My new favorite way to celebrate Chanukah is lighting candles with Barack Obama. The annual White House Chanukah Party was held Dec 5, a day after Chanukah.
The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project issued its “Portrait of Jewish Americans” on Oct. 1, setting off alarms throughout the Jewish community about the future of Jewish life. Among the greatest concerns is this statement: “Among Jews in the youngest generation of U.S. adults — the Millennials — 68% identify as Jews by religion, while 32% describe themselves as having no religion and identify as Jewish on the basis of ancestry, ethnicity or culture.”
Reza Aslan, author of the best-selling “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” spoke with Jewish Journal book editor Jonathan Kirsch by phone from Portland, Ore., where Aslan was part of a national book tour. This interview took place just a few days after Aslan’s attention-getting appearance on Fox News.
This column, which you will recognize as an obituary if the editors remember to frame the accompanying photo in black, came about as follows.
The Jewish Journal collected top honors in three categories at the 55th Annual SoCal Journalism Awards.
Two major community events marked the relatively minor holiday of Lag B’Omer on April 28, bringing some bombast — and thousands of people — to local celebrations.
Slideshow of L.A.'s top Jews from the Celebrate Israel Festival!
The Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) abruptly revoked its certification from Doheny Glatt Kosher Meats on March 24, but the RCC, Los Angeles’s leading kosher oversight agency, had first heard about the distributor’s suspicious practices years earlier.
Chuck Hagel has made strides in his bid to secure Senate confirmation as defense secretary, winning the endorsement of leading Jewish Democratic senators and meeting with the leaders of major American Jewish groups.
Equating Rabbi Brous with Rabbi Gordis is almost laughable - if it weren't so sad.
I study modern Hebrew at the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, and on my way out I grab your newspaper and read some of the articles at home. I usually read the Torah Portion and meditate on the wisdom there.
Is it possible to take a holiday like Rosh Hashanah, which focuses so strongly on human affairs, and apply it to a nonhuman thing, like, say, a community paper? On the surface, this doesn’t make sense: Everything about Rosh Hashanah is about what we do as humans — taking stock of our behavior, repenting for our sins and renewing ourselves for the coming year.
One of the highlights of my year is moderating an annual discussion with visiting Muslim journalists.
The year was 1960. Tom Tugend, living in Israel and working as the temporary head of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s public relations department, had to make a choice: keep his job or return to Los Angeles to a UCLA job he’d had before moving to Israel.
The world of Jewish news is now available for both the iPhone and Android.
David Suissa, a marketing guru, writer and community leader, has joined TRIBE Media Corp. as president of TRIBE and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.
TRIBE Media Corp. honored board chair Irwin S. Field’s 50 years of community leadership and The Jewish Journal’s 25th anniversary during a gala at the Beverly Hilton on April 17.
If you’ve ever heard me give a speech, you’ve heard me tell this story. It’s a good one, with the added quality of being true.