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  • L.A. grad Max Levin survives attack in Gaza by ‘a quarter of a millimeter’

    By Jared Sichel

    4 days ago

    At 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, Bud and Judy Levin were awakened by a call from Israel to their home in Los Angeles. It was their son, Max, a 21-year-old paratrooper in the Israeli army — calling from a hospital.

    Just a few hours earlier, he had been securing a three-story home in...

  • Survey: Israelis in the U.S. become more like American Jews

    December 3, 2013 | 10:22 am

    The longer Israelis live in the United States, the less critical of Israel they are likely to be, a new survey suggests.

    The Internet-based survey of nearly 1,600 people divided respondents into two groups: those living in the United States for less than 10 years, and those...

  • Israel, U.S. successfully test David’s Sling anti-missile system

    November 20, 2013 | 8:57 am

    A team of Israeli and American defense officials completed a successful test of the jointly produced David’s Sling anti-missile system in Israel.

    The test of the weapons system against a short-range ballistic missile was conducted Wednesday at a test range in southern Israel by...

  • Pew study prompts spirited synagogue leadership debate

    By Ryan Torok

    October 10, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    Five days after the release of the Pew Research Center’s “Portrait of Jewish Americans,” a report revealing that Jewish engagement is on the decline, speakers at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Oct. 6 Synagogue Leadership Conference all appeared to be asking one...

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  • Crisis and opportunity — Reflections on the Pew report

    October 10, 2013 | 12:52 pm

    Full disclosure: I have been thinking about the results of the Pew report for more than a decade. I understand that Pew didn’t release its results until last week, but these statistics and trends have been obvious to some in the Jewish community for a very long time. Four years...

  • ‘Gravity’ and the Pew study

    By Rob Eshman

    October 9, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    I have one big answer to the depressing findings of the Pew poll, but you’re not going to like it.

    The Pew Research Center’s landmark new survey of American Jews came out last week, and the American Jewish community reacted about the way Sandra Bullock does when her tether snaps...

  • My Judaism: Millennials speak out following Pew poll

    October 9, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project issued its “Portrait of Jewish Americans” on Oct. 1, setting off alarms throughout the Jewish community about the future of Jewish life. Among the greatest concerns is this statement: “Among Jews in the youngest generation of...

  • Can common sense save Judaism?

    By David Suissa

    October 9, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    It’s funny how the American Jewish community has a way of getting all breathless and excited when a new study comes out, as is happening right now with the new Pew survey.

    As if we needed all this sophisticated evidence to remind us that Judaism in America is in trouble, and that...

  • How to inspire a Jewish future in America

    October 8, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Last week, the Pew Research Center released the first national demographic study of Jewish Americans in more than a decade. Like all such studies, there are disagreements at the edges about the accuracy of some of the results, but the study’s most significant findings have been...

  • Engagement trends are negative, but Jewish funders see validation in Pew study

    October 7, 2013 | 10:17 am

    If you’re pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Jewish identity building, what do you do when a survey comes along showing that the number of U.S. Jews engaging with Jewish life and religion is plummeting?

    That’s the question facing major funders of American Jewish life...

  • Rouhani outreach rejected

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 3, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    Iran’s recently elected President Hassan Rouhani may have reached out to Iranian-American Jews during his visit last month to New York, but Iranian-American Jews aren’t returning the gesture.

    Instead, they have responded with cynicism, declaring that recent comments made during...

  • New study: 6.8 million Jews living in U.S.

    September 30, 2013 | 10:16 am

    An estimated 6.8 million Jews live in the United States, with 65 percent of them concentrated in six states, according to a new study.

    The estimate counts 4.2 million American adults who self-identify as Jews; 1 million Americans who identify as having a Jewish background but do...

  • AIPAC discouraged Rouhani overture, Rabbi Wolpe says

    By Jared Sichel

    September 25, 2013 | 3:28 pm

    The pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC “actively discouraged” an effort by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to reach out to Iranian-American Jews in Los Angeles, according to Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe.

    During Shabbat services on Sept. 21, Wolpe informed his congregation,...

  • Nearly killed in 2010 accident, a triumphant Dave Blackburn returns to Maccabiah

    July 30, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Dave Blackburn beamed triumphantly, surrounded by a crowd of American athletes and cheering spectators. It was like old times, the great pitcher basking in applause.

    But Blackburn wasn’t being ushered off the field with a championship trophy in hand as he was after leading the...

  • Women of the Wall Megillah reading undisturbed by Israeli police

    February 25, 2013 | 1:17 pm

    A women’s Megillah reading at the Western Wall took place on Shushan Purim without incident or arrests.

    Approximately 80 women turned out, some donning prayer shawls, others dressed as police and haredi Orthodox worshipers, on Monday morning in Jerusalem, the TImes of Israel...

  • U.N. imprisonment watchdog calls on Cuba to release Alan Gross

    January 8, 2013 | 11:40 am

    The United Nations Human Rights Council's imprisonment watchdog called on Cuba to release jailed Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross.

    The Human Rights Council's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said in an opinion released Tuesday to Gross' lawyer that Cuba's lack of an...

  • American push to temper Palestinian U.N. bid reportedly fails

    November 27, 2012 | 1:15 pm

    An American push to temper a resolution asking the United Nations General Assembly to grant the Palestinians enhanced status has failed, Haaretz reported.

    The final draft of the Palestinians' resolution, which is set to be introduced Thursday in the General Assembly, was...

  • Americans living in Israel sue U.S. government

    November 27, 2012 | 11:41 am

    Two dozen American citizens living in Israel filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over its funding to the Palestinian Authority and other groups operating in the West Bank and Gaza.

    The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for Washington, alleges that the U.S....

  • Poll: Majority of Americans say Israel’s Gaza offensive is justified

    November 19, 2012 | 3:00 pm

    A majority of Americans believe Israel's military action in the Gaza Strip is justified, according to a CNN poll released on Monday.

    The CNN/ORC International poll indicated that 57 percent of Americans support Israel's offensive against Hamas, while 25 percent of U.S. citizens...

  • Reform leader Rick Jacobs slams Israeli gov’t discrimination against non-Orthodox

    November 14, 2012 | 9:53 am

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said American Jews should no longer acquiesce to Israeli state-sanctioned discrimination against women and non-Orthodox Jews.

    "I would fight passionately for the right of Orthodox Jews to pray freely at the Kotel...

  • American who shot Eilat hotel employee killed himself, police probe finds

    November 7, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    The American man who killed an Eilat hotel employee while in Israel on an internship program committed suicide, according to an investigation by Israeli police.

    William Herskowitz, 23, shot himself after locking himself in the hotel kitchen, an investigation by the Southern...

  • The Israeli vote

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 7, 2012 | 9:36 am

    Two weeks ago, when Jonathan Mann conversed with Israeli media and political science specialists on the upcoming U.S elections, the discussion revolved around the question: Why do Israelis care so much about the U.S election, and what is its importance to us? For an hour and a...

  • Naom Chomsky makes first visit to Gaza

    October 19, 2012 | 9:25 am

    Noam Chomsky, the prominent American academic and critic of Israel, has made his first trip to the Gaza Strip.

    Chomsky, who is Jewish, is a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a frequent critic of American foreign policy and Israel's...

  • Protestant churches’ letter on Israel straining ties with Jews

    October 16, 2012 | 11:19 am

    When 15 prominent American Protestant leaders sent a letter to Congress last week calling for an investigation and possible suspension of U.S. aid to Israel, at least one outcome was certain: The Jews wouldn’t like it.

    Already, one major American Jewish group has canceled its...

  • Two American economists win Nobel Prize

    October 15, 2012 | 9:20 am

    Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley, American economists with ties to Israeli universities, won the Nobel Prize for economics.

    The professors won the prize, called the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, for their research in how to make economic markets work better by more...

  • Eilat shooting raises questions about recruitment for Israel programs

    October 10, 2012 | 5:01 pm

    The recent shooting of an Israeli hotel employee by an American Jewish intern is raising questions about how Israel internship programs for Diaspora Jews recruit and screen applicants.

    The assailant, William Herskowitz, was killed by police following a brief standoff last Friday...

  • American gunman killed in Israeli hotel shoot-out

    October 5, 2012 | 9:30 am

    An American man opened fire in an Israeli seaside hotel packed with tourists on Friday after losing his job there, killing one person before being shot dead in a stand-off with security forces.

    The firefight erupted in the popular Red Sea resort of Eilat when New York native...

  • Americans hold strong favorable views of Israel, new poll finds

    October 4, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Seventy percent of Americans view Israel favorably, according to a survey conducted by the Foreign Policy Initiative.

    Moreover, when asked their view of Israel, nearly 81 percent of political conservatives shared that view while the number was at 68.5 percent for moderates and...

  • Cuban Jewish leaders visit Alan Gross

    October 1, 2012 | 10:33 am

    Two Cuban Jewish leaders visited jailed American contractor Alan Gross and said they found him in “good spirits.”

    Adela Dworin, head of Cuba’s Jewish community, and David Prinstein, president of the Patronato Synagogue and Jewish community vice president, spent two hours with...

  • U.S. senators ask Cuban president to release Gross

    September 25, 2012 | 10:32 am

    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators asked Cuban President Raul Castro to release jailed American contractor Alan Gross.

    Led by Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), 44 senators in a letter to Castro called Gross’ imprisonment a “major obstacle” to bilateral relations.

    ...
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