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  • Hate crimes rose in L.A. County in 2014

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    Hate crimes in Los Angeles County targeting Jews increased by 31 percent in 2014 from 2013, despite being at the second-lowest overall number in 25 years, according to the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations 2014 Hate Crime Report, which was released Sept. 24.


  • L.A. County, Beverly Hills discuss their own water deals with Israel

    By Ryan Torok

    September 8, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    The State of Israel has entered into two separate agreements with the Beverly Hills City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors related to tackling water-shortage problems and more.

    The L.A. County vote Sept. 1 was unanimous, according to Consul General of Israel...

  • New York real estate scion Durst agrees to extradition on murder charge

    March 16, 2015 | 11:18 am

    Robert Durst, caught on audiotape during the filming of a documentary saying he "killed them all," is prepared to go to California to face a murder charge in the 2000 death of a longtime friend, an attorney for the New York real estate scion said on Monday.

    The subject of a...

  • There’s (almost) a new sheriff in town

    By Ryan Torok

    May 7, 2014 | 11:40 am

    The proper way to handle anti-Semitic hate crimes was one of several topics discussed May 4, when six of the seven candidates vying to succeed former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca gathered for a forum at the Westside Jewish Community Center. 

    A recently released audit by...

  • It’s time to clean up L.A. garment industry’s dirty secret

    April 30, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Last year’s disastrous Rana Plaza collapse and a series of deadly factory fires resulted in much ink being spilled about how to improve conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry. But, much closer to home, we have our own dirty garment secret.

    There are some 5,000 garment...

  • Temple Judea event aims to clarify Health Care Act

    By Ryan Torok

    October 16, 2013 | 11:18 am

    When Diane Vanette, a leader of the social justice coalition OneLA and member of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, appeared Oct. 13 on the bimah at Temple Judea in Tarzana and proclaimed, “We are committed to health care for everyone in Los Angeles County,” there was no question...

  • Lee Baca’s challenge

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 21, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    Leroy (Lee) Baca, the 71-year-old sheriff of Los Angeles County, is facing a rocky road to re-election in 2014. The Los Angeles Times has called on him to retire, as has L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina. A citizens’ commission on jail violence issued a blistering report on his...

  • Ari Rubin suicide continues pattern of violent JDL deaths

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 22, 2012 | 2:38 pm

    Ari Ephraim Rubin, vice chairman of the Jewish Defense League long led by his father, Irving (Irv) Rubin, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 20. He was 30.

    Ari Rubin had been active since his youth in the militant JDL, which has long been rejected by mainstream Jewish...

  • California Jewish Voters Guide: Views on state and local issues split on party lines

    By Tom Tugend

    October 30, 2008 | 2:50 am

    The presidential race is garnering most of the headlines, but there's plenty of emotional energy -- and money -- left to lavish on the 12 statewide propositions on the California ballot, plus various city and county initiatives.

    As in the top of the ballot contest between Sens....
  • Schulweis selected for L.A. County humanitarian award

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 1, 2008 | 10:23 pm

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino will be honored Oct. 23 with the John Allen Buggs Humanitarian Award, given out annually by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.

    Schulweis, who will receive the prize during the John Anson Ford Human Relations...

  • Some ‘Profiles in Courage’

    By David A. Lehrer

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The past two weeks have offered insight, as few times do, into whether our leaders and opinion molders can set aside personal and political agendas in the face of adversity and crisis and be willing to do the right and courageous thing.

    Locally, the closing of King-Harbor after a...

  • Preschool Project Strives to Educate All

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    King Solomon was known to have coined the expression, "Educate the child accordingly so that when he grows old, he will not leave." In other words, take advantage of the child's education as soon as possible.

    In modern times, this admonition certainly applies to preschool, and it's...

  • Our Cross to Bear?

    By Judy Gruen

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At first blush it seemed an odd thing for an observant Jew to do: Slogging my way through morning rush-hour traffic to get downtown to demonstrate against the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' decision to remove a small cross from the county seal.

    And yet, I felt compelled to...

  • Focus on Forensics

    By David Margolis

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Barry Fisher, director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department crime laboratory, showed up in Jerusalem this week, invited by the Israeli Police Department to give a couple of lectures and the benefit of his 30 years' experience to the forensics people of the Jewish state. In...