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  • Live in the ‘hood: lingering Shabbat

    By David Suissa

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I thought I understood the unique power of Shabbat, until I moved to the Pico-Robertson neighborhood a few months ago.

    It's not like I'm a novice on the subject. For several years, in the late '80s and early '90s in Venice Beach, I was part of an eclectic band of yuppie frummies who...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 21st

    TV stars perform bonafide rock 'n' roll at a Ben Gurion Society

    Keren's Corner

    It's an old episode but a fairly new story. Last year, "Grey's Anatomy" featured a plot line about the high risk of breast cancer among Jewish women. This year, Hadassah delves into...

  • L.A. gets ready to be the center of Jewish universe

    By Julie G Fax

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In just three weeks, more than 3,000 leaders of the international Jewish community, including the prime minister of Israel, are coming to Los Angeles.

    What, you hadn't heard?

    This season's best-kept secret among L.A. Jews seems to be that the 75th annual General Assembly (GA) of...

  • Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Amar to visit Los Angeles

    By Amy Klein

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel will visit Los Angeles next week for the first time, a move that signifies the growing importance of the religious community here around the world. Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who has been serving as chief rabbi since 2003, along with Ashkenazi counterpart...
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  • Finding Deeper Truths in Fiction—the Best About Israel

    By Alana Newhouse

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In recent weeks, many of us "Diaspora Jews" kept ourselves neck-deep in news from the Middle East: jumping out of bed to check the front page, keeping the television on all night, refreshing Web sites for the latest headlines. Of course, our routine paled in comparison to many...

  • Lawsuit Filed in Granada Hills Jewish Community Center Shooting

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Lawsuit Filed in Granada Hills Jewish Community Center Shooting

    Families of the victims of the 1999 North Valley Jewish Community Center (JCC) shooting in Granada Hills are suing the state of Washington for allegedly failing to supervise the man who committed the crime. The $15...

  • Will They Ever Understand an Israeli’s Mind-Set?

    By Shira Kaplan

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I am lying in my Tel Aviv bed long after midnight, soaking my pillow with tears.

    My cries are echoing in the house. My folks are fast asleep. The war with Lebanon has finally hit me.

    In my mind, I see my father crying the evening before, watching the Channel 2 news report. The...

  • Who Is A Jew?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you're not Mel Gibson, who correctly guessed that the Malibu sheriff's deputy arresting him at 2 a.m. was, in fact, Jewish -- what are the odds? -- you might want a foolproof tip to discern who's a Jew.

    Here's a hint: the first-person plural. Start up a discussion of the war in...

  • Mission To Israel

    By Amy Klein

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    Teenagers sit in a circle on the sparkling white sand of Hof Nitzanim, a beachfront south of Tel Aviv, where the dark blue waves lap at the shore. Behind them, younger kids play on pool and Ping-Pong tables and families sit around a bar, eating and watching a lithe belly dancer...
  • For Middle East Women, ‘Cavemen’ Are Not Wanted

    By Pamela Ann Smith

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Little noticed among the vast media coverage of the latest Middle East crisis were a couple of dispatches by journalists highlighting the actions of an admittedly few women in Israel.

    Given that it is an act of considerable bravery to protest in the streets at a time when their...

  • Return to the Promised Land

    By Amy Klein

    July 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Do you think we're crazy?" Avi Rembaum is sitting with his wife, Sharon, on a couch in his parents' lovely living room in the Pico Robertson area, while their impish, blue-eyed 21-month-old, Ella, runs back and forth between her parents, and her brother Itai, 8, is watching a video...

  • Evangelicals Slate Pro-Israel Lobbying

    By Tom Tugend

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Some 2,000 extremely pro-Israel community and religious leaders will meet in Washington on July 19, fan out across Capitol Hill and, in effect, tell their legislators: If you want our political backing, you must support the Jewish state -- no ifs or buts.

    There won't be a single Jew...

  • This Week - In and Out

    By Rob Eshman

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last Friday, when the sun went down in Los Angeles, the Jewish community came alive.

    At Sinai Temple in Westwood, 2,000 people packed the sanctuary -- standing-room only -- to hear Elie Wiesel speak during Friday Night Live services as part of the temple's centennial celebration...

  • Wandering Jew - Spiritual Headliners

    By Amy Klein

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Dozens of young giggling girls dressed in their finest skirts and blouses crowded the front of the Universal Hilton ballroom, which was hot and stuffy and filled to standing-room only capacity with women in anticipation of the big event.

    When the music started all the girls and...

  • A Young Violinist With a Lot of Pluck

    By Beverly Gray

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Her name is Camilla Tsiperovich. But, growing up in Azerbaijan, there were times she wasn't allowed to use it. As a 9-year-old violinist performing for world-renowned cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, she was told to call herself Camilla Gadjieva. Her headmaster at the Azerbaijan...

  • Band Gives Klezmer Extreme Makeover

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Like so many other aspects of modern life, klezmer, that centuries-old Yiddish art form, is undergoing a makeover, fusing Jewish folk songs with Caribbean, Spanish and African influences. Yet Extreme Klezmer Makeover, a quartet that will be performing on March 31 at Club Tropical, a...

  • Letters

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Agunot Crisis

    "The 'Bigamist' Versus the 'Agunah'" (March 24) was a classic reporter's balancing act. But there is only one side to this issue, and that side is despicable. The get law permits a man unfettered power to extort for his wife's freedom to remarry and procreate. It is a...

  • Distance Colors Israeli, Diaspora Views

    By Gershom Gorenberg

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At the beginning of the Lebanon War in June 1982, my Jerusalem roommate was packing to leave for grad school in America. Each day's

    newspapers had pictures of men who'd died at Beaufort, Damour, Sidon.

    The supposedly limited operation in Lebanon had morphed into a full-scale...

  • Israeli Superstars Rock the Diaspora

    By Amy Klein

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Lo Ozev At Hair Avur Af Echad Anachnu Shnayim Tamid, Beneynu

    ("I won't leave the city/not for anyone/we are two, always/between us, one God.")

    -- Shlomo Artzi and Shalom Chanoch, "Live at Caesaria"

    Don't believe everything you hear. Two of Israel's greatest rockers -- Shlomo Artzi...

  • ‘Top Gun’ Lawyer Aims to Aid Likud

    By Tom Tugend

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The latest, and certainly most colorful, addition to the ranks of the local Likud leadership is Beverly Hills lawyer Myles L. Berman.

    He is better known to citizens facing drunk driving charges -- and to connoisseurs of advertising slogans -- as The Top Gun DUI Defense Attorney, but...

  • Bye Bye Diaspora, Hello ‘New Jews’

    By J. Shawn Landres

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora" by Caryn Aviv and David Shneer (New York University Press, 2005).

    Earlier this month, I participated in a consultation on "Jewish community in an era of looser connections." Despite the presence of various paradigm-shifting luminaries,...

  • L.A. Jewry Needs More Exploring

    By David N. Myers

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Like any self-respecting East Coast native, I arrived in Los Angeles more than a decade and a half ago armed with the usual stereotypes of this city -- namely, it lacked intellectual and cultural "gravitas," was distinguished by its traffic and smog and defied all known logic of...

  • Jewish Weddings in Space

    By Ron Magid

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Joss Whedon's quirky space Western, "Serenity," features outlaws who act like Wild West gunslingers, an assassin who forces his victims to commit hara kiri, a telepath who inexplicably goes berserk, a Buddhist planet -- and Jewish nuptials in space.

    Based on Whedon's short-lived 2002...

  • Twenty-Nine Days to Make Mitzvot

    By Tzvi Kahn

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Aryeh Green and Yosef Abramowitz were sipping tea in a Bedouin tent last year in Sde Boker, a kibbutz in Israel's Negev desert, when they had an idea.

    Participants at a conference of Kol Dor, an organization that seeks to revitalize Jewish activism and unity across the globe, the two...

  • Can Jewish Groups Get Back on Track?

    By Rachel Pomerance

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Jewish conference focused on a looming crisis might strike some as more of the same.

    But a wave of recent gatherings has tackled the existential questions facing world Jewry, and many are aimed at or driven by new actors.

    The slew of new forums focusing on the future of the Jewish...

  • Mensch Seeks Shayna Maideleh

    By Dina Kraft

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The search is on for "a nice Jewish boy" -- and no, this time it's not your mother who's looking.

    A team of scouts is scouring the Diaspora for the ideal single Jewish man for a new Israeli reality television show. Once selected, the bachelor, who according to producers preferably...

  • What It Takes to Create a Museum

    By Michael Berenbaum

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The opening of a new museum by Yad Vashem is an event to be honored by the entire Jewish world whether in Israel or throughout the Diaspora.

    For Jerusalem to maintain its primacy, its centrality, the brilliant creation of the 1950s, which was then far ahead of its time, had to be...

  • Jerusalem Gets Business Jump-Start

    By Rochelle Furstenberg

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jerusalem might be a spiritually moving "holy city," but many Israelis see it as an economic backwater from which young people are fleeing. Roughly 7,000 highly educated young people leave the city each year, and 40 percent of the city's residents live below the poverty line.

    The...

  • A Settler in Favor of Disengagement

    By David Margolis

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This is a soul-wrenching time for all of us who love the Land of Israel. Jewish homes and villages, farms and factories -- the settlement work of three decades -- are soon to be uprooted in Gaza. We know that more demolitions may be coming.

    Politically -- for the first time in the...

  • We Have an Obligation to Speak Out

    By M.J. Rosenberg

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The major reason many American supporters of Israel line up behind the policies of the Israeli government is that they do not want to be in the position of second guessing the Israelis. The feeling is that they live there and have to bear the consequences of whatever policy Israel...

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