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Jared Sichel

  • UCLA donors and alumni —  concerned and upset, but mostly supportive

    5 days ago

    Loren Witkin remembers the days when his two sons, Matthew and Brandon, were decked out in UCLA gear as newborns. As toddlers, they knew UCLA’s fight song — the Eight Clap — and as they grew older they attended Bruins’ sporting events with their parents, both UCLA grads from an era...

  • UCLA Chancellor Gene Block: BDS ‘isn’t going to be sustained on this campus’

    2 weeks ago

    Evidence of the concern within UCLA’s Jewish community stemming from recent events on campus could be seen on March 16 by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block’s visitors that day.

    Just before an interview with the Jewish Journal that morning, Block met with Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller,...

  • L.A.’s financial support of Israel’s election

    2 weeks ago

    The Los Angeles dollars—or shekels—spent may not have approached the amount Hollywood throws around for U.S. elections, but Jews in Los Angeles nevertheless managed to funnel about $175,000 into Israel’s party primaries this election cycle.

    Israel’s primaries ended in January...

  • UCLA investigating activist David Horowitz over #JewHaters posters

    3 weeks ago

    A UCLA spokesman said campus police are investigating conservative activist David Horowitz after his admission to the Journal on Feb. 24 that he was behind the appearance on campuses nationwide of posters that drew comparisons between the terrorist group Hamas and the student group...

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  • Former congressional candidate Elan Carr to run for county supervisor

    3 weeks ago

    Following an unsuccessful bid for Congress in November, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr told the Journal on March 10 that he will run in 2016 for Los Angeles County Supervisor in the county’s northernmost 5th District. He made the decision public Thursday...

  • UCLA student government passes resolution condemning anti-Semitism

    3 weeks ago

    On Tuesday evening, UCLA’s student government’s legislative body unanimously passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism on campus.

    The move came exactly one month after members of the student government — also known as the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) —...

  • Why Santa Barbara Hillel’s largest donor is the Jewish Federation of … Boston

    March 4, 2015 | 3:24 pm

    Rabbi Evan Goodman, executive director of UC Santa Barbara’s Hillel, was concerned when annual funding allocations from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles were cut year after year, beginning in 2011. But he wasn’t surprised.

    After all, officials from the two...

  • IAC goes to Washington ...  and plans to stay

    March 4, 2015 | 3:22 pm

    On the evening of March 1, just before a private Israeli-American Council (IAC) event for college students at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, D.C., it was difficult for two of IAC’s co-founders, Shawn Evenhaim and Adam Milstein, to...

  • Netanyahu says U.S. must up the ante on Iran

    March 3, 2015 | 4:35 pm

    With every seat plus standing room filled in the House chamber on Capitol Hill on March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s highly anticipated and much-debated speech on a potential nuclear deal between the United States and Iran did not reveal new information about the...

  • Rice opposes AIPAC’s Iran agenda, Menendez opposes Rice

    March 2, 2015 | 6:03 pm

    National Security Advisor Susan Rice‘s speech on Monday may go down as the most contentious in recent memory at an AIPAC policy conference, during a historically tense period of the U.S.-Israel alliance.

    She began by heaping praise on Israel, saying some words in Hebrew and...

  • Day 2 at AIPAC: Bibi’s pre-Congress speech, crowd welcomes Obama officials, and (less) anxiety about Speechgate

    March 2, 2015 | 12:59 pm

    This story has been updated: Rice opposes AIPAC’s Iran agenda, Menendez opposes Rice


     

    As nervous anticipation filled the halls Monday morning at the AIPAC policy conference in advance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday address to Congress, there was one...

  • Day 1 at AIPAC: Trusting Congress, expecting little from White House and anxious about Bibigate

    March 1, 2015 | 9:28 pm

    The marching orders to the reported 16,000 attendees were clear on the first day of this year’s AIPAC policy conference: push legislators to pass a proposed bill that would give Congress the right to approve or reject any nuclear agreement signed between the Obama administration...

  • UCLA Jewish groups condemn David Horowitz for creating #JewHaters posters

    February 26, 2015 | 12:50 pm

    On Tuesday, Feb. 24, conservative activist David Horowitz told the Jewish Journal in an interview that he and his organization, the David Horowitz Freedom Center,  were responsible for posting on campuses nationwide posters inscribed with the words #JewHaters. The posters linked...

  • Conservative activist admits responsibility for #JewHaters posters at UCLA

    February 24, 2015 | 5:36 pm

    In an interview with the Journal two days after the appearance at UCLA of a spate of posters inscribed with the words #JewHaters that link the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) with the terrorist group Hamas, David Horowitz — a well-known right-wing activist and...

  • UCLA judicial board nom questioned for Jewish background

    February 24, 2015 | 3:31 pm

    At a Feb. 10 hearing of UCLA’s student government, four of nine representatives raised concerns that the Jewish background of Judicial Board candidate Rachel Beyda could present a conflict of interest and make her unfit to serve impartially as a judge in the student government’s...

  • #JewHaters posters at UCLA liken pro-Palestinian student group to Hamas executioners

    February 23, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    Posters linking the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) with Hamas – the Islamist terror group that controls the Gaza Strip – were spotted Sunday at several locations around UCLA. The posters also appeared at other campuses nationally. At UCLA, campus police and...

  • Rabbi Ariel Rav-Noy, shliach at Chabad Persian Youth Center, dies suddenly at 36

    January 29, 2015 | 1:44 pm

    Ariel Rav-Noy, a rabbi at the Chabad Persian Youth Center in Los Angeles, and father to seven children, died suddenly in his sleep early Wednesday. He was 36.

    According to crownheights.info, a Brooklyn-based community website for Chabad, Rav-Noy had no “known prior medical...

  • Hillel 818 starts anew following Federation-led transformation

    January 28, 2015 | 5:43 pm

    On Sept. 3, 2014, Jay Sanderson, president and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, met with the board of Hillel 818 at the home of a Hillel board member and gave an ultimatum:

    Fire yourselves and allow Federation and Hillel International to help select new board...

  • The rebirth of Running Springs

    January 28, 2015 | 1:21 pm

    Just a few miles south of Lake Arrowhead, in the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest, sits the small town of Running Springs — its center just a few blocks of touristy gift shops, a hardware store and ski rental outlet, some restaurants, gas stations and motels. It’s...

  • As L.A.’s Muslims condemn French attacks, a gap on what’s to blame

    January 22, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    Following the recent terror attacks in Paris by Islamic extremists that left 17 dead and 22 wounded at a satirical magazine and kosher market, the debate within the local Muslim community over what to blame and even how to label the ideology behind the attacks has only intensified....

  • Across L.A., Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, a Charedi, casts wide net

    January 14, 2015 | 2:43 pm

    In his six-day visit to Los Angeles last week, Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau made some unlikely stops. 

    At the pluralistic New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) in West Hills, Lau spoke to 200 students and faculty members, opening the assembly by reminding students...

  • Ellen Brooks: Lending a hand at Cedars-Sinai for 38 years

    January 6, 2015 | 9:51 am

    When Ellen Brooks retired in 1977 at the age of 34 from her job as a production assistant on the Warner Bros. lot, she was looking forward to spending some time traveling the country with her new husband, Dr. Philip Brooks, a gynecologist approaching his 50th anniversary at...
  • Ben Schwartzman: Giving autistic kids a shot at a team sport

    January 5, 2015 | 4:20 pm

    In early 2014, UCLA post-graduate education student Ben Schwartzman and his classmate and friend John Daniel were staring at their computer screens and robotically crunching numbers on Microsoft Excel when they both decided they needed a change.
     
    “We were just looking at data...
  • In apparent suicide, Levi Moscowitz found dead in Griffith Park

    January 5, 2015 | 11:46 am

    Levi Moscowitz, a young man who recently moved to Los Angeles from Chicago, was found dead Jan. 3, in Griffith Park. Moscowitz was 24. The L.A. County Coroner’s office ruled the death a suicide.

    Coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral said on Jan. 5 that passers-by discovered Moscowitz’s body...

  • After uproar, HarperCollins to remove atlases that omit Israel

    December 31, 2014 | 1:14 pm

    HarperCollins issued a statement Wednesday that it will stop the sale of atlases that omit Israel from maps of the Middle East. These books were being sold and distributed in some Arab countries. Earlier Wednesday, an official from the company’s subsidiary had defended the omission...

  • Finding the silver lining in another BDS loss

    December 18, 2014 | 10:19 am

    Although pro-Israel groups roundly condemned the most recent passage of an Israel divestment resolution in California — this time by UAW 2865, a union that represents 13,000 University of California graduate students — the actual results may depict a student body that tends less...

  • Man sentenced on sex offender charge

    December 18, 2014 | 10:09 am

    Levi Moscowitz, a 24-year-old man from Chicago now living in Los Angeles, pleaded no contest in late October to charges of arranging to meet a child this past February with the intention of committing sexual acts. 

    Court documents, which are available by public records request,...

  • Six points on Alan Gross, ‘normalization’ of U.S.-Cuba relations and the American spy flying under the radar

    December 17, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    The news on Dec. 17 about the sudden thaw in diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana was so surprising that we really won’t know for months — or years — what the impact will be. In the meantime, here are seven key points about the deal:

    1. The timing made sense.

    ...
  • Judge fines Chabad of Calif. $845,000, says group misused federal grant with 'reckless disregard'

    December 16, 2014 | 4:32 pm

    A federal judge ruled last week that Chabad of California intentionally misused $272,495 in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants it received in 2009 and must pay $844,985 in penalties, a portion of which will go to whistleblowers who brought the suit against Chabad.

    ...
  • Q&A with Yossi Klein Halevi: Jewish extremists endanger Israel’s control of Jerusalem

    December 12, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    In 1972, when Yossi Klein Halevi began writing a book that 23 years later would become his “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist, he was just 19 and allied with the extremist right wing of the Free Soviet Jewry movement. 

    As a follower of Rabbi Meir Kahane (assassinated in 1990) and a...

  • Why Chanukah matters

    December 12, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    There’s a certain narrative about Chanukah that has become near conventional wisdom among American Jews, and it goes like this:

    Chanukah is a fun holiday that is big in America, thanks to its proximity to Christmas. But really, it’s a “minor” holiday that is more impactful...

  • Exodus at (Cedars-)Sinai

    December 11, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    In 2003, when John T. Lange was hired as curator of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s vast contemporary art collection, one of his first tasks was to take inventory of the items in the collection’s storage room.

    Rummaging through a stack high up on a shelf, Lange came across...

  • UC grad students endorse Israel divestment by 30 point margin

    December 10, 2014 | 5:02 pm

    Another domino has fallen in California for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement with the passage of a divestment resolution sponsored by UAW 2865, a union that represents more than 13,000 of University of California's approximately 50,000 graduate and...

  • Israeli shipping giant has not suspended operations in Long Beach

    November 19, 2014 | 4:46 pm

    On Wednesday morning a spokesman for Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. in Israel denied in an interview a previous report that the shipping giant has suspended its operations in Long Beach and Oakland. He said Zim’s operations and shipments have not been impacted by the...

  • With pro-Israel groups all but absent, UCLA student government endorses divestment

    November 19, 2014 | 4:15 am

    UPDATE, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19: UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released a statement, which reads in part: "UCLA and the UCLA Foundation share the Board of Regents conviction that divestment decisions should not hold any one organization or country to a different standard than...

  • Kalman Levine: Born in Kansas City, transformed in L.A., murdered in Jerusalem

    November 18, 2014 | 11:18 am

    Rabbi Kalman Levine, born Cary Levine in Kansas City, Mo. on June 30, 1959, was murdered Tuesday morning in a terror attack at Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem. He was in the middle of the daily morning prayer service.

    A man who in many ways...

  • Israeli shipping giant Zim suspends operations in Long Beach

    November 12, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    UPDATE [Nov. 19]: Israeli shipping giant has not suspended operations in Long Beach.


    Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., Israel’s largest cargo shipping company, has temporarily suspended operations at the Port of Long Beach, according to an employee in Zim’s Long Beach...

  • Q&A with Federation head Jay Sanderson

    November 12, 2014 | 3:13 pm

    At the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly (GA), held this year in National Harbor, Md., Nov. 9-11, thousands of Jewish professional and lay leaders filled a conference center and hotel to listen to famous and powerful Jews, including two Supreme Court...

  • Israeli-American Council jumps onto national stage with a splash

    November 11, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    At the Israeli-American Council’s (IAC) three-day inaugural conference in Washington, D.C., last weekend, nearly 800 attendees and Washington journalists witnessed the high-profile entrance on to the public stage of what was, until recently, a quietly expanding and well-funded Los...

  • THE FORGOTTEN MAN

    November 5, 2014 | 10:36 am

    UPDATE [Dec. 17, 2014]: Cuba releases American Alan Gross


     

    Alan Gross is almost out of hope.  

    In late November 2009, Gross, a technology consultant from Potomac, Md., left the United States for Cuba for his fifth trip there in eight months, a trip that was supposed to last...

  • L.A. native, father of infant murdered in Jerusalem terror attack recovering from injuries

    October 23, 2014 | 11:43 am

    UPDATE Oct. 24: Consul general David Siegel released a statement Thursday on the recent terrorist attack in Jerusalem:

    "We are heartbroken at the savage murder of three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, daughter of Los Angeles native Shmueli Braun and New York native Chana Braun....

  • In lawsuit against Shlomo Rechnitz, many accusations but lack of clarity

    October 23, 2014 | 11:32 am

    A class action lawsuit filed Oct. 7 against against local businessman and philanthropist Shlomo Rechnitz claims that his healthcare company, Brius Management, which owns 57 nursing homes in California, has misrepresented the quality of its care, routinely violated industry...

  • Doctors strike back after anti-Israel letter in Lancet

    October 23, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Angered by a controversial anti-Israel letter published in late July by the respected medical journal The Lancet, doctors in North America and Europe are calling on academic publishing giant Reed Elsevier to reform its editorial policy. The question is whether Elsevier will listen....

  • L.A.-Eilat task force kicks off with water meeting at City Hall

    October 22, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    On the heels of a cooperative agreement signed in March between the governments of Israel and California, the cities of Los Angeles and Eilat built on a 55-year sister-city relationship, holding an inaugural task force meeting Oct. 20 at Los Angeles City Hall. 

    The gathering,...

  • Doctors strike back after anti-Israel letter in Lancet, pressure publisher Elsevier

    October 15, 2014 | 5:08 pm

    Angered by a controversial, anti-Israel letter published in late July by the respected medical journal The Lancet, doctors in North America and Europe are calling on academic publishing giant Reed Elsevier to reform its editorial policy. The question is whether Elsevier will...

  • The few. The proud.
    The Jewish Marines.

    October 14, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    Sitting at the front of a small room inside a nondescript building at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Navy Lt. Aaron Kleinman was dressed in a uniform rarely seen on these grounds: On top of his gray suit, dress shirt and tie, Kleinman’s head was covered by a kippah and his...

  • Sukkot, rain and Andy Lipkis’ vision for L.A.’s salvation

    October 7, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    On the afternoon of Oct. 16, the final day of Sukkot, Jews will begin the annual practice of inserting a short but key line into the Amidah prayer: Mashiv haruach u morid hageshem: “Who causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall.”

    In Jewish tradition, Sukkot marks the beginning...

  • Can moderation join abstinence as an addiction therapy?

    October 1, 2014 | 10:43 am

    In 2001, as 25-year-old Adi Jaffe lay on the pavement in the intersection of Beverly Drive and Olympic Boulevard following a devastating motorcycle crash, his broken tibia and fibula were not his biggest problem. Rather, that would be the amount of cocaine he was carrying (and...

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