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  • Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick break up

    50 minutes ago

    It's over for Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian, PEOPLE has learned. 

    Kardashian, 36, and Disick, 32, shared nine years and three children together – though their relationship was frequently strained by Disick's substance abuse issues, including a stint in rehab earlier this year. 

    Most recently, Disick made headlines when he was spotted cozying up to ex-girlfriend Chloe Bartoli during a vacation in Monte Carlo last week. 

    Read more at People.

  • Confessions of a Jewish Atheist

    By Mindy Leaf

    2 hours ago

    We were seated at a round table at our local Jewish Community Center, awaiting our tax-dollar-funded senior meal, when the man at my left began a conversation (or, shall I say, confrontation). "You know, the first monotheist wasn't Jewish," he bellowed. "He was an Egyptian king who...

  • Michael Oren responds to ‘Ally’ backlash at local event

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren’s dual loyalties — and his frustration with the growing separation between Israel and America — were evident in his remarks July 1 when he appeared at the Museum of Tolerance to discuss his recently released, controversial...

  • Mexican TV anchor Zabludovsky, symbol of government spin, dies at 87

    4 days ago

    Influential Mexican journalist Jacobo Zabludovsky, seen for years by critics as an unofficial mouthpiece for the government, died on Thursday morning after suffering a stroke in hospital.

    Zabludovsky was from 1971 to 1998 host of "24 Hours" a nightly news show on the dominant...

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  • Moving and shaking: Marriage equality rally, L.A. Press Club Awards, the Black Eyed Peas and more

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    Los Angeles clergy, city officials, same-sex couples and other supporters of gay marriage rejoiced in the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states during a June 26 rally in West Hollywood Park.

    “Marriage, that peculiar and particular joining of...

  • New flooring leads to discovery of ancient bath in Jerusalem village

    4 days ago

    A Jerusalem family has found a 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath under their house while renovating the living room floor, Israel's Antiquities Authority said on Wednesday.

    Pottery vessels inside the rock-hewn bath helped archaeologists date the discovery to the 1st century. The...

  • $1 coffee chain taps into Israeli anger over high cost of living

    4 days ago

    With a $1 cup of coffee, Avi Katz is starting to do something Israelis have been demanding for years and politicians have failed to achieve – lower the cost of living.

    In 2011, hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets to protest against the high cost of essentials...

  • An ‘island of spirituality’ in L.A.’s Fashion District

    By Avishay Artsy

    5 days ago

    In an unexceptional strip of concrete warehouses, tucked amid the apparel stores and wholesale suit shops of downtown Los Angeles, a group of Jewish men meets several times a day — to pray.

    For 40-year-old Oded Somech, an Israeli textile importer, a midday daven is a welcome...

  • Ways of seeing: the sculptures of Arik Levy

    By Avishay Artsy

    5 days ago

    Paris-based, Israeli-born sculptor and industrial designer Arik Levy makes sculptures that look like abstractversions of nature. His best-known pieces approximate contoured, reflective stainless steel rocks. The tension and harmony between the fabricated and the organic is at the...

  • Comedy for Koby brings American comics to Israel

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    5 days ago

    Like many Jewish comedians in Los Angeles, Avi Liberman books club gigs, occasionally auditions for TV work and does “Jewish gigs” at synagogues and elsewhere.

    But in recent years, Liberman also has been spending a lot of his time planning trips to Israel.

    What makes his tours...

  • Why we are crying

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    5 days ago

    I was reminiscing with a friend last night about my 21 years as rabbi of Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), the first and oldest LGBT synagogue in the world (founded in 1972). I arrived in 1994, in the midst of the AIDS crisis, and my calendar filled immediately with death-bed...

  • Will love win?

    By David Suissa

    5 days ago

    “Love wins” was a popular reaction throughout social media last week to the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. I thought about that wonderful slogan as I attended two love-filled religious events — one connected to Islam and one to Christianity.

    The events made me...

  • What A Graduation!

    5 days ago

    [Editor’s Note: 18 students of the Gamliel Institute, the leadership training arm of Kavod v’Nichum, having successfully completed all courses and requirements as part of the certification process by the Gamliel Institute, participated in, and recently returned from, the first ever...

  • ‘1913: Seeds of Conflict’ traces the roots of Arab-Israeli unrest

    By Gerri Miller

    6 days ago

    Considering the State of Israel’s volatile history, it may come as a surprise to learn that 100 years ago, Jews and Arabs lived side by side in relative harmony in Palestine under Ottoman rule.

    What changed and why? The documentary special “1913: Seeds of Conflict,” premiering on...

  • From fear to elation: My mother’s love wins

    1 week ago

    The phone began ringing early this morning. Friends and family wanted to make sure that I had heard about the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. I was elated. I picked up the phone to call my mom and realized that I could not reach her because she was on...

  • Netanyahu faces political crisis over Israel’s natural gas monopoly

    1 week ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday faced his first major coalition crisis since his re-election, with ministers withholding support for government plans for developing Israel's natural gas fields.

    At least three cabinet members cited conflicts of interest -...

  • Jewish community reacts to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

    1 week ago

    The news Friday that the Supreme Court of the United States had issued a 5-4 ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide prompted both tears and enthusiasm from many in the Los Angeles Jewish community.

    “Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same...

  • Hebrew word of the week: abba, imma

    2 weeks ago

    In many languages, the words for father and mother — being the first words a baby utters — are quite similar, and they include the labial consonants b, p, m; or dental d, t, n; as papa, dad, (Czech) tata, mam(m)a, mommy, nanny; similar words are used in Chinese, French, Italian,...

  • How a bunch of Hollywood Jews saved youth baseball in South Los Angeles

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    “Oh! Oh! That’s my baby! Right there! He’s catching it!” Bridgette Harper called out as her son, Dillen, 11, stood at shortstop, glove in the air, his eyes on the baseball plummeting toward him. Notwithstanding his mom’s confidence, it was evident Dillen had misjudged the pop fly...

  • Should the UC define anti-Semitism? No, protect free speech

    2 weeks ago

    Should a major university system have a particular definition of anti-Semitism?

    That’s what is being asked of the University of California’s Board of Regents. Two dozen groups, led by the AMCHA Initiative, want the regents to adopt the definition used by the U.S Department of...

  • Should the UC define anti-Semitism? Yes, adopt the State Dept. version

    2 weeks ago

    Dear Honorable Members of the University of California Board of Regents:

    We are 32 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of supporters who are deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of Jewish students at the University of California. In light of the alarming...

  • Calendar: June 27 - July 3

    By Amanda Epstein

    2 weeks ago

    FRI | JUNE 26

    “CULTURE LAB: SACRIFICE”

    This interactive, mixed-media art installation and performance piece asks the important question, “What sacrifices have you made in order to be where you are today?” Presented by the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center, the...

  • Expired and Inspired On the Road

    By Rabbi Joe Blair

    2 weeks ago

    Recently, for several weeks, I published this blog from ‘on the road’. The reason for the travel is related to the blog, and I thought it might be worthwhile to let readers know, because some of the upcoming entries in the weeks ahead will be as a result of that travel.

    If you...

  • Charleston church gunman Dylann Roof’s manifesto calls to ‘destroy the Jewish identity’

    2 weeks ago

    Dylann Roof, the alleged Charleston church gunman, said in a racial manifesto that the Jewish “problem” would be solved “if we could somehow destroy the Jewish identity.”

    Roof, 21, who has been charged with killing nine worshipers last week in the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in the...

  • ‘Titanic’ composer dies in California plane crash

    2 weeks ago

    Hollywood composer James Horner, who scored the Oscar-winning film "Titanic" and its mega-hit theme song "My Heart Will Go On", died in a plane crash in southern California on Monday, U.S. media reported.

    The aircraft came down in the Los Padres National Forest, north of Los...

  • Father’s Day: The allure of fishing

    2 weeks ago

    My father and I were fishing a snowmelt lake in the High Sierra, and I was on the shore, deciding whether I should throw back the little trout I’d just caught. 

    It was something my father and I had always wanted.

    We had vacationed in the woods every summer since I was 3 years...

  • Israeli killed, another wounded in West Bank shooting

    2 weeks ago

    An Israeli hiker was killed and another wounded in the West Bank on Friday in an attack apparently carried out by a Palestinian gunman, a hospital spokeswoman and security forces said.

    Police and the military said the attack took place near the Jewish settlement of Dolev in the...

  • WATCH: Jon Stewart delivers joke-less monologue on Charleston shooting

    2 weeks ago

    As Jon Stewart said Thursday night, his job for the past 16 years has been to deliver jokes based on the news.

    On Thursday, however, he simply could not do his job – the killing of nine at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina had left him, for the first time, unable to write jokes.

    Below is video of Stewart’s joke-less monologue, in which he delivers one of the most impassioned segments of his career.

  • Me, naked at a Berlin spa

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    When I was in Berlin last year, I decided to go to a spa.

    My entire life, I’d read how famous Europeans “took the waters” to restore their health and psyches. Kafka recuperated at Marienbad, Goethe at Franzensbad, Dickens at Harrogate. Herzl summered at Altaussee, as did many...

  • The Recipe for Cheese Pie

    2 weeks ago

    Shavuot had me in the mood for a good cheese pie. Not a NY cheesecake, but an old fashioned cake my mom used to make with cake on top and bottom and a cottage cheese filling in between. I haven't made one for years, having long ago mastered the art of the cheese blintz.

    Nostalgia...

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