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  • Put to the test: A young woman talks life with HIV

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    4 days ago

    While growing up in a suburban Jewish home in Granada Hills, Kelly Gluckman never thought she could become HIV positive.  

    “I knew that AIDS was a huge problem in Africa, in the gay community and among drug abusers, but it was something that happened to ‘them’ over there,”...

  • Politics and pastrami

    By Rob Eshman

    4 days ago

    This week two topics are dominating the conversation of Westside Jews: the election and Wexler’s Deli. And they are not as unrelated as you think.

    The California primary is less than two weeks away, on June 7, a Tuesday. And Wexler’s Deli opens at 6th Street and Santa Monica Blvd...

  • Marthe Cohn: A Jewish spy infiltrates Nazi Germany

    By Jane Ulman

    4 days ago

    "Go. Now!” 

    Marthe Cohn (nee Hoffnung), was crouching in a forest, dressed in a skirt and jacket, with white socks covering her silk stockings. She took a deep breath and grabbed her suitcase, taking leave of Georges Lemaire, the Swiss intelligence officer who had accompanied her...

  • Calendar May 27- June 2

    By Amanda Epstein

    4 days ago

    FRI | MAY 27

    WEXLER’S DELI GRAND OPENING

    Chef-owner Micah Wexler and partner Michael Kassar are bringing Wexler’s Deli to the Westside! The old-school Jewish deli with a modern twist will have a menu featuring even more smoked fish offerings, their signature coffee blend,...

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  • Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick moves to Knesset

    4 days ago

    A year and a half ago, Yehuda Glick was a fringe Temple Mount activist expected to die, the victim of a point-blank assassination attempt.

    This week, he was sworn into the Knesset as the ruling Likud Party’s replacement legislator for outgoing Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.

    ...
  • Getting ready for unexpected guests — in 20 minutes flat

    By Jonathan Fong

    4 days ago

    Let’s talk about that dreaded phone call. It can come any day, at any hour. The one where someone on the other end of the line says the eight scariest words in the English language: “We’re in the neighborhood and want to visit.” (Cue the scream sound effect.)

    I don’t know about...

  • Avigdor Lieberman jokes about curbing his fiery nature

    4 days ago

    In first remarks as Israel's designated defense minister, right-wing settler Avigdor Lieberman joked about his fiery reputation: "I have undergone surgery to lengthen my fuse."

    In a more serious vein, the Soviet-born 57-year-old struck a conciliatory note, emphasizing "a strong...

  • ‘Game of Thrones’ welcomes Israeli actress-singer

    4 days ago

    Russian-Israeli actress Ania Bukstein recently joined the cast of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones.”

    Bukstein, a Moscow native who immigrated to Israel at 8, plays Red Priestess Kinvara, debuting on the episode that aired Sunday night.

    Bukstein, 33, is a household name in...

  • The danger of ignoring Donald Trump

    By Bill Boyarsky

    4 days ago

    Each presidential election, Republicans mount a campaign to increase their share of Jewish voters, who are, for the most part, a stiff-necked bunch perennially insisting on voting Democratic. This year, the effort is more difficult than ever because of their presumed nominee,...

  • Torah portion: What a coincidence!

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    4 days ago

    In 35 years as a rabbi, and additional years before then, I have experienced my share of life’s many “coincidences” and have heard others describe theirs. The stories often are fantastic, not only in the sense of being fabulous narratives but also as events that seemingly border on...

  • Letters to the editor: Beit T’Shuvah, Bernie Sanders and more

    4 days ago

    Sobering Reminder During a Time of Unrest

    I have been involved as a volunteer for more than 20 years at Beit T’Shuvah, a nonprofit residential addiction treatment center on Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles (“Beit T’Shuvah Changes Leadership Amid Turmoil,” May 20).

    In January...

  • Obituaries: Week of May 27, 2016

    4 days ago

    Jerrold Asher died April 29 at 88. Survived by daughters Patricia (Chris) Barbieri; son Mark (Sandra); stepdaughters Arnea Alcon-McCarthy, Jodye Kirshman; 2 grandchildren; former wife Marsha. Mount Sinai

    Rudi Bassmann died April 29 at 96. Survived by daughter Sabrina; son Ronald;...

  • Warmonger or humanitarian? Getting to know Avigdor Lieberman

    4 days ago

    Yes, there’s the Avigdor Lieberman who wants to behead bad guys, mandate loyalty oaths and pay Arabs to leave the country — the one who makes fun of the disabled and who dodged a fraud charge.

    But Israel’s onetime foreign minister and maybe-next defense minister is not quite the...

  • Fear Gets Relegated to a Bit Part

    4 days ago

    This week I came across a patient who feels it is unfair for him to be alive any longer if that means someone else in the world, such as a Syrian orphan, is giving up part of their allotted share of life in order for an old man like him, to continue being here. Using this odd...

  • The Talmudic Sex exchange, part 1: What can the sages teach us about sex?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    Maggie Anton is the award-winning author of "Rashi's Daughters," historical novels set in the household of the great medieval Jewish scholar, whose daughters studied Talmud when these sacred texts were forbidden to women. The first book of her new series, "Rav Hisda's Daughter: A...

  • Flying Freak Flags

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    4 days ago

    What kind of freak are you?

    Some may see this question as an insult, but on Sunday I spent several hours explaining to people at the Maker Faire in San Mateo why it’s a legitimate, even healthy, question to ask.

    The brainchild of my friend Julia Dvorin, the Freak Flag booth at...

  • My Trips to Meiron…

    By Revital Belz

    4 days ago

    Have you ever been to Meiron on Lag B’Omer? Well over 200,000 Jews ascend to Meiron each year on eve of the 18th of Iyar to pray at the gravesite of the Holy Tanna, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. (This year: Wednesday/Thursday May 25-26).

    I had been to the Kever (gravesite in Hebrew)...

  • Liberal Green Party wins Austrian Presidency as Nationalist Freedom Party loses in a nail-biter

    5 days ago

    Alexander Van der Bellen, a 72-year-old economics professor and the former head of Austria’s Green Party, won a cliffhanger presidential election on Monday, narrowly defeating his far-right rival by the slimmest of margins – 50.3 percent of the vote to the ultranationalist Norbert...

  • Maccabi Haifa beat Maccabi Tel Aviv to win Israeli State Cup

    5 days ago

    Veteran Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun bade farewell to his club Maccabi Haifa with a 1-0 win in the State Cup final over favourites and holders Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

    Haifa ended an 18-year wait for the trophy as they defended stoutly against repeated Maccabi Tel Aviv...

  • NFL to play 2021 Super Bowl in new Los Angeles stadium

    5 days ago

    The NFL will stage the 2021 Super Bowl in Los Angeles, raising its profile in the country's second-largest media market after making a celebrated return to the city with the relocation of the Rams franchise to the West Coast starting next season.

    The National Football League also...

  • Jewish Republicans, come home to the Democratic Party!

    5 days ago

    This is a dismal time to be a Jewish Republican. Unless he’s struck by lightning or attacked by a swarm of killer bees, Donald Trump will be the Republican Party candidate for president.

    (If you are an enthusiastic, die-hard Trump-ette, you can stop reading this. You are beyond...

  • Hillary: More than ever (here’s why)

    5 days ago

    As with many, I opposed the 2015 Iran Deal negotiated between the White House (no need to kid ourselves about the P-5) and the Iranian mullahs. I said so forthrightly last July while speaking at a rally before the U.S. Consulate in Toronto.

    My words that afternoon, particularly...

  • Far-right Austrian presidential candidate’s narrow loss is wake-up call, Jewish groups say

    5 days ago

    European Jewish groups reacted with relief to the victory by a left-wing politician over a far-right candidate in Austria’s presidential elections.

    Alexander van der Bellen, an environmentalist with a pro-refugee agenda, won with 50.3 percent of the vote on Sunday, despite early...

  • Trump vs. Clinton: Battle of the Jewish sons-in-law

    5 days ago

    Somebody had better put a mezuzah on the Lincoln Bedroom.

    Whoever ends up winning the election in November, one thing seems certain: For the first time in history, Jews will be in the president’s inner family circle.

    Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have Jewish...

  • Egypt reportedly pushing for Netanyahu-Abbas summit

    5 days ago

    Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi reportedly is coaxing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to meet face to face.

    Sissi, according to Ynet News, is hoping to organize an Egypt-led peace summit in Cairo where the two...

  • RJC calls out Trump supporters for anti-Semitic abuse of journalists

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    5 days ago

    The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) on Tuesday released a statement condemning the increased anti-Semitic abuse directed toward journalists by what they referred to as supporters of the three presidential candidates.

    “We abhor any abuse of journalists, commentators and writers...

  • Bob Dylan’s forgotten pro-Israel song, revisited

    5 days ago

    “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now,” Bob Dylan sang in 1964’s “My Back Pages.”

    Reverse-aging or no, the legendary Jewish folk singer turns 75 on Tuesday.

    While Dylan’s Jewishness has been examined and reexamined over the years, relatively little attention has...

  • Prominent Jewish donors join Trump’s victory fund

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    5 days ago

    Several prominent Jewish donors, including some top supporters of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, have been recruited by the Republican National Committee to help elect Donald Trump as president in the fall.

    On Tuesday, the Trump campaign and the RNC announced the names of...

  • Hamas seeks to re-introduce death penalty for murder

    5 days ago

    Amid a surge in violent crime, leaders from the Hamas movement, which controls the Gaza Strip, have begun advocating implementation of the death penalty for convicted murderers, even though carrying out capital punishment without the authorization of Palestinian Authority President...

  • Netanyahu may have accepted illegal travel perks, state comptroller says

    5 days ago

    Israel’s state comptroller is due to release a report claiming that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu improperly used funds for his and his family’s travel.

    The allegations, according to Haaretz, concern the years 2003 to 2005, when Netanyahu served as finance minister....

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