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  • Make ‘Fiddler’ a Christmas Eve tradition

    December 28, 2015 | 10:21 am

    On Thursday night last week, 1,500 Los Angeles area Jews gathered in six Laemmle movie theaters in Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Encino, North Hollywood, Pasadena and Claremont for sold-out screenings at the eighth annual Christmas Eve “Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along.” I was...

  • Los Angeles: Discovering Something Different

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 27, 2015 | 9:24 am

    Do you always go to the same places? Are you ready to try something new? If you are looking for an adventure around the corner, I have a few ideas for you in Los Angeles.

    1. IPIC Movie Theater: I love the movies. I especially love action movies. But I would see any movie at IPIC....

  • #myLAcommute I hope I make my family proud

    December 18, 2015 | 12:51 pm


    I’ll be the first one in my family to graduate from college. I have all of this pressure on me. Everyone is looking at me to succeed. I hope I make them proud.

    Broadway to Vermont Ave.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • #myLAcommute Sometimes I talk to pretty girls

    December 15, 2015 | 12:39 pm


    I’m a senior in high school. I usually ride my bike, so taking Metro is relaxing. I don’t have to worry about how heavy my backpack is or if I’ll make it to class on time. I listen to trash metal, speed metal, death metal, heavy metal, hard rock, classic rock. Sometimes I talk to pretty girls.

    Avenue 54 to Fountain Avenue

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • A man called Sheila Kuehl an anti-Semite, her response is awesome

    December 14, 2015 | 2:49 pm

    An angry speaker called Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, a Jew, a "scumbag" and an "anti-Semite" for the city's decision to allow Syrian refugees during a recent City Council meeting.

    Kuehl quickly shut him down – her response was awesome:

    Following the outburst, Kuehl allowed the man his full speaking time – even allowing him to start his time over.

    The lesson: Don't mess with Sheila Kuehl.

  • #myLAcommute I was a butler for 11 years

    December 14, 2015 | 1:05 pm


    I’ve always worked in the service industry. I was a butler for 11 years before I became a maître d’. My job is to make customers feel at home, to anticipate what they might need, to have empathy. I’m on my way home. My commute is a little bit over an hour, but I enjoy it. Being from the Netherlands, I’m used to trains.

    Del Mar Blvd. to Cahuenga Blvd.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • #myLAcommute I never get bored in class

    December 11, 2015 | 12:03 pm


    I’ve been doing this commute since August 24th. I remember the exact date because it was the first day of school. I’m a kinesiology student—that’s the study of body movement. It’s so interesting. I never get bored in class. Today, I learned that once you get a concussion, you’re never the same again. You can actually lose a learned skill. So don’t play football or rugby! It’s bad for your head.

    Nordhoff Street to Normandie Avenue

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • Islamic extremists ignored contact attempts by wife in California shooting

    December 10, 2015 | 3:53 pm

    Islamic militant groups ignored contact attempts from Pakistan-born Tashfeen Malik in the months before she and her husband killed 14 people at a California holiday party, probably because they feared getting caught in a U.S. law enforcement sting, U.S. government sources said on...

  • #myLAcommute I drink Folgers all day

    December 8, 2015 | 9:37 am


    I pray for an open seat on the train so I can read the Bible and listen to music. I work as a telemarketer, so I talk to people all day long. When someone is angry, I don’t even try to diffuse the situation. I just wish them a nice day. I can’t turn their day around, and I don’t take it personally. To do my job, I need to have a lot of spontaneous responses, enthusiasm, and cheerfulness. I drink Folgers all day to get me hyper.

    88th Street to 6th Street

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • #myLAcommute My job brings out my inner detective

    December 7, 2015 | 11:29 am

    JEFF T.

    I monitor clients’ bank accounts. You know when you get that email about unusual activity in your account? That’s me looking out for you and making sure you’re not a victim of fraud. I really enjoy my job. It brings out my inner detective.

    Arroyo Parkway to 1st Street

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute My dream is open a Ramen restaurant

    December 4, 2015 | 2:07 pm


    My daughter goes to a Japanese immersion school. Sometimes I look at her homework and I think: That’s too hard! I came to L.A. to study art and graphic design. I liked it so much that I stayed. I go back to Japan once a year. I miss the food, especially ramen. The ramen in L.A. is similar, but it’s not there yet. My dream is to open a ramen restaurant.

    Grand Ave. to Lankershim Blvd.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute You should spend $7K on an engagement ring

    December 3, 2015 | 2:48 pm


    My favorite part of my commute is listening to music and wondering about life. I work in the jewelry district selling custom-designed pieces. You get what you pay for with diamonds. Sales and discounts don’t really exist in this business. A guy should spend at least $7,000 on an engagement ring. It’s not that much for a lifetime of happiness.

    6th Street to Wilshire Blvd.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute I find my zen on the train

    November 30, 2015 | 12:08 pm


    It’s better to find your zen on the train than to sit in traffic. I work as a secretary for a doctor. I like being busy. I never have time to get bored. I make sure that everything runs smoothly. When a patient isn’t happy, I speak to them in a very soft and gentle voice, like a whisper.

    Larchmont Blvd. to Monterey Road

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute I can make you a wedding dress

    November 25, 2015 | 12:16 pm


    I work as a seamstress in downtown L.A. My mom, who brought me here from Mexico when I was 15, taught me how to sew. I know how to make everything. I can make you a wedding dress or a pair of pants. I sew shirts all day long. Today, I cut my hand with the...

  • Beginners (Or “Famous In Lebanon”)

    November 24, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    The last time I saw my first agent, he called me into his office to film a reality television pilot for the E! Network.  To protect the individuals involved, we’ll refer to this agent by the completely fictitious name, Hal Gazzar.

    Hal called me on a sunny morning, telling me to...

  • The once great Los Angeles Times

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 24, 2015 | 8:40 am

    Talented, experienced journalists are now leaving the Los Angeles Times, and we alums feel depressed about the toll their departures will take on their lives and on Southern California.

    Kevin Roderick reported on his LA Observed website (to which I am a contributor) that more...

  • #myLAcommute I really enjoy making patients comfortable

    November 23, 2015 | 11:56 am

    MAYA H.

    My commute is long, but I don’t complain about it. And I don’t fight it. It’s better to have a positive attitude. I’m a dental assistant. The other day, I had a patient who was crying, freaking out, and saying she was going to pass out. People are really vulnerable at the dentist. I know everyone hates going to the dentist, but I really enjoy making patients comfortable. I had braces growing up, so I have empathy.

    Laurel Canyon Blvd. to Western Ave.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute Sometimes you get a bus driver who’s on it

    November 20, 2015 | 9:30 am


    I grew up taking the bus, so commuting is just part of my life. It’s about two hours, but it really depends on the driver. Sometimes you get the driver who’s on it and drives fast, but sometimes you get one who takes his time. I’m on my way to see my boyfriend. He plays rugby and I go every week to see him practice.

    Fairfax Ave to Fair Oaks Ave

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute I’m a proud mama

    November 19, 2015 | 11:00 am


    I have two kids: a 31 year old and a 29 year old. My daughter works at a law firm and my son works at Amtrak. I’m a proud mama. This weekend, I’ll be cheering on my granddaughter. She is training for cross-country.

    Flower Street to Lankershim Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • New SoCal Jewish sports camp hopes to hit it out of the park

    By Ryan Torok

    November 18, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Sports and Judaism are coming together next summer in SoCal — and it has nothing to do with Joc Pederson playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    An overnight camp focused on athletics called 6 Points Sports Academy California is set to open June 21 at Occidental College under the...

  • #myLAcommute I wish there were more parks in L.A.

    November 18, 2015 | 9:59 am

    SCOTT L.

    On Metro, I sit and enjoy the cool air on a hot day and watch the trains go by. I’ve been a park ranger for 14 years. I like being outdoors, working with all sorts of people, and making sure that parks are safe. I wish there were more parks in L.A.

    Halstead Street to 1st Street

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • #myLAcommute There’s a world of people who are different from me

    November 17, 2015 | 10:26 am

    KEVIN L.

    I’ve been in L.A. for three years. Taking public transit taught me that there’s a whole world of people who are different from me. It opens your mind to cultures you don’t know. 

    Grand Avenue to Wilshire Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • ‘Both Sides of Sunset’ filters L.A. through photographers’ eyes

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 12, 2015 | 2:15 pm

    When “Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles” was published by Metropolis Books in May, its diverse vantage points, varied group of photographers, and multiplicity of subjects and approaches to Los Angeles inspired Paul Kopeikin of the Kopeikin Gallery on South La Cienega...

  • Birds of a feather: Jews in the poultry business

    November 12, 2015 | 9:53 am

    The weeks before Thanksgiving, when our thoughts fly to fowl, are a fine time to discover that local Jewish families were and are major producers and innovators in the Southland’s poultry business.

    Making a buck off of clucks and gobbles, Jewish families who came to the Los...

  • Sinai Temple mission to Azerbaijan

    November 10, 2015 | 2:44 pm

    A delegation of 45 Sinai Temple members returned this week from a 4-day mission to Azerbaijan where they dedicated a Torah scroll which they had previously presented to the Mountainous Jewish Synagogue. The mission, which was led by Rabbi David Wolpe and Cary Lerman, President of...

  • Embracing the Broken in Our Communities

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 3, 2015 | 10:51 am

    The one thing I surely know about myself and the Jews that I serve is that we are Americans.  Yes, we love baseball, apple pie, and Hollywood.  We have unequivocally benefited from all of the rights and security that America has granted, and we appreciate them.  And, in a way,...

  • Don’t Lie to Me

    October 29, 2015 | 5:45 pm

    Lies, lies, and more lies. What happened to the truth? Why do so many people obfuscate to the point of no possible return? Mince words to rival a fine dice only seen on cooking shows? There’s an epidemic of falsehoods in the land, and to be quite frank, Auntie is sick of the whole...

  • Moving and shaking: Daniel Pearl Music Days; Remembering Leo Frank and more

    By Ryan Torok

    October 21, 2015 | 4:05 pm

    An interfaith concert featuring 200 students held Oct. 15 at Weizmann Day School in Pasadena celebrated the life of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl as part of the 13th annual Daniel Pearl Music Days series. The “Harmony for Humanity Concert” featured pupils from...

  • Photographing Ethiopian immigrants in Israel and L.A.

    By Avishay Artsy

    October 21, 2015 | 11:52 am

    In the 1980s, when photojournalist Irene Fertik learned that Ethiopian Jews were being airlifted to Israel, she wondered how they would be treated in their new country. She’d lived on a kibbutz in Israel for a few months in 1967, right after the Six-Day War, but had never returned....

  • Garcetti grapples with L.A.‘s provincial past

    October 20, 2015 | 10:41 am

    Modern Los Angeles had a difficult birth. It came during the transition between the small-town-writ-large vision embodied by Mayor Sam Yorty and the outward-facing, cosmopolitan dream of his nemesis and challenger, City Councilmember Tom Bradley. Their epic 1969 and 1973 mayoral...

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