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  • Satisfaction over prospect of accused U.S. killer Durst facing justice

    March 18, 2015 | 11:15 am

    With accused murderer Robert Durst set to spend at least six days in a Louisiana jail awaiting extradition to California, law enforcement officials and friends of possible victims expressed satisfaction on Tuesday over the prospect of the real estate scion facing justice.

    Durst,...

  • Accused murderer Robert Durst deemed ‘suicidal’

    March 18, 2015 | 10:57 am

    Robert Durst, the real estate scion charged with first-degree murder, is suicidal, according statements by Louisiana authorities released on Wednesday after they moved him to a facility for inmates suffering from acute mental illness.

    Awaiting extradition to California, the...

  • Durst charged with murder, movie confession likely admissible

    March 16, 2015 | 4:38 pm

    New York real estate scion and accused murderer Robert Durst's bathroom muttering that he "killed them all" would likely be admissible evidence in a murder trial, legal experts said on Monday.

    Durst, the subject of a six-part HBO documentary series called "The Jinx: The Life and...

  • L.A.’s financial support of Israel’s election

    By Jared Sichel

    March 16, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    The Los Angeles dollars—or shekels—spent may not have approached the amount Hollywood throws around for U.S. elections, but Jews in Los Angeles nevertheless managed to funnel about $175,000 into Israel’s party primaries this election cycle.

    Israel’s primaries ended in January...

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  • Win-win with the Special Olympics World Games in L.A.

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 11, 2015 | 11:24 am

    You may not know it, but the world’s biggest sports and humanitarian event is coming to Los Angeles this summer, and its impact will be felt locally long after the medals are handed out. In just a few months, the World Games of the Special Olympics will launch at the Los Angeles...

  • Life is #PrettyGreat at Embassy Suites Anaheim South

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 10, 2015 | 10:29 am

    Experience Embassy Suites Anaheim South February 2015: What a great place to stay! Two room suites, free made-to-order breakfast and complimentary drinks! The Embassy Suites Anaheim South is literally walking distance to Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney as it is only...

  • The art, science and history of the Dead Sea Scrolls

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 4, 2015 | 3:53 pm

    When “Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition” opens March 10 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, it will be the largest display of its kind ever shown outside of Israel, spotlighting 20 scrolls in two rotations, more than half of them never before seen in the United States,...

  • Why Santa Barbara Hillel’s largest donor is the Jewish Federation of … Boston

    By Jared Sichel

    March 4, 2015 | 3:24 pm

    Rabbi Evan Goodman, executive director of UC Santa Barbara’s Hillel, was concerned when annual funding allocations from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles were cut year after year, beginning in 2011. But he wasn’t surprised.

    After all, officials from the two...

  • What San Gabriel’s Padres taught William Mulholland 

    February 28, 2015 | 10:04 am

    On a hot August day in 1816, waves of heat shimmered off of the dusty plazas and red tile roofs of the San Gabriel Mission community. The surrounding valley and foothills were brown and dry, and the nearby arroyos hadn’t run with water since March. But the town was a verdant oasis,...

  • Reflecting on my trip to Birmingham with The Temple

    February 27, 2015 | 4:44 pm

    “You’ll be the first in our family to set foot in Alabama,” my mom half-joked over the phone from L.A., when I told her where I was going. “Well, I was the first one to set foot in Tennessee,” I quipped back.

    Before moving to Nashville two years ago to pursue my music career,...

  • L.A. city charter amendments aim to increase voter turnout

    By Aron Chilewich

    February 26, 2015 | 5:42 pm

    Two Los Angeles city charter amendments on the March 3 ballot would align city and school board elections with national and statewide races in the hopes of increasing voter turnout.

    Charter Amendment 1 pertains to city elections and Charter Amendment 2 pertains to Los Angeles...

  • Yizkor for Khojaly: Sharing Sorrow and Hope

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    February 24, 2015 | 3:21 pm

    On February 21-22, Pico Shul, our newly established spiritual community in Los Angeles, organized a “Solidarity and Commemoration Weekend” with local Azerbaijanis and the Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan. These are some of my reflections.

    On the world stage, Jews and...

  • Q&A with David Cronenberg: ‘Maps to the Stars,’ Julianne Moore and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

    February 24, 2015 | 11:24 am

    Director David Cronenberg has always made a point of staying outside of the American film industry. But his newest film, Maps to the Stars (opening February 27th) dives headfirst into Hollywood, in all its glory and grossness. The product of a long-developing collaboration with Los...

  • A Faceless World.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 19, 2015 | 7:31 am

    In the exam room, I sat holding her hand.  She stared into my eyes until I saw her inner child begging for love.  Her tears fell, as did mine, inside.  For a moment, I was her buoy in the rough seas of life.

    You never forget the face of the person placing Godly responsibilities...

  • Shimon Peres: A taste of history, thoughts on staying positive

    By Ryan Torok

    February 12, 2015 | 4:48 pm

    Shimon Peres, Israel’s former longtime president and two-time prime minister, appeared at a gala for top funders of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In an onstage conversation with Sharon Nazarian, Peres did not talk about...

  • New rabbi to bring community organizing heft to influential Brooklyn congregation

    February 10, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    One of the top agenda items these days for Rachel Timoner, associate rabbi at the Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, is trying to get a train built along the 405 freeway stretching from the North San Fernando Valley to the city's international airport.

    It's the community project...

  • What ever happened to Limmud in LA?

    By David Suissa

    February 4, 2015 | 10:47 am

    I used to love this time of year. I’d count the days until Presidents Day weekend, when hundreds of us would trek down to the Costa Mesa Hilton for LimmudLA’s three-day celebration of everything Jewish. I’d pack up the SUV, pick up the kids early from school on Friday and get on...

  • Rap mogul Suge Knight charged with murder in hit-and-run case

    February 2, 2015 | 3:35 pm

    Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was charged with murder and attempted murder on Monday in connection with an incident in which prosecutors say he ran over two men in a Southern California parking lot last week, killing one of them.

    Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of the hip hop...

  • Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested for murder in LA after hit-and-run

    January 30, 2015 | 12:29 pm

    Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday after a man matching his description ran over two people with a pickup truck in a hit-and-run incident near Los Angeles, killing one and injuring the other, police said.

    Knight, the 49-year-old...

  • A day in the life of the (model) Knesset

    By Tess Cutler

    January 29, 2015 | 2:38 pm

    American Jewish University’s (AJU) dining hall was abuzz with chatter on Jan. 18, when about 100 local high school students debated Israel’s proposed, controversial nation-state bill as part of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Model Knesset Day.

    Upon arrival,...

  • L.A.’s newest rookie transplant: Elaine Soloway

    January 29, 2015 | 11:30 am

    Next time you move cross-country to Los Angeles, do it the Elaine Soloway way. (The SoloWay?) Pack whatever you can into flat-rate Priority Mail boxes from the post office and mail them over a period of six months. Get a place on airbnb.com in a hip L.A. neighborhood, close to...

  • Bryant out for nine months after shoulder surgery

    January 28, 2015 | 5:59 pm

    Kobe Bryant's NBA season effectively ended on Wednesday after he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will sideline him for nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said.

    The five-time National Basketball Association champion, who injured his shoulder...

  • As L.A.’s Muslims condemn French attacks, a gap on what’s to blame

    By Jared Sichel

    January 22, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    Following the recent terror attacks in Paris by Islamic extremists that left 17 dead and 22 wounded at a satirical magazine and kosher market, the debate within the local Muslim community over what to blame and even how to label the ideology behind the attacks has only intensified....

  • The Power of Reconciliation; Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

    By Beit T'shuvah

    January 16, 2015 | 1:46 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    This weekend is Martin Luther King weekend. It is also the weekend of our Gala, our biggest fundraiser of the year for Beit T’Shuvah. Dr. King believed that Evil could be overcome. We believe that Evil can be defeated. It is so hard, though. As we have seen...

  • Locals remember the victims of the Paris terror attacks

    January 15, 2015 | 6:19 pm

    Seventeen yahrzeit candles were displayed on the bimah at Sinai Temple on Jan. 14, where about 300 people gathered to pay homage to lives lost too soon. Each wick represented a victim of the recent attacks in Paris.

    “Living in Los Angeles, it’s sometimes easy to forget that we’re...

  • Pro-Palestinian billboards are popping up in Los Angeles

    January 9, 2015 | 4:41 pm

    [UPDATE: Feb. 24, 2015]

    StandWithUs has informed the Journal that it has extended its own ad campaign against the Pro-Palestinian billboards to include a new billboard, for the first time targeting Los Angeles's Spanish speaking residents. StandWithUs' 50 new billboards feature a...

  • Gjusta and injustice in Los Angeles

    By Rob Eshman

    January 7, 2015 | 3:31 pm

    To get to the newest, coolest food spot in Venice, you have to drive through the newest, saddest homeless encampment in L.A. 

    Gjusta occupies a former warehouse where Third Avenue ends at Sunset Avenue. As much as this part of Venice, near Rose Avenue, has scaled up to become...

  • Rags or riches? NCJW/LA thrift stores offer vintage treasures

    January 7, 2015 | 11:57 am

    On any given weekday, Bob Klausner can be found at a number of regional thrift stores looking at the most interesting and salable art, overlooked designer handbags and finest of silver. Bob isn’t a vintage dealer or an eagle-eyed bargain hunter, though he embodies all of those...

  • A priest and a rabbi: Eulogy for Leonard I. Beerman

    January 6, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    A Rabbi and a Priest: Leonard Beerman was my closest friend for 47 years.  I will miss Leonard, in the deepest places of my being.

    I met Rabbi Leonard Beerman in 1967 where both of us were speaking at a Peace Rally at MacArthur Park opposing the war in Vietnam.  From that day...

  • Jump In The Water is Warm- Israel Is Not So Bad!

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    January 6, 2015 | 10:17 am

    As we usher in the first few days of 2015, Israel is a buzz over the news that over 26,500 people (including me) made aliyah in 2014 making it one of the biggest years for immigration to Israel in over a decade.  Led by a record 7,000 “olim chadashim” (new immigrants) from France...

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