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  • Against all odds

    by Revital Belz

    January 27, 2014 | 9:45 am

    The News: I was only five years old when my grandfather passed away. I don’t remember anything about his life– except what I am told from stories and pictures. However, I remember his death as though it happened yesterday. I was at my friend Rebecca’s birthday party. We were having... read on

  • Reflections on Jewish day schools’ Hebrew classes

    By Ryan Torok

    January 23, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Hebrew workbooks
    While attending the 2014 Ravsak/Pardes Jewish Day School Leadership conference last weekend, I met a vendor that was selling Hebrew books. She said that the business is getting more difficult to sustain, as Jewish day schools are becoming more religious.

    More... read on

  • Eritrean solidarity rally underscores community divisiveness over Israel

    By Ryan Torok

    January 22, 2014 | 5:53 pm

    On Wednesday, a protest that expressed solidarity with Eritreans refugee-status seekers in Israel drew approximately 30 Jewish-Americans and Eritreans from Los Angeles and nearby. Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change (EYSC) organized the Los Angeles protest, which took place... read on

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  • Matisyahu appears for one night at Sundance [VIDEO]

    By Ryan Torok

    January 19, 2014 | 6:46 pm

    Keep playing, Matisyahu signals to one of his band mates. The reggae artist is performing his hit song, “One Day.”

    The acoustic guitarist obliges, keeps the strum pattern going.

    A couple measures later, Matis segues into the first verse of “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley.

    The... read on

  • Vogue: Lena Dunham, “hardest-working millennial in show business”

    By Ryan Torok

    January 16, 2014 | 6:56 pm

    What would Bob Dylan think about Vogue magazine’s new profile on Lena Dunham?

    In “Lena Dunham: The New Queen of Comedy?” a Jan. 15 article in the fashion magazine, Dunham draws comparisons to the famous folk singer. 

    “Since Girls launched in 2012, the 27-year-old Dunham has... read on

  • Jewish con men shine in Oscar nominations

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 16, 2014 | 9:47 am

    Thursday’s Oscar nominations proved to be a bonanza for Jewish con men, with “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” spotlighting the shenanigans of two members of the tribe unlikely to be feted at any Jewish Man of the Year banquet.

    “American Hustle,” which co-led the... read on

  • Haim play hometown gig. This reporter swoons.

    By Ryan Torok

    January 15, 2014 | 5:08 pm

    Los Angeles trio Haim played a hometown concert for Los Angeles radio station KROQ on Jan. 15. The six-song performance on the KROQ Red Bull Sound Space near Culver City, CA was steamed live (video below). 

    Made up entirely of songs from their debut album, “Days are Gone,” which... read on

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