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  • Calendar: August 26 – September 1

    By Amanda Epstein

    3 days ago

    FRI | AUG 26


    Bring your family and friends, a picnic dinner, and come mingle with the community and all of the 16 congregations and Jewish organizations involved. There will be arts and crafts, a drum circle and Torah talks. The Shabbat service will be...

  • The missing children: Yemenites who found their way to L.A. carry family wounds from Israel’s past

    By Eitan Arom

    4 days ago

    On a recent Sunday morning, Meir Cohen switched off the Israeli news playing on the television in his Encino home. He poured himself a glass of tea with hawaij, a cardamom-scented mix popular among Yemenite Jews such as himself. Then he reclined into a leather armchair.

    Cohen had...

  • Anti-Semitism Olympic Style

    By Diana Emuna

    5 days ago

    Another Olympics is over.  Rio provided a beautiful backdrop for the event.  The games are supposed to be an example of using sport to foster brotherhood. It is a lofty ideal that athletes often forget.  Four randy members of the U.S. swim team decided to get drunk and make fools...

  • ‘Pokémon Go’ capturing Jewish hearts and sites around L.A.

    By Ryan Torok

    July 27, 2016 | 10:35 am

    With “Pokémon Go” suddenly a craze across the world, it was only a matter of time before the augmented reality game’s creatures started showing up at Jewish sites across Los Angeles.

    The impact was felt almost immediately at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH), much...

  • A trip down memory lane with Sunland-Tujunga group

    July 20, 2016 | 11:27 am

    In the 1950s, the Sunland-Tujunga region of Los Angeles developed a reputation for having clean mountain air amid smoggy surroundings. Dubbed a haven for asthma sufferers, these suburbs located in the Crescenta Valley by the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains drew a slew of...

  • Film producer shelters Los Angeles homeless with mobile units

    By Jackson Prince

    July 13, 2016 | 1:18 pm

    A successful Hollywood producer walks out of a Beverly Hills deli. It’s Nate ’n Al, of course. He is noticeably bothered, as he passes several worn-down homeless people holding tattered blankets and pushing overloaded shopping carts. 

    In a typical situation, this is where the...

  • Conserving the ‘neo-Judaic’ design of the Ford Amphitheatre

    By Avishay Artsy

    July 13, 2016 | 12:56 pm

    At nearly a century old, the historic John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, which sits in the hills of the Cahuenga Pass, across the 101 Freeway from the Hollywood Bowl, was in desperate need of repair. 

    After being closed for nearly two years for renovations, the theater reopened on...

  • The failure of L.A.’s mental health system

    July 6, 2016 | 2:10 pm

    On a Thursday afternoon in March, Laurie Ritz, 44, sat on a sun-drenched patio in the heart of Long Beach. His piercing, blue eyes were slightly cloudy and framed by deep lines that hinted at his exhaustion. Ritz’s brown, shoulder-length curls were topped by a yarmulke, and he was...

  • Hancock Park’s Korean councilman jumps into role of Jewish ally

    By Eitan Arom

    July 6, 2016 | 10:38 am

    The fact that David Ryu, the first Korean American elected to the Los Angeles City Council, serves under Mayor Eric Garcetti, the first Jew elected mayor, seems to be no coincidence.

    As the councilman explained during a recent interview at his City Hall office, the two diasporas...

  • Drivers in L.A. are extremely dangerous. So why don’t policymakers and police do something?

    By Jared Sichel

    June 29, 2016 | 4:03 pm

    Recently, I stood at the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Vermont Ave. to study the patently reckless driving habits of drivers in Los Angeles. It's actually worse than just reckless. It's reckless, dumb, dangerous and wildly inefficient—particularly around intersections, where...

  • A Muslim leader seeking to understand differences

    June 29, 2016 | 3:22 pm

    “It’s going to be 32 years next month since we got married,” says the president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Salam Al-Marayati, with a laugh in his voice. “That’s how I know there’s hope in the world. My wife has been married to me for 32 years.”

    We sit in a...

  • A generosity gap? Not on our watch

    June 29, 2016 | 1:43 pm

    For anyone concerned about the future of Los Angeles and the role of charitable giving in creating a healthy community here for us all, a recent study by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is cause for serious concern. The report, “The Generosity Gap: Donating Less in...

  • Harris Newmark: The Jewish father of L.A.

    June 22, 2016 | 2:59 pm

    With resolute eyes, a large portrait of the Jewish pioneer businessman and chronicler Harris Newmark gazes across a hall in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. It’s a space dedicated to how L.A. became a great city, and with this image, Newmark welcomes visitors to trace the...

  • Two L.A.-area wildfires threaten to merge after forcing evacuations

    June 21, 2016 | 12:02 pm

    Two rapidly growing wildfires burning a few miles apart in parched foothills just northeast of Los Angeles threatened to merge on Tuesday after forcing the evacuation of more than 700 people, officials said.

    The blazes came as California and other southwestern U.S. states baked...

  • Record heat sparks warnings, boosts fires in western United States

    June 20, 2016 | 1:53 pm

    Wildfire warnings were posted across parts of three Western U.S. states on Sunday as a heat wave baked the region in record, triple-digit temperatures, stoking flames in California from the coastal foothills outside Santa Barbara to desert brush near the Mexican border.

  • Melting in Los Angeles

    By Ilana Angel

    June 19, 2016 | 4:53 pm

    I have seriously had enough.  I never thought the day would come when I would admit this publically but here we go: I AM OVER THE VALLEY. I’m sure part of it is because I am Canadian and there is just something wrong about it being over 100 degrees, but there is nothing attractive...

  • Study cites decline in area philanthropic giving

    By Lakshna Mehta

    June 16, 2016 | 9:51 am

    A study released on June 3 by UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and funded by the California Community Foundation showed that annual philanthropic giving by Los Angeles residents in 2013 had decreased by a whopping $1 billion from 2006.

    Religious congregations can take some...

  • Lady Gaga joins mourners at L.A. City Hall to vent anger, grieve

    By Eitan Arom

    June 14, 2016 | 4:50 pm

    Singer-songwriter Lady Gaga was visibly and audibly shaken as she took the microphone in front of Los Angeles City Hall on June 13 to speak words of consolation and anger to a heartbroken crowd of more than 2,000 mourners.

    Moments before, Lorri Jean, the CEO of the L.A. LGBT...

  • Heavily armed man arrested as L.A. pride festival proceeds in solidarity

    June 12, 2016 | 11:09 am

    A heavily armed man who said he was heading to a gay pride parade in Los Angeles was arrested early on Sunday, Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

    [RELATED: 50 killed in Florida nightclub shooting]

    Garcetti, speaking Sunday at the opening of the LA Pride Festival, expressed his horror at...

  • Jew-by-choice Mandie Davis also chooses homeless children

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    June 8, 2016 | 3:39 pm

    Mary “Mandie” Davis is passionate about a number of things: her husband, Ari Kadin, helping homeless children feel special and loved, and her Jewish identity.

    It’s estimated that nationwide, 2.5 million children are homeless. But thanks to considerable effort from Davis and Kadin...

  • Yiddish poems from ‘Recovering Yiddish Culture in Los Angeles’

    May 25, 2016 | 3:31 pm

    Eybiker yam —Eternal Sea

    by Rosa Nevodovska, From Azoy vi ikh bin (As I Am)  – 1936, Translated by Miri Koral.

    Sea, sea, eternal sea! I’ve come to speak with you today -
    To grasp your endless striving, your wordless ceaseless talk…
    Cramped in town, I'm here to part ways with...

  • NFL to play 2021 Super Bowl in new Los Angeles stadium

    May 24, 2016 | 1:16 pm

    The NFL will stage the 2021 Super Bowl in Los Angeles, raising its profile in the country's second-largest media market after making a celebrated return to the city with the relocation of the Rams franchise to the West Coast starting next season.

    The National Football League also...

  • #myLAcommute They really do walk with their chins higher up in Downey

    May 16, 2016 | 2:58 pm


    I’m an IT engineer. I grew up in Long Beach, but I live in Downey. I wanted to buy a house that was close to the Metro within my budget, and I found it in Downey. They say that Downey is the “Latino Beverly Hills.” Downey residents really do walk with their chins higher than anyone else in the area.

    Grand Avenue to Imperial Highway

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Los Angeles jury convicts accused ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer

    May 5, 2016 | 2:15 pm

    A former sanitation worker accused of being the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer was found guilty of murder on Thursday for the slayings of nine women and a teenage girl in a Los Angeles crime spree dating back 30 years.

    The Superior Court jury reached its verdict on all 10 counts of...

  • L.A., meet the e-bike

    By Rob Eshman

    May 3, 2016 | 9:44 am

    In February, the public radio station KPCC staged a race to determine the fastest way to get across Los Angeles at rush hour.

    [RELATED: Los Angeles electric bike resources]

    Three people simultaneously left downtown’s Union Station on a Monday morning at 8:30 a.m., headed for...

  • An LGBT congregation connects to a Czech Holocaust Torah

    April 29, 2016 | 2:31 pm

    The lesbians and gay men who founded Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim in Los Angeles, also known as BCC, in 1972—the first-ever LGBT synagogue—reflected the depth of its importance to themselves and their community by choosing a name meaning “House of New Life.”

    [RELATED: Czech...

  • A California dream-come-true as Rams take QB Jared Goff

    April 29, 2016 | 1:56 pm

    Quarterback Jared Goff was less than a year old when the National Football League Rams left Los Angeles in 1995.

    Now the California native and No. 1 pick in Thursday's NFL Draft will be a face of the franchise when it returns to Los Angeles, after 21 seasons in St. Louis.


  • Exodus and The Very Last IEP

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 13, 2016 | 10:40 pm

    Like many parents of children who have special needs, we spent those first few years after the initial diagnosis running around to every specialist in town, open and eager to try every possible treatment. And once our son, Danny, entered the public school special education system...

  • Sam Grundwerg named L.A.’s new Israeli Consul General

    By  Tom Tugend

    April 8, 2016 | 9:50 am

    Sam Grundwerg, a Florida native and attorney, has been named as Israel’s new consul general in Los Angeles. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as his country’s foreign minister, made the announcement on the evening of April 7.

    Grundwerg joined the...

  • #myLAcommute I opened for a little band called Hanson

    April 7, 2016 | 3:25 pm


    I’m coming from LAX. I was visiting my girlfriend in Ohio, which was warmer than L.A. We did some holiday shopping together, painted snowflakes for the windows. I think the meanest thing you can do if you live east of the 405 is ask someone to pick you up at the...

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