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  • Iran deal debate rages on throughout L.A.

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    Activist Sam Yebri and USC lecturer Josh Lockman have read every page of the controversial Iran deal, but they’ve come to very different conclusions.

    “Iran wants this deal. They need it. We can do better than this deal,” Yebri said, garnering applause during a community debate on...

  • Speaking of the mullahs in Iran

    By Gina Nahai

    2 days ago

    Before she started to fight mullahs, Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian human rights lawyer of Nobel fame, spent a good deal of time advocating for them. This was in 1978. Only three years earlier, in 1975, she had become the first female judge in Iran, and the first woman president of the...

  • Sanctuary@Pico Union looks to engage and enlighten

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    With the launch of the Sanctuary@Pico Union next month, Craig Taubman — the singer/songwriter who co-founded Sinai Temple’s influential “Friday Night Live” services — aims to bring Jewish congregational life to a venue that has not seen any in nearly a century. 

    The Pico Union...

  • Suspect in Virginia TV shooting had history of workplace issues

    2 days ago

    The suspected gunman in the shooting deaths of two television journalists in Virginia on Wednesday was a veteran anchorman with a history of workplace grievances who had previously sued a Florida station alleging discrimination because he was black.

    While authorities said they...

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  • Israelis aren’t unified on Iran deal

    By Rob Eshman

    2 days ago

    One of the strongest arguments the Jewish opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have wielded is that Israelis are unified in their opposition to it.

    If the famously fractious Israelis all agree that the Iran deal is bad, they argue, it must really be awful. This line of reasoning...

  • Why many American Jews support the Iran deal

    By Dennis Prager

    2 days ago

    The more one knows about the Iran nuclear deal, the more obvious it becomes that it is a deception that portrays itself as a deal. Virtually every claim made for it is either not true or is insignificant. The deal vastly strengthens Iran and its regime’s grip on power.

    • There...

  • Israel Museum at 50: A story of art and humanity

    By Tom Teicholz

    2 days ago

    Happy birthday to the Israel Museum! The country’s national museum turns 50 this year — middle age for most of us, but quite young in museum years.  

    The museum is celebrating the occasion with a year of special exhibits, loans and gifts, adding to its encyclopedic collection...

  • #myLAcommute It’s all about confidence

    2 days ago

    VINCENT GORDON

    I’m coming from my sister’s house. She was working so I went over to babysit my 12-year-old niece. We were just hanging out. We had movie night. We watched Scream and two other movies.

    I’m a business accounting major at UCLA. I’m going to Vegas for the weekend to play in a college football tournament. I’m actually confident that we’ll win.

    Atlantic Boulevard to Acacia Court

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Response to Rabbi Fine

    2 days ago

    Less than half a century ago, the vast majority of Conservative congregations in the US were non-egalitarian. There were no rabbis who were women. Lots of synagogues refused to allow a woman even to step onto the bimah. Baby girls got a cursory naming at which they were rarely...

  • Matisyahu, the Iran deal, and the college campus

    2 days ago

    Do we need to have a definition of anti-Semitism?  Most people think they already know what it means.

    And sometimes the answer is obvious. Think, for example, about the vandals who recently scrawled the words “Yids out” on the fence of a girls’ primary day school in London.
    ...

  • Don’t make me shlep my heart: Breaking down the Jewish dating scene

    2 days ago

    Dating. It’s like going out for ice cream. That’s right, ice cream, the official food of heaven (idk probably). Sometimes you’re craving a certain flavor, sometimes it makes you sick, other times it’s too much like “Whoa these are the size of your scoops, how does anyone ever...

  • Colorado movie gunman James Holmes sentenced to 12 lifetimes in prison

    2 days ago

    Condemning the movie massacre gunman to 12 life sentences and the maximum 3,318 years in prison for his rampage in a midnight screening of a Batman film, a Colorado judge on Wednesday said evil and mental illness were not mutually exclusive.

    "It is the court's intention that the...

  • Torah portion: ‘I am walking because our babies are dying’

    2 days ago

    On Aug. 19, I sat down with an African-American grandmother from Detroit to share breakfast. We sat at a plastic table under a tent in the parking lot of Ebenezer Baptist Church West in Athens, Ga. I was there to take part in America’s Journey for Justice, an 860-mile march from...

  • Masa Israel broadens study-abroad options

    By Elyse Glickman

    2 days ago

    Many college students have romantic notions of studying abroad in places like Italy or France, but Aaron White found himself at Tel Aviv University thanks to Masa Israel Journey, a program that connects young Jewish adults with study-abroad, internship and volunteer opportunities...

  • Q&A with Ron Wolfson

    By Susan Freudenheim

    2 days ago

    Ron Wolfson, the Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University, has long been at the forefront of reinventing and sustaining synagogue life. His emphasis on what he calls “Relational Judaism,” stressing personal connections over programing, has influenced...

  • Curt Shilling compares Muslims to Nazis and gets suspended from ESPN

    2 days ago

    As one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball for nearly 20 years, Curt Schilling didn’t make many errors. On Tuesday, however, he admitted that he made a costly one.

    The three-time World Series champion on Tuesday morning tweeted an image of Hitler against a dark...

  • Temple sisterhoods try to keep pace with changing times

    By Tess Cutler

    2 days ago

    Ah, the trustworthy temple sisterhood. Just uttering its name conjures up images of women in the kitchen prepping for an oneg: kugel in the oven, challah on the platter, women chatting among themselves. This is the sisterhood of our memories. 

    But that was then, and this is now:...

  • Letters to the editor: Thai slavery, Klezmer at the Skirball, Iran deal op-eds and more

    2 days ago

    Slaves at Sea

    I would like to commend Saw Yan Naing’s continued coverage in the Jewish Journal of the persecution of Burmese refugees by Thai slavers (“A Story of Modern Slavery in Thailand,” Aug. 21). His reportage calls to mind an earlier era when, after April 1975, Vietnamese,...

  • How Moishe House is helping turn social lives into Jewish life

    By Aron Chilewich

    2 days ago

    “Are you all from Moishe House?” Ben Zauzmer asked as he approached a circle of about 15 young adults, all in their early to mid-20s, who were eating sandwiches on the lawn of the Silver Lake Recreation Center on a recent Saturday morning. They were, so he joined the group,...

  • Calendar: August 28 - September 3

    By Amanda Epstein

    2 days ago

    FRI  | AUG 28 

    “SONDHEIM UNSCRIPTED”

    Impro Theatre kicks off the season with what Entertainment Today calls “the most uproarious, side-splitting laughter-till-you-drop show.” “Sondheim UnScripted” is a completely improvised musical in the style of Broadway’s acclaimed artist,...

  • FIFA’s Israel-Palestinian committee meets for first time

    2 days ago

    A new FIFA committee began its attempt to settle the dispute between the Israeli and Palestinian football federations when it met for the first time on Wednesday, soccer's world governing body said.

    The meeting was chaired by South African businessman and former political...

  • Obituaries: Week of August 28, 2015

    2 days ago

    Philip Held died July 19 at 57. Survived by wife Silvia; daughter Dara; stepson Charles Nagin; stepdaughter Leslie Garcia; 4 grandchildren; sisters Linda Shabot, Ellen Gordon. Hillside

    Martin Hyson died July 22 at 95. Survived by daughter Marie (Robert) Stiles; son Steven; 2...

  • Is ISIS here to stay?

    2 days ago

    The Islamic State (ISIS) has already outlived predictions of its early demise offered by some US military officials. The Islamist group has survived the near fatal assassination of its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi by airstrike earlier this year and has continued its voracious march...

  • Virginia TV journalists killed in on-air shooting; suspect shoots himself

    2 days ago

    Two television journalists were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday morning while conducting a live interview, and authorities said the suspect appeared to be a disgruntled current or former employee of the TV station.

    Police pursued the suspect and in the late morning, an...

  • What ingredients should never go in the fridge?

    By Elana Horwich

    2 days ago

    1. Tomatoes.
    2. Garlic.
    3. Onions.

    I did not invent these no-­refrigeration principles. The Italians did. I am just the messenger. My cooking students across the country have learned what all Italians know, as they are essential to the outcome of good cooking.

    Why?

    ...
  • New Pew report highlights Modern Orthodox Jewry straddling two worlds

    By Jared Sichel

    2 days ago

    Just as Charedi Jews in the United States are likely to enroll their kids in a yeshiva, attend synagogue every week and vote Republican, so too are Modern Orthodox Jews.

    But also, just as non-Orthodox Jews in the United States tend not to marry before the age of 25, earn at least...

  • The Conversion exchange, part 1: Does Israel care about conversion?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    Dr. Netanel Fisher is a visiting lecturer at Israel’s Open University and head of a research group at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. Dr. Fisher holds a PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has served as a an adjunct lecturer at the Hebrew University and as an...

  • THOUGHTS ON PLANNED DYING

    2 days ago

    [Editor’s Note: This is the first of two (or more) entries looking at topics in the realms of ‘Planned Dying’, Suicide, ‘Assisted Suicide’, Euthanasia, and a ‘right to die’. These two entries look at the subject from different perspectives. The thoughts expressed are those of the...

  • My High Holy Days Dilemma

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    2 days ago

    As we walk further into the month of Elul and prepare for the High Holy Days, we look back over the past year. What did we do right that we want to continue through the coming year? What do we wish we had done differently, and how can we right our past wrongs?

    Our High Holy Day...

  • When Your Child Isn’t on the Guest List

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 days ago

    Jewish schooling is a huge investment.  We spend a large portion of our after tax money to belong to a community that is loving, nurturing and all inclusive.  The school constituents become our family. 

    For years, I heard the complaints of friends with older children attending...

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