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  • White supremacist should die for 3 Kansas murders, prosecutor argues

    11 hours ago

    A prosecutor urged a jury on Tuesday to give a Missouri white supremacist he called a "remorseless killer" a death sentence for murdering three people, including a boy, he thought were Jewish outside two Jewish centers in Kansas last year.

    Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, was convicted...

  • The Betzavta Method: Turning Conflict into an Opportunity for Growth

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    1 day ago

    After gaining invaluable experiences and skills in conflict resolution, my perception of everyday conflicts and misunderstandings is increasingly met as a chance for gaining greater self-awareness, self-transformation, building trust and security, and improving relationship bonds. ...

  • Former Jewish lawmakers urge backing for Iran nuclear deal

    1 day ago

    Jane Harman, a former Jewish lawmaker who once was the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was among 75 ex-Congress members who signed a letter urging their sitting colleagues to support the Iran nuclear deal.

    “We know of no viable alternatives to the Joint...

  • Obama reassures Jewish groups on U.S.-Israel relationship

    4 days ago

    President Barack Obama reassured U.S. Jewish groups on Friday that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strong, despite differences over the nuclear deal with Iran, and called for more talks between the two governments on security cooperation.

    "As soon as this particular debate is...

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  • White supremacist surprised his victims were not Jewish

    6 days ago

    Prosecutors in Kansas rested their case on Thursday in the murder trial of a white supremacist after playing a recorded call in which he expressed surprise the three people fatally shot outside two Jewish centers last year were not Jewish.

    Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, a former senior...

  • 11 Jewish ex-congressmen back Iran deal; 190 former generals oppose

    6 days ago

    Eleven Democratic Jewish former congressmen signed a letter supporting the agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, while 190 former generals signed a letter opposing the agreement.

    The letter backing the deal, released Thursday, touted the signers’ pro-Israel bona fides, and...

  • Umm al-Hiran, racism and the confounding of Zionism

    6 days ago

    The Israeli government is set to destroy Umm al-Hiran, a Bedouin village in the Negev, to build a Jewish town in its place, which will be called Hiran. No matter what anyone tells you about unrecognized Bedouin villages, no matter what Israel’s Supreme Court or Justice Minister...

  • Israelis aren’t unified on Iran deal

    By Rob Eshman

    6 days ago

    One of the strongest arguments the Jewish opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have wielded is that Israelis are unified in their opposition to it.

    If the famously fractious Israelis all agree that the Iran deal is bad, they argue, it must really be awful. This line of reasoning...

  • How Moishe House is helping turn social lives into Jewish life

    By Aron Chilewich

    1 week ago

    “Are you all from Moishe House?” Ben Zauzmer asked as he approached a circle of about 15 young adults, all in their early to mid-20s, who were eating sandwiches on the lawn of the Silver Lake Recreation Center on a recent Saturday morning. They were, so he joined the group,...

  • THOUGHTS ON PLANNED DYING

    1 week ago

    [Editor’s Note: This is the first of two (or more) entries looking at topics in the realms of ‘Planned Dying’, Suicide, ‘Assisted Suicide’, Euthanasia, and a ‘right to die’. These two entries look at the subject from different perspectives. The thoughts expressed are those of the...

  • Natalie Portman says Jewish community is too focused on the Holocaust

    1 week ago

    Natalie Portman has more ties to the Holocaust than some of her fans might realize. Portman’s great-grandparents were killed in Auschwitz and the Jewish actress played Anne Frank in a 1997 Broadway adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Her latest project, a Hebrew-language...

  • Matisyahu performs ‘Jerusalem’ in Spain amid Palestinian protests

    1 week ago

    American Jewish reggae star Matisyahu sang his famous song “Jerusalem” as protesters waved Palestinian flags at a music festival in Spain.

    Matisyahu performed a 45-minute set early Sunday morning at the Rototom SunSplash Festival, two days after the festival apologized for...

  • Our fight over Iran: Kishkes vs Sechel

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    The Jewish community is used to intense internal debates, but our fight over the Iran nuclear deal has taken us to new levels of divisiveness. Why is that?

    The first and easy answer is that this is an existential issue, especially for Israel. When an anti-Semitic regime that...

  • Following apology from Spanish festival, Matisyahu confirms he will perform after all

    2 weeks ago

    After being re-invited, American Jewish reggae star Matisyahu confirmed he will perform at a Spanish music festival.

    On Friday, two days after the Rototom SunSplash Festival apologized for canceling his performance in the face of pressure from the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment...

  • Jews still leaning Democratic

    2 weeks ago

    If the 2016 presidential election were held today, Jewish voters nationwide would probably split 70-30 for the Democratic candidate, much as they did in 2012. Including the undecided respondents, 58 percent of American Jews prefer the Democrat, 18 percent the Republican, and 24...

  • Physician’s new book ‘Rhythms’ reveals The Personal Side of Medicine

    2 weeks ago

    Dr. Francine Kaufman is one of the world’s leading pediatric endocrinologists. She has been a crucial figure in stemming the tide of juvenile obesity and was instrumental in banning sodas from Los Angeles Unified School District. In 2005, she published “Diabesity: The...

  • Jenna Jameson on her new spiritual journey to Judaism

    2 weeks ago

    In a cozy apartment near The Grove, in the heart of Los Angeles, lives an unlikely couple. He is Lior Bitton, 41, an immigrant from Israel and a diamond broker. She is perhaps the world’s most famous porn star, Jenna Jameson.

    Since her June announcement that she is converting to...

  • Smooth sax player Dave Koz on a career that just ... happened

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    When jazz saxophonist Dave Koz’s “dream” car was stolen in 1997 after he stopped for five minutes to pick up a sandwich at a restaurant in the San Fernando Valley, it was perhaps the lowest point of his life.

    Yes, his second album, “Lucky Man,” had already gone gold and, still in...

  • To those who hear anti-Semitism when it is not there

    By Michael Berenbaum

    2 weeks ago

    I’ve learned a new term: “dog whistle.” The term was used by Lee Smith, a political columnist for the online magazine Tablet, who wrote that President Barack Obama was “hinting broadly at anti-Semitic conceits — like dual loyalties, moneyed interests, Jewish lobbies — to scare off...

  • Hillary: Own the Iran deal

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    Laugh all you want, but the only Republican presidential candidate to have put forth a realistic position on the Iran nuclear deal is Donald Trump.    

    While his blustery co-stars — I mean, opponents — have said they would rip up the deal on day one, Trump said he would do no...

  • Spanish reggae festival changes tack, reinvites Matisyahu

    2 weeks ago

    A Spanish reggae festival, bowing to an international outcry, on Wednesday reversed its decision to cancel an invitation to American Jewish musician Matisyahu because he had failed to spell out his views on Palestinian statehood.

    The organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash festival...

  • Taharah for a Child

    2 weeks ago

    My youngest grandson is four years old.  I have been a member of our Chevrah Kadisha for over 15 years (I am one of the “charter” members).  We live in a relatively small Jewish community and perform a Taharah only about three or four times a year.  When we do a Taharah, it is...

  • Spain condemns of Matisyahu cancellation at reggae festival

    2 weeks ago

    The Spanish government condemned on Tuesday a Spanish reggae festival's decision to cancel a concert by an American Jewish musician after he failed to reply to a demand to clarify his position on Palestinian statehood.

    [MORE: Matisyahu's comments on the concert controversy]

    The...

  • Where does Bernie Sanders, the Jewish candidate for president, stand on Israel?

    2 weeks ago

    Bernie Sanders’ best friend is a Zionist who teaches Jewish philosophy, he had a formative experience on a kibbutz and “Saturday Night Live” dubbed him the “old Jew.”

    Still, Sanders can’t get away from the inevitable “But where is he on Israel?” question, especially now that the...

  • Paul Goldenberg, ‘King of Big Screens’ and community philanthropist, 87

    2 weeks ago

    Paul Goldenberg, founder of Paul’s TV and widely recognized by his famous slogan, “I am the king!” died of natural causes on Aug. 13 at his La Habra home. 

    Born April 22, 1928, the Los Angeles native grew up with a strong passion for film, which would play a formative role in the...

  • Jewish groups protest cancellation of Matisyahu’s Spanish concert

    2 weeks ago

    Jewish groups protested on Monday after a Spanish reggae festival cancelled a concert by an American Jewish musician when he failed to reply to a demand to clarify his position on Palestinian statehood.

    Matisyahu, who fuses reggae, hip-hop and rock with Jewish influences in his...

  • Trial opens for white supremacist charged in Kansas Jewish center killings

    2 weeks ago

    Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of a Missouri white supremacist charged with murdering three people in a shooting spree outside two Kansas City-area Jewish centers in April 2014.

    Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan who has made...

  • Matisyahu ousted from Spanish festival for not endorsing Palestinian state

    2 weeks ago

    Matisyahu was disinvited from a Spanish music festival because he would not publicly endorse Palestinian statehood.

    The Jewish-American reggae singer was scheduled to perform Aug. 22 at the Rototom Sunsplash festival in Benicassim, near Barcelona. But his show was canceled after...

  • Motherhood 101 – Where did the time go?

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    I love my son. I also like him. A lot. He is my favorite person on this planet and I would choose him to spend time with over anyone else. Unless of course he were busy and needed me to hang out with someone else, in which case I would choose Idris Elba.

    My son is funny. A...

  • Al Franken backs Iran deal, 5th of 9 Jewish Senate Democrats to do so

    3 weeks ago

    Sen. Al Franken endorsed the Iran nuclear deal, becoming the fifth of nine Jewish senators to back the agreement.

    “Many have expressed reservations about the deal, and I share some of those reservations,” Franken, D-Minn., wrote in an op-ed published Thursday on CNN’s website.

    ...
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