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  • Why I Made Aliyah During the War!

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    August 5, 2014 | 11:43 am


    Last week in the middle of the war in Israel I made aliyah!  Why would I leave my easy life and  comfortable apartment exactly on the Beverly Hills border (the next house is Beverly Hills, if there is an earthquake I would land in Beverly Hills) to come to a small expensive one...

  • Pro-Palestinian protest in Westwood draws thousands, causes Wilshire to shut down

    By Ryan Torok

    August 2, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    [UPDATE – Aug. 4] Law enforcement made one arrest in connection with "sexual battery," according to LAPD-West L.A. Division Officer Hornback. No further details were available.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff Department estimated 1,500 people turned out to the event.

    [Aug. 2] On...

  • Ayelet Waldman’s new book is more than a Holocaust novel

    July 31, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    I devoured all 331 pages of Ayelet Waldman’s gripping and powerful novel, “Love and Treasure” (Alfred A. Knopf) in one 14-hour marathon on my flight from Los Angeles to Israel. Before the El Al plane made its descent into Ben Gurion Airport, I began this review with Waldman’s...

  • Conflict in Israel heightens local security concerns

    By Ryan Torok

    July 30, 2014 | 1:12 pm

    Israel’s Gaza War has some Los Angeles Jewish institutions addressing security concerns. 

    At Adat Ari El, a Conservative congregation in Valley Village, Executive Director Michal Lesner said the institution is “boosting” security. This includes increasing the visibility of...

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  • Two Los Angeles rallies held criticizing Israeli response in Gaza

    By Ryan Torok

    July 30, 2014 | 12:15 pm

    Yossie Khen, an Israeli based in West Hills, served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) decades ago during the Israel-Egypt War of Attrition, but he doesn’t believe the current conflict in Gaza can be solved with military action.

    “A viable Palestinian state in alongside [updated...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    July 29, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

            When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on...

  • Struck by Venice lightning

    July 28, 2014 | 6:16 pm

    On Sunday afternoon, I was knee-deep in the ocean, right next to the Venice Fishing Pier, when the deadly lightning bolt hit the water. This rare bit of weather would kill at least one person and injure 13 others, making national news. But I didn’t know it right then.

    I had gone...

  • Anti-Semitic voicemail targets far-left Israel group

    By Ryan Torok

    July 28, 2014 | 3:48 pm

    L.A. Jews for Peace – a far-left organization that criticizes Israel’s policies toward Palestinians – has received a voicemail in which members of the organization are referred to as, “Jew traitors, filthy Jew traitors, bastard Jew traitors.”

    L.A. Jews for Peace representative...

  • When anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 27, 2014 | 9:08 pm

    On July 23rd, The Lancet published an Open Letter describing the situation in Gaza (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61044-8/fulltext).

    The Lancet, a top tier scientific journal by all accounts, did a great dis-service to the medical community....

  • The Truth About Celebrities and Eating Disorders

    By Rebecca Cooper

    July 25, 2014 | 9:02 am

    The shame, guilt and misunderstanding of eating disorders makes it hard for anyone to come forward to get help, but it is so much harder for a public figure to do so. Celebrities may put their fame, career and acting opportunities on the line and open themselves to, ridicule...

  • When Friends Become Anti-Semites

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 23, 2014 | 6:05 pm

    This week, all diversity training and tolerance enhancing programs failed.  It’s like when you prepare for an earthquake with a drill, but don’t really care.

    We are all guilty.  We all whisper words of bigotry in the privacy of our homes.  But, in today’s social media, we have...

  • The immigration debate: Children at the border

    July 23, 2014 | 3:46 pm

    Earlier this month, when I saw the images from Murrieta of anti-immigration protesters blocking a bus of undocumented women and children, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the story of the MS St. Louis, the boat of Jewish refugees that attempted to reach America in 1939.

    When I...

  • Villaraigosa to FAA: Reverse ban on Ben Gurion flights

    July 23, 2014 | 2:00 pm

    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to rescind its ban on U.S. airline carriers flying to and from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.

    "Having recently returned from Israel," Villaraigosa said in a statement on July 23 to the...

  • 30,000 attend funeral of U.S. lone soldier Max Steinberg

    July 23, 2014 | 8:43 am

    A crowd estimated at 30,000 flooded the funeral of American lone soldier Max Steinberg, who was killed in Gaza.

    Steinberg, a native of Los Angeles who came to Israel to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces several months after visiting for the first time on a Birthright Israel...

  • Slain Americans in Gaza among long line from U.S. to fight for Israel

    July 21, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    Three days before he was killed fighting for Israel in Gaza, American Nissim Sean Carmeli sprained his ankle, and a doctor asked the Texan if he wanted to heal before going into action.

    He refused, according to Maya Kadosh, Israel's deputy consul for the U.S. Southwest.

    "He...

  • The Audacity of Hope: Raising Little Messiahs.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 14, 2014 | 7:43 pm

    “Seventy years ago these beautiful men would likely have been members of the Nazi party” emailed me a friend while watching Germany battle for the World Cup. 

    I saw another perspective.  As I watched many fellow Jews cheer for Germany, I realized one day peace is possible.

    ...
  • Don’t demolish LACMA: In praise of the ‘vulgar’ architecture

    July 14, 2014 | 11:24 am

    When Renzo Piano was first approached about designing an addition to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Italian architect hesitated. “As I already told you,” he wrote in a letter to Eli Broad, whose donation was funding the building, “it’s very frustrating to play a good...

  • L.A. pro-Israel rally interrupted by violence

    July 13, 2014 | 6:34 pm

    UPDATE 9:50 a.m. (7/15):  Jennifer Schirg, 46 and a self-identified "Jewish woman, pro-Zionist, a professional and a resident on the Westside of Los Angeles" wrote in an email to the Journal that she witnessed the unfolding of the violence at the rally: "...the reason the...

  • Pro-Israel rally at Federal Building to begin at 4 p.m.

    By Ryan Torok

    July 13, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    A pro-Israel rally at the Wilshire Federal Building, located on Wilshire and Sepulveda Boulevards, on Sunday, kicks off at 4 p.m. Click here for more information. Organizations 30 Years After; Stand With Us; and Israeli American Council; and others are sponsoring the event, and if...

  • Israeli startups meet with top broadcasting companies

    July 9, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Nine Israeli startups last month were given an opportunity few small companies are ever afforded — the chance to ply their wares to some of the top companies in Los Angeles.  

    Invited to participate in the Israeli New Media Delegation, executives from the Israeli businesses each...

  • Local groups receive volunteers to aid Holocaust survivors

    July 9, 2014 | 10:38 am

    A new partnership between national and Jewish service organizations will connect volunteers with Holocaust survivors beginning in September in several major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. 

    Through an initiative between the Corporation for National & Community Service, Jewish...

  • The brushstrokes on the wall: Jewish muralists of Los Angeles

    July 9, 2014 | 10:18 am

    On the walls of Los Angeles, the mural capital of the world, where are the Jewish brushstrokes?

    Two concurrent exhibitions are currently highlighting the work of Edward Biberman and his 1941 Venice post office mural — at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and at the...

  • Rallies at LA Israel consulate show strong feelings about renewed Israel-Gaza violence

    By Ryan Torok

    July 9, 2014 | 10:17 am

    Dueling rallies on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 7, outside the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles showed strong feelings about renewed Israel-Gaza violence.

    On the south side of the street at  11766 Wilshire Blvd., protestors held Palestinian flags, which flapped in a reporter’s...

  • Muslim-Jewish statement on the murder of innocents in Israel

    July 7, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    We are a group of Muslim and Jewish community and religious leaders in Los Angeles and Orange County. Although we have important disagreements about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how it ought to be resolved, all of us together affirm that the murder of innocent people, be...

  • The Wisdom of Compassion:  Happy Birthday Dalai Lama!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 6, 2014 | 10:46 am

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama turns 79 today July 6, 2014.  He was born to a farming family in northeastern Tibet as Lhamo Dhondup on July 6, 1935.  At the age of two, he was deemed the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama by Buddhist.  At age of fifteen, following China’s invasion,...

  • A Commitment to Justice

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 27, 2014 | 9:51 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    All week I have been thinking about this blog. I am upset, frustrated and angry. All this has to do with what is happening both inside of me and outside of me. Inside, I am upset, angry and frustrated that my message is getting lost because of my bombastic...

  • Retired, but not from good deeds

    June 25, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Retirement hasn’t stopped Sharon Mayer from working, and she’s not alone. The Sherman Oaks resident is part of a growing number of seniors out in force to volunteer with the regularity of a job. 

    Nationally, the numbers are significant: The Corporation for National and Community...

  • An app that brings music to our eyes

    By Jared Sichel

    June 25, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Amir Amedi, a neurologist at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is certainly happy about his team’s recent breakthroughs, but that’s not why he was doodling on a notepad during a recent interview.

    He was trying to demonstrate how his work could revolutionize the way neurologists...

  • L.A. mayor and America’s decline

    By Dennis Prager

    June 24, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    Last week, during the official celebration of the Los Angeles Kings winning the Stanley Cup, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti told a jammed Staples Center that “there are two long-standing rules for politicians. … They say never, ever be pictured with a drink in your hand, and never swear....

  • When your mayor drops the f-bomb

    June 23, 2014 | 4:06 pm

    In using an expletive last week to tell a rally of hockey fans, “This is a big f--kin’ day,” did Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti cross a line?

    There are real data now to help answer such a question. Relatively recent technologies --  cable television, satellite radio, and social...

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