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  • A Both/And Solution to the Addiction Epidemic

    March 3, 2016 | 11:06 am

    I have been in the addiction recovery “business” for thirty years (before it was a business), and have stood in the middle, watching the pendulum swing between extremes: no medication allowed in treatment programs; Alcoholics Anonymous-only; abstinence-based; moderation models;...

  • Let my people go? Some say yes, some say no

    By Ryan Torok

    March 2, 2016 | 4:51 pm

    The war over Israel’s image continues to play out in Los Angeles media. 

    A StandWithUs (SWU) advertisement that appears in the March 11-18 edition of the Hollywood Reporter reads, “Isn’t it Time to Go to Israel?” Its publication comes on the heels of a Jewish Voice for Peace...

  • Bram Goldsmith, businessman and philanthropist, 93

    February 29, 2016 | 6:53 pm

    Prominent Los Angeles businessman and philanthropist Bram Goldsmith, who served as board chairman and CEO of City National Bank and City National Corp. for two decades, died on Sunday, Feb. 28, at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 93.

    Goldsmith helmed the bank from 1975-1995 — he...

  • #myLAcommute Driving a forklift is fun

    February 23, 2016 | 1:02 pm


    I’m coming from the doctor’s. I’ve got a cold. I’ve been eating a lot of menudo, champurrado, and tamales—anything spicy that will flush the bad stuff out! I can assure you it’s much better than chicken noodle soup. I work at a warehouse, moving stuff around and...

  • What do we need to know about Los Angeles Jewry?

    By Steven Windmueller

    February 17, 2016 | 11:26 am

    Our community conducted its last population study in 1997. We learned a good deal from it about our community, in particular vital information about those in need of community services, many of whom were living at or below the poverty line. The study pointed to the doubling of Los...

  • Olympics-LA heat to test Rio hopefuls in U.S. marathon trials

    February 12, 2016 | 1:39 pm

    Unseasonably high temperatures will challenge runners at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials on Saturday with the top three finishers in the men's and women's races earning spots on the United States Olympic team.

    A record field for the trials, comprising more than 370 athletes,...

  • #myLAcommute My days are long and I work hard

    February 11, 2016 | 2:03 pm


    I work installing HVAC in Topanga Canyon, and I go to Pasadena City College. I’m taking classes to get my contractor’s license. My days are long, and I know I work hard, but that’s the only way to accomplish what you want in life.

    Today is my last day of school before winter break. I’m on my way to a final. I definitely need my afternoon coffee.

    James Stewart Avenue to Marion Avenue

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • Parts of would-be Nazi headquarters in L.A. being demolished

    February 10, 2016 | 2:22 pm

    Tucked away behind an enclave of glass-walled mansions facing the Pacific Ocean is a relic of an ugly and half-remembered past, as hard to believe as it is to swallow. Built into a seam of the Santa Monica Mountains, not far from Sunset Boulevard, is a derelict compound once...

  • Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to plead guilty in jail scandal, attorney says

    February 10, 2016 | 10:56 am

    Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty in a downtown courtroom Wednesday to making a false statement, marking a dramatic turn in the ongoing federal investigation into corruption in the Sheriff's Department.

    Baca's attorney, Michael Zweibeck, said his...

  • Thriving indie Jewish communities join forces to create rabbinic fellowship

    February 8, 2016 | 9:40 am

    In the summer of 2011, Lizzi Heydemann returned to her native Chicago to establish a Jewish community loosely modeled on Ikar, the Los Angeles congregation where she had spent two years as a rabbinic intern.

    She set about harvesting email addresses and putting out the word on...

  • #myLAcommute It’s exciting just to watch time go by

    February 5, 2016 | 1:43 pm


    I’ve been in Los Angeles for a month. There is so much happening at all times here. It’s exciting just to watch time go by. And people talk to each other more here than in Melbourne. I love this city so much. I hope to be back next year.

    Yucca Street to 96th Street

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • Moving and shaking: Nicholas Kristof, Bet Tzedek Justice for All and Constance Scharff

    By Ryan Torok

    February 3, 2016 | 2:57 pm

    It was an evening against despair. On Jan. 25, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof delivered a lecture before a packed house of more than 800 people at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    At a pre-lecture reception, a small crowd of invited guests joined Kristof as he toured the...

  • Rabbi leads fight to end homelessness

    By Ryan Torok

    February 3, 2016 | 2:23 pm

    There are so many numbers that count in the fight against homelessness. For the 7,500 volunteers who hit the streets during the last week of January, the focus was on getting an accurate count on the number living without homes in Los Angeles County. 

    But before that, Valley Beth...

  • Reconsidering Kaddish: Four new approaches to an old ritual

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    February 3, 2016 | 1:15 pm

    “Yitgadal v’yitkadash...” the words of the Kaddish have echoed through synagogues for centuries, traditionally intoned by a Jewish man in mourning during a prayer service, with nine other men — at various points — interjecting an “amen.” But in this century, in various communities,...

  • LA Rain, Road Rage & Special Driving Permits

    By Ilana Angel

    January 31, 2016 | 9:24 pm

    It rained in Los Angeles today. I had errands to run and so driving was unavoidable. The simple fact is that when it rains in Los Angeles, the city falls apart.  Nobody knows how to drive to begin with, so a small amount of rain causes bad drivers to lose their minds.

    At one...

  • Jews have unique obligation to help the homeless

    By Bill Boyarsky

    January 27, 2016 | 10:24 am

    As the number of homeless people in Los Angeles has grown to a level that is a civic disgrace, I’ve been wondering whether we Jews have a special obligation to help them.

    Statistics show the calamitous nature of the situation. The total of homeless people locally has increased by...

  • A small army combating human trafficking

    By Tess Cutler

    January 27, 2016 | 10:06 am

    Angela Guanzon is soft-spoken, but unwavering in her message: “Open your eyes and be vigilant in your surroundings,” she told a room full of volunteers during an outreach event hosted by National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles (NCJWLA) on Jan. 24. 

    When Guanzon was 28, she...

  • #myLAcommute I need energy for these kids

    January 26, 2016 | 12:56 pm

    LARRY H.

    We’re on our way home to Inglewood. The kids bring games or books. By the time they look up, it’s time to get off. I’m on the train at least two hours a day, but it’s great. I get to relax, listen to music, or maybe doze off. And I need the energy for these kids.

    Alvarado Street to Crenshaw Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • #myLAcommute I wish the city would help the homeless

    January 25, 2016 | 10:22 am


    I sell leather accessories in the Fashion District. My commute is long, but I wouldn’t want to live in the middle of L.A. It’s too polluted and everything is too fast-paced. Arcadia is beautiful. We have lots of tree-lined streets.

    I wish the city would do something to help the homeless. I walk by Skid Row every day, and it breaks my heart to see children growing up around drugs, prostitution, and so much violence.

    San Pedro Street to Santa Clara Street

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • Missing Warren Olney's 'Which Way, L.A.?'

    By  David A. Lehrer

    January 25, 2016 | 8:50 am

    On May 1, 1992, I staffed a weekend conference for the Anti-Defamation League in Palm Desert. A group of lay leaders were gathered to learn about and discuss topics relevant to their issues of concern, including intergroup relations, the media and the Middle East, among others.

  • #myLAcommute I like seeing the San Gabriel Mountains

    January 22, 2016 | 1:04 pm

    PAT K.

    Listening to music gets me through the commute. I like coming to work and seeing the San Gabriel Mountains and going home to the ocean. I’m a fraud analyst. I work behind the scenes to investigate the scams and schemes that thieves use to take advantage of older people. Sometimes I go home feeling heartbroken. It’s unfair what they do to innocent people.

    Marengo Ave. to Torrance Blvd.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • Moving and shaking: USY convention, West Valley Eruv inauguration and more

    By Ryan Torok

    January 21, 2016 | 11:04 am

    United Synagogue Youth (USY) held its 65th international convention in Baltimore from Dec. 27-31. More than 700 teenagers, including 25 from Los Angeles, attended. The convention, themed “Think More, Do More, B’More,” focused on advocacy and included sessions on political activism...

  • Spiritual farming with Steven Wynbrandt

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    January 20, 2016 | 4:39 pm

    In Los Angeles, Tu B’Shevat, the agrarian festival also known as the new year for trees, can easily pass unnoticed; after all, the time when the holiday falls — this year on Jan. 25 — is not one of seasonal change here. Some Jews will plant a tree or lift a ceremonial date or fig...

  • No end in sight for victims of SoCal gas leak

    January 20, 2016 | 11:22 am

    The trouble in the Katz household started a few months ago, when 2-year-old Ava got sick and was hospitalized in the intensive care unit for respiratory issues. Around the same time, Christine Katz, 41 and a full-time mom, started having dizzy spells and feeling lethargic, and the...

  • Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak Glendale: Launching for Lunch

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 15, 2016 | 3:36 pm

    Bourbon Steak is open for LUNCH! I loved it! My favorites were beets and burrata, the humus with everything and my amazing burger. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse dessert was so good--I am planning to return soon for another one!

    What is your favorite thing on the Lunch Menu?

  • El Chapo wears Jewish fashion designers, and you can too

    January 14, 2016 | 3:46 pm

    A schmatta, it’s not.

    The infamous Mexican cartel boss Joaquín Guzmán — better known as El Chapo — is in the news after a widely publicized interview with Sean Penn in Rolling Stone magazine led to his capture (again). In the days that followed, photos of the actor and the drug...

  • #myLAcommute My Russian wife loves menudo

    January 14, 2016 | 1:45 pm


    I work in transportation planning, so I take the Metro for efficiency. But I also take it to understand this city—so I can do a better job. I’m originally from Mexico City. I don’t go back as often now because I travel to other places, like Russia. My wife is Russian. But she loves menudo.

    Spring Street to Venice Blvd

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • #myLAcommute It’s great to be back home

    January 13, 2016 | 3:35 pm


    Boston was great, but I missed L.A. When I came back, someone told me to not be shocked that traffic had gotten worse. I thought: How could it be worse? And it’s worse! Oh my god, how is that possible? But it’s great to be back home. I’m happy and productive. I’m in a good place in life.

    Marengo Street to Duarte Road

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • 50 reasons why L.A. is America’s coolest Jewish city

    By Jared Sichel

    January 13, 2016 | 2:41 pm

    Three years ago, I left swampy New Orleans, and rather than return to my Maryland hometown, I found myself lured to Los Angeles. I was hypnotized by Southern California, and I moved here for its beautiful beaches, mountains and people (OK … girls). 

    It was also where I had the...

  • Channeling the spirit of Heschel to combat homelessness

    By Rob Eshman

    January 13, 2016 | 1:45 pm

    If you go to synagogue around Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you will hear about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

    It was Heschel who walked with King across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to demonstrate his solidarity with the civil rights movement. It was Heschel who said,...

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