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  • Printmaker Jacob Samuel Works ‘Outside the Box’to Capture Artists’ Visions

    July 6, 2010 | 7:00 pm

    “All I do here is a series of repetitive, boring tasks,” master printmaker Jacob Samuel says with a shrug as he stands in his Santa Monica studio, red apron over a white T-shirt.

    This modest remark comes from a man who has published the work of some of the world’s most...

  • Teens Transform Troubles Into Musical Drama

    July 6, 2010 | 6:45 pm

    In a recreation room in Venice, 30 teens from throughout Los Angeles are belting out:

    “When you got problems, they don’t define you;

    You gotta believe you’re going to make it through.”

    And at the front, Stephanie Wieland, artistic director of City at Peace, jumps up and...

  • What’s happening with Kagan today

    June 28, 2010 | 1:07 pm

  • Online Dating: Behind the Scenes

    June 21, 2010 | 1:14 pm

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  • Israel Flotilla Crisis at sea:  Man on the L.A. Street [VIDEO]

    June 2, 2010 | 9:34 pm

    We asked passersby at the Third Street Promenade on Wednesday afternoon, June 2, 2010 what they knew and thought of the Israel flotilla crisis that has been breaking international news this week.

    Watch for a variety of perspectives represented each in just less than a minute.

    Passersby include (in order of actual filming):
    1. Steve, a retired engineer
    2. Two rugby players from New Zealand and the U.K.
    3. Alex, UCLA student
    4. James, Los Angeles resident
    5. Ann Powell, Los Angeles resident originally from New York
    6.  Tom, English tourist

  • BODYTRAFFIC Forges an International Connection

    June 1, 2010 | 8:23 pm

    It’s a Monday afternoon in an upstairs studio at the Westside Academy of Dance in Santa Monica. “One, two, three, four ...” With each count, Tina Finkelman Berkett demonstrates a series of gestures. A male dancer behind her imitates each move. Lillian Barbeito, watching from...

  • Four Pressman Academy Students at State Science Fair

    May 25, 2010 | 4:38 pm

    What is the effect of caffeine on plant growth? How does fat content in ice cream affect the rate that it melts? What is the effect of phototropism on gravitropism in plants? Which foods are best to eat when taking aspirin or other NSAID medications? These questions were addressed in...

  • A whale tale, Knesset finishing school, Burger King falls

    May 24, 2010 | 2:36 pm

    Here are some recent stories from Israel that you may have missed.

    A (gray) whale of a tale

    A gray whale that took a wrong turn was spotted in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Tel Aviv on May 8, marking the first time a gray whale was seen from Israel’s coast in more than 200...

  • Making a trip to the stars of Memorial Day

    May 24, 2010 | 12:52 pm

    What stands for those who have fallen?

    As a small boy, I played with green plastic soldiers. Sometimes after they died in backyard battle, I would mark their passing with a little cross made of twigs.

    Even then it seemed off.

    This Memorial Day weekend—before you load the car,...

  • Sinai Akiba Students Visit Islamic Center [VIDEO]

    May 7, 2010 | 6:44 pm

    Seventh-grade students and faculty from Sinai Akiba Academy in Westwood filed into the Islamic Center in Los Angeles at noon May 7 for a lecture on Muslim culture and to observe an afternoon prayer session. 


    Find more videos like this on EveryJew.com

    Jihad Turk, director of...

  • Krav Maga in LA

    May 5, 2010 | 1:51 pm

  • Four Pressman Academy Students at State Science Fair

    May 4, 2010 | 5:53 pm

    What is the effect of caffeine on plant growth?  How does fat content in ice cream affect the rate at which it melts? What is the effect of phototropism on gravitropism in plants?  Which foods are best to eat when taking aspirin (or other NSAID medications)?  These questions were...

  • Sinai Temple Honors Second — and First — B’nai Mitzvah

    May 4, 2010 | 5:51 pm

    At 83, Victoria Mertes was one of the youngest participants during a b’nai mitzvah service held April 23 at Sinai Temple in Westwood.

    “I never got the chance to do it,” Mertes said. “In my era in New York, if you were not a boy or a man, you could not become a bat...

  • Sinai Temple Honors Second — and First — B’nai Mitzvah

    April 27, 2010 | 10:31 pm

    At 83, Victoria Mertes was one of the youngest participants during a b’nai mitzvah service held on Saturday, April 23, at Sinai Temple in Westwood.

    “I never got the chance to do it,” Mertes said. “In my era in New York, if you were not a boy or a man, you could not become...

  • Milken Students Win Green Competition

    April 27, 2010 | 10:25 pm

    Five students with the Mitchell Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) at Milken Community High School took top honors in the Green Schools division of the Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation competition, at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View on April 10.

    The goal of the...

  • Young Philanthropists Host Haiti Fundraiser

    March 16, 2010 | 5:00 pm

    Los Angeles residents Alexis Alagem, 25, and Jackie Winnick, 27, pulled together the support of their social networks at a private back lounge of Bar 210/Plush in Beverly Hills the night of March 12, as a fundraiser for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC)...

  • Family of Cancer Patient Hopes for a Stem Cell Miracle

    March 16, 2010 | 4:55 pm

    Jeff Tohl endured testing, five months of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant during the three years that followed his cancer diagnosis — a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. With a clean bill of health and regained strength, he thought he was out of the woods.

    But when...

  • A View from the Mountaintop: A Celebration of Civil Rights Event

    March 10, 2010 | 1:07 pm

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    JewishJournal.com taped “A View from the Mountaintop: A Celebration of Civil Rights Event” which took place on the evening of March 4, 2010 at the Skirball Cultural Center.  The evening featured an exciting, topical conversation about social justice and civil...

  • “Manifest Equality” Exhibit in Hollywood [VIDEO]

    March 6, 2010 | 8:52 pm

    Yosi Sergant was raised Jewish in Culver City.  The 30-something year old gained recognition working on Obama’s campaign and moved on to become Director of Communications at the National Endowment for the Arts, until he resigned last fall, after backlash from conservatives, with the...

  • Milken Robotics Team to Compete in Israel

    March 2, 2010 | 4:35 pm

    Milken Community High School’s robotics team is headed to Israel to compete in the regional FIRST competition this year, which is set for March 15-17 in Tel Aviv.  The theme of the competition this year is soccer.  In preparation, Milken’s team participated in a practice...

  • Luminario Ballet:  Hollywood performance

    February 26, 2010 | 3:10 pm

  • Israel Policy Forum joins up with Middle East Progress

    January 22, 2010 | 6:36 pm

    The Israel Policy Forum has merged with Middle East Progress.

    In a letter this week to its friends and supporters, IPF announced that it was “embarking on its next chapter” by becoming a part of MEP, which is a project of the liberal Washington-based think tank Center for American...