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  • New rabbi to bring community organizing heft to influential Brooklyn congregation

    February 10, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    One of the top agenda items these days for Rachel Timoner, associate rabbi at the Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, is trying to get a train built along the 405 freeway stretching from the North San Fernando Valley to the city's international airport.

    It's the community project...

  • What ever happened to Limmud in LA?

    By David Suissa

    February 4, 2015 | 10:47 am

    I used to love this time of year. I’d count the days until Presidents Day weekend, when hundreds of us would trek down to the Costa Mesa Hilton for LimmudLA’s three-day celebration of everything Jewish. I’d pack up the SUV, pick up the kids early from school on Friday and get on...

  • Rap mogul Suge Knight charged with murder in hit-and-run case

    February 2, 2015 | 3:35 pm

    Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was charged with murder and attempted murder on Monday in connection with an incident in which prosecutors say he ran over two men in a Southern California parking lot last week, killing one of them.

    Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of the hip hop...

  • Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested for murder in LA after hit-and-run

    January 30, 2015 | 12:29 pm

    Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday after a man matching his description ran over two people with a pickup truck in a hit-and-run incident near Los Angeles, killing one and injuring the other, police said.

    Knight, the 49-year-old...

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  • A day in the life of the (model) Knesset

    By Tess Cutler

    January 29, 2015 | 2:38 pm

    American Jewish University’s (AJU) dining hall was abuzz with chatter on Jan. 18, when about 100 local high school students debated Israel’s proposed, controversial nation-state bill as part of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Model Knesset Day.

    Upon arrival,...

  • L.A.’s newest rookie transplant: Elaine Soloway

    January 29, 2015 | 11:30 am

    Next time you move cross-country to Los Angeles, do it the Elaine Soloway way. (The SoloWay?) Pack whatever you can into flat-rate Priority Mail boxes from the post office and mail them over a period of six months. Get a place on airbnb.com in a hip L.A. neighborhood, close to...

  • Bryant out for nine months after shoulder surgery

    January 28, 2015 | 5:59 pm

    Kobe Bryant's NBA season effectively ended on Wednesday after he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will sideline him for nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said.

    The five-time National Basketball Association champion, who injured his shoulder...

  • As L.A.’s Muslims condemn French attacks, a gap on what’s to blame

    By Jared Sichel

    January 22, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    Following the recent terror attacks in Paris by Islamic extremists that left 17 dead and 22 wounded at a satirical magazine and kosher market, the debate within the local Muslim community over what to blame and even how to label the ideology behind the attacks has only intensified....

  • The Power of Reconciliation; Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

    By Beit T'shuvah

    January 16, 2015 | 1:46 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    This weekend is Martin Luther King weekend. It is also the weekend of our Gala, our biggest fundraiser of the year for Beit T’Shuvah. Dr. King believed that Evil could be overcome. We believe that Evil can be defeated. It is so hard, though. As we have seen...

  • Locals remember the victims of the Paris terror attacks

    January 15, 2015 | 6:19 pm

    Seventeen yahrzeit candles were displayed on the bimah at Sinai Temple on Jan. 14, where about 300 people gathered to pay homage to lives lost too soon. Each wick represented a victim of the recent attacks in Paris.

    “Living in Los Angeles, it’s sometimes easy to forget that we’re...

  • Pro-Palestinian billboards are popping up in Los Angeles

    January 9, 2015 | 4:41 pm

    [UPDATE: Feb. 24, 2015]

    StandWithUs has informed the Journal that it has extended its own ad campaign against the Pro-Palestinian billboards to include a new billboard, for the first time targeting Los Angeles's Spanish speaking residents. StandWithUs' 50 new billboards feature a...

  • Gjusta and injustice in Los Angeles

    By Rob Eshman

    January 7, 2015 | 3:31 pm

    To get to the newest, coolest food spot in Venice, you have to drive through the newest, saddest homeless encampment in L.A. 

    Gjusta occupies a former warehouse where Third Avenue ends at Sunset Avenue. As much as this part of Venice, near Rose Avenue, has scaled up to become...

  • Rags or riches? NCJW/LA thrift stores offer vintage treasures

    January 7, 2015 | 11:57 am

    On any given weekday, Bob Klausner can be found at a number of regional thrift stores looking at the most interesting and salable art, overlooked designer handbags and finest of silver. Bob isn’t a vintage dealer or an eagle-eyed bargain hunter, though he embodies all of those...

  • A priest and a rabbi: Eulogy for Leonard I. Beerman

    January 6, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    A Rabbi and a Priest: Leonard Beerman was my closest friend for 47 years.  I will miss Leonard, in the deepest places of my being.

    I met Rabbi Leonard Beerman in 1967 where both of us were speaking at a Peace Rally at MacArthur Park opposing the war in Vietnam.  From that day...

  • Jump In The Water is Warm- Israel Is Not So Bad!

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    January 6, 2015 | 10:17 am

    As we usher in the first few days of 2015, Israel is a buzz over the news that over 26,500 people (including me) made aliyah in 2014 making it one of the biggest years for immigration to Israel in over a decade.  Led by a record 7,000 “olim chadashim” (new immigrants) from France...

  • Making A “New Year’s Resolution” Every Day

    By Beit T'shuvah

    January 2, 2015 | 9:34 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz 

    Today is January 2 and many of us are going back to work after a day off. There are so many New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day celebrations, and we are all filled with hope and have make resolutions, etc. Why??

    What are we really marking by celebrating?...

  • We MUST Abandon the Lies and Advocate for Truth!

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 26, 2014 | 11:51 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz,

    I am concerned! Each week I write about Redemption, each day I move one grain of sand closer to the redemption of others and myself, yet it seems as if the world wants to stay stuck! We have become a world that wants to live in Self-Deception! The UN is...

  • Learning Leadership from Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, z’l

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 19, 2014 | 3:11 pm

    Much will have been written over the next few days about the massive contribution that Rabbi Harold Schulweis has made to Jewish life in our time. Yet as an observer, participant and shaper of Jewish life, I feel that there is still more than can be said. Permit me to focus on his...

  • Ex-Sony employees sue, claim company failed to protect data

    December 16, 2014 | 10:16 am

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has been sued in a class action by two people who described themselves as former employees and accused the company of failing to protect employee data.

    The lawsuit against Sony Corp's Hollywood movie studio, filed on Monday in federal court in Los...

  • Women rabbis at forefront of pioneering prayer communities

    December 15, 2014 | 11:56 am

    A decade ago in Los Angeles, two organizations opened their doors with a call to prayer — or they would have if they had any doors to open.

    Ikar, led by Rabbi Sharon Brous, and Nashuva, led by Rabbi Naomi Levy, were conceived separately. But when they launched in 2004, both...

  • The Jews who lit up the oil business

    December 11, 2014 | 4:44 pm

    Chanukah’s glow will soon be rekindled, and as we again tell the story of the miracle of the oil in the Temple, it’s also a good time to shed light on another kind of miracle, this one more local, of how Jews helped to light up the early oil business in Los Angeles.

    Among urban...

  • Non-Jewish L.A. Zionist John Henry Patterson buried in Israel

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 9, 2014 | 5:10 pm

    Days after announcing the dissolution of his coalition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed a circle in modern Israel’s history, and his own family’s history, when he fulfilled Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson’s final wish to be buried among his Jewish comrades in Israel...

  • To prepare for major quake, Los Angeles proposes retrofitting older buildings

    December 9, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed on Monday that the city retrofit thousands of older buildings and bolster the water and communications systems to prepare for a possible major temblor along the San Andreas Fault.

    The proposals marked the first major earthquake-preparation...

  • Investigators treat massive L.A. construction blaze as ‘criminal fire’

    December 8, 2014 | 6:52 pm

    A fierce blaze that destroyed a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex under construction next to a fire house and damaged three nearby buildings on Monday is being examined by arson investigators as a "criminal fire," authorities said.

    Commuter traffic into the nation's...

  • Los Angeles freeways jammed after huge construction site fire

    December 8, 2014 | 9:48 am

    Fire destroyed a seven-story apartment building under construction in downtown Los Angeles and spread to a neighboring high-rise early Monday before flames were largely extinguished, forcing a major freeway shutdown through rush hour.

    The blaze erupted at about 1:30 a.m. and took...

  • Moving and Shaking: LAMOTH recital, Fiesta Shalom at Sea and Thanksgiving

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) inaugural Young Pianist Showcase Recital took place Nov. 23 at the museum.

    The event featured performances by Jacqueline Wax, 17, a senior at Milken Community Schools; Jonah Goldberg, 14, a freshman at Calabasas High School; Adam...

  • L.A. wasted most of the 20 billion gallons of rain that fell this week

    December 4, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    As happens in each of the rare instances in which a strange liquid falls from the sky on to unsuspecting Angelenos (people in other parts of the country call it "rain"), those who understand this region's water predicament (we're running out of it) have two simultaneous reactions:

    ...
  • Who Are YOU?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 3, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    By Rabbi Paul Steinberg

    “‘Who are YOU?’ said the Caterpillar...
    ‘I – I hardly know, Sir, just at present – at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’
    ‘What do you mean by that?’ said the Caterpillar...

  • Zev Yaroslavsky: Rebel politician and distracted golfer

    November 25, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    One day in 1975, we walked into a Hungarian restaurant on Fairfax Avenue for dinner and bumped into Barbara (we called her Yael back then) and Zev Yaroslavsky, who had also come to that neighborhood hot spot to have dinner. We had known Zev for years: His father taught both of us...

  • U.N. chief urges peaceful Ferguson protests, rights protection

    November 25, 2014 | 10:04 am

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged protesters in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere in the United States to refrain from violence and called on law enforcement to protect the rights of people to demonstrate peacefully.

    A grand jury on Monday cleared a white...

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