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  • Moving and shaking: Celebrating MLK Jr., Avraham Fried concert at the Saban Theatre and more

    By Ryan Torok

    3 days ago

    The Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) sanctuary was overflowing, every one of the 1,000 seats downstairs and in the balcony filled on Jan. 18 with congregants, friends and guests from Los Angeles churches and other community groups. They came to celebrate the life and legacy of the...

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

    By Jared Sichel

    3 days ago

    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....

  • Reclaiming Sephardic music, culture on road to Spanish citizenship

    3 days ago

    When Maya and Noa Dori were kids growing up in Israel, they used to spend Shabbat with their grandmother Lisa Romano. One night, as Maya tells it, they walked outside and “started to pinpoint the stars.” Their grandmother quickly swatted Noa’s hand, furious. 

    “She said, ‘It’s...

  • Upward Mobility Act to tax services, boost revenue by $10 billion

    3 days ago

    State Sen. Bob Hertzberg of the San Fernando Valley recently introduced Senate Bill 8 (SB 8), also known as the Upward Mobility Act. It is an attempt to move past standard single-issue, stopgap tax measures, and to jumpstart discussion of a complete overhaul of California’s tax...

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  • Nisman mystery: Who killed AMIA prosecutor?

    3 days ago

    The mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman seems ripped straight out of a crime thriller.

    Nisman — the indefatigable prosecutor collecting evidence of culpability in the 1994 bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) Jewish center in Buenos...

  • Locals remember victims of Paris terror attacks

    3 days ago

    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...

  • J Street, StandWithUs debate best way to support Israel

    By Ryan Torok

    3 days ago

    Representatives of StandWithUs (SWU) and J Street — two Jewish organizations with very different takes on Israel — faced off Jan. 13 in a debate on why their respective group is a better friend to the Jewish state.

    The free event, at Temple Judea in Tarzana, featured attorney,...

  • Tobias Picker’s ‘Thérèse Raquin’ has local premiere at Long Beach Opera

    By Rick Schultz

    3 days ago

    What would opera do without tales of adultery, murder and revenge? 

    Just ask composer Tobias Picker, whose adaptation (with librettist Gene Scheer) of Emile Zola’s once-scandalous novel, “Thérèse Raquin,” is being given its local premiere at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro...

  • Anne Frank oratorio at Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts

    3 days ago

    The Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles — which is mostly Latino, Black and Asian — might seem an odd place to find a cultural experience with Jewish overtones. But this week, the public school’s students will be raising their voices in...

  • ‘Night Will Fall’ lifts a curtain on concentration camp atrocities

    By  Tom Tugend

    3 days ago

    The first time I saw the horrific newsreels of the liberation of the concentration camps, showing mountains of skeletons piled up and skulls staring out of empty eye sockets, was in 1959.

    By a fluke, I had a bit part playing a court translator at a war-crimes trial in the...

  • John Boehner’s crude interference in the Israeli elections or: If you can’t win in Jerusalem, try Paris or Washington

    By Michael Berenbaum

    3 days ago

    The invitation by Speaker of the House John Boehner to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a Joint Session of Congress on the question of Iran is a crude interference in Israeli election politics.

    The speech, scheduled for early March, but a fortnight before the...

  • U.N. says cash to repair Gaza homes will run out by month’s end

    3 days ago

    The U.N. agency in charge of aiding Palestinians will run out of money by the end of January to repair homes in Gaza damaged in the 2014 war with Israel, worsening an already dire humanitarian situation, an agency spokesman said on Thursday.

    The United Nations Relief and Works...

  • German PEGIDA leader resigns after Hitler pose prompts investigation

    3 days ago

    The leader of the fast-growing German anti-Muslim movement PEGIDA resigned on Wednesday after a photo of him posing as Hitler, and reports that he called refugees "scumbags," prompted prosecutors to investigate him for inciting hatred.

    Lutz Bachmann, a 41-year-old convicted...

  • Did Charlie Hebdo fail as satire?

    By Danielle Berrin

    3 days ago

    Of the many things I've read about satire in the weeks since the Charlie Hebdo massacre, this point, from Tim Parks writing in the New York Review of Books strikes me as the most thoughtful and most true:

    What does satire do? What should we expect of it? Recent events in Paris...

  • Obama, Kerry will not meet Netanyahu on U.S. visit

    3 days ago

    President Barack Obama will not meet Israel's prime minister when he visits Washington in March, the White House said on Thursday, after being blindsided by the Republicans' invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to address the U.S. Congress on Iran.

    Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman...

  • Israeli police arrest Palestinian with knife one day after bus stabbing

    3 days ago

    Israel Police arrested a Palestinian man wielding a knife in an Israeli city, one day after another Palestinian man who had crossed illegally into Israel stabbed passengers on a Tel Aviv bus.

    The 22-year-old man was arrested in the central Israeli city of Raanana Thursday. He...

  • Hamas calls on Hezbollah to unite fight against Israel

    3 days ago

    A letter purported to be from Mohammed Deif, the leader of Hamas's armed wing, on Thursday appealed to the Lebanese Hezbollah group to unite with Hamas in battling Israel.

    The letter, posted on the website of Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV, suggests the Palestinian Hamas and Hezbollah...

  • Argentina’s Fernandez says prosecutor’s death was not suicide

    3 days ago

    The death of a prosecutor investigating the bombing of a Jewish community center was not a suicide, as was initially reported, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said on Thursday.

    Alberto Nisman, lead investigator into the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish center that killed 85...

  • Argentina’s very Jewish Oscar nominee

    4 days ago

    If Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales” (“Relatos Salvajes” in Spanish) wins an Academy Award on Feb. 22 – it was nominated last week for Best Foreign Film — it will be Argentina’s third Oscar and the first for a film directed by an Argentine Jew.

    The film, which combines humor,...

  • Bombing the death camps during World War II

    4 days ago

    Every decade, someone indignantly tells us that the United States and Britain should have bombed the rail lines at Auschwitz and other death camps during World War II. They imagine modern GPS-guided bombs that are accurate enough to enter a window. They think World War II bombs had...

  • What we talk about when we talk about anti-Semitism

    4 days ago

    In summer 2014, Muslims attacked Jewish sites in Paris in connection to Israel’s bombing of Gaza. This month, the French Jews killed in Hyper Cacher were buried in Israel.

    What links these two events? Fear-based politics desperate to have us believe it’s still 1938 — a...

  • Barbara Boxer and the democratization of California politics

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    4 days ago

    In 1992, California voters elected two Jewish women to the U.S. Senate, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Shortly after New Year’s Day 2015, Boxer, 74, announced that she would not run for re-election, and there is some speculation that the now-81-year-old Feinstein may do the...

  • French police foiled terrorist plot on anti-Semitism forum

    4 days ago

    Suspected jihadists arrested last year in Lyon were planning to carry out a terrorist attack at a Jewish group’s conference on anti-Semitism.

    The five suspects who were arrested in a series of sweeps by French police from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18 were planning to strike on Sept. 18...

  • Alberto Nisman: The 86th victim of the Buenos Aires bombing

    By Rob Eshman

    4 days ago

    UPDATED: The murder this week of Alberto Nisman — and now even the Argentine president has acknowledged his death was no suicide — was every bit as shocking and anti-Semitic a crime as the attacks two weeks ago in Paris.

    Nisman was the federal prosecutor appointed by former...

  • Four men to be indicted for aiding Paris kosher shop killer

    4 days ago

    Four men accused of aiding the hostage taker at a kosher supermarket near Paris who killed four will be indicted, a French justice official said.

    Three of the men, all in their 20s, purchased materials for Amedy Coulibaly, Paris Prosecutor François Molins said during a news...

  • Argentina says dead prosecutor tricked into accusing Fernandez

    4 days ago

    A prosecutor who accused Argentina's president of trying to derail the investigation into a 1994 bombing, and who died in mysterious circumstances on Sunday, was misled to believe there was a conspiracy to whitewash the crime, the government said on Wednesday.

    State prosecutor...

  • Israeli tourists hurt in hours-long anti-Semitic attack in Argentina

    4 days ago

    Ten Israeli tourists were wounded in an anti-Semitic attack at a hostel in a small Argentine village.

    Three assailants burned, robbed and beat the tourists at the Onda Azul hostel in Lago Puelo, in southern Argentina, between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Monday, the Argentine media...

  • Would I leave France?

    By David Suissa

    4 days ago

    When we discussed the cover headline for the Journal’s story this week on the troubled Jews of France, we debated two options: “Should Jews leave?” or “Would you leave?” The first option was about “them,” while the second was more about us.

    In the end, we went for clarity and...

  • Jewish boy, 13, assaulted near Paris

    4 days ago

    A 13-year-old Jewish boy was maced near Paris in what a watchdog group said was an anti-Semitic assault by three unidentified minors.

    The incident occurred Tuesday evening in Le Pre-Saint-Gervais, a northeastern suburb of Paris, according to a report published Wednesday on the...

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