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Volume 30, Number 38

November 20-26, 2015

Cover of November 20-26, 2015 Jewish Journal

Simon Wiesenthal Center officials sat across from President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace some 18 months ago, sometime between the Toulouse Day School and the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher massacres.

Heads of the Hydra
Cover Story

This time it’s Paris. It was already Paris earlier this year. It was also Madrid, London, New York and suburban Washington D.C., and it was the Russian cities of Buynaksk, Moscow and Volgodonsk in 1999, and the infamous Moscow theater disaster in 2002.

We’ll always have Paris
Cover Story

Our third president has been often quoted as having said, “Every man has two countries — his own and France.”

Comfort of a Paris home in jeopardy
Cover Story

Parisians Babette and Sasha Bergman lead what many would consider a charmed life.

Before bloodbath, Paris’ Bataclan theater received threats over pro-Israel events

Before Friday’s bloodbath at Paris’s Le Bataclan concert venue, this centrally-located hall from the 19thcentury had received numerous threats over pro-Israel events hosted there.

In Paris, a Shabbat marred by terror

My son and I met in Paris on Friday morning, walked the charming streets of the City of Light, visited the Picasso and Pompidou museums, then went to synagogue at the MJLF (Mouvement Juif Libéral de France), one of the most vibrant Reform synagogues in Paris.

Israel vs. ISIS
Rob Eshman

The tragic attacks, first in Sinai, then in Beirut, and now in Paris, should remind us that the fight against ISIS — the fight against Islamic terror — belongs to no one country and no one religion. We are all threatened, we must all fight, and with every means possible.

Europe should label terrorists, not tomatoes
David Suissa

On Nov. 11, while Islamic terrorists were preparing for their Friday night massacre in Paris that would leave 129 people dead and 352 injured, one of the big news items was the European initiative to put special labels on Israeli goods made in disputed territory.

Is Islam to blame for the Paris attacks?
Danielle Berrin

Right after the Paris attacks, still reeling from the cruelty of it all, I emailed a friend.

A sign in the window of a Judaica shop in Israel reads

It is a sin not to visit Israel now
Dennis Prager

If you are a Jew who cares about Israel and you have the money to pay for a ticket and a hotel room, it is a sin not to visit to Israel at this time.

Reform movement should take a page from Chabad playbook

Charles Bronfman and the other kings, queens, princes, dukes, duchesses, lords and ladies of the American-Jewish community need to wake up to the impressive accomplishments of the passionate, strategic and creative serfs and vassals of Chabad, who serve the Jewish people globally with all their hearts and souls.

Two Jews walk into Israel

On Dec. 19 and 20, Jerry Seinfeld and I will be performing stand-up comedy at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv.

Welcome the refugees

In the 1940s, politicians and the State Department saw the war ravaging Europe and said only Christians could enter this country as refugees, and only a select few at that.

Cartoon: Extremists in Paris
Greenberg's View

A political cartoon by Steve Greenberg

Police patrol near the Eiffel Tower the day after a series of deadly attacks in Paris, November 14, 2015. Photo by Yves Herman / Reuters

How the Paris attacks changed the world

France will now have to face a lot of tough decisions following the attacks

‘Rabbi-Averse’ biographer takes on rabbi who works with Evangelicals

“I should say, right off, that I am not generally an admirer of rabbis,” journalist Zev Chafets writes in “The Bridge Builder: The Life and Continuing Legacy of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, An Authorized Biography” (Sentinel).

Letters to the editor: Open Orthodoxy, SSFL and Brandeis-Bardin, Jews in the Poultry business
Letters to the Editor

David Suissa wrote an interesting cover story called “Can Open Orthodoxy Help Revive Judaism?” (Nov. 13).

What to know about Jonathan Pollard’s upcoming release

Jonathan Pollard, the American spy for Israel sentenced to life in prison in 1987, is due to be released on parole on Saturday, 30 years after his arrest.

Budgets grow, tempers shrink as Beverly Hills Metro fight continues
Los Angeles

Half a decade and $10 million into a turf war with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), nerves are beginning to fray in Beverly Hills.

New SoCal Jewish sports camp hopes to hit it out of the park

Sports and Judaism are coming together next summer in SoCal — and it has nothing to do with Joc Pederson playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Official launch for West Valley Eruv

After 25 years of discussion, prayers, lobbying, false starts, delays and setbacks, the “walls” are finally going up in Encino and Tarzana — and the community of Orthodox Jews living there couldn’t be happier.

BBYO teens on front lines of the last survivor generation

Michele Rodri was 7 years old when a pair of Nazi storm troopers plucked her out of a game of hopscotch outside her Paris home.

The Samurai of Pico-Robertson

Sandwiched in between two Jewish eateries on Pico Boulevard is the unassuming Rokah Karate studio — a one-story, plain white storefront with a large window that permits passersby to observe class from the sidewalk.

Moving and shaking: The Israeli Philharmonic, Beit Issie Shapiro and more
Los Angeles

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performed at a Nov. 10 concert gala that raised more than $1.6 million for education programs in Israel and Los Angeles.

Cy Twombly’s “Untitled, 1968.”

When art becomes a means of support

Audrey Irmas, a noted philanthropist and one of the most prominent art collectors in the United States, laughed as she recalled a friend’s response to her purchase of Cy Twombly’s “blackboard” painting, “Untitled, 1968,” back in 1990.

Erika Glazer: From blankets for the homeless to multimillion-dollar gifts

In 2013, Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Koreatown campus was renamed the Erika J. Glazer Family Campus, after the Los Angeles philanthropist pledged $30 million to help pay for the historic site’s renovation and expansion.

Beyond philanthropy:  A Q&A with Julie Platt
Danielle Berrin

Julie Platt is one of Los Angeles’ most devoted Jewish communal leaders and philanthropists.

The happiness of paying it forward

Michal Sayas remembers all too well those days when she couldn’t afford a peach at the supermarket. Today, she could buy the entire store — and all the peaches her heart desires.

Marvin Markowitz: Knocked down, but standing taller than ever

In the middle of a water physical therapy session, Marvin Markowitz, a 65-year-old businessman and passionate Los Angeles philanthropist, telephoned to explain what forced him, 15 months ago, to add rigorous, daily physical therapy to a schedule that already includes running a famous deli, real estate across Los Angeles and an events venue in Pico-Robertson.

Adam Milstein: Leading by example

Adam Milstein is among Los Angeles’ most visible Israeli-American philanthropists.

Inside the mind of Andres Spokoiny
Danielle Berrin

As president and CEO of the Jewish Funders Network (JFN), Andres Spokoiny offers guidance and advice regarding the expenditure of billions of Jewish philanthropic dollars.

Hillel’s triple art exhibition is a celebration through creation

The start of the new school year inevitably means a series of artistic journeys for visitors to Hillel at UCLA.

‘Red Zone’ filmmaker on finding romance under rockets in Sderot

Filmmaker Laura Bialis had always felt a strong connection to Israel and had traveled there many times before, most recently for her 2007 documentary, “Refusnik,” about the persecution of Soviet Jews.

An Oscar overview of all things Semitic

How foreign volunteers fought to get the fledgling Israeli Air Force off the ground and the antics of the Last of the Red Hot Mamas are two of the storylines explored by documentary filmmakers vying for a 2016 Oscar.

An international flamenco fiesta comes to VPAC

When flamenco star Leilah Broukhim performs at the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in Northridge with Jose Porcel’s famed dance company, Compania Flamenca, on Nov. 20, flamenco fans around the Southland will be clamoring to see the pair together for the first time.

‘The Night Before’: A bromance with holiday cheer

Christmas may be the genre and red-and-green backdrop of “The Night Before” (in theaters Nov. 20), but at the film’s heart is the landscape of friendship as it begins to shift when people hit their 30s.

Calendar: November 20-26

Join the community for a soulful and spiritual community Shabbat with Lev Tahor, a group of Jewish musicians dedicated to constructing meaningful prayer spaces throughout Los Angeles.

‘The Age of Aging’: New discoveries in longevity science
50 Plus

Only a fortunate few live to be 100 in good health, but researchers hope to increase that number, thanks to scientific advances in understanding why we age and how to slow the process.

Best friends still wowing crowds with variety shows
50 Plus

On a recent Thursday, 81-year-old Saul H. Jacobs looked out from behind a microphone at the crowd gathered in Culver City Senior Center’s main auditorium and issued a warning.

Mind over matter: Treating Parkinson’s through martial arts
50 Plus

Many Israelis are hard at work looking into the causes of Parkinson’s disease, new treatments to relieve symptoms and technologies to manage the disease.

Torah portion: Jacob, the imperfect and perfected patriarch
Torah Portion

Parashat Vayetzei (Genesis 28:10-32:3)

Datlashim means

Hebrew word of the week: Datlashim

Currents and counter-currents are common in every democratic society.

How to make a floral turkey centerpiece for Thanksgiving

For me, decorating the table is the best part of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner celebration.

Poem: Terezin

A poem by James Ragan

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