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Five years in the making, ‘The Return’ takes new look at Polish Jewish revival

By Tom Tugend

2 days ago

Katka, a Catholic-born redhead who left her native Prague to study in Warsaw and, somewhat to her own amazement, fell in love with a young Orthodox Jewish man and converted. Image via JTA

On the crumbling wall of a former Polish synagogue, adjacent to a one-time Jewish ritual bath converted into a car wash, a graffiti artist has painted “Jews, We Miss You” in Polish and... read full article

  • Israeli scribes restore 200-year-old Iraqi scroll

    JTA

    2 days ago

    Israeli scribes restored a 200-year old Iraqi Torah scroll that arrived in Israel under mysterious circumstances.

    The Associated Press reported Thursday that the scroll, written in northern Iraq by two scribes using pomegranate ink, was delivered, water-damaged, to the Israeli...

  • Kobe Bryant has torn rotator cuff, likely out for season

    Reuters

    2 days ago

    Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant has a torn rotator cuff, according to preliminary results of an MRI exam, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Thursday.

    Bryant, who hurt his right shoulder on a dunk in the second half of Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, will return...

  • 'Lisette’s List' walks readers through tumultuous, war-torn World War II Europe

    by Dora Levy Mossanen

    2 days ago

    In her captivating historical novel, “Lisette’s List” (Random House), Susan Vreeland, the New York Times bestselling author of “Girl in Hyacinth Blue,” takes readers by the hand and guides them, with assured steps and astute historical knowledge, through the tumultuous, war-torn,...

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  • The future is now: Highlights from CES 2015

    By Tom Teicholz

    3 days ago

    The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is like the white whale in “Moby Dick”: Every time you hear about it, it’s getting bigger; you have to travel through oceans of information to grasp it; and if you don’t pay close attention, it will upend everything...

  • Reclaiming Sephardic music, culture on road to Spanish citizenship

    by Jonathan Maseng

    3 days ago

    When Maya and Noa Dori were kids growing up in Israel, they used to spend Shabbat with their grandmother Lisa Romano. One night, as Maya tells it, they walked outside and “started to pinpoint the stars.” Their grandmother quickly swatted Noa’s hand, furious. 

    “She said, ‘It’s...

  • Tobias Picker’s ‘Thérèse Raquin’ has local premiere at Long Beach Opera

    By Rick Schultz

    3 days ago

    What would opera do without tales of adultery, murder and revenge? 

    Just ask composer Tobias Picker, whose adaptation (with librettist Gene Scheer) of Emile Zola’s once-scandalous novel, “Thérèse Raquin,” is being given its local premiere at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro...

  • Anne Frank oratorio at Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts

    by Jonathan Maseng

    3 days ago

    The Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles — which is mostly Latino, Black and Asian — might seem an odd place to find a cultural experience with Jewish overtones. But this week, the public school’s students will be raising their voices in...

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