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  • A Lesson in Tolerance

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 hours ago

    When it comes to my country, I am usually the first one to brag and show-off. Israel is a High Tech world-leader, with the most startups per capita than any other place in the world. Israel is also a leading country when it comes to women’s rights, and at the forefront of morality...

  • Study: N.Y., Boston and Miami are America’s 3 most Jewish cities

    10 hours ago

    New York, Boston and Miami are the three most Jewish cities per capita in the country, according to a new analysis of data gathered last year by the Public Religion Research Institute.

    Eight percent of New York City residents are Jewish, followed by Boston at 6 percent and Miami...

  • U.S. Democrats see ‘fire wall’ holding to preserve Iran deal

    13 hours ago

    U.S. backers of the Iran nuclear deal are increasingly confident of enough Democratic support to ensure it survives review by Congress, despite fierce opposition by majority Republicans and a massive lobbying drive.

    By the time the House of Representatives recessed for the summer...

  • Israel will allow harsher interrogations of Jewish militant suspects

    14 hours ago

    Israel will allow harsher interrogations of suspected Jewish militants, and possibly let security services violently shake detainees, following a deadly West Bank arson attack blamed on ultra-nationalists, a minister said on Monday.

    The announcement came a day after the...

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  • Congressman Adam Schiff, a Jewish Democrat, announces he will support Iran deal

    By Aron Chilewich

    15 hours ago

    Adam Schiff, a Los Angeles congressman who serves as the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, announced Monday morning that he plans to support the Iran nuclear deal. Schiff, who is Jewish with a record of strong support for Israel, serves a district that stretches...

  • Judge upholds sentence of mikvah-peeping rabbi, Barry Freundel

    4 days ago

    A judge upheld the six-and-a-half-year prison sentence of Rabbi Barry Freundel, the Washington rabbi who secretly videotaped dozens of women undressing in the mikvah.

    The ruling Friday came in response to Freundel’s appeal of the sentence levied in May after he pleaded guilty to...

  • Jewish terror draws Netanyahu’s focus homeward

    4 days ago

    Ahead of what may be the toughest diplomatic battle of his career, a final bid to kill the Iran nuclear deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suddenly found himself facing down a terrorist threat – apparently from Jews.

    The flow of Iran messaging from the Prime...

  • West Bank riots flare up after Palestinian baby’s funeral

    4 days ago

    An Israeli policeman was lightly wounded in one of several riots and attacks by Palestinians following the funeral of a baby who died in a fire near Nablus allegedly started by Jewish extremists.

    The officer was wounded in eastern Jerusalem when he was hit by a stone hurled at...

  • Religious assailant attacks Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, wounding six

    5 days ago

    Six marchers were stabbed at Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade — allegedly by the man who stabbed three people at the parade in 2005.

    One victim in Thursday’s stabbings was in critical condition and two were in serious condition.

    [Jewish community reacts to the attack]

    The...

  • German Holocaust film ‘Phoenix’ examines life after death camps

    By Tom Tugend

    6 days ago

    The phoenix is a mythical firebird that lives for centuries, dies in flames and then rises from its ashes to start life anew.

    Phoenix is the name of a nightclub in 1945 Berlin, a city consumed by Allied bombs and Russian canons, trying to rise again after Germany’s crushing...

  • Should Federation take sides?: Moving forward together

    6 days ago

    If you’ve ever heard me speak, you’ve heard me say, “I have the best job in the world.” I work with an incredibly talented and dedicated staff and with the most extraordinary group of lay leaders and donors. Together, we are supporting and sustaining this Jewish community and...

  • Is Munich 1938 a valid analogy for the Iran nuclear deal?

    By Dennis Prager

    6 days ago

    Many commentators — and not only Jews — compare the agreement between Iran and the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China to Munich 1938. Is this admittedly overused comparison valid?

    Let’s review what happened in 1938. That year, democratic Western nations...

  • Brit v’Chesed

    6 days ago

         “Kindness is the overflowing of one’s self into the lives of others” (anonymous)

    Chesed: mercy, compassion, kindness, grace, steadfastness, faithfulness.

    Chesed encompasses all these components, and more. It denotes a love stemming from loyalty and commitment. In the Old...

  • Mossad: All 11 Jews missing after fleeing Iran in the 90s were murdered

    By JNi.media

    1 week ago

    One year after determining that eight Jews who tried to escape from Iran in 1994 were murdered on their way to Israel, the Mossad has recently found that three other Jews who left Iran three years later were also murdered, Ynet reported. The new determination enabled the Rabbinical...

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

    By Milad Doroudian

    1 week ago

    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...

  • Calendar: July 24-30 

    By Amanda Epstein

    1 week ago

    FRI | JULY 24

    “THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER”

    From rags to riches, Sophie Tucker and her big personality paved the way for performers such as Madonna, Bette Midler and Lady Gaga. The opening-night film of this year’s Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival is now in theaters around Los...

  • Cancer took her limb, not her life

    1 week ago

    Veterinarian Erica Heim has no idea where her left arm is. It  turned to ash, most likely, more than a decade ago.

    For years, the 42-year-old Encino native treated days-long bouts of excruciating shoulder pain with Tylenol, physical therapy and acupuncture, until an MRI located a...

  • Tonight, we do not study Torah: Parashat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1–3:22)

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    1 week ago

    For many years, Tisha b’Av was off the radar of the national Israeli narrative. Many Israelis viewed the ancient day of fast as an antiquated observance lacking contemporary relevance. Some argued that Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron are the “new Israeli Tisha b’Av,” and — especially...

  • Faigy Mayer’s suicide is a Jewish tragedy, not just an Orthodox one

    1 week ago

    In September 2013, I gathered with a group of friends to share feelings and reflections on the suicide death of one our friends, Deb Tambor, who had been struggling with a variety of issues related to leaving the insular Hasidic Jewish world. Next to me sat Faigy Mayer, a friend...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Devarim with Rabbi Alan Freedman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Alan Freedman, leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Austin, Texas. Rabbi Freedman was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In addition to...

  • Welcome sites for visiting athletes

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    Lucy Meyer has defied expectations since birth, when she was deprived of oxygen for five seconds and doctors predicted that she would, as a result, never spit or swallow. Now 16, she goes surfing and boogie boarding — despite having cerebral palsy.

    With the Special Olympics World...

  • Liberals Need to Stop Feeling Shame When Supporting Israel

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    2 weeks ago

    All my life, I have been liberal and I have been Jewish.  These identities are badges I have worn proudly and which have long bolstered one another.  Except on one subject: Israel.  So for a long time, I just stayed away from the landmine that discussing Israel can be.  I wore...

  • Desert University is an oasis for medical research

    2 weeks ago

    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is Israel’s only university not found in the northern part of the country. This geographic anomaly, however, has not prevented the 46-year-old institution from excelling: BGU was ranked 30th in the 2014-15 QS World University Rankings’ “Top...

  • Parsing the Jewish genome

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    2 weeks ago

    Jewish law holds that Jewish identity is traced through the maternal bloodline, but history cautions us against the dangers of linking blood and religion. From the Spanish Inquisition to the Third Reich, the scrutiny of one’s ancestry has been a matter of life and death for Jews...

  • Learning Hollywood in the Holy City

    By  Orit Arfa

    2 weeks ago

    Rita (Yijing) Zhang, 22, of Beijing is navigating several historic “walls” as she builds her career as a filmmaker. 

    It started in China, where Zhang recently worked as an assistant on the set of Matt Damon’s upcoming film, “The Great Wall.” Now, the international student at...

  • Frozen in time: Why women don’t have to race the clock

    By Tess Cutler

    2 weeks ago

    I’d heard of Tupperware parties and Botox parties — but I’d never heard of egg-freezing socials until I had the chance to attend one recently at Beverly Hills hotspot Via Alloro.

    Hosted by the Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC), a Los Angeles-based fertility center,...

  • Soraya Nazarian, AJU and the fine art of philanthropy

    2 weeks ago

    Soraya Nazarian has been taking sculpting classes at American Jewish University (AJU) for more than 20 years. She started sculpting at AJU in the late 1980s, and since then has become one of the most renowned Jewish artists in the world. 

    Thanks in part to the resources of AJU,...

  • Jew vs. Jew (vs. Jew) on the Iran deal

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    The Jews of Israel oppose the agreement with Iran. The Jews of America support it. The just-released Jewish Journal survey turns an assumption into a fact: The two largest Jewish communities cannot agree on a major world development that could significantly change the state of the...

  • New poll: U.S. Jews support Iran deal, despite misgivings

    2 weeks ago

    By a wide margin, American Jews support the recently concluded agreement with Iran to restrict its nuclear program, and a clear majority of Jews wants Congress to approve the deal. In fact, as compared with Americans generally, Jews are more supportive of the “Iran deal,” in large...

  • Crossing borders: A tribute to Theo Bikel z”l

    2 weeks ago

    One of the great virtues of Jewish life in Los Angeles, with all its scale and diversity, is that it attracts truly extraordinary people.  I have been privileged to know and befriend three virtuosi of the human experience here in Los Angeles, all of whom have passed from this world...

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