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  • Iran deal may transform American Jewry

    By Steven Windmueller

    3 weeks ago

    One of the significant elements to this story involves American Jews opposing the president of the United States that they had helped to elect. One can define this moment as transformational, as it may lead to the redefining of how Jews understand and employ their political power....

  • 50 LA Rabbis Call to Congress: “A Responsibility to do Better”

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 31, 2015 | 5:39 pm

    Fifty of the most prominent Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Independent rabbis in Los Angeles have signed this letter to congress and the senate. Please read their letter and share it with your friends. They are unified on this issue:  "we strongly support and heed the Jewish...

  • Never Stay Indifferent, Never Stop Caring

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 29, 2015 | 8:27 am

    I remember the first anti-Semitic remark I received. It was a comment to one of my posts here, and it said "What a shame Hitler didn't finish what he started." That night, I couldn't sleep. I was concerned and bothered, but most of all- I was horrified. Later, as I became more...

  • Arab-Israeli lawmaker: Jews have no religious ties to Temple Mount

    July 27, 2015 | 7:48 pm

    An Arab Knesset member claimed that Jews have no religious ties to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

    On Monday, Masud Ganaim of the Joint Arab List told Israel Radio that “historically, religiously, it is a Muslim site, period,” the Religion News Service reported.

    The remarks came a...

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  • Temples in Time.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 24, 2015 | 8:43 am

    It's Shabbat, before fast of Av.

    Iran Deal sizzles inside all Jews.
    German ovens’ stench, we sing the blues.
    Our temple remains shattered- atone .
    All in post traumatic mode, none alone.

    They say we control the world, its wealth,
    in small numbers win large prizes, stealth....

  • The Torn Iranian American Jew

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 17, 2015 | 8:30 am

    My father served the ‪‎Iranian‬ government for over thirty years.

    With the majority of his friends and colleagues ‪Muslim‬, few ‪‎Persian‬ Jews know of him now.

    He pulled himself out of poverty, away from the misery of losing his own father at a young age. He reached one of the...

  • Ramadan tours promote coexistence between Israeli Arabs and Jews

    July 14, 2015 | 2:10 pm

    The group of Jewish-Israelis sat in a semicircle on the thick, red carpet of the mosque. The women wore headscarves; everyone’s feet were bare.

    They had come to this Arab town in central Israel to experience a slice of Ramadan, the monthlong daytime fast...

  • Wrapped up in Rainbows, but consumed by hate.

    By Diana Emuna

    July 9, 2015 | 8:09 am

    When I started writing this blog, I gave the relationship with my relative.  It was too hard. It was suggested I make it more generic and I have done that.  I also apologize for the length of this blog, but I felt the details were important.

    Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court...

  • Shabbat, Brokenness and Light:  My Reflections at an Interfaith Event

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    July 8, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    In addition to how I've found that interfaith relations boldly and beautifully reveals the interconnectedness of all of humanity, I certainly agree that there is nothing like interfaith work to really inspire you to actively deepen your own understanding and connection to your...

  • Azerbaijan, Israel, Sporting Excellence and Universal Friendship

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    July 7, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    The first ever European Games were just completed in Azerbaijan and it is such a source of pride for me as a Jew and as an Azerbaijani. For over two weeks in June the world witnessed what a welcoming and tolerant country we are. We opened our arms to the world. As an Azerbaijani...

  • Conversation drives community

    By Zev Hurwitz

    July 6, 2015 | 5:11 pm

    One of my favorite Torah lectures from my time in middle school at Maimonides Academy, (okay, the only one I remember) was where our principal delivered an address entitled “If Jews had a Christmas Tree.”

    The concept for a shiur on Christmas Trees in Judaism seems comical at...

  • Amid their country’s financial crisis, Greek Jews struggle and brace for more turmoil

    July 6, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    For 55 needy Jewish families, a cash welfare payment is the only thing that gets them through the month. But when they came to the Athens Jewish Community last week for their July assistance, they were given only a portion of the payment in cash — the rest was in supermarket food...

  • Your Jerusalem, my Jerusalem

    July 6, 2015 | 1:03 pm

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Jerusalem is a dream and a vision, and at the same time a city where garbage needs to be collected, children go to school, and roads need to be fixed. For some of the 800,000 people living inside the city’s municipal boundary,...

  • Israeli president calls on P.A. to act against terrorism surge

    July 6, 2015 | 9:14 am

    Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin at a Ramadan break-fast meal with Arab leaders called on the Palestinian Authority to act against a recent surge in terrorism.

    Addressing the uptick in attacks by Palestinians against Jewish targets since the start of the holy month of Ramadan,...

  • Muslims and Jews forge friendships over dinner

    July 1, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    Some Jews wore kippot, while Muslim fellows wore hijabs and niqabs as 300 members of the two religious communities came together over an iftar dinner June 25 during Ramadan at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. 

    The break fast — which featured kosher and halal foods — was much more than...

  • Ukraine office to help prospective immigrants to Israel prove Jewishness

    June 30, 2015 | 11:35 am

    Rabbis from Israel and Ukraine opened an office in eastern Ukraine that will help prospective immigrants to Israel prove they are Jewish.

    The office, which opened last week in Dnepropetrovsk, aims to facilitate the process for those seeking to immigrate to Israel under its Law of...

  • Muslim and Jewish Jerusalemites break bread together

    June 25, 2015 | 8:55 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    As the call to prayer marking the end of the day-long Ramadan fast echoed from a nearby mosque, the two dozen people sat down and began eating. There were many traditional Arab foods, and conversation flowed easily. It looked...

  • Charleston Church Shooting is a Crime Against all of America

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 19, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and community. My prayers are especially with the African American community, and their spiritual leaders and communities; they work hard to bring Godliness into the world. These shining examples of selflessness and Godliness...

  • What we are, and what we are not

    June 18, 2015 | 9:26 am

    I recently was delighted to meet a former Hebrew school student and his mother at the market.

    The woman proudly shared that her son was active in combating anti-Semitism in his school, reporting swastikas on lockers and publicly condemning the hostility some of them were...

  • In Britain, Jewish and Muslim women connect over Mitzvah Day

    June 16, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Good deeds can be contagious. Just ask Laura Marks, a British Jew who is widely credited with creating one of her community’s most widely celebrated new traditions: an annual Mitzvah Day, now in its 11th consecutive year, in which thousands of British Jews perform charity work in...

  • Placing a 9-11 call to G-D

    June 16, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    If you watch or listen to the news it’s pretty depressing. Especially when it comes to what’s happening to the Jewish people. We have terrorist attacks in Paris and verbal attacks in the U.N. We have boycotting of Israeli goods and anti-Israel propaganda on college campuses. We...

  • Ginger Jews

    By Roger Price

    June 16, 2015 | 10:11 am

    Last year, about two hundred red haired Israeli Jews gathered for a conference at Kibbutz Gezer in Israel. While that is a nice size group, there were, apparently, many hundreds who were interested in attending, but unable to do so. Those who attended the conference shared...

  • ‘Paloma’ examines interfaith relationships

    June 11, 2015 | 10:02 am

    Playwright Anne García-Romero, talking about her latest work, “Paloma,” said three of the world’s major religions are represented by the three main characters. “One is Muslim-American; one is Puerto Rican, and she’s Catholic; and then the third character is also American, and he is...

  • Why does a Jew write for Atheists?

    June 8, 2015 | 11:11 am

    “Are you an atheist?”

    No, I explained. I’m a Jew.

    “Then why are you writing a book about atheists?”

    I’ve run into this line of questioning a lot.

    For the past several years, I’ve worked on What If I’m an Atheist?, a guidebook for teenagers who doubt or deny the existence of...

  • Mixing cocktails and conversation

    By Avishay Artsy

    June 3, 2015 | 12:06 pm

    Jews and Muslims in Los Angeles don’t often get together for drinks. After all, religious Muslims don’t drink, and the two groups have had their differences. 

    But a new project aims to get individuals from both backgrounds talking to each other, while crafting simple yet...

  • Hebrew Hoops Basketball Camp Coming to LA

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    May 29, 2015 | 9:52 am

    One of my passions is Jewish college students. I have had the honor of being a campus rabbi at Long Beach State, UC Irvine, and for the last two years with University of Southern California Hillel.

    So many of our Jewish students are passionate about life and making the world a...

  • Obama: Defending Jews means criticizing Israel

    May 22, 2015 | 9:50 am

    Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience.

    “The rights I insist upon and fight for for all people in the United States compels me to look out for the...

  • Bar Mitzvah in Baku

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    May 21, 2015 | 11:45 am

    I recently traveled to Azerbaijan to speak at the 6th International Conference on Multiculturalism at Baku Slavic University. Azerbaijan is a developing country in the Caucuses on the Caspian Sea, rich in oil and agricultural resources, and committed to building a secular Muslim...

  • Are entertainers and sports heroes emblematic of Jewish American heritage?

    May 20, 2015 | 1:12 pm

    The 10th Jewish American Heritage Month is nearing its final week, with President Barack Obama set to mark the occasion with a speech at a Washington synagogue, and the celebration raises an interesting question:

    What is it about Jews and entertainment?

    That is, why does the...

  • Will Vatican’s Palestine reference impact Jewish-Catholic ties?

    May 19, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    When considering the Vatican’s creep toward recognition of Palestinian statehood, think “Israel-Vatican” and not “Jewish-Catholic,” say Jewish officials involved in dialogue with the church.

    A May 13 announcement on an agreement regarding the functioning of the church in areas...

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