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Cover of April 24-30, 2015 Jewish Journal

A Night at the Salon

by Rob Eshman

(April 24-30, 2015: Volume 30, Number 8)

  • God comes to Pico—for therapy

    By David Suissa

    1 day ago

    The presence of God can always be felt on Pico Boulevard. On Shabbat and other holidays, you can pray to God in about 40 different synagogues, and during the week, there are plenty of classes and lectures throughout the neighborhood that explore the Torah and God’s role in our...

  • Worried More About Iran or Climate Change?

    By Dennis Prager

    1 day ago

    What an upside-down world most American Jews live in.

    Most American — not Israeli — Jews are far more concerned with global warming, aka climate change, than with Iran.

    Let’s compare the two threats.

    The Iranian regime has sponsored Holocaust-denial conferences; bombed the...

  • Another Successful Chapter in Book Festival Legacy

    By Bill Boyarsky

    1 day ago

    We Jews like to be called “People of the Book.” Although I didn’t take a census or a poll, I imagine there were many of us in the big crowds on the USC campus for the 20th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books last weekend.

  • Demanding Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

    1 day ago

    If you can …

    Imagine a monument dedicated to Hitler in the heart of Berlin. Picture yourself passing a statue of the brutal dictator as you stroll down Nowy Swiat in Warsaw.

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  • Armenians and Jews Share Dark Chapters in History

    1 day ago

    Inscribed on a wall in the United States Holocaust Museum is a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler. It comes from a speech he made in 1939 that makes plain his genocidal intent toward the Jews and the lack of consequence for the slaughter of millions.

  • Deconstructing Self-Help

    By Ellie Herman

    1 day ago

    Recently, I found myself talking to my shirt.

    Before I go any further, I want to point out that I don’t ordinarily speak with my clothing, or, for that matter, with any inanimate object. But I had just read Marie Kondo’s international best-selling manifesto “The Life-Changing Art...

  • Bend the Arc Forms First Jewish PAC on U.S. Domestic Issues

    By Jared Sichel

    1 day ago

    A Jewish political action committee (PAC) devoted solely to promoting progressive stances on domestic issues in the United States was launched April 21 by the nonprofit Bend the Arc.

  • Shaharit: A safe place for all sides of Israel’s arguments

    By Jared Sichel

    1 day ago

    Da lunch in Tel Aviv over Passover, Eilon Schwartz brimmed with enthusiasm as he described Shaharit, the Israeli think tank he founded in 2012.

  • Dance Camera West spotlights Israeli dance films

    By Avishay Artsy

    1 day ago

    Dance film is a unique art form, at once spontaneous and rehearsed, conceptual and concrete, architectural and atmospheric. And just as dance has evolved, so has dance film and so has Dance Camera West. Now in its 14th year, the Los Angeles-based festival has broadened its focus to...

  • Letter to a Brave daughter

    1 day ago

    My very dear Ariella,

    I haven’t seen you since August 2014 and, with all hyperbole aside, it really does seem like forever. You made the decision to join the Israel Defense Forces and, despite my initial reservations, you persevered and followed your dream.

  • Sometimes Israel really does feel like the center of the earth

    By Jared Sichel

    1 day ago

    On the final night of Passover, I sat with my relatives in a tiny but warm apartment in Haifa, 11 of us packed tightly around a table in a sort of French-Israeli-American melting pot of a family reunion.

  • Hadag Nahash in Los Angeles

    By Jonathan Maseng

    2 days ago

    “The best description that I found is modern Middle Eastern funk,” Shaa’nan Streett said by phone from Israel, describing the uber-popular Israeli band Hadag Nahash he co-founded nearly 20 years ago. Since 1996, the band has been pumping out popular, politically conscious,...

  • Burning Man Meets Passover

    By Aron Chilewich

    2 days ago

    About a half-hour before you reach the site for Passover in the Desert, an annual event put on by a nonprofit called Wilderness Torah, you pass through a series of valleys encrusted with the salt of evaporated lakebeds and the residue of mineral mining.

  • Health Festival to Fuse Wellness and Spirituality

    2 days ago

    Life isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to get out of hand.

    “Judaism has volumes of things to say about the quality of the way people approach challenges in life,” said Jonathan Schreiber, director of community engagement at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

  • Glimpsing into Jewish Futures at Milken

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    2 days ago

    Since the first Jewish Futures Project conference took place in 2011, students in Milken’s integrated and honors Jewish Thought program have been developing innovative projects that approach problems and challenges for their generation. Working with classmates and teacher-mentors, students develop websites, project goals and descriptions, research plans and lesson designs. The cash prizes, a new addition, are to encourage students in their innovative pursuits.

  • Yom HaShoah commemorations draw thousands to Pan Pacific park

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    Two events recalling past genocides — and promising to fight against future ones — drew thousands of people to Pan Pacific Park on April 19.

  • Recalling the Nazis Next Door

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    As author and journalist Eric Lichtblau delivered remarks during an April 20 Yom HaShoah program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, photographs of the unimaginable appeared on a slide show behind him: ex-Nazis who were provided safe haven by the United States during the Cold War.

  • YULA girls travel overseas for special needs

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    2 days ago

    As Shabbat was fast approaching, nearly 1,000 people stretched their legs, tied up their shoelaces, chugged water and prepared to run through the streets of Jerusalem.

  • One event space, one social media hub, under one roof

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    2 days ago

    It was only when Aryeh Rifkin lost his voice that he finally found it.

    It was 2010 when the then-real-estate developer — having already been through a series of personal and professional challenges — discovered that he had stage 4 laryngeal cancer. After he had surgery to get rid of the disease, he spent time completely mute, and that was when he decided he wanted to transition into a different career.

  • Moving and Shaking: Temple Israel of Hollywood Cantor, Great Minds Gala, and Mimouna celebration

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) has announced that cantor and music director Danny Maseng will be leaving the congregation this summer.

  • Sophie Tucker’s Outrageous Truth

    By Tom Tugend

    2 days ago

    In 1929, America’s top male and female entertainers were Al Jolson and Sophie Tucker, both Jews born abroad and raised by Orthodox parents.

  • In its 10th year, L.A. Jewish Film Festival continues to evolve

    By Avishay Artsy

    2 days ago

    The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) was founded a decade ago to present films with Jewish content that would appeal to both Jews and non-Jews. The films’ connections to Judaism ranged from obscure to obvious. The subjects include Jewish immigration, the Holocaust, Israel...

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