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

    By Tom Tugend

    8 hours 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

    9 hours 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

    9 hours 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

    15 hours 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...

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

    By JNi.media

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    5 days 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

    5 days 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

    5 days 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

    5 days 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

    5 days 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

    5 days 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

    5 days 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

    6 days 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

    6 days 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

    6 days 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

    6 days 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

    6 days 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

    6 days ago

    The Jews of Israel oppose the agreement with Iran. The Jews of America support it. The just-released LA 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...

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

    6 days 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

    1 week 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...

  • Geneva is not Munich, and President Obama is not Neville Chamberlain

    By Michael Berenbaum

    1 week ago

    If I could wave a magic wand, I would ask the Jewish community to stop using Holocaust analogies. They simply don’t work. We are different and the world is different.

    Permit me a simple example. No one disputes that Israel has second-strike capacity and that anyone who...

  • Iran: ‘This deal is not the last step’

    1 week ago

    I have three identities: I’m Iranian, I’m American, and I’m Israeli. Historically, what that has meant is that there are very few places in the world that I’ve found where all my identities have been welcome. Actually, through my extensive travels, including Afghanistan, North...

  • You can’t take it with you – And Socks are Forever?

    1 week ago

    "You can’t take it with you.”

    I’m certain we’ve all heard this expression and come to understand that we enter this world with nothing, and similarly leave property-less. In my family’s case, this saying took an interesting twist when my father passed away.

    To understand, it is...

  • E.L. Doctorow, ‘Ragtime’ author, dies at 84

    1 week ago

    E.L. Doctorow, the author of popular novels grounded in American history including "Ragtime" and "Billy Bathgate," died in New York on Tuesday at age 84, the New York Times reported.

    The award-winning writer died of complications from lung cancer, the Times said, citing his son.

  • Why Trump is soaring

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    The more outrageous Donald Trump gets in his noisy and obnoxious campaign for the Republican nomination, the more his front-running poll numbers seem to be soaring.

    What's going on? Are people that shallow? Don't they get that his shtick is just that -- a shtick? Can't they see...

  • In the land of milk and honey, Israelis turn vegan

    1 week ago

    Nana Shrier, owner of the stylish Georgian restaurant Nanuchka in downtown Tel Aviv, shocked Israel's culinary world when she removed all animal-based products from the menu. A year later business is thriving, defying those who predicted its demise.

    Nanuchka is part of a growing...

  • Ben Shapiro files police report against transgender reporter Zoey Tur

    1 week ago

    Ben Shapiro filed the report Sunday morning, two days after a contentious exchange with Zoey Tur on the HLN program Dr. Drew. On a panel discussion over Bruce Jenner’s receipt of ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award, Tur grabbed Shapiro’s neck and growled, “You cut that out now, or...

  • Should American Jews show solidarity with Israel?

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    For as long as I can remember, American Jews who have opposed Israeli policies have justified it by pointing to a vigorous opposition inside Israel. In many ways, this was one of their most powerful arguments: Look at all the Israelis who agree with us! 

    Now, suddenly, with the...

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