Jewish Journal

Kylie Ora Lobell

  • Dance studio has the right moves for Orthodox girls

    September 29, 2016 | 2:44 pm

    For Orthodox girls and women, dance lessons aren’t as easy as learning a plié here and a relevé there. Classes might be mixed-gender, the outfits aren’t always modest, performances can take place on Shabbat and the music may be suggestive. 

    Growing up in an observant family in...

  • Meant2Be: A robot, she wasn’t

    September 21, 2016 | 2:59 pm

    I had just finished my delicious pulled pork sandwich at the bar when I saw him talking to a group of people. He was my comedian friend’s roommate, and his name was Danny Lobell.

    I introduced myself to Danny and felt something I had never before experienced. I was immediately...

  • L.A. Eruv down while group seeks donations

    September 21, 2016 | 2:15 pm

    The Los Angeles Community Eruv — the largest in the country — is expected to be down this Shabbat because of significant financial challenges that could put its future in peril, according to officials.

    The team behind maintaining the eruv, a halachic perimeter that transforms a...

  • A range of free High Holy Days services

    September 16, 2016 | 1:24 pm

    Rosh Hashanah, which means “Head of the Year,” is observed this year from nightfall on Oct. 2 to nightfall on Oct. 4. On the Hebrew calendar, it occurs on the first and second days in the month of Tishrei. This Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the new year of 5777. 

    Rosh Hashanah...

  • Making Judaism radiate with color

    September 7, 2016 | 10:58 am

    Hillel Smith believes art has the power to transform Judaism, and he hopes his latest creation — a 25-foot-tall mural in Pico-Robertson featuring text from ha-Motzi — can prove it. 

    “I mostly connect to the sense of tradition and heritage,” he said. “I think that comes through in...

  • Miriam’s House opens doors for struggling women and their children

    September 7, 2016 | 10:50 am

    Rhonda Evans was 40 years old and addicted to drugs when she decided she needed help. She had three sons — two living with her parents and one with her — and she had been living in a motel, cobbling together money to pay for her habits. 

    What turned her life around was a place...

  • The fight against human trafficking

    September 1, 2016 | 4:08 pm

    The National Council of Jewish Women-CA (NCJW-CA) is the organizational co-sponsor of two bills concerning human trafficking that were approved Aug. 29 by the California State Assembly and now await Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.

    Assembly Bill 1761, authored by Assembly member...

  • ‘Inside’ Jessi Klein: From lingerie to baby drool

    August 24, 2016 | 12:35 pm

    In Jessi Klein’s eyes, there are two kinds of women: Those who are poodles and those who are wolves.

    The poodles are delicate, hyper-feminine women who always wear matching bras and underwear and lose their virginity in high school. Then there are the wolves. They’re funny, sweat...

  • All in the family: Israeli teachers join Maimonides

    August 11, 2016 | 9:33 am

    Rabbi Shachar Naim is in his mid-30s, but this year marks the first time he ever left his native Israel. He has landed in Los Angeles, where he will be teaching classes at Gindi Maimonides Academy for the next two years, along with his wife, Zimrat. 

    The Naims are shlichim...

  • Bridging Jewish Cultures’ consultants work for unity amid diversity

    July 27, 2016 | 12:23 pm

    Los Angeles has become a melting pot of world Jewry — the local mix includes more than a sprinkling of Sephardim, Ashkenazim, Israelis, Persians and Russians.

    The problem is that while these groups share a common religion, they don’t always interact effectively because of...

  • Firm’s lawyers know how splitting couples feel

    July 27, 2016 | 11:50 am

    Jamie Kurtz fell in love when she was 29 years old. But by the time the San Fernando Valley native was 30, she was already divorced. 

    Kurtz’s marriage lasted less than a year, and the divorce process took almost as much time and money as had the wedding and its planning. After...

  • Jensen Karp survives to write his own ending

    July 13, 2016 | 2:19 pm

    When Jensen Karp was 29 years old, his doctor discovered three white spots in his brain. He was informed that these tumors could not be removed, and to start thinking about the possibility of dying. 

    “They told me to get all my things in line, and to prepare my tombstone,” Karp...

  • Students connecting with growing B’nai Mitzvah Revolution

    June 22, 2016 | 11:29 am

    A revolution doesn’t happen overnight — especially when it involves centuries-old rituals.

    But members of the Union for Reform Judaism’s B’nai Mitzvah Revolution have spent the last few years trying to bring relatively quick and drastic change to b’nai mitzvah preparation and the...

  • Getting spiritual in Israel is top priority

    June 9, 2016 | 4:29 pm

    HIGH SCHOOL: Shalhevet High School
    GAP YEAR: Yeshivat Lev HaTorah, Israel
    GOING TO: Yeshiva University

    Jake Benyowitz has a deep love for Israel, and he’s made spreading that appreciation for the Jewish state to other students at Shalhevet High School a top...

  • From screen to stage: Blog posts come to life

    June 9, 2016 | 8:30 am

    Entertainment runs in the Newman family’s blood. 

    Tracy Newman was the co-creator and executive producer of the TV sitcom “According to Jim,” a writer on Ellen DeGeneres’ ’90s sitcom “Ellen” and a founding member of The Groundlings improv group. Her sister, Laraine Newman, was an...

  • The defense of (converting for) marriage act

    June 8, 2016 | 2:56 pm

    Last July, I converted to Judaism after five years of studying and undergoing major lifestyle changes: I moved to a Jewish neighborhood, started keeping kosher, took off for Shabbat and the holidays, joined an Orthodox synagogue and learned with a chavrusa

    Today, my observance...

  • Teas and tarps: A passion that suits him to a tea

    June 1, 2016 | 3:27 pm

    On a recent rainy Sunday in Santa Ana, a team of volunteers from NextGen OC, the young adult program of Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County, set off to pass out tea and tarps to the homeless around town. 

    They were led by Noah Bleich, a Pico-Robertson-based...

  • The love of your (Modern Orthodox) life

    June 1, 2016 | 1:53 pm

    Dating has always been hard, especially when religion comes into the mix. Today, apps and websites such as Tinder — created by Jews — and JDate — created for Jews — can help only so much. 

    And for religious Jews, there can be even more roadblocks. They may face the added...

  • Improv booker has thriving lab for humor experiments

    May 19, 2016 | 4:34 pm

    When Jamie Flam arrives at the Hollywood Improv at noon every day, he’s prepared to spend the next 12 hours booking and producing shows, negotiating deals with talent and agents, and watching live comedy. 

    A soft-spoken 39-year-old from Granada Hills, Flam always wanted to be in...

  • Personal reflections on public relations

    May 18, 2016 | 11:16 am

    Leo Pearlstein may be 95 years old, but that hasn’t slowed him down. The Los Angeles resident and founder of the public relations firm Lee & Associates just released his fourth book, “Adventures in PR,” which chronicles his 62 years in the industry.

    The work is filled with tales...

  • Vicki Abelson: Writer’s words link her heart to readers

    May 4, 2016 | 12:44 pm

    Vicki Abelson stands at a podium in the front of her living room. She has blond highlights in her hair, which is decorated with multicolored feathers. Smiling as she talks, she makes eye contact with various members of the 50-person audience, made up mostly of women. 

    They are...

  • “Cook, Pray, Eat Kosher” is the best of both worlds

    April 13, 2016 | 12:32 pm

    Mia Adler Ozair’s new cookbook isn’t just about kosher recipes. It also details the spiritual meaning behind Jewish food and how it can be incorporated into everyday family life.

    “Cook, Pray, Eat Kosher: The Essential Kosher Cookbook for the Jewish Soul” (Oakhurst Publishing;...

  • New pledge urges official policies on abuse at Jewish camps, schools

    April 6, 2016 | 1:55 pm

    More than a dozen philanthropists and funding organizations have signed a pledge to only support Jewish day camps and schools that have child sexual abuse policies in place in the hopes of raising awareness and supporting best practices. 

    The pledge, which was introduced April 3...

  • Zimmer Museum adds second day camp in Westwood

    March 16, 2016 | 12:31 pm

    A camp at the Zimmer Children’s Museum that has exposed more than 400 children each summer to art, music, science, nature and magic — not to mention Jewish values — is being expanded to a second location this year. 

    Starting in June, Camp Zimmer, which has hosted children ages...

  • Putting L.A.’s Jewish culture on the map

    March 4, 2016 | 11:04 am

    Los Angeles, which has an estimated Jewish population of 600,000, is developing the first citywide Jewish history document in California — part of what may be the largest survey of its kind in the world.

    The document will attempt to pinpoint places such as synagogues, restaurants...

  • A brave hat for a brave heart

    March 2, 2016 | 3:40 pm

    The hospital can be scary at any age, but for children, it can be especially daunting.

    Unless, like Abraham McGinty, they’ve got a “brave hat.” The 6-year-old received his felt hat as part of the Happy Hats for Kids Hero Club while undergoing treatment for epilepsy at Miller...

  • Unique settings for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

    February 10, 2016 | 4:58 pm

    Elliott Aronson didn’t feel like he was ready for a bar mitzvah at age 13. He wasn’t spiritually connected to the tradition and he didn’t want to force it. 

    One place where his ties to Judaism always were strong, however, was Camp Alonim, a camp on the grounds of American Jewish...

  • Violence casts shadow on Israeli tourism

    February 3, 2016 | 12:59 pm

    Random violence and knifings have become a daily occurrence in Israel, and as Passover approaches, the terror is leading some Jews to adjust their plans for visiting the Holy Land for the holiday — or cancel them altogether.

    That’s been the observation of Orit Topf, CEO of the...

  • IKAR gets $3 million to support national rabbinic fellowships

    January 13, 2016 | 2:41 pm

    The Jim Joseph Foundation has granted more than $3 million to IKAR for a rabbinic fellowship program that will involve a national coalition of seven spiritual communities known as the Jewish Emergent Network.

    The fellowships will target rabbis early in their careers, mentoring...

  • Senior living facilities: 5 topics to consider

    December 30, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Making the choice that an aging parent is ready for a senior living facility is not easy. Finding the right place to call their new home can be even harder.

    When going through the process of finding a facility that’s the right fit for a parent or other relative, it’s important to...

  • David Zucker: Leaving laughter in his wake

    December 16, 2015 | 11:08 am

    When David Zucker walks into an assisted living facility, he doesn’t come empty-handed. He brings pieces of wood, tennis balls, drumsticks, empty water bottles — and lots of laughs.

    Zucker is the owner of Laughter Rhythm, a company he established three years ago. He visits...

  • A marathon torah lesson with Rabbi Einhorn

    December 16, 2015 | 10:30 am

    For Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn, teaching classes for five hours straight on Shavuot was just a warm-up. On Dec. 24, he’ll sit in front of his computer for 18 hours and teach Torah to anyone who tunes in online.

    Beginning at midnight, Einhorn, the dean of Yeshivat Yavneh on West Third...

  • Improving education about Israel

    December 9, 2015 | 2:59 pm

    Hot on the heels of a report showing major gaps in American-Jewish college students’ knowledge about the State of Israel, some 250 Jewish educators, funders and other stakeholders gathered in Las Vegas for a three-day conference on Israel education.

    Hosted by the iCenter for...

  • Krazy for Kosher Kurls

    November 5, 2015 | 12:42 pm

    Davida Lampkin Tydings knows hair. She likes to boast, “Hair has been a passion of mine since I was born. I tell people I cut my own umbilical cord because that’s the art that God gave me.” 

    A licensed hairdresser in New York and Los Angeles who worked in film and television for...

  • PicnicHealth puts health care in patients’ hands

    September 30, 2015 | 10:32 am

    Eight years ago, Noga Leviner was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Aside from having to learn to deal with the hardships that accompany the chronic autoimmune disease, Leviner was forced to navigate a complex health care system that she found increasingly frustrating. 


  • Auction house employee is going ... going ... not gone

    September 16, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    Ruth Weinberg got a secretarial job at the Abell Auction Co. in 1943. Seventy-two years later, she still goes into the office every Thursday to answer phones, work on the computer and talk to bidders from that day’s auction. 

    The 93-year-old Cheviot Hills resident said she never...

  • Two new school buildings help build community

    August 13, 2015 | 10:30 am

    Students at two Los Angeles Modern Orthodox schools — Gindi Maimonides Academy and Shalhevet High School — will soon begin their first full year in brand-new spaces.

    Maimonides introduced its building to students, staff and faculty this past March. The 50,000-square-foot space on...

  • Fashion design sketchbook shows less isn’t always more

    July 29, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    It’s not exactly news that when young girls watch Disney movies or play with Barbie dolls, they’re being exposed to hyper-unrealistic images of women. In mainstream media, females are typically scantily clad, have idealized proportions and are wearing heavy makeup.

    Author and...

  • A guide for the secular-workplace perplexed

    July 9, 2015 | 10:14 am

    Let’s face it — in our largely secular world, observant Jews can stand out. Many wear modest clothing, don head coverings and don’t touch people of the opposite sex if they aren’t related. When entering the workforce, these and other belief-based practices are bound to create...

  • Young Jewish life is alive and well in revamped Downtown L.A.

    July 2, 2015 | 1:59 pm

    Downtown Los Angeles isn’t known for its abundance of Jewish life and culture. But, for the Jews living there, meaning can be found in many places.

    Ram Bilgrai, 44, who was born in Israel and has been in the States for 23 years, lives and works downtown as a photographer. Before...

  • Hustle for the muscle

    June 30, 2015 | 9:55 am

    In Los Angeles — the land of juice shops, salad bars, farmers markets and gyms — physical well-being is taken very seriously. For baby boomers, there are plenty of options to help stay fit. 

    One step boomers can take is to find a trainer who understands their specific physical...

  • New home for Yeshivat Ohr Chanoch

    June 25, 2015 | 2:34 pm

    In response to a growing student body and insufficient facilities, Yeshivat Ohr Chanoch has purchased a $3 million building in Pico-Robertson. 

    The Orthodox Sephardic high school, which currently shares a space with B’nai David-Judea Congregation on West Pico Boulevard, enrolls...

  • Fundraising program for day schools meets goal

    June 17, 2015 | 1:45 pm

    Five local day schools have collected more than 21 million ways to make Jewish education more affordable in Los Angeles.

    A multiyear program to raise cash endowments and focus on tuition assistance called the Los Angeles High School Affordability Initiative finally met its goal...

  • Military chaplains gather to answer call of duty

    May 27, 2015 | 11:05 am

    It’s not easy being an observant Jew in the military sometimes, especially under extreme circumstances. What do you do, for example, if there’s no kosher pot that can be used for cooking?

    Rabbi Avrohom Teichman of certifying agency Kehillah Kosher offered an answer to a...

  • She followed her heart to her true faith

    May 21, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    I’m sitting in a plush rocking chair underneath a large painting of Jesus in my grandma’s living room. My grandma is across from me, smiling, her hands linked. Danny Lobell, my fiancé, is next to me.

    “So, what’s your background?” she asks Danny.

    “I’m Scottish and Jewish,” he...

  • JVS gets back to business

    May 13, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Before Shirley Tang discovered Jewish Vocational Service Los Angeles (JVS), she was taking on odd jobs to support herself. She’d travel to different cities to secure permits for solar panel companies and work with construction firms from time to time. 

    Then, last fall, Tang saw a...

  • New TV series puts ‘real’ back in ‘reality’

    May 7, 2015 | 10:30 pm

    Reality television shows starring women are not usually flattering. They’re full of women physically assaulting one another, getting Botox injections and spending loads of money on fur coats and jewelry.

    Think about “The Real Housewives” or “Mob Wives.” 

    Now, an Oxygen reality...

  • YULA girls travel overseas for special needs

    April 23, 2015 | 3:55 am

    As Shabbat was fast approaching, nearly 1,000 people stretched their legs, tied up their shoelaces, chugged water and prepared to run through the streets of Jerusalem.

    They were part of a sea of runners — some 25,000 — getting ready for the annual Jerusalem Marathon on March 13,...

  • One event space, one social media hub, under one roof

    April 23, 2015 | 3:50 am

    It was only when Aryeh Rifkin lost his voice that he finally found it.

    It was 2010 when the then-real-estate developer — having already been through a series of personal and professional challenges — discovered that he had stage 4 laryngeal cancer. After he had surgery to get rid...

  • Laughter is comedian’s fountain of youth

    March 18, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    Legendary comedian Marty Allen, who turns 93 March 23, has a simple secret to longevity. 

    “I try to have an upbeat attitude all the time,” he said. “I enjoy entertaining, and I enjoy life.”

    To celebrate his birthday, he’s performing at the Downtown Grand Las Vegas hotel and...

  • Navigating the dating game

    February 12, 2015 | 12:02 pm

    Technology has revolutionized the dating world, but sometimes it’s better to go old school — especially if you’re on the older side yourself. 

    Just ask Judith Gottesman, a former geriatric social worker who’s been running her matchmaking business, Soul Mates Unlimited (whose...

  • Want to send your child to camp, but short on cash?

    February 4, 2015 | 3:39 pm

    The benefits of Jewish summer camp are well documented — but so are the costs when it comes to parents’ wallets. 

    The good news is a variety of local camp officials report that things are improving for those seeking financial assistance and more affordable options. At Camp Alonim...

  • Soulful Education program offers students, teachers personal meaning

    January 14, 2015 | 1:32 pm

    With thousands of years of history, wisdom and tradition to impart, it’s easy for Jewish schools and educators to sometimes forget to take the time to reflect upon them.

    This is a problem that Rabbi Aryeh Ben David, who at the time was working as the rabbinical educational...

  • Home repair at the touch of a button

    January 8, 2015 | 12:25 pm

    Hiring a handyman can be a headache-inducing experience. Sometimes the job ends up costing more than the original estimate, or the five-star Yelp reviews turn out to be pure fiction. There is little protection for customers who simply want their homes to function properly.


  • Advice for after the vows

    November 13, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    Before most couples get married, they don’t know what to expect. They’re excited and scared, but ready to make one of their biggest life decisions: forming a union with the one they love. Local rabbis from all different backgrounds and denominations shared their best marital advice...

  • Schools of thought: Two education organizations unite for a common goal

    October 20, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    The Schechter Day School Network (SDSN) and Jewish Montessori Society (JMS) have partnered to provide Conservative educational institutions in the network with the opportunity to learn about different methods of teaching and broaden their matrix of Jewish educators.

    “It brings...

  • Growing strong: Maimonides Academy to open new building for grades three through eight

    October 20, 2014 | 11:42 am

    After a decade of dreaming, the staff at Maimonides Academy, an Orthodox Sephardic day school, is nearly ready to make its longtime vision come true and open a new building.

    The 50,000-square-foot, four-story structure — which cost about $20 million, according to Rabbi Aharon...

  • A Jewish conversion, three generations in the making

    September 17, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    During World War II, Mileva Popovic hid four Jewish families from the Nazis in her home in the former Yugoslavia, now Montenegro. After Mileva’s son Vladimir found out about his family history, he started to learn about Judaism and became fascinated by its teachings.


  • Want a massage?  There’s an app for that

    September 17, 2014 | 11:32 am

    Los Angeles is a stressful place. Heavy traffic is unavoidable, costs of living are high, and the air quality is abysmal. 

    After dropping the kids off at school, driving to and from work, running errands and maybe rushing to the gym, many people don’t exactly feel like getting...

  • Lawyer uncovers her roots in debut novel ‘City of the Sun’

    September 10, 2014 | 2:19 pm

    In 1956, during the Suez Crisis, a young Juliana Maio and her family were kicked out of Egypt and forced to flee to France. All her life, she was curious about her background and her roots, and as she grew older, she started to research her personal history. 

    “I had a question,...

  • Sharing wisdom of the elders through USC’s Zekenim Project

    September 10, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    Seniors have a lifetime of experience behind them, but too often we don’t take the opportunity to learn from them and apply that wisdom to our own lives.

    Now, thanks to a dedicated team at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and a three-year, $250,000 grant from the Jewish...

  • Pro-Israel campus groups actively stand up for Israel

    September 3, 2014 | 11:41 am

    From last year’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the American Studies Association to protests at campuses across the country, it’s apparent that colleges are not the friendliest places for pro-Israeli students and advocates these days. 

    Even before this summer’s...

  • Teaching Torah with videos to appeal to younger students

    August 6, 2014 | 3:46 pm

    Rabbi David Fohrman has a passion for teaching Torah to the Jewish people. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, written a book about narratives in the book of Genesis, and was a lead writer and editor for ArtScroll’s Talmud translation project.

    But after a while, he...

  • Tel Aviv now the global leader in app startups

    July 9, 2014 | 11:55 am

    Silicon Valley may be known as the hotspot for tech, but halfway across the globe, Tel Aviv is making its mark. According to Forbes, Tel Aviv has more startups per capita than anywhere else in the world. 

    App startups make up a large portion of this growing tech community. One in...

  • Generation inspiration: Emma Bloom

    June 11, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Milken Community Schools
    Going to: Skidmore College

    When Emma Bloom sat down to talk with Holocaust survivors at her school as part of the Righteous Conversations Project, an organization that connects teens with survivors, she was inspired to think about what she could do to...

  • Plenty of clowning around at Lag b’Omer parade

    May 21, 2014 | 11:37 am

    Clowns, chickens, children and thousands of Chabad Chasidim crowded West Pico Boulevard on May 18 for the Great Parade, an annual celebration of Lag b’Omer in Pico-Robertson. 

    The event, which was made up of floats from Chabad schools and synagogues around Los Angeles, local...

  • Sharing his love of Judaism through Jubilation’s music

    May 21, 2014 | 11:22 am

    When singer-songwriter Bill Burnett converted to Judaism in the early 2000s, he resolved to teach others about his new religion through the power of music, and over the years he’s put together a wide repertoire of songs that speak to children and adults about the Torah and its...

  • A novel idea: A mitzvah project started 15 years ago continues to spread the joy of reading

    May 16, 2014 | 12:19 pm

    When Robyn Strumpf was a child, she had trouble learning how to read. But with a little time, patience and help from her parents, she excelled and became an enthusiastic lover of literature. Her personal experience encouraged her, at the age of 12, to start Project Books and...

  • ADL creates bias-education curriculum for schools

    May 7, 2014 | 11:37 am

    The controversy surrounding L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been the talk of the town since racist comments attributed to him were released at the end of April, so the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) thought it should be the responsible talk of schools as well.

    To educate...

  • Vermont Avenue communities on display in Santa Monica

    May 7, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Nearly every day for a year and a half, Pamela Mayers-Schoenberg woke up at 7 a.m. and traveled along one of Los Angeles’ longest streets, Vermont Avenue. She’d snap photos of the people on the street, capturing scenes from the various distinct neighborhoods. These photos are on...

  • Local mom-athoner pounds pavement for a cure

    April 17, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    Shannon Griefer ran a 135-mile ultramarathon in Death Valley in the middle of July, across the scorching hot terrain in the glow of the fiery sun. 

    And on April 13, she was slated to run 135 miles, this time to benefit reserch into a condition she was diagnosed with in 2005:...

  • Birthright initiative keeps seders on next gen’s tables

    April 9, 2014 | 11:17 am

    This Passover, hundreds of young Birthright alumni will be hosting seders — many for the first time — thanks to an initiative from NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation.

    Adam Pollack, senior director of NEXT’s Western region, said the Passover project encourages young...

  • Make your Seder pop

    April 2, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    Every year, millions of men, women and children gather at the seder table and read from the haggadah in what seem to be a million different ways.

    Some use the familiar Maxwell House version; others find the Four Questions in “The Family Haggadah.” Recent years have offered...

  • Conversion: George Guzman

    April 2, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    George Guzman, 45, grew up in a Catholic home in Corona, Calif., and though he served as an altar boy at his local church, he never felt connected with the religion. In 1995, he turned his back on Catholicism forever.

    It happened when Guzman, who now lives in Long Beach and works...

  • Jewish cookbook project wins national prize

    March 28, 2014 | 3:31 pm

    A cookbook that started as a pay-it-forward project has won first place — and a $5,000 prize — in a national contest for one local Jewish women’s group.

    “Try It, You’ll Like It” is a cookbook by the Jewish Women’s Initiative (JWI), a division of Aish Los Angeles, featuring more...

  • Courtroom mavens give back on temple boards

    March 19, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    One Century City law firm has assembled a dream team of high-powered leaders — in more ways than you might expect.

    Three partners at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP do much more than work long hours; they are, or recently have been, presidents at prominent local...

  • ‘Boyle Heights Heroes’ remembers L.A.‘s Jewish roots

    March 5, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    As the granddaughter of a rabbi who was also the first president of the Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights — the center of Los Angeles Jewish life in the first half of the 20th century — Annette Shapiro knows the importance of remembering your roots. 

    During a Feb. 23 event at...

  • Jerusalem film program focuses on young, aspiring cineastes

    March 5, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    Los Angeles may be the home of filmmaking, but Israel isn’t far behind. In recent years, movies made in Israel have been nominated for Oscars in the foreign-film category, and works coming out of that country are being included in film festivals worldwide. 

    This summer, young...

  • Melissa Rivers’ business of guilty pleasures

    February 18, 2014 | 1:32 pm

    Eighteen years ago, Joan Rivers and her daughter, Melissa, had an idea: Red carpet entrances at awards ceremonies could be as exciting as the event itself. Melissa would play the “straight man” role, while Joan made snarky comments about the best and worst attire worn by actors,...

  • From disable to enable: Summer camp shifts focus

    February 12, 2014 | 4:43 pm

    The positive impact that summer camps have on Jewish identity is no secret, but a report released last year by the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) found that much progress remains in making this a viable opportunity for young people with special needs. 

    To help move things...

  • Cantors unite in song

    February 12, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    Cantor Samuel Cohen understands that music has the power to unite people from every walk of life. That’s why this month he’s holding a cantorial concert at his synagogue for the Jewish community. Unlike the standard cantorial show, however, his event, called “Guys & Meidels: A...

  • Teaching tech in day schools

    January 9, 2014 | 11:20 am

    Four teenage girls huddled around a laptop computer in their brightly lit classroom. They were working on small circuit boards, known as Arduino boards, learning the mechanics and inner workings of electronic systems. 

    On this day, they were trying to write code that would turn...

  • After much searching, she finds hope in adopted faith

    January 3, 2014 | 3:20 pm

    Growing up in Colorado, Laura Waller wasn’t raised with a religion. She knew nothing about Judaism, save for the Torah — which she read as a teenager — and her community’s negative attitudes toward it.

    “I didn’t exactly grow up in a town where being Jewish was acceptable,” she...

  • Christmas a time for tikkun olam

    January 3, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    While some teenagers hit the slopes or the beach over their winter break, dozens of high-schoolers from across the continent recalled the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and traveled to Los Angeles to perform volunteer work instead.

    From Dec. 22 to 27, more than...

  • Federation project helps educators teach about Israel

    November 13, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    For the past 10 years, the Holy Land Democracy Project, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, has been taking educators from Catholic, charter and Protestant high schools throughout the Los Angeles region to Israel. While there, teachers and members of the group see,...

  • How to buy the best diamond wedding ring for your buck

    October 23, 2013 | 4:50 pm

    When Jeremy Ziskind of Pico-Robertson proposed last year to his then-girlfriend, Allyson Marcus, he had a basic idea of what kind of engagement ring he would give his future wife.

    “Allyson told me pretty early on in our relationship that she loved the idea of a heart-shaped...

  • Lewis Black’s ‘Rant’ is due in Thousand Oaks

    October 23, 2013 | 10:34 am

    It’s been a great year for Lewis Black. There was the budget sequestration, the government shutdown and the fierce debates once again over Obamacare. Politicians left and right have been acting like nitwits, and Congress has proved its incompetence over and over again.  


  • Teen trio wins anti-bullying contest

    October 16, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    Bullying occurs regularly in classrooms and on playgrounds to children and teenagers throughout the world. Cyberbullying on smart phones and social media is more hidden and harder to detect. But for those experiencing bullying, the effects can be devastating or, in the worst-case...

  • Conversion: Erica Hooper

    October 9, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Falling in love with a Jewish man was Erica Hooper’s introduction to Judaism, but the religion’s ideals were ultimately what made her want to embrace it for life. 

    Hooper, 30, grew up in East Los Angeles in a Catholic home. She attended Catholic school and considered herself...

  • Conversion: Kimia Sun

    September 4, 2013 | 11:56 am

    Kimia Sun was born a refugee. 

    Her parents were survivors of Cambodia’s Khmer Rogue, which claimed nearly 2 million lives in the late 1970s. The couple was among the lucky ones and escaped to a refugee camp in Thailand, where Sun was born and spent her first months. Next, the...