Ezra Furman, who recently released his third LP, Mysterious Power, lists 50’s/60’s rock n’ roll, early punk and Jewish theology among his biggest influences. The album’s title track can be seen not merely as a song about the search for love, but also as a search for the...
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July 15, 2008 | 2:29 am
July 2, 2008 | 10:24 pmAt a lab in Rehovot, the man who developed the Arrow missile is consumed with his next mission: making Israel energy independent by using cheap solar power.
"The issue of energy is the greatest danger to Israel, because in 30 years there will be no energy means, no oil and no gas,...
June 26, 2008 | 11:30 am
March 22, 2008 | 12:18 am
Israeli singer Hadar Manor—who lives in London—was just named ‘Queen of the Underground’—and here’s why!
September 21, 2007 | 7:51 pm
Israeli singer songwriter Avigail Cohen expresses universal hopes and doubts in ‘Erev Rosh Hashana’:
There’s a last ray of sunlight,
the fading year is disappearing in the dim light.
What will the New Year bring with it?
The darkness spreads a scent of hope.
June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pmSaturday the 9th
Canadian music maker Socalled has drawn from so many different influences to create his new album, "Ghettoblaster," that it's impossible to fit it into any genre. And why would you want to? The ever-inventive artist combines rock, hip-hop, funk, Bulgarian, klezmer...
May 3, 2007 | 10:29 pm
MUSIC VIDEO: HaDag Nachash (Snake Fish)—‘The Sticker Song’ (‘Shirat Ha-sticker’)sums up the political climate of Israel in bumper stickers. Brilliant.
November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm
August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Israel and the United States will pool their scientific brainpower to find and develop alternative energy sources under a bill passed by the House and now wending its way through the Senate.
Under the proposed U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Act, scientists and engineers from both...
June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm
We were so much fatter then -- and younger and more naïve.
We were nine pregnant women, accompanied by our husbands, sitting together on the floor of a Temple Sinai classroom for 10 Thursday nights in the fall of 1983. Strangers to each other and strangers to the concept of becoming...
June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm
As Prime Minister Ehud Olmert presses ahead with plans for another unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is determined not to be sidelined by Olmert's go-it-alone approach.
In late May, as Olmert tried to convince President Bush of...
April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm
The past 20 years have been marked by the single largest growth of new Jewish organizations -- well, at least since 1880, when the first defining period of American Judaism began.
You can rightly call it a major American Jewish revolution that is now under way.
March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Before I got married, the rabbi told us that there would be certain rituals, including the part where we drink twice from a Kiddush cup. The first sip represents our engagement, then some Hebrew stuff gets said, then the second sip symbolizes our marriage. I suggested that the wine...
February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Under a classroom's fluorescent lights, students and teachers scramble to find seats. An important "Parliament session" is under way as together, they hammer out a plan for allocating the school's activities budget.
The scene is the Hadera Democratic School in Israel, where students...
September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm
August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Next week, I am sponsoring a group of Israelis and Palestinians to spend a few weeks in a small village in southern France with a Buddhist monk named Thich Nhat Hanh. These two disparate groups of people do not know each other, but often feel hatred toward each other. Some of them...
March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm
March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
After canceling a bat mitzvah trip to Israel for their daughter, Danielle, Tricia and Mark Rauch decided that if they couldn't bring their family to Israel, they would bring Israel to Houston. But when Tricia and Danielle began shopping for Israel-themed bat mitzvah invitations, they...
February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm
August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm
It was Thursday afternoon, three days before 1,800 Jewish kids were to arrive for the final week of the JCC Maccabi games, and 40 delegation leaders were ironing out the logistics at a New Jersey hotel.
That's when the lights and the air conditioning went dead, and the room quickly...
April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm
The following are remarks and an amendment introduced by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on March 19 to the House Energy Subcommittee that propose an alternative energy strategy for the United States.
Mr. Chairman, I'd like to offer the "Keeping Faith With Our American Soldiers"...
January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm
In 1997, stimulated by the controversy over whether non-Orthodox converts would be registered as Jews by the Israeli government -- the latest battle in the "who is a Jew?" wars -- The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles began making funds available to what it calls "pluralism"...
November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm
November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm
In the days when National Public Radio flagship KCRW-FM was an obscure Santa Monica College station, general manager Ruth Seymour decided to create a live Chanukah show as an alternative to Christmas programming.
It was actually a Yiddish show -- feting a culture Seymour imbibed...