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  • Tips to consider before you reach your destination (wedding)

    By Elyse Glickman

    2 days ago

    For Jewish couples contemplating a destination wedding, Israel is often the first country that comes to mind. But the Promised Land isn’t always an option, nor is it every couple’s dream wedding location. Every couple has its own definition of paradise — the choices can seem...

  • Meet the Kahanes: Father and son to perform together

    By Rick Schultz

    2 days ago

    In the super-competitive world of music, it is a rarity for both a father and his offspring to earn a significant measure of success. Rarer still is a father who finds himself playing and conducting his son’s music.

    Yet as part of his 2011 recital program at Walt Disney Concert...

  • Siblings spar on a kibbutz in ‘two sisters’

    2 days ago

    Old family rivalries and long-held secrets are laid bare in the play “Two Sisters,” currently running at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills.

    The play is set on an Israeli kibbutz, where Edith (Leda Siskind), a longtime resident, has just enjoyed her 75th birthday party. Rika (Sharron...

  • Building in teens a foundation for community engagement

    2 days ago

    For many teens, spring break is that time of year when they get to stay home from school, text their friends for hours, watch movies and play video games.

    But now, thanks to a new offering from Camp Bob Waldorf on the Max Straus Campus in Glendale, they can be engaged in...

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  • Parts of would-be Nazi headquarters in L.A. being demolished

    2 days ago

    Tucked away behind an enclave of glass-walled mansions facing the Pacific Ocean is a relic of an ugly and half-remembered past, as hard to believe as it is to swallow. Built into a seam of the Santa Monica Mountains, not far from Sunset Boulevard, is a derelict compound once...

  • God: What’s in a name?

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    2 days ago

    Naming plays a crucial role in Judaism. Our tradition provides 72 names for HaShem, a phrase that literally means “The Name,” and the actual name of God is regarded as so sacred that it is not to be read aloud from the pages of the Torah. But one divine name in particular is the...

  • Anger can take Israel in the wrong direction

    By Uri Dromi

    2 days ago

    The recent wave of Palestinian terror attacks, which took the life of a 19-year-old policewoman Feb. 3 in Jerusalem, has generated anger among Israelis. They demand that the government do something to stop these assaults. The question is: Do what?

    Unlike the First Intifada...

  • Proust was (almost) a Chasid

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    2 days ago

    When a collection of glittering celebrities gets together, one would normally expect a glitzy, media-friendly event. But in late 2013, a group of high-profile media figures, including Ira Glass of “This American Life” and celebrity chef Dominique Ansel, staged not some dramatic...

  • Restoring Torah becomes a community effort

    2 days ago

    The history of the 200-year-old Torah at Shalom Institute in Malibu was shrouded in mystery for more than two decades until a campaign began this past summer to restore the worn, bloodstained relic. 

    Now, the scroll from central Bohemia — on loan since 1989 from the Memorial...

  • Republicans Christie, Fiorina dropping White House bids

    2 days ago

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former business executive Carly Fiorina are ending their campaigns for the 2016 Republican nomination, narrowing the field of rivals facing businessman Donald Trump for the right to compete in the Nov. 8 presidential election. 

    A senior aide...

  • Torah portion: Your body is a temple

    2 days ago

    I am a rabbi and a chaplain. I once had a hospital patient respond to that introduction by saying, “So you’re Jewish and Christian?” This points to how little is known about this thing called “chaplaincy” and how hard I must work to explain it, wherever I go. 

    The word “chaplain”...

  • A special service for special needs

    2 days ago

    For a long time, Karen Stein and her family simply didn’t go to services. They would have liked to, but Stein’s youngest son, Colin, 14, is on the autism spectrum, and keeping him in his seat and focused for an entire service proved too difficult. 

    A new, monthly offering at...

  • Calendar: February 12-18, 2016

    By Amanda Epstein

    2 days ago

    FRI | FEB 12

    “DANCING IN YIDDISH”

    Learn about the dances that represent Eastern European-Jewish traditions as Karen Goodman presents her talk, “Dancing in Yiddish.” Developed with klezmer music, these are dances of joy, ritual and meditation, and they dramatize communal life...

  • Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to plead guilty in jail scandal, attorney says

    2 days ago

    Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty in a downtown courtroom Wednesday to making a false statement, marking a dramatic turn in the ongoing federal investigation into corruption in the Sheriff's Department.

    Baca's attorney, Michael Zweibeck, said his...

  • Letters to the editor: The Kotel, Olney’s descendent and fighting homelessness

    2 days ago

    Make the Kotel Barrier-Free

    Rabbi Daniel Bouskila’s argument that there should be no minyanim at all at the Western Wall, where any Jew — or non-Jew — can come and meditate as individuals, is to be lauded (“The Kotel Decision: A Sephardic Jew Responds,” Feb. 5). Only in the two...

  • Clinton camp targets Sanders on Israel record

    2 days ago

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign is eager to slow down Bernie Sanders’ momentum after his stunning victory in the New Hampshire primary. Countering the headlines about Bernie making history as the first Jewish candidate to win a presidential primary, the Clinton campaign rushed to note...

  • Israeli virologist hunting for clues to Zika outbreak

    2 days ago

    With the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the spread of the Zika virus a global health emergency on Feb. 1 and with fears growing that the epidemic could become worse than Ebola, an Israeli scientist has stepped up his work to try to understand why this seemingly innocuous...

  • Archaeologists say Western Wall plan endangers site

    2 days ago

    New construction aimed at providing a space for non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall would damage “the most important archaeological site for the Jewish people,” a group of Israeli archaeologists said.

    In a letter, nine senior archaeologists urged Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Israel, EU in secret talks following decision on settlement labeling

    3 days ago

    Israel and the European Union reportedly are engaging in secret talks on repairing their relationship following the EU’s decision to label products made in Israeli settlements.

    According to a report in Haaretz, Helga Schmid, a senior adviser to EU chief diplomat Federica...

  • Olmert headed to prison next week after court rejects plea deal

    3 days ago

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will enter Israeli prison on corruption charges next week, after a Jerusalem court rejected a plea deal and lengthened his sentence by a month.

    Olmert will serve at least 19 months in prison on three charges — two counts of obstruction of...

  • Israeli soldiers kills rock-throwing Palestinian teen

    3 days ago

     Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank who reportedly was throwing rocks at cars and Israeli soldiers.

    Omar Jawabreh, 16, was shot in the chest and died of his wounds Wednesday, according to the Times of Israel, citing Palestinian reports. He...

  • Teresa Giudice: Big House to Club House

    By Ilana Angel

    3 days ago

    Last night marked the return of Teresa Giudice to TV, when she sat with Andy Cohen for a one-on-one interview. She looked beautiful and it was wonderful to see her looking happy, healthy, and beautiful. She was kind, gentle, and aware of herself in a way she has never was before....

  • The Zen of a Chaplain’s Sacrilegious Remarks

    3 days ago

    Being a chaplain is a great career for people who like to skip the small talk and get straight to what is on a person’s mind. I was meeting Kenneth for the first time last week, one of the newly admitted patients in the hospice residence. He was in bed, a thin white beard vainly...

  • Primary Night Diary: You don’t really want a Jewish president, do you?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    If you are visiting Rosner’s Domain the day after the New Hampshire primary, you probably don’t expect a list of winners and losers. Other analysts and web sites will give you a decent analysis of such matters – and will tell you how Trump and Sanders won, Kasich surprised, Bush...

  • Teaching Taharah in Prison

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    3 days ago

    One day last week Rabbi Michael Lezak drove me up to the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, which, according to its website, provides “a centrally located medical/psychiatric institution for the health care needs of the male felon population in California's prisons.”

    Upon...

  • Baking with olive oil: Rich brownies and almond and cranberry cookies

    3 days ago

    Making a healthy start to the year, I went into the kitchen on New Year's Day to cook with olive oil. Now I know there are all sorts of people, chefs among them, who will claim "you can't cook with extra virgin olive oil."

    Where they get this from is a mystery, but it's a myth...

  • Jewish day schools in two US cities receive threatening phone calls

    3 days ago

    Threats to Jewish day schools in two U.S. cities prompted police investigations a day after Jewish schools in Britain received bomb threats.

    The Perelman Jewish Day School in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, received a threatening phone call at 10:30 a.m....

  • Presidents Conference meets with Erdogan amid Turkey-Israel reconciliation efforts

    3 days ago

    A delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey and Israel seek to improve ties.

    Stephen Greenberg, the chairman of the umbrella foreign policy body for U.S. Jewish groups, and Malcolm...

  • Nevada’s Democratic caucus conflicts with Shabbat

    3 days ago

    Sabbath-observing Jewish Democrats will be shut out of the party’s caucus in Nevada.

    The country’s third primary election is scheduled for Feb. 20, a Saturday, at noon. Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and senator, is considered the favorite in Nevada against her...

  • UNESCO recognizes Israel’s Aleppo Codex in registry of world treasures

    3 days ago

    The Aleppo Codex — believed to be the world’s oldest surviving copy of the Hebrew Bible — has been officially recognized as a treasured item by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

    The codex, which is on permanent display at the Israel Museum in...

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