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  • Iced Tea, Mastery and the Plight of the Internal Editor

    By Peter Himmelman

    August 29, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    This question comes from Alan Roscoe of Olympia, Washington and it addresses a fundamental challenge of being human.
    “Lately, every time I start something new, whether it’s a business proposal or a birthday card to my wife, I’m assailed from within. It’s like I hear a voice...

  • Leadership means taking the reins—and sharing them

    August 20, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Philanthropist Charles Bronfman once told me, “Leaders lead. That’s what they do.”

    Years later I was sitting with his professional partner for philanthropic impact, Jeffrey Solomon. “Leaders lead,” Solomon said. “That’s what they do.”

    Like an old married couple who...

  • When The elders Ask You To Sing

    By Peter Himmelman

    August 15, 2012 | 9:41 pm

    When people think of creativity or creative people they usually think of painters and dancers, writers, and actors – people who make things for others to hear or look at. Recently, I’ve started thinking of creativity as something completely different. Take this example: In the...

  • Israeli-American leaders gather at third ILC gala

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 23, 2011 | 12:25 pm

    “A strong Israeli-American community makes Israel stronger,” Gabi Ashkenazi, the recently retired chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), told the crowd gathered for the third annual Israeli Leadership Council (ILC) Gala on March 20.

    In the ILC’s nearly five-year...

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  • World BBYO leaders unite in L.A.

    February 22, 2011 | 6:34 pm

    Los Angeles played host not only to NBA All-Stars last weekend, but also to all-stars in the Jewish community, as more than 750 delegates from across the United States and around the world participated in BBYO’s 85th annual International Convention (IC) at the Hilton Los Angeles...

  • Bouskila Takes Leadership At Sephardic Educational Center

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 20, 2010 | 2:54 pm

    Rabbi Daniel Bouskila, who left Sephardic Temple in February after a 17-year tenure at the Westwood congregation, was hired into a leadership position at the Sephardic Education Center (SEC), an international educational and cultural group headquartered in Los Angeles with a campus...

  • Nessah Young Professionals party like Paris Hilton; New VP for Masorti women

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 18, 2008 | 10:52 pm

    Nessah Young Professionals Party Like Paris Hilton

    Dubbed the "Glamour Summer Night," the Nessah Young Professionals' Aug. 26 annual gala drew more than 600 local Iranian Jewish young professionals and college students to the Area nightclub in West Hollywood, where they danced the...

  • Younger Persians seeking greater role in community

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:22 am

    Many of Los Angeles' young Iranian Jews arrived in the United States as small children or were born here to immigrant parents.

    Now young professionals in their 20s and 30s, they have fully embraced life in America and are championing greater political activity for the Iranian Jewish...

  • Q&A with Rhoda Weisman -- Jewish woman on top

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 3, 2008 | 11:59 pm

    Rhoda Weisman, executive director of the Professional Leaders Project, which is designed to engender and support a new generation of leaders in the Jewish community, talks about why the Jewish establishment needs to change, why young leaders are just as crucial as big donors and what...
  • We don’t need more gabfests on diversity

    By David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The details of the ugly dustup between a leading local Jewish philanthropist, Daphna Ziman, and the local African American head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Rev. Eric Lee, are still at issue. Ziman disseminated her account of the encounter in a widely...
  • So Cal Jews’ primary colors are red and blue

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein had barely slept in days.

    A senior at Beverly Hills High School, he'd spent long hours rallying support for Barack Obama, and as the results from the Iowa caucuses poured in, as fellow Obama supporters packed the presidential candidate's California...
  • ADL national youth conference inspires and empowers

    By Dani Bahrynian

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    On an overcast afternoon in Washington, D.C., sitting with about 120 other high school students from around the country, I listened to the empowering words of Holocaust survivor Henry Greenbaum as he described his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp. He declared that it wasn't...
  • The Bloods, the Crips and the rabbi

    By Tom Tugend

    January 18, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In 1970, Abraham David Cooper was arrested by Washington police during a sit-in across from the Soviet embassy and put behind bars in a jammed holding cell. The then-20-year old Yeshiva College student came away from the experience with two important observations that may have...
  • Playing a frayed and faded ‘race card’

    By Joe R. Hicks

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is making a truly impressive run for the White House, and in doing so is being considered by many as America's first mainstream "black" candidate -- in other words a "black" candidate not running on a near-exclusive agenda of identity politics.

    In fact,...

  • Nessah reaches out to young Iranian professionals

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Like other Jews in Los Angeles, Iranian Jews have a wide range of Ashkenazi and Sephardic synagogues of different denominations to choose from for High Holy Days services. This year, Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills hopes to attract a sizeable portion of the Iranian Jewish community...
  • Shopping for back to shul

    By Derek Schlom

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It can be an exhausting process. And it can sometimes be exhilarating. Because of the hundreds of possibilities among Los Angeles' shuls, success in finding the perfect one for you and your family too often seems just one more visit away.

    Whether you are new to organized Jewish...

  • Teens, college students make their presence known

    By Jane Ulman

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Welcome to Los Angeles."

    "Welcome to the GA."

    Erika Levy and Alie Kussin-Shoptaw, seniors at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, easily spotted in their bright orange volunteer vests, stood by the escalators at the Los Angeles Convention Center, greeting arriving United...

  • Rabbi Gary Greenebaum takes national leadership position; Survival of Jews in Iran is a paradox, pan

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Gary Greenebaum takes national leadership position

    Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, a key figure in Los Angeles civic and ecumenical relations for the last 16 years, has been appointed national director for interreligious affairs by the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

    As director of...

  • Democrats have no beitzim

    By Rob Eshman

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's not polite to say the English word for cojones in this paper, so I'll use the Hebrew: beitzim.
     
    Beitzim means eggs in Hebrew, but it is also slang for cojones.
     
    And as the midterm election draws near, any clear-eyed assessment of the Democratic Party would have to conclude:...
  • Lebanon War: Mission Accomplished

    By Dan Gordon

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Contrary to what is now the accepted wisdom in the media, Hezbollah, in its recent offensive against Israel, neither badly bloodied the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) nor fought it to a standstill.

    In fact, the opposite is the case.

    By any legitimate measure, the IDF handed a...

  • Left-Leaning Jewish Groups Out-of-Touch Now

    By Gary Wexler

    August 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It is time that we American Jewish liberals who have been left leaning about our politics regarding Israel begin to review the support we give to the organizations that have been leading us.

    They are proving themselves obsolete, outdated and out-of-touch. Since the beginning of...

  • Jamie McCourt Proves She’s an Artful Dodger President

    By Robert David Jaffee

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bougainvillea and vines curl around a pergola at the Bel Air Hotel's outdoor patio restaurant, a lunch spot for Westside powerbrokers. It's 10:30 a.m., and powerbrokers are scarce at this hour, except for Jamie McCourt, vice chairman and president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who is...

  • Federation Support of Civic Group Wanes

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When former Democratic Congressman Mel Levine agreed to chair the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), he hoped to infuse it with the passion and purpose of its heyday in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

    In those days, the JCRC -- which is one of the major voices and faces of...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Kudos for Kuh

    Los Angeles culinary expert Patric Kuh was honored recently in New York by the James Beard Foundation for his humanitarian efforts during the the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards.

    Kuh won kudos in the Magazine Restaurant Review or Critique category for his work...

  • Choice of Seminary Leader a Bold Move

    By  Dr. Michael Berenbaum

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The selection of professor Arnold Eisen as the new chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) represents a bold move of unpredictable consequences for its leadership.

    Eisen is a distinguished scholar of modern Jewish thought and an insightful student of the American Jewish...

  • Competing Moments of Truth on Schools

    By Howard Blume

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Tuesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to lay the groundwork for the most defining initiative of his term in office: his attempt to take control of Los Angeles' schools. But the day before he does, opponents of his plan will beat him to the microphone. The L.A. teachers...

  • Young Moseses

    By Rob Eshman

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Quick Passover trivia: How many times does the name "Moses" appear in the haggadah?

    The answer is none, not once. The man who stood up to Pharoah and led us across the Red Sea out of Egypt doesn't even get a mention. And you thought "Brokeback Mountain" got robbed.

    The standard...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Choirs Rock the House

    Temple Emanuel was rockin' recently when it hosted the Temple Bryant A.M.E. Church Choir that performed with Emanuel's choir at a Shabbat Shira Service. The entire congregation and guests were on their feet singing and clapping in joyous rapture.

    Behind the...

  • Why I Became a NFTY Freak

    By Lauren Peikoff

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Friedman, celebrated Jewish songwriter and singer, wrote the words, "The youth shall see visions." For decades, this song has had a profound impact on Jewish youth of America, instilling value and hope among a generation in search of themselves.

    In October of my junior year,...

  • Moses and King

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This past week, we observed the birthday of a great leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was able to move his people from seeing and believing his great vision to acting, responding and persevering in the face of violent opposition. In this way, King was like Moses in this week's...

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