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  • 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...

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  • ‘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

    by Maria Suarez, Women Helping Women Bilingual Volunteer Coordinator, National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles

    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...

  • L.A.’s Russians recapture their Jewish soul

    By Ryan Torok

    June 4, 2014 | 10:20 am

    In March, Svetlana Rapoport became a bat mitzvah.

    Raised in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union, where practicing religion was discouraged and anti-Semitism was rampant, Rapoport hadn’t had the chance to celebrate this rite of passage.

    Finally, at 34, Rapoport had her...

  • NBA moves on Clippers sale, Sterling sues for $1 billion

    June 2, 2014 | 9:52 am

    The National Basketball Association said on Friday that it has reached an agreement with the estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team, opening a new chapter for the franchise after 33 years under Sterling.

    Sterling, 80, was banned for life by...

  • Shavuot: It’s Complicated!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 2, 2014 | 6:37 am

    At the one year anniversary of their wedding, the newly married couple brings out the wedding video and invites the family over for dinner, retells the stories of how they met, and cuts the cake that's been savored in its frozen state,  uneaten in the first place.  But, as the...

  • Local Iranian-American convicted of defrauding former NBA, NFL exec in Ponzi scheme

    By Jared Sichel

    May 30, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    Shervin Neman, the Los Angeles man arrested last year after allegedly targeting Iranian Jews and other investors in a Ponzi scheme, was found guilty on May 16 of defrauding two people out of a total of $3 million — one of the victims being a former NBA and NFL executive, according...

  • FED UP: the movie

    By Tera Greene

    May 29, 2014 | 11:38 pm

    #FEDUPMovie: It's time to rethink scary movies. It's time to get real about food.
    Sugar's got a hold on me, you, us... Aren't we FED UP yet?

    I AM ADDICTED TO SUGAR

    Sugar is an epidemic and it is killing us. Not slowly, but fast. From obesity (and childhood obesity), to diabetes to mood swings, Sugar is on a war path. And the food industry is in...

  • California Chrome’s Jewish trainer hopes to run away with history

    May 28, 2014 | 5:39 pm

    It’s a great time to be Art Sherman.

    At 77, he’s the oldest horse trainer to have won the Kentucky Derby. When 3-year-old California Chrome raced to victory two weeks later in the Preakness Stakes on May 17, it meant he had trained the winner of the first two legs of this year’s...

  • New faces, new era

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 28, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    When voters in and around Los Angeles head to the polls on June 3, they will confront a buffet of candidates running for a wide array of powerful positions. A handful of Jewish candidates are among the hopefuls — including Ben Allen, the candidate for California’s state Senate...

  • The Undefeated Maya Angelou

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 28, 2014 | 7:51 am

    There are women in this world who become our collective mothers and heroes through unyielding kindness, female loving energy, sharp intellect, precise pen, and vulnerable hearts.

    No word can describe my love for Maya Angelou and what she meant to our world, only the fluttering in...

  • Obligation to Society

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 23, 2014 | 11:13 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am a Dinosaur. I have been looking at myself for many years now and, as of late, I realize how much my upbringing affects me. I have been looking at the world through both new and old eyes. I use the latest technology and cherish old ways of living. I am...

  • Yes, Your Life Matters!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 21, 2014 | 5:27 pm

    When Ariel, my first born, entered this world, I had a glimpse of what it is to be God. 

    She was born two months early, through an abrupt birth, an emergency C-section.  I was kicked out of the delivery room, though I begged as a father, not as a physician.  Wheeled out inside a...

  • Left dripping at the mikveh

    May 21, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    What is your most powerful Jewish memory? Your bubbe’s creased hands as she covered her eyes before the flickering Shabbat candles? The sharp bite of maror and the sweet taste of grape juice at your parents’ seder table? Your first kiss at summer camp?

    These moments form...

  • Sons of Abraham: Talking Faith, Family and Friendship in the 21st Century

    By Salvador Litvak

    May 21, 2014 | 10:53 am

    A Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim walk into a bar. The bartender says, “What is this, a joke?”

    Actually, it’s a true story: the Muslim, Rahmi Mowjood, ordered a virgin mojito and shared Sufi poetry. The Jew related how he became the Accidental Talmudist. And the Christian, Jason...

  • What’s a boycott worth?

    By Jared Sichel

    May 21, 2014 | 12:17 am

    If you walk up the red carpet and into the Beverly Hills Hotel on a Friday evening or Saturday morning, at the left side of the lobby, inside the Sunset Room, you’ll find an Orthodox Jewish prayer service.

    You’ll see the standard mechitzah dividing male and female worshippers,...

  • Don’t Forget Women’s Stroke Risk

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 19, 2014 | 6:50 pm

    Cardiovascular disease still remains the number one cause of death in women.  Heart attacks account for 24% and strokes 7% of all deaths.  Among minority women, these numbers are even higher.  The challenge remains that doctors traditionally have not identified women at high risk...

  • UCLA student court hears case against students who accepted Israel trips

    By Jared Sichel

    May 15, 2014 | 11:04 pm

    The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) campaign against UCLA’s pro-Israel movement became even more heated last week as the school’s undergraduate judicial board heard arguments in a case brought by SJP against two members of UCLA’s student government who had taken sponsored...

  • Magic Johnson: Donald Sterling won’t harm black-Jewish relations

    May 15, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Magic Johnson said Donald Sterling’s diminishing his charitable efforts in the African-American community would not harm relations between the Jewish and black communities.

    “One thing great about the African-American and Jewish communities is that they have worked well together...

  • Four rules of Israel engagement

    May 14, 2014 | 11:25 am

    This past March, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a strategic partnership agreement, they weren’t just aiming to facilitate collaboration between Israeli industries and Californian counterparts. They were strengthening the robust...

  • Is Your School Too Persian?  Is Beverly Hills Too Jewish?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    May 14, 2014 | 7:09 am

    There is an open wound that is infecting all Jews in Los Angeles.  While across the street UCLA students are battling rampant anti-Semitism, at many of our temples and schools, we are facing anti-Persian bigotry.  "This school is way too Persian. I wouldn't send my kids there." ...

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