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  • Joseph L. Young: Jewish knight of religious art

    September 9, 2015 | 11:35 am

    For many of us seeking a connection to our synagogue environments this High Holy Days season, the work of a mid-century Jewish Los Angeles artist, Joseph L. Young, will once again be giving us an assist by opening our eyes to the possibilities of religious art.

    Joseph L....

  • Boyle Heights and City Terrace: Musical bridge to East L.A.

    August 19, 2015 | 2:40 pm

    As the Los Angeles-based klezmer band Mostly Kosher began a summer afternoon concert at the Skirball Cultural Center on Aug. 9, few in the audience knew that what they were about to experience had roots in the Jewish neighborhoods of Boyle Heights and City Terrace going back more...

  • Cesar Chavez gave Salinas a sense of its own power

    August 7, 2015 | 10:45 am

    In the new hit musical Hamilton, a frustrated Aaron Burr sings an anthem for all those who are shut out, denied a chance to shape their own destiny: “I want to be in the room where it happens.”

    For a brief time decades ago in the Salinas Valley, farmworkers were in the room where...

  • L.A. history: The days of beach, baseball and Frankenstein

    July 16, 2015 | 12:34 pm

    The season of long hot days signals an opening of the many tents of the Los Angeles Jewish community. Slathering on some sunblock, we go down to the sea in groups, to the park for a picnic or to Dodger Stadium for Jewish Community Day (this year, it’s Aug. 30). Teen groups plan...

  • Entering the Promised Land:  The Blessing and Curse of Memory.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 25, 2015 | 12:15 pm

    You arrive at my office with your fiancé.  You have never traveled together.  You sit on a sofa and I turn off the lights.  The projector shows the two of you dining in Paris, climbing Everest, crossing the Nile, zip-lining in Africa, paragliding in Australia.  As you walk out,...

  • What’s wrong with March of the Living?

    April 14, 2015 | 9:07 am

    The evening before we visited Auschwitz, over pizza with a group of young people in Oswiecim, the town on whose outskirts lies that infamous symbol, one of my students approached me with tears in her eyes.

    Tears are hardly uncommon to visitors of sites of mass death. But for this...

  • Imagining a seder in my home a century ago

    April 2, 2015 | 7:14 pm

    With 30-minute seders, food drives for the hungry and boxes of perfectly baked matzah, we like to think that in 2015 we have finally achieved a modern, socially relevant and easy-to-observe Passover. But in Los Angeles, if we were to travel back 100 years to 1915, in any way-back...

  • One Year of Labelled Canned Goods - Excerpts from an Oral History

    By Ellie Kahn, Oral Historian

    March 15, 2015 | 12:51 pm

    Robert Howard Goldhamer was known in his family as a fantastic storyteller. His oral history, conducted when he was 83, included many recollections of the love and humor in his family and the sights and sounds of his neighborhood. This is the second excerpt from my interviews with...

  • Punch-card love: Finding a match before personal computers

    February 12, 2015 | 10:43 am

    A generation before JDate, there was the Jewish Singles Computer Service. In the 1970s, the days when the mainframe computer ruled (do you remember punch cards?), eons before there was “an app for that,” a citywide, cross-denominational computer program helped single Jews of all...

  • Inernational Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015 - WATCH some of the most outrageous Holocaust deniers

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 30, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    Typing the word "Holohoax" on YouTube reveals a world of hundreds of Holocaust denial videos. Hateful people spend hours, days and even years to develop conspiracy theories that supposedly prove the Holocaust never existed, or that it did occur, but it was nothing like history...

  • European Jews, Iranian Jews and Exodus.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    January 28, 2015 | 11:26 am

    In the darkness of escalating anti-Semitism, so much has been written on why European Jews should leave.

    There is comfort in the familiar, even when abusive, even when painful.  It’s nearly impossible to understand the lure of wishing to stay oppressed.

    Yet, Exodus is the story...

  • Three pioneering Jewish women doctors

    November 12, 2014 | 1:25 pm

    A century before today’s fear of an Ebola outbreak, there was fear in Los Angeles of tuberculosis, and Dr. Kate Levy called out passionately to the Jewish community to aid those suffering from what was called the “White Plague.”

    In fact, in the first decades of the 20th century,...

  • ‘Paper Love’: Paving the way for post-survivor storytelling

    November 4, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    As the last generation of Holocaust survivors ages and dies, efforts to capture their final, untold stories have abounded. But in her new book “Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind,” Sarah Wildman has turned instead to the future, asking what it means bear...

  • Immortality through Defiance:  Reyhaneh Jabbari and Lot’s Wife.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 28, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    The world shivered and cried this week at the unjust  execution of 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari, hanged in Tehran on Saturday, convicted of killing a man allegedly trying to rape her.

    Lost in the reactive and temporary shame of being Iranian, a human, a man, that day, I read the...

  • Hot air balloons festival, iPhone 6 launch, world records and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 27, 2014 | 9:28 am

    Hot air balloons color Israel's sky

    Last week, Israel hosted the International Hot Air Balloon Festival. The event, which lasted from Monday to Tuesday, took place at Ma'ayan Harod in Gilboa Regional Council and is considered the largest held in Israel to this day. As part of the...

  • “Heil Hitler” at the heart of London - an open letter to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 30, 2014 | 8:53 am

    Not sure if it was because of the growing anti- Semitism or constant terror threats, but when my boyfriend surprised me with a trip to London, my initial and immediate response was "but I don't want to die."  Since tickets were already booked, we boarded the plane, extra carefully,...

  • Ranking high in education and life expectancy, Hollywood support and more -This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 22, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Four Israeli universities ranked in world’s top 300

    Four Israeli universities are among the 300 best in the world, according to the influential QS World University Rankings, which take into account research, teaching, graduate employability, and international outlook. The Hebrew...

  • How the Jews brought water to L.A.

    September 10, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    While by flood and sinkhole the news of Los Angeles’ aging water system has gushed out in a torrent, a much older L.A. water story, this one of how Jews brought water to a thirsty city, has never even reached a trickle.

    The Hebrew folk song “Mayim” says, “With joy you shall draw...

  • Schmuck and the City

    By Nikki Tabibian

    August 13, 2014 | 11:57 am

         During my first months on the East Coast, snowfall, rain and hail hit The City, while a storm of vexing questions plagued my frozen suburban mind:

         How many layers are too many?
         Would it be appropriate to wear a hijab to fight off a 30-degree chill? 

  • Top 10 reasons Israeli summer is the best in the world

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 4, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Lately, it seems as if Israel is nothing but a war-zone. With its security threat escalating, missiles being fired from Gaza and the recent tragedy regarding the three kidnapped teens, one can easily forget the true beauty of this country. True, it’s scalding hot and you sometimes...

  • Time to rethink our “never again” promise…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 4, 2014 | 8:33 am

    “Never again means NEVER AGAIN” – in the past couple of months, I encountered this sentence online more times than I can count. It is usually associated with Israel’s National Holocaust Remembrance Day. We were taught this sentence every year since first grade, when our teacher...

  • The early Israel-to-L.A. wave

    May 14, 2014 | 11:45 am

    In 1965, at just 16, Edna Botach (now Lee) packed up her memories of living in tents with 12 brothers and sisters, and moved from Beersheba to Los Angeles. When she arrived in the Fairfax area and moved in with her brother’s family, she spoke only Hebrew and Farsi, the language of...

  • This week in Jewish history: March 7-13

    March 5, 2014 | 2:26 pm


    March 12: More than 200 surviving Viennese Jews were burned to death after a year of persecution, forced conversion, expulsion, imprisonment in their synagogue and mass suicide. Contemporary reports described the Jews as singing songs and dancing before the pyres.  All...

  • Best of 2013, BDS fail, reform rabbinate, good news for dog owners and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 6, 2014 | 12:33 pm

    The new discovery that will help detect Breast Cancer “gene”

    Another breakthrough in the fight against cancer: Researchers at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel have developed a blood test that reveals it is possible to predict the presence of harmful BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in...

  • Lacking long-term plans, many U.S. Jewish cemeteries in neglect

    December 19, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    For years, the historic Jewish cemetery was so overgrown with weeds, plagued by toppled headstones, and littered with fallen branches, beer cans and snack-food wrappers that at least a quarter of its graves were impossible to reach.

    Even now, after a $140,000 cleanup and improved...

  • Meeting JFK

    November 19, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    I was tutoring a student. We were reading about Colonial America. Every facet of life in that distant era seemed so bizarre to her 21st century sensibilities. She winced when we read that roasted squirrel was considered a tasty treat. She was visibly disturbed to learn that...

  • USC-Shoah head named to genocide education chair

    By Ryan Torok

    October 16, 2013 | 10:39 am

    As the executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation-The Institute for Visual History and Education, Stephen Smith is known for his work preserving the memory of the Holocaust.

    Now, the USC adjunct professor of religion is being given a platform to promote education about crimes...

  • This week in power: Ovadia Yosef’s legacy and where the Jewish people really originated

    By Danny Groner

    October 9, 2013 | 8:07 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Ovadia Yosef's death
    With news on Monday that prominent Sephardic Rabbi Ovadia Yosef had passed away in Israel, it didn't take too long before the debate over his legacy went full...

  • 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...

  • Yigal Kipnis on Yom Kippur War’s lessons

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 24, 2013 | 11:44 am

    Yigal Kipnis is an Israeli historian; since 1978 he has been a farmer and a resident of the Golan Heights. He teaches at the University of Haifa and researches the settlement geography and political history of Israel. Kipnis also served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force for 31...

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