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  • When anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 hours ago

    On July 23rd, The Lancet published an Open Letter describing the situation in Gaza (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61044-8/fulltext).

    The Lancet, a top tier scientific journal by all accounts, did a great dis-service to the medical community....

  • The Truth About Celebrities and Eating Disorders

    By Rebecca Cooper

    3 days ago

    The shame, guilt and misunderstanding of eating disorders makes it hard for anyone to come forward to get help, but it is so much harder for a public figure to do so. Celebrities may put their fame, career and acting opportunities on the line and open themselves to, ridicule...

  • When Friends Become Anti-Semites

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    4 days ago

    This week, all diversity training and tolerance enhancing programs failed.  It’s like when you prepare for an earthquake with a drill, but don’t really care.

    We are all guilty.  We all whisper words of bigotry in the privacy of our homes.  But, in today’s social media, we have...

  • The immigration debate: Children at the border

    4 days ago

    Earlier this month, when I saw the images from Murrieta of anti-immigration protesters blocking a bus of undocumented women and children, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the story of the MS St. Louis, the boat of Jewish refugees that attempted to reach America in 1939.

    When I...

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  • Villaraigosa to FAA: Reverse ban on Ben Gurion flights

    4 days ago

    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to rescind its ban on U.S. airline carriers flying to and from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.

    "Having recently returned from Israel," Villaraigosa said in a statement on July 23 to the...

  • 30,000 attend funeral of U.S. lone soldier Max Steinberg

    5 days ago

    A crowd estimated at 30,000 flooded the funeral of American lone soldier Max Steinberg, who was killed in Gaza.

    Steinberg, a native of Los Angeles who came to Israel to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces several months after visiting for the first time on a Birthright Israel...

  • Slain Americans in Gaza among long line from U.S. to fight for Israel

    6 days ago

    Three days before he was killed fighting for Israel in Gaza, American Nissim Sean Carmeli sprained his ankle, and a doctor asked the Texan if he wanted to heal before going into action.

    He refused, according to Maya Kadosh, Israel's deputy consul for the U.S. Southwest.

    "He...

  • The Audacity of Hope: Raising Little Messiahs.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    “Seventy years ago these beautiful men would likely have been members of the Nazi party” emailed me a friend while watching Germany battle for the World Cup. 

    I saw another perspective.  As I watched many fellow Jews cheer for Germany, I realized one day peace is possible.

    ...
  • Don’t demolish LACMA: In praise of the ‘vulgar’ architecture

    2 weeks ago

    When Renzo Piano was first approached about designing an addition to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Italian architect hesitated. “As I already told you,” he wrote in a letter to Eli Broad, whose donation was funding the building, “it’s very frustrating to play a good...

  • L.A. pro-Israel rally interrupted by violence

    2 weeks ago

    UPDATE 9:50 a.m. (7/15):  Jennifer Schirg, 46 and a self-identified "Jewish woman, pro-Zionist, a professional and a resident on the Westside of Los Angeles" wrote in an email to the Journal that she witnessed the unfolding of the violence at the rally: "...the reason the...

  • Pro-Israel rally at Federal Building to begin at 4 p.m.

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    A pro-Israel rally at the Wilshire Federal Building, located on Wilshire and Sepulveda Boulevards, on Sunday, kicks off at 4 p.m. Click here for more information. Organizations 30 Years After; Stand With Us; and Israeli American Council; and others are sponsoring the event, and if...

  • Israeli startups meet with top broadcasting companies

    3 weeks ago

    Nine Israeli startups last month were given an opportunity few small companies are ever afforded — the chance to ply their wares to some of the top companies in Los Angeles.  

    Invited to participate in the Israeli New Media Delegation, executives from the Israeli businesses each...

  • Local groups receive volunteers to aid Holocaust survivors

    3 weeks ago

    A new partnership between national and Jewish service organizations will connect volunteers with Holocaust survivors beginning in September in several major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. 

    Through an initiative between the Corporation for National & Community Service, Jewish...

  • The brushstrokes on the wall: Jewish muralists of Los Angeles

    3 weeks ago

    On the walls of Los Angeles, the mural capital of the world, where are the Jewish brushstrokes?

    Two concurrent exhibitions are currently highlighting the work of Edward Biberman and his 1941 Venice post office mural — at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and at the...

  • Rallies at LA Israel consulate show strong feelings about renewed Israel-Gaza violence

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    Dueling rallies on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 7, outside the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles showed strong feelings about renewed Israel-Gaza violence.

    On the south side of the street at  11766 Wilshire Blvd., protestors held Palestinian flags, which flapped in a reporter’s...

  • Muslim-Jewish statement on the murder of innocents in Israel

    3 weeks ago

    We are a group of Muslim and Jewish community and religious leaders in Los Angeles and Orange County. Although we have important disagreements about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how it ought to be resolved, all of us together affirm that the murder of innocent people, be...

  • The Wisdom of Compassion:  Happy Birthday Dalai Lama!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 weeks ago

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama turns 79 today July 6, 2014.  He was born to a farming family in northeastern Tibet as Lhamo Dhondup on July 6, 1935.  At the age of two, he was deemed the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama by Buddhist.  At age of fifteen, following China’s invasion,...

  • A Commitment to Justice

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 27, 2014 | 9:51 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    All week I have been thinking about this blog. I am upset, frustrated and angry. All this has to do with what is happening both inside of me and outside of me. Inside, I am upset, angry and frustrated that my message is getting lost because of my bombastic...

  • Retired, but not from good deeds

    June 25, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Retirement hasn’t stopped Sharon Mayer from working, and she’s not alone. The Sherman Oaks resident is part of a growing number of seniors out in force to volunteer with the regularity of a job. 

    Nationally, the numbers are significant: The Corporation for National and Community...

  • An app that brings music to our eyes

    By Jared Sichel

    June 25, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Amir Amedi, a neurologist at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is certainly happy about his team’s recent breakthroughs, but that’s not why he was doodling on a notepad during a recent interview.

    He was trying to demonstrate how his work could revolutionize the way neurologists...

  • L.A. mayor and America’s decline

    By Dennis Prager

    June 24, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    Last week, during the official celebration of the Los Angeles Kings winning the Stanley Cup, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti told a jammed Staples Center that “there are two long-standing rules for politicians. … They say never, ever be pictured with a drink in your hand, and never swear....

  • When your mayor drops the f-bomb

    June 23, 2014 | 4:06 pm

    In using an expletive last week to tell a rally of hockey fans, “This is a big f--kin’ day,” did Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti cross a line?

    There are real data now to help answer such a question. Relatively recent technologies --  cable television, satellite radio, and social...

  • Time for your check-up, Mr. Mayor

    June 23, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    You can say this about the first year of Eric Garcetti’s term as the mayor of Los Angeles: At least he has succeeded in taking New York down a peg by (good-naturedly) embarrassing the Big Apple’s mayor on national television. Poor Bill DeBlasio performed a miserable rendition of “I...

  • To My Sons’ Captors

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 21, 2014 | 10:44 pm

    16, 16, 19.

    They are just kids.
    They know only love.

    Their world is a ball-  soccer, tennis, basketball.

    Naftali is 16 and American.
    In the U.S. people sit in a park, with candles, waiting for him.

    Kids need to play.
    We are their parents. 
    Let them come home. 

    Let us...

  • The Question of My Life

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 20, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Approximately 25 years ago I was learning with Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man and he taught my class that Judaism is about questions. In fact, he asked us all one particular question: “What is the question that this experience is the answer for?” I was dumb-struck...

  • An interfaith statement on the kidnapping of three teens in Israel

    June 18, 2014 | 5:17 pm

    AJC Los Angeles has reached out to our community partners, including faith leaders, to express their support in this crisis. To that end, we share an Interfaith Statement of Solidarity and Concern issued by the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders earlier today (list of...

  • In a country struggling with its past, a young Austrian bears witness

    By Jared Sichel

    June 18, 2014 | 10:08 am

    As she described how amazed she sometimes feels at no longer being afraid of Germans or Austrians, Holocaust survivor Dana Schwartz apologetically patted George Stoellinger — her 22-year-old Austrian driver — on the shoulder.

    Schwartz acknowledged how far Germany has come in...

  • Too Persian, Too Jewish, Too Black, but Not Too Gay!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 18, 2014 | 9:46 am

    Egypt, where we were once strangers, exists all around us; in dark corners of our neighborhood where children are sold into sexual trades, where women are muzzled by cowardly men, where black earns less than white, where the rich step over the poor en route to banks, where the weak...

  • ‘Hallelujah’ brings Israeli song to the American stage

    By Jonathan Maseng

    June 13, 2014 | 9:03 am

    For a country less than a century old, Israel has produced a remarkably deep trove of popular music.  From the pre-statehood years of Shoshana Damari and Moshe Vilensky to the post independence music of Naomi Shemer and Sasha Argov, up to the present where acts like Idan Reichel...

  • Moving and Shaking: Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

    By Ryan Torok

    June 11, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem recently bestowed multiple honors on people with connections to the Los Angeles area. 

    Patricia Glaser, a member of the university’s international board of governors, received an honorary doctorate on June 8 in Jerusalem. The Malibu resident...

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