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  • Why Israel is unlikely to change its conversion policies

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 hours ago

    In 2014 I wrote a piece about an interesting poll from which a provocative headline could be drawn: How Many Israelis Would Gladly Intermarry? Quite a Few… It was a survey of Jewish Israelis – 54% of whom opposed intermarriage. But not many Israeli youngsters and seculars opposed...

  • The Perfect New York City Weekend

    By Ilana Angel

    12 hours ago

    I spent the Memorial Day weekend in New York City. There is no more vibrant or exciting city in the world and being there is magical. The weather was fabulous, company was fantastic, and the simple joy of living makes you feel alive in a way that only NYC can.

    My trip was 20%...

  • The order of tribal sacrifices: Parashat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

    15 hours ago

    The phrase nonoverlapping magisteria (NOMA) sounds complicated and intimidating, but in fact the concept advocated by Stephen J. Gould, the late, celebrated historian of science, represents a big idea that speaks to one of society’s major topics of discussion.

    Gould argued that...

  • Up-cycle cereal boxes to make picture frames

    By Jonathan Fong

    16 hours ago

    I love eco-friendly crafts that allow me to up-cycle objects that would normally go in the trash. A few weeks ago, I transformed a used matzah box into a scrapbook album. That project was so popular that this week, I am turning old cereal boxes into picture frames. In fact, you can...

  • A press club in West Jerusalem?

    16 hours ago

    For decades, Jerusalem had no dedicated space for foreign journalists and the de facto center of the international press was the American Colony Hotel across the street from Orient House, which in turn served as the Palestine Liberation Organization headquarters during the 1980s...

  • In Jerusalem, examining global press freedom

    16 hours ago

    As governments increase restrictions and casualties mount for journalists worldwide, the relatively new Jerusalem Press Club hosted the city’s first International Conference of Freedom of the Press, with participants demanding protection for reporters in war zones, authoritarian...

  • Our moral obligation to be a voice for the homeless

    17 hours ago

    Apathy —  noun; absence or suppression of passion, emotion or excitement.

    I write this with a broken heart. I serve many roles in the community, including that of a county-appointed commissioner to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Today I write not as a commissioner —...

  • World War II ... I Was the First One to See It

    By Ellie Kahn, Oral Historian

    17 hours ago

    Harriett H. joined the Women's Army Corp in September, 1943.  Little did she know what was ahead.  What follows is an excerpt from her Oral History, recorded in 1996.


    "I was with my brother in the car on a Sunday and we had the radio on because of the football game. Suddenly,...

  • In a war against wage theft

    17 hours ago

    “At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it, for he is poor and his life depends on it. …” – Deuteronomy 24:15

    Last week, Los Angeles’ City Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. The decision was greeted with...

  • Israeli air force chief unfazed Egypt may get Russia’s S-300

    17 hours ago

    The chief of Israel's air force on Wednesday played down worries voiced by some fellow officials about the possibility of Egypt acquiring advanced Russian-made air defenses.

    The Russian news agency TASS said in March Egypt would receive the Antey-2500 missile system, an S-300...

  • Calendar: May 30–June 5

    By Laura Donney

    17 hours ago

    SAT | MAY 30


    Madonna may have said it best: “Music makes the people come together.” Well, at this downtown L.A. interfaith concert, that’s what it will do. This Canadian duo mixes electronic rock with Middle Eastern vibes and encourages...

  • Letters to the Editor: Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz, Centrist Jews and American-Israelis

    17 hours ago

    They Let Us In

    Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz implied that those of us representing Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue were there by deception. I personally submitted the application for the booth at the festival, and filled out all the required information, including the complete name of...

  • Obituaries: Week of May 29-June 3

    17 hours ago

    Joan Adelman died May 5 at 72. Survived by daughter Lisa (Charles) Oxman; son David (Sheri); 3 grandchildren; sister Sandra Zivick. Hillside

    Valerie Bass died April 30 at 77. Survived by daughter Deborah (Richard) Brada; son Daryl; sister June Allen; 2 grandchildren. Hillside


  • Anne Meara, TV and stage actress, dies at 85

    By Tom Teicholz

    18 hours ago

    Anne Meara, an Emmy- and Tony-nominated actress, who with her husband, Jerry Stiller, performed as one-half of successful comedy duo Stiller and Meara, died May 23. She was 85.

    Meara was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to an Irish-Catholic family. She met Stiller in 1953 at a...

  • President Obama vs. the LA Times on anti-Semitism

    19 hours ago

    The Obama White House and the opinion page of the Los Angeles Times are usually in sync—but not always.  Take for example the recent conflict between President Obama and Palestinocentric UCLA Professor Saree Makdisi on anti-Semitism and how to combat it.

    In a much-discussed...

  • Harvey Schechter, former ADL regional director, dies at 91

    20 hours ago

    Harvey Bernard Schechter died peacefully at the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda on May 23, 2015, at the age of 91. Harvey is survived by his wife of sixty years, Hope Schechter of Beverly Hills, his nephew Bruce Schechter of Sherman Oaks and many additional family members and...

  • Military chaplains gather to answer call of duty

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    20 hours ago

    It’s not easy being an observant Jew in the military sometimes, especially under extreme circumstances. What do you do, for example, if there’s no kosher pot that can be used for cooking?

    Rabbi Avrohom Teichman of certifying agency Kehillah Kosher offered an answer to a...

  • Holocaust lessons brought live to classrooms

    By Avishay Artsy

    20 hours ago

    “When you see injustice, stand up.” 

    That’s the message Paula Lebovics wants her audiences to remember. On May 13, the 81-year-old survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp shared her story in person with three young students at USC, but their discussion went much farther — it...

  • How the FIFA corruption scandal could affect Israel

    20 hours ago

    Israelis were expecting some big news to come out of the annual FIFA Congress this week.

    But they probably weren’t expecting this.

    In a bombshell operation, a Swiss law enforcement team showed up at the Zurich hotel hosting the annual gathering of the international soccer...

  • ‘How Sweet It Is!’ is a gangster’s paradise

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    21 hours ago

    The first voice you hear in the latest novel by Thane Rosenbaum, “How Sweet It Is!” (Mandel Vilar Press), belongs to the Great One himself, Jackie Gleason. 

    “Miami Beach is magical, but it is the magic of the dark arts,” Gleason is made to say. “Black magic masquerading as...

  • Wanted: More women in Los Angeles City Hall

    By Bill Boyarsky

    21 hours ago

    What Los Angeles City Hall needs is a strong Jewish woman.

    Nothing against the three Jewish men who occupy citywide offices — Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer and Controller Ron Galperin. But they’re so quiet, so devoted to working behind the scenes that it’s easy to...

  • Blair to resign as Mideast peace envoy in June

    21 hours ago

    Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, will step down next month as the special Middle East peace envoy of the Quartet group representing the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations.

    Blair has occupied the post since 2007, but there has been...

  • Ethiopian-Israeli soldier beaten by officers sues Israel police

    21 hours ago

    The Ethiopian-Israeli soldier whose beating by police officers sparked violent protests has filed a lawsuit against the Israel Police.

    Damas Pakada filed the approximately $100,000 lawsuit on Tuesday with the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, according to reports. The lawsuit accused...

  • Record-breaking heat wave hits Israel

    21 hours ago

     A record-breaking heat wave in Israel has sparked forest fires, caused flight delays and prompted a sharp increase in reported cases of dehydration and fainting.

    Temperatures reached 102 degrees in Tel Aviv, 104 in Haifa and 98 in Jerusalem on Wednesday. A forest fire broke out...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Ken

    21 hours ago

    Two simple one-syllable words, yet they are not so simple. The English “yes” comes from yea + si, meaning “so be it!,” a stronger yea. Shakespeare uses it only as an answer to a negative question. The Hebrew word ken means “right,” related to nakhon “correct, true” derived from the...

  • Ecclesiastes

    21 hours ago

    Katamon, Jerusalem

    It’s so nice to be pretty and wearing polka dots
    on a swinging dress with a small cinched waist
    pushing a blue-eyed child through
    the trade winds in her pram. The trees
    are swaying, and on the bench below them
    an old woman looks up through the boughs
    to a...

  • Tribute to the man reviving the Breed Street Shul

    By Ryan Torok

    21 hours ago

    Stephen Sass wiped tears from his eyes as he took the stage May 17 to receive an award recognizing his leadership toward the renovation of the century-old Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights. 

    Although his work over about the past 15 years has been tough going at times, he said...

  • ‘Wanted’ list spreads fear in Yemen among critics of the Houthis

    22 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    A “list of shame” has been published, on street corners and on public transportation throughout cities in Yemen. The roll call includes 54 names, all individuals who have criticized Yemen’s de facto rules, the Houthis or...

  • Egypt intensifies crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood

    22 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    If carried out, the recent death sentence of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi could spark widespread disturbances in Egypt. The court is expected to confirm the sentences of more than 120 Muslim Brotherhood leaders...

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