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  • Brand-new labs, advanced equipment prep students for sci-tech careers

    By Elyse Glickman

    2 hours ago

    While Jewish day schools across Los Angeles have always tried to keep children and teens rooted in their ancient faith, new programs are now helping students develop the skills and creativity needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

    Over the past decade, secular and...

  • Every piece of music tells a story

    By Rick Schultz

    September 8, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    An intellectual pianist in the best sense, Jonathan Biss has a probing and poetic musical mind wedded to a playful, spontaneous temperament. Biss, 34, is also a musician who craves performing in public. So much so that even though he wisely canceled a concert in April with the New...

  • Yehuda Gilad teaches the importance of strong minds, muscles and funny bones

    By Rick Schultz

    September 8, 2015 | 1:29 pm

    Ever since Mozart discovered the clarinet’s versatility and tonal beauty in the 1760s, the instrument has grown in stature, relying on distinguished teachers to keep its wide range of joyous, jazzy, autumnal and rapturous moods thriving. And there’s no better caretaker of the...

  • On Starting a Synagogue and Balancing a Life

    By Craig T.

    September 3, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    Two and a half years ago my wife and I purchased the oldest synagogue building in Los Angeles, founding the Pico Union Project: a multi-faith cultural arts center and house of worship dedicated to the Jewish principle to “love your neighbor as yourself.” We are home to four faith...

  • ‘The Scarlet Stone’:  A 1,000-year-old epic transformed for the stage

    August 20, 2015 | 10:50 am

    Many years ago, back when he was a software designer and engineer, Shahrokh Yadegari never would have imagined he’d be premiering an interdisciplinary theater and dance piece. But, as with many in his cast and crew, Yadegari’s journey has brought him from Iran to America, through...

  • Art, Medicine, and a Real Education

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 5, 2015 | 9:49 am

    More and more doctors today are using methods taught in art class to help diagnose their patients. Yes, art class.

    At a time when budget cuts are marching in lockstep to slash, or eliminate, art lessons at the elementary and high school level, universities are embracing the study...

  • The Dichotomy and Merger of the Traditional and Modern: Eugeniusz Zak

    By Milad Doroudian

    July 27, 2015 | 3:32 pm

    It is rather difficult to imagine the crossroads which art takes at times through its progress, yet it is even more so to understand it as a fluid and often complex road towards dichotomies and mergers of styles, forms, and periods. If there is one artist that helps us understand...

  • Jerusalem complexities shine in annual season of culture

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 16, 2015 | 10:14 am

    Although Jerusalem today is awash in cultural events  — including a light festival, an arts festival in the Musrara neighborhood and the Israel Festival, with its international dance, music and theater productions — there is none as engaging, nor as engaged in the fabric of the...

  • Saving the World—one painting (or sculpture) at a time

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 14, 2015 | 5:43 am

    Once I would have been called an "art groupie." From creating art as a kid to following in the footsteps of my favorite masters--both in technique and training--I allowed art to rule my life. At least for a time, before the hard knocks of reality took hold.

    But I never totally...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 12, 2015 | 1:26 pm

    ReWalk is a bionic walking assistance system that uses powered leg attachments to enable paraplegics to stand upright, walk and climb stairs. It was designed in Yokneam, Israel, and is marketed by Argo Medical Technologies.

    The ReWalk was invented in 2011 and became a huge...

  • Price-Less Art

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 11, 2015 | 10:54 am

    A new musician-friend of mine recently handed me his latest CD, which I happily accepted. It was "Volume 7" in a professionally produced series, all available free of charge. I knew I wasn't on his "preferred recipient" list, as his entire output was also laid out neatly in a box...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 5, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    You spent your adolescence watching Beavis and Butt-head, we spent ours reading Zbeng!

    As young “Tweens,” we were expected to pick educating, enriching books when visiting the library. To our parents’ disappointment, all we ever wanted to borrow was the new Zbeng! book in the...

  • Maccabi Game fever strikes my local JCC

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 4, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    A bright red, digital clock counts down the days, hours and minutes in my Jewish Community Center's main lobby, and at the gym entrance. Supersized lettering in washable white paint shouts, "Less than 100 days left!" on outside windows, and inside mirrored halls. The brochures and...

  • Reality Competition Shows:  When We All Become Critics.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 21, 2015 | 7:31 am

    Troy was a couple of years older.  He was married with one child when we started medical school together.  We had similar interests-  less beer and sports, more art, music and philosophy.

    I experienced many firsts with him- from classic movies, to great operas, from staying up...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 3, 2015 | 12:38 pm

    This week I would like to introduce you to one of the most talented composers of our time. His name is Elai Botner, and after spending years playing and writing for Israel’s most famous singers, in 2011 he started a project of his own, named: Elai Botner and the Outside Children....

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 6, 2015 | 3:17 pm

    This week, I would like to introduce you to an Israeli musical group that you may have encountered before during one of your YouTube browses.

    The Fountainheads is a group of young Israeli singers, dancers, and musicians, all graduates and students of the Ein Prat Academy for...

  • The Jewish Response to a Cheap Dress

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 28, 2015 | 3:57 pm

    Did you see blue-and-black, or were you in the white-and-gold camp?  Was your family as polarized as mine?

    I can't help it.  I am a Jewish doctor.  What seems to be a trivial, yet highly popular discussion on social media about the true colors of this $70 dress, keeps me up at...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 20, 2015 | 11:26 am

    Zohar Argov was an Israeli singer who took the nation by storm in the 1980’s with his distinctive, deep voice, becoming “The King of Oriental Music.”

    Argov, born Zohar Orkabi, came from a poor socioeconomic background. He was the youngest of ten siblings, and as a child,...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 13, 2015 | 1:03 pm

    Want to watch classic record covers come to life? 

    Two very talented Israelis, Vania Heymann (who created the unique interactive clip for Bob Dylan’s classic song - “Like A Rolling Stone") and musicial/comedian Roy Kafri, joined forces to create a very unique music video that...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 19, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    This week, I would like to urge you to watch the best Israeli film of the year – Zero Motivation!

    It is a dark comedy by director Talya Lavie, which exposes the viewer to the everyday life of  young women serving  in an IDF unit at a remote desert base. They serve in a human...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 12, 2014 | 3:48 pm

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a brand new Israeli musical group, which is about to take over the Israeli playlist very soon.

    Snorkel is mostly about soft rock, with a touch of funk and an addictive sound. They are a combination of the very best of various well-known...

  • JWT’s ‘Not That Jewish’ offers the group’s latest fresh, female voice

    By Ryan Torok

    December 11, 2014 | 3:51 pm

    “Not That Jewish,” an autobiographical one-woman show with comedian Monica Piper, recalls Billy Crystal’s similarly heartfelt “700 Sundays.” Both are monologue performances by Jewish comics who grew up in show-biz-oriented families in Brooklyn, where weekends were spent at the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2014 | 11:53 am

    This week, I would like to introduce you to the most Hollywood-like Israeli TV series, which is a combination of non-stop action, thrills and drama.

    New-York, which is filmed partly in Manhattan and partly in Israel, tells the story of Yossi Elharizi, the illegitimate son of...

  • Starring on Broadway and Hollywood, fighting Ebola, helping Google and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 17, 2014 | 8:20 am

    The Israeli in the next blockbuster biblical film

    It's official: Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer is joining Paramount and MGM's remake of "Ben-Hur" and is set to play the role of Naomi, the mother of the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery and fights his way to freedom,...

  • Iron Dome under the sea, the e-tree, night run in the While City and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 3, 2014 | 8:45 am

    Iron Dome – under the sea

    Israel’s high-tech defense system – Iron Dome, is about to make a splash. State-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage the defense system’s much-vaunted success in protecting Israeli civilians in this summer’s Gaza war, hoping to draw navies...

  • Why Jews Should Celebrate Halloween!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 30, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Growing up in Iran, I did not have any of the electronic gadgets my children enjoy today.  Instead, what I loved was my neighborhood.

    On weekends, and during long summer days after school, we would run in the streets, unsupervised.  We would randomly join a local soccer match...

  • Preparing for the Ebola, making noise in Hollywood, going vegan and more - this week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 20, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Vegans in Ramat-Gan

    On Monday, tens of thousands flocked to Ramat Gan National Park for the second year in a row, and lined up to taste “the best” vegan malabi, try on a pair of vegan shoes or take home a box of vegan condoms. Animal rights activists, natural- food lovers and the...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend - Rosh Hashannah Edition

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 26, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    This weekend is dedicated to the holiday that symbolizes the beggining of a brand new Jewish year. Here are some songs to get you in the Holiday spirit!


    B'Rosh Hashannah (In Rosh Hashannah)

    Ba'Shannah HaBa'a (Next Year)
    Matana L'Rosh Hashannah (A present for Rosh Hashannah)


    Ma Hadash? Tapuach B'Dvash (What's new? Apple in honey)


    Shannah Halcha, Shannah Ba'a (A year has gone by, a new year begins)

  • Ranking high in education and life expectancy, Hollywood support and more -This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 22, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Four Israeli universities ranked in world’s top 300

    Four Israeli universities are among the 300 best in the world, according to the influential QS World University Rankings, which take into account research, teaching, graduate employability, and international outlook. The Hebrew...

  • Missing Joan, Surfin’ Israel, playing for peace and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 8, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Goodbye, Joan

    Love her, hate her – but you're surly gonna miss her.

    Jewish comedian Joan Rivers passed away in New York on Thursday, aged 81. Known for her controversial humor and for her lack of boundaries – she was heard all the way to Israel, especially when she wasn't...

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