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Volume 30, Number 31

October 2-8, 2015

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On a 6-acre site north of San Diego overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Western Hemisphere’s largest desalination plant is set to begin operating this month.

The backyard pilgrim
Rob Eshman

Just after I built our sukkah this year, my wife and I sat on the swing bench that faces it and admired my handiwork.

Why Jews don’t have a pope
David Suissa

I know plenty of Jews who would love to see a pope-like figure tell other Jews what to do.


Keeping the Faith: 50 by 50: Week 1
Enriching the Journey of Life : Technology has not really changed human needs

Opinion Section

Cock-and-bull candidates
Marty Kaplan

Did you make it through Sunday’s lunar eclipse OK?

A makeshift campsite was set up at Durbar Square after two major earthquakes hit Nepal. Photo by Dutourdumonde Photography/Shutterstock.com

Sukkot in Nepal

Right now in Nepal, a group of Tibetan Buddhist nuns is trapped in the city of Katmandu, living in sukkot.

A year of danger for Israel

The beginning of a new year is a good time to assess where Israel stands.

Remembering Joe Maiman
Los Angeles

Just weeks ago, in mid-August, the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots was marked — with many recollections, many observations, many reflections on what has occurred since as markers of change or failure to change as a society.

A collective effort to remember the first woman rabbi on her yahrzeit

This summer, we had a wonderful congregational riverboat cruise along the Danube, exploring the Jewish dimensions of Europe, and the roles Jews played throughout the centuries in what is now Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Cartoon: Free-to-intimidate movement
Greenberg's View

The progression of the Free Speech Movement on campus

From left: Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama during their meeting at the United Nations on Sept. 28. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

In Syria, both Putin and Obama are a problem for Israel

The recent Obama-Putin and Putin-Netanyahu meetings show that Israel has a lot to be concerned about when it comes to Russian involvement in the Middle East

Letters to the editor: Kol Nidre, Israel gap year, The Bikels’ love and more
Letters to the Editor

Thanks to the Jewish Journal for co-sponsoring the live-streaming on the Internet of Kol Nidre services Sept. 22 from the Church of Religious Science in Koreatown.

Iran’s Rouhani at U.N.: Israel ‘only impediment’ to nuclear-free Mideast
Iran Deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Israel the “only impediment” to a nuclear-free Middle East and said that the United States’ support for Israel was the cause of terrorism in the region.

Arab-Israeli lawmaker verbally attacks Jewish visitors to Temple Mount

A Muslim mob led by an Arab-Israeli lawmaker verbally attacked Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, as violence from the holy site spilled over in to the West Bank.

19th century Polish synagogue to be renovated for cultural center

A former 19th century synagogue building in northern Poland will be renovated and used as a cultural center.

Pope Francis visits Catholic-Jewish statue in Philadelphia

Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit to a statue that refutes centuries of anti-Semitic imagery in Catholic art.

Israeli ministry pursues World Jewry, despite shortfalls

With a budget reaching $300 million, it was conceived as a broad partnership between the Israeli government and leading Diaspora Jewish groups. Its goal: to create a stronger connection between global Jews and Israel.

How Israel’s desert became a fecund source of water

“Making the desert bloom” is one of the stirring and enduring tropes of Zionist history.

Celebrating Sukkot in a time of drought

While preparing for Sukkot in drought-ridden California, I hoped that the holiday’s joy had not dried up alongside much of the state’s water supply.

Yom Kippur services aim for post-college, pre-family crowd

Enter the sleek, chic SLS Hotel on South La Cienega Boulevard, walk past the chandeliers and colored lights, and you’ll find a lush ballroom, pristine and coiffed in a modern color palette of white and gray.

Laugh Factory, an annual sanctuary for the ultra-unaffiliated
High Holy Days

For 35 years, the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood has been a revolving door of comedy legends and hopefuls, up-and-comers and burnouts, roaring crowds and silenced rooms.

YULA student’s death in car accident stuns community
Los Angeles

Late on the afternoon of Sept. 24, hundreds of people gathered at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuary to mourn 15-year-old YULA Girls High School student Tsofia Mesica, who died three days before in Tarzana as a result of a reported “car surfing” accident.

Hate crimes rose in L.A. County in 2014
Los Angeles

Hate crimes in Los Angeles County targeting Jews increased in 2014 from 2013, despite being at the second-lowest overall number in 25 years, according to the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 2014 Hate Crime Report, which was released on Thursday, Sept. 24.

An oasis of comfort
Los Angeles

As the front door of OUR HOUSE in Woodland Hills opens, guests are greeted into a cozy environment with overstuffed armchairs and cushy couches.

Survivor: David Lenga

David Lenga was riding a streetcar in Lodz, Poland, on Sept. 1, 1939, traveling across town on an errand for his mother, when the city’s air-raid sirens began blasting.

Moving and shaking: Wonder Woman Walk; ADL/El Cab Tournament and Dinner; JCPSC and more
Los Angeles

Shortly before erev Rosh Hashanah began on Sept. 13, more than 1,000 people participated in Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s (TCRF) inaugural Jessica M. Berman Wonder Woman Walk for Breast Cancer, a 5K charity walk held at Palisades Park and Recreation Center.

Writer/director Rob Cohen. Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Rob Cohen: Giving Canada a second look

When comedy writer and director Rob Cohen moved from Canada to Los Angeles 27 years ago, “There was a guy who genuinely wondered if I got here on a dog sled,” Cohen, whose credits include the TV shows “Maron” and “The Big Bang Theory,” recalled during a recent interview in West Hollywood.

An eye for Germany’s art before, during and after the Nazis

In what promises to be yet another adventure in discovery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) new exhibition, “New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933,” opening Oct. 4, takes on a subject we thought we knew something about, and reminds us of how much we have yet to learn.

Building an unlikely reunion

Two celebrated pioneers of modern architecture, Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, former colleagues and close friends who have been bitterly estranged for years, find themselves unexpectedly sharing the same hospital room in “The Princes of Kings Road,” a new play based on a real-life incident that occurred in 1953.

Boyle Heights, the land of freeways

If you drive around the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, you’re bound to pass under or next to a freeway interchange.

Calendar: October 2-8

Paying homage to Rod Sterling’s iconic 1960s sci-fi series, the award-winning Impro Theatre presents the return of its acclaimed “Twilight Zone Unscripted.”

PicnicHealth puts health care in patients’ hands

Eight years ago, Noga Leviner was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

Everyone wants art on their cappuccino

Hearts, leaves and swirls “drawn” by talented baristas on the frothy layer of cappuccinos have long wowed customers.

Healing through helping
Los Angeles

Esther and David (Dudi) Vered know what it’s like to lose a loved one well before his time — their 17-year-old son died in a February 2010 car accident.

Steve Bickel, producer and studio executive, 64

Steve Bickel — a film studio executive who produced the 1980 Christopher Reeve-Jane Seymour romantic drama “Somewhere in Time," and held senior positions at Warner Bros. International, the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) and the Samuel Goldwyn Co. — died Sept. 4 after collapsing during a hiking trip with friends in Portugal. He was 64.

Torah portion: From error to forgiveness
Torah Portion

Parashat Chol HaMo’ed Sukkot (Exodus 33:12-34:26)

Hebrew word of the week: Gerim

Hebrew word of the week

Home: Tips for decorating your mantel

One design dilemma that frequently stumps home decorators is how to arrange art and accessories on their fireplace mantels.

Poem: Commentary

A poem by Linda Pastan

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