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  • Study reveals the who, what and where of Jewish giving

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 31, 2013 | 8:48 am

    When Jews feels connected to their community, money will flow – to Jewish causes and elsewhere.

    That, in short, is the main finding of a broad new nationwide study of American Jewish philanthropy. Coordinated by Jumpstart, a Los Angeles-based think tank and incubator for...

  • High-interest Holy Days

    By Dennis Prager

    August 28, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    This will be the sixth consecutive year that I lead Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. I would like to revisit lessons I have learned in retaining attendees’ interest in the service and even in keeping hundreds of them in synagogue all day on Yom Kippur.

    My agenda here is to...

  • An open letter to our Olim

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 28, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    Summer in Israel is a time of reflection. In summer time, many of us fly away to our desired destinations overseas while the rest sit in front of their television, carefully considering every departure from the air-condition. It doesn't matter what group you are part of, you will...

  • UC Berkeley, Santa Cruz anti-Semitism complaints dismissed

    By Ryan E. Smith

    August 27, 2013 | 4:58 pm

    The U.S. Department of Education has dismissed complaints against the University of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz that had accused the universities of allowing a hostile environment for Jewish students to exist on campus.

    In a letter dated Aug. 19 and released Aug. 27 by...

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  • How do you raise $120 million?

    By Elyse Samuels

    August 22, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s newly renovated sanctuary has been cleaned and fully restored. An extended bimah is more accessible for the first time. Photo © Tom Bonner 2013

    Ask Rabbi Steven Z. Leder what the mission of Wilshire Boulevard Temple is, and he’ll tell you, “We...

  • Sparks ignite in ‘Afternoon Delight’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 21, 2013 | 4:43 pm

    Writer-director Jill Soloway has quite the reputation for writing about Jews and sex. As co-executive producer on HBO’s hit mortuary drama “Six Feet Under,” she created a Reform rabbi character whose congregant’s boyfriend accidentally hangs himself during autoerotic asphyxiation....

  • Jerusalem-area monastery damaged in ‘price tag’ attack

    August 21, 2013 | 9:30 am

    A monastery near Jerusalem was vandalized in an attack that police believe is the work of right-wing extremists.

    A firebomb thrown at the Beit Gemal Monastery caused minor damage, according to police. The words “price tag” also were spray-painted on the wall of the monastery.

    ...
  • Egyptian Jews: We support military’s fight against ‘terrorism’

    August 20, 2013 | 10:57 am

    When Magda Haroun was out on the streets during the unrest now rocking Egypt’s capital, she saw someone standing over the body of a dead soldier.

    “Not even a Jew would do this,” she heard him say.

    Haroun, the president of the Egyptian Jewish community, doesn’t enjoy hearing...

  • Young U.S. Jews feel closer to Israel, studies find

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 13, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Young American Jews have closer ties to Israel than ever before, while Israelis who have moved to the United States are raising the Jewish consciousness of all Jews in the New World.

    Such upbeat conclusions may run counter to more prevalent pessimistic pronouncements, but they...

  • Muslim, Jewish fellows celebrate Iftar together

    July 31, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    What started off as a group full of professional yet skeptical Jews and Muslims ended with a bond as strong as blood. 

    “There isn’t a boundary anymore, so we’re one big group of friends. It’s like we became a family,” said Deborah Tehrani, 31, a Jew from Sherman Oaks, one of 24...

  • Is it the time to stop looking back and start looking forward?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 31, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    A few weeks ago, I sat in on a deep conversation with Mahmod, a friend of mine from school, and an Arab who lives in Israel. We talked about the current situation between Jews, Arabs and Palestinians in Israel and exchanged opinions about possible solutions.  Up until then, Mahmod...

  • Proud to be a boomer

    By Pat Sierchio

    July 19, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Being a baby boomer is more than a statistic, it’s a state of mind. Boomers rock and everyone knows it. And by everyone I mean the baby boomers. We baby boomers tend to have a high opinion of ourselves, and there is plenty of evidence that supports that notion.

    We are the...

  • FDR: Hero or enemy of the Jews?

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    July 18, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    When I resolved to enter into the public conversation about “FDR and the Jews” by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman (Belknap Press, $29.95), a much-talked-about book, I was reminded of the disenchantment that some Democrats felt toward President Obama when he abandoned the...

  • This week in power: Portugal, Poland, NFL player, Tisha B’Av message

    By Danny Groner

    July 17, 2013 | 8:47 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Portugal law
    A bill passed in Portugal this week that allows Jewish descendants of expelled Jews to come back, making it the only country besides for Israel with a Jewish law of...

  • Poles ban kosher slaughter

    July 17, 2013 | 1:31 pm

    In their Krakow home, Anna Makowka Kwapisiewicz and her husband, Piotr, skim through an online article about Poland’s recent ban on kosher slaughter.

    What they find even more disturbing than the actual news are the comments posted by other readers.

    Hundreds of comments calling...

  • ‘Nicky’s Family’ recounts true tale of Britain’s Schindler

    By Tom Tugend

    July 17, 2013 | 12:43 pm

    In chronicling the dark night of the Holocaust, filmmakers have discovered occasional chinks of light in the deeds of Righteous Gentiles, those who risked much to succor and save Jews.

    Many of these men and women, of all nationalities and faiths, risked — and some lost — their...

  • In Egypt, a fragile peace

    By Uri Dromi

    July 10, 2013 | 10:42 am

    The recent turmoil in Egypt might push Israelis to believe that time is working in Israel’s favor. If in the past we used to react to any regional development with the old worry, “Is it good or bad for the Jews?” today it seems that when it comes to Israel’s standing and interests...

  • Jews and dogs, unleashed

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    July 8, 2013 | 9:50 am

    “The Elephant and the Jewish Problem” is the punchline to a hoary old Jewish joke, the point of which is that there is a Jewish perspective on every subject imaginable.  The same point is made in a remarkable work of scholarship, “A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog...

  • Best place to avoid a zombie apocalypse?

    By Ryan E. Smith

    July 2, 2013 | 11:36 am

    Max Brooks, son of the comedian behind “Blazing Saddles” and “The Producers,” is convinced that Jews are uniquely positioned to face a zombie apocalypse. And he’s not joking.

    “Gentiles don’t understand how truly dangerous the world is. Jews do. It’s part of our national culture,”...

  • The ‘Na Nach’, Israel’s notorious party Jews, come out hard for White Night

    By Simone Wilson

    June 28, 2013 | 8:19 pm

    Thousands of Israelis, foreigners and stoked-as-hell Birthright kids swarmed Rothschild Boulevard last night for the 10th anniversary of Tel Aviv's "White Night," a non-religious holiday that celebrates UNESCO's designation of Tel Aviv as a world-heritage site — though the masses...

  • July 4th as a day of reflection

    June 28, 2013 | 10:11 am

    This coming Thursday, the Jewish community, alongside all other Americans, will be celebrating the fourth of July and the Independence of The United States of America. The relationship between Jews and America is one that is not only a historical phenomenon but is indeed an...

  • Liberal Jewish groups unleash on doomed abortion bill

    June 20, 2013 | 10:13 am

    Liberal Jewish groups fired a verbal barrage against a restrictive abortion bill passed by the Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives, calling it “egregious,” “outrageous,” “an affront,” and “deeply disappointing.”

    Such strong language is unusual in any case for...

  • Father’s Day and Forgiveness

    By Mark Paredes

    June 15, 2013 | 12:57 am

    Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou...

  • 405 construction downs eruv

    June 14, 2013 | 2:51 pm

    The Los Angeles Community Eruv will not be in operation during the Shabbat that begins at sundown tonight, June 14, due to construction on the 405 Freeway.

    An eruv makes carrying items within its boundaries on Shabbat permissible for Jews, according to halacha (Jewish law). This...

  • At Auschwitz, Israel’s Netanyahu says Jews still threatened

    June 13, 2013 | 9:31 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz on Thursday, said the Jewish state would act -- alone if necessary -- to prevent a repetition of the Holocaust.

    Netanyahu's speech at the camp in southern Poland where the Nazis killed...

  • The new wave

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 12, 2013 | 12:26 pm

    The world's most famous scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking was supposed to arrive in Israel this month. Hawking, 71, a world-renowned theoretical physicist, was invited to participate the high- profile Presidential Conference in Jerusalem named "Facing Tomorrow"," which will also...

  • How to explain LDS religious terms to Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    June 8, 2013 | 8:04 am

    When Jews share their religious beliefs with others, they don’t automatically assume that they are familiar with Judaism, and usually do a beautiful job of expressing their thoughts using secular terms that can be understood by all. However, well-meaning Mormons who discuss their...

  • Senator Frank R. Lautenberg 1924-2013

    By Michael Berenbaum

    June 4, 2013 | 9:20 am

    Frank Lautenberg’s rise to wealth and prominence is a classic rags-to-riches story. Born in Paterson, N.J., the son of Polish and Russian immigrants who came to the United States through Ellis Island, his early life was unsettled as his parents moved about a dozen times while...

  • Andrew Greeley - A Demographer of His Religion and of Ours

    By Pini Herman

    May 31, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    There are many non-Catholics, Jews perhaps foremost, who should be grateful to Andrew Greeley for helping to paint a religious landscape of America.

    Sociologist and priest, Andrew Greeley passed away yesterday at age 85.  In addition to his many accomplishments, Greeley was a...

  • Suspected London terror attack signifies no special risk for Jews, security unit says

    May 23, 2013 | 9:04 am

    British Jews are no more at risk from terrorism than they were before the slaying of a British soldier by suspected terrorists, British Jewry’s security unit said.

    “For the Jewish community security, the primary lessons remain unchanged,” CST wrote Thursday on its website....

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