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  • Actor Jason Segel opens up about childhood as Jewish outsider

    23 hours ago

    Actor Jason Segel — best known as the star of  “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “How I Met Your Mother” — opened up on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast this week about growing up half-Jewish and complete outsider.

    Segel sat down for the Monday podcast ahead of the release of film “The...

  • More than 100 headstones toppled at Philadelphia Jewish cemetery

    1 day ago

    A historic Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia was vandalized, with 124 of its headstones knocked over.

    The caretaker of Adath Jeshurun Cemetery discovered the toppled tombstones Thursday morning, NBC Philadelphia reported.

    Johnny Gibson, who has worked at...

  • Canada purchases Iron Dome technology

    1 day ago

    Canada’s defense forces are purchasing Israeli Iron Dome technology.

    The Canadian defense ministry on Wednesday announced the purchase of 10 radar systems for $187 million from Rheinmetall, a German contractor, working with ELTA, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries,...

  • White House briefing of AIPAC activists ends in communication breakdown

    1 day ago

    Got questions about the Iran nuclear deal? Too bad, if you were an AIPAC activist at a briefing this week with top Obama administration officials.

    At the briefing Wednesday, Howard Kohr, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee director, stopped his activists from asking...

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  • After years of trying, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are expecting first child

    1 day ago

    Mark Zuckerberg is getting ready to update the family section of his Facebook page.

    In a revealing post on his personal account Friday, the Facebook founder announced that after three miscarriages, he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child.

    Zuckerberg,...

  • Palestinian baby burned to death, Israel searches for Jewish extremists

    1 day ago

    After a Palestinian baby was burned to death in a West Bank arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a manhunt to track down the perpetrators.

    Netanyahu said in a statement that the arson Thursday night in the Palestinian West...

  • West Bank settlements hit by fires in suspected Palestinian revenge attacks

    1 day ago

    Dozens of residents of a West Bank settlement were evacuated from their homes after inhaling smoke from a brush fire suspected of being set by Palestinians.

    Thirty residents of Beit Hagai, a settlement in the Hebron Hills, were treated for smoke inhalation Friday, the Jerusalem...

  • Judge upholds sentence of mikvah-peeping rabbi, Barry Freundel

    1 day ago

    A judge upheld the six-and-a-half-year prison sentence of Rabbi Barry Freundel, the Washington rabbi who secretly videotaped dozens of women undressing in the mikvah.

    The ruling Friday came in response to Freundel’s appeal of the sentence levied in May after he pleaded guilty to...

  • Jewish terror draws Netanyahu’s focus homeward

    1 day ago

    Ahead of what may be the toughest diplomatic battle of his career, a final bid to kill the Iran nuclear deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suddenly found himself facing down a terrorist threat – apparently from Jews.

    The flow of Iran messaging from the Prime...

  • Assailant in Jerusalem LGBT parade stabbing deemed fit for trial

    1 day ago

    The Charedi Orthodox man charged with stabbing six participants in the Jerusalem Pride Parade has been deemed psychologically fit to stand trial.

    [Community reactions to the attack]

    Yishai Schlissel, who is in police custody, was found fit to stand trial after a psychiatric...

  • West Bank riots flare up after Palestinian baby’s funeral

    1 day ago

    An Israeli policeman was lightly wounded in one of several riots and attacks by Palestinians following the funeral of a baby who died in a fire near Nablus allegedly started by Jewish extremists.

    The officer was wounded in eastern Jerusalem when he was hit by a stone hurled at...

  • Accepting the deal and protecting Israel

    1 day ago

    Concluding the nuclear deal with Iran has intensified political arguments not only in Washington but also within the pro-Israel community. Many groups are devoting significant time and resources to opposing the  agreement and attempting to prevent its approval by Congress out of a ...

  • Jewish community reacts to the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade attack

    2 days ago

    Members of the Jewish community respond to an attack on the Jerusalam Gay Pride parade on July 30.

    Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky / B’nai David-Judea Congregation

    The prophets of old were unpopular people. Their job, their calling, was to say the things that nobody wanted to hear. Isaiah...

  • Israel wary as U.S. paroles ex-spy Pollard

    2 days ago

    Israel offered a cautious welcome on Wednesday to the planned U.S. release of former spy Jonathan Pollard, wary that too warm a celebration might hurt efforts to persuade the Obama administration to let him leave for Israel immediately.

    Under parole terms announced on Tuesday,...

  • Russia modernizing S-300 missile system for Iran: RIA, citing Putin aide

    2 days ago

    Russia is modernizing its S-300 missile system to supply to Iran, an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, RIA news agency reported.

    "It has partially been updated, separate elements are still being updated," said Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential adviser on...

  • Russia reassures Israel over Iran nuclear deal

    2 days ago

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that the deal on Iran's nuclear program would improve security in the Middle East and guaranteed that Tehran would not acquire nuclear arms.

    Israel plans to lobby the U.S. Congress not to...

  • Religious assailant attacks Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, wounding six

    2 days ago

    Six marchers were stabbed at Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade — allegedly by the man who stabbed three people at the parade in 2005.

    One victim in Thursday’s stabbings was in critical condition and two were in serious condition.

    [Jewish community reacts to the attack]

    The...

  • Ordeal not yet over for Jonathan Pollard

    2 days ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Johnathan Pollard, the civilian American naval intelligence analyst who in 1987 was sentenced to life in prison for passing classified material to Israel, will be released from jail on Nov. 20, after having served 30 years: the...

  • Jonathan Pollard: A timeline

    2 days ago

    1979
    Pollard is hired as a naval intelligence analyst.

    1984
    Pollard meets an Israeli intelligence officer and soon begins to sell him information.

    1985
    After attempting to gain asylum through the Israeli embassy in
    Washington, D.C., Pollard is arrested.

    1987
    Pollard pleads guilty to spying and is sentenced to life in prison.

    1998
    Israel admits Pollard acted as an agent on its behalf.

    2015
    A federal panel grants Pollard parole.

  • Israelis say Pollard release won’t change stance on Iran

    2 days ago

    When the United States frees convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in November — a development announced July 28 — many in Israel will celebrate the moment for which they have fought and hoped. What Pollard’s release won’t do, officials and analysts say, is make most Israelis feel any...

  • Good summer reads for kids

    2 days ago

    Whether the kids are off to camp, a vacation or just staying at home, summer is a time to find a few good books — and not  just those assigned for book reports as school approaches. It’s not too late to get started. Here is a suggested list of summer reads for kids 

    1. “Death by...

  • Open letter: don’t ratify the Iran deal

    2 days ago

    Dear Democratic Members of Congress:

    You face what may be the most important and historic congressional decision of our lifetimes—whether to ratify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. You should vote “no,” and vote to override the expected veto.

    President Obama’s original...

  • Pro-Israel, anti-deal crowd rallies at Federal Building

    2 days ago

    Reality TV celebrity Reza Farahan stood on a platform, sporting aviator glasses and an impressive mustache as he addressed a crowd of nearly 1,000 people on July 26 during a frenzied “Stop Iran” rally at the Federal Building in West Los Angeles. 

    “I posted that I would be here on...

  • Let my people go (to Dodger Stadium’s new kosher hot dog stand)!

    3 days ago

    The Red Sox have done it. The Yankees have done it. Even the Kansas City Royals have gone kosher. 

    Now — finally — Los Angeles baseball fans can enjoy a glatt kosher dog. 

    Jeff’s Gourmet Sausage Factory began offering a decidedly Jewish twist to the Dodgers’ traditional...

  • Poll: Trump leads Republican presidential race with 25 percent

    3 days ago

    Billionaire Donald Trump has taken a commanding lead in the race for the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination with the support of 25 percent in a Reuters/Ipsos poll, giving him a double-digit advantage over nearest rival Jeb Bush.

    The poll shows Bush, the former Florida...

  • Top U.S. general says Iran deal lowers near-term atomic arms risk

    3 days ago

    The top U.S. military officer supported a proposed nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, saying it reduced the risk of Tehran developing atomic arms while buying time to work with allies to confront the Islamic Republic over other "malign activities."

    Army General Martin Dempsey,...

  • With Special Olympics underway, L.A. Jews rally behind Israel

    3 days ago

    Stevie Wonder performed a song, late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel told jokes and First Lady Michelle Obama gave a passionate and inspiring speech. But on the evening of July 25, the A-list celebrities gladly ceded the spotlight to thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities...

  • Israel complains it hasn’t gotten promised Iran deal info

    3 days ago

    Israel’s national security adviser said Israel had yet to receive all the annexes to the Iran nuclear agreement, but the Obama administration insists the whole deal is a matter of public record.

    A statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said that the...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Hekhal

    3 days ago

    It is amazing how a word that signifies “holy of holies of the temple or tabernacle” is actually a loan word from a “pagan” language: the Sumerian word akkadian, which became e-kal or “big house, palace” (Isaiah 29:7; Daniel 1:4; 4:1).* 

    In the Bible, hekhal Adonai, “the palace...

  • Poem: Dwelling Place

    3 days ago

    Summer beetles augured blue ponds in every leaf

    of the cherry tree.

    Cooler that way. The load lighter.

    Open wells for the sun to fall through.

                        Pennywhistles for wind. 

                                    Burn marks from God’s magnifying glass.

    Is that...

  • What Huckabee could learn from Bibi about Holocaust analogies

    3 days ago

    Much of the outrage over Mike Huckabee’s Holocaust-Iran analogy was about sense and sensibility.

    First, sensibility. Sure, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compares the ayatollahs to the Nazis all the time — and warns that permitting them a pathway to the bomb is opening the...

  • Israel reportedly strikes Syrian car, killing 5 militants

    3 days ago

    An Israeli surveillance plane reportedly bombed a car in Syria, killing five men with ties to a pro-Assad Druze militia and the Hezbollah terrorist group.

    The attack Wednesday in Quneitra, near the Israeli border, was said to be targeting Samir Kuntar, a terrorist released from...

  • Tu B’Av: Love at first swipe

    3 days ago

    Eli Wiesel once said in an interview: “In Jewish history, there are no coincidences.” 

    That might seem hard to believe in the world of Jewish online dating, where finding the right match is in the hands of an operating system or, with increasing frequency, the swipe of a finger.

    ...
  • Should Federation take sides?: A Rabbinic letter of support for the Iran agreement

    3 days ago

    On July 21, the Los Angeles Jewish Federation board sent an appeal to our community to urge Congress to oppose the joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s Nuclear Program, saying:

    “The proposed agreement with Iran … impacts the security of the United States, the stability of...

  • Torah portion: How to make teens excited about Judaism

    3 days ago

    Recently, a mother invited 30 teens, all Jewish day school graduates, to spend Shabbat services and eat lunch at our Chabad center in Bel Air. The goal was to give them a look at “traditional” Judaism. 

    In typical teen fashion, they gathered outside during services and lunch, and...

  • Should Federation take sides?: Moving forward together

    3 days ago

    If you’ve ever heard me speak, you’ve heard me say, “I have the best job in the world.” I work with an incredibly talented and dedicated staff and with the most extraordinary group of lay leaders and donors. Together, we are supporting and sustaining this Jewish community and...

  • ‘The Ben Hecht Show’ highlights spiritual side of the Oscar-winning screenwriter

    3 days ago

    His star has largely faded with the years, but in his day — the 1920s through the mid-’60s — writer Ben Hecht was an icon. James Sherman, who created and performs a one-man play about Hecht called “The Ben Hecht Show,” currently at the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood, said he...

  • Patriots owner Robert Kraft: NFL suspension of Tom Brady ‘unfathomable’

    3 days ago

    Robert Kraft, the Jewish owner of the New England Patriots, slammed the National Football League for suspending Tom Brady, his team’s star quarterback, for the first four games of the upcoming season.

    In a statement Wednesday, Kraft called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s...

  • Jews stood up to the U.S. government 40 years ago, and should again on Iran

    3 days ago

    These days, like many Israelis and American Jews, I find myself in a precarious and painful situation. Those of us who believe that the nuclear agreement just signed between world powers and Iran is dangerously misguided are now compelled to criticize Israel’s best friend and ally,...

  • VIDEO: Jack Black, Morgan Freeman urge Americans to support Iran deal

    3 days ago

    Actors Jack Black and Morgan Freeman join other big shots, including Queen Noor of Jordan, in a comedic video released Tuesday that plumps for the Iran deal.

    The celebrities urge Americans to contact their representatives in Washington to encourage them to support the agreement...

  • Illegal buildings in West Bank settlement razed, new construction approved

    3 days ago

    Two illegal buildings in a West Bank settlement were demolished amid violent protests, but the Israeli government authorized new housing for the Beit El community.

    The buildings were razed on Wednesday afternoon after Israel’s Supreme Court that morning upheld earlier rulings to...

  • Obituaries: Week of July 31, 2015

    3 days ago

    Irving Arouh died June 29 at 89. Survived by wife Doris; son Marc; daughter Leslee (Tim) Ahsing; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

    Albert Berg died June 26 at 92. Survived by sons Ronald, Alan (Marie); daughter Susan (Robin) Richardson; 8 grandchildren. Hillside

    Rabbi Ben Zion Bergman...

  • Letters to the editor: The Iran poll, the Iran deal and Israel in the Special Olympics

    3 days ago

    Poll Challenge

    We reviewed the L.A. Jewish Journal poll and determined that its conclusion that most American Jews support the Iran nuclear deal is not valid. The question asked was, “As you may know, an agreement was reached in which the United States and other countries would...

  • We support the Iran Deal

    3 days ago

    For more than a decade, we’ve been told that an Iran with nuclear weapons would pose not only a grave threat to Israel, but an imminent threat to Israel’s existence. For this reason, for more than a decade we’ve been pressing U.S. presidents and Congress to take action to address...

  • Kurdish fighters seen as primary target of Turkey’s Erdogan

    4 days ago

    Following a devastating Islamic State (ISIS) linked attack on a Turkish town near the Syrian border, the Erdogan government has launched a campaign primarily targeting the Kurdish fighters who are ISIS’s most effective opponents, essentially terminating the peace process with...

  • Sander Levin statement on the Iran nuclear agreement

    4 days ago

    Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee, today released the following statement regarding his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon:

    “Consideration of the Iran nuclear agreement...

  • American Jews must speak out for Haitians in Dominican Republic

    4 days ago

    Fewer than 800 miles from our shores, a deeply disturbing crisis is unfolding as tens of thousands of citizens of the Dominican Republic face deportation from their country simply because of their heritage.

    Tragically, people of Haitian descent who were born in the Dominican...

  • Iran Deal: A few comments on leadership and historical comparisons

    4 days ago

    Michael Berenbaum’s July 22, 2015 “Geneva is Not Munich, and President Obama is not Neville Chamberlain,” is written with characteristic knowledge and insight.  His concerns about polarization in the Jewish community are worth heeding, as is his reminder that we have to work...

  • Nina Simone, misunderstood no more

    4 days ago

    Jeff Lieberman was en route to a South Carolina screening of his first feature, “Re-emerging: The Jews of Nigeria,” when he realized how close he’d be to the tiny Blue Ridge Mountain town of Tryon, North Carolina. The New York-based filmmaker couldn’t pass up a side trip to the...

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