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  • Abbas denies Jerusalem’s Jewish heritage

    August 22, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    Jerusalem’s identity is Arab, and the city’s and Christian holy sites must be protected from Israeli threats, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said.

    Abbas also said that Israeli authorities want to build a Jewish Temple on the site of the al-Aksa mosque and Dome of the...

  • Time to assert Jerusalem’s Jewish heritage

    May 31, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    Among his many statements related to Israel in the last couple of weeks, President Obama got at least one thing right when he said at a London news conference that Jerusalem goes deep into how the Jewish people think about their identity.

    As we mark 44 years of a reunited Jerusalem...

  • ‘Heritage’ positions American Jews in Jewish America

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    January 5, 2011 | 9:45 am

    “Heritage,” warns Beth S. Wenger in “History Lessons: The Creation of American Jewish Heritage” (Princeton University Press, $35), “is always a partisan effort.”

    According to Wenger, a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania and director of its Jewish studies...

  • Heritage site renovations approved

    December 21, 2010 | 2:47 pm

    An Israeli government committee approved the $25 million renovation of 16 national heritage projects and sites.

    The Ministerial Committee on the National Heritage, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Tuesday approved the renovation of the sites—among the 150 sites and...

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  • VIDEO: Chinese Jewish father from Kaifeng visits daughter Jin Jin in Israel

    November 11, 2008 | 3:58 am

    From New Tang Dynasty TV (NTDTV.com):

    ZHANG:
    And on a lighter note… How does it feel to be both Chinese and Jewish? Our Israeli team talks to a young woman from Kaifeng, China who belongs to both of these ancient cultures. Here’s her story.

    STORY:
    We caught up with Jin Jin and...

  • Czech Republic surprises with Jewish treasures

    By Jay Firestone

    October 2, 2008 | 12:49 am

    A tight budget, an embarrassing exchange rate and exponentially expensive flights -- it's a tough time to be an American, and an even tougher time to be an American traveler. But it's still possible to enjoy a first-rate European experience while keeping travel costs reasonable.

    ...
  • UCLA and USC archaeologists hope preserving the Middle East’s shared past can pave way to protecting

    By Tom Tugend

    April 7, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Two unlikely peacemakers are proposing that if Israelis and Palestinians can agree on how to preserve and protect a common archaeological past, perhaps they can agree on a common future.

    If that sounds like a pipedream, teams of scientists from the two antagonistic neighbors and the...

  • Lithuanian festival excludes Yiddish dancers

    By Jane Ulman

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Next July 6, more than 1,000 Lithuanian folk dancers decked out in authentic woven costumes, representing close to 40 dance ensembles, will perform the windmill, the scarf dance and other traditional dances at the XIII Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival, hosted for the first time in Los...
  • People of the Book Essay Contest

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As part of the American Jewish University's Celebration of Jewish Books Festival, students in first through 12th grade submitted essays answering the question: "Jews are the people of the book. What does that mean to you today?" The editorial staff of The Jewish Journal selected...
  • Authors explain Jewish influences on their works

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Journal invited writers who will be featured at Sunday's Festival of Books to answer the simple, essential question that every Jewish writer is often asked: "What Jewish sources -- ideas, writings, traditions -- inspire you, and how do they show up in your work?"

    The...

  • Puppet score tugs at Elfman’s heart strings

    By Carvin Knowles

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Danny Elfman loves Halloween. You can hear it in his music for "Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride" and "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" and in dozens of his other film scores, including "Sleepy Hollow," "Edward Scissorhands" and "Beetlejuice."

    His newest contribution to...

  • Fry the latkes, try the gingerbread

    By Wendy Mogel

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In a second-grade classroom I visited recently, the children were comparing how many presents they were going to receive for Christmas. When they finished, Sarah announced, "I don't celebrate Christmas, I celebrate Chanukah. We get eight presents every night for eight nights."

    Even...

  • Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson expected to set new charity donation record

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sheldon Adelson, frequently dubbed "the world's richest Jew," is about to claim the title of biggest Jewish philanthropist. The Las Vegas-based global casino and resort owner is slated to announce creation of a foundation that will allocate $200 million a year, according to a rising...
  • David Mamet has one question—for the wicked son

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    David Mamet has written a book, "The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-Hatred and the Jews" (Shocken/Nextbook), that is by turns bold, courageous, and outrageous -- it is a book that calls Diaspora Jews to the table and asks: "In or Out?" "The underlying premise of the book," Mamet...
  • Trading in happy meals for real happiness

    By Rocky Salomon

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Living a life of dual identity is no simple task. On one hand, my peers and I are told to live up to the expectations of being Modern Orthodox teens, but on the other side of the spectrum we are tempted by the culture of the secular world on an everyday basis.

    How then is it remotely...

  • Skateboard Creator Builds Business on Performance

    By Amy Klein

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Don Tashman doesn't look like a skater boy, not with his scraggly, brown hair and three-day-old unshaven stubble that's yet to materialize into a beard.

    This religious boy from Beverlywood doesn't even look like a surfer boy -- which he is, as these things usually go hand in hand,...

  • Irreverent Stories You Haven’t Heard

    By Amy Klein

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "All your stories are the same," a British girl in an MFA creative writing program tells the Jewish students in one of the short stories in Elisa Albert's new collection, "How This Night Is Different" (Free Press, $18). "I just feel like I read the same stories over and over again...

  • Farmar Trades Bruin Blue for Laker Purple

    By Ali Austerlitz

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What could be better? Los Angeles's own Jewish Jordan -- Jordan Farmar -- is here to stay.

    The Los Angeles Lakers has drafted Farmar, who made headlines as a sophomore point guard at UCLA, in the first round and as the No. 26 overall pick. Thus, though the Bruin bear must wave his...

  • Perfectly Imperfect

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish kids all get A's. It's a fact. They're all well above average. Jewish kids always star in the show, play first violin in the orchestra, win the debate championship. This week the last of the college acceptance letters went out. They all got into Stanford, Berkeley and Brown....

  • Nefesh Immigrants Cite Smoother Aliyah

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Fairfax resident Yasmine Noury boarded an El Al flight late last year, she joined the growing ranks of North American Jews who immigrated to Israel in 2005.

    "I really believe in living in Israel, and I felt the best time to make aliyah was when I'm young, before I have too many...

  • 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...

  • Hancock Park Infighting Escalates

    By Julie G Fax

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Update September 25, 2007: City Building & Safety inspectors briefly interrupt Kol Nidrei services at Hancock Park shul.

    Smoldering tensions between the Orthodox community and other Hancock Park residents, many of them also Jewish, are heating up anew, as a battle over...

  • 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...

  • Huizar Proposal Would Close Razing Loophole

    By Tom Tugend

    March 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    An order to investigate the demolition of a historic Jewish Community Center (JCC) building in Boyle Heights is now on the agenda of the Los Angeles City Council.

    Under a motion introduced March 22 by Councilmember Jose Huizar, whose district includes Boyle Heights, municipal...

  • Boyle Heights JCC

    By Tom Tugend

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Someone has demolished a part of Los Angeles Jewish history and at this point no one in the Jewish community or even the city's building department seems to know who did it and why.

    The architecturally significant Soto-Michigan Jewish Community Center, the focal point of Jewish...

  • The Ones Left Behind

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The bus bounces its way along the road from Axum to Shire, generating a huge cloud of dust as it barrels through the brown, rocky highlands of Tigray.

    Bombed-out tanks that were brought to a standstill 20 years ago by Tigrean rebels fighting Ethiopia's communist government still...

  • A Dying Language Comes to Life

    By Jane Ulman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Gut morgn."

    Teacher Hannah Pollin greeted the group assembled in a large circle around her. Her nine high school students, armed with a page of interview questions and tape recorders, sat interspersed among 13 senior citizens at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda. They formed...

  • South African Judge Inspires Redemption

    By Laureen Lazarovici

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When he turned 6 in 1941, Albie Sachs received a birthday card from his father, Solly, a union leader in South Africa. The card read: "Many happy returns, and may you grow up to be a soldier in the fight for liberation."

    It would be less a wish than a prophecy. The younger Sachs...

  • Food for Thought

    By Julie G Fax

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The only thing worse than going to most luncheons is having to write about them -- blow-by-blows of well-meaning, well-deserved appreciations and thank yous and speeches that go on too long.

    So on my way over to the Luxe Summit Hotel in Bel-Air last month I decided I wasn't going to...

  • The Treasures on Top of the Mountain

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    By many accounts, it ranks just below Jerusalem as one of Israel's most beloved treasures. It holds United Nations Education, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) status as a World Heritage Site. Conde Nast Traveler magazine even named it the "World's Best Monument."

    Masada,...

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