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  • An ‘island of spirituality’ in L.A.’s Fashion District

    By Avishay Artsy

    3 hours ago

    In an unexceptional strip of concrete warehouses, tucked amid the apparel stores and wholesale suit shops of downtown Los Angeles, a group of Jewish men meets several times a day — to pray.

    For 40-year-old Oded Somech, an Israeli textile importer, a midday daven is a welcome...

  • Comedy for Koby brings American comics to Israel

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    3 hours ago

    Like many Jewish comedians in Los Angeles, Avi Liberman books club gigs, occasionally auditions for TV work and does “Jewish gigs” at synagogues and elsewhere.

    But in recent years, Liberman also has been spending a lot of his time planning trips to Israel.

    What makes his tours...

  • Los Angeles: You’ve got #ClicquotMail

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    4 days ago

    Last night I experienced #ClicquotMail at Shore Bar, one of the happening and welcoming bars in the H.Wood Group in Santa Monica. Tonight join in by mailing a postcard and tasting the 2004 La Grande Dame sourced from top 8 grand cru vineyards in the Champagne region of France at...

  • How a bunch of Hollywood Jews saved youth baseball in South Los Angeles

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    “Oh! Oh! That’s my baby! Right there! He’s catching it!” Bridgette Harper called out as her son, Dillen, 11, stood at shortstop, glove in the air, his eyes on the baseball plummeting toward him. Notwithstanding his mom’s confidence, it was evident Dillen had misjudged the pop fly...

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  • First AME Church Vigil marked by rousing sermons by L.A. clergy, civic leaders of all denominations

    By Aron Chilewich

    2 weeks ago

    On June 18, as the country began to mourn the nine African-Americans murdered one day before by a white gunman at a Bible study session at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, S.C., people of all faiths and races joined with congregants of First AME...

  • Moving and shaking: Ordination, graduation, The Learned Hand Award and more

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    Local seminaries were in full ordination and graduation mode last month, celebrating a combined total of 30 new rabbis among them.

    For the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, this year’s ordination...

  • Father’s Day: The lesson of free speech

    By Ellie Kahn

    2 weeks ago

    Dean Okrand is an Emmy-winning sound re-recording mixer, husband and father of two adult daughters. His own father was Fred Okrand, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California for more than 60 years, and its first legal director. Fred, born in...

  • Kirk Kerkorian, casino tycoon, movie mogul, auto investor dies at 98

    2 weeks ago

    Kirk Kerkorian, the son of poor Armenian immigrants who used his gambler's instincts to become a multibillionaire Las Vegas casino tycoon, Hollywood mogul, airline owner and auto industry investor, died at age 98.

    Kerkorian, who founded MGM Resorts International and was its...

  • Saving the World—one painting (or sculpture) at a time

    By Mindy Leaf

    3 weeks ago

    Once I would have been called an "art groupie." From creating art as a kid to following in the footsteps of my favorite masters--both in technique and training--I allowed art to rule my life. At least for a time, before the hard knocks of reality took hold.

    But I never totally...

  • Outstanding Graduates 2015: Profiles on leadership, philanthropy and education

    3 weeks ago

    In recent weeks, we invited all of you to nominate graduating high-schoolers who exemplify excellence. The result was an amazing group of innovators, artists, leaders and agents of social change. We had a hard time narrowing the field to the 11 included here — and many more could...

  • Building interfaith bridges

    3 weeks ago

    Shachar Cohen-Hodos, 17
    Hamilton High School Humanities Magnet
    Going to: Columbia University and List College at the Jewish Theological Seminary

    Ask average teenagers about their ambitions for the future and most will turn into deer-in-headlights, flop-sweating wrecks or some...

  • Calendar: June 6–June 12

    By Laura Donney

    June 3, 2015 | 5:04 pm

    SAT | JUNE 6

    “ON TIDY ENDINGS”

    Is this grief big enough for the two of us? That’s the issue between a gay man and a straight woman who meet to tie up loose ends after the death of the man they both loved. Set in 1987, Harvey Fierstein’s one-act play, part of his “Safe Sex”...

  • Mixing cocktails and conversation

    By Avishay Artsy

    June 3, 2015 | 12:06 pm

    Jews and Muslims in Los Angeles don’t often get together for drinks. After all, religious Muslims don’t drink, and the two groups have had their differences. 

    But a new project aims to get individuals from both backgrounds talking to each other, while crafting simple yet...

  • Los Angeles Summer Events: May 30 – August 30

    By Laura Donney

    June 2, 2015 | 4:14 pm

    SAT | MAY 30

    DUDAMEL, DESSNER AND GLASS

    In addition to two major premieres commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic from Bryce Dessner (half of indie rock favorite The National) and minimalist composer Philip Glass, there will be two string quartets and a performance of the...

  • Bridging the gap: A new paradigm for change

    May 29, 2015 | 9:30 am

    I had occasion recently to revisit the Masters Thesis I wrote in 1972 for my degree in Contemporary Jewish Studies from Brandeis University. I needed to reference it for an article I’m writing… and I was curious to see whether I would have been able to pass the Zelikow School’s...

  • Our moral obligation to be a voice for the homeless

    May 27, 2015 | 2:31 pm

    Apathy —  noun; absence or suppression of passion, emotion or excitement.

    I write this with a broken heart. I serve many roles in the community, including that of a county-appointed commissioner to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Today I write not as a commissioner —...

  • In a war against wage theft

    May 27, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    “At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it, for he is poor and his life depends on it. …” – Deuteronomy 24:15

    Last week, Los Angeles’ City Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. The decision was greeted with...

  • Wanted: More women in Los Angeles City Hall

    By Bill Boyarsky

    May 27, 2015 | 10:41 am

    What Los Angeles City Hall needs is a strong Jewish woman.

    Nothing against the three Jewish men who occupy citywide offices — Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer and Controller Ron Galperin. But they’re so quiet, so devoted to working behind the scenes that it’s easy to...

  • Calendar May 23–29

    By Laura Donney

    May 21, 2015 | 2:45 pm

    SAT | MAY 23

    NEIL DIAMOND

    Sweet Caroline, we’re in for a treat! An inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honoree at the Kennedy Center and a Grammy winner, Neil Diamond has been warming our hearts for decades. You know you love “Song...

  • Missionaries invade 2015 Israel festival in Los Angeles

    May 20, 2015 | 11:06 am

    I have proudly attended Jewish/Israeli festivals in Los Angeles for almost 30 years.

    What I witnessed this year was unprecedented.

    Dozens of missionaries descended on —– or invaded — the Celebrate Israel Festival in ways that I never thought possible.

    Based on the number of...

  • David Ryu wins city council race

    By Aron Chilewich

    May 20, 2015 | 10:11 am

    By 1,600 votes, health care center executive David Ryu defeated his opponent in the race to replace Tom LaBonge as Los Angeles City Councilmember for the Fourth District, which extends from Sherman Oaks to Miracle Mile.

    Ryu beat out Carolyn Ramsay, a former journalist and chief...

  • Los Angeles gives preliminary approval to $15 minimum wage

    May 19, 2015 | 4:13 pm

    The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to increase the minimum wage in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9, in a victory for labor and community groups that have pushed for similar pay hikes in several U.S. municipalities.

    The...

  • The perfect day is the perfect gift

    By Julie Bien

    May 19, 2015 | 11:57 am

    There are only so many chai necklaces a 13-year-old can wear at once. Next time there’s a special bar or bat mitzvah in your life, how about offering an experience instead? Spend the day together enjoying local Jewish flavors while creating memories you both can treasure forever.

    ...
  • TIMELINE: A history of the Israeli-American Council

    By Jared Sichel

    May 18, 2015 | 5:15 pm

    2006 — Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles Ehud Danoch invites two local prominent Israelis, Danny Alpert and Eli Marmour, to foster an Israeli-American community in Los Angeles, in part to show support and solidarity during times of war in Israel.

    2007 — The Israeli Leadership...

  • Moving and Shaking: Amos Oz, Ari Shavit, Natalie Portman and Cantor Yonah Kliger

    By Ryan Torok

    May 14, 2015 | 5:49 pm

    “I love Israel even at moments I cannot stand it.”

    Israeli author Amos Oz has complicated feelings about the Holy Land, and he wasn’t afraid to share them during a conversation with journalist Ari Shavit at a recent gala celebrating the fifth anniversary of the UCLA Younes and...

  • Harris Newmark High School: Where the generations meet

    May 14, 2015 | 1:35 pm

    On a recent sunny midmorning in the Westlake district, an area west of downtown Los Angeles that has been home to Jews since the turn of the 20th century, the student body and staff of Harris Newmark High School — a continuation school — gathered for a celebration. Also present...

  • Lag B’Omer celebrations take place Wednesday evening throughout Los Angeles

    May 6, 2015 | 9:53 am

    Pico Shul and JConnect invite you to celebrate their annual Lag B'Omer bonfire at Dockweiler State Beach on Thursday, May 7. Bring blankets, food and alcohol (no glass bottles) and join this group at 6:30 p.m. for a night of music and fun! Feel free to grab your guitars,...

  • City Council Candidate David Ryu was charged with attempted rape in 2002, but case was dismissed

    By Aron Chilewich

    April 20, 2015 | 11:20 pm

    Court records reveal that Los Angeles City Council candidate David E. Ryu faced a charge of attempted rape in 2002. 

    According to the records, Ryu pleaded not guilty to the criminal charge of attempted rape of an unconscious person, and the charges were dismissed before a...

  • Israel and Apartheid

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    April 18, 2015 | 6:17 am

    Everyday I open the internet to read that Israel is an apartheid country. Although the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is very small in number, it is getting a lot of press and its lies are repeated everywhere.  Left wing radical politicians all over the world  are...

  • Ice scream, you scream, we all scream for kosher ice cream

    April 16, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    Los Angeles is going through an ice cream renaissance. And while it’s hard to cheer warming winter months, given global climate predictions, the new reality may be what led to more high-quality frozen foods that are ready to meet a growing public appetite. This expanded market also...

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