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Jared Sichel

  • Finding the silver lining in another BDS loss

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    The news this morning about the massive thaw in diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana was so sudden and flooring that we really won't know for months or years to come what the impact will be—most importantly, what the impact will be for the millions of Cubans who have...

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

    2 weeks ago

    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.

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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Fliers posted at UC Santa Barbara say Jews were behind 9/11 attacks

    September 30, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    Raising the alarm amongst Jewish leaders in Southern California, some students arriving this past weekend at UC Santa Barbara for the beginning of a new school year were greeted with fliers claiming that Israel was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    “911 was an outside job,”...

  • L.A. Bikur Cholim head’s role revealed in annuities scheme

    September 24, 2014 | 10:11 am

    Although the final legal shoe appears to have dropped in an $850,000 settlement between broker Michael Horowitz and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in an illegal $80 million variable annuities scheme, the effects of the fraud are still being felt in Los Angeles. A...

  • Is anti-Israel bias at UCLA breaking federal law? One study says yes.

    September 23, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    A study released Sept. 17 by the pro-Israel campus watchdog AMCHA Initiative found that not only has UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) hosted an overwhelming proportion of its events that are critical and hostile toward Israel — as campus pro-Israel advocates long have...

  • Kosher wine can taste good. Just ask the brothers of Shirah Wine Co.

    September 18, 2014 | 11:52 am

    Vintners Gabriel and Shimon Weiss, the co-founders of Shirah Wine Co., don’t even attempt to hide their true nature: They are geeks — wine geeks.

    But as Gabriel and his brother pointed out while they opened a bottle from their Vintage White line, a blend of viognier and grenache...

  • Urban beekeeper on a quest to protect nature’s pollinators

    September 17, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    Rosa Goudsmit does not take “no” — or even “we’ll see” — for an answer.

    The 42-year-old Jewish Dutch native, now living in Silver Lake, keeps a small flock of sheep next to her home, and she is hoping soon to open an “urban kibbutz” a few hundred yards from the Silver Lake...

  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    September 17, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • Bnei Akiva seals $7.1 million deal on massive campground east of Los Angeles

    September 12, 2014 | 6:11 pm

    On Sept. 12, Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles, the local chapter of an international religious Zionist youth group, purchased a 78-acre campground in Running Springs for $7.1 million.

    The group has raised $8.5 million in a major capital campaign this year and plans to raise an...

  • Orthodox shul takes first step to hiring female clergy

    September 11, 2014 | 10:17 am

    In what would be an unprecedented move among Orthodox synagogues in Los Angeles, Congregation B’nai David-Judea plans to hire a woman clergy member by September 2015. The development in America’s second-largest Jewish community marks the success of a controversial move by some...

  • Where is Federation’s Gaza war relief money going?

    September 10, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    In each of Israel’s wars in recent years, as the country’s soldiers have been on the front lines and its civilians in the south have resided in bomb shelters, the Jewish social service establishment has consistently called upon Jews in the Diaspora to donate money to help. 

    And...

  • Medical malpractice awards: How much is enough?

    September 10, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    Sitting in his wheelchair, head tilted, Michael Markow was having trouble speaking into the voice-amplifying microphone he must use in order to be heard clearly.

    Markow’s caretaker sprayed some water into Markow’s mouth, which often dries out because of the drugs he takes to help...

  • Burbank shul stunned by rejection of preschool permit, plans appeal

    September 3, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    With a new rabbi and a growing waiting list for its preschool, Burbank Temple Emanu El has been preparing in recent months for long-awaited growth by seeking the city’s permission to expand its preschool and Hebrew school.

    But when a request to use an adjacent home owned by the...

  • Jewish Federation executive, Jonathan Jacoby, moves to New Israel Fund

    September 3, 2014 | 11:20 am

    After nearly four years as a senior vice president at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Jonathan Jacoby — who helped oversee major changes in the organization’s program planning — will rejoin the New Israel Fund (NIF) decades after serving as one of its founding...

  • Meet the Jewish founders of Tinder

    August 27, 2014 | 11:53 am

    Finding dates used to require approaches such as hiring matchmakers, signing up for dancing and cooking classes, attending synagogue, asking friends for help, or, for the least energetic, merely creating a cursory profile on sites such as JDate.

    But now, thanks to apps such as...

  • Garcetti: ‘My support of Israel is kind of an unshakable thing’

    August 27, 2014 | 11:33 am

    In late June, as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hit his one-year anniversary in the job, local media outlets gave him only passing reviews.

    The Los Angeles Times characterized his governance style thus far as “low-risk,” while the L.A. Daily News said his policies have been...

  • Sen. Boxer forcefully defends Israel, refutes divide amongst Democratic voters

    August 22, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    In a Friday press conference at Los Angeles City Hall, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.), when asked about a July poll by Pew Research that showed low support for Israel amongst Democratic voters in its current war with Hamas, said she has not “seen that poll” and that the “American...

  • For Israelis in the western Negev, each day is ‘Russian Roulette’

    August 18, 2014 | 3:47 am

    When the tzeva adom, red alert, screams its siren as Yasmine Parda eats out in Ashkelon at her favorite restaurant, she waits and hopes for the best—no rocket shelters are reachable by foot within the siren’s reported 15-second warning interval.

    “We sit in the restaurant and...

  • What a dying business in Sderot looks like, even during cease-fire

    August 15, 2014 | 7:24 am

    In a narrow alleyway just next to Begin Square in the center of this Israeli city, shops, cafes and bakeries are so tightly packed together that with every few steps brings a new business.

    These merchants have, for years, been accustomed to the inhospitable reality of life in...

  • Fired by Netanyahu in midst of Gaza campaign, rival aims to give voice to Likud’s hawks

    August 14, 2014 | 8:24 am

    Former Israeli deputy defense minister Danny Danon did not seem bothered by the fallout from his rift in mid-July with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—a spat that ended with Netanyahu removing Danon as this country’s Deputy Minister of Defense.

    In fact, he seemed more relaxed...

  • On packed flight to Israel, hundreds of American Jews, emboldened by Gaza crisis, start lives anew

    August 12, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Daniel Knafo was wide awake aboard the Boeing 747 as sunlight began peaking over the northern horizon of the Mediterranean Sea early on the morning of Aug. 12.

    Less than 10 hours earlier, he was at the departure terminal of John F. Kennedy International Airport with more than 300...

  • With grief and pride, Max Steinberg gets an L.A. goodbye

    August 6, 2014 | 5:02 pm

    As her son’s rifle strap, helmet and personal military items rested in front of Evie Steinberg and her husband, Stuart, on the bimah at Stephen S. Wise Temple, Evie, dressed in black, wanted to talk about the time that her son, Max, pretended not to understand Hebrew when his base...

  • In race for Congress, how different are candidates Elan Carr and Ted Lieu?

    August 6, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Democratic State Sen. Ted Lieu and Republican District Attorney Elan Carr may be competing to fill longtime Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman’s seat in November, but in an era in which the two parties rarely work together, the similarities between these two candidates are one of...

  • Excerpts from the stars: Steinberg family consoled by Kraft, Netanyahu, Peres

    August 4, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    Days after hearing of the death of IDF volunteer Max Steinberg, a 24-year-old Los Angeles resident who was killed in Gaza on July 20 when his elite Golani unit was ambushed, stars in Israel and the United States sent their touching letters of condolence to the Steinberg family. An...

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