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  • #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,...

  • Storms spark an abundance of caution in L.A. mountains

    January 13, 2016 | 12:01 pm

    During a lull in last week’s battery of El Niño storms, Jim Hardie stood in a freshly dug culvert in the TreePeople park, at the crest of Coldwater Canyon Avenue, and pointed up a steep trail.

    “You can imagine, when its really pouring, rain is just cascading down that trail,” he...

  • Israeli American Council plans Los Angeles facility

    January 11, 2016 | 3:43 pm

    The Israeli American Council plans to create a major hub for Israeli-Americans and American Jews in Los Angeles.

    At an event Sunday at the group’s Shepher Community Center, the council announced plans to build an office building on an existing structure for Israeli cultural...

  • #myLAcommute I sketch people on the train

    January 11, 2016 | 12:59 pm


    I’m a graphic designer, but I really want to be a children’s book illustrator. I didn’t go to art school so I’m teaching myself life drawing, figure drawing, perspective, that kind of stuff. I’m getting a lot better. When I’m on the train, I sketch the people in front of me. Sometimes they notice and I feel embarrassed, but I secretly wish they would ask me for their drawing.

    Halstead Street to Marmion Way

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • ….That week when two Mohels cancelled on me

    January 8, 2016 | 8:36 am

    Having called Los Angeles home for my entire life, I figured I had seen it all from the Jewish community over my thirty-five years:  I davenned at its synagogues, married a girl I first met in youth group, regularly spend my lunchtime at the best delis in the city, and have even...

  • #myLAcommute Aquafaba is magical

    January 7, 2016 | 3:21 pm


    I run my own vegan catering business. I like to cook curries. I make vegan sausages and cookies with chickpea brine—or aquafaba. It whips up like meringue. It’s so magical. I’ve been vegan for 11 years. I was in the punk rock scene and a lot of my friends were hippies. So I decided to try being a vegan. I lost a lot of weight. My skin cleared up. I felt amazing. I stick to what works!

    8th Street to Long Beach Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • How to get L.A. to update its community plans—finally

    January 7, 2016 | 10:44 am

    Update the community plans now!

    That is the good government proposal of choice in Los Angeles, the recommendation that candidates, elected officials, and blue-ribbon commissions make over and over. The theory behind the recommendation is that, without thoughtful and up-to-date...

  • Hyla Frank’s pet project

    January 6, 2016 | 11:22 am

    It all started early last year when Hyla Frank’s best friend was moving from Los Angeles to New York and Frank made a goodbye gift: a pair of pillows, featuring sewn depictions of her friend’s two dogs, which she couldn’t take with her. 

    “After that, everything spread by word of...

  • Jewish leaders endorse, critique Obama’s actions to curb gun violence

    By Ryan Torok

    January 5, 2016 | 4:42 pm

    President Barack Obama’s announcement Tuesday of a series of executive actions to curb gun violence, including expanding background checks for people purchasing firearms on the private market, prompted an array of responses from leaders in the Los Angeles Jewish community.


  • Homeless in Koreatown

    By David Suissa

    January 5, 2016 | 1:56 pm

    You can’t knock on a tent, so I had to yell. I wanted to meet the people inside the blue tent and hear their story. I had seen several sidewalk tents on my way to the Jewish Journal offices in Koreatown, and the rain storm had made me especially curious about how the homeless were...

  • Heidi and Frank Shame the Homeless on 95.5 KLOS

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    December 29, 2015 | 11:54 pm

    Tuesday morning I was driving a homeless, Jewish, college-age young man to an agency to try to get him housing, Medi-Cal and other assistance. David (a pseudonym) likes hard rock, so we were listening to the Heidi and Frank Show on 95.5 KLOS. After a few songs the hosts, call-ins...

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