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

    By Avishay Artsy

    15 hours 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

    15 hours 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

    15 hours 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

    15 hours 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...

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  • Will love win?

    By David Suissa

    15 hours 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!

    1 day 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

    2 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

    3 days 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

    3 days 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

    6 days 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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’

    1 week 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

    1 week 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...

  • A Father’s Day gift of justice

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    If you ever visit the Vienna campus of Wirtschafts University Wien (WU), one of Europe’s most prestigious universities, you will see a translucent metal sculpture in the shape of a globe, which prominently features the names of 150 Jews. I got to hear the story of that dramatic...

  • Hebrew word of the week: eqsit

    2 weeks ago

    Trendy American words are quickly incorporated into Israeli Hebrew and cherished by the media gossips. They are taken from the English, as seleb (בלס) “celeb,” or selebrita’it for “female celebrity;” a formal Hebrew synonym is yedua’nit (less common).

    Eqsit takes informal English...

  • Jewish community reacts to the Charleston shooting

    2 weeks ago

    Please join in the comments section below to share your thoughts.


    Rabbi Sharon Brous / IKAR

    It is beyond belief that in the year 2015 we wake up to headlines reading: Nine Dead as Gunman Strikes a Black Church… Police Call Attack a Hate Crime. 2015. Sixty years after Emmett...

  • A father’s love

    By Ellie Kahn

    2 weeks ago

    My father, Bob Goldhamer, passed away two years ago, a week after his 94th birthday. When he died, my sister, Sue, and I each inherited a large box containing all of our childhood drawings and every letter we sent to Dad from camp or college. 

    Dad had apparently lugged these...

  • Father’s Day: A model of involvement

    By Ellie Kahn

    2 weeks ago

    Marcia Berman grew up in Boyle Heights, as did her father, Isadore Berman. Although he graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Caltech, the Depression prevented him from having a career in that field. So, with his brother and father, he opened and ran a chain of movie...

  • Father’s Day: Down-to-Earth role model rabbi

    By Ellie Kahn

    2 weeks ago

    Rabbi David Vorspan is the founding rabbi of Congregation Shir Ami in Woodland Hills, and rabbi-in-residence of New Community Jewish High School in West Hills. His father, Rabbi Max Vorspan, was a scholar, historian and community leader, and vice president at the former University...

  • Father’s Day: The lesson of free speech

    By Ellie Kahn

    2 weeks ago

    Dean Okrand is an Emmy-winning sound re-recording mixer, husband and father of two adult daughters. His own father was Fred Okrand, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California for more than 60 years, and its first legal director. Fred, born in...

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