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  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    July 29, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

            When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on...

  • The role of L.A.’s Jewish electorate is changing

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 19, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    What do the recent city elections that saw Jews step into the three top citywide offices — mayor, city attorney and city controller — mean for the role of the Jewish community in Los Angeles?

    The remarkable political success of Jews in Los Angeles since the election in 1953 of...

  • In Detroit, Jewish resurgence led by young aims to transform city

    November 30, 2011 | 2:39 pm

    Blair Nosan grew up in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield, attended the University of Michigan and then, like thousands of other young Jews from the beleaguered state, moved away.

    Though she grew up in a heavily Jewish area, Nosan, 26, had felt disconnected both from her Jewish...

  • [UPDATE] Sound of blast reported in Iran’s Isfahan City, home to key nuclear facility

    November 28, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    The sound of an apparent explosion was heard from Iran’s Isfahan city on Monday afternoon, the head of the judiciary in the province said, but the province’s deputy governor denied that there had been a big blast.

    “In the afternoon, there was a noise like an explosion, but we don’t...

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  • U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments in Jerusalem passport case

    November 7, 2011 | 10:29 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to hear arguments in a case that would allow American citizens born in Jerusalem to have their birthplace listed as Israel on their passports.

    Arguments in the case of Zivotofsky v. Clinton were set to be heard Monday. The case involves...

  • A chosen rail line?

    October 26, 2011 | 7:27 pm

    In a city where nothing ever seems to come easy, the arrival this summer of Jerusalem’s long-delayed light-rail Red Line was seen by some as nothing short of a miracle. At many points over the past 10-plus years of construction, it looked as though the Messiah would pass through...

  • Opinion: L.A. Sukkah sit-in shows Jews' passion for politics

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 26, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    As I stopped at the sukkah in the Occupy L.A. encampment outside City Hall, I thought of the Jews’ role in the upcoming presidential election, which will be taking place amid a recession and doubts about President Barack Obama’s attitude toward Israel.

    The sukkah was an...

  • Valley and Proud: City vs. Valley

    By Orit Arfa

    May 20, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    The battle for Jewish geographical supremacy goes back to talmudic times, when Jews of Babylon (Bavli) and Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) each asserted their city as the coveted center of Jewish life. In the Middle Ages, the battle took place between the Jews of Northern Europe (Ashkenaz)...

  • Tel Aviv is Lonely Planet top 10 city

    November 2, 2010 | 9:50 am

    Tel Aviv is among the world’s top 10 cities for 2011 listed by the popular Lonely Planet travel guide website.

    Lonely Planet puts Tel Aviv in third place behind Tangier, Morocco, in second and New York in first.

    “Tel Aviv is the total flipside of Jerusalem, a modern Sin City on the...

  • NYC Sticker Shock

    By Joel Chasnoff

    May 22, 2009 | 11:04 am

    One of my favorite things about New York is that the traffic cops don’t just ticket you, they humiliate you.

    The point of this neon-yellow sticker, I suppose, is that pedestrians and fellow drivers will see it, read it, and subsequently hate me. What’s worse is that these stickers can’t be removed - last time I got one on my car, it came off only after a violent rainstorm.

  • Rabbi Freehling’s pet project

    By Rachel Heller

    September 25, 2008 | 1:12 am

    Daylong synagogue attendance is rare among most Reform Jews. It's even rarer for their dogs.

    For almost 12 years, Lucy traveled each day to University Synagogue in Brentwood with her owner, Rabbi Allen I. Freehling, then the synagogue's senior rabbi. The golden retriever mix soon...

  • Mayor: Building inspectors need better training, increased sensitivity -- and no more Yom Kippur showdowns

    By Tom Tugend

    September 24, 2008 | 4:00 am

    One year after an emotional incident in which city building inspectors sought to halt Kol Nidrei services for Orthodox worshippers at a Hancock Park service, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has followed up with a report with recommendations designed to increase sensitivity and prevent...
  • ‘Nighthawks’ Scribe Brings Hopper Painting to Life

    By Robert David Jaffee

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Based upon Edward Hopper's famous painting of a late-night coffee shop on a desolate city street corner, Douglas Steinberg's new play, "Nighthawks," which is having its world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theater, features a painter who says only one word in the entire first act....

  • Shul’s Stormy Saga

    By Julie G Fax

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    With its prominent location at one of Hancock Park's busiest intersections, at Third Street and Highland Avenue, Congregation Etz Chaim's boxy, domed building constantly reminds area residents of a decade of ongoing tensions.

    The current focus of the dispute is a lawsuit that has...

  • Russian City Gets New JCC

    By Yasha Levine

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At a time when Jewish Community Centers in the West frequently struggle to survive in prosperous communities with lots of Jews, the small Russian port city of Arkhangelsk near the Arctic Circle is on the verge of getting a brand-new JCC. A local businessman had pledged to build and...

  • Zagat for Dating

    By Amy Klein

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Where do you want to meet?" I ask my blind date on the phone for our last-minute get-together. I find it's best to set up these things in haste, on the fly, soon after a phone call, so expectations are kept to the barest minimum. (And yet, somehow, no matter how low hopes seem to...

  • Bike the Big Apple

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chasidic Williamsburg, Roosevelt Island and Long Island City are easily navigable by bicycle, but given New York's frenetic pace, you might prefer an expert take you there.

    Bronx native Joel Seidenstein stands ready at the handlebars.

    After 33 years teaching social studies in the...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, October 1

    Ditch the stuffy fundraising dinners in favor of two benefits this weekend that actually sound fun. Today's "Hugs for Ari" is a carnival-style dinner-dance at the Santa Monica Pier. Huge auction prizes like tickets to Pearl Jam in Buenos Aires, plus roaming...

  • 5766

    By Rob Eshman

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A foursome was tramping the fairway toward the seventh hole at Hillcrest Country Club last Saturday when two coyotes appeared from out of the shrubs. The golfers were close enough to see that one animal was female and the other clearly male. That's how close they were.

    Every...

  • Tommywood - Missing New Orleans

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I've always kept a mental list of places about to disappear, such as the ruins of Angor Wat in Cambodia. Never -- ever -- was New Orleans on that list.

    My first visit to New Orleans was as a college student, driving 36 hours straight from Vermont to attend Mardi Gras. I kept...

  • Wild Ride With Wildlife in Miami

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Stretching along the popular beachfront area of Miami, approximately 650,000 Jewish residents support more than 100 synagogues, several Jewish community centers and abundant kosher restaurants, including authentic Thai food. The South Florida city even employs a full-time kashrut...

  • A Hard Rain

    By Frances Dinkelspiel

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In the winter of 1861-1862, the skies in California let loose, unleashing torrents of water around the state. In Los Angeles, rain fell for 28 straight days, pushing the Los Angeles River higher and higher until a waist-high wall of water jumped its banks, ripping away everything...

  • The Grand Old Jews of York

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In 1773, when Capt. Alexander Graydon visited York, Pa., it was a married Jewish hostess who captured his attention.

    "[T]here was but a single house in which I found that sort of reception which invited me to repeat my visit; and this was the house of a Jew," he wrote of Shinah...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    This week's portion is named for Moses' father-in-law, Yitro. Moses is exhausted because he spends the whole day talking to anyone who needs counseling or judgment. Yitro, who is visiting him, says: "You'll kill yourself if you keep up at this pace. Get some people to help...
  • How the Maccabees Reshaped Jerusalem

    By Bill Gladstone

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Maccabees are celebrated throughout the Jewish world for recapturing Jerusalem for the Jews, rededicating the Temple and lighting lamps with a day's supply of oil that miraculously lasted for eight days.

    Less well-known, according to a leading Israeli archaeologist, is that...

  • Billion-Dollar Plan on Line in Fight for 11th

    By Idan Ivri

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Quick geography quiz: In the past half century, which region has seen only a handful of leaders, and today is focused on a controversial multibillion-dollar reconstruction project?

    No, it's not Iraq. Welcome to the Westside -- or more specifically, the 11th City Council District.

    ...
  • Wilshire: Boulevard of Sanctuaries

    By Kevin Roderick

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Wilshire Boulevard's stature as the grand concourse of Los Angeles is due in part to its many architecturally distinct synagogues and churches. Those located in the Wilshire Center district, between LaFayette Park and about Western Avenue, are some of the most notable and serve some...

  • Image and Reality in L.A.

    By Yuval Rotem

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Critics say Los Angeles is all image. The city, they claim, presents an illusion to the world much like the movies Hollywood projects on its big screens. The myth goes that it's a city of facades, with the favored tools are the editor's airbrush or the plastic surgeon's scalpel....

  • A New Relationship

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A relationship with a new city is like a relationship with a new guy. At first, you compare a lot -- my ex had better nicknames for me; he made the bed in the morning. My ex was the one for me, and now I'm just marking time before becoming that old lady in line at the bagel shop who...

  • Tel Aviv Emerges From Capital’s Shadow

    By Amy Klein

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Why aren't you living in Jerusalem?"

    I used to date a guy from Tel Aviv, and whenever we'd spend the weekends in my city, the capital of Israel, he'd get this question thrown at him every place we went.

    "Are you a student?" people would ask, bemused. My Anglo immigrant friends could...

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