Jewish Journal

Lilly Fowler

  • Latino Christians Unite for Israel

    August 10, 2010 | 10:37 pm

    In a nondescript building just south of Los Angeles’ Koreatown, dozens of Christians gathered last week to worship Jesus and celebrate the nation of Israel.

    One congregant jumped in front of the boisterous band that played in the small space, waving the Israeli flag, as others...

  • Anti-Israel Group Boycotts Trader Joe’s

    June 19, 2009 | 8:29 pm

    An organization known as “Don’t Buy into Apartheid,” that is part of the “Global BDS Movement,” also known as the “Boycott Divestment Sanctions Campaign,” has declared Saturday, June 20, “World Refugee Day”—calling on the public to boycott all Israeli products sold...

  • What’s the Risk in Donating an Egg

    March 11, 2009 | 8:32 pm

    Two years ago, Megan Shield decided to become an egg donor at what is by industry standards, the ripe old age of 30.

    Like so many, Shield had moved to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment business. A Jewish woman with dark hair and pale skin, today Shield works for a nonprofit...

  • Free Camp Offers Help for Kids Facing Parent’s Cancer

    March 11, 2009 | 3:17 am

    Corinne Lightweaver has spent nearly seven years fighting cancer; first diagnosed with lymphoma in 2003, doctors then discovered she had breast cancer in 2007. The stress and anxiety associated with her life-threatening illness had taken a toll on the entire family, including her...

  • Institute Uncovers Bias in K-12 History Textbooks

    February 25, 2009 | 7:29 pm

    For more than three years, Dennis Ybarra did what many schoolchildren loathe to do for even one day: He pored over textbooks.

    As part of a five-year study launched by the Institute for Jewish and Community Research, an independent think tank based in San Francisco, Ybarra read 28...

  • Family Secret, Persistent Bias Inspire Soul of ‘Defiance’ Score

    February 19, 2009 | 3:45 am

    It was a day like any other, when, one afternoon, 10-year-old James Newton Howard was walking home after school with a friend.

    As the pair approached his house, they found the neighborhood unexpectedly crowded, completely lined with cars.

    Howard soon learned why people were there:...

  • Neighbors’ Hopes Ride High for Historic Shul’s Revival

    February 11, 2009 | 10:15 pm

    Crossing the bridge over the Los Angeles River can, in some places, feel a little like making your way across the U.S.- Mexico border. Just across the waterway from downtown Los Angeles lies the historic neighborhood of Boyle Heights, these days known for its scores of taquerias and...

  • Plans for Two Senior Living Facilities Stir Controversy

    January 29, 2009 | 3:09 am

    The story is much the same in both Los Angeles and Long Beach: The proposed construction of a senior assisted-living facility has created heated controversy, pitting residents against developers, and, in both instances, laying the groundwork for costly legal battles. 

    In Los...

  • Jews Join Protests Against Israel’s Gaza Actions

    January 16, 2009 | 3:25 am

    Wearing white masks with eyes surrounded by red paint and streams of red teardrops, a coalition of protesters gathered in front of the Israeli Consulate last week to speak out against Israel’s invasion into Gaza. Chief among them were members of Los Angeles’ Jewish community,...

  • Jewish troops in Iraq can practice their faith, thanks to Navy rabbi

    December 25, 2008 | 4:19 pm

    Rabbi Johnn Cutler, far lower right, celebrates Chanukah with other marines in Iraq. Photo courtesy Rabbi John Cutler

    A short distance from the area where many historians believe the Talmud was written, Rabbi Jon Cutler leads one of the only functioning synagogues left in Iraq.


  • Walking for the ages; Scholarships for immigrants

    December 11, 2008 | 12:05 am

    Walk Raises Funds for Jewish Home

    The eighth annual Wells Fargo Walk of Ages attracted nearly 1,000 participants and raised approximately $500,000 for Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, the largest single-source provider of senior housing in the city.

    The walk, held on Sunday,...

  • Collectors recover lost era of Jewish America on vinyl

    December 3, 2008 | 9:06 pm

    Born into the traditions of both Modern Orthodoxy and Reform Judaism, Josh Kun grew up on the streets of Pico-Robertson trying hard not to stand out.

    Still, Kun (who today calls himself a typical "dysfunctioning Los Angeles Jew") admits he was one of the few teenage boys to coast...

  • Economic crisis affecting all strata in community

    November 19, 2008 | 1:10 am

    Sabrina Bahir was never particularly well off, at least financially. Her loving, supportive parents still reside in a trailer park and live off disability.

    "I missed the Jewish American Princess boat," she joked.

    Bahir believed that gaining a graduate degree -- a master's in Jewish...

  • Bar and bat mitzvah projects spread tzedakah worldwide

    November 19, 2008 | 12:55 am

    From an early age, Erica Kitchin loved to read. So books were an obvious choice when it came time to select a bat mitzvah project.

    "I felt that if I could give others an opportunity to read it would make their lives a lot better," said Erica, 14.

    But by "others," Erica wasn't...

  • Abortion notification Prop. 4 draws opposition

    October 23, 2008 | 12:29 am

    In February 1994, a 15-year-old girl from Texas named Sarah walked into an abortion clinic. The procedure the young woman had hoped would help solve her problems went drastically wrong, and Sarah walked out of the doctor's office with a torn cervix and a serious infection. She would...
  • Arava spills on solutions to L.A. water shortage

    October 10, 2008 | 3:54 pm

    There was a time when the actions to solve Los Angeles' water problems read like a dystrophic political novel.

    At the beginning of the last century, L.A. Mayor Frederick Eaton and William Mulholland, superintendent of the city's newly created Los Angeles Department of Water and...

  • Jamie Masada gives Long Beach a place to laugh

    September 25, 2008 | 12:24 am

    Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jon Lovitz signed a contract with Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada last year.

    The terms were simple: Lovitz was to appear at the comedy club every week for the rest of his life.

    So it was no surprise when Lovitz recently took the Laugh...

  • Holiday Warning: Beware of trans fats in baked goods

    September 18, 2008 | 2:11 am

    High Holy Day revelers beware: Trans fat, created through the partial hydrogenation of vegetable oils and known to be linked to heart disease, continues to be common among many popular bakery goods, as California's ban has yet to take effect. In August, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger...