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  • Travel Writing Contest: Free Entry, Cash Prizes!

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    January 2, 2013 | 8:26 am

    We Said Go Travel Writing Contest
    Winter 2013--Free Entry, Cash Prizes

    WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its 2013 Travel Writing Contest with a $200 first-place prize and no fee for entry.  The theme for the Winter 2013 contest is “Inspiration: A Place you Love.” We hope...

  • Travel Writing Contest: Free Entry, Cash Prizes!

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    January 2, 2013 | 8:26 am

    We Said Go Travel Writing Contest
    Winter 2013--Free Entry, Cash Prizes

    WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its 2013 Travel Writing Contest with a $200 first-place prize and no fee for entry.  The theme for the Winter 2013 contest is “Inspiration: A Place you Love.” We hope...

  • Iranians unlikely to compete against Israelis in Olympics

    July 24, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Despite a statement from the head of the Iranian Olympic committee asserting that Iranian athletes can compete against Israelis in the London Olympic Games, it is unlikely to occur.

    Bahram Afsharzadeh, the head of the Iranian Olympic Mission, said on July 23 that his athletes will...

  • Israeli-built robots shoot for U.S. competition

    March 26, 2012 | 11:43 am

    Forward Omri Casspi made the leap from Israel to the National Basketball Association in 2009, but the latest Israeli hoopsters seeking to compete on American soil aren’t human.

    Earlier this month, several thousand spectators watched student-built robots from across Israel square...

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  • Lunch with the Enemy

    By Ilana Angel

    January 10, 2012 | 11:43 pm

    I had lunch today with a new friend.  It’s rather interesting that we are friends actually because before I even met her, I was certain I would not like her.  She is young, beautiful, talented, Jewish, and while almost 20 years younger than me, in the same dating pool.  Of course I...

  • Seth Godin’s Wisdom

    By Samira Asemanfar

    November 21, 2011 | 4:31 pm

    Every entrepreneur needs to follow someone they admire. Why? To get inspired. To have someone to shadow, mentally. I have several people that I admire. One of them is Seth Godin, marketing genius, writer and entrepreneur. In today’s blog post he asks, “what is your competitive...

  • Queens College group takes Jewish a cappella competition [VIDEO]

    April 7, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    A group from Queens College won the inaugural Jewish collegiate a cappella competition and its $1,500 prize.

    Tizmoret was named the best of the nine groups from seven U.S. campuses competing last weekend in the Kol HaOlam National Jewish Collegiate A Capella Competition in...

  • Mock trial team wins merely by competing

    May 12, 2009 | 6:20 pm

    The record book will say that the Maimonides School finished 20th out of 40 teams at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Atlanta, winning two trials and losing two.

    But that doesn’t include the team’s huge victory even before last weekend’s competition had started...

  • The Making of ‘The Chosen Dish’

    By  Orit Arfa

    March 25, 2009 | 9:34 pm

    Prior to becoming a food writer and restaurant reviewer for The Jerusalem Post, I always thought of kosher food as limited and bland. But Israel demands competitive kosher cuisine — hotels generally adhere to kashrut laws; corporate lunch meetings must often accommodate observant...

  • Has Anyone in Israel Asked Why the Swedes Hate Us?

    March 17, 2009 | 7:26 pm

    Was it a coincidence? The day after Israel’s Davis Cup tennis match in Sweden, played in a practically empty arena this week, a brief item appeared on the Haaretz Web site: Historians have discovered that Sweden, former tennis superpower, aided the Nazi war machine by extending...

  • Counselors in demand as college applications soar

    By Rachel Heller

    October 31, 2008 | 6:21 pm

    High school seniors don't have it easy during this year's college application season, which is expected to be the most applied-to year on record.

    Just ask Jeremy Friedman, who is juggling 12 applications in addition to his class work and a part-time job.

    "I didn't think applying...

  • Milken students win first high school X PRIZE

    By Julie G Fax

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Milken Community High School students joined the space race this week when two seniors won the first-ever X PRIZE competition for high schoolers. On Sunday, Michael Hakimi and Talia Nour-Omid took home the first Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award for their concept of developing...
  • IFF: Tinseltown opens arms and wallets to Israel counterparts

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When it started, the Israel Film Festival was a New York-based institution showing strictly feature films. With executive offices off Wilshire Boulevard near Fairfax Avenue, the festival is now a multicity event that this year will pack in 10 to 11 features, 12 documentaries, eight...
  • Come dive with me—Israeli skydivers training in SoCal

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    You do it ... you can never go back," Israeli Sharon Har-noy said recently of her passion for the sport of skydiving. She and teammate Adi Freid met with a reporter during a break from training at Perris Valley Skydiving, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

    Har-noy and Freid...

  • Un-bee-lievable Spellings

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Of the viewers who watched ABC's broadcast of the 79th National Spelling Bee on June 1, how many would have spelled the word meaning "kosher approval" the way the judges did? The Round 8 word trumped the young lady who had to spell it, too.

    When Saryn Hooks spelled it...

  • Songs of the South

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It appears Fox TV's "American Idol" has a Jewish contestant heading to the finals. Twenty-seven-year-old Elliott Yamin from Virginia, auditioned for the pop star search and singing competition in Boston, and has gone on to make it into the top 24, and then, on March 9, into the top...

  • Defy Gravity

    By Rob Eshman

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld and I shook hands 20 minutes before we were to jump out of an airplane together at 12,500 feet. It would be my first solo jump. Dan has made some 23,000 -- he's stopped counting except by the thousands.

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    Brodsky-Chenfeld smiling as the author falls to earth.

     

    I...

  • Nachas From Noggins

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills has once again given Los Angeles something to kvell about. The school claimed top honors at this year's national Academic Decathlon, the annual contest of intellectual prowess.

    Three of the nine team members generated special pride for the...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Art From the Heart

    Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, fell this year on Thursday, May 5. Did your school honor the day? Quartz Hill High School, in the Antelope Valley, honors the Holocaust every year by putting on a competition for the best creative work.

    Train of Thought

    ...
  • Prices Too Low to Be Kosher

    By Stanley David

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Illyse Zesch likes to start her Passover shopping early. So it isn't surprising that, two weeks before the holiday, she made a trip with her fiancé -- Rabbi Steve Conn of Santa Clarita's Temple Beth Shalom -- to the Kosher Club on Pico near La Brea, the largest kosher market in...

  • Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    $10 Million Offered for Information on Missing Flier

    Israeli emissary Uri Chen of the Born to Freedom Foundation visited Los Angeles last month, not to ask for money but to offer $10 million.

    The money has been put up as a reward to anyone "providing proven and reliable...

  • The ‘Boys’ at the Front

    By Tom Tugend

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Werner Angress was attached to a U.S. paratroop platoon winging behind German lines on D-Day, when the sergeant told him he'd be the first to jump.

    "But I've never jumped before in my life," Angress protested.

    "That's OK," the sergeant said, "the newest guy always goes first."

    ...
  • Iceberg Sinks ‘Race’ Menches

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Eleven teams. Thirty days. One-million dollars. Zero bagels. That is what 32-year-olds Avi Scheier and Joe Rashbaum tried to face as one of the teams on the sixth season of the around-the-world reality show "The Amazing Race."

    "Race" teams are given clues telling them where to go and...

  • Twin Triathletes Go for the Gold

    By Carin Davis

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. may have the Hamm brothers, but Israel has the Alterman brothers. Like their American counterparts, these 24-year-old twins have their eyes on Olympic gold.

    Ran and Dan Alterman are Israel's reigning triathlon champions. For the past four years, they have dominated the sport...

  • Pico’s Familiar Slice

    By Julie G Fax

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The balabus is back.

    Howard Weiss, who opened Los Angeles's first kosher pizza shop in the mid 1970s, has reopened his famed Kosher Nostra, and he's looking to reclaim the glory days of over-sized slices and relentless puns that made the first Kosher Nostra a community institution.

    ...

  • Krayzelburg to Defend Record in Athens

    By Tom Tugend

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg will go to the Athens Olympic Games, thanks to placing second in his race during the U.S. qualifying trials, a feat greeted with greater acclaim and emotion than his three gold medals in Sydney four years ago.

    The Jewish immigrant from Odessa had the media,...

  • Mayoral Evolution

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg's entry into the 2005 mayoral race, the odds of a competitive battle for the city's top political job have increased.

    The combination of Hertzberg, former Police Chief Bernard Parks (considered extremely likely to run), state Sen. Richard...

  • A Triangle of ‘Talking’

    By Tom Tugend

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At one point in the Taper Forum play "The Talking Cure," Sigmund Freud warns the young Carl Gustav Jung not to needlessly stir up the enemies of psychoanalytic theory.

    "One difficulty is that all in my circle are Jews," Freud explains.

    "I don't see what difference that makes," the...

  • Get Your Creative Jews Flowing

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Calling all creative kids. If you have a way with words or an aptitude for art, you can use your unique talents by entering the first annual Jews for Judaism Jewish Students' Creative Writing & Art Contest.

    Working with the theme "I Love Judaism," future scribes and artists can...

  • Where the End Justifies the Beans

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Businessman Allen Gochnour is a regular at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on La Cienega Boulevard, and like many of the people who wait in the line that often stretches out the door, he's not just there to grab a cup of java and run. Instead, the transplanted Pittsburgher hangs out to...

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