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  • Jewish Life—Life!—in Krakow.

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    April 18, 2012 | 3:16 am

    I’ve written a lot about the Jewish scene in Krakow over the years— the “virtually Jewish” side of both homage to and nostalgic exploitation of the past—but also the new Jewish life. (See, for example, my long piece in Moment Magazine where I view the city, the scene, and the changes...

  • The end of Jews “distancing” from Israel? (Yeah, right)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 14, 2012 | 3:41 am

    Steven Cohen, the father of “distancing” – a much talked about theory according to which young American Jews of the current generation are moving away from Israel – appeared two weeks ago before the Knesset Committee for Diaspora and Absorption, headed by MK Einat Wilf (you can...

  • Photos capture remnants of Jewish life in Poland

    February 22, 2011 | 6:26 pm

    The Jews of Poland may be mostly long gone, murdered by the Nazis or escaped to the safer confines of Israel or America, but the echo of their civilization remains, frozen in time for all to see. Jonathan Webber, a British social anthropologist and a professor at the Institute of...

  • Harvard Hillel accountant accused of stealing $780,000

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 8, 2009 | 3:21 pm

    Good for the Jews? Maybe not William O’Brien, an accountant charged last week with stealing $780,000 from the Harvard Hillel. From the Crimson:

    The statement released on Monday by the Attorney General’s Office said that O’Brien, a 58-year-old resident of Framingham, Mass., allegedly...

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  • The fake Israel—post-Zionism in the Valley

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 7, 2008 | 12:34 pm

    We’ve already identified that there are a lot of Israelis living in Los Angeles. Just how many, though, is a source of heated debate among community leaders; it’s somewhere between 50,000 and 250,000. (Of course, there are those who claim that émigrés who have spent the past two...

  • Chai five: Atlanta Jews thank David Duke

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 19, 2008 | 4:49 pm

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    How many stories about Jewish life begin with the words “David Duke,” a name unparalleled in its association with racism and anti-Semitism? I’m sure this article from the Atlanta Jewish Times was a first:

    David Duke is a former Ku Klux Klan leader and neo-Nazi. He also played an...

  • The lost members of the tribe in Cuba

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 12, 2008 | 5:08 pm

    I think there are less Jews in Cuba than at Langer’s at any given time, but this small community (it’s actually numbers about 1,500) has spent the past decade on the rebound. Here’s what led to the decline in numbers so small that the synagogue, which still has no rabbi, couldn’t...

  • Fending off the end of aliyah

    By Dina Kraft

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Founded with the express purpose of "ingathering of the exiles" -- but with no more large groups of Jews to save -- Israel is facing the end of the era of mass aliyah.

    Recent reports that the Jewish Agency for Israel was considering shutting down its flagship aliyah department have...

  • Hillel opens doors to non-Jews, campus at large

    By Ben Harris

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Hillel centers on university campuses were viewed not long ago as little more than the local Jewish hangout, a place where students could come for kosher meals or socialize with other Jews.

    But in a move that Hillel leaders say has been forced upon them by this generation's altered...

  • Glass ceiling

    By Shifra Bronznick

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Can we talk about gender? Again? Or maybe not.

    We have been having a conversation in the Jewish community about gender for more than three decades.

    During that time there have been some remarkable changes: the ordination of women rabbis, the proliferation of egalitarian prayer...

  • Fear over intermarriage is overblown

    By Leonard Saxe

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Purim is a time to dull our senses with drink and cloak our identity by dressing in costume. We do so in order to confront a troubling part of our history and the threats to Jewish life and continuity in the Diaspora.

    In our retelling of the Purim story, we sometimes forget that our...

  • Intermarriage reports urge understanding and openness

    By Sue Fishkoff

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Three new scholarly reports on intermarriage argue for increasing Jewish educational opportunities, encouraging Jewish behaviors among both intermarried and inmarried Jews and opening the doors even further to intermarried couples and their children.

    One report, the result of a new...

  • ‘Generation Next’  powow at Professional Leaders Project parley

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Generation Next

    By the end of the Professional Leaders Project gathering in Santa Monica, I walked away with three things: a stack of business cards, some good stories and a condom from KinkyJews.com in a package that featured an Israeli flag on the front and an off-color, yet...
  • ‘Mazel Tov’: Lifecycles of the rich and famous

    By Jay Firestone

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Whether it's a powerfully uplifting ceremony, a wicked disco-themed party or a bagels-and-lox Sunday brunch, the b'nai mitzvah experience is a multifaceted event that has the potential to greatly affect a person's life.

    For one weekend, an acne-plagued kid is transformed into an...

  • Congregations, rabbis try to stop the ‘Big Day’ from becoming the last day

    By Michele Alperin

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The bar and bat mitzvah is traditionally viewed as an entry point into the adult Jewish community, but for many, it's also seen as the door out of both Jewish education and the synagogue.

    Among those who believe, however tenuously, that a b'nai mitzvah ceremony is de rigeur, some...

  • Books: The anti-Chagall offers a field guide to the shtetl

    By Gabriel Sanders

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm



    "They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust" by Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (University of California Press, $39.95).

    Mayer Kirshenblatt was born in 1916 in the Polish town of Apt. In 1934, when he was...

  • South African Jews grapple with semigration and emigration

    By Moira Schneider

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Marlene Abitz can barely hold back the tears when she looks around her synagogue in Cape Town, particularly during the High Holy Days.

    Pews that once were filled with her children are empty, and it's getting harder and harder for Abitz, 57, to go see them in Australia.

    "We don't have...

  • Cafe Hillel marks new tactic to reach out to young people—in Odessa

    By Matt Siegel

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ambling down one of the many picturesque side streets of crumbling copper and golden-colored slate that lend the old quarter of Odessa an aura of decaying grandeur, Kiril Alexandrovich was reminded of a famous Russian adage.

    "He who doesn't take risks," the 22-year-old Jewish...

  • Conservatives’ New Dish

    By David Suissa

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I read a remarkable quote a few days ago from a prominent member of the Conservative movement: "We've been searching for an identity for a hundred years now."

    A hundred years?

    In the business world, products can fail in a year or two if they don't have an identity. But in religion,...

  • Journey of a Lifetime

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    September 2, 2007 | 6:00 pm

    After serving as a weekend scholar-in-residence in Indianapolis, I was about to begin the first leg of a trip back to Los Angeles. I shared the aisle with a friendly fellow who introduced himself by extending his hand and giving me a strong shake. Noting his crew cut and strapping...
  • A Big Giver

    By Rob Eshman

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Anyone who cares about the future of Jewish life in Los Angeles eventually explodes in frustration over the community's inability to tap its own enormous wealth.

    On one hand, we see Jewish gazillionaires pour the vast majority of their donations into non-Jewish institutions. Just...

  • The righteous doctor of Ethiopia—healing suffering in the world heads this Orthodox physician’s

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When Dr. Rick Hodes prepares a to-do list, it doesn't look like anybody else's.

    It includes checking someone's MRI for severe scoliosis, discussing someone else's false positive HIV test, paying boarding school fees for his Ethiopian-born sons, preparing heart patients to be...

  • We Are Grateful to the Jewish People

    By President George W. Bush

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The following is an excerpt from the speech President Bush gave on Sept. 14 at the national dinner celebrating 350 years of Jewish life in America at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

    ....I'm honored to accept this medal commemorating three and a half centuries of...

  • Kabbalist Theory of Everything

    By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Derech Hashem -- The Way of God" by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (Feldheim, 1997).

    Quietly studying a page of the Talmud on a crowded plane, the great Orthodox teacher and thinker Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik was interrupted by a passenger in the next seat.

    "Pardon me. What is that...

  • A Sporting Chanukah

    By Carin Davis

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    On the third night of Chanukah my true love gave to me, an Olympic swim cap signed by Lenny Krayzelburg, a game of Horse with the Houston Rocket's Bostjan Nachbar and a chance to be on the set of ESPN's Cold Pizza.

    Thanks to the Center for Sport and Jewish Life's online...

  • Wilshire Boulevard Gambles on Future

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    On any given day, Wilshire Boulevard Temple's Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus in West Los Angeles is a hub of activity. Built seven years ago for $30 million, the campus attracted new members like a magnet. They came flocking to enroll their children in day school or religious school...

  • Your Letters

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Saving the JCCs

    During the past 50-plus years that I have been involved in Jewish life a number of JCCs throughout the continent have found themselves in financial distress, sometimes for reasons of their own doing and at other times because of circumstances beyond their control...

  • Israel Trip Reunites

    By Dina Kraft

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The two men walk as one -- in steady step, shoulder to shoulder, their words a torrent of Yiddish.

    There is much to catch up on since the former neighbors and schoolmates last met. That was more than 60 years ago, when the transports, fear and separations that characterized Jewish...

  • Abraham Spiegel

    By Tom Tugend

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Abraham Spiegel, a survivor of four concentration camps, who built a new life in America as a successful businessman, philanthropist and ardent supporter of Jewish life in the United States and Israel, died April 10 in his home at the age of 97.

    Among his major legacies are the...

  • New Tales From a Post-Exodus Egypt

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Now that we've just finished two seders celebrating our escape from Egypt, a new exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center demonstrates that not every Jew got out of Egypt -- or wanted to.

    "Jewish Life in Ancient Egypt: A Family Archive From the Nile Valley," revolves around...

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