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  • FED UP: the movie

    By Tera Greene

    May 29, 2014 | 11:38 pm

    #FEDUPMovie: It's time to rethink scary movies. It's time to get real about food.
    Sugar's got a hold on me, you, us... Aren't we FED UP yet?

    I AM ADDICTED TO SUGAR

    Sugar is an epidemic and it is killing us. Not slowly, but fast. From obesity (and childhood obesity), to diabetes to mood swings, Sugar is on a war path. And the food industry is in...

  • When the conflict becomes a routine

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 25, 2013 | 12:43 pm

    This week, I came across a story that drew my attention: missiles were fired from Gaza into southern Israel. I came across this story from a Facebook status of a friend, and later noticed that it got a very minor coverage in the morning paper the following day.

    When I noticed...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 20, 2012 | 9:17 am

    Because we are all a part of the human nature, even us, the perfect Israelis, have the tendency of self-criticizing. One of the most common topics where we have a problem with, well, ourselves, is Israeli movies. In the past decade, our film industry flourishes, as more and more...

  • The Real Housewives of O.C. Are Back!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 7, 2011 | 10:20 am

    I am ecstatic to say that the Real Housewives of Orange County are back on television!  Of course when I say ecstatic, I mean that in every sarcastic way possible…  Can’t you just feel me rolling my eyes when I write this?  Not only are they back for a brand new season, but this time...

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  • Schwarzenegger making play dates with Medvedev

    By Julia Bendis

    January 14, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    Reading the newspaper the other day, I couldn’t help but notice an article about the Russian President Dimitry Medvedev and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Apparently, the two have become quite fond of each other, and as recently as last week even Tweeted about it.

    Here are my issues with...

  • Who shall live and who shall die: God’s iPhone, Rosh Hashanah 5769

    September 26, 2008 | 11:49 pm

    ALTTEXT

    On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed,
    And on Yom Kippur it is sealed.
    How many shall pass away and how many shall be born,
    Who shall live and who shall die,
    Who shall reach the end of his days and who shall not,
    Who shall perish by water and who by fire,
    Who by sword and who by wild...

  • Is our fate really sealed? Is change possible?

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 25, 2008 | 3:19 am

    These are nervous-making times.

    No, I'm not talking about the damage the capital campaign may do to you, or -- at my temple, anyway -- whether you'll find a parking place for services, which is enough to make anyone want to reach for a Xanax.

    What I mean is this protracted season...
  • No healing the world here—Humanistic Jews are ‘building’  the world

    By Tom Tugend

    September 25, 2008 | 2:53 am

    Rabbi Greg Epstein, the young Humanist chaplain at Harvard University, maintains that the question "Do you believe in God?" is totally meaningless and that "tikkun olam," to repair the world, is the wrong concept.

    But he also affirms that religion will never disappear and that the...

  • Timing is everything in the Olympics—and in Darfur

    July 31, 2008 | 12:31 am

    Next week, people the world over will be riveted to the TV set as the spectacle of the Beijing Olympic Games unfolds and athletes go head to head in the competitions for gold medals.

    Many of the races will come down to a matter of milliseconds. Finish-line results may be determined...

  • Students translate charity lessons into action

    By Lisa Armony

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For most kids, time off from school means hitting the beaches or other fun-filled attraction. For 17-year-old Neta Batscha, spring break sent her to the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

    Under the auspices of Milken Community High School's...

  • A Festival of Lights—lite

    By Rachel Kantrowitz

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    How many Jews does it take to change a lightbulb?

    Here's a hint: Sing this song by Deborah Kornfield to the tune of "I Have a Little Dreidel":

    I have a brand new lightbulb,
    It's a miracle you see;
    It lights the room completely,
    Using half the energy.
    Oh compact fluorescent...

  • Partners in Creation

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Roger Gottlieb makes the case in his book, "A Greener Faith," that we are in need of an ecotheology -- to view the Earth in a more divine and holy way. He writes that we have so separated ourselves from nature we don't actually feel our interconnectedness with it; rather, we value...
  • First Person - Will You Be at Peace?

    By Rabbi Ken Chasen

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I always knew that it would be very difficult to stop a genocide. I just never appreciated how difficult it would be merely to demonstrate against a genocide.

    I was among a group of nearly 100 Los Angeles Jews who traveled to San Francisco on Sunday, April 30, to participate in the...

  • Karen Gilman: What Makes Her Run?

    By Amy Klein

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    To try to figure out all the volunteer projects social worker Karen Gilman is involved in -- and where she finds the time to do them all -- is to sift through a complex maze of stories of individuals who need help, or organizations that need help, or a volunteer staff that...

  • Tribe

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Back when I was working at a newspaper in New York, my editors and I tried to come up with a teen-sounding headline for a story on voting for our new teen section.

    "How about 'Gettin' Out the Vote'?" my editor offered.

    As if dropping a "g" off the end of the word is all one needs to...

  • Never Been Mugged

    By Helen Schary Motro

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This piece was excerpted from the writer's "Maneuvering Between the Headlines: An American Lives Through the Intifada" (Other Press, 2005).

    Over time I have learned to drive to a few locations in Jerusalem, but I am never sure when I start out if I indeed will reach my destination...

  • The Circuit

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Tackling the Taboo

    The leadership of the Eretz-SIAMAK Cultural Center hosted an interactive lecture event on Aug. 7 at its Tarzana location, focused on discussing drug and alcohol abuse, frequently a taboo topic among Iranian Jewish families.

    The audience of nearly 200 Iranian...

  • Washington Watch

    By James D. Besser

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Air Force Fight Moves to the Hill

    The issue of religious coercion at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is starting to reverberate on Capitol Hill -- with what one Jewish legislator said are ugly overtones.

    And a chaplain who was fired for raising the issue of...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Fight for Freedom

    In last week's Torah Portion, the Israelites sat back and watched as God brought seven plagues upon the Egyptians. This week, in Parshat Bo, we read of the last three plagues. All of a sudden, the Israelites are told that they must help God in the last plague...

  • Who Should Own Nazi-Looted Art?

    By Tom Tugend

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In a significant move by the U.S. government, FBI agents have seized a Picasso painting claimed as Nazi-looted art by a descendant of the original German Jewish owners.

    Agents from the Los Angeles bureau confiscated the painting, valued at $10 million, at the Chicago home of the...

  • We Must Renew Presbyterian Dialogues

    By Mark J. Pelavin

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Late last month, the 493 delegates to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PC-U.S.A.) adopted a series of deeply troubling "overtures" (their term for policy statements).

    The General Assembly defeated an attempt to cut off funding for "messianic" congregations,...

  • UC Irvine Graduation Clash Fizzles

    By Tom Tugend

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A feared confrontation between Jewish and Muslim students during graduation ceremonies at UC Irvine was largely avoided June 19, following a week of heated charges and countercharges.

    Several members of the Muslim Student Union wore stoles, or broad strips of green cloth, over their...

  • Left, Right Playing Blame-Israel Game

    By James D. Besser

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Conspiracy theories unite the political extremes, a fact that stands out starkly as the fruitcake left and loony right converge around theories blaming Jewish neoconservatives for an Iraq War they despise.

    The blame-Israel surge, which erupted on the Senate floor recently when Sen....

  • Are Sex Abuse Guidelines Working?

    By Joe Berkofsky

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A lengthy battle over how the Reform movement should handle a charge of sexual misconduct against a California rabbi is coming to a head.

    On June 20, the board of trustees of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the movement's rabbinical arm, is expected to decide...

  • AIPAC Gives Bush Standing Ovations

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush knew what he was doing when he took his case for staying the course in Iraq to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). No audience appreciates the president more for sticking to his guns in the Middle East than the pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

    Bush...

  • Record Gridlock Good for Liberals

    By James D. Besser

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Stalemate has become standard operating procedure for Congress in recent years, but this year's legislative gridlock could be headed for the record books. That's a source of frustration for Jewish activists across the political spectrum -- but also of guilty relief for some.

    ...

  • Just Do It

    By Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Back in 1981, when I was attending rabbinical college in Boston, there was a young rabbi -- fresh out of seminary -- who founded a small congregation in the Boston suburb South Brookline. He would often hang out with us as "one of the guys." From the day he started up his shul, he...

  • Summit Focuses on Recruiting Teachers

    By Joe Berkofsky

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph Kanfer deftly wrapped wires and affixed pieces of material to a truncated test tube. Then he glued the Hebrew letter "shin" to the creation, producing a mezuzah.

    While the scene resembled a preschool project, it signified much more. Kanfer, former chairman of the Jewish...

  • Vote Yes on 57, 58: They Will Ease Crisis

    By Bruce L. Bialosky

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It certainly is an unusual situation, but we Republicans are encouraging you to vote to increase the debt of the state of California, and we are doing it with a straight face.

    As you know, Proposition 57 is asking Californians to commit to a bond issue of $15 billion. This commitment...

  • Targeted Killings’ Other Casualties

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Killing Hamas leaders wounds the terrorist group, Israeli and Palestinian officials agree. At question is whether moderate Palestinians -- and U.S. influence in the region -- are also casualties of Israel's targeted strikes.

    Israel has killed at least 11 leaders of Hamas since the...

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