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  • We MUST Abandon the Lies and Advocate for Truth!

    By Beit T'shuvah

    3 days ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz,

    I am concerned! Each week I write about Redemption, each day I move one grain of sand closer to the redemption of others and myself, yet it seems as if the world wants to stay stuck! We have become a world that wants to live in Self-Deception! The UN is...

  • Learning Leadership from Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, z’l

    By Michael Berenbaum

    1 week ago

    Much will have been written over the next few days about the massive contribution that Rabbi Harold Schulweis has made to Jewish life in our time. Yet as an observer, participant and shaper of Jewish life, I feel that there is still more than can be said. Permit me to focus on his...

  • Ex-Sony employees sue, claim company failed to protect data

    2 weeks ago

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has been sued in a class action by two people who described themselves as former employees and accused the company of failing to protect employee data.

    The lawsuit against Sony Corp's Hollywood movie studio, filed on Monday in federal court in Los...

  • Women rabbis at forefront of pioneering prayer communities

    2 weeks ago

    A decade ago in Los Angeles, two organizations opened their doors with a call to prayer — or they would have if they had any doors to open.

    Ikar, led by Rabbi Sharon Brous, and Nashuva, led by Rabbi Naomi Levy, were conceived separately. But when they launched in 2004, both...

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  • The Jews who lit up the oil business

    3 weeks ago

    Chanukah’s glow will soon be rekindled, and as we again tell the story of the miracle of the oil in the Temple, it’s also a good time to shed light on another kind of miracle, this one more local, of how Jews helped to light up the early oil business in Los Angeles.

    Among urban...

  • Non-Jewish L.A. Zionist John Henry Patterson buried in Israel

    By  Orit Arfa

    3 weeks ago

    Days after announcing the dissolution of his coalition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed a circle in modern Israel’s history, and his own family’s history, when he fulfilled Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson’s final wish to be buried among his Jewish comrades in Israel...

  • To prepare for major quake, Los Angeles proposes retrofitting older buildings

    3 weeks ago

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed on Monday that the city retrofit thousands of older buildings and bolster the water and communications systems to prepare for a possible major temblor along the San Andreas Fault.

    The proposals marked the first major earthquake-preparation...

  • Investigators treat massive L.A. construction blaze as ‘criminal fire’

    3 weeks ago

    A fierce blaze that destroyed a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex under construction next to a fire house and damaged three nearby buildings on Monday is being examined by arson investigators as a "criminal fire," authorities said.

    Commuter traffic into the nation's...

  • Los Angeles freeways jammed after huge construction site fire

    3 weeks ago

    Fire destroyed a seven-story apartment building under construction in downtown Los Angeles and spread to a neighboring high-rise early Monday before flames were largely extinguished, forcing a major freeway shutdown through rush hour.

    The blaze erupted at about 1:30 a.m. and took...

  • Moving and Shaking: LAMOTH recital, Fiesta Shalom at Sea and Thanksgiving

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) inaugural Young Pianist Showcase Recital took place Nov. 23 at the museum.

    The event featured performances by Jacqueline Wax, 17, a senior at Milken Community Schools; Jonah Goldberg, 14, a freshman at Calabasas High School; Adam...

  • L.A. wasted most of the 20 billion gallons of rain that fell this week

    December 4, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    As happens in each of the rare instances in which a strange liquid falls from the sky on to unsuspecting Angelenos (people in other parts of the country call it "rain"), those who understand this region's water predicament (we're running out of it) have two simultaneous reactions:

    ...
  • Who Are YOU?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 3, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    By Rabbi Paul Steinberg

    “‘Who are YOU?’ said the Caterpillar...
    ‘I – I hardly know, Sir, just at present – at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’
    ‘What do you mean by that?’ said the Caterpillar...

  • Zev Yaroslavsky: Rebel politician and distracted golfer

    November 25, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    One day in 1975, we walked into a Hungarian restaurant on Fairfax Avenue for dinner and bumped into Barbara (we called her Yael back then) and Zev Yaroslavsky, who had also come to that neighborhood hot spot to have dinner. We had known Zev for years: His father taught both of us...

  • U.N. chief urges peaceful Ferguson protests, rights protection

    November 25, 2014 | 10:04 am

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged protesters in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere in the United States to refrain from violence and called on law enforcement to protect the rights of people to demonstrate peacefully.

    A grand jury on Monday cleared a white...

  • Students get a history lesson on Zev Yaroslavsky’s contributions to Soviet Jewry

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    November 24, 2014 | 4:12 pm

    Last week, the power elite of Los Angeles gathered at Walt Disney Concert Hall to pay homage to retiring L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Children sang. Cellists performed. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reminded the thousand or so friends of Yaroslavsky who assembled...

  • Enjoy Napa Valley Grille and the 3 P’s of Thanksgiving!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 21, 2014 | 1:52 pm

    Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is ready to assist you for Thanksgiving! Just remember the 3 Ps: Pre-order, Pick up & Pretend! 

    Seriously the food is delicious and everything is homemade from the exquisite sourdough bread to the olive tapanade. Don't miss out on simply grilled...

  • With pro-Israel groups all but absent, UCLA student government endorses divestment

    By Jared Sichel

    November 19, 2014 | 4:15 am

    UPDATE, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19: UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released a statement, which reads in part: "UCLA and the UCLA Foundation share the Board of Regents conviction that divestment decisions should not hold any one organization or country to a different standard than...

  • Three pioneering Jewish women doctors

    November 12, 2014 | 1:25 pm

    A century before today’s fear of an Ebola outbreak, there was fear in Los Angeles of tuberculosis, and Dr. Kate Levy called out passionately to the Jewish community to aid those suffering from what was called the “White Plague.”

    In fact, in the first decades of the 20th century,...

  • Artists & Fleas scratches the itch for a crafts market without equal

    November 12, 2014 | 11:15 am

    Sometimes the apple might fall a considerable distance from the tree, but, in due time, it inches its way closer to its roots. Such is the case with Ronen Glimer, founder of Artists & Fleas craft and vintage market. “My father is an art dealer,” Glimer said. “I was talking to him...

  • Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti vows to cut water use by 20 percent over drought

    November 3, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    The mayor of Los Angeles aims to reduce local water use by 20 percent over the next three years to address a record drought through a mix of voluntary measures for residents and mandatory restrictions for city departments, the city said on Tuesday.

    Mayor Eric Garcetti, in an...

  • Iranian-American Jews in L.A. look to the future

    By Avishay Artsy

    November 3, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    Foreign conflict and human rights abuses were front and center in the minds of Los Angeles’ Iranian-Jewish community leaders who attended the 30 Years After 4th Biennial Civic Action Conference on Nov. 2. Panel discussions touched on tensions between Israel and Hamas, the threat of...

  • What kind of Democrat will prevail?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 31, 2014 | 4:53 pm

    Much of the political world is transfixed by the national struggle between Democrats and Republicans. But for residents of Los Angeles County and voters in the county’s 3rd District, this year’s elections are not about which party will prevail, but rather about what kind of...

  • A guide to the California, Los Angeles propositions

    October 30, 2014 | 11:49 am

    Gore Vidal famously said, “Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for president. One hopes it is the same half.” 

    Turnout for recent nonpresidential year elections has been notoriously low in Los Angeles, and predictions are that the upcoming...

  • The facts of Ebola

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 20, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    When the young woman in the seat next to me asked the flight attendant for a glass of cabernet, I took it as a sign that projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea would not be part of my trip from PHL to LAX.   I also took it as a reminder that the Ebola irrationality I’ve slammed...

  • Net gains: Sports programs can score big for Jewish day schools

    October 20, 2014 | 11:23 am

    To understand the place of athletics at a Jewish day school, attend a recruitment open house and watch the children’s eyes. As they listen to the descriptions or tour the stations set up to display the school’s programs and activities, look for the moments when the spark of...

  • L.A. rabbi says mikveh at AJU is secure, calls Freundel scandal a ‘unique case’

    By Ryan Torok

    October 16, 2014 | 11:14 am

    In the wake of a scandal in which a Washington, D.C. Orthodox rabbi was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 14, for allegedly spying on women undressing at a mikveh connected to his synagogue, Rabbi Richard A. Flom, a Los Angeles authority on the mikveh [ritual bathhouse] and a member of the...

  • The Israel Film Festival reveals the heart of Israel to L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    October 14, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    The Israel Film Festival (IFF) will bring the real heartbeat of the Jewish state — often smothered under bellicose headlines — to Los Angeles through 28 feature and documentary films. The festival screens Oct. 23 through Nov. 6 at five different venues.

    Kicking off the series is...

  • In a week of shacks, a missing L.A. woman found destitute in one

    October 13, 2014 | 4:59 pm

    While during Sukkot Los Angeles’ Jews were dwelling in their temporary shelters, a continent away, the story of Sarah Cheiker, an elderly victim of a con that took her Fairfax District home – was demonstrating just how fragile a home can be in the City of Angels.

    Cheiker, 91,...

  • How to Choose a Lifetime Partner

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 13, 2014 | 10:24 am

    When asked about a potential lifetime partner, I always offer the same litmus test:  “Is s/he kind?”

    The most important aspect of a person’s character is kindness, the filter through which all acts of love and courage are expressed.

    “How do I know if he is kind?”  The question...

  • Building a stable sukkah, building a stable L.A.

    By Rob Eshman

    October 8, 2014 | 10:14 am

    Many years ago, my wife and I lived in a ground-floor apartment in the Ocean Park section of Santa Monica, on a hill with a view of the bay.

    When Sukkot came around, my wife naturally expected me to build the hut — the sukkah — in which Jews are commanded to eat, and even...

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