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  • The Cinderella stories of Aline Brosh McKenna

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 30, 2011 | 7:30 pm

    When Aline Brosh McKenna pitched her very first script in her first screenwriting class circa 1990, her words were met by a hushed, possibly startled, silence.  The setting was an extension course at New York University: “I just remember somebody writing something about an art...

  • Fields of Dreams

    By David Suissa

    September 11, 2008 | 12:20 am

    I used to think that between the time of the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D., and the birth of Israel in 1948, there was no such thing as an exclusively Jewish city. Sure, there were plenty of Jewish ghettos and neighborhoods scattered throughout the globe, but a city...
  • Northern Israel needs investment to bolster it—- security and development are linked

    August 14, 2008 | 12:04 am

    The graffiti on the Galilean bomb shelter that greeted Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wasted no words: "Wake up Sharon, Olmert's in a coma."

    Watching Olmert tour upgraded and refurbished bomb shelters in the north after the release of the Winograd Report last spring prompted jokes in...

  • Briefs: CIA lifts lid on Israeli raid on Syrian reactor; Iranians raze Tehran shuls

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    CIA: Syria Could Have Made Two Nukes

    Israel destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor that was nearly ready to produce two bombs, the CIA chief said.

    Michael Hayden said Monday that the secret, unfinished reactor that the United States believes Israel bombed Sept. 6 in northeastern Syria...

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  • The downside of upscale growth

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I've been following the Los Angeles housing story for a few months because of its special relevance to the Jewish community.

    It has been a story of skirmishes, of threatened apartment houses, of new high rises and old buildings converted into expensive lofts and even of profound...

  • Das Happy Kapital

    By Rob Eshman

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last Monday, I took my ticket from the parking valet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, turned, and came face to face with John Kerry. He was standing beside me, staring at his cell phone.

    "Oh," I said to the senator, at a loss. "Hi."

    "Hi," he said, and turned back to his phone.

    The...
  • 5th District’s Jews spar over City Councilman Jack Weiss

    By Tom Tugend

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss stirs up strong emotions among his constituents.

    To his admirers, he is "a man of courage and principle," "available 24/7" and "there for the Jewish community every step of the way."

    To his critics, he is "arrogant," "doesn't get engaged,"...

  • Growing taste for kosher boils in U.S. melting pot

    By Buzzy Gordon

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Hispanic and Asian foods are so different -- in taste, textures, ingredients (even the utensils with which they are eaten) -- that it seemed a strange pairing when the annual Expo Comida Latina was combined with the All Asian Food trade show at the Los Angeles Convention Center...
  • Designing woman preserves observatory’s past for future

    By Morris Newman

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Brenda Levin sometimes said that she wishes her original architectural designs would get as much attention as her historic-preservation efforts, such as the restoration she's just completed of the Griffith Observatory. If so, there is no detectible ambivalence in her voice on this...

  • Schools Give Prum-Hess High Marks

    By Julie G Fax

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last year, two Los Angeles schools applied for and won MATCH grants, which are awarded each year by a consortium of Jewish education foundations that reward day schools for cultivating new donors. The grants brought in more than $100,000.

    This spring, 13 day schools were awarded the...

  • Dr. Freud at 150

    By Dr. Frank Heynick

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Why," Sigmund Freud once asked rhetorically, "did it [psychoanalysis] have to wait for an absolutely irreligious Jew?"

    Why indeed?

    Freud was born in Freiberg, in the Austrian empire, on May 6, 1856, 150 years ago this weekend. Three years after his birth, his family moved to Vienna....

  • Parental Values Do Influence Children

    By Ian Russ

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It was 12:45 a.m. on a Sunday, and my 14-year-old son and I were returning from a rap concert. It wasn't my kind of music, but the entertainers were talented, and it had been fun dancing along with the concert crowd. The occasion also gave my son and me time for one of our many small...

  • Nonverbal Baby Talk a Sign of the Times

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    While other infants and young toddlers let out a howl when they are hungry, 14-month-old Emmet Weisz simply brings his hands together at the heel and rotates the right hand over the left, making the hand-sign for his favorite food: cheese.

    "He has a great love for dairy," laughed...

  • Program Tries to Sell Youth on Negev

    By Dina Kraft

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Endless stretches of sand and sky surround the teenagers as they tumble off buses in the Negev Desert.

    "It's really pretty here. It's very different from the Ukraine," said Larisa Protasova, 17, as she posed for a photo on the edge of a sand dune. A recent immigrant to Israel, it was...

  • Negev + Galilee = Israel’s Future

    By Batsheva Pomerantz

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "The Negev and the Galilee comprise 70 percent of the area of the State of Israel with 30 percent of its populace, but they guarantee 100 percent of the future of the state," said Ron Pelmer, the director of Or National Initiatives, a nonprofit organization that helps to develop...

  • 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...

  • Women’s Lib Rises in Wake of Disaster

    By Peter Ephross

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    The two young, sari-clad women, one in blue and one in orange, stand in the thatched-roof meeting hall, take hold of the...

  • France Tirelessly Battles Anti-Semitism

    By Philippe Larrieu

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    After 15 days of violent urban unrest, at a time when all those who have France at heart are worried and distressed, when the beautiful motto of the French Revolution, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity," seems endangered, I would like to convey a strong and meaningful message: France is...

  • L.A. Hosts Debate on Israel Economy

    By Tom Tugend

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "It's the economy, stupid," was President Clinton's campaign mantra, and the same lesson was hammered home June 5-7 to 25 Israeli diplomats at a three-day conference at the Beverly Hilton.

    "Growing Israel's economy must be the priority of every Israeli representative abroad, and let...

  • When Sad Things Happen to Good Kids

    By Gaby Friedman

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The Boy Who Didn't Want To Be Sad" by Dr. Rob Goldblatt (American Psychological Magination Press, 2004).

    After taking his children to see a pleasant Disney cartoon, Dr. Rob Goldblatt thought there would some animated chatter about the film during the drive home.

    Instead, there was...

  • Mayor Hahn Deserves Another Four Years

    By Carmen Warschaw

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    There is no doubt that Antonio Villaraigosa is flashy. But Los Angeles has enough movie stars. What our community and our city need is a mayor of accomplishment and whose values are in line with ours.

    We should especially appreciate Mayor James Hahn's efforts on behalf of the...

  • Weiss Support Strong Despite Challenge

    By Marc B. Haefele

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    For most L.A. City Council members, the March municipal election is less a race than a stroll in the park. Mayor Jim Hahn faces four serious challengers, but just before the December filing deadline, it seemed that the only serious council race was in the Westside's 11th District,...

  • Kabbalist Theory of Everything

    By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Derech Hashem -- The Way of God" by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (Feldheim, 1997).

    Quietly studying a page of the Talmud on a crowded plane, the great Orthodox teacher and thinker Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik was interrupted by a passenger in the next seat.

    "Pardon me. What is that...

  • Israel Watches Iran With Worry

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    For Israel, it's the classic "I've got good news, but you might want to hear the bad news first" scenario.

    Just when a confluence of unrelated events revived the prospect of peace talks with the Palestinians, Iran's potential nuclear threat to the Jewish state suddenly seems...

  • Negev to Blossom Under JNF Blueprint

    By Marc Ballon

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A prominent Jewish organization wants to turn the mostly barren desert that is the Negev into a string of tree-lined, thriving communities dotted with verdant parks, flowering fields and pristine waterways.

    The Jewish National Fund (JNF), a nonprofit group that has served as...

  • Stem Cell Success a Prop. 71 Boost?

    By Idan Ivri

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Researchers at the Technion Institute of Technology and Rambam Medical Center in Israel have transformed embryonic stem cells into heart cells. The big breakthrough: When they grafted those cells onto a damaged heart, they essentially worked as a biological pacemaker.

    This...

  • Balance Paramount to UPN Head Ostroff

    By Soriya Daniels

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Dawn Ostroff, who in addition to being a religiously observant wife and mother, has worked her way up to a glamorous, powerful and exciting position: president of entertainment at UPN. Offering insight into the art of balancing home and work life and achieving one's professional...

  • Transition to New Center Under Way

    By Andrea Adelson

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The transition by Orange County's Jewish Community Center (JCC) to an expansive $20 million facility in Irvine this summer is already underway with the hiring, effective March 1, of an expanded management team.

    On the job only a few months, Dan M. Bernstein, the JCC's executive...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Asks U.S. Egypt Help in Gaza

    The United States and Egypt want to know more about Israel's proposal for Egypt to help secure Gaza after an Israeli withdrawal.

    Dov Weisglass, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's chief of staff, and Giora Eiland, Sharon's national security...

  • Campus Advocates Spring Ready

    By Rachel Pomerance

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    After 12 days of advocacy training in the Jewish state, Jonathan Goldberg is returning to the University of Michigan with concrete plans for promoting Israel's cause on campus.

    "The trick is to translate [passion for Israel] into something that somebody else would care about," said...

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