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  • Polarizing Politics is More Fun Than Watching Miley Cyrus

    By Ilana Angel

    August 29, 2013 | 10:00 pm

    I am sick of all the attention Miley Cyrus is getting for acting like a moron. Her appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards was embarrassing, ridiculous, offensive, degrading, and simply not entertaining.  The poor girl is a mess and watching her self-destruct is sad. The fact is...

  • Tree felled by Sandy kills Jewish teacher, college student

    October 31, 2012 | 8:34 am

    Two young Jews were killed in Brooklyn by a falling tree during superstorm Sandy.

    The pair were out walking a dog Monday night in the storm's high winds.

    The dead were identified by The New York Observer as Jessie Streich-Kest, 24, who worked as a high school teacher in the...

  • Destroyed New Orleans synagogue to break ground

    April 16, 2010 | 10:52 am

    A New Orleans synagogue destroyed by Hurricane Katrina will break ground on a new building.

    Congregation Beth Israel, a century-old congregation destroyed by the 2005 storm, will mark the occasion on Sunday at a new location five miles from its former home.

    “Since Katrina, our...

  • Once in a lifetime

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 31, 2008 | 3:19 pm

    I don't know about you, but I've had it up to here with once-in-a-lifetime events.

    Katrina was once in a lifetime. The 2004 tsunami was once in a lifetime. This past year's wildfires were the worst blazes in living memory. Every other month seems to bring an epic rain or snow that is...

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  • Jazz: Made in New Orleans

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    It's 2 a.m., and there's a crowd on St. Peter's Street in New Orleans' French Quarter; people are waiting to see the Stanton Moore Trio play Preservation Hall.

    Midnight and early morning shows during Jazzfest are part of a new tradition initiated by Benjamin Jaffe, Preservation...

  • Realities of poverty and devastation in the Katrina-affected Gulf are still unchanged

    By Mitchell A. Kamin

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's a long way from the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills to the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Plaquemines Parish, La., and the divide is more than geographic.

    Having participated in the Milken Conference in April and traveled to Plaquemines two weeks later, I...
  • The Book of Jonah: when doves call

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's time for Jonah again. I cherish this prophet, whose Hebrew name, "Yonah" means "dove," the bird of peace. I consider him a member of the family.

    Shortly after the deaths of my mother and sister in 1971, the rabbi of New Orleans' synagogue, Shir Chadash, gave my dad, Mike Brener...

  • Polish the Soul for Elul

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I spent the first three days of Elul polishing a lamp that has hung in the upstairs stairwell of my home for 80 years. I thought that the lamp was made out of cast iron, but discovered after applying a mixture of abrasive compounds and elbow grease, that it was crafted of shiny...

  • Rebuilding New Orleans—With A Little Help From Each Other

    By Gail Naron Chalew

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One year after "the storm," as New Orleanians refer to Hurricane Katrina, Jewish communal leaders describe the health of the community with certain expected terms -- loss, trauma, devastation and challenge.

    Unexpected is the word "blessed," used repeatedly in reference to the...

  • Power of Vows

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I have twins who are almost 5 years old. One of the things that my wife and I are trying to teach them is the power of words, both for the positive and the negative.

    They are learning that words can inspire, motivate and excite a situation, as they discover new and innovative ways...

  • Finding Tools That Give Life Meaning

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In the Louisiana where I grew up, the Monday ritual involved a pot of red beans simmering on the stove and a washing machine chugging in the laundry room. On one of those wash days, circa 1965, our washing machine overflowed.

    Hearing noises, I ran into the washroom to find my mother...

  • Building Homes, Building Hope

    By Rabbi Mark S. Diamond

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The prophet Isaiah asks: "What is the house which you would build for Me, and what is the place of My rest?" (Isaiah 66:1). In the days following the Easter and Passover holidays, 41 Angelenos traveled to the Gulf Coast to translate their faith into action. We were rabbis and...

  • The Road to Mississippi

    By Sophia Kamran

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Driving through the deserted streets of New Orleans, we peered through the windows of our charter bus and watched as we drove past miles of destroyed homes. As we approached our destination, Waveland, Miss., the houses became increasingly tattered and decayed; on some lots, only...

  • PASSOVER: 10 Contemporary Plagues

    By The Editors

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In the Passover haggadah, we read of the 10 Plagues that God sent to convince Pharoah to let the Hebrew slaves go free. The plagues -- bloody, violent, magical -- are a dramatic highpoint of the narrative. Mindful of the pain these plagues brought even to innocent Egyptians, Jews...

  • Community Briefs

    By Melissa Maroff

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Westly Wants Pension Funds to Snub Iran

    California State Controller Steve Westly called on the state's two largest pensions to check whether they have holdings in companies that would be subject to Iran-related sanctions.

    "As fiduciaries protecting our retirees' benefits, we must...

  • Spectator - Fiddle Dee Dee and Oy Vey!

    By Gaby Friedman

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Like any good Southerner, Brian Bain eats moon pies and punctuates his sentences with "y'all." But Bain is also Jewish, which colors his experience as a third-generation Southerner in a unique way.

    In his documentary film, "Shalom Y'all," Bain set out to explore exactly what being...

  • Post-Katrina, Jews Raised Funds Fast

    By Larry Luxner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Major Jewish organizations have raised more than $30 million to house, feed, educate and relocate thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi.

    The biggest chunk of money has come from the United Jewish Communities (UJC), which represents 155 Jewish...

  • Hillel Students Help Rebuild Gulf Coast

    By Larry Luxner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Southern Mississippi's Jewish population suddenly mushroomed -- as 135 members of the campus organization Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life fan out through the area, repairing roofs of houses severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

    The Hillel students, who wore distinctive...

  • Letters

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Katrina Efforts

    Since my return from Mississippi, I have been told that as a community we have done all there is to be done by offering new beginnings to evacuees who have left their homes in New Orleans ("Going in After Katrina," Sept. 16). We have sent lots of money to the ravaged...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hey Kids! The Help Goes On

    Los Angeles Jewish schools continue with their efforts to help the hurricane victims. The students from Temple Emanuel donated money, wrote letters, drew pictures and collected shoes for the victims.

    This Sukkot, which begins at sundown, Monday, Oct. 17,...

  • Balancing Tikkun Olam and Self-Interest

    By Andrew Silow-Carroll

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I'm reluctant to draw lessons from the hurricane, even if the High Holidays are a time of stock taking, and even if Jewish tradition suggests that calamities are "heavenly alarms" meant to arouse repentance. If God is speaking to us through Katrina, he might want to brush up on His...

  • Messages of Meaning on Rosh Hashanah

    By David Finnigan

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Southern California rabbis used their Rosh Hashanah pulpits to speak on globalization, Africa's drought-ridden refugees and America's hurricane-drenched evacuees as well as Israel's Gaza pullout.

    "This was a terrible year. 5765 was a terrible year!" said Rabbi Elazar Mushkin of the...

  • Letters

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Misunderstanding

    I would like to clarify a misunderstanding in a recent press release from the Orthodox Union that was reported in The Journal, "Mourning For Gaza, New Orleans" (Sept. 30). The OU organized a nationwide ta'anit dibbur, or period of silence, over this past Shabbat....

  • Class Notes - Hurricane Heroes

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Sarah Rose Isenberg had a sure-fire marketing plan and a product no one could object to. So the fact that she took in hundreds of dollars in a few hours wouldn't be surprising -- if she weren't 7 years old.

    In the days before her lemonade sale to raise money for victims of Hurricane...

  • Fundraiser to Benefit Storm Victims

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This Sunday, September 18th!

    LALA & MOE'S

    Jewish Experience & The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Present:

    LA Jewish Katrina Benefit

    All Proceeds To Benefit Jewish Federation's Hurricane Relief Fund

    Featuring:

    The Moshav Band

    Comic Relief by:

    Edgar Fox
    Avi Leiberman
    Plus...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Saturday, September 10

    Party at tonight's sixth annual Barbie and Ken Toy Drive and you'll give the kids a reason to smile, too. Cover per person is one new unwrapped toy or combination of toys with a minimum $25 value, for which you get music, open bar and food till the wee...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Federation Sets Up Hurricane Fund

    The United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh (UJF) has established a mailbox to accept donations for humanitarian aid for members of the Jewish and general communities impacted by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Western...

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