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  • German Holocaust film ‘Phoenix’ examines life after death camps

    By Tom Tugend

    5 days ago

    The phoenix is a mythical firebird that lives for centuries, dies in flames and then rises from its ashes to start life anew.

    Phoenix is the name of a nightclub in 1945 Berlin, a city consumed by Allied bombs and Russian canons, trying to rise again after Germany’s crushing...

  • How Rep. Adam Schiff weighs the Iran pact vote

    By Bill Boyarsky

    5 days ago

    As he prepares to decide on the Iran nuclear deal, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) talks to advocates on both sides of the controversy. He consults well-informed, open-minded experts. From his seat on the House Intelligence Committee, he digs deep into classified details. Schiff knows...

  • The mystery of creative blocks

    By Ellie Herman

    5 days ago

    My client has set aside savings from his side business so that he can finally clear his schedule and finish that screenplay he started last year; he has two beautiful, free months just to write. After creating a long-term plan, we sit down to draw up a daily schedule. I ask him how...

  • A-List stars return for ‘Wet Hot’ prequel

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    5 days ago

    If you’re reading this, you probably already know some “camp people” — people who talk about camp in superlatives, elevating camp memories to the level of scripture: The time one camper convinced another that she was singing on a cassette tape, when it was really Suzanne Vega’s...

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  • Should Federation take sides?: A Rabbinic letter of support for the Iran agreement

    5 days ago

    On July 21, the Los Angeles Jewish Federation board sent an appeal to our community to urge Congress to oppose the joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s Nuclear Program, saying:

    “The proposed agreement with Iran … impacts the security of the United States, the stability of...

  • Torah portion: How to make teens excited about Judaism

    5 days ago

    Recently, a mother invited 30 teens, all Jewish day school graduates, to spend Shabbat services and eat lunch at our Chabad center in Bel Air. The goal was to give them a look at “traditional” Judaism. 

    In typical teen fashion, they gathered outside during services and lunch, and...

  • Should Federation take sides?: Moving forward together

    5 days ago

    If you’ve ever heard me speak, you’ve heard me say, “I have the best job in the world.” I work with an incredibly talented and dedicated staff and with the most extraordinary group of lay leaders and donors. Together, we are supporting and sustaining this Jewish community and...

  • ‘The Ben Hecht Show’ highlights spiritual side of the Oscar-winning screenwriter

    5 days ago

    His star has largely faded with the years, but in his day — the 1920s through the mid-’60s — writer Ben Hecht was an icon. James Sherman, who created and performs a one-man play about Hecht called “The Ben Hecht Show,” currently at the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood, said he...

  • Patriots owner Robert Kraft: NFL suspension of Tom Brady ‘unfathomable’

    5 days ago

    Robert Kraft, the Jewish owner of the New England Patriots, slammed the National Football League for suspending Tom Brady, his team’s star quarterback, for the first four games of the upcoming season.

    In a statement Wednesday, Kraft called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s...

  • Jews stood up to the U.S. government 40 years ago, and should again on Iran

    5 days ago

    These days, like many Israelis and American Jews, I find myself in a precarious and painful situation. Those of us who believe that the nuclear agreement just signed between world powers and Iran is dangerously misguided are now compelled to criticize Israel’s best friend and ally,...

  • VIDEO: Jack Black, Morgan Freeman urge Americans to support Iran deal

    5 days ago

    Actors Jack Black and Morgan Freeman join other big shots, including Queen Noor of Jordan, in a comedic video released Tuesday that plumps for the Iran deal.

    The celebrities urge Americans to contact their representatives in Washington to encourage them to support the agreement...

  • Illegal buildings in West Bank settlement razed, new construction approved

    5 days ago

    Two illegal buildings in a West Bank settlement were demolished amid violent protests, but the Israeli government authorized new housing for the Beit El community.

    The buildings were razed on Wednesday afternoon after Israel’s Supreme Court that morning upheld earlier rulings to...

  • Is Munich 1938 a valid analogy for the Iran nuclear deal?

    By Dennis Prager

    5 days ago

    Many commentators — and not only Jews — compare the agreement between Iran and the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China to Munich 1938. Is this admittedly overused comparison valid?

    Let’s review what happened in 1938. That year, democratic Western nations...

  • Calendar: July 31 - August 6

    By Amanda Epstein

    5 days ago

    FRI | JULY 31

    BEVERLY HILLS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

    Get ready for amazing performances by world-renowned soloists and budding new artists as Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills opens its doors for the 12th season of this colorful art experience. Artistic director and festival...

  • Obituaries: Week of July 31, 2015

    5 days ago

    Irving Arouh died June 29 at 89. Survived by wife Doris; son Marc; daughter Leslee (Tim) Ahsing; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

    Albert Berg died June 26 at 92. Survived by sons Ronald, Alan (Marie); daughter Susan (Robin) Richardson; 8 grandchildren. Hillside

    Rabbi Ben Zion Bergman...

  • Letters to the editor: The Iran poll, the Iran deal and Israel in the Special Olympics

    5 days ago

    Poll Challenge

    We reviewed the L.A. Jewish Journal poll and determined that its conclusion that most American Jews support the Iran nuclear deal is not valid. The question asked was, “As you may know, an agreement was reached in which the United States and other countries would...

  • We support the Iran Deal

    5 days ago

    For more than a decade, we’ve been told that an Iran with nuclear weapons would pose not only a grave threat to Israel, but an imminent threat to Israel’s existence. For this reason, for more than a decade we’ve been pressing U.S. presidents and Congress to take action to address...

  • Never Stay Indifferent, Never Stop Caring

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    I remember the first anti-Semitic remark I received. It was a comment to one of my posts here, and it said "What a shame Hitler didn't finish what he started." That night, I couldn't sleep. I was concerned and bothered, but most of all- I was horrified. Later, as I became more...

  • Brit v’Chesed

    6 days ago

         “Kindness is the overflowing of one’s self into the lives of others” (anonymous)

    Chesed: mercy, compassion, kindness, grace, steadfastness, faithfulness.

    Chesed encompasses all these components, and more. It denotes a love stemming from loyalty and commitment. In the Old...

  • Kurdish fighters seen as primary target of Turkey’s Erdogan

    6 days ago

    Following a devastating Islamic State (ISIS) linked attack on a Turkish town near the Syrian border, the Erdogan government has launched a campaign primarily targeting the Kurdish fighters who are ISIS’s most effective opponents, essentially terminating the peace process with...

  • Right, Left and Center Condemn the Iran Deal

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    6 days ago

    With more and more voices from the right, left and center decrying the deal with Iran, it is not surprising that a majority of American's in recent CNN poll are against the deal. The more you read the agreement, and study the issues, the more you cannot help but realize that this...

  • Real Housewives of New York Week 16 & 17 Double Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    6 days ago

    Typos are generously sponsored by Percocet.

    I didn’t get a chance to recap episode 16 last week because life got in the way and I simply ran out of time. I am now left having to blog 2 weeks at once on a day when I cannot drink because I had surgery yesterday. Dear Lord it is...

  • Sander Levin statement on the Iran nuclear agreement

    6 days ago

    Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee, today released the following statement regarding his support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon:

    “Consideration of the Iran nuclear agreement...

  • How not to celebrate the release of Jonathan Pollard

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    1. The decision to release Jonathan Pollard from prison, announced this week, is a timely decision. For a number of years, it became clear that the insistence on keeping him in prison was, to put it mildly, suspicious. Pollard was sent to prison for all the right reasons; he was...

  • American Jews must speak out for Haitians in Dominican Republic

    6 days ago

    Fewer than 800 miles from our shores, a deeply disturbing crisis is unfolding as tens of thousands of citizens of the Dominican Republic face deportation from their country simply because of their heritage.

    Tragically, people of Haitian descent who were born in the Dominican...

  • Iran deal: See dealer for details

    By David Suissa

    6 days ago

    The more I get into the Iran nuclear deal, the more it feels like the television show “Mad Men” — you know, those slick advertising geniuses who seduce you with promises but downplay the fine print.

    It’s like one of those radio commercials for hot new car deals, where the...

  • Real Housewives of Orange County Week 8 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    6 days ago

    Typos are generously sponsored by Vicodin.

    I have officially hit a wall with these women. They are annoying, offensive, ridiculous, and unworthy of our time. Honestly, the women of the OC need to be put out to pasture. There is nothing interesting happening. Nothing. They are so...

  • Iran Deal: A few comments on leadership and historical comparisons

    6 days ago

    Michael Berenbaum’s July 22, 2015 “Geneva is Not Munich, and President Obama is not Neville Chamberlain,” is written with characteristic knowledge and insight.  His concerns about polarization in the Jewish community are worth heeding, as is his reminder that we have to work...

  • Nina Simone, misunderstood no more

    6 days ago

    Jeff Lieberman was en route to a South Carolina screening of his first feature, “Re-emerging: The Jews of Nigeria,” when he realized how close he’d be to the tiny Blue Ridge Mountain town of Tryon, North Carolina. The New York-based filmmaker couldn’t pass up a side trip to the...

  • Hebron police destroys 3 tons of marijuana

    By JNi.media

    6 days ago

    Hebron police officials on Monday morning set fire to about 3 tons of marijuana valued at $50 million, seized in an operation over the past few months, Palestinian media sources reported Tuesday.

    Hebron governor Kamal Ahmed praised the efforts of his police force, and called for...

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