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  • School-board member battles women’s rights activist for District 26

    17 hours ago

    They’re both young. They’re both Democrats. They’re both up-and-comers on the political scene. 

    In fact, judging by their black-and-crimson outfits at a recent debate in Santa Monica, Sandra Fluke and Ben Allen — the two candidates vying to represent California’s 26th Senate...

  • What kind of Democrat will prevail?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    2 days ago

    Much of the political world is transfixed by the national struggle between Democrats and Republicans. But for residents of Los Angeles County and voters in the county’s 3rd District, this year’s elections are not about which party will prevail, but rather about what kind of...

  • Carr vs. Lieu: The Democrat and Republican vying to claim Waxman’s legacy

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    “Do you support boots-on-the-ground in Iraq?” 

    KPCC talk-show host Larry Mantle asked this question of Republican Elan Carr and Democrat Ted Lieu, opponents in the race to succeed longtime U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman in California’s 33rd Congressional District, a heavily Jewish region...

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  • There I Was, Dead

    Rick Light

    2 days ago

    There I was, lying on the table pretending to be dead.  Six intensely focused people were huddled around me reciting specific liturgy from Scripture and dressing me in burial shrouds.  I tried to just be “dead weight” – loose, relaxed, and present.  As I followed their progress, I...

  • ‘Last Witness’ of Treblinka keeps camp’s memory alive in film, art

    4 days ago

    Samuel Willenberg, the last known living survivor of the notorious Nazi extermination camp Treblinka is nearing the end of a life's mission to tell of the horrors that he saw there.

    Now 92, his remarkable story, featured in a documentary film produced by Miami public TV channel...

  • Fighting To Count My Blessings

    By Beit T'shuvah

    1 week ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovtiz


    I am overcome with Gratitude for my life. Sitting here at Starbucks, writing my Parsha and this blog has me thinking of how Blessed I am. My ego goes from being less than—thinking that I am not deserving—to more than— thinking that I am supremely...

  • L.A.-Eilat task force kicks off with water meeting at City Hall

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    On the heels of a cooperative agreement signed in March between the governments of Israel and California, the cities of Los Angeles and Eilat built on a 55-year sister-city relationship, holding an inaugural task force meeting Oct. 20 at Los Angeles City Hall. 

    The gathering,...

  • Final Kindness: Honoring K’rovei Yisr’ael

    Rick Light

    1 week ago

    An important question arose during a series of talks on Jewish death practices about the beauty and power of Jewish burial and mourning practices. After the formal presentation, a Jewish woman explained that her husband was not Jewish, but they were both very active in the local...

  • The Heschel Exchange, part 3: On Kaplan and the God of the Bible

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Rabbi Shai Held is Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar. Before that, he served for six years as Scholar-in-Residence at Kehilat Hadar in New York City, and taught both theology and Halakha at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also served as Director of...

  • Preparing for the worst: A Q&A with Cedars-Sinai’s director of epidemiology on Ebola

    1 week ago

    Ebola.

    The dreaded word is all over the news and causing a flurry of activity at hospitals across the nation as officials scramble to prepare for the possibility of new cases of the West African disease in the United States. So far, just three cases of Ebola have been diagnosed...

  • ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ and civility

    By  David A. Lehrer

    1 week ago

    Yesterday saw the premiere of The Death of Klinghoffer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The media have been fascinated by the opera, the demonstrations outside the opening, the spokesmen for the various positions, and the high profile politicians who participated.

    Not...

  • Jews at the helm of U.S. Ebola response

    By Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    The United States’ two main point men in dealing with the Ebola crisis, Ronald (Ron) A. Klain and Thomas (Tom) R. Frieden, have some things in common.

    Both are 53, high achievers and Jewish.

    Each is well-known in his professional circles, and now as both men find themselves in...

  • Power to the table

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    While we were having our meals in the sukkah this year, I kept thinking about another holiday. This is odd because Sukkot has a strong and distinctive personality. The very idea of building a sukkah is unusual. For eight days, this little hut is the center of our lives, which, in...

  • A better Orthodox reaction to the mikveh, East Ramapo scandals

    2 weeks ago

    Three groups of Orthodox Jews have made several prominent appearances in the media over the last few weeks: The East Ramapo Central School District was profiled on National Public Radio because Chasidic Jews living in the district have wrested control of a majority vote on the...

  • No magic bullet: Technology has much to offer in the classroom, but it can’t fix everything

    2 weeks ago

    I’m sold on technology in the classroom. I really am. I mean, books, paper and pens are a form of technology — they’re just a comparatively inert and messy form. 

    I’m not sentimental about physical books. I’m sure when they came around, some poor slob was sitting in a corner...

  • The ‘B’ Word: Jewish day schools take steps to prevent bullying

    2 weeks ago

    It’s tempting to think bullying would never happen among nice Jewish kids at a nice Jewish day school. But the statistics tell another story. 

    More than one-third of all youths overall have been bullied, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And a 2010 study...

  • Net gains: Sports programs can score big for Jewish day schools

    2 weeks ago

    To understand the place of athletics at a Jewish day school, attend a recruitment open house and watch the children’s eyes. As they listen to the descriptions or tour the stations set up to display the school’s programs and activities, look for the moments when the spark of...

  • Sunday Reads: How popular is ISIS in the Middle East?, On the world’s first woman rabbi

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    US

    Joshua Keating writes about why the UN Security Council is no longer a factor in the US campaign against ISIS –

    It’s possible to imagine a scenario under which the U.S. would promise to limit its airstrikes to ISIS, rather than Syrian government targets—as it is actually...

  • Top U.S. Ebola point men are Jewish

    By Tom Tugend

    2 weeks ago

    Any mother, Jewish or otherwise, would kvell over the accomplishments of her three sons, although at the moment she might wish that the youngest one weren’t constantly in the news.
     
    That would be Thomas (Tom) R. Frieden, director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and...
  • Here I Am. Where Are You?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    2 weeks ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As my first blog of the new year, 5775, I want to talk about hiding. For me, this is the original sin in the Bible. Whenever we feel less than, whenever we feel wrong, we hide. God is calling out to us every hour of every day the same word God called out to...

  • Biographer for a Day

    Rabbi Karen B. Kaplan

    2 weeks ago

    Think about it. Most of the time what people say to each other points just to the surface of the intense and conflicting emotions roiling below. Writers use that fact to create tension between what the characters in a story are chattering about and what they really feel and think....

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Vezot Habracha with Rabbi Brian Zimmerman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Brian Zimmerman of the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Zimmerman, a 12th-generation rabbi, was ordained by the Hebrew Union college in NY in 1993 and served as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am in Tampa, FL for seven years. In 2006 he was...

  • Letter from Dijon, France

    2 weeks ago

    On my first day traveling in Dijon this past spring, I bounded into the hotel lobby and casually reached for a newspaper lying on the reception desk. The front-page headline of Le Figaro riveted my attention. Quickly, I devoured the story. It described an unprecedented upsurge in...

  • The few. The proud.
    The Jewish Marines.

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    Sitting at the front of a small room inside a nondescript building at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Navy Lt. Aaron Kleinman was dressed in a uniform rarely seen on these grounds: On top of his gray suit, dress shirt and tie, Kleinman’s head was covered by a kippah and his...

  • L.A.’s Iranian Jews must launch new Iran advocacy campaign

    By Karmel Melamed

    2 weeks ago

    Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to speak to a Southern California Christian group about the significant human rights violations that the Iranian regime has waged against the Christians, Jews and other religious minorities living in Iran today. While this congregation was...

  • Max Webb, one second at a time

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    It’s hard to imagine how, or why, a wealthy 97-year-old man would make the effort to go through hundreds of invoices for his building company and sign all the checks himself. It’s even harder to imagine him catching mistakes and telling his bookkeeper things like, “I think this one...

  • ADL alerts U.S. synagogues to protect against online hackers

    2 weeks ago

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has issued a security alert to Jewish institutions across the country concerning a potential uptick in the number of online attacks by foreign hackers targeting the websites of synagogues and other Jewish organizations, which could compromise...
  • Why even call it art?

    By Milad Doroudian

    2 weeks ago

    How many times must we get into discussions with people on what qualifies as art? Some say that there are a great deal of many things that do, but really are there? The classifications today have unfortunately widened beyond incomprehensibility, or really any rationality.

    People...

  • Israel prepares to fight Ebola in West Africa

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    2 weeks ago

    Even as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced new measures on Oct. 12 to screen for Ebola cases at Israel’s points of entry, officials from the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Health had worked over the weekend to put in place an emergency response program to...

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