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  • Lazer Lloyd, Israel’s king of Blues, comes to L.A.

    By Avishay Artsy

    August 13, 2014 | 11:48 am

    Lazer Lloyd has been dubbed Israel’s king of the blues, but, for the last few weeks, you could say his entire country has been singing the blues.

    “The pain is so deep, we can’t even fathom it,” he said via Skype from his home in the ancient city of Beit Shemesh, between Jerusalem...

  • Los Angeles community reacts to violence in the Gaza war

    August 6, 2014 | 4:05 pm

    Two simultaneous events in Los Angeles last week that focused on Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip revealed a community split between progressives who expressed some criticism of Israel even as they supported its efforts at security, and more unconditional supporters of the Jewish...

  • Jewish dreamers, schemers of the San Fernando Valley

    October 3, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    Have you ever been lost on Ventura Boulevard, a street that’s long on history? One night, I found myself west of the 405 Freeway, searching for the street on which to turn left to pick up my teenage son and realized I’d totally lost my bearings.

    Separated from the San Fernando...

  • Encino man killed in his home

    By Ryan Torok

    September 20, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    Encino resident Harvey Cohen, 80, was shot and killed in his home early on Sept. 19.

    As of Sept. 20, no suspects have been named in the shooting, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division is investigating the incident.


  • Mitzvahland: For all your Jewish needs

    By Rob Eshman

    September 17, 2013 | 10:43 am

    On Sunday, my wife and I drove out to the Valley to buy a new sukkah. It was time. I’d bought our old sukkah from an Armenian Catholic who supplied booths to vendors in farmers’ markets. When his orders began to spike in September, he realized he could have a good little side...

  • Dybbuk debuts ‘Darkness and Light’

    August 28, 2013 | 12:29 pm

    It’s well past 10 p.m. on a Wednesday evening, and the halls of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) are filled with the sounds of creativity. In one room of the Encino Conservative congregation, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony winds down its rehearsal, packing up instruments as its musicians...

  • Cultivating Next Gen communities

    By Jared Sichel

    August 22, 2013 | 3:07 pm

    It started with a cup of coffee.

    About two years ago, Effie Braun and her husband, Nate, sat down with Rabbi Noah Farkas of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino to discuss an idea — VBSnextGen.

    The rabbi’s idea was to create a community within VBS for couples under 40 — dating,...

  • Q&A with Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    By Susan Freudenheim

    May 8, 2013 | 6:37 pm

    On Sunday, May 11, Rabbi Ed Feinstein, senior rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom, will be feted for his two decades of service to the synagogue. He talks in this edited version of an interview about changes in synagogue life, his theology and what he prays for.

    Jewish Journal: Twenty...

  • Benjamin Reznik: L.A. based lawyer who takes on Goliath

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 26, 2012 | 2:02 pm

    Among land-use attorneys working in Los Angeles, Benjamin Reznik is better known than most, perhaps because of his success at suing the City of Los Angeles. In 2009, the partner in the firm of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP told the Los Angeles Times he had probably sued the...

  • My Single Peeps: Robert P.

    August 29, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    As soon as Robert sits down, his gaze continually shifts from the window to me. I make up reasons in my head: He’s on the run from the cops. He owes money to a bookie, and they’re coming after him. His partner is outside casing the joint. “I’m looking for parking enforcement.”...

  • Ner Maarav to merge with Ramat Zion

    June 13, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    Twenty-five years ago, Temple Ner Maarav in Encino served nearly 450 families. Today, that number has dwindled to 65.

    After more than half a century, the Conservative congregation will shut its doors on June 30. Many of its remaining congregants will join with Northridge’s Temple...

  • L.A. story: ‘Dorfman’ screenwriter pens a love letter to her city

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 2, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    “I would like to share the story of how ‘Dorfman’ came to be, in the very location where our mini-miracle occurred,” screenwriter Wendy Kout e-mailed last week. She insisted on meeting at the tiny block on Industrial Street, a revitalized strip in the Los Angeles Downtown...

  • Danny and Marie

    By Rob Eshman

    February 29, 2012 | 12:29 pm

    Tuesday, Feb. 21, marked the 10-year anniversary of the day we learned that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl had been murdered by terrorists in Pakistan.

    That morning I drove to the Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in Van Nuys, where I was to moderate a panel discussion...

  • Opinion: Save Los Encinos

    By Rob Eshman

    February 1, 2012 | 11:41 am

    Things change; I get it.

    My favorite diner — Benice, in Venice — closed this week after 24 years in business. Life goes on. They pave paradise. Joni Mitchell is 67, for Pete’s sake.

    So why does the impending closure of Los Encinos State Historic Park rankle so many people, me...

  • Listener, advocate for the dying

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    January 5, 2012 | 4:32 pm

    Getting old, as Bette Davis famously said, is not for sissies. And developing a terminal illness, as Davis later learned, is no picnic either. Yet while most of us fear sickness, aging and the end of life, hospice volunteer Michael Curtis finds solace and purpose — pleasure, even...

  • Opinion: Obama’s numbers could swing 30th district race

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 28, 2011 | 12:05 pm

    Rep. Brad Sherman doesn’t intend to follow Rep. Henry Waxman’s advice to give up his San Fernando Valley congressional race against Rep. Howard Berman.

    Instead, he has hired a high-profile campaign manager, Parke Skelton, who has worked for many Democrats, including Los Angeles...

  • Walking the Jewish walk, not just talking the talk

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 14, 2011 | 11:55 am

    As a kid growing up in Encino, Jeff Mirkin’s Judaism was more a peripheral pleasure than a way of life. His family did what lots of Jews do — holiday dinners and the occasional trip to shul, usually on Yom Kippur. Family time, more than religious observance, was the focus of...

  • Berman vs. Sherman?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 19, 2011 | 5:58 pm

    Over the past two months, political observers have been keeping close watch on draft maps being released by California’s new, citizen-led redistricting panel. Though Jewish leaders haven’t been actively lobbying the Citizens Redistricting Commission on behalf of the community...

  • Spice it up

    March 16, 2011 | 12:05 pm

    The old-fashioned chalkboard just outside the front doors of Sassi in Encino announces that the day’s special is Tripolitan couscous, and this is exactly what I’m here for.

    Sassi is a small, family-owned, glatt kosher Mediterranean restaurant. Of course, Mediterranean covers an...

  • Secular Academy will merge Jewish values

    March 1, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    There are a lot of differences between what Mars Academy in Encino promises and the offerings of a typical secular day school.

    Every student will have a cubicle instead of a locker. Individualized mini-lessons from a teacher will replace lectures. And it will be housed in a...

  • From Israel with love

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 24, 2010 | 11:11 am

    Arriving at the crowded restaurant Itzik Hagadol Grill in Encino is like entering the hustle and bustle of Israel. Large groups of happy, noisy people talk at once while consuming platters of wonderful salad dishes and grilled meats that overflow tables.

    Itzik Hagadol Grill opened...

  • Tel Aviv Grill Comes to Encino

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 18, 2009 | 7:06 pm

    Itzik Hagadol knows how to “open up a table,” as they say in Israel.

    The restaurateur, whose real name is Itzik Luzon, has a reputation in Tel Aviv for lavishing his guests in Middle Eastern style — serving up an abundance of food that includes heaping platefuls of salads....

  • Community Briefs

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    ADL Sponsors "Safe Community" Program in Encino

    Earlier this year, a string of arson attacks on five houses of worship rocked the interfaith community. Earlier this month, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sponsored an interfaith forum to prepare the community in case such...

  • Israel Fest Crowd Smaller, but Solid

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rides, kabobs, Mother's Day and the Los Angeles Lakers made the 15th annual Israeli Festival an interesting experience this past Sunday. The combined forces of the holiday and the NBA playoffs brought the attendance rate at the May 11 event down to about 35,000 festival-goers --...

  • Suspect Arrested in Arson Attacks

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    An Iranian Jewish immigrant has been arrested as a suspect in a string of arson attacks that targeted three synagogues, a church and a Baha'i center, and which had spread fear of hate crimes and even terrorism throughout the San Fernando Valley.

    Farshid Tehrani, 40, who apparently...

  • Community Briefs

    By Mike Levy

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Farrakhan for Free?

    A City Council decision to waive event fees for a February Nation of Islam convention drew protests from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Nearly $30,000 in Convention Center rental fees and costs were waived by the council, which determined the event served a...

  • Test of Fear

    By Tom Tugend

    June 7, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Millions of civilians faced the ultimate test of character when Nazi armies occupied their countries and started deporting their Jewish neighbors.

    Most reacted like normal human beings; that is, they looked the other way, when they did not actively collaborate with the conqueror. A...

  • Shabbat on the Boulevard

    By Adam Wills

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    After the candles were lit, the wine blessed and the bread broken, Jimmy Gamliel and Yosi Levy, standing on a small stage in front of patrons at Tempo Restaurant in Encino, broke into traditional Shabbat songs from Israel. The crowd, nearly 110 strong, sang and clapped along with the...