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  • Jewish Federation executive, Jonathan Jacoby, moves to New Israel Fund

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    After nearly four years as a senior vice president at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Jonathan Jacoby — who helped oversee major changes in the organization’s program planning — will rejoin the New Israel Fund (NIF) decades after serving as one of its founding...

  • Synagogue parodies Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    What would Pharrell Williams think?

    Temple Judea, a large Reform shul in the San Fernando Valley, has parodied the singer’s hit song, “Happy,” in a new web video.

    The four-minute video features singing, dancing and great sportsmanship by the temple's clergy, staff and others....

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    Dikla Kadosh has been appointed to the top leadership position of the Los Angeles chapter of the Israeli-American Council (IAC). Effective Aug. 25, Kadosh will succeed the IAC’s new national CEO, Sagi Balasha, as the L.A. regional director.

    The IAC, a national organization with...

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  • Latino population welcomes Hebrew-language charter school in L.A.

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    How do you say “ironic” in Hebrew? 

    Latinos account for 65 percent of the student population at the new Hebrew-language Lashon Academy Charter School — just a year after critics were saying the elementary school was too much like a Jewish day school to be receiving charter status...

  • Garcetti: ‘My support of Israel is kind of an unshakable thing’

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    In late June, as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hit his one-year anniversary in the job, local media outlets gave him only passing reviews.

    The Los Angeles Times characterized his governance style thus far as “low-risk,” while the L.A. Daily News said his policies have been...

  • Sen. Boxer forcefully defends Israel, refutes divide amongst Democratic voters

    By Jared Sichel

    August 22, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    In a Friday press conference at Los Angeles City Hall, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.), when asked about a July poll by Pew Research that showed low support for Israel amongst Democratic voters in its current war with Hamas, said she has not “seen that poll” and that the “American...

  • 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. 

    “I am excited to be taking the helm of this extraordinary organization with its long...

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