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  • Rosh Hashanah, Israeli-style

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    It’s Sunday night, Erev Rosh Hashanah, and Hebrew chatter fills the air of a Masonic center on Westwood Boulevard. 

    Approximately a dozen round tables covered in white cloths fill the large room. 

    To the side of the space, platters of chicken, fish, salads, potatoes and rice...

  • Chabad Telethon raises $4 million

    By Ryan Torok

    September 12, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Hollywood stars and dancing rabbis came together for the 32nd annual Chabad “To Life” Telethon on Sept. 9. Held for the first time at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, the high-profile fundraiser raised approximately $4 million for Chabad of California.

    “At Chabad, there’s no...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Sep. 9-13, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    September 5, 2012 | 10:24 am

    SUN | SEPT 9 

    "ARTHUR SCHNITZLER — BEING JEWISH"
    A renowned writer and dramatist whose favorite topics were anti-Semitism, love, sex and death, Arthur Schnitzler chronicled turn-of-the-century Vienna. A Getty staged reading of Schnitzler's journals and correspondence portray a...

  • August 11-17, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    August 8, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    SAT | AUG 11

    NEIL DIAMOND
    The Grammy-winning pop-rock icon played a series of sold-out shows at the Greek in the summer of 1972, which led to the multiplatinum double live album, “Hot August Night.” Forty years later, Diamond returns to the Greek stage to celebrate the anniversary...

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  • August 3-10, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    August 1, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    SAT | AUG 4

    “THE MUSIC OF JEWISH COMPOSERS”
    The ninth annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival features the world premiere of composer Assaf Rinde’s “Meditation on a Sephardic Theme,” performed by guitarist Edward Trybek. Mezzo-soprano Iris Malkin and pianist Jean-David...

  • Maccabiah tryouts coming to L.A.

    July 18, 2012 | 5:57 pm

    While hundreds of American athletes are eagerly anticipating the beginning of the Olympics in London this month, another Team USA is preparing for a different international competition.

    Tryouts for the 19th Maccabiah Games, which will be held in Israel in July 2013, are already...

  • Drama queens

    By David Suissa

    June 6, 2012 | 2:39 pm

    One of the biggest and most obvious challenges in raising Jewish awareness and building Jewish connection is finding ways of getting your point across. Every week, across Los Angeles, there are hundreds of classes and sermons that aim specifically to do that: get a Jewish point...

  • Holocaust insurance claims divide the Jewish community

    June 6, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    Hardly a day goes by where Renee Firestone isn’t asked by some school, museum, reporter or filmmaker to talk about the Holocaust.

    “Somebody has to tell the story,” she said. “I am fortunate enough, at my age, to still be able to walk and talk. So I have to do it.”

    Firestone is 88,...

  • Hebrew books to help Israeli-Americans preserve their heritage

    June 6, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    Naomi Western, who works with the Jewish Agency for Israel, worries that her two young children may lose the connection to their Israeli heritage once they start attending local public schools.

    Joining more than 2,000 other families nationwide, Western has enrolled her family in...

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