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  • David Ryu wins city council race

    By Aron Chilewich

    May 20, 2015 | 10:11 am

    By 1,600 votes, health care center executive David Ryu defeated his opponent in the race to replace Tom LaBonge as Los Angeles City Councilmember for the Fourth District, which extends from Sherman Oaks to Miracle Mile.

    Ryu beat out Carolyn Ramsay, a former journalist and chief...

  • Los Angeles gives preliminary approval to $15 minimum wage

    May 19, 2015 | 4:13 pm

    The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to increase the minimum wage in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9, in a victory for labor and community groups that have pushed for similar pay hikes in several U.S. municipalities.


  • The perfect day is the perfect gift

    By Julie Bien

    May 19, 2015 | 11:57 am

    There are only so many chai necklaces a 13-year-old can wear at once. Next time there’s a special bar or bat mitzvah in your life, how about offering an experience instead? Spend the day together enjoying local Jewish flavors while creating memories you both can treasure forever.

  • TIMELINE: A history of the Israeli-American Council

    By Jared Sichel

    May 18, 2015 | 5:15 pm

    2006 — Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles Ehud Danoch invites two local prominent Israelis, Danny Alpert and Eli Marmour, to foster an Israeli-American community in Los Angeles, in part to show support and solidarity during times of war in Israel.

    2007 — The Israeli Leadership...

  • Moving and Shaking: Amos Oz, Ari Shavit, Natalie Portman and Cantor Yonah Kliger

    By Ryan Torok

    May 14, 2015 | 5:49 pm

    “I love Israel even at moments I cannot stand it.”

    Israeli author Amos Oz has complicated feelings about the Holy Land, and he wasn’t afraid to share them during a conversation with journalist Ari Shavit at a recent gala celebrating the fifth anniversary of the UCLA Younes and...

  • Harris Newmark High School: Where the generations meet

    May 14, 2015 | 1:35 pm

    On a recent sunny midmorning in the Westlake district, an area west of downtown Los Angeles that has been home to Jews since the turn of the 20th century, the student body and staff of Harris Newmark High School — a continuation school — gathered for a celebration. Also present...

  • Lag B’Omer celebrations take place Wednesday evening throughout Los Angeles

    May 6, 2015 | 9:53 am

    Pico Shul and JConnect invite you to celebrate their annual Lag B'Omer bonfire at Dockweiler State Beach on Thursday, May 7. Bring blankets, food and alcohol (no glass bottles) and join this group at 6:30 p.m. for a night of music and fun! Feel free to grab your guitars,...

  • City Council Candidate David Ryu was charged with attempted rape in 2002, but case was dismissed

    By Aron Chilewich

    April 20, 2015 | 11:20 pm

    Court records reveal that Los Angeles City Council candidate David E. Ryu faced a charge of attempted rape in 2002. 

    According to the records, Ryu pleaded not guilty to the criminal charge of attempted rape of an unconscious person, and the charges were dismissed before a...

  • Israel and Apartheid

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    April 18, 2015 | 6:17 am

    Everyday I open the internet to read that Israel is an apartheid country. Although the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is very small in number, it is getting a lot of press and its lies are repeated everywhere.  Left wing radical politicians all over the world  are...

  • Ice scream, you scream, we all scream for kosher ice cream

    April 16, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    Los Angeles is going through an ice cream renaissance. And while it’s hard to cheer warming winter months, given global climate predictions, the new reality may be what led to more high-quality frozen foods that are ready to meet a growing public appetite. This expanded market also...

  • At Auschwitz-Birkenau, the silence and the song

    April 15, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    Snow brings a strange silence. No more so than in the vastness of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where on Jan. 27 we all began several months of remembering the unfolding of the liberation of the Nazi camps 70 years ago. That day, I walked alongside Los Angeles resident Dario Gabbai in the...

  • L.A. Times Festival of Books is back for its 20th year

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    April 15, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    The publishing landscape has changed in ways that would not have been dreamed of back in 1996, when the Los Angeles Times invited readers and writers to gather for its first Festival of Books. But one thing remains the same — the Festival of Books is still going strong, still...

  • A taste of Morocco without leaving town

    By Tess Cutler

    April 15, 2015 | 11:32 am

    I remember six years ago being in Tarifa — on the southernmost coast of Spain, a 30-minute ferry ride to Tangier, Morocco — and being tempted to cross continents. The port was so close to Africa, I could nearly taste it. The cloth was brighter, the spices more aromatic, the sea...

  • Herman Katz, Educator, dies at 82

    April 14, 2015 | 10:07 am

    A beloved husband, father and grandfather and teacher, Herman Katz died peacefully at his home in Sherman Oaks on April 12, 2015.  Katz’s greatest joy and satisfaction came from family, friends, colleagues and students who admired and treasured him. The son of a Russian Jewish...

  • Real estate scion Robert Durst indicted on weapons charges in New Orleans

    April 8, 2015 | 9:55 am

    Robert Durst, the real estate scion awaiting extradition to California to face a murder charge, was indicted on weapons charges in New Orleans on Wednesday, the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office said.

    Durst, recently featured in the HBO documentary "The Jinx: The Life and...

  • Many Iranian expats in California have doubts about nuclear deal

    April 6, 2015 | 10:52 am

    Many members of the Los Angeles-area Iranian community, the largest in the United States, are skeptical about a preliminary nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, even though a pact could end decades of international isolation for their homeland.

    The prevailing sentiment...

  • Moving and Shaking: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Harvey Weinstein, Rabbi David Wolpe and more

    By Ryan Torok

    April 2, 2015 | 7:32 pm

    As the night’s master of ceremonies at the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance annual national tribute dinner, Jeffrey Katzenberg had two big jobs — to keep the presentations to heroes who’d risked their lives to save others moving along like clockwork and to convince the...

  • Imagining a seder in my home a century ago

    April 2, 2015 | 7:14 pm

    With 30-minute seders, food drives for the hungry and boxes of perfectly baked matzah, we like to think that in 2015 we have finally achieved a modern, socially relevant and easy-to-observe Passover. But in Los Angeles, if we were to travel back 100 years to 1915, in any way-back...

  • Stop waiting for the bus

    April 2, 2015 | 6:58 pm

    So much of the discussion about mass transit in Los Angeles is about the future. And it is true that Los Angeles is aggressively building out its transit system to make up for past neglect and to help meet the region’s profound growth and urbanization. It seems every other day...

  • Jewish community reacts to Iran nuclear deal

    April 2, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    The Jewish community in Los Angeles and nationwide reacted Thursday to the news that the framework of an initial deal on limiting Iran’s nuclear program had been set:

    Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Los Angeles):

    “The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has embraced the...

  • JFS expands its own heart in the heart of L.A.

    By Ryan Torok

    April 1, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) is in the midst of what leadership is describing as a “new era,” a $36 million capital campaign that will result in the renovation of its Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center and the relocation of its headquarters there.

    JFS plans to take the...

  • At historic L.A. synagogue, songwriter pushes interfaith harmony and urban renewal

    April 1, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    On the first floor of the Pico Union Project, members of the Women’s Mosque of America are preparing the historic sanctuary for prayers, spreading long bolts of cloth on the floor, hanging a banner from the organ loft and placing an open copy of the Koran in the just-vacated Holy...

  • LGBT Persian Jews live in changing times

    By Ryan Torok

    March 26, 2015 | 1:08 pm

    Although attitudes are becoming increasingly accepting toward homosexuality in the Jewish community, prejudices remain in the typically more conservative Persian community. To help bridge the gap, JQ International — a nonprofit, Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to...

  • Suge Knight bail set at $25 mil. in fatal hit-and-run case

    March 20, 2015 | 11:44 am

    A judge set bail on Friday at $25 million for Suge Knight in a murder case, agreeing on the amount requested by prosecutors who had described the rap mogul in court papers as being "incapable of stopping his violent criminal behavior."

    Knight, 49, is accused of running down two...

  • 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.


  • 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...

  • 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...

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