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  • The complexity of the “Gilad Shalit” issue

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 24, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Gilad Shalit is one of the most sensitive topics in the Israeli discussion. It is the one thing we all agree on, but also one of the many things we have a disagreement on. The only problem is, it is very hard to disagree on such a delicate issue.


    The moment he was taken, there...

  • 20 years after the L.A. Riots

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 19, 2012 | 12:40 pm

    On April 29, 1992, the acquittal of four white Los Angeles police officers involved in the beating of Rodney King, an African-American man, triggered riots in Los Angeles that resulted in more than 50 dead, thousands injured and some $1 billion in property damage.

    To mark the 20th...

  • Reality Nation Wide Drama

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 28, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Israel is a very small country, yet somehow has the same amount of reality shows as there are in the USA. This reality-country size ratio makes those shows the center of the public eye. EVERYBODY watches at least two reality shows, and every Israeli knows at least one reality...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Dec. 13- 19: Chanukah, Heeb, Israel, Yiddish

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 12, 2008 | 12:07 am

    SAT | DECEMBER 13

    (ISRAEL)
    If you lost your brother in combat, would you enlist in the army? If your father was killed on the battlefield, would you sign up for the same unit? The 28 IDF soldiers who will be guests of honor at a luncheon today did exactly that. Required to get...
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  • Annie Leibovitz, Ed Asner, Shelly Berman, Lainie Kazan and Elliot Gould

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    November 13, 2008 | 7:14 pm

    SAT | NOVEMBER 15

    (AUTHOR READING)
    Jack and Robin Firestone, an average American Jewish couple, were vacationing in Paris in 1997. Then tragedy struck -- right before their eyes, a car carrying Princess Diana fatally crashed in a Paris tunnel. The Firestones have since written a...
  • Post-election healing — kumbaya in class and at the beach

    By Julie G Fax

    November 12, 2008 | 1:48 am

    Alison Weinreb, a teacher at Maimonides Academy in West Hollywood, invited her sixth-grade social studies class to her home for an election-night viewing party.

    As the electoral map turned increasingly blue, she noticed that her scattered Obama supporters were keeping pretty quiet --...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks for September 13-18: When Ladino met klezmer, Torah Slam, a lawyerly lecture

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    September 12, 2008 | 12:08 am

    SAT | SEPTEMBER 13

    (COMMUNITY FAIR)
    The City of Los Angeles and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sponsor an annual emergency preparedness fair as part of the Great Southern California ShakeOut: Are You Prepared? The fair seeks to educate Angelenos on the importance of being prepared for...
  • The Great Awakening

    By Rob Eshman

    August 14, 2008 | 12:53 am

    The Rev. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church will hold back-to-back public conversations this Saturday, Aug. 16, with the two presumptive presidential candidates, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain. The conversations, on the topic of "Compassion and Leadership," will be broadcast...
  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for April 5-11

    By Dikla Kadosh

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    SAT | APRIL 5

    (MUSIC FEST)
    pick gifThe artsy, experimental presentation of silent film is reviving interest in the image-rich art form. While the genre has sadly become obsolete in today's digitized, surround-sound cinema, the classics are part of film history -- as in the case of "His...
  • Picks and clicks for March 15-21

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    SAT | MARCH 15

    (CANCER AWARENESS)
    pick gifHelp find a cure for a condition that affects too many of our mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters and daughters. Fight breast cancer with more than 15,000 men, women and children at the 12th annual Komen Race for the Cure, a 5K walk/run and 1K...
  • Calendar Girls picks and kicks for March 8 -15

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    SAT | MARCH 8

    (CONCERT)
    pick gifFor many Israelis, Shalom Hanoch (photo, above) is a living musical legend along the lines of Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen. The silver-haired, 60-something musician is widely credited as a founder of Israeli rock and has created a prolific body of work...
  • The message

    By Rob Eshman

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Thank you.

    That's the profound message of this column: Thank you. The instigators, organizers and volunteers who brought Limmud to Los Angeles last weekend deserve our gratitude for challenging one of the long-held orthodoxies of the L.A. Jewish community: There is no Jewish...

  • JewishJournal.com Reader Forums hot topics

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 17, 2007 | 5:58 pm


    Here are the hottest topics/threads so far this month in JewishJournal.com’s Reader Forums:

    1. Iran and Israel  
    2. Ideological Bigotry  
    3. The leaders of Israel and the Jewish people are failing us  
    4. Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century  
    5. Conversion Rules/Who is a Jew?  

    What does it all mean?  Two Jews = three opinions, at least! 

    :-)

    Shabbat Shalom.

    —Dennis Wilen

  • Reasons to book it to UCLA

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Political provocateur Gore Vidal, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, industrialist Lee Iacocca, fantasy maven Ray Bradbury, Los Angeles crime novelist Lee Ellroy and Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua. Add more than 700 additional authors, readings, performances and panels, and you...
  • Olmert to meet Mubarak; Israel Gets Secular Rabbis

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Olmert, Mubarak to Meet

    Aides of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak next week at the Red Sea port of Sharm el-Sheik. Mubarak has played a key mediating role in efforts to retrieve Cpl. Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held...

  • Kabbalah boom prompts meeting of mystical minds

    By Brigid Brett

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In Maui, at a New Age gift shop, a woman in a sarong pays for a candle in the shape of the Buddha, a bundle of sage used in Native American ceremonies and a copy of "Becoming Like God: Kabbalah and Our Ultimate Destiny," by Michael Berg. At a Baltimore bookstore, a young man...
  • Law Committee’s gay ruling stepped outside Halacha

    By Rabbi Joel Roth

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Conservative movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards last week validated three responsa, or teshuvot, on the general subject of homosexuality.

    In fact, the primary technical issue was the Jewish legal status of sex between members of the same gender. From the answers...

  • Reform, Conservative, Orthodox leaders tell all

    By Amy Klein

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Where are we as a people?"

    On Monday, the three heads of the leading Jewish seminaries tackled this question, as well as the challenges of teaching a new generation of Jews in an hourlong plenary session that stepped outside the overriding focus on Israel at the United Jewish...

  • Let's confront, I mean, let's <I>talk</I>

    By Amy Klein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Men will do anything -- and I mean anything, from changing their phones, emails and even primary residences, to joining the army during wartime -- rather than confront a woman. By "confront," I mean, "talk directly to." They just don't like it.  
  • So many authors, so little time

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Chick lit, pulp comics, historical fiction, gumshoe action and a dash of Los Angeles noir.
     
    Add celebrities such as Jackie Collins and Tommy Chong and you begin -- just barely -- to get a taste of the eclectic stew that will be the fifth annual West Hollwood Book Fair, Sept. 17,...
  • Needed: Rational Discussion

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When David Lauter, the deputy foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times, began speaking to a crowd of about 400 at a Women's Alliance for Israel program last week, it was clear that most of the audience was out for his scalp, and not even the yarmulke he was wearing could save him....
  • 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...

  • Hush Falls Over Jewish Hollywood Post-‘Mad Mel’

    By Tom Tugend

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mel Gibson Hollywood's top guns have been quick to answer a vicious anti-Semitic slur, attributed to actor-director Mel Gibson -- by staying mostly mute.

    Gibson, the director of the controversial "The Passion of the Christ," was pulled over in the early hours of July 28 while speeding along...

  • Conservatives Focus on Intermarrieds

    By Sue Fishkoff

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Stephen Lachter didn't know what to expect when a friend dragged him to a men's club meeting at his Conservative synagogue five years ago.

    "My father was in a men's club, and to me, it was guys sitting around playing pinochle and volunteer ushering," he admitted.

    Instead, Lachter was...

  • Kids Learn Burial Rites From Barney

    By Naomi Glauberman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Their bagels sliced, toasted and slathered with cream cheese, the parents and students of the fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Santa Monica's Sha'arei Am turn toward Rabbi Jeff Marx as he welcomes them to Family Education Day.

    His introduction is interrupted by Lori Daitch, the...

  • Misguided Passion About Gibson’s Film

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The great 20th century philosopher, Martin Buber, had an uncanny ability to speak to ecumenical gatherings. He would often begin his lectures highlighting the many theological tenets shared by Jews and Christians.

    "Jews," he said, "believe the Messiah has yet to come." To which he...

  • Competing Moments of Truth on Schools

    By Howard Blume

    April 9, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Tuesday April 18, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to lay the groundwork for the most defining initiative of his term in office: his attempt to take control of Los Angeles' schools. But the day before he does, opponents of his plan will beat him to the microphone. The L.A....

  • PASSOVER: Try to Avoid Asking the Fifth Question

    By Rabbi Stewart L. Vogel

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    While there are only four questions posed in the haggadah, most seders struggle with the unasked fifth question, "When are we going to eat?" It is asked, not only by hungry children, but also by adults who feel disconnected to the rituals of their ancestors. As if reenacting the...

  • Disputed Film Draws Muted Response

    By Marc Ballon

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For Rabbi Marvin Hier, suicide bombings are the modern-day plague. The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center so condemns these acts of terror that he spoke to the late Pope John Paul II, Jordan's King Abdullah II and the chancellor of Austria to enlist their support in...

  • ‘One People’ Adopts Novel Plan on Book

    By David Finnigan

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei knew his congregants at Westwood's Sinai Temple loved reading when about 20 of them braved the evening rush hour last November for an event at the University of Judaism (UJ) celebrating the 1939 talmudic novel, "As a Driven Leaf."

    "This was sandwiched in...

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