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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Time for your check-up, Mr. Mayor

    June 23, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    You can say this about the first year of Eric Garcetti’s term as the mayor of Los Angeles: At least he has succeeded in taking New York down a peg by (good-naturedly) embarrassing the Big Apple’s mayor on national television. Poor Bill DeBlasio performed a miserable rendition of “I...

  • To My Sons’ Captors

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 21, 2014 | 10:44 pm

    16, 16, 19.

    They are just kids.
    They know only love.

    Their world is a ball-  soccer, tennis, basketball.

    Naftali is 16 and American.
    In the U.S. people sit in a park, with candles, waiting for him.

    Kids need to play.
    We are their parents. 
    Let them come home. 

    Let us...

  • The Question of My Life

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 20, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Approximately 25 years ago I was learning with Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man and he taught my class that Judaism is about questions. In fact, he asked us all one particular question: “What is the question that this experience is the answer for?” I was dumb-struck...

  • An interfaith statement on the kidnapping of three teens in Israel

    June 18, 2014 | 5:17 pm

    AJC Los Angeles has reached out to our community partners, including faith leaders, to express their support in this crisis. To that end, we share an Interfaith Statement of Solidarity and Concern issued by the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders earlier today (list of...

  • In a country struggling with its past, a young Austrian bears witness

    By Jared Sichel

    June 18, 2014 | 10:08 am

    As she described how amazed she sometimes feels at no longer being afraid of Germans or Austrians, Holocaust survivor Dana Schwartz apologetically patted George Stoellinger — her 22-year-old Austrian driver — on the shoulder.

    Schwartz acknowledged how far Germany has come in...

  • Too Persian, Too Jewish, Too Black, but Not Too Gay!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 18, 2014 | 9:46 am

    Egypt, where we were once strangers, exists all around us; in dark corners of our neighborhood where children are sold into sexual trades, where women are muzzled by cowardly men, where black earns less than white, where the rich step over the poor en route to banks, where the weak...

  • ‘Hallelujah’ brings Israeli song to the American stage

    By Jonathan Maseng

    June 13, 2014 | 9:03 am

    For a country less than a century old, Israel has produced a remarkably deep trove of popular music.  From the pre-statehood years of Shoshana Damari and Moshe Vilensky to the post independence music of Naomi Shemer and Sasha Argov, up to the present where acts like Idan Reichel...

  • Moving and Shaking: Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

    By Ryan Torok

    June 11, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem recently bestowed multiple honors on people with connections to the Los Angeles area. 

    Patricia Glaser, a member of the university’s international board of governors, received an honorary doctorate on June 8 in Jerusalem. The Malibu resident...

  • My 10 years of freedom: From human trafficking victim to survivor and advocate

    June 9, 2014 | 10:22 am

    It has been 10 years since I have been free, flying like a bird! In the mid-1970s, at the age of 15, I was sold for $200 to a man who I supposed to be working for, which was not true. He was my trafficker. I was kept in his house for more than five years against my will.  During...

  • Interviewing The Famous Dead! What Would You Rather Be?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 7, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Once in medical school, a teacher caught me drifting. He verbally beat me up in front of the class. I was quite embarrassed, but more for him than for myself. When he asked why I wasn’t paying attention, I said “because you’ve shown more passion in your assault on me than in...

  • A Sense of Obligation

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 6, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I have been on a mission these past few weeks to regain my addiction to Redemption. I believe that there is no better way to be redeemed than to remember our obligations. We OWE! How do I know this? I know this because I was taught this by my father, Jerry...

  • e-cigarettes can kill our children!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 4, 2014 | 4:45 pm

    There is a new emerging health threat to our children: Nicotine poisoning.

    The number of nicotine exposures in children reported to the National Poison Data System has more than tripled in the last year.

    Here’s the fact every parent should know: 1 tablespoon of nicotine oil can...

  • Moving and Shaking: Stephen S. Wise Temple turns 50, David Geffen honored

    By Ryan Torok

    June 4, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Stephen S. Wise Temple’s 50th anniversary jubilee gala on June 1 at the Orpheum Theatre was a reminder of how far the community has come since its founding in 1964.

    “It was [Zionist leader] Stephen S. Wise who said you cannot have a good congregation unless you have good people...

  • Everybody has a story

    By Ryan Torok

    June 4, 2014 | 10:38 am

    FINDING HERSELF

    When Viktoriya Kernes was just 13, her mother sent her to a Jewish social event. Kernes had no idea why. 

    At the time, she did not know she was Jewish. 

    “I really didn’t know what to make of it,” Kernes, now 29, said recently of the discovery she made while...

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