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Journey to Uganda: Hunger, thirst and happiness

by David Suissa

It was a scene that repeated itself every time we arrived at a new village in rural Uganda. First, the villagers, who were expecting us, came running toward us as we unloaded our tired bodies from our large, rickety van after hours of...

(August 22-August 28, 2014: Volume 29, Number 25)

  • What would Leonard Fein say?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 25, 2014 | 10:24 am

    I was hunting around for a writer who could dive into the chaos that is Ferguson, Mo., and emerge with a thoughtful column.

  • How liberal critics failed Israel

    By David Suissa

    August 14, 2014 | 4:21 pm

    If you listen to some prominent liberal critics of Israel, you’d think that liberalism in Israel is in a deep coma.

  • Leonard Fein on confronting death

    by Leonard Fein

    August 20, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Consolation is on my mind, doubtless because just the other day I addressed a convention of a truly extraordinary organization called Kavod v’Nichum, Honor and Comfort.

  • It’s over for the Jews of Europe

    by Rabbi Pini Dunner

    August 15, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    It is now almost three years since I moved with my family to the United States.

  • Responsibility without fault in Gaza: A challenge for American Jews

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    August 14, 2014 | 8:00 am

    Consider this scenario: a wanted international terrorist is fleeing law enforcement and seizes your house. (You are away at the time, fortunately.) The Army surrounds the house but the terrorist is well armed, as terrorists are wont to be: sending in troops would mean severe casualties and many deaths.

  • On the frontlines of reintegrating LAUSD

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 20, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    In a city and county that tends to be segregated by race and income, it’s inspiring to meet people trying to reverse the trend.

  • Anti-Semitism…Again.

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 20, 2014 | 1:31 pm

  • For Israelis in the western Negev, each day is ‘Russian Roulette’

    By Jared Sichel

    August 18, 2014 | 3:47 am

    Paya Amirov described her life as a game of “Russian Roulette”—she can’t know whether the next minute, hour, or day will be quiet or chaotic, with the ever-present possibility of needing to drop everything and run from scorching metal and shrapnel that falls from the sky.

  • What a dying business in Sderot looks like, even during cease-fire

    By Jared Sichel

    August 15, 2014 | 7:24 am

    Red alert sirens, which have made life here grim for every resident, have made doing business here nearly impossible for many. On Thursday, even as the city was enjoying its fourth day of calm, the sight of gray metal shutters in front of nearly every shop in this alleyway was a stark reminder that Sderot's store owners know better than to think that temporary quiet will soon bring customers back.

  • Alleging U.N. bias, Israel again keeping distance from Gaza probe

    by Ben Sales

    August 19, 2014 | 10:51 am

    The United Nations probe into the Gaza conflict hasn’t even begun, but Israel already is convinced that it won’t end well.

  • Wanna kill me? Take a number

    by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA

    August 13, 2014 | 3:09 pm

    My friend Alain Azria gave me a puzzled look when I told him, with some indignation and disbelief in my voice, that I had just heard talk of killing Jews at an unauthorized anti-Israel demonstration last month in Paris.

  • More rockets fired on Israel as communities open bomb shelters

    by JTA

    August 19, 2014 | 10:59 am

    A barrage of rockets was fired from Gaza at southern Israel after a cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian groups was broken.

  • Body of missing Israeli lone soldier from U.S. found with gunshot wounds

    by JTA

    August 19, 2014 | 11:16 am

    The body of a missing Israeli lone soldier from the United States was found in central Israel with gunshot wounds.

  • Israel to stop exporting settlement poultry, dairy to EU

    by JTA

    August 19, 2014 | 11:09 am

    Israel will stop exporting poultry and dairy from settlements to the European Union, Israeli and European officials announced.

  • Event celebrating Max Steinberg draws nearly 1,000 to Saban Theatre

    By Ryan Torok

    August 14, 2014 | 6:23 pm

    A memorial service for fallen Lone Soldier Max Steinberg at the Saban Theatre on Aug. 12 painted the area native as both a normal young adult and a hero, one who loved having fun, formed easy connections with others and whose quest to find himself took him to the Jewish homeland.

  • A eulogy for our son, Max Steinberg

    by Stuart and Evie Steinberg

    August 18, 2014 | 12:53 pm

    The parents of Max Steinberg, the IDF soldier from Woodland Hills, CA killed in action during the Gaza conflict, delivered this eulogy at a public memorial service for their son on August 12, 2014 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA.

  • Flier with swastikas found in Westwood

    By Ryan Torok

    August 20, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    When a Jewish storeowner found a flier with swastikas on it underneath the door of his Westwood business on Aug. 12, it marked the third time this year that hateful fliers have found their way into public settings across Los Angeles, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    August 20, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    Jewish education organization ORT America has appointed Igal Zaidenstein, an attorney, veteran fundraising executive and resident of Los Angeles, as the director of its West Coast region.

  • Hanging with the Beatles — in 1964

    By Tom Tugend

    August 20, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    It was 6 a.m. on Aug. 19, 1964, when the phone rang in the Studio City apartment of Ivor Davis, then a young West Coast correspondent for London’s Daily Express, circulation 4 million.

  • Daniel Radcliffe’s first rom-com ‘What If’ taps into writer’s romantic experiences

    by Gerri Miller

    August 20, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    The new film “What If” marks “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe’s first foray into romantic comedy. It’s the brainchild of Canadian-Jewish writer Elan Mastai, and it explores whether members of the opposite sex can be friends if one develops deeper feelings for the other and that other person is involved with someone else.

  • ‘Woody on Rye’: Jewishness in the works of Woody Allen

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 20, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    A few years ago, I discovered that there is actually something called The Big Lebowski Studies, a tongue-in-cheek academic discipline wholly devoted to a single Coen brothers movie (and, if I may say so, hardly their best movie).

  • Calendar August 23-29

    By Laura Donney

    August 20, 2014 | 10:07 am

    Emma Sasha Silver is only 15 when she loses her eyesight in a terrible accident in DeWoskin’s young adult debut,“Blind.”

  • Torah portion: Wake up!

    by Rabbi Michael Barclay

    August 20, 2014 | 10:17 am

    Parashat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)