Jewish Journal

After two weeks of hope, a community mourns slain Israeli teens

by Jared Sichel and Ryan Torok, Staff Writers

July 2, 2014 | 12:09 am

Local members of the international B'nai Akiva religious Zionist youth group light yahrtzeit candles in memory of Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frankel. Photos by Jared Sichel.

Only 18 days after joining together in a hopeful prayer vigil for three Israeli teenage boys abducted at a bus stop outside their school, 1,500 members of the Los Angeles Jewish community... read full article

  • An app that brings music to our eyes

    By Jared Sichel

    June 25, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Amir Amedi, a neurologist at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is certainly happy about his team’s recent breakthroughs, but that’s not why he was doodling on a notepad during a recent interview.

    He was trying to demonstrate how his work could revolutionize the way neurologists...

  • A new era for Torah-based fertility treatment

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 11, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    As modern couples are marrying later and often postponing having children, the use of cutting-edge fertility treatments, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryonic genetic testing, is gaining widespread popularity and acceptance.

    But for Orthodox Jewish couples who wish...

  • Learning to juggle life skills through Circus Arts

    by Cyndi Bemel

    May 21, 2014 | 11:01 am

    Watching spunky Kaia Susman, 9, stretching her legs in a wide straddle and then bending forward until her body was completely flat on the floor conjures images of a super-stretchy Gumby toy. 

    “It’s more fun than pain,” Kaia said during a recent training session at Kinetic Theory...

  • Illinois MERS patient ‘not infectious’; Florida patient released

    by Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters

    May 19, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    An Illinois man who had tested positive for antibodies to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus in his blood is no longer infectious, state health officials said on Monday.

    The case in Illinois was the first direct transmission of the MERS virus on U.S. soil. The two prior...

  • Pakistan’s failings to fight polio spark global emergency response

    by Tom Miles, Reuters

    May 6, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    Pakistan's failure to stem the spread of polio triggered global emergency health measures on Monday, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommending all residents must show proof of vaccination before they can leave the country.

    The emergency measures also apply to Syria...

  • Jewish genetic testing offered

    By Jared Sichel

    April 23, 2014 | 11:22 am

    Tammy Rubin wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of getting blood drawn by a phlebotomist. At least there was apple juice — and the prospect of life-changing knowledge — afterward.

    The UCLA junior was sitting at a table outside of the campus’ Kerckhoff Hall on April 9, where the Los...

  • Health benefits of circumcision reinforced

    by Anthony Weiss, JTA

    April 16, 2014 | 2:52 pm

    In the circumcision wars, circumcision has been winning some big battles.

    A new survey of medical data going back more than two decades has found that the health benefits of circumcision far outweigh the risks. The publication of the article on April 4 by the medical journal Mayo...

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