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  • Moving and Shaking: VBS honors Vets, Bob Blumenfield loves Israel, Marilu Henner honored

    By Ryan Torok

    May 28, 2014 | 11:51 am

    Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) honored 200 veterans during a special pre-Memorial Day Shabbat service on May 24. The program spotlighted veterans of World War II, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and conflicts in between. 

    Bea Cohen, 104, believed to be the oldest living female veteran...

  • Netanyahu heckled at ceremony for terror victims

    May 5, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Bereaved families heckled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Israel’s official Memorial Day ceremony on Mount Herzl for terror victims.

    Some families waved red flags and yelled at Netanyahu, preventing him from beginning his speech at the Monday afternoon ceremony. Many then...

  • Life without Keren: an interview with Rivana Tendler, who lost her daughter in Second Lebanon War

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 2, 2014 | 8:35 am

    On this Memorial Day, I would like to tell you the story of Sergeant Major Keren Tendler, who died on August 12, 2006, during the Second Lebanon War. Her mother, Rivana Tendler, told me the story of a bright young girl who suddenly was no more, and shared the reality of life...

  • Living in the shadows – the story of the Holocaust’s “Hidden Children”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 25, 2014 | 8:23 am

    When remembering the horrors of the Holocaust, one can’t avoid thinking about the kids. Jewish children who lived in Europe during the Third Reich were forced into a grown-up perspective on life and skipped the innocence of the childhood. They did not laugh, they did not play, they...

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  • Chabad distributes O.U. disaster-relief funds in Oklahoma

    May 29, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    Chabad distributed some $15,000 in disaster-relief funds provided by the Orthodox Union to Oklahomans affected by the recent devastating tornado.

    The money distributed by the Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma over the Memorial Day weekend was used for store gift cards...

  • Reflections on the first mourner’s daddish in honor of Memorial Day

    May 23, 2013 | 9:16 am

    Kaddish - The origins of this most famous Jewish prayer are shrouded in history.  Most agree that it began with the central words, “Y’hei Sh’mei Rabbah Mevorach L’Olam u’l’Almei Almaya,” or “May God’s Name be praised now and forever.” One source suggests that the Kaddish was...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    April 24, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    Israel Consul General in Los Angeles David Siegel Photo by Orly Halevy

    Leaders from Los Angeles’ Jewish and Israel communities came together to celebrate Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for its fallen soldiers and victims of terror, on April 14 at Stephen S. Wise Temple...

  • 65 Years of Israel- capturing the Israeli essence (Part 1)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 16, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    Israel, my home, celebrate its 65th birthday.  That’s really not much. It’s almost nothing on a scale of countries to age, but in this short period of time, we sure have been through a lot. In 65 years, Israel has been through wars, diplomatic issues, growing population, ground...

  • In their memory…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 15, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    Something quite extraordinary happened last night:  25,578 stars shined bright. All together, all of a sudden. It was in the middle of my town square, as thousands of citizens shared an hour of remembrance and respect for 25,578 Fallen Israeli Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. We...

  • Israel observes Memorial Day with siren, ceremonies

    April 15, 2013 | 7:40 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a national memorial ceremony for Israel's fallen soldiers that no one will succeed in destroying Israel.

    "Since the birth of the State of Israel, many have tried to destroy it. They will never succeed. The IDF is stronger than...

  • Seven thoughts for Yom HaAtzmaut

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 15, 2013 | 6:36 am

    Today is Memorial Day and tomorrow is Independence Day. And there's always temptation to say something new about the nature of Israel, or to attribute special meaning to 65 which wasn't yet there at 64, or to battle those who only care for Independence Day as an opportunity to say...

  • Dating with Kids – Mine, His & Theirs

    By Ilana Angel

    May 29, 2012 | 9:47 am

    This weekend was the first time I travelled with the Englishman.  As if that was not stressful enough, it was with our children.  He has two daughters. One lives here and one is away at college in San Francisco.  Since it was a holiday weekend we decided we would go up to visit his...

  • Calif.‘s oldest female vet, 102, reaches out with compassion

    By Jane Ulman

    May 23, 2012 | 11:37 am

    This Memorial Day, World War II Veteran Bea Abrams Cohen will be attending ceremonies at Los Angeles National Cemetery, paying tribute to all the men and women who have died fighting while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. But for this 102-year-old resident of Los Angeles, who is...

  • Siren ushers in Israel’s Memorial Day

    April 24, 2012 | 6:51 pm

    A one-minute siren marked the beginning of Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day, Israel’s official Memorial Day.

    Tuesday evening’s siren was immediately followed by a national ceremony held at the Western Wall and televised to the entire nation.

    “Your beloved...

  • Peres at Memorial Day ceremony: IDF is stronger than ever

    April 24, 2012 | 12:52 pm

    The Israel Defense Forces is stronger than ever, President Shimon Peres told bereaved families at Israel’s Memorial Day ceremony in the Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday night.

    During his speech, which took place immediately after the Israeli flag was lowered to half-mast, Peres said...

  • Israeli soldier killed in Mount Herzl stage collapse

    April 18, 2012 | 7:55 am

    One woman was killed and several people were injured after a stage collapsed on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

    The collapse came Wednesday afternoon during a rehearsal for the national Memorial Day ceremony to be held next week, according to reports.

    A bank of heavy lights crashed to...

  • Beaches Belong to the People, Even in Greenwich

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 2, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    It was a sweltering Memorial Day in the New York area so I drove with my kids to Greenwich, Connecticut ,which I was told had beautiful beaches. I was somewhat reluctant to go because I had read that Greenwich makes it difficult for outsiders to use their parks and beaches. But I had...

  • Petition requests break between Memorial, Independence days

    May 9, 2011 | 10:24 am

    Bereaved families and their supporters have signed a petition calling for a break between Memorial Day and Independence Day.

    The petition says it is too difficult both emotionally and logistically to have Independence Day immediately follow Memorial Day. The petition points out that...

  • Israelis observe national Memorial Day

    May 9, 2011 | 7:58 am

    Israel continued its observance of Memorial Day, or Yom HaZikaron with a two-minute siren sounded across the country.

    The siren Monday morning, during which people stopped and stood in their places and traffic came to a standstill, also marked the start of the State ceremony at...

  • Euroleague basketball finals changed to accommodate Israeli team

    April 6, 2011 | 10:17 am

    The start time of the Euroleague championship basketball game has been moved up by several hours to accommodate an Israeli team that does not want to play on its Memorial Day.

    On Wednesday, the Euroleague said the May 8 final of its Final Four tournament in Barcelona, Spain, would...

  • Jewish leaders slam memorial day for expelled Germans

    February 17, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Jewish leaders and political groups in Germany condemning a proposed national day of remembrance for the 12 million ethnic Germans expelled from Eastern Europe after World War II.

    The proposal was to be heard in parliament Thursday.

    Stephan Kramer, general secretary of the Central...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    One Minute in Time



    In Parshat Naso, all the tribes bring offerings to the finished tabernacle: animals, food and incense. On Memorial Day, we make an offering to all the soldiers who died in all of our wars. We bring flowers to their graves, raise the American flag and honor...

  • Remembering the Fallen

    By Teddy Weinberger

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The day before Israel's Independence Day is Yom HaZikaron Lechalelay Tsahal (Memorial Day for the Fallen of the Israel Defense Forces), which this year begins on Monday night April 15.

    It is characteristically Jewish to place Memorial Day right before Independence Day. Whereas in...

  • Don’t Forget Israel’s Fallen

    By Yuval Rotem

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    During May, both the United States and Israel will mark their respective Memorial Days. While the American version will have many remembrance events, most people will spend the day at barbecues, picnics or at the beach. This is not the case in Israel.

    On the evening of May 8, as...