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  • #myLAcommute I wrote a book called ‘Robots Have Kidnapped Alex Trebek’

    August 20, 2015 | 1:52 pm


    I’m meeting up with my friend in West Hollywood. We’re going to buy a new engine for my car and then install it. We both know how to do it—but I’m for sure not a mechanic. I’m a science fiction writer. I wrote a book called Robots Have Kidnapped Alex Trebek. You...

  • #myLAcommute My favorite flowers are daisies

    August 19, 2015 | 1:43 pm


    I spend about five hours on the bus every day. I have a job so I can’t really complain. And I like my work. The only downside to my commute is that I have kids—it’s time taken away from them. But I’ve learned to enjoy the bus ride as my personal time.

    On the weekends, I like to garden with my daughter. That’s the one thing we like to do. My favorite flowers are daisies.

    Broadway to Randolph Street

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Jenna Jameson on her new spiritual journey to Judaism

    August 19, 2015 | 11:47 am

    In a cozy apartment near The Grove, in the heart of Los Angeles, lives an unlikely couple. He is Lior Bitton, 41, an immigrant from Israel and a diamond broker. She is perhaps the world’s most famous porn star, Jenna Jameson.

    Since her June announcement that she is converting to...

  • Dear Congressman Sherman: Your ‘no’ vote on Iran deal threatens Israel

    August 19, 2015 | 11:21 am

    In the least plausible alternative version of my life, I would have stayed in the San Fernando Valley rather than leaving more than 40 years ago and moving to Jerusalem. In that scenario, I’d be represented in Congress by Democrat Brad Sherman — and I might be less infuriated by...

  • #myLAcommute Sometimes I stare off into space

    August 18, 2015 | 12:04 pm


    Sometimes I just stare off into space or close my eyes on the train. It’s my time to do nothing. I’m also on my mobile device, checking my email, the news, sport updates. Right now is baseball season so there’s a lot to keep track of.

    I have this electric...

  • #myLAcommute I want to be a lawyer and work in DTLA

    August 17, 2015 | 1:47 pm


    I’m a junior at the Downtown Magnets High School. I’m taking English this summer, I wish I didn’t have to, but I failed the class. I missed a lot of classes and now I’m paying for it.

    I could go to a school closer to home in East L.A., but my school is really...

  • #myLAcommute My daughter is getting married on Sunday

    August 14, 2015 | 11:40 am


    I’ve been commuting from Ontario for over 20 years. I’m an administrative assistant for the county of Los Angeles, and I’m just waiting to retire in six years. I read my Bible on the bus. Today I read the 1st and 2nd Kings and the history of Israel. Reading the Bible...

  • What do Eli Broad and Matt Weiner have in common? They’re for the Iran deal

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 14, 2015 | 8:46 am

    “Under negotiated terms, there’s never been a better nuclear deal created in the history of the world,” film producer Lawrence Bender declared from a beach in the Hamptons.

    Bender is one of 98 leaders from L.A.’s Jewish community, including internationally renowned architect...

  • Prominent L.A. Jews announce support for Iran deal

    August 13, 2015 | 1:15 pm

    Nearly 100 prominent Los Angeles Jews, many with close ties to the Hollywood entertainment industry, have affirmed their strong support for the Iran nuclear deal.

    In a full-page ad in the Aug. 14 edition of the weekly Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, 98 signatories,...

  • #myLAcommute I loved working under the sun

    August 13, 2015 | 10:21 am


    I’m from El Salto, Michoacán. I love my hometown but it’s hard to survive there. I grew up so poor. I wanted a better chance at life and I found it here. I’ve worked at Placita Olvera for 20 years as a dishwasher. My commute is short. I enjoy sitting and watching...

  • Moving and shaking: Kadima Day School, Touro College and community preparedness

    By Ryan Torok

    August 13, 2015 | 8:53 am

    Kadima Day School has announced Greg Kovacs as the new head of school. Kovacs, whose hiring became effective July 1, has more than 15 years of leadership experience, including time spent as executive director of the C5 Youth Foundation.

    Greg Kovacs, head of school at Kadima Day...

  • Congress members begin to take sides on Iran deal — sort of

    By Aron Chilewich

    August 12, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    Members of the House from districts across the Greater Los Angeles region — most of them Democrats — largely have remained silent so far on whether they will support the Obama administration on the Iran deal or join Republicans and a small but increasing number of Democrats in...

  • ‘The Girl from the Garden’: A story of love and shame in Jewish Iran

    By Avishay Artsy

    August 12, 2015 | 11:46 am

    In 1984, in the midst of the Iran-Iraq war, the writer Parnaz Foroutan left Iran with her family. She was only 6 years old, but she remembers how tense life had become.

    “My early childhood, we would run down to the basement, with the lights off and the landlord’s wife screaming...

  • Los Angeles’ Iranian community fears Iran nuclear deal has hidden dangers

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 12, 2015 | 10:34 am

    For some, the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Argentina, which claimed 85 lives and injured hundreds more, is history. But for many Iranian Jews living in Los Angeles and elsewhere outside Iran, the terror attack, widely believed to be perpetrated by agents of...

  • #myLAcommute I love living in El Sereno

    August 11, 2015 | 9:38 am


    I’m originally from the island of Cypress. It’s an independent island, but we have the Greek traditions and culture.

    I love living in El Sereno. It’s such a calm neighborhood. My mortgage is cheaper than my old rent for a small apartment in Santa Monica. The only...

  • #myLAcommute When I get home, I’ll make carne asada

    August 7, 2015 | 10:33 am


    I’m from Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. I moved to L.A. in September. I like it a lot here, but I’m going back home next month to my wife and my kids.

    I take Metro everywhere, during the week for work and on weekends to go out for dinner. I find my commute...

  • Bye Bye to the Bombastic

    August 6, 2015 | 9:01 am

    There’s a new phenomenon on the rise—it seems that over-talkers are overtaking our society. Auntie recently attended a soiree and two overbearing types kept stomping on the flow of conversation. No one is saying it’s not fun to jump in and add to the chatter—but loudly shutting...

  • Study: N.Y., Boston and Miami are America’s 3 most Jewish cities

    August 3, 2015 | 2:11 pm

    New York, Boston and Miami are the three most Jewish cities per capita in the country, according to a new analysis of data gathered last year by the Public Religion Research Institute.

    Eight percent of New York City residents are Jewish, followed by Boston at 6 percent and Miami...

  • 50 LA Rabbis Call to Congress: “A Responsibility to do Better”

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 31, 2015 | 5:39 pm

    Fifty of the most prominent Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Independent rabbis in Los Angeles have signed this letter to congress and the senate. Please read their letter and share it with your friends. They are unified on this issue:  "we strongly support and heed the Jewish...

  • With Special Olympics underway, L.A. Jews rally behind Israel

    July 29, 2015 | 3:21 pm

    Stevie Wonder performed a song, late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel told jokes and First Lady Michelle Obama gave a passionate and inspiring speech. But on the evening of July 25, the A-list celebrities gladly ceded the spotlight to thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities...

  • If you care about California, then you should care about Salinas

    July 27, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    Do you worry about the future of California?

    Then you should worry about Salinas. Because if this Monterey County town of 155,000 can’t build itself a brighter future, it’s hard to imagine other struggling places doing the same. 

    “Rich in Land. Rich in Values. Ripe With...

  • Calendar: July 24-30 

    By Amanda Epstein

    July 24, 2015 | 4:25 pm

    FRI | JULY 24


    From rags to riches, Sophie Tucker and her big personality paved the way for performers such as Madonna, Bette Midler and Lady Gaga. The opening-night film of this year’s Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival is now in theaters around Los...

  • Welcome sites for visiting athletes

    By Ryan Torok

    July 24, 2015 | 2:39 pm

    Lucy Meyer has defied expectations since birth, when she was deprived of oxygen for five seconds and doctors predicted that she would, as a result, never spit or swallow. Now 16, she goes surfing and boogie boarding — despite having cerebral palsy.

    With the Special Olympics World...

  • Getting into the spirit of the games

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 24, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    As the sun began to set over a Tel Aviv sports field, six athletes wrapped up their training session and gathered near the bleachers for their final pep talk.

    Glistening in the hot, humid air at Israel’s National Sport Center, the men and women of the country’s Special Olympics...

  • Crossing borders: A tribute to Theo Bikel z”l

    July 22, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    One of the great virtues of Jewish life in Los Angeles, with all its scale and diversity, is that it attracts truly extraordinary people.  I have been privileged to know and befriend three virtuosi of the human experience here in Los Angeles, all of whom have passed from this world...

  • American Marine Lou Lenart, ‘the man who saved Tel Aviv,’ dies at 94

    By Tom Tugend

    July 20, 2015 | 8:56 pm

    Louis (Lou) Lenart, an American fighter pilot hailed as “The Man who saved Tel Aviv” during the opening days of Israel’s War of Independence, died Monday (July 20) at his home in Raanana, Israel.

    He was 94 and died of heart and kidney failures. His funeral on Wednesday (July 22)...

  • L.A. history: The days of beach, baseball and Frankenstein

    July 16, 2015 | 12:34 pm

    The season of long hot days signals an opening of the many tents of the Los Angeles Jewish community. Slathering on some sunblock, we go down to the sea in groups, to the park for a picnic or to Dodger Stadium for Jewish Community Day (this year, it’s Aug. 30). Teen groups plan...

  • Richard Close: A lion’s roar in the valley

    By Aron Chilewich

    July 16, 2015 | 10:43 am

    Richard H. Close is one of the most powerful people in Los Angeles who most people don’t know. As a citizen advocate, he has spearheaded some of the most widely discussed and controversial local political movements in the past 40 years. 

    Close, 70, has a dry and grandfatherly...

  • Local Iranian-Americans respond to nuclear deal

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 15, 2015 | 9:40 am

    After the announcement July 14 that the United States and other world powers had reached an agreement with Iran that calls for limits on Iran’s nuclear program, Los Angeles-area Iranian Americans of various faiths expressed pessimism at the outcome and disappointment with the...

  • Jewish community reacts to the Iran nuclear deal

    July 14, 2015 | 7:49 am

    The Jewish community in Los Angeles and nationwide reacted to the news the Iranian nuclear deal had been reached:


    This agreement liberates resources to a regime whose core anti-Semitic and declaredly genocidal ideology is manifest. I fear that...

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