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  • Ahead of historic vote, many Scottish Jews wary of independence

    September 15, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    Bright blue signs scream “Yes” while red ones urge “No, thanks” in the streets of Scotland’s largest city just days before a vote on whether to secede from the United Kingdom.

    But at Frank Angell’s house, his windows are empty and his yard is bare.

    A former local council...

  • Dancing to Discover Freedom for July 4

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    June 30, 2014 | 11:15 am


    Cristian Oviedo Do you have a desire that is so secret it is almost unknown even to you? In Jean Kwok’s Mambo in Chinatown, we have the treat of unraveling the life of Charlie Wong:

    My name is Charlie Wong and I’m the daughter of a dancer and a noodle-maker. My mother was once a star...

  • Find Freedom! Share Your Story!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    June 23, 2014 | 7:24 am

    Where do you find FREEDOM? Share your story in the WSGT Independence Travel Writing Contest

    Thank you to the winners and all the participants in the Inspiration Travel Writing Contest. 

    Thank you for reading, commenting and being in our community! I hope you will be...

  • Happy 66th birthday, Israel! Forever yours, Noga.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 6, 2014 | 8:36 am

    After spending Friday nights in Tel-Aviv and calling each other “brother” or “sister,” comes the most recent Israeli trend: leaving Israel.

    It is now THE Israeli thing to do: pack, fly, start anew abroad. This phenomenon is not new, but it has recently become impossible to...

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  • Is it the time to stop looking back and start looking forward?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 31, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    A few weeks ago, I sat in on a deep conversation with Mahmod, a friend of mine from school, and an Arab who lives in Israel. We talked about the current situation between Jews, Arabs and Palestinians in Israel and exchanged opinions about possible solutions.  Up until then, Mahmod...

  • July 4, 1976: A Historic Day of Independence

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 4, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    It’s the one “Fourth of July” I will never forget. July 4, 1976. It was 37 years ago, and the United States was celebrating it’s bicentennial. Like all good Los Angelenos, we were in Palm Springs for the long weekend. But while the bicentennial festivities dominated the scene,...

  • July 4th as a day of reflection

    June 28, 2013 | 10:11 am

    This coming Thursday, the Jewish community, alongside all other Americans, will be celebrating the fourth of July and the Independence of The United States of America. The relationship between Jews and America is one that is not only a historical phenomenon but is indeed an...

  • Israel: Savoring the Taste

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    June 24, 2013 | 1:35 am

    My friend Baruch and I wended our way up into the northern Galilee in Israel, up into the mountains. Just a few kilometers from the Blue Line – the UN determined border between Israel—we drove past an Israeli Army outpost and its patrols dressed in their heavy uniforms in all that...

  • $1000usd in CASH PRIZES for Independence Travel Writing Contest

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 17, 2013 | 9:53 pm

    SUMMER 2013 INDEPENDENCE TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST 

    FREE ENTRY, $1,000USD IN CASH PRIZES


    WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its Summer 2013 Travel Writing Contest with $1,000usd in CASH prizes and no fee for entry. The theme for the Summer 2013 contest is “...

  • Inspired by Alaska

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 10, 2013 | 7:56 am

    The theme for our first travel Writing Contest was INSPIRATION! Our Judge, Richard Bangs, selected Rachel Zimmerman Brachman's article, "The Whale and The Trampoline," as our FIRST PLACE WINNER. 

    Our INDEPENDENCE WRITING CONTEST begins May 11 and ends on July 4th. We hope...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 22, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    The Israeli pictures based social network

    There are almost 13,000 photo apps on the App Store, and still, a group of Israelis managed to create one that will draw everyone's attention.  The free app is called Pixplit, and it is a social network complete with user profiles and the...

  • In their memory…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 15, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    Something quite extraordinary happened last night:  25,578 stars shined bright. All together, all of a sudden. It was in the middle of my town square, as thousands of citizens shared an hour of remembrance and respect for 25,578 Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. We...

  • Should Jews celebrate the Fourth of July?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 5, 2012 | 10:36 pm

    If you’re an American, it would be just about impossible to miss the Fourth of July. I live in one of those parts of coastal L.A. that is a mecca for July Fourth revelers. And I’ve always taken for granted the celebration of this nation’s birth.

    Never have I stopped to think whether...

  • 64 years of Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 26, 2012 | 10:37 am

    Today, Israel celebrates 64 years of existence. That’s really not much. It’s almost nothing in a scale of countries to age, but in this short period of time, we sure have been through a lot. In 64 years, Israel has been through wars, diplomatic issues, growing population, ground...

  • A yearly reminder of the reason we are here

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 20, 2012 | 11:49 am

    The story of Israel is often being described here with the sentence: From Holocaust to revival (free translation from Hebrew).


    In the 1940’s, the Jews, who were scattered all over the world, faced destruction by an evil monster with a twisted mind and great charisma. Being...

  • Israeli government accused of curbing court independence

    January 3, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative government came under attack on Tuesday for promoting legislation that critics said would weaken the independence of Israel’s judiciary.

    Parliament on Monday passed a government-backed amendment that paves the way for a judge...

  • LIVE VIDEO: U.S. Embassy in Israel celebrates American independence at 7 P.M.

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 30, 2011 | 11:53 am

    Watch the U.S. Independence Day Bash in Israel live at 7 P.M.

  • Honey, you’re home!

    By Rachel Heller

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Stop me if you've heard this one before.

    Student gets into good university. Student obtains esteemed degree. Graduate flounders in unsteady job market; must confront the dreaded possibility of moving back in with her parents, Ima and Abba, whom I dearly love -- and come college, was...

  • Independence creates uncertainty for Kosovo’s Jews

    By Dinah Spritzer

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm


    Celebrations in Kosovo after declaration of independence (CNN)


    On a forlorn road dotted with half-built houses, Ines Quono reflects on her struggle in a land so remote to most Americans it might as well be Oz.

    But instead of a yellow brick road, there is crumbling, mud-drenched...

  • Briefs: They’re Jews first and Israelis second; Pope to soap offending trope

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Israelis Identify by Faith, Then Flag

    Israelis are three times more likely to identify primarily as Jews than as Israelis, a poll found. According to a survey in Monday's Yediot Achronot, 40 percent of Israelis said they identify "first and foremost" as Jews, while 13 percent...

  • I’m ready to take the wheel

    By Derek Schlom

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I turned 16 on June 26. After so many years of impatiently waiting, and six months of misjudging left turns and getting away with some pretty serious traffic violations while my mother sat horrified in the passenger seat, I am finally eligible for my driver's license. Sayonara,...
  • What’s next after Hamas’ Gaza takeover?

    By Ben Harris

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Satellite TV from Arab channel claims to depict Hamas' execution of man in the streets
    WARNING STRONG IMAGES
    The internecine violence between Hamas and Fatah has escalated into what some are calling a civil war. It's a battle not only for control of the Palestinian Authority, but...
  • yeLAdim

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mighty Glad to See You!

    It was great seeing so many of you at the Israel Independence Day Festival on May 7 (we hope you enjoyed the fans). Be sure to check out our yeLAdim page on June 30, as we will be printing many of the essays you wrote for our 20th anniversary!

    Kein v' Lo:

    ...

  • Still Smarting

    By Amy Klein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    By Sunday evening, single women across America were trying to slit their wrists by inflicting a hundred little paper cuts from the Sunday New York Times Magazine, featuring an article by Maureen Dowd, "What's a Modern Girl to Do?"

    Feminism is over, Dowd writes, men only want to date...

  • Israel Wins More Than Hoop Crown

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Everybody wanted to be in Moscow this past weekend. Leaders from all over the world flew in to partake in history: President George W. Bush, French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder all made it, as did President Moshe Katzav of Israel.

    But as the...

  • No Rush

    By Seth Menachem

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Lately it seems as if everyone I know is interested in me getting married. In fact, the person pressuring me the least is my girlfriend,

    Carrie. She's still working on her independence, having recently moved out of her parents' house for the first time.

    Like many women, Carrie...

  • Esther Netter: A One-Woman Dynamo

    By Marc Ballon

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Time is running out for Esther Netter. On June 6, the Zimmer Children's Museum will unveil its most ambitious art exhibit in its 14-year history to an expected sellout crowd of 300. As if that wasn't enough, the Zimmer's executive director must simultaneously ready her organization...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    One Fun Festival

    Come to the Israeli Independence Day Festival on May 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Woodley Park (between Burbank Boulevard and Victory Boulevard adjacent to the 405).

    For more information about the festival, go to www.israelfestival.com, and be sure to stop by The Jewish Journal booth for free goodies.

  • Time to Transition From Day to Night

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    This summer, Jacqueline Berlin, 7, will leave her mom, dad and younger sister to enter the world of overnight camp for the first time.

    "As soon as she found out that she would be old enough to go [to Camp Ramah in Ojai] this summer, she wanted to go," said Jacqueline's mother,...

  • Israel Fest Expands Celebration Borders

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    UCLA Hillel special events coordinator Guy Kochlani was born in Tel Aviv, but he was never actively involved in supporting Israel -- until the day three years ago when a group of Palestinian students interrupted the Yom HaAtzmaut celebration on campus.

    "I couldn't believe it -- these...

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