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  • Top 10 reasons Israeli summer is the best in the world

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 4, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Lately, it seems as if Israel is nothing but a war-zone. With its security threat escalating, missiles being fired from Gaza and the recent tragedy regarding the three kidnapped teens, one can easily forget the true beauty of this country. True, it’s scalding hot and you sometimes...

  • Happy 66th birthday, Israel! Forever yours, Noga.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 6, 2014 | 8:36 am

    After spending Friday nights in Tel-Aviv and calling each other “brother” or “sister,” comes the most recent Israeli trend: leaving Israel.

    It is now THE Israeli thing to do: pack, fly, start anew abroad. This phenomenon is not new, but it has recently become impossible to...

  • Let Yasiel Puig have his fun

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    October 15, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    Dear baseball fans,

    By now you have probably heard of the Dodgers' rookie phenom Yasiel Puig. You may have seen highlights of his diving catches, laser throws and monster homeruns. You may have heard Vin Scully discussing the "Wild Horse" circling the bases. Surely you have heard...

  • Happy birthday Mr. Mandela!

    July 18, 2013 | 10:14 am

    South Africa and the world showered tributes on Nelson Mandela on Thursday as the anti-apartheid leader turned 95 in hospital and his doctors reported he was "steadily improving" from a six-week lung infection.

    The country has been on edge since the former president and father of...

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  • This week from Israel - Facing tomorrow?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 24, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    This week, our President, Shimon Peres, celebrated his 90th birthday, followed by the 2013 Presidential Conference, named "Facing Tomorrow." More than a joyful week of celebration for our nation, this past week gave us, Israelis, a glance of a utopic fantasy.

    The guest list of...

  • This week from Israel - Tel-Aviv’s Gay Pride Parade

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 10, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    This Friday, 100,000 people from all around the world gathered in Tel-Aviv for a big, colorful celebration of Pride. Straights, Homosexuals, Transgenders, Bisexuals- all came to show their support of equality in our society.

    This combination of a celebration and a protest took...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 3, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    Airlines of Jordan and Turkey withdrew sponsorship from Israeli travel conference

    Last week, an International Tourism Summit was held in Jerusalem. The conference, where innovative technologies in world tourism and travel were presented, had several sponsors, including Royal...

  • 65 Years of Israel- capturing the Israeli essence (Part 2)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 17, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    Continuing the birthday present for Israel's 65th birthday, here is part 2 of the Israeli-essence slideshow. Enjoy, and always remember- a picture may be worth a thousand words, but even countless pictures will not be equal to the thrill and beauty of an actual eye sight. smiley

  • 65 Years of Israel- capturing the Israeli essence (Part 1)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 16, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    Israel, my home, celebrate its 65th birthday.  That’s really not much. It’s almost nothing on a scale of countries to age, but in this short period of time, we sure have been through a lot. In 65 years, Israel has been through wars, diplomatic issues, growing population, ground...

  • April 13-19

    By Ryan Torok

    April 10, 2013 | 5:49 am

    SAT APRIL 13

    UNITE 

    L.A. young adult groups celebrate Israel’s 65th Independence Day. This blue-and-white party (dress accordingly) at Hollywood club Lure features spinning by DJ Aviel, live performance art and drumming, drinks and kosher catering. 21 and older. Sat. 8:30 p.m....

  • Documentary filmmaker has a ‘Hava Nagila’ in her heart

    By Elyse Glickman

    February 27, 2013 | 8:15 am

    "Hava Nagila” is one of those songs, like “Celebration” and “Auld Lang Syne,” that brings back memories and gets stuck in one’s head. In fact, “Hava Nagila” is so ingrained in American pop culture that many non-Jews can readily identify it, and high-profile non-Jewish recording...

  • Mazel Tov to our community

    October 17, 2012 | 4:50 pm

    Rachel Mollie Slater and Samson Zvi Reznik

    Samson Zvi Reznik, son of Janice and Ben Reznik of Encino, and Rachel Mollie Slater, daughter of Fran and Charney Slater of West Hempstead, N.Y., were married on July 23 in Woodbury, N.Y. 

    The couple lives in Los Angeles.


    Allison...

  • Destination Bar Mitzvahs

    By Elyse Glickman

    October 17, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    Factor in the enormous guest lists, global cuisine and diversions such as high-tech interactive entertainment, and it is clear that bar and bat mitzvah celebrations have become more sophisticated than they were even a decade ago. 

    But not every student wants to celebrate becoming...

  • Why the Wait?

    August 29, 2012 | 5:44 pm

    As bombs dropped over Germany, aerial photographer Arthur Oxenberg would lean out of a B-17 Flying Fortress with his camera to snap a photograph. His photos were a way the U.S. Army Air Forces could tell whether bombs hit their targets.

    Based in Italy, Oxenberg flew 62 combat...

  • At 60 for Zikna

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    August 29, 2012 | 5:33 pm

    The High Holy Day liturgy includes the poignant plea: “Do not cast me off b’eyt zikna,” which is usually translated as “when I get old.” It is a fear many of us have, but are often afraid to articulate. We live in a youth-intoxicated culture where older people are sometimes...

  • A Celebration of Dad

    By Ellie Kahn

    August 29, 2012 | 5:29 pm

    I called my 94-year-old father in Ohio on July 9. I told him how much I loved him, that he was the most wonderful father ever, that I would miss him, and that it was OK for him to let go.

    All I could hear was his heavy breathing as the hospice nurse held the phone to his ear.

    ...
  • Israeli Gay Pride

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 14, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    June 28th, 1969. Greenwich Village, NYC. It started like any other night back then- a police raid on a gay bar. The Stonewall Inn was the daily victim. Only that night, unlike any other night before, was about to mark Gay pride for decades to come.  This was the first time the LGBT...

  • Pro-Palestinian protests mar Israel celebration in Melbourne

    June 7, 2012 | 10:16 am

    A crowd of angry pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Melbourne marred the annual celebration of Israel’s independence.

    Attendees at Tuesday night’s high-profile gathering of politicians, diplomats, bureaucrats and Jewish leaders were forced to walk past the 100-strong crowd that was...

  • The doubled value of an American support

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 4, 2012 | 11:11 am

    It’s a small world after all, and Globalization makes it even smaller. In the last few decades, thanks to technology mostly, the many civilizations of the world are gradually turning into one, as the citizens of the world share more and more interests. Those shared interests are...

  • SHAVUOT: 10 ways to celebrate

    May 24, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Saturday, May 26

    “TEN”
    Rabbis Yonah Bookstein (Jewlicious) and Sharon Brous (IKAR) meet for a rabbinic head-to-head during a night of Shavuot celebration, which features TED-style learning, challah baking, meditation, tequila shots with the rabbis and more. Special guest...

  • Amid security concerns in Tunisia, a smaller Hiloula celebration

    May 14, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    Two thousand years ago, a mysterious woman who was unable to talk arrived on this island. Every sick person she touched was healed. Although she died when her wooden house caught fire, her body remained intact and did not burn.

    That’s a local legend.

    Another is that the miracle...

  • The mirth of the Bar Mitzvah

    February 16, 2012 | 11:44 am

    Think of what might happen to the Jewish calendar if literary scholars got their hands on it.  Tisha B’Av would be classified as a tragedy, Tu B’Shevat would come under the heading of the pastoral, and Yom Kippur could serve as a soliloquy. But what would the bar mitzvah ceremony...

  • Count Something Important (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    February 6, 2012 | 9:50 am

    Atul Gawande says in his book, Better, count something interesting, be it an object or an abstract concept, and you will learn interesting new ideas. Some people count the days to summer camp or the nights until a Saturday night date; I enjoy counting the countries I’ve visited.

    ...
  • Chanukah in Israel: Sufganiyot on the streets, burning lights and family fun

    December 12, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    They’re making sufganiyot on the streets of Israel; Chanukah must be near.

    Actually it started feeling like Chanukah here about two days after Sukkot, when the first vendors started frying the delicious and caloric doughnuts in vats of oil in front of bakeries and on the street in...

  • 24 Hours in Tel Aviv

    Sharona Rosen, alumna of Masa Israel's Young Judaea Year Course

    September 20, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    It is the 3rd of April around 10 P.M. and the city of Tel Aviv is more alive than ever. People are walking the streets, laughing and talking. Then suddenly a siren sounds, and the city freezes. It is Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of...

  • Mishloach Manot of Song from Maccabeats

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 31, 2011 | 9:53 am

    In my article, Mask of Purim, I talked about why I usually do not wear a costume. After all that discussion, I did wear one and I was Wonder Esther this year. One of my favorite things this year was the song, Raise Your Glass as done by the Maccabeats. I wanted to share it with all of you! Take off your mask and celebrate early and often! Maccabeats: Raise Your Glass!

  • Got a light?  Pass the candle

    By Jay Firestone

    December 16, 2008 | 1:00 pm


    A Chanukah video collaboration and I wasn’t involved?  Shame on me. 

    If I had been on my game, I would’ve submitted a dynamite candle lighting clip (maybe even with real dynamite).  I’d bring all the VideoJew friends together (Jelvis, Gino, Aaron Kemp, the guys from the kosher Subway, mah-jongg lady Elaine Sandberg)...the list could go on forever.  But I suppose the VideoJew holiday special will have to wait until next year. 

    For the full effect, visit http://passthecandle.com/

  • Flag Day

    By Rob Eshman

    September 17, 2008 | 11:22 pm

    What a weird week.

    The presidential race, instead of focusing on the best energy policy, the best Mideast policy, the best health care policy, was all about moose and pigs and pitbulls. The financial companies that once defined stability have teetered or collapsed. The stock...

  • Celebration to mark raising of Israeli flag at consulate

    By Tom Tugend

    September 17, 2008 | 10:26 pm

    The blue and white flag with the Star of David will be raised for the first time in front of the Israeli Consulate on Sunday, Sept. 28, in a community-wide celebration of the Jewish state, its 60th anniversary and the beginning of Rosh Hashanah.

    The flag-raising ceremony and...

  • Keep the youngest wedding guests happy—and keep your sanity

    June 12, 2008 | 2:35 pm

    Some things go together like matzah balls and chicken soup; some don't. And the wedding/kid combination traditionally falls into the latter category. After all, unlike the bar/bat mitzvah bash, which is generally a party designed with kids in mind, the wedding celebration has adult...

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