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Volume 29, Number 36

November 7-13, 2014

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Alan Gross is almost out of hope.

We need a rematch: Maher vs. Affleck vs. Harris
Rob Eshman

I have one word for Ben Affleck, Sam Harris and Bill Maher: Rematch.

Jennifer’s power
David Suissa

How do you deal with a future that you know for sure is going to get worse?

<em>Jake Gyllenhaal in a scene from

Nightcrawler Nation: Money, news and politics
Marty Kaplan

When I heard my research into the amount of time local TV news spends on crime (plenty) and government (nearly nada) coming out of Jake Gyllenhaal’s mouth, I could have kissed him.

Congressman John Yarmuth, photo by Shmuel Rosner

Louisville diary: Is there a problem between Israel and the Democratic Party?

An Interview with Congressman John Yarmuth about Israel and the Democratic party.

Abu Tor report: Our deadened morality

I knew that I would not need to set my alarm for morning minyan once I heard on the radio that Rabbi Yehudah Glick had been shot.

Intifada 3.0

One small city nestled in hills and surrounded by mountains is, for many, the center of the world. It is the city of Jerusalem. The prophets called it “the city on the hill.”

A Courageous Statement from US Muslim Leaders

The op/ed is as straight forward and unambiguous a statement of principles as one could ask for.

Torah portion: Living with pardon
Torah Portion

Parashat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24)

Letters to the editor: Self-criticism, Cannon films and the mikvah scandal
Letters to the Editor

I found David Suissa’s article “Exporting Self-Criticism” (Oct. 31) really powerful.

<em>Yehuda Glick, an activist of the

Yehuda Glick shooting reignites holy war over Temple Mount

Snaking around the top right corner of the 2,000-year-old Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City is a rickety wooden structure called the Mughrabi Bridge — an awkward tube of scaffolding that leads to the most contested holy site in the world.

In Jerusalem passport case, justices consider congressional role in foreign policy

A lawyer for a boy born in Jerusalem whose parents want Israel listed as the birthplace on his U.S. passport tried mightily this week to make a Supreme Court hearing mainly about their wish, but the justices kept upping the ante.

Political, diplomatic uncertainty underlie snipe

What lies beneath “chickenshit”?

Witnesses to Kristallnacht

On a Wednesday evening in late 1938, the sounds of broken glass shattered the quiet streets of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland.

SCI-Arc exhibit reconsiders a future for Auschwitz

The word Auschwitz connotes more than just the concentration camp in Poland that carries the name.


Holocaust artworks live on at Downtown L.A. gallery

Bernard Zakheim’s agonizing and defiant Holocaust sculptures and paintings, many not seen for three decades, are now on display at the ARTpraisal Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.

Is 65 the new 40?
Susan Freudenheim

Two years ago on Yom Kippur, Rabbi Laura Geller began her sermon at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills with a musical clip from The Beatles. “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?” Paul McCartney famously sang.

Iranian-American Jews in L.A. look to the future
Los Angeles

Foreign conflict and human rights abuses were front and center in the minds of Los Angeles’ Iranian-Jewish community leaders who attended the 30 Years After 4th Biennial Civic Action Conference on Nov. 2.

Israel tech investment, with a side of shmoozing

“Is Israel a good investment?”

“The Great Jewish Love Debate”

“The women are on this side, and the men are on that side. No exceptions.”

Moving and shaking: American Technion Society, Jewish Educator Awards, LAMOTH and more
Los Angeles

Audience members at the American Technion Society’s (ATS) “An Evening of Innovation and Inspiration” were presented with a moving sight on Oct. 29 as U.S. Marines Capt. Derek Herrera walked across the Museum of Tolerance stage wearing an Israeli-designed-and-built ReWalk robotic exoskeleton.

Words as weapons in new film ‘Diplomacy’

As American and Free French divisions closed in on Nazi-occupied Paris in late August 1944, Hitler issued a clear order to the commander of Wehrmacht troops in the French capital.

L.A. Sephardic Film Festival fetes beloved Israeli entertainer

Attendees at the 2014 Los Angeles Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (LASJFF) will have to wait for the second night if they want Sephardic content.

Idan Raichel: Music with meaning

For Israeli superstar Idan Raichel, sometimes it’s not the musical notes that matter most; it’s what happens in between.

Calendar: November 8-14

To commemorate its 75th anniversary, this favorite local eatery will be hosting “Chili Dogs for Charity” — 75 cents per dog for 75 minutes every night for one week.

A cup of joy at Aharon Coffee

Although Aharon Vaknin is relatively new to the business of coffee, he is long familiar with its rituals and traditions.

New Jew name changes to de Toledo High School
Los Angeles

New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) in West Hills soon will be changing its name to de Toledo High School in honor of what one official is calling a “transformative” gift.

At American Jewish day schools, unions are rare — and becoming rarer

Just before classes started in September, the teachers union at Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, Pa., successfully negotiated a new contract with the administration.

Technion offers new grad course for English-speaking students

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is accepting applications for a new English-language international master’s program in systems engineering, which will feature Nobel Prize-winning faculty and developers of the Iron Dome defense system.

Survivor: Jack Nierob

It was a beautiful winter’s night in early 1944 when Jack (then Icek) Nierob, 19, left his night-shift job in the steam room of Skarzysko’s Camp C to use the latrine, an outdoor shack near the labor camp’s barbed-wire fence.

Obituaries: Week of November 7, 2014

Leo Adelman died Sept. 15 at 95. Survived by daughters Lesley, Debra; 3 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

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