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  • A unique look into Shaul Mofaz’s Iranian Jewish roots

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 31, 2012 | 7:26 am

    Southern California’s vibrant Iranian Jewish community has been abuzz during the last few months with recent news of the election victory of Iranian-born Shaul Mofaz as the new leader of the Kadima party in the Israeli Knesset in late March and when earlier this month with his...

  • The intercontinental JConnector dreams big

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Just try to put Michal Taviv in a box -- she won't fit.

    She's a multinational citizen with passports from Israel and South Africa; she's at home in Pico-Robertson and comfortable traveling abroad; she's a double-degree business major who spends most of her time networking,...

  • Israelis build new traditions at L.A. seders

    By Ayala Or-el

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Nitzan and Shaul Barakan

    Nitzan and Shaul Barakan had to come all the way from Israel to the United States to learn words like "afikoman" and "seder plate."

    The couple, both born and raised on Kibbutz Kinneret, didn't have a clue that there is a haggadah that looks nothing like the...

  • Visiting Israel brings feeling of really coming home

    By Ariel Cohen

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This past summer, I stepped off the plane and felt my feet touch the ground of our homeland for the first time. I was home. For 12 days in Israel, my family and I explored the land, went to museums and had a chance to connect with our spirituality and Judaism.

    This trip was...

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  • Douglases: Good as Gold

    By Tom Tugend

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Heralded by the blowing of shofars, Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, stood under the chuppah Sunday afternoon and reaffirmed the marriage vows they first recited 50 years ago.

    The first time around the couple eloped to Las Vegas, when Kirk managed a day off from shooting "20,000...

  • Livin’ La

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Singer-songwriter Diex sees himself as an ambassador, a bridge between the unlikely worlds of the prayer filled synagogues and the groove-shaking beats of J Lo, Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin.

    Since he moved to Los Angeles from Buenos Aires 18 months ago, Diex's reggae and...

  • Do the Jews Need Geraldo

    By Joe Berkofsky

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Geraldo Rivera has rediscovered his Jewish roots, and he declares the Jews "need" him back.

    Rivera, 59, the flamboyant TV reporter, recently announced to the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post that he is planning to marry TV producer Erica Levy, 29, in a Reform ceremony...

  • Kosher Bunny

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Playboy Magazine's new Miss November, Playmate Lindsey Vuolo, doesn't hide much in the centerfold, including her Jewish roots and her attachment to Israel.

    The daughter of an Italian father who converted to Judaism to marry her Russian Jewish mother, Vuolo tells the magazine, "I traveled to Israel as part of an exchange program and it was an amazing trip."

    A college communications major who only modeled for a local swimsuit calendar, the Philadelphia-born bunny added: "Being in Jerusalem was so emotional for me -- I broke down and cried."