Jewish Journal

Moving and shaking

By Ryan Torok

6 days ago

Famed Middle East diplomat Dennis Ross and attorney Jeff Abrams mingled before Ross’ recent remarks at Sinai Temple. Photo by Ryan Torok

Dennis Ross, former senior Middle East adviser to President Barack Obama, appeared in a panel discussion on “Israel, America and the Middle East: Challenges for 2014” on March 19 at Sinai... read full article

  • Exceptional minds

    by Leila Miller

    1 week ago

    "American Hustle” racked up 10 Oscar nominations this year — all with the help of four young adults on the autism spectrum.

    The group provided technical expertise — color correction and the visual effects technique known as rotoscoping — for the film, thanks to skills they...

  • One man’s mission to end modern slavery

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    Aaron Cohen resists the label “slave hunter.” It smacks of Civil War-era racism, the name used for people who tracked down runaway slaves and returned them to their owners. They were the bad guys in a very dark time, as Cohen wrote in his 2009 memoir, “Slave Hunter: One Man’s...

  • Survivor: Boris Abel

    By Jane Ulman

    1 week ago

    As Boris Abel — then Berelis Abelski — was being herded from the cattle car that had transported him to Auschwitz, he saw what was happening ahead and quickly tossed the small bag of gold and diamonds he was carrying into a nearby sewer. He and the other newly arrived prisoners...

  • Rabbis’ mass head-shaving inspired by ‘Superman Sam’ raises nearly $600K

    by Julie Wiener

    2 weeks ago

    This week, 73 North American rabbis will be missing something when they go to Shabbat services: their hair.

    As part of a campaign that raised more than $570,000 for pediatric cancer research, approximately 60 male and female rabbis voluntarily shaved their heads on Tuesday night...

  • Conversion: George Guzman

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Many doubt report on Iranian-Jewish captives

    By Karmel Melamed

    2 weeks ago

    Los Angeles-area Iranian-Jewish activists are expressing doubt about a recent report from the Israeli intelligence agency that a group of Jews fleeing Iran during the 1990s were, in fact, kidnapped and then murdered.

    On March 20, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office...

  • Anti-Semitism sees decreased incidents, increased violence

    by Benji Rosen

    2 weeks ago

    Los Angeles experienced about a 40 percent decline in anti-Semitic incidents in 2013, part of a national downturn, according to a report released April 1 by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). 

    The ADL’s annual audit found that in its Los Angeles region, only 63 anti-Semitic...

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