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  • Missouri grand jury has made decision in fatal shooting of Michael Brown

    3 days ago

    A Missouri grand jury has made a decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, a killing that sparked angry protests in the St. Louis suburb, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

    St. Louis County Prosecutor...

  • All I Needed to Know, I Learned in Rock Climbing.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 days ago

    Watching my kids enjoy indoor rock climbing, I realized a few lessons that paralleled Robert Fulghum’s famous sermon.  Typically, how we play is how we see life.

    1- There is no competition; everyone is rooting for you to get to the top.

    2- Everyone is a student and a teacher;...

  • A life of ideas: Remembering Susan Sontag

    By Avishay Artsy

    3 days ago

    At one point in American life, the mere mention of Susan Sontag’s name was a way of suggesting intellectual grandiosity. Everyone in the 1960s and ’70s seemed to have an opinion about Sontag’s ideas, whether from her essay “Notes on Camp,” or her books, notably “On Photography” or...

  • Holiday Klezmer concerts

    3 days ago

    The kindling of the lights can wait and the dreidel can remain unspun for a couple of hours. The 2014 Chanukah season signals the arrival of klezmer in the Los Angeles area, with bands both local and East Coast-based planning holiday concerts. 

    In fact, devotees of the Eastern...

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  • ‘The Red Tent’ puts down stakes as Lifetime miniseries

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    3 days ago

    Anita Diamant laughed as she described how readers often approach her to exclaim, “I love your book!”

    “Actually I’ve written 13 books, but I always know which one they’re talking about,” Diamant said during a telephone conversation from her Boston-area home. “It’s my best-seller...

  • The ‘Train to Zakopane’ and anti-Semitism

    3 days ago

    What is it about travel that gets us to reveal ourselves to strangers? Is it that no one knows who we are and we can play with our identity?

    In Henry Jaglom’s new play, “Train to Zakopane: A True Story of Hate and Love,” at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, the playwright explores...

  • Netanyahu sees positive side to missing Iran nuclear deadline

    3 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the likelihood that Iran and six world powers would fail to meet a deadline on Monday for a nuclear agreement.

    "No deal is better than a bad deal. The deal that Iran was pushing for was terrible. A deal would have left Iran with...

  • Israel charges cop with manslaughter in Palestinian youth’s death

    3 days ago

    Israel charged a policeman on Sunday in the fatal shooting of a teenage Palestinian protester, accusing him of deliberately switching his rubber bullets for the live round that killed the youth.

    The prosecutors' decision to level a charge of manslaughter rather than murder drew...

  • What’s the deal with canned cranberry sauce?

    3 days ago

    No American holiday conjures up images and memories of food like Thanksgiving. Starting in preschool, most of us learned that Thanksgiving commemorates the moment in 1621 when Pilgrims sat down for a peaceful meal with their Indian friends. They wore funny hats and buckle shoes...

  • Kerry: Progress in Iran talks, tough road ahead

    3 days ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran and the six world powers had made substantial progress toward a final deal over its nuclear program, but the talks would remain difficult in coming months despite new ideas being presented.

    "If we can do it (get a deal) sooner, we...

  • AJWS expands focus on Ebola prevention, education

    3 days ago

    When the magnitude of the Ebola crisis became clear in August, Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and her team contacted the 10 Liberian organizations AJWS supports to ask whether the agencies would like to change course from other social service...

  • Mike Nichols: From marked man to American icon

    By Danielle Berrin

    3 days ago

    The title of his Hollywood biopic should be "The Man Who Almost Wasn't."

    Because Mike Nichols, the celebrated director of stage and screen, was almost claimed by history. 

    Steven Spielberg was one of the first Hollywood luminaries to issue a statement about his death last week,...

  • Recharge your phone in 30 seconds? Israeli firm says it can

    3 days ago

    An Israeli company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world's most dynamic consumer industries.

    Using nano-technology to synthesise artificial molecules, Tel...

  • Letter to Japan: Why we mourn, what we lost

    4 days ago

    Many people I meet in Japan ask, why we Jews revere the memory of Chiune Sugihara. The obvious reason is that this man, along with his wife, through their bravery and steadfastness, saved thousands of Jews from certain death at the hands of the Nazis during the WWII Nazi Genocide,...

  • Hagel, under pressure, resigns as U.S. defense secretary

    4 days ago

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan.

    It was the first major change to Obama's...

  • More concerts, an historic soccer moment, winter Gay Pride festival and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    4 days ago

    An historic moment for our national soccer team

    The Israeli national soccer team beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 Sunday as part of the 2016 Euro qualifiers. This win is an historic moment for the team and a moment of joy for all Israelis, since this is a big step towards its first...

  • Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S: Thumbs Up!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    4 days ago

    The new Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab S in gold is a great lightweight option for those who want incredible graphics and Samsung’s newest options.

    I spoke with Chayse who is a technology expert on what kids want and need for the holiday season. He showed me several options that I had...

  • Sunday Reads: On Israel’s controversial nation-state law, How ISIS corporatized terror

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago

    US

    According to Henri J. Barkey, Obama’s upcoming review of America’s Syria strategy is unlikely to result in any serious changes:

    The options such a review would produce are unlikely to change policy anytime soon. This is not only because there are no good ones out there...

  • Immigrant nation

    By Rob Eshman

    5 days ago

    When you emerge from the Berlin subway into the Hermannplatz neighborhood, you enter Turkey.  Food stalls offer fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice, sesame-encrusted simit and flakey boreks oozing sheep’s milk cheeses.  The language spoken on the street, the signs, the music from...

  • Gunmen kill 28 in northeast Kenya bus attack

    6 days ago

    Attackers ambushed a bus and killed 28 people early on Saturday in northeast Kenya, police and the Ministry of Interior said.

    It was not immediately clear who the attackers were.

    "Bandits ambushed a bus from Mandera that was heading to Nairobi at dawn and killed 28 passengers...

  • FBI arrests 2 suspected Ferguson bomb suspects; later charged with federal firearms offenses

    6 days ago

    Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters.

    Word of the...

  • FA investigating Wigan owner Whelan’s remarks

    6 days ago

    The English FA is looking into remarks made by Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan despite his apology for apparently insulting Jewish and Chinese people in a newspaper interview.

    The FA has also confirmed its inquiry into offensive remarks made by Malky Mackay, who Whelan has just...

  • Two Jews lightly wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

    6 days ago

    Two Jewish men sustained minor injuries after being stabbed outside a religious seminary in eastern Jerusalem on Friday, Israeli media reported.

    Magen David Adom paramedics rushed to the scene to treat the wounded men: a 24-year-old who sustained a back injury and a 21-year-old...

  • Giving and getting money: It’s not a science, it’s an art

    6 days ago

    I run a nonprofit called Big Sunday. The idea behind Big Sunday is that absolutely everyone has some way to help somebody else. As we like to say, “There are no haves-and-have-nots, just haves-and-have-mores. Everyone has something.” And we can get so much more done when we all...

  • Calendar: Holiday preview 2014

    By Laura Donney

    6 days ago

    FRI | NOV 28

    “THE COMEDIC GENIUS OF RODNEY DANGERFIELD”

    Have some respect! Curated with the help of Rodney Dangerfield’s widow, Joan, this temporary exhibit offers an intimate look into the iconic career of a comedy favorite. Featuring the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Comedy...

  • Audio: Rabbi Werfel on witnessing the Har Nof attack

    6 days ago

    Rabbi Joe Werfel, formerly the Long Island NCSY Assistant Regional Director (1980’s), was a member of the minyan during the Har Nof attack, Cheshvan 5775. At Yeshiva Tifereth Jerusalem, Rabbi Werfel shares his face to face encounter with the two Arab terrorists during tefila services.

    To read part of the transcript, click here.

  • Enjoy Napa Valley Grille and the 3 P’s of Thanksgiving!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    6 days ago

    Napa Valley Grille in Westwood is ready to assist you for Thanksgiving! Just remember the 3 Ps: Pre-order, Pick up & Pretend! 

    Seriously the food is delicious and everything is homemade from the exquisite sourdough bread to the olive tapanade. Don't miss out on simply grilled...

  • Officials make preparations for Ferguson grand jury decision

    6 days ago

    Prosecutors made preparations to announce the eventual decision by a grand jury on whether to charge a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager and some local schools said on Friday they would close next week in anticipation of unrest.

    U.S. Attorney General...

  • AIPAC holds fire as Iran deadline looms

    6 days ago

    As the United States and other powers negotiate down to the wire on a nuclear deal with Iran, one voice has been unusually quiet – the main pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

    Israel deeply distrusts the attempt to reach a deal at talks in Vienna that would lift harsh international...

  • Two Jews lightly wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

    6 days ago

    Two Jewish men sustained minor injuries after being stabbed outside a religious seminary in eastern Jerusalem on Friday, Israeli media reported.

    Magen David Adom paramedics rushed to the scene to treat the wounded men: a 24-year-old who sustained a back injury and a 21-year-old...

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