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  • #myLAcommute I find my zen on the train

    3 hours ago


    It’s better to find your zen on the train than to sit in traffic. I work as a secretary for a doctor. I like being busy. I never have time to get bored. I make sure that everything runs smoothly. When a patient isn’t happy, I speak to them in a very soft and gentle voice, like a whisper.

    Larchmont Blvd. to Monterey Road

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute I can make you a wedding dress

    5 days ago


    I work as a seamstress in downtown L.A. My mom, who brought me here from Mexico when I was 15, taught me how to sew. I know how to make everything. I can make you a wedding dress or a pair of pants. I sew shirts all day long. Today, I cut my hand with the...

  • Beginners (Or “Famous In Lebanon”)

    6 days ago

    The last time I saw my first agent, he called me into his office to film a reality television pilot for the E! Network.  To protect the individuals involved, we’ll refer to this agent by the completely fictitious name, Hal Gazzar.

    Hal called me on a sunny morning, telling me to...

  • The once great Los Angeles Times

    By Bill Boyarsky

    6 days ago

    Talented, experienced journalists are now leaving the Los Angeles Times, and we alums feel depressed about the toll their departures will take on their lives and on Southern California.

    Kevin Roderick reported on his LA Observed website (to which I am a contributor) that more...

  • #myLAcommute I really enjoy making patients comfortable

    1 week ago

    MAYA H.

    My commute is long, but I don’t complain about it. And I don’t fight it. It’s better to have a positive attitude. I’m a dental assistant. The other day, I had a patient who was crying, freaking out, and saying she was going to pass out. People are really vulnerable at the dentist. I know everyone hates going to the dentist, but I really enjoy making patients comfortable. I had braces growing up, so I have empathy.

    Laurel Canyon Blvd. to Western Ave.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute Sometimes you get a bus driver who’s on it

    1 week ago


    I grew up taking the bus, so commuting is just part of my life. It’s about two hours, but it really depends on the driver. Sometimes you get the driver who’s on it and drives fast, but sometimes you get one who takes his time. I’m on my way to see my boyfriend. He plays rugby and I go every week to see him practice.

    Fairfax Ave to Fair Oaks Ave

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute I’m a proud mama

    2 weeks ago


    I have two kids: a 31 year old and a 29 year old. My daughter works at a law firm and my son works at Amtrak. I’m a proud mama. This weekend, I’ll be cheering on my granddaughter. She is training for cross-country.

    Flower Street to Lankershim Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • New SoCal Jewish sports camp hopes to hit it out of the park

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    Sports and Judaism are coming together next summer in SoCal — and it has nothing to do with Joc Pederson playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    An overnight camp focused on athletics called 6 Points Sports Academy California is set to open June 21 at Occidental College under the...

  • #myLAcommute I wish there were more parks in L.A.

    2 weeks ago

    SCOTT L.

    On Metro, I sit and enjoy the cool air on a hot day and watch the trains go by. I’ve been a park ranger for 14 years. I like being outdoors, working with all sorts of people, and making sure that parks are safe. I wish there were more parks in L.A.

    Halstead Street to 1st Street

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute There’s a world of people who are different from me

    2 weeks ago

    KEVIN L.

    I’ve been in L.A. for three years. Taking public transit taught me that there’s a whole world of people who are different from me. It opens your mind to cultures you don’t know. 

    Grand Avenue to Wilshire Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • ‘Both Sides of Sunset’ filters L.A. through photographers’ eyes

    By Tom Teicholz

    3 weeks ago

    When “Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles” was published by Metropolis Books in May, its diverse vantage points, varied group of photographers, and multiplicity of subjects and approaches to Los Angeles inspired Paul Kopeikin of the Kopeikin Gallery on South La Cienega...

  • Birds of a feather: Jews in the poultry business

    3 weeks ago

    The weeks before Thanksgiving, when our thoughts fly to fowl, are a fine time to discover that local Jewish families were and are major producers and innovators in the Southland’s poultry business.

    Making a buck off of clucks and gobbles, Jewish families who came to the Los...

  • Sinai Temple mission to Azerbaijan

    3 weeks ago

    A delegation of 45 Sinai Temple members returned this week from a 4-day mission to Azerbaijan where they dedicated a Torah scroll which they had previously presented to the Mountainous Jewish Synagogue. The mission, which was led by Rabbi David Wolpe and Cary Lerman, President of...

  • Embracing the Broken in Our Communities

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 3, 2015 | 10:51 am

    The one thing I surely know about myself and the Jews that I serve is that we are Americans.  Yes, we love baseball, apple pie, and Hollywood.  We have unequivocally benefited from all of the rights and security that America has granted, and we appreciate them.  And, in a way,...

  • Don’t Lie to Me

    October 29, 2015 | 5:45 pm

    Lies, lies, and more lies. What happened to the truth? Why do so many people obfuscate to the point of no possible return? Mince words to rival a fine dice only seen on cooking shows? There’s an epidemic of falsehoods in the land, and to be quite frank, Auntie is sick of the whole...

  • Moving and shaking: Daniel Pearl Music Days; Remembering Leo Frank and more

    By Ryan Torok

    October 21, 2015 | 4:05 pm

    An interfaith concert featuring 200 students held Oct. 15 at Weizmann Day School in Pasadena celebrated the life of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl as part of the 13th annual Daniel Pearl Music Days series. The “Harmony for Humanity Concert” featured pupils from...

  • Photographing Ethiopian immigrants in Israel and L.A.

    By Avishay Artsy

    October 21, 2015 | 11:52 am

    In the 1980s, when photojournalist Irene Fertik learned that Ethiopian Jews were being airlifted to Israel, she wondered how they would be treated in their new country. She’d lived on a kibbutz in Israel for a few months in 1967, right after the Six-Day War, but had never returned....

  • Garcetti grapples with L.A.‘s provincial past

    October 20, 2015 | 10:41 am

    Modern Los Angeles had a difficult birth. It came during the transition between the small-town-writ-large vision embodied by Mayor Sam Yorty and the outward-facing, cosmopolitan dream of his nemesis and challenger, City Councilmember Tom Bradley. Their epic 1969 and 1973 mayoral...

  • 50 by 50:  Week 2

    By Ilana Angel

    October 15, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    Week 1 went really well and I am starting week 2 being down 2.3 pounds. My goal is to lose 1.86 pounds a week for 26 weeks and so I’m on track. I have cut out potato chips and am having only one cocktail a week, which are small but meaningful changes. I am going week by week to...

  • Erica Jong talks sex at 73

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 15, 2015 | 11:39 am

    “Let’s start with the word ‘f---,’ ” was how a recent Writers Bloc event with author Erica Jong began. A word unprintable in so many publications, and yet, preceded by the word “zipless,” can be attributed only to the author who coined the term — a reference to casual, unencumbered...

  • Irwin Golden: A lifetime of talent spills onto the canvas

    October 15, 2015 | 10:18 am

    Inside the Belmont Village Senior Living’s Westwood facility, a large, 5-by-4 canvas hangs on the wall in the third-floor hallway. It’s an abstract artwork, a complex tapestry of mostly earth tones and a varied geometric scheme of squares, cut-off triangles and shapes that fall in...

  • At Politicon, diversity and polarity make for entertaining (and loud) political fare

    By Jared Sichel

    October 12, 2015 | 9:49 pm

    Partisan, political theater was on full display mid-afternoon on Oct. 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as two of the panels at the inaugural Politicon conference overlapped.

    In “Independence Hall,” a panel included Democratic strategists David Axelrod, James Carville and...

  • From Madonna to Vampire Weekend, ‘super producer’ Ariel Rechtshaid makes his mark

    October 12, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    What do Madonna, Vampire Weekend, Usher, the Plain White T’s and Justin Bieber have in common?

    In addition to getting extensive play on Top 40 radio stations, they have all worked with Grammy-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid, a Los Angeles native born to Israeli parents.

  • NY Mets in the playoffs: Should they be thanking Bernie Madoff?

    October 9, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    Having endured a nine-year playoff drought, New York Mets fans are used to blaming Bernie Madoff for the team’s woes.

    Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, uncovered in 2008, cost the Mets’ owners, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, nearly $700 million and forced the team to restructure its...

  • #myLAcommute The best way to intimidate someone is to be confident

    October 8, 2015 | 5:56 pm


    I’m on my way now to play poker. I play five days a week. In 2009, I decided I didn’t want to work for banks or corporate America anymore. I decided to pursue a different kind of gambling. When I win, I celebrate by paying bills. When I lose, I take a break. It...

  • #myLAcommute I chill on metro

    October 8, 2015 | 3:12 pm


    I have a car, but I have a rule: I don’t drive during the day. I take Metro. It really is a relief, especially because of where I work and where I live. I’d be in deadbolt traffic, but instead I chill on Metro.

    I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota, I moved to L.A. for...

  • Sinai Temple, Netiya lead multifaith celebration of shemitah

    October 7, 2015 | 4:06 pm

    Members of Sinai Temple in West Los Angeles gathered on Oct. 4 to celebrate the end of something — but it wasn’t just the last day of sukkot. In conjunction with Los Angeles-based Netiya, they observed the end of shemitah as well. 

    Although seldom observed in the United States,...

  • Reflections on my visit to a ‘minyan’ of L.A. synagogues during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

    October 7, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    As has become something of a tradition for me, I had the privilege to visit 10 synagogues in Los Angeles during the most recent High Holy Days. I experienced the many voices of Los Angeles and of the Jewish community that come together at this time of year.

    Visiting a veritable...

  • The Mets-Dodgers series is so Jewish, congressmen are betting bagels on it

    October 7, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Baseball doesn’t get much more Jewish than this year’s MLB National League Division Series, which starts Friday between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Both teams feature notable Jews: Joc Pederson in the outfield for the Dodgers and Joe Wilpon in the owner’s box...

  • #myLAcommute I want to hear James Earl Jones read the Bible

    October 6, 2015 | 10:04 am


    When I’m on the bus, I listen to audio books. Right now, I’m listening to the Bible. I’m in Leviticus now. I wanted to get the one read by James Earl Jones, but I couldn’t find it.

    Orange Avenue to Griffith Park Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

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