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  • Open Judaism

    By David Suissa

    October 16, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    There’s a nasty food fight going on right now in the Orthodox world between the stringent groups and the more open ones.

    This latest brouhaha was ignited when the “open Orthodox” Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) yeshiva invited non-Orthodox rabbis and scholars to a roundtable...

  • ‘Jewish Refugees in Shanghai’ tells story of survival

    By Tom Tugend

    October 16, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    For Jews desperate to flee the Nazi regime but barred from entry almost everywhere, Shanghai was the Last Place on Earth and a rescuing Noah’s Ark.

    Between 1933 and 1941, some 20,000 Jews, mainly from Germany and Austria, found a harsh but safe refuge in the Chinese port city,...

  • Jews with tattoos: the good, the bad and the oy vey

    By Julie Bien

    October 15, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Before I go any further, I would like to acknowledge that tattoos are a controversial subject--not only because they are forbidden under religious law, but mostly because of the weight they carry as signifiers of the Holocaust. This article does not in any way aim to diminish the...

  • This week in power: Ovadia Yosef’s legacy and where the Jewish people really originated

    By Danny Groner

    October 9, 2013 | 8:07 pm

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

    Ovadia Yosef's death
    With news on Monday that prominent Sephardic Rabbi Ovadia Yosef had passed away in Israel, it didn't take too long before the debate over his legacy went full...

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  • My Judaism: Millennials speak out following Pew poll

    October 9, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project issued its “Portrait of Jewish Americans” on Oct. 1, setting off alarms throughout the Jewish community about the future of Jewish life. Among the greatest concerns is this statement: “Among Jews in the youngest generation of...

  • Pew points the way toward more avenues to Jewish life

    October 8, 2013 | 10:53 am

    Since the release of the Pew report on American Jews, the question I’ve been asked most often is what surprises me about it.

    What surprises me most is that anybody is surprised.

    The Pew report points to a series of phenomena that are well known in the world today: identity...

  • New study: 6.8 million Jews living in U.S.

    September 30, 2013 | 10:16 am

    An estimated 6.8 million Jews live in the United States, with 65 percent of them concentrated in six states, according to a new study.

    The estimate counts 4.2 million American adults who self-identify as Jews; 1 million Americans who identify as having a Jewish background but do...

  • What if Cyrus had not freed the Jews?

    By Roger Price

    September 24, 2013 | 9:01 am

      Over twenty-five centuries ago, Cyrus II, founder and ruler of the Persian Empire, freed the Jews who had been transported forcibly to Babylon and facilitated the reconstruction of their Temple in Jerusalem. Without the intervention of Cyrus, the Jewish People and Judaism as we...

  • Crack down on Golden Dawn, Greek Jews urge gov’t following rapper’s murder

    September 23, 2013 | 4:26 pm

    Greek Jews implored the government to crack down on the ultranationalist Golden Dawn party in the wake of the murder of the anti-fascist rapper known as Killah P.

    On Monday, a statement from the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece said the Sept. 18 stabbing death of...

  • Mitzvahland: For all your Jewish needs

    By Rob Eshman

    September 17, 2013 | 10:43 am

    On Sunday, my wife and I drove out to the Valley to buy a new sukkah. It was time. I’d bought our old sukkah from an Armenian Catholic who supplied booths to vendors in farmers’ markets. When his orders began to spike in September, he realized he could have a good little side...

  • Budapest to receive $22 million Holocaust memorial center

    September 13, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Budapest will erect a $22 million memorial at a train station from which many Hungarian Jews were deported during the Holocaust.

    Janos Lazar, the Hungarian prime minister’s chief of staff, said the memorial will feature an educational center and will be opened by spring next year...

  • Across enemy lines, wounded Syrians seek Israeli care

    September 13, 2013 | 9:13 am

    Not a hundred miles from Damascus, a Syrian rebel lies in a hospital bed, an Israeli sentry at the door. Nearby a Syrian mother sits next to her daughter, shot in the back by a sniper.

    What started this year as a trickle is now a steady flow of Syrians, scores of civilians and...

  • Dating 101: Mug Shots & Convicted Felons

    By Ilana Angel

    September 13, 2013 | 7:13 am

    I received an email this week from a man online that I am pretty sure was using a mug shot as his profile picture.  The Internet is an amazing place and while the odds of finding love online are not good, it would appear that the chances of meeting a felon are great.  For a woman...

  • Chesed by choice

    September 11, 2013 | 4:05 pm

    For many of us, the month of Elul and the High Holy Days are our personal and communal time for introspection. The work we do for ourselves as Jews is significant as we take the opportunity to make teshuvah (forgiveness) to others and to God and to improve our lives. 

    This year,...

  • Rohani Twitter account wishes Jews a Shanah Tovah

    September 6, 2013 | 11:54 am

    A Twitter account believed to operate with the authorization of Iranian President Hassan Rohani wished Jews worldwide a Shanah Tovah.

    “As the sun is about to set here in #Tehran I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah,” the tweet posted Wednesday said.

    ...
  • 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...

  • 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...

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