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  • The Jewish Response to a Cheap Dress

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 day ago

    Did you see blue-and-black, or were you in the white-and-gold camp?  Was your family as polarized as mine?

    I can't help it.  I am a Jewish doctor.  What seems to be a trivial, yet highly popular discussion on social media about the true colors of this $70 dress, keeps me up at...

  • Reflecting on my trip to Birmingham with The Temple

    2 days ago

    “You’ll be the first in our family to set foot in Alabama,” my mom half-joked over the phone from L.A., when I told her where I was going. “Well, I was the first one to set foot in Tennessee,” I quipped back.

    Before moving to Nashville two years ago to pursue my music career,...

  • At UCLA, the power of negative emotions

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    For several years now, a nasty anti-Israel group called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has bludgeoned Israel’s image on college campuses. They take no prisoners. They have little interest in polite and civil debate. They are lethal at manipulating the college bureaucracy...

  • Our annual Purim cover: Kanye interrupts Bibi, Foxcatcher gets sequel and Lyft offends with new logo

    3 days ago

    Click on cover image to enlarge.

    Cover design by Lynn Pelkey. Headlines by Jewish Journal staff, Esther D. Kustanowitz and Elon Gold.


    More Purim 2015

    Events calendar
    Recipe: Funfetti cheesecake hamantaschen
    Recipe: Bibi’s hamantaschen
    Recipe: ‘Pop Tart’ hamantaschen
    Recipe: Taco hamantaschen

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  • Family of Toveet Radcliffe, young Black Hebrew soldier found dead on IDF base, searching for answers

    By Simone Wilson

    3 days ago

    Israel's tight-knit Black Hebrew community, a population of around 3,000 American citizens who see Israel as their true homeland, just lost spiritual leader Ben Ammi Ben-Israel in December.

    And with the new year comes another unfamiliar sorrow: One of the community's daughters —...

  • Peanut Allergy:  Eat Peanuts Early Like Israelis?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    4 days ago

    Deadly peanut allergies are on the rise, not just in the United States but around the world.

    Israeli children have lower rates of peanut allergy when compared to Jewish children of similar ancestry in the United Kingdom.  Israelis consider the popular peanut-flavored Bamba their...

  • The Conference That Was Dead On

    By Rabbi Joe Blair

    5 days ago

    Yesterday, Tuesday February 24th, 2015, the 13th Annual Kavod v’Nichum Chevrah Kadisha conference concluded in Austin, Tx. A group of about 75 people from all over North America came together and studied, learned, shared, talked, socialized, cried, and kvelled with and for each...

  • Conservative group lists 10 colleges with ‘worst anti-Semitic activity’

    5 days ago

    Ivy League schools Columbia and Cornell were among the American college campuses with the “worst anti-Semitic activity” in 2014, according to a list prepared by a conservative think tank.

    The David Horowitz Freedom Center based in Southern California launched a campaign to combat...

  • Netanyahu declines Dems’ invitation for meeting during visit

    5 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week.

    "Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit," Netanyahu wrote in a letter to Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein obtained by Reuters.

    Durbin and Feinstein had invited Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators in a letter on Monday.

  • UCLA judicial board nom questioned for Jewish background

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    At a Feb. 10 hearing of UCLA’s student government, four of nine representatives raised concerns that the Jewish background of Judicial Board candidate Rachel Beyda could present a conflict of interest and make her unfit to serve impartially as a judge in the student government’s...

  • A statement from UCLA’s chancellor on recent incidents of bias

    5 days ago

    To the Campus Community:

    I have been troubled by recent incidents of bias on campuses across our nation. Sadly, UCLA is not immune to these occurrences.

    At a recent Undergraduate Students Association Council meeting, a few council members unfairly questioned the fitness of a...

  • Jewish dealers’ heirs turn to U.S. to recover German art trove

    5 days ago

    The heirs of Jewish art dealers who say their families were forced to sell the Nazis a trove of medieval church treasure worth some $250 million today have turned to a U.S. court to reclaim it, after failing in their attempts in Germany.

    The collection, known as the Guelph...

  • Seder2015 hopes to bring millennials to the Passover table

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    Millennials, what are you doing this Passover? If you’re not sure, perhaps look to Seder2015.

    Seder 2015 is the latest brainchild of Michael Hebb, 39, a self-described “food provacteur” who last grabbed national attention for launching “Death Over Dinner,” a movement that brought...

  • Oscar gives nod to Jewish talent but bypasses Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    Given that there were few world famous Jewish names among nominees for the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood Sunday night, the tribe did fairly well.

    “The Great Budapest Hotel” tied with “Birdman” for the most Oscars, with four each, though the latter walked off with the best...

  • Coming Together

    By Alex Jakubowski

    1 week ago

    Despite rising anti-Semitism across the European continent, over the past few weeks nearly 10,000 American Jewish students arrived in London, Paris, Rome, Madrid, and other cities across the European Union to begin their study abroad experience. For many students, their time abroad...

  • Freundel pleads guilty to 52 voyeurism charges

    1 week ago

    Rabbi Barry Freundel, the former spiritual leader at a prominent Washington synagogue, pleaded guilty to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism.

    The plea Thursday means that Freundel could be sentenced to a maximum penalty of 52 years in prison and ordered to pay tens of thousands of...

  • Muslims offer to protect Oslo synagogue with ‘peace ring’

    1 week ago

    Hajrad Arshad, the event’s 17-year-old organizer, told Norway’s state broadcaster NRK that the group aimed to “extinguish the prejudices people have against Jews and against Muslims.”

    “We think that after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, it is the perfect time for us Muslims to distance ourselves from the harassment of Jews that is happening,” she said.

    Ervin Kohn, the leader of Oslo’s Jewish community welcomed the initiative.

    Read more at The Local.

  • Freundel set to plead guilty to voyeurism charges

    1 week ago

    Rabbi Barry Freundel, the former spiritual leader at a prominent Washington synagogue, is expected to plead guilty to as many as 88 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism.

    The plea deal was announced in a letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia to Freundel’s...

  • A Faceless World.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    In the exam room, I sat holding her hand.  She stared into my eyes until I saw her inner child begging for love.  Her tears fell, as did mine, inside.  For a moment, I was her buoy in the rough seas of life.

    You never forget the face of the person placing Godly responsibilities...

  • Prayer for Shomerim

    2 weeks ago

    Prayer for the Shomerim*

    As you travel towards the funeral home,
    May you be blessed with patience.

    As you enter the chapel,
    May you be blessed with slowing.

    As you relieve your predecessor,
    May you be blessed with hugs and knowing silence.

    As you gather near the...

  • Why Jews must stay in Europe

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    If, God forbid, some crazy Muslim were to shoot and kill a security guard outside a synagogue in Sherman Oaks, would you pack up and move to Israel?

    No, of course not. One crazed gunman does not a pogrom make.

    Unless you’re Benjamin Netanyahu.

    That seemed to be the logic...

  • Prosecutor asks for Strauss-Kahn acquittal in French sex trial

    2 weeks ago

    A French prosecutor asked a criminal court on Tuesday to acquit former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a pimping charge for his role in what investigating magistrates argued was an organized sex ring using prostitutes.

    Strauss-Kahn was tipped to become French president before...

  • Speaking to American Jewish leaders, Netanyahu holds firm on Congress speech

    2 weeks ago

    Speaking to a group of American Jewish leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his intention to address Congress next month, despite calls for him to cancel the speech.

    On Monday night, Netanyahu told a delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major...

  • Danish police kill 22-year-old after Copenhagen shootings

    2 weeks ago

    Police shot dead a 22-year-old Danish-born gunman on Sunday after he killed two people at a Copenhagen synagogue and an event promoting free speech in actions possibly inspired by an attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, authorities said.

    Spy chief Jens Madsen said...

  • Yemen’s last Jews eye exodus after Islamist militia takeover

    2 weeks ago

    A few worried families are all that remain of Yemen's ancient Jewish community, and they too may soon flee after a Shi'ite Muslim militia seized power in the strife-torn country this month.

    Harassment by the Houthi movement – whose motto is "Death to America, death to Israel,...

  • Denmark chief rabbi rejects Netanyahu call to make aliyah

    2 weeks ago

    Denmark’s chief rabbi rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for European Jews to move to Israel in the wake of a terror attack on a Copenhagen synagogue.

    “Terror is not a reason to move to Israel,” said Denmark Chief Rabbi Jair Melchior said Sunday.

    His...

  • Denmark sees possible ‘Charlie Hebdo’ motive behind Copenhagen attacks

    2 weeks ago

    Police shot dead a gunman on Sunday whose attacks on a Copenhagen synagogue and an event promoting free speech may have been inspired by an attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo last month, authorities said.

    Denmark's spy chief Jens Madsen said the gunman was known to...

  • Shattering the False Image of Perfection

    By Beit T'shuvah

    2 weeks ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    In reading about Brian Williams’ fall from Grace, I am reminded that we, as a society, need to make gods for/of ourselves and love it when others fall from Grace. I am also reminded, as David Brooks writes in the New York Times, “that no matter how many...

  • Shimon Peres: A taste of history, thoughts on staying positive

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    Shimon Peres, Israel’s former longtime president and two-time prime minister, appeared at a gala for top funders of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In an onstage conversation with Sharon Nazarian, Peres did not talk about...

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