Jewish Journal

  • Thanksgiving by mom, updated

    By Judy Zeidler

    1 week ago

    The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time to invite family and friends to celebrate an American tradition with a home-cooked feast. The essential elements are turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and yams. And, of course, everyone looks forward to several delicious desserts....

  • Getty symposium considers a ‘New Walled Order’

    By Avishay Artsy

    1 week ago

    Walls are erected to keep people out, to keep people in or to keep people apart. 

    From the Berlin Wall to the West Bank separation barrier to the Mexico-United States border, walls can simplify complex problems, and often do more harm than good. And they only add to people’s...

  • Do Jews need more chutzpah? Does Judaism?

    By Michael Berenbaum

    1 week ago

    I began reading Rabbi Edward Feinstein’s “The Chutzpah Imperative: Empowering Today’s Jews for a Life that Matters” (Jewish Lights) with two conflicting emotions — admiration and skepticism. Every time I have been in the presence of Feinstein, I have learned something — large or...

  • ‘House’ showcases the art of futuristic Israeli dance

    By Avishay Artsy

    1 week ago

    Longtime Israeli collaborators Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar first met when Behar was throwing legendary underground raves in Tel Aviv, and Eyal was a performer with Batsheva Dance Company. She went to the parties to let loose and dance.

    “At one point, we just fell in love,” Behar...

  • L.A.’s Jews and Muslims partner in ‘twinning’ events

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    When Jews and Muslims came together for a “twinning” event on Nov. 16, the Pico Union Project was filled with jamming, rapping, rhetoric, dancing and more.

    “It’s the only way we will ever find peace — through the arts and dialogue. So this is a really good start,” Genie Benson,...

  • Adolescent angst gets a do-over with ReBar program

    by Tess Cutler

    1 week ago

    If you could change one thing about your bar or bat mitzvah, what would it be, and why? 

    Reboot, the think tank that aims to imagine ways of modernizing and revitalizing Jewish tradition, sought to answer that question Nov. 15 with its newest program, reBar. It partnered with the...

  • Poem: Climbing

    by Yehoshua November

    1 week ago

    This morning,

    in the small basement shul,

    amidst several Chassidic students lost in prayer,

    I looked up from my siddur

    to see a man in worker’s clothes climb a ladder

    and enter through an open ceiling panel.

    And I thought, Oh yes,

    he is just another one

    like all of...

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