU award dinner, TRZ Yom HaShoah event and fire safety at B’nai David-Judea

    April 17, 2015 | 5:04 pm

    American Friends of The Hebrew University’s (AFHU award ) Harvey L. Silbert Torch of Learning Award Dinner on April 13 honored attorneys Jonathan Anschell and Dick Volpert while raising more than $1 million to support the prominent Israeli university.

    “Hebrew University is a...

  • Stanford student’s impassioned op-ed says she was unfairly questioned during endorsement interview

    April 14, 2015 | 4:55 pm

    The Stanford Daily on April 13 ran an op-ed by Molly Horwitz, a Stanford University junior, titled, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” in which she gives her account of events that transpired on March 13 when, she says, the Students of Color Coalition asked her, a...

  • Drake and Madonna share kiss at Coachella

    April 13, 2015 | 9:54 am

    Last night, April 12, Madonna showed up as a surprise guest during Drake's Coachella Valley Music and Arts performance, which closed out the annual, three-day Indio, CA music festival, and she planted a kiss on the Jewish rapper while performing her 2005 song, "Hung Up," Rolling...

  • Clergy march to LAPD headquarters, City Hall to protest skid row killing

    April 9, 2015 | 4:59 pm

    On April 8, group of local Jewish and African-American leaders spotlighted the increase in police-involved deadly shootings in areas such as Skid Row during a press conference outside the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) headquarters.

    “We wanted to reinforce that the Jewish...

  • Moving and shaking: Pioneer Women Award, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and more

    April 9, 2015 | 10:34 am

    The Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women honored Molly Forrest, CEO and president of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, with the Pioneer Women Award during a ceremony March 27 at Los Angeles City Hall.

    The award spotlights those who work to advance the welfare of women and...

  • Tradition meets Hollywood at annual Spago Seder

    April 8, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    Actress Lainie Kazan, restaurateur Barbara Lazaroff and singer Melissa Manchester lit candles on the evening of April 4 at Spago Beverly Hills, prompting Claudia Cagan, a Hollywood producer and Manchester’s sibling, to wax nostalgic for a moment.

    “My mother used to do that and...

  • Moving and Shaking: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Harvey Weinstein, Rabbi David Wolpe and more

    April 2, 2015 | 7:32 pm

    As the night’s master of ceremonies at the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance annual national tribute dinner, Jeffrey Katzenberg had two big jobs — to keep the presentations to heroes who’d risked their lives to save others moving along like clockwork and to convince the...

  • How the wicked son became wise: a Passover parable

    April 2, 2015 | 6:43 pm

    I’ve spent too many Passovers to count preoccupied with the two choices: the wise son or the wicked son. Was I wise, or was I wicked — hacham or rasha? Wanting desperately to be the wise son, in my heart, in my kishkes, I always knew that I was more wicked than wise. 

    After all,...

  • Parents Circle members united by universal love and pain

    April 1, 2015 | 2:43 pm

    Robi Damelin didn’t know what to do when her 28-year-old son David was killed by Palestinian sniper fire in 2002 while serving in the Israel Defense Forces’ reserves.

    “My whole life changed, [as did] my sense of priorities,” Damelin told a group at IKAR during Shabbat morning...

  • JFS expands its own heart in the heart of L.A.

    April 1, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) is in the midst of what leadership is describing as a “new era,” a $36 million capital campaign that will result in the renovation of its Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center and the relocation of its headquarters there.

    JFS plans to take the...

  • Just released ADL audit shows significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents

    March 30, 2015 | 5:16 pm

    One Shabbat this past August, Jewish comedian Elon Gold was walking with his family when they were confronted by a Middle Eastern-looking man who harassed them and shouted, “I hope your children die! Just like you are killing children in Gaza!”

    This local incident was one of many...

  • Moving and shaking: Combating hate, Friendship Circle and more

    March 26, 2015 | 1:14 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) honored three individuals and two law enforcement groups at its annual Helene & Joseph Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate luncheon and award ceremony March 10 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    Selected for individual honors for their efforts to...

  • LGBT Persian Jews live in changing times

    March 26, 2015 | 1:08 pm

    Although attitudes are becoming increasingly accepting toward homosexuality in the Jewish community, prejudices remain in the typically more conservative Persian community. To help bridge the gap, JQ International — a nonprofit, Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to...

  • What is SEDER2015?

    March 25, 2015 | 10:26 am

    Passover is the most family-oriented of the Jewish holidays, the ultimate dinner party, the Thanksgiving of the Jewish community. 

    That is the belief, anyway, of Michael Hebb, creator of Seder2015, an interactive smorgasbord of Passover-related audio clips of famous thinkers...

  • Celebrate World Water Day on March 22

    March 18, 2015 | 5:50 pm

  • Moving and shaking: USHMM’s annual Los Angeles dinner, Sally Drucker turns 100 and more

    March 18, 2015 | 4:22 pm

    Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) annual Los Angeles dinner was themed “What You Do Matters.” 

    Actor Gary Sinese honored the liberators and survivors present at the March 16...

  • Moving and shaking: Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, AFKMC and more

    March 12, 2015 | 10:18 am

    Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles (JBBBSLA) celebrated its centennial and the renaming of its nonsectarian Camp Max Straus during a Feb. 21 event at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel that drew more than 700 attendees and raised $760,000 for the mentoring...

  • Moving and shaking: The Dead Sea Scrolls, JQ International, JIMENA and more

    March 11, 2015 | 12:21 pm

    “Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition” represents not only “the birth of modern Judaism but also of Christianity … and later, Islam. … So we’re really celebrating the Abrahamic traditions and monotheistic religions,” explained David Siegel, the consul general of Israel in Los Angeles,...

  • A plethora of Purim parties

    March 11, 2015 | 9:33 am

    Never in a million years did I think I’d be spending Purim pedaling away on a stationary bicycle, dressed as Indiana Jones, in order to power a DJ playing “Bubble Butt” by Major Lazer.

    But that’s what I did recently at IKAR. 

    There were parties all over town last week as the...

  • Food: The great uniter

    March 10, 2015 | 5:56 pm

    Several Muslim and Jewish students are working with UC San Diego leadership toward opening a dining hall that offers kosher and halal hot food options. 

    In so doing, the school will become the first campus in the University of California system to have this kind of a dining hall,...

  • People come together for MLK-inspired Big Sunday video

    March 3, 2015 | 5:06 pm

    In honor of 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Big Sunday held a community service project on Jan. 19. One day prior, on Jan. 18, Temple Israel of Hollywood, a partner of Big Sunday, held a musical concert event at its Hollywood campus marking 50 years since King delivered a sermon there.

    Big Sunday just released a video, entitled, “Something in Common,” that captures how those two days brought people of all backgrounds together.

    Check it out.

  • Moving and shaking: Times of Israel gala, Nostre Aetate anniversary and ROSIES

    February 26, 2015 | 2:34 pm

    American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) has launched the Max Steinberg Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund in memory of the lone soldier from Woodland Hills who was killed last summer during Israel’s war in Gaza.

    Lone soldiers are members of the Israel...

  • Raising financially sensible kids

    February 25, 2015 | 3:16 pm

    Spoiled children are made, not born — and there’s something you can do about that. 

    That’s the message of New York Times “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber’s new book, “The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous and Smart about Money.” The 43-year-old’s...

  • Bridging two cultures within one community

    February 25, 2015 | 2:53 pm

    A recent discussion at Sinai Temple called “Inside the Persian Jewish Community” examined the community’s internal as well as external forces, as talk turned to the stereotypes and tensions that sometimes develop with local Ashkenazi Jews. 

    “Persians feel so judged by the...

  • Seder2015 hopes to bring millennials to the Passover table

    February 23, 2015 | 12:07 pm

    Millennials, what are you doing this Passover? If you’re not sure, perhaps look to Seder2015.

    Seder 2015 is the latest brainchild of Michael Hebb, 39, a self-described “food provacteur” who last grabbed national attention for launching “Death Over Dinner,” a movement that brought...

  • Moving and shaking: Shimon Peres, Father Patrick Desbois and more

    February 19, 2015 | 12:39 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Feb. 11 King David Society gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel featured Shimon Peres, Israel’s former longtime president and two-time prime minister. He appeared in conversation with Sharon Nazarian, an adjunct professor for political...

  • Shimon Peres offers a taste of history, positivity

    February 18, 2015 | 3:42 pm

    Shimon Peres, Israel’s former longtime president and two-time prime minister, appeared at a gala for top funders of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Feb. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In an onstage conversation with Federation board member Sharon Nazarian, Peres was...

  • Shimon Peres: A taste of history, thoughts on staying positive

    February 12, 2015 | 4:48 pm

    Shimon Peres, Israel’s former longtime president and two-time prime minister, appeared at a gala for top funders of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In an onstage conversation with Sharon Nazarian, Peres did not talk about...

  • Moving and shaking: Live painting, Limmud, LAMOTH and more

    February 12, 2015 | 11:44 am

    Cheder Menachem held a Feb. 3 banquet in honor of its donors at Neman Hall in West Hollywood.

    The evening for the all-boys Orthodox school, which serves students from pre-kindergarten-eighth grade, celebrated the approximately $1 million raised in 2014, according to Rabbi Mendel...

  • Fraternity conclave focuses on hate crimes, security

    February 11, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    A security consultant working for the primarily Jewish college fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) — the target of numerous hate crimes across the country, most recently at UC Davis, where members awoke Jan. 31 to find two swastikas spray painted on their house — was among those who...

  • Moving and shaking: Sinai Akiba Academy, JFS Family Violence Project, Hillel 818 and more

    February 5, 2015 | 12:51 pm

    Sinai Akiba Academy in Westwood honored longtime faculty member Rivka Shaked, as well as Luiza and Andrei Iancu, alumni parents who have held various leadership positions over the years, during its annual event and auction Jan. 24.

    Honoree Rivka Shaked and Rabbi David Wolpe of...

  • UC Davis Community, ADL respond to hate-crime graffiti

    February 4, 2015 | 1:59 pm

    The UC Davis chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) is reeling from a hate crime involving two red swastikas spray painted on its fraternity house, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

    AEPi members woke up on the morning of Jan. 31 and discovered the swastikas on a wall of...

  • LAMOTH remembers 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

    February 4, 2015 | 1:45 pm

    It’s been 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, but it’s essential to remember that the horrors of anti-Semitism live on, according to Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles David Siegel.

    “This is not ancient history; it is right now,” Siegel said during a Jan. 27 speech....

  • Moving and shaking: Bet Tzedek, Beit T’Shuvah and Forbes

    January 29, 2015 | 3:01 pm

    Halfway through Bet Tzedek’s annual dinner gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel on Jan. 22, Jessie Kornberg, the brand-new president and CEO of the nonprofit legal-aid organization, stepped onto the stage. As she approached the microphone, one member of Bet Tzedek’s new...

  • Funding for survivor services sees a big jump in 2015

    January 29, 2015 | 2:47 pm

    The Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany — also known as the Claims Conference — is providing a $10.1 million increase in funding this year to California-based Holocaust survivors, according to a Claims Conference’s December press release. The money will fund home...

  • LAMOTH remembers 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz

    January 28, 2015 | 5:45 pm

    It’s been 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, but it’s essential to remember that the horrors of anti-Semitism live on, according to Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles David Siegel.

    “This is not ancient history; it is right now,” Siegel said during a Jan. 27 speech....

  • Moving and shaking: Celebrating MLK Jr., Avraham Fried concert at the Saban Theatre and more

    January 22, 2015 | 2:06 pm

    The Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) sanctuary was overflowing, every one of the 1,000 seats downstairs and in the balcony filled on Jan. 18 with congregants, friends and guests from Los Angeles churches and other community groups. They came to celebrate the life and legacy of the...

  • J Street, StandWithUs debate best way to support Israel

    January 22, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    Representatives of StandWithUs (SWU) and J Street — two Jewish organizations with very different takes on Israel — faced off Jan. 13 in a debate on why their respective group is a better friend to the Jewish state.

    The free event, at Temple Judea in Tarzana, featured attorney,...

  • Israeli Foreign Ministry investigating consulate in L.A.

    January 14, 2015 | 3:27 pm

    The Inspector General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is investigating an employee matter at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, although officials will not confirm the nature of the inquiry. 

    Emmanuel Nahshon, spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry,...

  • Moving and shaking: Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny, BJE and more

    January 14, 2015 | 3:00 pm

    Temple Beth Am held an installation ceremony for Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny and recognized Associate Rabbi Ari Lucas on Dec. 13.

    Chorny, who was raised in San Diego, joined the staff at the La Cienega Boulevard Conservative congregation as cantor in August. She is a graduate of...

  • Rabbi Mark Diamond resigns as L.A. AJC leader

    January 9, 2015 | 4:20 pm

    Rabbi Mark Diamond, the executive director of the American Jewish Committee Los Angeles (AJCLA), announced Jan. 9 that he will step down at the end of February as AJCLA’s top professional. Diamond said he plans to “pursue other professional and personal opportunities.”

    “I write...

  • Moving and shaking: Joseph Lieberman honored, Shalom Institute gala and 3G at LAMOTH

    January 8, 2015 | 11:28 am

    Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman was the honored guest at the Jan. 4 panel discussion “Setting Educational Policy for the 21st Century” at Young Israel of North Beverly Hills. Organized by Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy and moderated by Museum of Tolerance Director Liebe Geft, the...

  • Esther Lowy, Dean of Touro College L.A., 66

    January 7, 2015 | 10:47 am

    Esther Lowy, founding dean of Touro College Los Angeles, died Dec. 19 at the age of 66, of cancer, according to her husband, Rudolph. 

    Touro College is based in New York and caters to Orthodox individuals who might otherwise be uncomfortable with the secular aspects of college...

  • Drake to headline Coachella

    January 6, 2015 | 11:28 am

    Coachella, one of the summer's largest and most prolific music festivals, confirmed Drake as a headliner of this year's installment.

    The Jewish rapper performs on April 12 and April 19.

    Every year, music fans anxiously await the announcement of which bands and artists will...

  • Shmulie Hauptman: Hatzolah leader brings first aid to Jewish community — and beyond

    January 6, 2015 | 10:00 am

    On a rainy weekday in December, Shmulie Hauptman wore a reflective Hatzolah of Los Angeles jacket. A two-way radio was clipped to his belt. His car, a Lexus hybrid, was parked outside the Starbucks at Pico and Robertson, where he met with the Journal. Inside the car were a spare...
  • Dave Bullock: Bringing cameras to Skid Row residents

    January 6, 2015 | 9:57 am

    Dave Bullock is a co-founder of the Skid Row Photography Club, which provides digital cameras to Los Angeles’ Skid Row residents — the club’s members — and through their pictures allows outsiders like himself a chance to see their lives in another light. Bullock raises the funds to...
  • Moving and shaking: FIDF, AJC and more

    December 30, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    More than 15 Los Angeles residents returned home on Nov. 21 after participating in a weeklong, sold-out national leadership mission to Israel organized by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF). The mission brought together 160 FIDF members from 58 American cities,...

  • Guilford Glazer, leading Los Angeles philanthropist, dies at 93

    December 24, 2014 | 2:40 pm

    Guilford Glazer, a strong supporter of Israel, leading Los Angeles philanthropist and real estate developer, died in his Beverly Hills home on Dec. 23, 2014, at 93. 
     
    Glazer was well known for his support of Israeli universities, including Tel Aviv University (TAU) and...
  • Moving and shaking: StandWithUs, Chanukah in Los Angeles and Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback

    December 17, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    Stephen Wise Temple has named Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback as its next senior rabbi.

    The senior rabbi-elect, who is currently the head of Wise School, the synagogue’s day school for kindergarten through sixth grade and early childhood center, succeeds Rabbi Eli Herscher, according to a...

  • Freed prisoner Alan Gross loves Judaism

    December 17, 2014 | 11:13 am

    Alan Gross was freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday after five years, much of that time in isolation. His release was part of a prisoner exchange deal between Cuba and the United States that President Barack Obama announced marks the start of improved relations between the two...

  • It’s a spicy MatzoBall!

    December 17, 2014 | 10:04 am

    Jewish Angelenos looking for something to do on Christmas Eve need look no further than a singles party that has become a national sensation — the MatzoBall.

    Returning to Los Angeles for the first time in years, the event will take place in Hollywood at the historic Avalon on...

  • Teaching the value of giving in the season of getting

    December 12, 2014 | 11:31 am

    The gift-giving tradition that these days is so strongly connected with Chanukah can be a mixed blessing. Often, preceding the joy of hitting the right note with a gift are days fraught with the pressure to find it. There’s also the question of how much to spend, and what kinds of...
  • Moving and shaking: Characters Unite, MATT construction and more

    December 12, 2014 | 9:17 am

    The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Board of Governors gala on Dec. 2 honored David and Janet Polak, who support numerous Jewish and Israeli causes. The couple received the Cedars-Sinai Philanthropic Leadership Award.
     
    The event at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills...
  • JWT’s ‘Not That Jewish’ offers the group’s latest fresh, female voice

    December 11, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    “Not That Jewish,” an autobiographical one-woman show with comedian Monica Piper, recalls Billy Crystal’s similarly heartfelt “700 Sundays.” Both are monologue performances by Jewish comics who grew up in show-biz-oriented families in Brooklyn, where weekends were spent at the...

  • California-Israeli companies form stem cell research agreement

    December 5, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    California-Israel partnerships related to stem cell research are on the horizon after an agreement signed Dec. 9 between the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Israel’s Center for Research and Development, MATIMOP.

    Israel Consul General in Los Angeles David Siegel...

  • Moving and Shaking: LAMOTH recital, Fiesta Shalom at Sea and Thanksgiving

    December 5, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) inaugural Young Pianist Showcase Recital took place Nov. 23 at the museum.

    The event featured performances by Jacqueline Wax, 17, a senior at Milken Community Schools; Jonah Goldberg, 14, a freshman at Calabasas High School; Adam...

  • Gene Simmons: Rock god turned business tycoon

    December 3, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    Gene Simmons has made a career out of doing a lot with a little. 

    His band, KISS, featured members with little or no formal musical training but went on to become one of the nation’s biggest rock acts. Growing up in Haifa, he sold cactus fruit to workers at a local bus stop to...

  • Moving and shaking: Zimmer Children’s Museum, NCJWLA thrift shops and more

    November 25, 2014 | 2:22 pm

    Local community leaders named to the annual Jewish Daily Forward 50 include Israeli-American Council Chairman Shawn Evenhaim; Rabbi Eliyahu Fink of Pacific Jewish Center in Venice; Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) and Micah Wexler of Wexler’s Deli.

    Steven Sotloff, an...

  • Nope, Justin Bieber did not visit a L.A. rabbi on Wednesday

    November 20, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    Pop star Justin Bieber did not visit with a rabbi at the Westside Jewish Communtiy Center (JCC) yesterday despite media reports to the contrary.

    “He met with no rabbi. He came, enjoyed playing [table tennis], he does stuff here; it’s not the first time he’s come,” Brian Greene,...

  • Moving and shaking: L.A. Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, Beth Chayim Chadashim and more

    November 20, 2014 | 10:55 am

    Israeli Sephardic actor Yehoram Gaon, Los Angeles attorney Ronald J. Nessim, and philanthropic couple Joelle and Jack Rimokh were the honorees at the opening gala of the Los Angeles Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, taking home the Cinema Sepharad Lifetime Achievement Award, the...

  • L.A.’s Jews and Muslims partner in ‘twinning’ events

    November 19, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    When Jews and Muslims came together for a “twinning” event on Nov. 16, the Pico Union Project was filled with jamming, rapping, rhetoric, dancing and more.

    “It’s the only way we will ever find peace — through the arts and dialogue. So this is a really good start,” Genie Benson,...

  • Moving and shaking: FIDF Gala, Texas Hold’em Poker Classic, Our House and more

    November 13, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Hollywood A-listers Barbra Streisand, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Pamela Anderson were among those who attended the eighth annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala on Nov. 6; the event raised an unprecedented $33 million to fund the...

  • ASA conference revisits the boycott of Israeli institutions

    November 12, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Nancy Koppelman, an American Studies professor at The Evergreen State College in Washington, is well aware of how passionate things can get on college campuses over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The late pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an...

  • Moving and shaking: American Technion Society, Jewish Educator Awards, LAMOTH and more

    November 6, 2014 | 10:49 am

    Audience members at the American Technion Society’s (ATS) “An Evening of Innovation and Inspiration” were presented with a moving sight on Oct. 29 as U.S. Marines Capt. Derek Herrera walked across the Museum of Tolerance stage wearing an Israeli-designed-and-built ReWalk robotic...

  • Idan Raichel: Music with meaning

    November 5, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    For Israeli superstar Idan Raichel, sometimes it’s not the musical notes that matter most; it’s what happens in between.

    Such is the case when a Jewish singer-songwriter teams up with a Muslim guitarist — in this case, Vieux Farka Touré, from the West African country of Mali.

    ...
  • New Jew name changes to de Toledo High School

    November 5, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) in West Hills soon will be changing its name to de Toledo High School in honor of what one official is calling a “transformative” gift.

    The decision by the school’s board of trustees was made Oct. 22, following a recent donation — the size...

  • Mikvah Society of L.A. assures users it is ‘safe and secure’ following voyeurism scandal in D.C.

    November 4, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    The scandal surrounding the Washington D.C. rabbi who was arrested and charged for allegedly secretly filming women while they were using a mikveh dressing room has prompted assurances from the Mikvah Society of Los Angeles that its own mikveh “continues to be a safe and secure...

  • Carr Super Pac tries to draw connection between Lieu and Hamas

    October 30, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    The race to represent the 33rd California District in the United States House of Representatives took a nasty turn recently.

    Residents in the district have received mailers claiming that Democratic candidate Ted Lieu is sympathetic to the Palestinian terror group Hamas. The...

  • Moving and shaking: American Friends of Magen David Adom, Breed Street Shul and more

    October 30, 2014 | 9:58 am

    It was the emotional highlight of the night — in fact, it would have been the emotional highlight of any night. During American Friends of Magen David Adom’s (AFMDA) star-studded Red Star Ball on Oct. 23, two victims of Hamas rocket attacks were reunited with the Magen David Adom...

  • Carr vs. Lieu: The Democrat and Republican vying to claim Waxman’s legacy

    October 29, 2014 | 4:31 pm

    “Do you support boots-on-the-ground in Iraq?” 

    KPCC talk-show host Larry Mantle asked this question of Republican Elan Carr and Democrat Ted Lieu, opponents in the race to succeed longtime U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman in California’s 33rd Congressional District, a heavily Jewish region...

  • Bet Tzedek names Jessie Kornberg new CEO

    October 28, 2014 | 3:58 pm

    About two years ago, Jessie Kornberg was litigating a trial for the law firm Bird Marella, and when it ended, all the attorneys were waiting to speak candidly with jurors about what they thought the lawyers did well and what they didn’t do well. Eight months pregnant, Kornberg...

  • Moving and shaking: A fabulous night, Sunday shvitz and Andrew Hoffer

    October 23, 2014 | 1:20 pm

    Beverly Hills real estate magnate Stanley Black and Temple of the Arts Rabbi David Baron were honored on Oct. 12 during “A Fabulous Night” at the Saban Theatre. 

    The event featured comedian Rita Rudner and Beatles tribute band The Fab Four in concert while also spotlighting the...

  • L.A. Rabbis seeking to reassure mikveh users of facilities’ privacy

    October 23, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    In the wake of a scandal in which a Washington, D.C., Modern Orthodox rabbi was arrested for allegedly spying on women undressing before immersing in a mikveh connected to his synagogue, Los Angeles-area rabbis are calling the situation a “unique case” and taking steps to put the...

  • Back to school, sort of: Shalhevet students start their year under unorthodox conditions

    October 20, 2014 | 11:40 am

    Chaos has brought community to the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC), where Shalhevet High School is operating for its 2014-2015 school year as construction proceeds on its actual campus.

    Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg, a Shalhevet Judaic studies teacher, dryly remarked that sharing...

  • L.A. rabbi says mikveh at AJU is secure, calls Freundel scandal a ‘unique case’

    October 16, 2014 | 11:14 am

    In the wake of a scandal in which a Washington, D.C. Orthodox rabbi was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 14, for allegedly spying on women undressing at a mikveh connected to his synagogue, Rabbi Richard A. Flom, a Los Angeles authority on the mikveh [ritual bathhouse] and a member of the...

  • Moving and shaking: Doc Rivers, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the ADL

    October 15, 2014 | 9:46 am

    “The city rests on a foundation of public safety,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the fourth annual Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) Los Angeles dinner honoring both the mayor and businessman Mitch Julis on Oct. 2 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  

    HSAC is a...

  • Reporting anti-Semitism: There’s an app for that

    October 14, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Campus hate has a new enemy that fits in the pocket of your pants. 

    CombatHateU, a new smartphone app for Apple iOS and Android developed by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is intended to allow Jewish college students to immediately report and confront anti-Semitism. 

    The app aims...

  • Congressional and Senate candidates debate at University Synagogue

    October 14, 2014 | 1:14 pm

    University Synagogue was the host Oct. 12 for debates in two races for the Nov. 4 election — one between Elan Carr and Ted Lieu, running for the 33rd Congressional District seat, and another between Sandra Fluke and Ben Allen, who are vying for the California 26th state Senate...

  • A Yom Kippur forum on anti-Semitism

    October 14, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Is the recent uptick in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe due, in part, to the distance in time from the Holocaust and a fading memory of the 6 million Jews who perished in it? 

    This was among the topics of a panel discussion titled “Anti-Semitism in Europe: Crisis or Challenge?”...

  • Moving and shaking: From AmeriCorps to the One Wish Project

    October 7, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    The Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles (VPC) honored Union Bank; ABC Family’s “The Fosters”; and Patti Giggans, executive director of nonprofit Peace Over Violence; during its Angel of Peace Awards on Sept. 30.

    The event, which took place at the LA Plaza de...

  • Moving and shaking: Tour de Summer Camps, Woman to Woman Conference and more

    October 1, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    The moon was still visible at 5 a.m. on Sept. 21 as cyclists registered at Camp Alonim in Simi Valley for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ second annual Tour de Summer Camps.

    More than 450 cyclists participated in the event, including Jay Sanderson, Federation...

  • Moving and shaking: JCFLA’s Marvin Schotland honored, SOLA celebrates

    September 24, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    The most moving part of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles’ (JCFLA) 60th-anniversary celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills Sept. 19 had to be when CEO Marvin Schotland’s father, Lou Schotland, sang to his son.

    The event honored Marvin for his 25 years...

  • Elliot Brandt named AIPAC-national managing director

    September 23, 2014 | 5:04 pm

    Elliot Brandt, 45, the Western States director for AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee ) since 2002, will become managing director at the pro-Israel organization’s Washington D.C headquarters.

    Brandt’s promotion to the organization’s national staff becomes effective...

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