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  • Israeli-American Council jumps onto national stage with a splash

    By Jared Sichel

    November 11, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    At the Israeli-American Council’s (IAC) three-day inaugural conference in Washington, D.C., last weekend, nearly 800 attendees and Washington journalists witnessed the high-profile entrance on to the public stage of what was, until recently, a quietly expanding and well-funded Los...

  • Israelis in the U.S.A.

    By David Suissa

    November 11, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    When your ancestors yearned for 19 centuries to return to their homeland of Israel, and you were fortunate enough to be born there but still decide to move to America, it’s natural that somewhere deep inside, you might feel a little guilty. How could you not? Regardless of how...

  • Israeli-Americans Get Their Own Birthright Trip

    By tessc

    September 5, 2014 | 10:27 pm

    When Eden Bennun — who had to give up on plans to attend a Birthright Israel trip this summer because of a job — heard about a new trip aimed specifically at Israeli-Americans, she thought: “It must be fate.”

    Both of her parents were born in Israel, and, although she grew up in...

  • As calls for cease-fire intensify, top Israeli official says IDF prepared to 'recapture Gaza' if necessary

    By Jared Sichel

    July 24, 2014 | 5:45 pm

    Even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry intensified efforts for an immediate cease-fire, top Israeli minister and Likud Knesset member Yuval Steinitz said Thursday that Israel’s army is prepared to dramatically expand its ground operation in the Gaza Strip and even “recapture...

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  • Violence at pro-Israel rally underscores passion over Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    By Ryan Torok

    July 16, 2014 | 11:11 am

    A sea of bodies jumped up and down to the beat of Israeli dance music. Tiny Israeli flags flapped in the sky. 

    On July 13, an Israel solidarity event organized by Stand With Us and the Israeli American Council (IAC) drew between 1,200 and 2,000 people — depending on who’s...

  • Moving & Shaking: Hallelujah Global Jewish Singing Contest, Zane Buzby honored, Aish L.A. Gala

    By Ryan Torok

    July 2, 2014 | 4:22 pm

    The Hallelujah Global Jewish Singing Contest had its North American semifinal competition on June 17 at The Mark, an event space in Pico-Robertson. Ameet Kanon of Tarzana and Max Subar of Los Angeles tied for first place and will be heading to the finals in Israel in December. 

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  • Hundreds gather in L.A. park for vigil for 3 kidnapped Israeli teens

    By Jared Sichel

    June 20, 2014 | 11:37 am

    As Israeli forces continued the search for three kidnapped Israeli teenagers taken on June 12 from a West Bank bus stop where they were hitchhiking, hundreds of Los Angeles Jews gathered Thursday evening at Pan Pacific Park for an emotional candlelight vigil and prayer service.

    ...
  • ‘Hallelujah’ brings Israeli song to the American stage

    By Jonathan Maseng

    June 13, 2014 | 9:03 am

    For a country less than a century old, Israel has produced a remarkably deep trove of popular music.  From the pre-statehood years of Shoshana Damari and Moshe Vilensky to the post independence music of Naomi Shemer and Sasha Argov, up to the present where acts like Idan Reichel...

  • Noam Shalit relives his son’s traumatic kidnapping

    By Ryan Torok

    May 28, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Everyone knows the story of Gilad Shalit, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier kidnapped by Hamas in Gaza in 2006 and freed five years later. But what about his family?

    The former captive’s father, Noam Shalit, told a crowd of more than 100 people on May 21 that the drawn-out...

  • Flavors of Jewish homeland savored at Celebrate Israel Fest

    May 21, 2014 | 9:20 am

    Yehudit Feinstein, the New York regional director of the Israeli American Council (IAC), arrived at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center in Rancho Park May 18 ready to check out the Celebrate Israel festival honoring Israel’s 66th Independence Day, in hopes of creating a similar one...

  • Israeli-American Council expands to Las Vegas

    April 4, 2014 | 11:46 am

    The Israeli-American Council has established an office in Las Vegas as part of a drive to expand from its Los Angeles base to U.S. cities with major concentrations of Israeli expatriates.

    Miriam Adelson, born in Haifa and the wife of billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, is...

  • IAC to aid community seders

    By Ryan E. Smith

    March 26, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    The Israeli American Council (IAC) is seeking volunteers for its IAC-Care program to assist with several upcoming community seders.

    The area seders will be held at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services in West Los Angeles (March 30), B’nai David-Judea Congregation in...

  • Moving and Shaking: IAC Gala, FCLA opens new playground, Daniel Jaffe honored, more

    By Ryan Torok

    March 20, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    The Israeli American Council (IAC) honored Miriam and Isaac Shepher at its sixth annual gala. The March 9 event, which took place at the Beverly Hilton hotel, raised about $2.5 million for the organization.

    The Shephers, pro-Israel philanthropists and the founders of Life Alert,...

  • Israeli-American Council expands to Miami

    By Ryan Torok

    February 5, 2014 | 3:54 pm

    The Los Angeles-based Israeli American Council (IAC), which sponsors activities targeted for the Israeli-American community, has expanded to open an office in Miami as part of a “national growth plan” first previewed in September.  Florida, and particularly the region around Miami,...

  • ‘Israeliness’ may be the answer for secular American Jews

    November 6, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    The recent Pew survey of American Jews caused a flutter in the organized Jewish community.

    The survey raises a number of questions about the efficacy of Jewish institutions, leaving professionals and donors alike in a position of uncertainty regarding their investments in the...

  • Sukkot celebration goes global

    September 24, 2013 | 3:18 pm

    Some 2,000 people gathered at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills on Sept. 22 to celebrate Sukkot by building solar-powered race cars, creating sukkah decorations and belly dancing — all while eating global cuisine.

    The second annual event, Sukkot Around the World, was organized...

  • Sheldon Adelson puts money behind nationwide expansion of Israeli American Council

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 10, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    The Israeli American Council (IAC), the nonprofit umbrella organization that sponsors and supports various activities for Israeli-Americans and their families in Southern California, is launching an expansion effort aimed at replicating the IAC’s model across the country.

    The...

  • Israel Festival brings L.A. a taste of Tel Aviv

    April 23, 2013 | 3:56 pm

    Eden Bennun craved a taste of Israel. Growing up in Kfar Saba and Rishon LeZion as a child gave her a love of Israel’s smells, sounds and foods.

    That’s why she made her way to the Celebrate Israel Festival at Rancho Park along with about 10,000 other Angelenos (down from...

  • L.A. set to celebrate Israel, Jewish community

    April 18, 2013 | 11:12 am

    This year’s Celebrate Israel Independence Day festival will feature plenty of stars when it takes place on April 21, but only one has plans to actually spend time in outer space.

    It’s not quite the Apollo 11 spacecraft — which took Neil Armstrong to his lunar landing — but the...

  • Israeli Leadership Council changes name

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 13, 2013 | 8:37 am

    When the chief executive officer of the Israeli Leadership Council announced at the group’s March 10 gala that the nonprofit’s name is changing to the Israeli American Council (IAC), the reaction from the 900 people in attendance was modest. As animations of the group’s new logo...

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