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  • Unique settings for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    4 hours ago

    Elliott Aronson didn’t feel like he was ready for a bar mitzvah at age 13. He wasn’t spiritually connected to the tradition and he didn’t want to force it. 

    One place where his ties to Judaism always were strong, however, was Camp Alonim, a camp on the grounds of American Jewish...

  • How to make pop-up Valentine’s Day cards

    By Jonathan Fong

    5 hours ago

    Be still, my heart! My favorite type of card is a pop-up card. There is just something fun about opening a card to reveal a three-dimensional surprise popping up inside. So for Valentine’s Day this year, I designed an easy way to make your own cards with pop-up hearts for all the...

  • Anger can take Israel in the wrong direction

    By Uri Dromi

    8 hours ago

    The recent wave of Palestinian terror attacks, which took the life of a 19-year-old policewoman Feb. 3 in Jerusalem, has generated anger among Israelis. They demand that the government do something to stop these assaults. The question is: Do what?

    Unlike the First Intifada...

  • Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to plead guilty in jail scandal, attorney says

    10 hours ago

    Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty in a downtown courtroom Wednesday to making a false statement, marking a dramatic turn in the ongoing federal investigation into corruption in the Sheriff's Department.

    Baca's attorney, Michael Zweibeck, said his...

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  • Clinton camp targets Sanders on Israel record

    10 hours ago

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign is eager to slow down Bernie Sanders’ momentum after his stunning victory in the New Hampshire primary. Countering the headlines about Bernie making history as the first Jewish candidate to win a presidential primary, the Clinton campaign rushed to note...

  • The Zen of a Chaplain’s Sacrilegious Remarks

    17 hours ago

    Being a chaplain is a great career for people who like to skip the small talk and get straight to what is on a person’s mind. I was meeting Kenneth for the first time last week, one of the newly admitted patients in the hospice residence. He was in bed, a thin white beard vainly...

  • Has Bernie Sanders’ Jewishness been overhyped?

    1 day ago

    Bernie Sanders is on the verge of making political history on Tuesday night. Sanders, a self-declared socialist senator from Vermont, is expected to beat Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary of 2016. That in and of itself would be an achievement. Sanders...

  • Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg says he is eyeing 2016 run for president

    2 days ago

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he is considering running for president in 2016, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

    The billionaire media mogul said he was "looking at all the options" when asked whether he was considering a run, the newspaper said.

  • Thank you for not dying

    By Marty Kaplan

    2 days ago

    David Wichs was walking to work in TriBeCa last Friday morning when a 565-foot construction crane toppled onto Worth Street and killed him. He was 38.

    I didn’t know him – I saw it in the paper.  Workers had been lowering the crane as a precaution from wind gusts when it crushed...

  • Jewish man, 38, killed in Manhattan crane collapse

    5 days ago

    A 38-year-old Jewish man was killed when a construction crane collapsed on his car in Manhattan.

    David Wichs, an immigrant from Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic, was standing outside his parked car on Friday morning when the giant crane collapsed, crushing him to death,...

  • Israel without Hebrew

    6 days ago

    Israel, like the United States, was a nation founded by immigrants. To this day Jews from around the world (or certain parts of it, more precisely) continue to ‘make aliyah’ (immigrate) to begin a new life in the Holy Land.

    A number of challenges await the new immigrant. Brits...

  • The Kotel compromise: Recognizing there is more than one way to be a Jew

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    1 week ago

    Margaret Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” In the case of the recently announced historic victory regarding egalitarian prayer at the Kotel (the Western Wall), it was...

  • Mixed emotions about the Kotel compromise

    1 week ago

    What’s the definition of mixed emotions, asks the old gag line: Finding out that your business competitor and rival has just driven off a cliff — in your new Lamborghini. 

    The Orthodox community has to greet news of the Kotel agreement similarly. We can hope that it will bring...

  • The Kotel decision: A Sephardic Jew responds

    1 week ago

    Once upon a time, not so long ago, the Kotel had no barrier separating the sexes. It was an open place of prayer, spirituality and meditation for all Jews. Those were the days when Jews were not branded by denominations. Somehow, this ancient, sacred space was transformed into a...

  • At the Kotel, at last

    1 week ago

    I’m one of those fortunate people who gets to be in Israel for 10 days each year. I meet with the Ziegler rabbinical students studying there during their third year of our program, teach at various yeshivot, interview prospective students and meet with Masorti (Conservative)...

  • WATCH: Jewish jokes dominate New York magazine’s top 100 list

    1 week ago

    New York Magazine’s culture section, Vulture, this week published a mega-listicle, “The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy.” With the help of comedians and historians of comedy, the magazine’s editors picked the most important jokes ever uttered — from Charlie Chaplin making...

  • Blitzer asks Sanders if being Jewish complicates relationship with Muslim world

    1 week ago

    CNN host Wolf Blitzer suggested on Wednesday that Bernie Sanders becoming the first elected Jewish president may complicate the U.S. relationship with Muslim and Arab leaders in the world. 

    “You, of course, are Jewish. Do you think that potentially could be a problem, working...

  • Lakers make Jewish youth wish come true

    1 week ago

    Despite being in last place in the NBA’s Western Conference and on pace to eclipse last season’s franchise-record loss total of 61, the Lakers had a reason to smile Jan. 31, thanks to a surprise free-agent signing. 

    Yitzi Teichman, 18, joined the team just months after undergoing...

  • Chaim being Chaim

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    My friend Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller is a nutty-professor type who is impossible to describe. One reason is that he has a mix of traits that don’t usually go together.

    For instance, he’s a book junkie as well as a people junkie. He has so many books in his UCLA Hillel office that...

  • Everybody deserves a death ritual

    1 week ago

    Everybody deserves a death ritual, especially given the negativity placed upon death in the Western world. Memorial services and, for the most part, funerals, are for the living.  Taharot are for the ones whose bodies have recently died. Judaism declares that a taharah is a way for...

  • San Diego settles sexual harassment suit against ex-mayor Bob Filner

    1 week ago

    San Diego on Tuesday agreed to pay $667,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Mayor Bob Filner.

    The suit filed by Benelia Santos-Hunter, who had worked as the mayor's executive assistant, described more than two dozen incidents in which Filner allegedly grabbed her buttocks, asked to hug and kiss her and tried to touch her breasts.

    Read more at Los Angeles Times.

  • Bernie Sanders dominates social media conversation on Iowa

    1 week ago

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders dominated overall conversation about the Iowa caucuses on Facebook Inc. on Monday, the social network said. 

    From midnight to noon CST, 42.2 percent of conversations about the caucuses was about the senator from Vermont, compared...

  • US Jews Lack in Spirituality

    By Pini Herman

    1 week ago

    Only about a third of Jews (39 percent)  report to "feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week" in 2014 while generally Americans report at something approaching two-thirds (59 percent) to "feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least...

  • Sharansky applauds ‘One Kotel for One People’

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    In the wake of the Israeli government’s historic announcement on Sunday, Jan. 31, that a new, expanded egalitarian prayer space would be opened up at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, spoke to the press from Pasadena.  The new...

  • I don’t know how we got here… but I’d sure like to move on!

    By Craig T.

    1 week ago

    I don’t know how we got here… but I’d sure like to move on!

    Multiple Choice – Please Choose ONE! Achinoam Nini, better known as Noa:

    ____ Represents the Palestinian people, and is not a true Israeli.

    ____ Is a supporter of right wing Israeli settlement politics.

    ____...

  • Under ‘The Skinny’: Sundance introduces new comedy about bulimia

    By Melissa Weller

    2 weeks ago

    When someone mentions eating disorders, what comes to mind? 

    Is it salads? Laxatives? Karen Carpenter? Maybe a high-cheeked supermodel walking the runway for New York Fashion Week? Or Victoria’s Secret’s youngest set of bony hips, lying on the shores of Ibiza in a low-rise...

  • What Matters Most.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    Remember when life was simply beautiful?

    Children didn’t get cancer.  No one filed bankruptcy.  Marriages were mostly… good.  Hospitals were places young women went to deliver babies.

    I yearn for that innocent past- fruits that tasted like grandma's love, friends more loyal...

  • Unveiling a Monument, Building a Memory

    2 weeks ago

    Although I am a rabbi now, I did not grow up in a family that practiced. My first experiences with unveilings were ones I did myself, following what I had learned in rabbinical school and from Rabbis Manuals.

    Now, I am a hospice chaplain, and a few weeks ago, I accompanied a...

  • Obama: ‘We are all Jews’

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama honored International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday by declaring, “We are all Jews.”

    Addressing the Righteous Among Nations Awards Ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, the President said, “We are all Jews, because anti-Semitism is a...

  • Gallup poll: Jewish approval of Obama stabilizes at 55%

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama’s approval rating among Jewish Americans has slightly improved, ultimately stabilized, in 2015 after a 13-percentage point drop between late 2012 and 2014, a new Gallup poll released on Tuesday showed.

    According to the poll, 55 percent of U.S. Jews...

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