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  • Follow The DJ

    By Tera Greene

    March 31, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    Short and sweet.

    I am launching my website, http://www.djnovajade.com, tomorrow, April 1, 2014. 

    DJing is my profession, though many of you know that I am also a speaker and writer (duh!), among other things.  So, as I take my career to the next level, I am using my gifts in...

  • Israeli rabbi: Weed is kosher if it’s medicinal

    June 28, 2013 | 9:04 am

    An Israeli Orthodox rabbi ruled that distributing and smoking medicinal marijuana is kosher, but using weed for fun is forbidden.

    Efraim Zalmanovich, the rabbi of Mazkeret Batia, a town south of Tel Aviv, made the distinction in a recent halachic ruling, NRG, the news site of the...

  • Next mayor’s earth agenda

    March 28, 2013 | 10:05 am

    Delivering his inaugural address on the City Hall lawn in 2005, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa challenged Angelenos to turn Los Angeles into “… the greenest big city in America.”

    Eight years later, it is only fitting that we ask ourselves how close Mayor Villaraigosa has come to...

  • Cooking Our Children

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 7, 2012 | 12:08 am

    The Book of Eicha (Lamentations) offers many grim images as it recounts the destruction of Jerusalem, and the slaughter and exiling of its population.  Surely one of the most gruesome is that of parents so racked with hunger that they resort to cooking their own children.  It’s an...

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  • Eco-friendly home reveals ‘greener’ pastures ahead [SLIDESHOW]

    July 25, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    As scientists continue to warn us that our over-consumption of natural resources is putting too great a strain on our planet, the idea of sustainability — of reducing one’s carbon footprint, recycling and finding a cleaner, greener future — has never been more popular. And...

  • Praying with Compassion: Time for Vegan Tefillin!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 24, 2012 | 1:29 am

    Could we create vegan tefillin? By vegan tefillin, I do not, of course, mean tefillin made from corn. That would not fulfill the holy mitzvah. But could we ensure that our Jewish ritual objects, which must come from animals, are obtained in a cruelty-free manner?

    Tefillin is a very...

  • Israel and the world Pt. 4- weekly news from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 29, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    • On April 22nd, Israel showed respect for our homeplanet by turning off the lights for one hour. Three weeks after most of the world, the state of Israel was shut down from the day-to-day activities and rush. For one hour, the lights in most Israeli houses were turned off, and...

  • Climate change: Is Dennis the menace?

    December 7, 2011 | 5:39 pm

    Read Dennis Prager’s response: A reasoned skeptic’s response

    Dennis Prager reminds me of Harry Truman. No, not Harry Truman the president. I’m talking about the Harry Truman who, in 1980, refused to evacuate his Mount St. Helens Lodge, located less than two miles from the crater...

  • Temple Sinai going green with rooftop solar panels

    December 7, 2011 | 4:31 pm

    Temple Sinai of Glendale is about to begin installing a solar energy system in an effort to go green. The 30-kilowatt rooftop solar panels will be unveiled at an induction ceremony at Temple Sinai on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

    “The Jewish Federations is pleased to see our synagogues...

  • Temple Judea Wins Energy Oscar

    By Dikla Kadosh

    October 24, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    Temple Judea, whose recent renovation was featured in TRIBE’s September issue, has received recognition for incorporating green strategies in its rebuilding project. The Reform synagogue, located in the West San Fernando Valley, celebrated the new year in September with a new...

  • Shop for you, shop for the world

    October 21, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    Consumerism is often dubbed the antithesis of all that is good, but that doesn’t have to be so. More and more, businesses are adopting ethical labor practices, Earth-friendly materials and altruistic causes. We found a few ways for you to flex your consumer power — with a...

  • My Chanukah miracle

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 1, 2010 | 5:06 pm

    And on the fifth day, I learned how not to compost.

    It was a sunny mid-November morning when I found out that potato peels, celery tops and other vegetable pieces — in other words, most of the 7 pounds of organic matter I had been saving in my refrigerator’s crisper drawer for...

  • U.S. expert sees Israel as renewable energy leader

    November 11, 2010 | 11:11 am

    Israel is poised to be a leader in developing solar energy and other renewable energy sources, a leader in the energy arena said while visiting the Jewish state.

    In addition, “There are real opportunities for U.S.-style venture capital investment in Israel,” Michael Eckhart,...

  • Balancing resources and lives -- being Jewish and 'green'

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    December 11, 2008 | 12:23 am

    I entered the classroom, where more than 30 Jewish adults who had been studying together for the past semester buzzed in conversation. I began class by asking my students a simple question: "Are you concerned about what is happening to our environment and worried about what the...
  • Waxman will play key role in putting Obama agenda into action

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 26, 2008 | 7:11 pm

    Henry Waxman is a combination of toughness and gentlemanliness, qualities that helped raise him from the fratricidal politics of West Los Angeles to the pinnacle of power in President-elect Barack Obama's Washington.

    Through it all -- from battles as a leader in the California Young...

  • Begone, bygones! Green is the new blue and white

    November 13, 2008 | 12:45 am

    Bygones

    "Let Bygones (Not) Be Bygones" (Nov. 7) infuriated me. Marty Kaplan is not happy that Barack Obama was generous to his opponents and their supporters in his victory speech, because in his opinion, they are guilty of lies and character assassination for suggesting the...
  • Israel building its first eco-friendly town

    November 12, 2008 | 10:42 pm

    ALTTEXT

    Mount Gilboa will be the site of Israel's first green town.


    It's one thing to adopt environmentally conscious behavior, such as recycling, taking public transportation and saving water or electricity. But that's not enough for the future residents of the developing northern Israeli...

  • Menorah lights hope for second oil miracle

    By Tom Tugend

    October 10, 2008 | 3:59 pm

    alt.energy menorah

    Alternative energy symbols, which are laser cut into crystal menorah, from left, are biofuel, electric, wind, coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar, water. The symbols are a reminder to adopt alternative energy sources.


    There are golf, art deco and Noah's Ark menorahs and also cat,...

  • The Dead Sea is dying and it's a 'man-made disaster' [VIDEO]

    August 3, 2008 | 7:34 pm

    EIN GEDI, Israel (JTA)—The beach at the Ein Gedi Spa at the Dead Sea would seem like an ideal place for a little R&R amid the frenzy of modern Israel.

    Set in the quiet of the desert, it has stunning views of Jordan’s mountains and its therapeutic waters reputedly do wonders for...

  • Red-Dead canal idea stirs controversy

    By Dina Kraft

    August 3, 2008 | 6:46 pm

    HERZLIYA, Israel (JTA) – On aerial photographs, the shrinking Dead Sea juts into the surrounding desert landscape like a blue index finger.

    As part of the effort to prevent this finger from becoming a mere smudge on the map by 2050, the World Bank is conducting a $14 million...

  • OPINION: Save the Dead Sea by restoring the Jordan River, not by building a canal to the Red Sea

    August 3, 2008 | 6:24 pm

    TEL AVIV (JTA)—Environmentalists in Israel and the Middle East have a clear vision on how to save the Dead Sea, which has been losing 850 million cubic meters per year thanks to water diversion upstream and mineral extraction at the sea.

    This vision sees fresh water flowing again...

  • Israel's clean tech advances attract foreign investors' green

    By Dina Kraft

    July 15, 2008 | 2:29 am

    TEL AVIV (JTA) -- From cutting-edge geothermal power deep underground to wind turbines and solar panels capturing energy from the sky above, foreign investors are pouring money into Israel's growing clean tech sector.

    And it's not just Jews.

    "Every day I get calls from people asking...

  • Take back L.A.

    By Rob Eshman

    July 9, 2008 | 10:43 pm

    If you want to see the city of Los Angeles' own version of MTV's "Punk'd," go to the Western Avenue terminus of the Metro Purple Line.

    I was there last week when a group of German tourists approached me holding an MTA transit map of the city.

    "Where is the beach?" a young man asked...

  • VIDEO: A Sacred Duty—A Jewish response to threats to our environment

    July 8, 2008 | 4:09 am

    From the Internet Archive:

    A Major Documentary on Current Environmental Threats and How Jewish Teachings Can Be Applied in Responding to These Threats.

    Produced by Emmy-Award-winning producer, director, writer, and cinematographer Lionel Friedberg, A SACRED DUTY will take its...

  • Israel-Iran war talk blamed for oil price frenzy

    By Ron Kampeas

    July 7, 2008 | 5:40 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Even if the tough talk between Israel and Iran never comes to blows, it’s already hitting consumers where it hurts—at the gas pump.

    Experts say that talk of an Israeli strike on Iran is a key part of what’s unsettling already volatile oil markets.

    “It’s clearly...

  • Israel invests in clean tech as energy crunch looms

    By Dina Kraft

    July 2, 2008 | 10:24 pm

    At a lab in Rehovot, the man who developed the Arrow missile is consumed with his next mission: making Israel energy independent by using cheap solar power.

    "The issue of energy is the greatest danger to Israel, because in 30 years there will be no energy means, no oil and no gas,...

  • Bill Boyarsky: Calculating the value of Villaraigosa’s trip

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 26, 2008 | 11:33 am



    The Mayor, in Israel, lauds green tech and security cooperation initiatives




    It would be easy for me to beat up on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his junket to Israel. After all, when I was a reporter, I covered two of our most traveled mayors, Tom Bradley and Sam Yorty.

    While I never...

  • From security to the environment — L.A. and Israel exchange ideas

    June 26, 2008 | 11:31 am

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    L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the Western Wall. Photo courtesy the Mayor's Office


    Last week's emotion-packed visit to Sderot by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with a delegation of senior city officials, leaders of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the...

  • We need public transit—why can’t we get it?

    June 19, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    I've never been a big one for buses or subways. I've never been able to organize myself around their schedules, at least when it comes to getting to work. So I usually end up taking my car (or, now that I'm in sunny Berkeley, walking, and not worrying about getting anywhere on time)....
  • VIDEO: World’s first operating thermal energy field opens in Israel

    June 18, 2008 | 11:42 pm

    Israeli companies BrightSource Energy and LUZ II have created a solar power development center—the word’s first, they say.  Here is the promo video.

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