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  • Helen Mirren plays out a story of restitution and intrigue

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    4 days ago

    Dame Helen Mirren may be best known for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears’ 2006 film, “The Queen,” for which she received an Academy Award, and her public persona, as well, appears always to exude a measure of both elegance and hauteur — so much so that Frears...

  • Forget annoying helicopter parents. Helicopter kids are way worse

    4 days ago

    There are parents who hover over their kids like a helicopter. And there are parents who generally leave their kids to their own devices. Both are insistent that their way is the right way. I'm not here to judge other parenting styles, though I assume, as is often the case, that...

  • 65 Years of favorite Passover desserts

    By Judy Zeidler

    4 days ago

    This year, I gathered together all of the Passover dessert recipes I have made, dating back to our first seder in 1950 — more than 125. This was in anticipation of compiling them into my new project, a Passover dessert cookbook.

    I thought it would be fun to share some of my...

  • Gluten-free matzah

    4 days ago

    Although matzah is a symbol of our exodus from Egypt, it is, for some, a literal bread of affliction. Traditional matzah is made of flour milled from wheat, rye, barley, spelt or oats. All of these grains — except oats — contain high levels of gluten, a protein that, if ingested by...

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  • Chaos and Charoset: A story of Pesach

    4 days ago

    The Persian seder begins the same way every year: A plate of matzah, veiled with an ornamented white cloth, gets passed around the table until everybody has sung the schedule of the seder. While whoever holds the tray sings, the remaining audience claps or slaps the table in unison...

  • Former U.S. war prisoner Bergdahl faces desertion charges

    4 days ago

    Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan who was released last summer in a controversial prisoner exchange, was charged on Wednesday with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, his attorney said.

    Eugene Fidell, a lecturer at Yale Law School, said...

  • L.A. fire chief has families’ safety on his mind

    4 days ago

    For a career firefighter and leader of 3,300 Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) professionals, last weekend’s tragedy in Brooklyn strikes a particular chord. The deaths of seven young children and the critical injuries suffered by an eighth sibling and their mother serve as a stark...

  • Hillside introduces eco-friendly burial option

    By Danielle Berrin

    4 days ago

    As the gates opened recently to Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, the famed Jewish cemetery next to the 405 Freeway as renowned for its verdant lawns as its celebrity occupants, there appeared in almost every direction something sharply out of character: brown, withered lawns.

    ...
  • Why I continue to support peace

    4 days ago

    With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to office — in the wake of a campaign where he firmly rejected a two-state solution — and peace efforts in the Israel as well as the Palestinian struggle in shambles, why do I still support efforts to reach a two-state solution?

    ...
  • UCLA donors and alumni —  concerned and upset, but mostly supportive

    By Jared Sichel

    4 days ago

    Loren Witkin remembers the days when his two sons, Matthew and Brandon, were decked out in UCLA gear as newborns. As toddlers, they knew UCLA’s fight song — the Eight Clap — and as they grew older they attended Bruins’ sporting events with their parents, both UCLA grads from an era...

  • Ben & Jerry’s charoset and 10 more Passover ice cream ideas

    4 days ago

    A few weeks after Ben & Jerry’s founders indicated that marijuana-infused ice cream may one day join its product line, the company’s kosher-for-Passover charoset flavor has been generating buzz.

    In case your memories of last year’s seder are blurred by too many cups of wine, ...

  • Facebook adding staff to Israel office

    4 days ago

    Facebook said it will expand its operations in Israel.

    The company announced this week that it would hire 30 new employees, including  engineers, product managers and designers, for its development center, and 10 new employees for marketing and business development, the Israeli...

  • Schiff ponders the lure of the senate seat

    By Bill Boyarsky

    4 days ago

    Rep. Adam Schiff is facing hard choices these days. As an influential Jewish congressman, he must decide what to do about Iran, Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the same time, he is making a career-wrenching decision on running for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

    But...

  • Conservative movement praises Netanyahu for regrets on Arab voting statement

    4 days ago

    Conservative movement leaders applauded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s regrets for an Election Day statement about Arab-Israelis and decried a pledge by J Street to press Jewish groups not to spend in the West Bank.

    “The Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue...

  • Hillel chief Eric Fingerhut agrees to meeting with J Street students

    4 days ago

    The president of the Jewish campus group Hillel agreed to a meeting with student activists from the liberal lobby J Street.

    Eric Fingerhut in a letter Monday to Benjy Cannon, the board president of J Street’s campus organization, J Street U, agreed to an on-the-record meeting...

  • A restless pursuit of sexual abusers

    4 days ago

    Meyer Seewald, the founder of the sexual abuse watchdog Jewish Community Watch (JCW), uttered the name of a local rabbi to a packed room during a March 22 community event hosted by L.A. Congregation Shaarei Tefila.

    The room fell silent. One person gasped, then another. One woman...

  • Jewish far left entitlement reaches new heights

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    4 days ago

    Last week a former college student who was president of her local Hillel resigned her position and posted about it on her school newspaper in, “Former President of Hillel Speaks Out.”

    The summary of her story is, basically, that she joined her college’s Hillel, became president,...

  • Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to visit Israel next month

    4 days ago

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian reportedly are planning to visit Israel next month.

    The celebrity power couple booked rooms at Jerusalem’s high-end Waldorf Astoria Hotel for themselves and their entourage for April 12, the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot reported Wednesday.

    The...

  • Fund established in memory of Sassoon children

    4 days ago

    A fund to assist parents who cannot afford to pay day school tuition has been established in memory of the seven children who died in a Shabbat house fire in Brooklyn.

    The Sassoon Children Memorial Fund will be administered by the New York-based Jewish Communal Fund.

    In...

  • After Brooklyn blaze kills 7 kids, grief spans an ocean

    4 days ago

    Even in a city accustomed to deadly fires, this one stood out for the sheer scale of the tragedy: seven children, ranging in age from 5 to 16, killed in the middle of the night after awakening from their Sabbath slumber to smoke and flames.

    It was New York’s deadliest blaze since...

  • Passover: A lesson in political science

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    4 days ago

    Decades ago, before the creation of the State of Israel, David Ben-Gurion gave a brief lesson in Jewish history: 

    “Three hundred years, ago a ship called the Mayflower set sail to the New World. This was a great event in the history of England. Yet I wonder if there is one...

  • From Ferguson to Netanyahu

    By Dennis Prager

    4 days ago

    We live in a world of lies.

    On major issue after major issue, both domestic and foreign, we are saturated with lies.

    Remember the “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative that dominated American media and all of the protests against a white officer’s shooting of Michael Brown, a Black...

  • Philly day school bathroom seen as symbol of transgender inclusion

    4 days ago

    At most Jewish day schools, naming honors tend to be attached to grand spaces — auditoriums, prayer spaces, gymnasiums and the like. But at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, a pluralistic day school in suburban Philadelphia, Patrick Rock’s name will forever be associated with...

  • Obama: Differences with Israel’s Netanyahu not personal

    4 days ago

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not personal but are based on fundamental policy differences over Middle East peace.

    Obama said it was hard to envision a path...

  • Calendar March 28-April 3

    By Laura Donney

    4 days ago

    SAT | MARCH 28

    DOWNTOWN BOOKFEST

    Whether by Kindle or by candle, people were reading long before they were tweeting. This year, the Music Center is celebrating the biggest coalition of locally based authors and publishers. The day features all kinds of activities and readings,...

  • Netanyahu to appoint Kahlon as Israel’s finance minister

    4 days ago

     Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said he will appoint Moshe Kahlon as the country’s finance minister.

    Kahlon, the founder and leader of the center-right Kulanu party, met with Netanyahu on Tuesday night, Haaretz reported. A day earlier, Kahlon had announced that his...

  • Letters to the editor: Jews in Turkey and Zionophobia on campus

    4 days ago

    Playing Telephone in Turkey Misses the Point

    Sorting out the entire history of Turkish-Jewish relations spanning more than five centuries via editorials and interviews is ineffective, unrealistic and unfair (“At a Breaking Point in Turkey,” March 20).  Lost in such...

  • Obituaries: Week of March 27th

    4 days ago

    Gennady Chernobylsky died March 6 at 58. Survived by wife Vera; son David Joseph. Mount Sinai

    David Cline died March 3 at 67. Survived by daughter Taryn (Raymond) Cline Bouwer; sons Adam, Bret, Matthew; 1 granddaughter; stepdaughter Nicole; stepsons Nathan, Aaron Miles; brothers...

  • Netanyahu set for go-ahead to form Israel’s next government

    4 days ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, grappling with fierce White House disapproval, was poised to win the nod from Israel's president on Wednesday to try to form a new coalition government.

    The surprise victor of a March 17 election, Netanyahu looks well set to assemble a heavily...

  • What is SEDER2015?

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    Passover is the most family-oriented of the Jewish holidays, the ultimate dinner party, the Thanksgiving of the Jewish community. 

    That is the belief, anyway, of Michael Hebb, creator of Seder2015, an interactive smorgasbord of Passover-related audio clips of famous thinkers...

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