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  • The facts of Ebola

    By Marty Kaplan

    5 days ago

    When the young woman in the seat next to me asked the flight attendant for a glass of cabernet, I took it as a sign that projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea would not be part of my trip from PHL to LAX.   I also took it as a reminder that the Ebola irrationality I’ve slammed...

  • Net gains: Sports programs can score big for Jewish day schools

    5 days ago

    To understand the place of athletics at a Jewish day school, attend a recruitment open house and watch the children’s eyes. As they listen to the descriptions or tour the stations set up to display the school’s programs and activities, look for the moments when the spark of...

  • L.A. rabbi says mikveh at AJU is secure, calls Freundel scandal a ‘unique case’

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    In the wake of a scandal in which a Washington, D.C. Orthodox rabbi was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 14, for allegedly spying on women undressing at a mikveh connected to his synagogue, Rabbi Richard A. Flom, a Los Angeles authority on the mikveh [ritual bathhouse] and a member of the...

  • The Israel Film Festival reveals the heart of Israel to L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    2 weeks ago

    The Israel Film Festival (IFF) will bring the real heartbeat of the Jewish state — often smothered under bellicose headlines — to Los Angeles through 28 feature and documentary films. The festival screens Oct. 23 through Nov. 6 at five different venues.

    Kicking off the series is...

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  • In a week of shacks, a missing L.A. woman found destitute in one

    2 weeks ago

    While during Sukkot Los Angeles’ Jews were dwelling in their temporary shelters, a continent away, the story of Sarah Cheiker, an elderly victim of a con that took her Fairfax District home – was demonstrating just how fragile a home can be in the City of Angels.

    Cheiker, 91,...

  • How to Choose a Lifetime Partner

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    When asked about a potential lifetime partner, I always offer the same litmus test:  “Is s/he kind?”

    The most important aspect of a person’s character is kindness, the filter through which all acts of love and courage are expressed.

    “How do I know if he is kind?”  The question...

  • Building a stable sukkah, building a stable L.A.

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    Many years ago, my wife and I lived in a ground-floor apartment in the Ocean Park section of Santa Monica, on a hill with a view of the bay.

    When Sukkot came around, my wife naturally expected me to build the hut — the sukkah — in which Jews are commanded to eat, and even...

  • Sukkot, rain and Andy Lipkis’ vision for L.A.’s salvation

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    On the afternoon of Oct. 16, the final day of Sukkot, Jews will begin the annual practice of inserting a short but key line into the Amidah prayer: Mashiv haruach u morid hageshem: “Who causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall.”

    In Jewish tradition, Sukkot marks the beginning...

  • In downtown Los Angeles, everything old is new again

    3 weeks ago

    At 97 years old, Grand Central Market has become one of the hottest destinations in this city, drawing long lines of foodies eager for the finest in artisanal cheeses, coddled eggs and pour-over coffee.

    In August, the historic food market in downtown Los Angeles was named by Bon...

  • New Clippers owner Steve Ballmer prizes team tested by adversity

    3 weeks ago

    After Steve Ballmer plunked down $2 billion for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, fans might expect the former Microsoft chief executive to be hitting the reset button on a team that has been through a nasty public fight over racism.

    Don't bet on it. That experience, Ballmer knows,...

  • Israeli cargo ship blocked in Oakland Port docks in L.A.

    September 30, 2014 | 11:01 am

    An Israeli-owned cargo ship prevented by pro-Palestinian demonstrators from unloading in the Oakland Port will try to unload in Los Angeles.

    The Zim Shanghai docked in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, according to tracking by the website marinetraffic.com. It was still carrying...

  • Preparing to Marry God: A Near-Death Experience.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 21, 2014 | 11:59 am

    Today is a good day to die!

    In sharp contrast to the upcoming New Year celebration of 2015, where people party as if they will live forever, and dance to music focused around the “booty,” the Jewish New Year is a simulated near death experience, it’s focus the soul. 

    We...

  • The Israel Film Festival gives locals a glimpse of Israel’s soul

    By  Tom Tugend

    September 18, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    The Israel Film Festival (IFF), which annually gives viewers a close-up of the nation’s heartbeat beneath the glaring headlines, has been set for Oct. 23 through Nov. 6.

    A red carpet opening-night gala at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on Oct. 23 will be followed a week later...

  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    By Jared Sichel

    September 17, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • Bnei Akiva seals $7.1 million deal on massive campground east of Los Angeles

    By Jared Sichel

    September 12, 2014 | 6:11 pm

    On Sept. 12, Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles, the local chapter of an international religious Zionist youth group, purchased a 78-acre campground in Running Springs for $7.1 million.

    The group has raised $8.5 million in a major capital campaign this year and plans to raise an...

  • A Soul under Construction.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 11, 2014 | 9:09 am

    We are not born perfect- into an imperfect world.

    At birth we start with a cry.  Our grand entrance is with closed fists and our exit with open hands.  We circumcise our newborn males. Life is an exercise in humility.  Our hearts are shattered again and again as God seeks our...

  • Old Jews explaining Yiddish words will make your day

    Los Angeles Jewish Home

    September 10, 2014 | 4:17 pm

  • How the Jews brought water to L.A.

    September 10, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    While by flood and sinkhole the news of Los Angeles’ aging water system has gushed out in a torrent, a much older L.A. water story, this one of how Jews brought water to a thirsty city, has never even reached a trickle.

    The Hebrew folk song “Mayim” says, “With joy you shall draw...

  • West Coast Chabad celebrates 50 years with annual telethon

    By tessc

    September 9, 2014 | 5:22 pm

    It’s become Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin’s token slogan: “Call the music! Call the tote!” 

    He belted it out after a live segment with actor Jon Voight during Chabad’s 34th annual “To Life” telethon on Sept. 7. Music blasted, the tote board displaying the amount of money raised so...

  • On a sharing economy and politics

    September 8, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Uber has pulled off what few others can these days: The beloved car service (if I’m allowed to describe it so prosaically) has united politicians of all persuasions. Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians are all vying to outdo each other in portraying the popular company, and...

  • Israeli-Americans Get Their Own Birthright Trip

    By tessc

    September 5, 2014 | 10:27 pm

    When Eden Bennun — who had to give up on plans to attend a Birthright Israel trip this summer because of a job — heard about a new trip aimed specifically at Israeli-Americans, she thought: “It must be fate.”

    Both of her parents were born in Israel, and, although she grew up in...

  • Statement of Principles: Ve-ahavta le-re`acha kamocha: Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

    September 5, 2014 | 4:11 pm

    1)    We, members of the Los Angeles Jewish community, write to express our anguish and sorrow over the loss of life and scale of destruction in the recent conflict between Israel and Gaza.   We condemn Hamas’ war-time tactics, especially its disregard for the residents of Israel,...

  • Asking For My Own Forgiveness

    By Beit T'shuvah

    September 5, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    It is another one of those nights! I woke up after 4 hours of sleep and could not go back to sleep. My mind started racing and I just now figured out why: I am in the middle of my Inventory for Yom Kippur. I have a form that looks at how I take actions that...

  • Enslaving Expectations

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 4, 2014 | 6:44 pm

    In 2012, the late Joan Rivers said that Johnny Carson had given her the biggest break of her career.  She became very close to him and even substitute hosted when he was on vacation.  When she accepted her own show, opposite his, Carson cut all tie with Rivers.

    I once acted as an...

  • Is the next big (Jewish) baseball star here in Los Angeles?

    By Jared Sichel

    September 3, 2014 | 2:19 pm

    As the baseball flared into short center field in the bottom of the 2nd inning at Dodger Stadium last night, most of the crowd stood up and gave the batter, Joc Pederson, now standing on 1st base, an excited, prolonged ovation. 

    Sitting a few rows behind home plate, my friends...

  • What Ferguson can learn from Los Angeles

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 3, 2014 | 11:34 am

    For students of Los Angeles history, the tragic saga of Ferguson, Mo., rings bells. A brutal police department, accountable to no one and backed by a hostile white mayor and police chief, faces off with a black community that seemingly has little recourse. A largely white City Hall...

  • Dodgers’ Jewish phenom Joc Pederson gets first Major League hit [VIDEO]

    September 3, 2014 | 10:41 am

    It wasn't pretty – but the beginning of the Joc Pederson era began with a flare last night. With two outs, nobody on and a 2-2 count the young center-fielder hit a blooper over Washington Nationals' second baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera for his first major league hit. Watch the video below:

  • Meet the Jewish founders of Tinder

    By Jared Sichel

    August 27, 2014 | 11:53 am

    Finding dates used to require approaches such as hiring matchmakers, signing up for dancing and cooking classes, attending synagogue, asking friends for help, or, for the least energetic, merely creating a cursory profile on sites such as JDate.

    But now, thanks to apps such as...

  • My Return Home

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 26, 2014 | 6:26 pm

    1978-2014.

    My younger self awaits me in that old home. He stares at the future that would be me; I ponder the past that was him. We connect on a bridge made of yearning and nostalgia. Hesitantly, we embrace.

    We fall to our knees and sob. I ask if he ever told dad about how he...

  • Meeting the owner of the L.A. urban farm where Kimbra wrote “The Golden Echo”

    By Jared Sichel

    August 21, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    The setting was about as unorthodox and unique as the woman.

    Standing on a sidewalk in Koreatown, Rosa Goudsmit, 42, was watching her two baby children, Benjamin and Devrah, who fell asleep in the front seat of her Chevy 3500 truck, which she uses to safely transport bees—yes,...

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