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  • In race for Congress, how different are candidates Elan Carr and Ted Lieu?

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    Democratic State Sen. Ted Lieu and Republican District Attorney Elan Carr may be competing to fill longtime Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman’s seat in November, but in an era in which the two parties rarely work together, the similarities between these two candidates are one of...

  • Pro-Israel, pro-peace rally draws 3,000 in San Francisco

    3 weeks ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (j. weekly) — Some 3,000 Israel supporters turned out in downtown San Francisco for a pro-Israel, pro-peace rally.

    The Bay Stands With Israel solidarity rally on Sunday began across the street from San Francisco City Hall, with speakers from Jewish organizations,...

  • Fear of the apocalypse and Edan Lepucki’s ‘California’

    July 15, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    Fear of a publishing apocalypse, to be precise. Most of us never would have heard about Edan Lepucki’s debut novel, California, about a post-apocalyptic Golden State, except for a battle between Amazon and book publishers.  Here’s a short version of a long story: California’s...

  • Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards recognizes 15 U.S. teens for leadership

    July 3, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Fifteen U.S. teens were recognized for their volunteerism with Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards.

    Each will receive an honorarium of $36,000 from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and...

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  • California Reform Jews succeed in push to fund housing

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 2, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    In 2011, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law abolishing California’s community redevelopment agencies, he eliminated the primary sources of funding that had helped build affordable housing across the state. The 2014-15 state budget Brown signed on June 20 now establishes a new...

  • ‘No tenure’ ruling for teachers won’t fix the problem

    June 18, 2014 | 10:42 am

    In the landmark Vergara v. California decision last week, Judge Rolf Treu ruled that the nine student plaintiffs, backed by billionaire David Welch’s nonprofit StudentsMatter, had been deprived of their right to an equal education by seniority and tenure policies that protected bad...

  • Judge: Key job protection laws for California teachers are unconstitutional

    June 10, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    A judge ruled Tuesday that California's public school teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional, after hearing testimony from students who argued the job protections made it virtually impossible to dismiss low-performing teachers.

    The decision's implementation was put on hold,...

  • Jewish leaders advocating cap-and-trade funds to build affordable homes

    June 10, 2014 | 11:15 am

    By June 15, the California legislature must resolve a complicated, unprecedented and important issue: lawmakers will have to choose how to spend an estimated $850 million generated in 2014-2015 through California’s Cap-and-Trade program, including whether to just allocate this...

  • California primary kicks off divisive election season for Democrats

    June 4, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Californians voted on Tuesday for a primary election that showed rifts in the state's dominant Democratic party, with incumbent labor-backed candidates fighting reformers in several races.

    The poll to choose candidates for governor, secretary of state and numerous legislative and...

  • California: Stop Punishing Poor Families!

    By Maya Paley

    May 29, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Over one million children living in poverty in California rely on CalWORKS, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program, for cash assistance each month. But California is one of 24 states that implemented a classist, prejudiced, and harmful policy in the...

  • Man kills six in rampage in California college town

    May 25, 2014 | 3:14 pm

    A 22-year-old man killed six people before taking his own life in a rampage through a California college town shortly after he posted a threatening video railing against women, police said on Saturday.

    Elliot Rodger, the son of a Hollywood director, stabbed three people to death...

  • Firefighters battle raging San Diego wildfires

    May 16, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    California firefighters were battling wind-whipped wildfires on Friday, as some 125,000 people fled their homes in the San Diego area and police arrested at least two people on arson-related charges.

    The cluster of fires comes as California enters its peak fire season amid its...

  • Milken conference explores Israel-California tech partnership

    By Jared Sichel

    May 7, 2014 | 10:46 am

    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an agreement in March to boost economic cooperation between Israel and California, positive feelings were high, but details were few and far between.

    Plans became clearer — if only a little bit...

  • Facing chaos - Two Israeli soldiers found themselves under the attack of anti-Israel activists

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 2, 2014 | 9:19 am

    In recent years, Israel haters spread anti-Israeli propaganda via social networks and during IAW, which is filled with false information and contains mainly lies about the IDF. Truth is, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have over 700,000 citizen soldiers and reservists, who are...

  • Homelessness in California: Homes in the city, not on the streets

    March 12, 2014 | 1:32 pm

    The other day, I was taking my kindergarten daughter to school at our synagogue, Valley Beth Shalom (VBS). We passed a homeless man sleeping at the bus stop. She asked me if that man had a home, and I said no.  

    California, which accounts for 12 percent of the United States...

  • Netanyahu visits Silicon Valley, signs Israel-California pro-business pact

    March 6, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    Saying the future “belongs to those who innovate,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined Gov. Jerry Brown in Silicon Valley this week to sign an agreement intended to boost high-tech cooperation between Israel and California.

    Both leaders said the greatest goal of the...

  • Netanyahu’s parting remark to LA: ‘Cannot be tolerant to the intolerant’

    By Jared Sichel

    March 6, 2014 | 10:53 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed the final leg of his three-day trip to California on Thursday, March 6, with a message for Iran and its proxy terrorist groups: “We will expose, and we shall fight them. And I’ll tell you the other thing: We shall beat them.”

    His...

  • California governor seeks drought help from Israel’s Netanyahu

    March 5, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    California Governor Jerry Brown told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday that he hoped Israeli water technology could help his state deal with a devastating drought.

    Netanyahu, on a visit to Silicon Valley, and Brown signed a memorandum of...

  • Abortion Restrictions Keep Increasing Nationwide: 3 Ways You Can Fight Back

    By Maya Paley

    February 20, 2014 | 5:37 pm

    More abortion restrictions were enacted throughout the United States from 2011-2013 than in the entire last decade. According to the Guttmacher Institute’s report released in early January of this year, 205 new restrictions on abortion in that three year time period as opposed to...

  • California needs water –
    and Israel

    By David Suissa

    February 12, 2014 | 11:46 am

    While the leaders of California universities have been busy discussing whether or not to endorse an academic boycott of Israel — and generally weighing in against it — they are overlooking a much more productive way to single out the Jewish state: 

    Invite Israel to help solve...

  • Jewish values at heart of immigration reform

    February 12, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Last May, an unusual delegation arrived at the State Capitol building in Sacramento: a contingent of some 50 Reform Jews, clergy and lay leaders, hailing from congregations across California. They had come to campaign for the Trust Act, a bill designed to limit deportations of...

  • Soul Cycle

    By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

    January 29, 2014 | 11:45 am

    White on White, the Soul Cycle storefront is the Apple Store of Fitness. It glows from within like the “Athletes” emerging from their classes. I call them “Athletes”, although I could have as easily called them “Rock Stars” or “Warriors” or “Leaders” because the walls as I enter...

  • ‘Don’t take my daddy’: When the immigration debate hits home

    By David Suissa

    December 11, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    No matter where you sit on the immigration debate, it’s hard not to be moved by what happened to little Adam, an 8-year-old Jewish boy from the San Fernando Valley who watched his father being taken away on the morning of Oct. 18.

    Adam was holding his father’s hand as they...

  • Reputed Israeli crime boss extradited from California to Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    Reputed Israeli crime boss Itzhak Abergil, currently incarcerated in federal prison in Lompoc, Calif. will be extradited to Israel to serve the remaining half of his 10-year sentence in his home country.

    Abergil, 45, pleaded guilty in May 2012 to participating in a large-scale...

  • Tensions flare over Chanukah date for Westside election

    By Jared Sichel

    November 18, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    Former Culver City Mayor Christopher Armenta, who is running for a California state Assembly seat, sent a mailer to local residents last week accusing his opponent’s father, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, of using his influence to elect Sebastian Ridley-Thomas to...

  • Bruce Corwin can’t stop giving

    By Ryan Torok

    November 6, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    Ask anybody: In Los Angeles, the Corwin name is synonymous with charitable giving.

    And yet, Bruce Corwin, who at 73 is the family’s current patriarch and the CEO and chairman of Metropolitan Theatres Corp. — a California-based multiplex theater chain that has been in his family...

  • Critical California health insurance coverage

    October 4, 2013 | 10:29 am

    As states across the country prepare for the rollout of health insurance coverage the state of California has become a leader. While some states have chosen not to provide a system for their residents to access affordable health care, California has set up Covered California, a...

  • Yosemite Rim Fire damages Tawonga Jewish summer camp

    August 26, 2013 | 11:48 am

    The largest wildfire in California’s history has led to the evacuation of a Jewish summer camp and destroyed at least one of its buildings.

    The Yosemite Rim Fire triggered the cancellation of Camp Tawonga’s annual Keshet LGBTQ Family Camp, San Francisco’s j. weekly reported.

    On...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    July 10, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Brianna Fischer

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles named recent UCLA graduate Brianna Fischer of Oak Park as its inaugural Fishel Fellow last month. As part of the two-year paid fellowship, she will participate in hands-on community-service experiences in both...

  • The proposed reforms, rights and regulations

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 2, 2013 | 10:43 am

    Immigration Reform: Officially called “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” the Senate bill passed on June 26 with bipartisan support from 68 senators. The bill increases the number of temporary visas available for high- and low-skilled...

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