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  • Thank you.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    4 days ago

    I’m back.


    Last time I was here was the summer of 2011, when I worked as an Israeli delegate at Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia. That summer, I felt proud of the possibility granted me by the Jewish Agency to represent my country abroad, and educate young children and fellow...

  • Fit OUT not in

    By Tera Greene

    March 2, 2014 | 6:23 am

    I am about to start my fourth week as a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  

    As I learn new ways to fit OUT and go against the "norm" of being sad and sick, I am finding myself becoming more whole through my education - and I am EXCITED!  
    To celebrate, I am...

  • The spy turned big-shot Hollywood producer- read the translated interview with Arnon Milchan!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 10, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    What you are about to read sounds like a big Hollywood production, but it is the true story of the former life of the very successful film producer, Arnon Milchan, as an Israeli spy...

    The popular Israeli news show, Uvda (Fact) opened its 20th season with a revelation of one of...

  • Jews share a sense of place in L.A. history

    May 1, 2013 | 11:25 am

    Coinciding with the run of the “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic” exhibition at the Autry National Center — and we hope, continuing well beyond — this issue of the Jewish Journal marks the beginning of a new monthly feature showcasing various aspects of Los Angeles’ Jewish history.

    ...
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  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 14, 2013 | 2:00 pm

    How expensive is Tel-Aviv's food?

    According to the 2013 Corporate Travel Index, Tel-Aviv is the 24th most expensive city in terms of the total cost per night for business people, out of 100 cities checked. However, while Tel-Aviv's hotel prices were ranked in the 17th place, the...

  • L.A. Rising For Women - February 14, 2013!

    By Tera Greene

    February 6, 2013 | 8:26 pm

    I'll be DJing this event alongside a wealth of female talent... Please support!

    Keep dancing,

    Tera "Nova Jade* Greene

    Follow me on twitter @djnovajade | Like me on Facebook by clicking here.


    L.A. Rising For Women - February 14, 2013!

    [Where] ::The Joint, 8771 West Pico...

  • Feb 9–15, 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    February 6, 2013 | 3:24 pm

    SAT FEB 9

    IRA GLASS

    “This American Life” has earned acclaim for its in-depth coverage of news stories and unlikely subject matter. The popular radio program has redefined the way stories are told. Glass, host of “This American Life,” appears in person to reveal how the...

  • Feb 2–8, 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    January 30, 2013 | 4:24 pm

    SAT FEB 2

    “THE COMPOSER IS DEAD” 

    Before it was a recording or a book, the whodunit by “A Series of Unfortunate Events” writer Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and composer Nathaniel Stookey was a work for narrator and orchestra. The tale follows an inspector who...

  • Jan 19–25, 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    January 16, 2013 | 1:39 pm

    SAT JAN 19

    YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE

    Oscar-winning composer Yuval Ron leads “Mystical Music and Dance of the Middle East.” Uniting Arabic, Jewish and Christian performers, the concert, part of the World City series at downtown’s Music Center, features songs of Sufi origin from Turkey,...

  • Temple Judea to hire Rabbi Joshua Aaronson

    By Ryan Torok

    January 2, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    [UPDATE: Jan. 18] Members of Temple Judea in Tarzana concluded a yearlong search for a new senior rabbi by voting to hire Rabbi Joshua Aaronson on Jan. 16. The spiritual leader of Temple Har Shalom in Park City, Utah, Aaronson will join Judea, a 1,000-member-family Reform...

  • Observant life in progress

    December 5, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    Barbara Heller likes to refer to herself as a “growing Jew.” 

    The actress/singer has created a biographical show, “Finding Barb,” that traces her life from her dysfunctional family in Boca Raton, Fla., through her disappointing pursuit of an acting career in New York, to her...

  • Dec. 8-14

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    SAT DEC 8

    Dana Berger and Dan Toren

    Singer-songwriter Berger is likened to an Israeli Joni Mitchell. Toren is an acclaimed songwriter behind some of Israel’s biggest pop hits. The two appear together for an acoustic performance at The Mint. Sat. 9:30 p.m. $45 (presale), $50...

  • ZOA L.A. office in doubt

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 8, 2012 | 12:55 pm

    Citing budgetary pressures, the Zionist Organization of American (ZOA) will vacate the small office it has rented in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard later this month. 

    The pro-Israel nonprofit exercised an opt-out clause in October,...

  • Gifted diaspora teens

    November 8, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Growing up in Los Angeles, Asaf Shasha, then 16, had everything a teenager could want: a loving family, good friends and a comfortable home. 

    Still, Shasha couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more to life than the fancy gadgets prized by the kids at his Jewish day school....

  • Union workers celebrate at Dodger Stadium

    By Ryan Torok

    November 6, 2012 | 11:17 pm

    LAX workers were the first to begin the cheers.

    “Obama! Obama! Obama!”

    It didn’t take long for others to follow when the news broke out at Dodger Stadium on election night that Barack Obama had been re-elected president. That’s where hundreds of supporters gathered as part of a...

  • Election day in Los Angeles

    By Jay Firestone

    November 6, 2012 | 8:30 pm


  • Fairfax Legacy Gala a Lion-Sized Success

    October 10, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    When theater producers Pierson Blaetz and Whitney Weston established Friends of Fairfax to help Fairfax High School in 1998, they came up with the Melrose Trading Post, a flea market held every weekend in the high school’s parking lot. But the annual $200,000 from the Trading Post...

  • Surviving a Survivor

    October 10, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    It’s an age-old, common dilemma faced by adult children of aging parents: What is the right thing to do when those parents begin to lose their faculties? That theme is at the heart of “Surviving Mama,” by playwright Sonia Levitin, which opens Oct. 12 at the Edgemar Center for the...

  • Interfaith marriage, Rabbi Rosove, and Mormonism

    By Mark Paredes

    October 1, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    While I was single, I often found myself wondering whether it would be better to remain a faithful Mormon bachelor all of my life or to marry a wonderful non-Mormon girl. I had a few opportunities to do so, and in moments of frustration I almost regretted not having pursued them...

  • Berman blasts Sherman for taking over $425,000 in interest on loans to campaigns

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 1, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    The reelection campaign for Rep. Howard Berman (D) is launching a multi-media attack on Rep. Brad Sherman (D) highlighting Sherman’s having collected at least $425,000 in interest – and perhaps as much as $461,000 – on personal loans made to his various campaign committees over the...

  • Rosh Hashanah, Israeli-style

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    It’s Sunday night, Erev Rosh Hashanah, and Hebrew chatter fills the air of a Masonic center on Westwood Boulevard. 

    Approximately a dozen round tables covered in white cloths fill the large room. 

    To the side of the space, platters of chicken, fish, salads, potatoes and rice...

  • Once dreaming of a Hebrew charter school, now only Mandarin is offered

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 27, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    When the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences (AEA) opened in August 2010, part of the draw for parents was the chance for students at the Santa Clarita charter middle and high school to study Hebrew. 

    Since then, AEA backers have submitted petitions to set up...

  • Artist Daniel J. Martinez provokes religion, politics to incite insight

    September 27, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    Daniel Joseph Martinez has a question, or, rather, he wants you to have one. Well-known as one of the art world’s favorite provocateurs, the Los Angeles native and resident has brought his unique brand of art-as-conversation-piece to Culver City’s Roberts & Tilton Gallery for his...

  • Sept. 29 - Oct. 5

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2012 | 10:03 am

    [SAT SEPT 29]

    MUSEUM DAY LIVE!

    Smithsonian magazine hosts a free day at participating museums, including the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, The Grammy Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Autry National Center. Zimmer...

  • L.A. eruv downed for Yom Kippur

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 20, 2012 | 12:36 pm

    For weeks, the warnings on Freeway signs have been advising motorists about the second weekend-long closure of the 405 Freeway on Sept. 29-30. But for observant Jews living in Los Angeles, there’s a separate hassle looming a few days earlier, and the warnings have been announced in...

  • Secrets of Success on the 405 (Kosher Sutra: Nitzavim)

    By Marcus J Freed

    September 13, 2012 | 8:22 am

    What if life doesn’t seem to deliver all we'd hoped for? How do we get more of what we are lacking (money, clients, relationships)? Today’s Kosher Sutra reveals more…

    Moving from England to Los Angeles was a big culture shock and I still haven't become used to the driving style...

  • The Hollywood treatment

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 12, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    “Fundamentally, your job is not that different from my job,” screenwriter Alex Litvak told a room full of rabbis assembled at American Jewish University for the annual High Holy Days conference sponsored by the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

    While most of the 165...

  • Chabad Telethon raises $4 million

    By Ryan Torok

    September 12, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Hollywood stars and dancing rabbis came together for the 32nd annual Chabad “To Life” Telethon on Sept. 9. Held for the first time at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, the high-profile fundraiser raised approximately $4 million for Chabad of California.

    “At Chabad, there’s no...

  • Waxman faces Bloomfield in redrawn 33rd

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 12, 2012 | 1:15 pm

    Sitting in his recently rented campaign office on West Third Street in Los Angeles one afternoon in late August, Rep. Henry Waxman listed — one by one, from memory — some of the coastal and South Bay neighborhoods and cities that are included in the newly redrawn 33rd Congressional...

  • Community Profile: Gerald Bubis

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 12, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    Gerald B. Bubis is 88, and he knows there are things he’ll never do again.

    He’ll never travel to Israel again, for one, and after 46 trips, that’s a tough one to swallow. Then there’s the fact that this author and/or editor of 12 books and 200 articles on serving the Jewish...

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