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  • Memories of Ravensbrück

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    By the time she turned 8 and arrived in a cattle car at the Ravensbrück concentration camp for women and children, Eva Katz had survived forced labor in a brick factory and heard the rifle shots that killed her mother.

    At the camp, Eva, along with several other women, was put in...

  • Swedish University to archive Ravensbrück survivors’ stories

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    “We arrived at the Ravensbrück concentration camp in October 1944, were led to a steam bath, and our hair was cut off. We got numbers and a yellow star — for Jewish. My number was 72316,” one liberated woman prisoner testified.

    “Conditions were dreadful — four sleeping in the...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    August 13, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU) has promoted Sheri Kaufer, 54, to the position of executive director of its Los Angeles region.

    Kaufer, who formerly served as AFHU associate executive director of the L.A. region, succeeded Matthew Ross as of June 30. She said she...

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  • Demonstrations over war on Gaza shut down Wilshire (video)

    By Ryan Torok

    August 10, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    Pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched on Wilshire Boulevard today, closing down the street. Their ultimate destination was the headquarters of the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles.

    The Aug. 10 rally drew pro-Palestinian, anti-Zionist demonstrators. Photo by Ryan...

  • With grief and pride, Max Steinberg gets an L.A. goodbye

    By Jared Sichel

    August 6, 2014 | 5:02 pm

    As her son’s rifle strap, helmet and personal military items rested in front of Evie Steinberg and her husband, Stuart, on the bimah at Stephen S. Wise Temple, Evie, dressed in black, wanted to talk about the time that her son, Max, pretended not to understand Hebrew when his base...

  • Los Angeles community reacts to violence in the Gaza war

    by Ryan Torok and Nuria Mathog

    August 6, 2014 | 4:05 pm

    Two simultaneous events in Los Angeles last week that focused on Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip revealed a community split between progressives who expressed some criticism of Israel even as they supported its efforts at security, and more unconditional supporters of the Jewish...

  • Moving and Shaking: University Synagogue hires new cantor, Rabbi Michy Rav-Noy’s half marathon

    By Ryan Torok

    August 6, 2014 | 12:25 pm

    University Synagogue recently hired Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro as its new cantor. 

    Spencer-Shapiro, who succeeds Cantor Jay Frailich, has big shoes to fill. Frailich served 40 years at the Brentwood Reform synagogue before retiring in June.

    Spencer-Shapiro, 44, said she has...

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