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At 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994, an earthquake with a 6.7 magnitude violently shook the San Fernando Valley, lasting almost 20 seconds.
Does the State Department believe that accounts of ancient Jewish ties to the land of Israel are too sensitive to endorse — or not?
The Obama administration is “deeply disappointed” with a decision by UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural arm, to cancel the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel and is seeking its placement “as soon as…
In Alan Zweibel’s play “Bunny Bunny — Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy,” the saga of his platonic love affair with the famed comedian, Radner first spots Zweibel as…
Hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons was one of the many to publicly mourn former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who passed away on Saturday. He was probably one of the few,…
Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David have teamed up for a new project, and it’s big. And…well, that’s it.
A 6.7-magnitude earthquake and injury spurred Andrea Berger to quit the law firm for which she had been working and change to a career that would incorporate her background as…
A common quest to answer the question “Where’s the beef?” has brought together Jews and Muslims at the University of Southern California (USC).
“The knife afterwards, what should it look like?” asks Rachel Marder, a first-year rabbinical student studying ritual kosher slaughter.
Governor Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency in California. This should come as no surprise to anyone who lives here (hellloooooo 90 degree January days)! In fact, we no…
My resolution for the New Year is to make more cholent. Cholent is the traditional Sabbath stew, assembled and put in the oven (or on the stove, or in a…
We’ve decided to dedicate the bar mitzva of our second son to life in the communities of Judea and Samaria, with guests and family from Hebron, Itamar, Eli, Gush Etzion,…
By Deena F. Greenberg
Deena F. Greenberg is a Jewish woman who survives life’s challenges with large doses of humor.
By Mark Sotelo
Mark Sotelo is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, CA. The Convertsation is a blog about his personal experience since converting to Judaism.
By Julie Zeisler
I am a semi-professional woman with two kids: a daughter who is 3 and a son who is 10 months. In this blog I discuss common daily trials and tribulations, joys and terrors, questions and answers about raising two. This blog does not attempt to preach or dictate any specific parenting philosophy and is based solely on my own experience of life with two small kids.
By Michael Laitman
Michael Laitman is a Professor of Ontology, a PhD in Philosophy and Kabbalah, and an MSc in Medical Bio-Cybernetics.
By Diana Emuna
I am a wife, mom of four and a math teacher in an alternative school. In my free time, I study Spanish.
By Rachel Lester
Rachel Lester, Shalhevet class of 2012, is a junior at the University of Southern California -- or she would be, if she were in LA right now.
By Ellie Kahn, Oral Historian
Ellie Kahn is an Oral Historian, journalist and psychotherapist. She created Living Legacies Family Histories 25 years ago to record the stories and memories of family and community elders.
By Dennis Adonis
Dennis E. Adonis is an International Journalist, Software Engineer, and Author of nineteen books, and several other publications.
By Ellie Herman
Ellie Herman is a writer, teacher and life coach.
By Roseanne Tabachnik
My name is Roseanne, and I’m a native of Philadelphia. On most days, I can be found in local coffee shops browsing through the archives of VICE, with a cappuccino in hand. As an ardent foodie, I’m always looking for the next best vegetarian lunch spot. Currently, I’m studying towards my degree in journalism and psychology & am interning at a PR firm in Philly.
By Dan Gordon, Capt. IDF (Res)
Dan Gordon is a Los Angeles writer as well as a reserve Captain in the IDF.
By Julie Bien
A weekly dose of Monty Hall.
By Rabbi Joe Blair
Death and funerals have long been taboo subjects. From preparing the deceased for burial to choosing a cemetery, many Jewish end-of-life rituals are unknown until experienced for the first time—and even then remain shrouded in mystery.
By Milad Doroudian
Milad Doroudian is writer, historian, and the Senior Editor of The Art of Polemics Magazine.
By Jewish World Watch
Jewish World Watch (JWW) is one of the largest grassroots anti-genocide organizations in the world.
By Rebecca Weiner
My name is Rebecca and while I'm relatively new at blogging myself, I have been an avid reader and supporter of blogs for many years now. I am motivated by my desire to both share my great fashion deals and contribute to the positive body image movement.
By Rona Ram Lalezary
Rona has a deep passion for writing and the art of communication. She has always been intrigued by how seemingly simple words intentionally arranged on a page can powerfully influence a person's perception.
By Jonathan Zasloff
Jonathan Zasloff is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, where he teaches Property, Land Use and Urban Planning Law, Legislation, and Talmud, and a ordination candidate in the ALEPH Rabbinical Program.
By Rabbi Lori Shapiro
Rabbi Lori Schneide Shapiro: Founder of The Open Temple centered in Venice, CA (www.opentemple.org), Lori's rabbinate is dedicated to reaching unaffiliated and intermarried families and seekers.
By Revital Belz
Revital Belz is from Elad, Israel and studied public relations at Bar Ilan University, while working as copywriter for aJudaica.com. As a mother of five boys, she also enjoys creating stylish items for men, including personalized Kippahs and T-shirts.
Jared is a staff reporter for the Jewish Journal. Raised in North Potomac, MD, a sleepy suburb 30 minutes outside Washington D.C., Jared attended Tulane University in America's second greatest city, New Orleans.
Jeremy Elster is a Southern Californian native and New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellow working as the International Communications Coordinator for Israel Social TV (ISTV), the leading alternative TV news organization in Israel.
Chris is an LA hair stylist with the chutzpah to write the ugly truth about all the latest and greatest Hollywood drama.
Lara Dvora loves Judaism and Israel. She works in marketing in Century City and reports on Israeli news and culture for Jewish News One (JN1), JPost and YNet. A passionate Israel advocate, she produced a series of infotaining videos about Israel via her start-up Israel in Context. Joyish combines it all.
Dr. Afshine Emrani
Afshine Asher Emrani is a Persian Jew who loves God passionately, and as a result loves the path of healing, loves life, loves love and loves to share what he loves! He is a physician practicing Internal Medicine and Cardiology in San Fernando Valley.
What follows will be a mishmash of crafts, clothing reconstruction, organic gardening tips, how-tos for homemade stuff that's expensive when not made at home, cheap/easy recipes, canning instructions and the occasional photo of a basset hound running.
By Elaine Glickman
Elaine Rose Glickman received her Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she earned prizes for writing and academic excellence and graduated first in her class. Her book Sacred Parenting:
Jewish Wisdom and Practical Guidance for Your Family’s Early Years was a finalist for the 2009 National Jewish Book Award.
By Jeffrey Hensiek
Hi. I'm Julie. I'm an LA born-and-bred writer/photographer/blog manager/coffee-drinker-extraordinaire.
By Orit Arfa
Orit Arfa can aptly be described as a Renaissance Woman. A writer of fiction, non-fiction and music, and a painter, Orit's interests span many media.
A staff and community blog devoted to TV enthusaists, junkies and diehard fans.
By David Suissa
David Suissa is president of TRIBE Media Corp./Jewish Journal and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Rabbi Arthur Waskow
By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is one of America’s most prolific and most-quoted rabbis, whose colleagues have called him an “activist for Jewish ideas.”
By Joy Bennett
Joy Bennett lives in Santa Monica, California and is the author of Under a Quarter Moon, a poetry and short story collection; and a novel called Cruise.
By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila
Rabbi Daniel Bouskila is the Director of the Sephardic Educational Center (SEC), an international educational and cultural organization with its own historic campus in the Old City of Jerusalem.
By Simone Wilson
Simone Wilson is a 27-year-old journalist from Northern California currently living in Tel Aviv, Israel.
By Honey Lazar
Honey Lazar’s father was a photographer, painter, illustrator, and filmmaker. He documented her family, the famous, and led his own advertising agency. He died when Honey was 3, but his pictures and movies kept him alive for her, so Honey used a Brownie Starflash to document everyone and everything in her life as a way to keep memory close at hand. She loves everything about photography, especially the part that tethers me to her dad.
By Rabbi Debbie Prinz
Deborah R. Prinz's book, On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao, was published in the fall of 2012 by Jewish Lights and is already in a second printing. She was awarded a Starkoff Fellowship and a Director's Fellowship from the American Jewish Archives as well as a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship from the Rockefeller Library to pursue this research. This project stirs age-old passions for chocolate and religion using information gathered from travel in several countries, including Belgium, Egypt, England, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. It spans several cultures, countries, centuries, and religions, exploring how faith traditions share consumption, ritual and business interests in chocolate. Rabbi Prinz lectures on this topic around the world in a number of settings, including historical societies, JCC’s, rabbinical associations, synagogue groups, and food conferences. She blogs at jews- onthechocolatetrail.org.
By Rebecca Spence
Rebecca Spence is a writer and editor based in California. She has written for the Forward, Elle,ARTnews, New York magazine, Tablet, and the L.A. Jewish Journal, where she is a contributing writer.
By Hava Volterra
Hava is the chef and owner of Hava’s Kitchen www.havaskitchen.com, an online, subscription-based home food delivery service that provides French, Italian and Mediterranean home cuisine delivered fresh to customers’ doorsteps.
By Mark Eshman
Mark Eshman brings over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry to the firm. In addition to managing client relationships, he oversees the core investment strategies of the firm.
By Rhoda Weisman
Rhoda Weisman Consulting specializes in talent and leadership development in the workplace at all levels.
By Arielle Adelman
Celebrity personal assistant turned Wellness Nerd. Home cook turned Kitchen Professor. Health & Wellness/Life coach in training. Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics Pending.
We live in a world facing remarkable challenges
By Andrew Dugan
Newly arrived from the East Coast, Andrew Dugan is a Los Angeles-based writer best described as "charming," "genius," and "reflexively sycophantic." Some critics have hailed his myriad literary "tours de force" as "the most innovative artistry the world of alphabet magnets has ever seen." He is a keen world-traveler and fan of brevity. When not in the throes of composition, he can be most often found tangled in the undercarriage of your car because he rides a bicycle in Downtown L.A.
By Samara Hutman
Samara Hutman was recently appointed Executive Director of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. She was previously the Executive Director of Remember Us, an organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation to take up the legacy of Holocaust remembrance through the invitation to participate in two foundational projects. The Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project invites Bnai Mitzvah students to remember one child who was lost in the Holocaust, and to act for the good in their name. The Righteous Conversations Project invites teens to connect with Holocaust Survivors through dialogue and collaborative creative projects, to strengthen the future of remembrance, and to speak out against injustice and inhumanity in their own time.
Samara studied film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and holds a B.A. in Art History from Barnard College. Samara was introduced to Remember Us at the time of her daughter's Bat Mitzvah, when Rebecca remembered Victoria Farhi who was born in Paris and died at Auschwitz Concentration Camp in 1944 when she was 13 years old.
By Dr. Limor Blockman
Dr.Limor Blockman is a renowned Clinical Sex Counselor, Educator, Columnist, Speaker and Author. Dr. Limor holds a PhD in Human Sexuality, a Master’s in Public Health & Community Medicine and a Bachelor’s in Psychology & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Limor is the author of the revolutionary tip book "365 Daily Tips for Outrageous Sex & Intimacy" (1st released in English) and three bestselling books (Published in Hebrew): "300 Tips for better Sex" -platinum awarded in 2007, "Gay Pride" - a guide for the LGBT community & "Confessions" - a memoir.
By Jeremy Fine
Rabbi Jeremy Fine is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul MN. He was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also received a Masters in Jewish Education. His BA is from the University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana.
By Shmully Schwartz
Simpler Horizons is a health insurance and Medicare supplement brokerage. As such, we pride ourselves on being advocates for both our clients and the community in general. We are frequently asked to key note and bring our expertise to senior panels for city, state and national representatives. We believe our expertise in the area of healthcare administration, our propensity to advocate and our ability to make the complicated, simple, will do well to our blog readers.
By Julie Shuer
I am a wife, eema, retired occupational therapist, dog lover, yoga practioner, daily swimmer, book club participant, foodie and cook, ardent zionist and a persistant student of the hebrew language.
By Abe Fried-Tanzer
Abe Fried-Tanzer is a recent import from the East Coast to Los Angeles, and he brings with him his enthusiasm for movies and television. When he’s not watching every Oscar-nominated movie and every new TV pilot, he can be found at MoviesWithAbe.com and TVwithAbe.com writing about them.
By Shalom Hartman Institute
Orit Arfa can aptly be described as a Renaissance Woman. A writer of fiction, non-fiction and music, a painter, and a Zionist activist, Orit’s interests span many media. She is founder of Creative Zionist Coalition.
By Nolan Lebovitz
Nolan Lebovitz was born and raised in Highland Park, Illinois. Growing up, he belonged to North Suburban Synagogue Beth-El in Highland Park and attended Solomon Schechter Day School. He spent many summers in Israel. He traveled to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California.
By Elana Horwich
Elana Horwich is the founder of Meal and a Spiel, a boutique Beverly Hills cooking school and online recipe resource based on the philosophy that anyone can learn to cook. Her mission is to inspire the “career girl generations” to prepare food with love and consciousness as a way to add healing to the planet.
By Roger Price
Roger Price was born and raised on the South Side Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park, long before Barack Obama decided to settle there. Originally schooled in a classic Conservative congregation, Roger met and studied with Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan at Brandeis Camp Institute while a college student.
By Michelle Azar
Michelle fell in love with the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, the system of Hatha Yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, some 13 years ago while doing a play in San Francisco. Having grown up in the bustling suburbs of Chicago, dancing and singing and attending Labor Zionist Youth camp, she never thought the slow pace of yoga would suit her butterfly personality.
By Lia Mandelbaum
Lia Mandelbaum is getting her degree in social work at California State University-Los Angeles, and has an internship at Barbour & Floyd Mental Health Services.
By Beit T'shuvah
This blog will be written to give our readers a sampling of our philosophy of recovery and to offer a behind-the-curtain look into the minds of the leaders of our community. The blog before you exists for the same reason as the organization that writes it--to help you live well. Many drug-treatment facilities will simply help you get sober and while there is nothing wrong with that, at Beit T'Shuvah we realize that addiction is a symptom of divided self; the unhealthy dependence on substances or compulsive activites provides only a temporary sense of wholeness and well-being.
By Nikki Tabibian
Inspired by the works of Sholom Aleichem and the guilt of her great grandmother Sara (may she rest in peace), Le'chaim to Laughter documents the daily struggle of a conservative Jew and her willingness to remain kosher in a secular world.
By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
By Maya Paley
Maya Paley is Director of Legislative and Community Engagement at the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles. The programs she works on include the annual Jewish Women’s Conference, a day-long event dedicated to educating, empowering, and inspiring multigenerational Jewish women to take action on issues important to them and year-round empowerment workshops for women.
By Peter Himmelman
In addition to being a Grammy and Emmy nominated songwriter and composer, Peter Himmelman is a visual artist, writer and founder of Big Muse -- an organization dedicated to increasing creativity.
By Louis Keene
Louis Keene is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis where he is majoring in American Culture Studies. When he is not eating, sleeping, or writing, he's even harder to find. Follow him on Twitter @clippermissouri to try to keep up.
By Susan Esther Barnes
Susan Esther Barnes is a religious Reform Jew who can regularly be seen greeting people at her synagogue before services. She is a founding member of her synagogue's chevra kadisha, and is fascinated by the many ways we can employ Jewish texts, traditions and rituals to enhance our modern lives.
By Michael Israel
Michael Israel is the Chef and Owner of the M.O. Eggrolls food truck in Los Angeles, California where he lives with his wife Emily. In 2005, Michael graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with a degree in Culinary Arts. With more than 10 years of professional cooking experience, the highlights of his career include working at Thomas Keller's 3 Michelin Star restaurant Per Se in New York City and opening a kosher food truck with his wife.
By Rabbi Robin Podolsky
Rabbi Robin Podolsky is an Educator at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock. Before she became a rabbi, she worked as a press secretary to an elected official, a journalist and an educator.
By Rabbi Mark Diamond
Rabbi Mark Diamond is Executive Vice President of The Board of Rabbis of Southern California. In that position, he directs a multi-denominational organization of 330 rabbis, and serves on the senior management team of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. As the Board’s senior professional, Rabbi Diamond has developed innovative programs of continuing education, social justice, healing and spirituality for colleagues and the community. The rabbi is quoted frequently in local and national media and is the host and executive producer of One Community, a weekly television show on Jewish Life Television Network.
By Steven Alan Green
Steven Alan Green is a New York born, Beverly Hills raised stand-up comedian and writer who started at The Comedy Store in the 80's heyday as one of the house emcee's and gag writers, writing for the likes of Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall and Jimme "JJ" Walker.
By Tom Tugend
Tom is a contributing editor for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles and the West Coast correspondent for the Jerusalem Post in Israel, Jewish Chronicle in Britain, and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in New York. He has written on films for the Los Angeles Times and occasional features for Hadassah Magazine, Lifestyles and other publications.
By Ariel Blumenthal
Ariel Blumenthal is a composer and music producer with a somewhat obsessive passion for international and current aﬀairs. To satisfy his urges, Ariel writes words and produces videos that deal with Israel, the Muslim world and the international community. His main target audience is liberals; his major heartbreak is what he sees as a fundamentally erroneous paradigm through which Israel and the conﬂict are viewed.
By Ruth Ellen Gruber
The award-winning American writer Ruth Ellen Gruber has chronicled contemporary Jewish developments in Europe for more than two decades.
By Vicki Rothman
Vicki Rothman M.S. brings over 20 years of career counseling experience to the Jewish Journal. Vicki has a private practice where she provides career counseling/coaching and is counseling faculty for a local college. She will bring her expertise to the Jewish Journal through the column “Career Corner”.
By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the Executive Director of the Valley Beit Midrash, the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek, the Founder and CEO of The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute and the author of “Jewish Ethics & Social Justice: A Guide for the 21st Century.” Newsweek named Rav Shmuly one of the top 50 rabbis in America.”
By Salvador Litvak
Salvador Litvak is a screenwriter, director and the Accidental Talmudist.
By Drew Kugler
As a Coach with executives and professionals to design and execute productive conversations at work and other places they care about, Drew Kugler lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lisa and their two daughters, Alexandra and Marissa.
By Noga Gur-Arieh
My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I'm an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.
By Jonah Lowenfeld
TnP is a spot for non-profit, independent journalism.
By Orit Arfa
Orit Arfa is the Executive Director of the Zionist Organization of America, Western Region.
By LW Ben Yechezkiel
The Chavaya Experience. Yes, Hebrew speakers I know the title is redundant…aval kacha zeh Chavaya is a Hebrew word that literally translated means experience. But at least in my experience it means more. Ayzeh chavaya means that you experienced something that made a strong impression something that you cant wait to tell other people about, that at least for a little while can cause you to change the way you look at some things.
By Steven Windmueller
From June 2006 to June 2010, Steven Windmueller served as the Dean of Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles campus. In March of 2009, President David Ellenson named Professor Windmueller to the Gottschalk Chair, one of only twelve endowed HUC faculty positions. Over the course of the past year, Dr. Windmueller has been representing the College-Institute in launching a major new initiative of the Reform Movement, a Think Tank on the Future of Reform Judaism.
About the therapists
By Rabbi John Rosove
Rabbi John L. Rosove assumed his duties as Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood in November 1988. A native of Los Angeles, he earned a BA in Art History from UC Berkeley (1972), a Masters in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR, LA (1976), Rabbinic Ordination from HUC-JIR, NY (1979), and a Doctor of Divinity from HUC-JIR, LA (2004).
By Shmuel Rosner
The blog Rosner's Domain is written by Shmuel Rosner, the senior political editor for The Jewish Journal.
By Klaudia Klimek
Jews visiting Central & Eastern Europe frequently come with stereotypes and prejudices about the region.
By Samira Asemanfar
After graduating from the Marshall School of Business at USC in 2004, Samira Asemanfar of Los Angeles California joined KPMG, LLP as an internal auditor and SOX compliance consultant. It was her first job out of college and Samira was excited to enter the business world as a member of one of the world’s most prestigious accounting firms.
By Elliot Steingart
Elliot Steingart is a Los Angeles based comedian and writer who hosts a monthly comedy show, “Melgard Mondays” at Melgard Public House.
The Jewish Journal
Nicole Behnam is Co-Founder and CEO of BigCityPR & Marketing, and writes articles on the side as a hobby.
By Aryeh Cohen
Aryeh Cohen the author of the book Justice in the City: An Argument from the Sources of Rabbinic Judaism is a professor, a social justice activist, a rabbi and a lecturer.
What's the deal with this blog?
By Dani Kollin
Dani Kollin is an advertising copywriter currently living in Los Angeles, California.
By Rebecca Cooper
Rebecca Cooper is a California licensed therapist, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and the Founder of Rebecca’s House Eating Disorder Treatment Programs™. She is the author of Diets Don’t Work®, the Diets Don’t Work® Structured Program Workbook, instructional DVDs, and Guided Imagery CDs. She is the eating disorder expert for Addicted.com and SelfGrowth.com. Rebecca also appears on television, webcasts, and radio to promote disordered eating awareness.
By LiAmi Lawrence
LiAmi is the former Director of Media for the Israeli Consulate and a public relations maven.
By Pini Herman
about the bloggers
By Sima Cohen
Sima (which translates "Joy" in Hebrew) is poised to become the next big hit in health and wellness in America. An Israeli immigrant, Sima came to the states 20 years ago and quickly saw the declining health of the American people. She immediately set her sights on changing the way we eat, think and live, one American at a time, and has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to doing just that.
By Rabbi Dan Moskovitz
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