Jewish Journal

Dikla Kadosh

  • Orna Eilon: Connecting for cultural continuity

    January 3, 2013 | 11:53 am

    For thousands of years, Jews have lived as minority populations in various regions worldwide, surviving largely through their strong commitment to community. 

    Orna Eilon is continuing that tradition through tireless work as the unpaid CEO of the MATI Israeli Community Center, in...

  • Sold-out concert garners 24,000 Hours of community service pledges

    November 22, 2011 | 5:12 pm

    “When the ILC told me they planned to sell 6,000 tickets to this concert, I was skeptical,” Israeli media mogul Haim Saban said onstage at the Israeli Leadership Council’s “Do Something for Someone” community concert on Nov. 20. “I thought it was too tall an order.”

  • TRIBE 2.012

    November 18, 2011 | 3:55 pm

    The first issue of TRIBE, with a great cover story about Latino converts to Judaism, hit newsstands in December 2009. The magazine’s goal, as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman wrote in this column, was to bring our readers the world through Jewish eyes. Another important aim...

  • On fire

    November 8, 2011 | 7:44 pm

    The old stereotype of Mizrahi music — an Israeli genre created by immigrant Jews from North African and Arab countries — was of teary, sorrowful love ballads: tales of lost loves, broken hearts and dashed hopes. You could say Mizrahi music was Israel’s version of country music....

  • Stop the Scoops

    October 28, 2011 | 2:28 pm

  • Temple Judea Wins Energy Oscar

    October 24, 2011 | 2:48 pm

  • The giving network

    October 21, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Read this article in Hebrew here

    Later this month, the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk will become Caesarea, the Israeli amphitheater renowned for its magical atmosphere and unparalleled performances.

    On Nov. 20, approximately 6,000 concertgoers, most of them Israelis,...

  • From the Editor: Getting that giving is getting

    October 21, 2011 | 2:08 pm

    When Eli Tene, co-chair of the Israeli Leadership Council (ILC), first called to tell me about a new initiative they had cooked up, I knew it was something big. I could hear it in his voice.

    And as I sat down with Donna Kreisler, whom the ILC had plucked from a successful career in...

  • On fire

    October 21, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    The old stereotype of Mizrahi music — an Israeli genre created by immigrant Jews from North African and Arab countries — was of teary, sorrowful love ballads: tales of lost loves, broken hearts and dashed hopes. You could say Mizrahi music was Israel’s version of country music....

  • A whole new breed of dancing Chasids

    September 26, 2011 | 1:32 pm

  • Design yourself

    September 16, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    I was inspired to create a fashion issue because I look at personal style as a shortcut to becoming whoever I want to be. Often, when I stand in front of my closet, I think to myself, “Who do I want to be today? What do I want to convey to the world?”

    Sometimes I want to be fun...

  • Scouting for Israelis

    September 16, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    Shevet Chen, the San Fernando Valley chapter of the Israeli Scout movement, is proving that scouting is good for Israel, particularly here in the United States.

    At a time when assimilation and intermarriage are high on the list of concerns for Israelis raising children in Los...

  • Good kavanot

    August 19, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    The Hebrew word kavanot doesn’t have a direct translation to English, even though English is a far richer language: it beats Hebrew 250,000 words to 80,000. The closest translation would be “intentions.” That’s the definition most commonly used in the context of Jewish...

  • Holistic by chance

    July 22, 2011 | 3:46 pm

    Acupuncture terrifies me. Dozens of needles puncturing your skin looks more like ancient torture than ancient healing.

    I’ve done yoga twice — once in a posh Manhattan studio and once in a serene outdoor courtyard in India. I can’t say that either experience moved my soul,...

  • The Story of the Storyteller

    July 12, 2011 | 12:47 pm

  • A Braille Revolution

    June 29, 2011 | 6:10 pm

  • The Joshua Project

    May 19, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    “Mommy, can I have some water?” asked Joshua Goldenberg, a 7-year-old with a beautiful mane of curls and a gap-tooth smile. His mother, Christie, handed him a bottle.

    “How do you know it’s water?” he asked.

    “Because it says so on the label,” she answered.

  • Angels Among Us

    May 3, 2011 | 11:53 am

  • Israelis R Us

    April 25, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    I wasn’t always as proud to be Israeli as I am today.

    I never hid that I was born in Israel — not that I could, with a name like mine. And I wasn’t embarrassed by my mom’s harsh Israeli accent, because she didn’t have one — she spent the first 10 years of her life in...

  • Ruthie the Foodie

    March 21, 2011 | 12:34 pm

  • Shabbat our way

    March 16, 2011 | 1:40 pm

    Laurie Saidiner grew up in the same Sherman Oaks house in which she is now raising her children. But the family that fills this home with Legos and books and the scent of Shabbat dinner today is somewhat different from her childhood family. Laurie, 50, is married to Nina Jacobs, 55,...

  • We are family

    March 16, 2011 | 1:25 pm

    How do you define family?

    A father, a mother and two children? A single mom raising two girls? A divorced mom and a stepfather, two stepkids and a half-sister? Two sisters, one half-sister from the same mother, and a half-brother and half-sister from the same father?


  • Mommy Camp

    March 2, 2011 | 11:50 am

  • Matisyahu Highlights

    February 16, 2011 | 11:48 pm

  • The business bug

    February 14, 2011 | 5:56 pm

    My Israeli father was always coming up with ideas for new businesses: a massive three-day cultural festival to boost tourism in Northern Israel; a massage table with mechanical fingers; a restaurant that would serve dozens of little dishes with Israeli salads before the main entrees...

  • A Tasty Tu B’shvat Lesson

    January 31, 2011 | 2:55 pm

  • Value of a BFF? Priceless

    January 27, 2011 | 2:20 pm

    My best friend is not a techie.

    But I recently texted her when my BlackBerry was acting weird. She called her brother, who is a techie, hunted through her BlackBerry menus and searched the Web before we finally found the solution.

    My best friend doesn’t have surplus money.


  • Tribal Grounds

    January 11, 2011 | 4:30 pm

  • Israeli scouting just got hipper

    December 22, 2010 | 9:10 pm

    By nature, Eli Fitlovitz prefers to stay in the background. The kibbutz-raised Israeli, who came to Los Angeles in 1982, has wise eyes, an endearing smile and a quiet confidence. A commercial real estate broker, he and his wife are now raising three teenagers. What finally forced...

  • The big switch: Eight practical steps to making a career change

    November 29, 2010 | 2:34 pm

    Back in the olden days, Pops worked at the same manufacturing plant his entire adult life, waking up every morning at the same time, returning home with the same empty lunch pail, wearing the same faded work uniform. A carpenter was a carpenter for life; a lawyer stayed a lawyer and...

  • Setting the stage

    November 19, 2010 | 2:08 pm

    Name: Valley Performing Arts Center. VPAC for short.

    Location, Location, Location: In the heart of the San Fernando Valley — home to 2 million art-starved residents — on the campus of California State University, Northridge (CSUN), at the corner of Nordhoff Street and Lindley...

  • Masada National Park Destination: Desert

    May 28, 2010 | 12:17 pm

    Israel’s Negev boasts a full itinerary of cool spots, unique experiences for adventurous travelers

    Photos of grinning tourists covered from head to toe with thick, dark mud from the Dead Sea are a common sight. But the famously therapeutic body of saltwater is not the only reason...

  • Shalhevet Head of School Resigns

    May 11, 2010 | 6:04 pm

    Shalhevet, a Modern Orthodox day school in Los Angeles, has been dealt a second major blow in a matter of months — head of school Rabbi Elchanan Weinbach announced his resignation for personal reasons on April 29, less than two months after the school declared plans to close its...

  • Exhibit on Water Usage Upsets Israel Consul

    May 11, 2010 | 5:56 pm

    A National Geographic photography exhibition, “Water: Our Thirsty World,” on display at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City through June 13, gives an overview of the world’s water usage, but the portion focused on the Middle East, and specifically Israel, caught...

  • Southern California Camps Name New Directors

    May 4, 2010 | 5:46 pm

    Camp Ramah in Ojai and Camp Alonim in Simi Valley, two of the Los Angeles region’s largest sleep-away summer camps, have named new directors. Ramah tapped Rabbi Joseph Menashe, an associate rabbi at a Conservative synagogue in Dallas, to take the reins from Rabbi Daniel Greyber,...

  • Reviving the Zionist Dream

    April 20, 2010 | 11:16 pm

    A heavy haze thickened the air around the small cluster of prefabricated rectangular buildings, the result of a hot Negev wind forming swirls of dust along the dirt paths of the village. The normally blazing desert sun on this day glowed only dimly from behind a dusty veil.


  • Science and Zionism Bloom Side by Side in the Desert

    April 20, 2010 | 11:11 pm

    “It is in the Negev that the creativity and pioneer vigor of Israel shall be tested,” David Ben-Gurion once famously said. Israel’s first prime minister was a passionate advocate of developing the sparsely populated and barren southern desert into a thriving center of learning,...

  • Now You See It: Magic Castle Showcases Israel’s World of Illusion

    April 20, 2010 | 7:05 pm

    For one week in May, the Magic Castle — Hollywood’s elegant Victorian mansion-turned-prestigious magic club — will be transformed into a lively hub of Israeli culture. The exclusive and formal den of world-renowned magicians and magic enthusiasts will showcase Israeli...

  • Donors Save Hen Family From Losing Home

    April 20, 2010 | 6:47 pm

    Avinoam and Rachel Hen, the Israeli couple who suffered through a decade of tragedies and were on the verge of losing their Chatsworth home in March, will be able to keep the home thanks to the efforts of i Short Sale, the real estate company that negotiated a lower rate for their...

  • Chatsworth family torn apart by the deaths of two children now struggles to keep their house

    March 30, 2010 | 11:32 pm

    Avinoam Hen stood in his dark living room, looking through a sliding glass door.

    “This whole backyard was once filled with young people, jumping off the roof into the pool, barbecuing steaks every weekend. I used to build a huge sukkah every year and invite half the neighborhood...

  • Shalhevet to close lower schools, high school will remain open

    March 19, 2010 | 5:42 pm

    Shalhevet, a Modern Orthodox Jewish school founded in 1991, announced in an emailed press release on Wednesday that it will close the doors of its middle, elementary and early childhood schools at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. Shalhevet High School,  which opened its doors in...

  • Everyday Objects, Artist’s Whimsy Form Famous Faces

    March 9, 2010 | 3:58 pm

    Bright pink salami cold cuts and tiny bottles of liquor make up the face of Boris Yeltsin. Madonna has a red kabbalah string for a mouth; Barbra Streisand a large black microphone for a nose. And Albert Einstein sports a mane of white electrical cables.

    Israeli artist Hanoch...

  • New Leaders Take Helm at 3 Camps

    March 2, 2010 | 4:35 pm

    For three local Jewish camps ushering in new leadership, summer 2010 will be a season of change. Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa in the San Bernardino Mountains hired a new executive director in February, Camp Alonim in Simi Valley is narrowing choices to replace its current director, and...

  • The Separation Between Holy and Mundane

    February 16, 2010 | 6:00 pm

    The spiritual and the secular are distinct realms that often collide, intersect, overlap and infringe upon one another. Nowhere is that phenomenon more visibly and more frequently at play than in the Jewish homeland: The state flag bears a religious symbol, civil marriages are...

  • February 6-12, 2010

    February 3, 2010 | 1:54 pm


    The Westside Jewish Community Center’s Havana Nights offers salsa lessons, ballroom dancing and Cuban drummer Francisco Aguabella performing live. Sat. 8 p.m. $8 (members), $12 (nonmembers). WJCC auditorium, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310)...

  • January 30-February 5, 2010

    January 29, 2010 | 4:00 pm

    SAT | JANUARY 30

    Newly appointed Los Angeles Police Chief Charles Beck and Los Angeles Fire Chief Millage Peaks celebrate Tu B’Shevat with a dinner at Congregation Bais Naftoli. Also attending are City Controller Wendy Greuel as well as L.A. City Councilmembers...