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  • Doctors strike back after anti-Israel letter in Lancet, pressure publisher Elsevier

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    Angered by a controversial, anti-Israel letter published in late July by the respected medical journal The Lancet, doctors in North America and Europe are calling on academic publishing giant Reed Elsevier to reform its editorial policy. The question is whether Elsevier will...

  • Am Yisrael Buy: Pro-Israel app aims to counter flurry of BDS ones

    6 days ago

    The latest Israel technology wasn’t developed at the Technion, nor was it hatched by a startup in Tel Aviv. In fact, it didn’t come from Israel at all.

    Am Yisrael Buy, a new app (available on Apple, Android and Windows Phone) designed to help users locate and buy Israeli...

  • Swastikas drawn on Yale dorm steps

    6 days ago

    Swastikas were drawn in chalk on the steps of a Yale University dormitory.

    The swastikas were discovered early Sunday morning on the New Haven, Conn., campus. The Yale Police Department was investigating but had no leads as of Tuesday, the Yale Daily News reported.

    “I condemn...

  • Margo Howard dishes on her four marriages, three of them Jewish

    6 days ago

    When your mother is the world’s most famous advice columnist you wouldn’t think you’d have to learn any lesson the hard way. But Margo Howard — daughter of the late Ann Landers and the niece of Landers’ twin sister Dear Abby (née Esther and Pauline Friedman) — had to marry four...

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  • Israelis growing hungry for vegan diet

    6 days ago

    The music pounded, the liquor flowed, dancers filled the floor and khinkali meat dumplings and kababi skewers — staples of traditional Georgian cuisines — sat on almost every table.

    That was back in February, before Nana Shrier, the owner of the hip Tel Aviv bar and restaurant...

  • How Palestinian ‘lawfare’ could backfire

    6 days ago

    When it comes to a long-term solution for our conflict with the Palestinians, there is no unanimity among Israelis. Many feel that the two-state solution is the only realistic option, while others believe that a Palestinian state would endanger Israel and therefore a regional...

  • Rabbi in voyeurism case seen as distant and — until now — morally strict

    6 days ago

    Rabbi Barry Freundel was known to the Washington Jewish community as a champion of moral rectitude. But on Tuesday, the spiritual leader of Kesher Israel congregation for the past 25 years, was charged with the most intimate of transgressions: voyeurism.

    Freundel, 62, was taken...

  • Stand-Up on the Spot

    By Joy Bennett

    6 days ago

    Event Host and Performer Jeremiah Watkins

    Last night I went to a really fun, fast-paced event -- a stand-up comedy event with a twist.  Stand-Up on the Spot is a lively monthly event where the comics take suggestions from the audience and tell jokes from them right there on...

  • With Cohen’s 80th birthday comes ‘Popular Problems’

    By Tom Teicholz

    6 days ago

    The mere release of “Popular Problems,” two days after Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday last month, is remarkable in and of itself. (How many 80-year-old sex symbols and style icons are there?) But it also caps a decade in which Cohen conquered troubling neuroses and fears to mount...

  • Discover Los Angeles: Tart Restaurant & Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    6 days ago

    The Farmer's Daughter Hotel is a unique Los Angeles hotel offering stylish hotel rooms and  welcomes you like family in the heart of Los Angeles across from the Grove. Test out Tart Restaurant's tasty creations and upcoming Halloween special libations!  

     
    ...
  • Music historian catalogues Leonard Cohen’s musical history

    By Kirk Silsbee

    6 days ago

    Like many of us, author Harvey Kubernik first heard Leonard Cohen through his interpreters. Judy Collins recorded Cohen’s cryptic “Suzanne” and the sardonic suicide ode “Dress Rehearsal Rag” on her 1966 “In My Life” album. The songs impressed Kubernik, but it wasn’t until Cohen’s...

  • Second Texas nurse with Ebola had traveled by plane

    6 days ago

    A second Texas nurse who tested positive for Ebola after caring for a patient with the virus had traveled by jetliner a day before she reported symptoms, U.S. and airline officials said on Wednesday.

    The worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas had taken a Frontier...

  • Moving and shaking: Doc Rivers, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the ADL

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    “The city rests on a foundation of public safety,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the fourth annual Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) Los Angeles dinner honoring both the mayor and businessman Mitch Julis on Oct. 2 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  

    HSAC is a...

  • Is Pope Francis a model for our rabbis?

    6 days ago

    The shift in tone that Pope Francis is bringing to the Catholic Church has serious repercussions for people who follow that religion – and those of other faith systems. As the most prominent religious figure in today’s world, the actions, ideas, and approach of the pontiff...

  • Carol’s Poems

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    6 days ago

    Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it is said, God decides who will live and who will die in the coming year. During that in-between time of judgment, a woman I’ll call Carol died quietly in the night while her husband, who I’ll call Samuel, slept.

    I only met Carol twice. The...

  • In a perfect world, the UK Parliament would have looked different

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    6 days ago

    In a perfect world, George Galloway would have been removed from office, and Mike Freer would have stayed and fight. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world…


    In the past couple of days, headlines here were all about the UK, and its House of Commons' controversial vote to...

  • Biographer for a Day

    Rabbi Karen B. Kaplan

    6 days ago

    Think about it. Most of the time what people say to each other points just to the surface of the intense and conflicting emotions roiling below. Writers use that fact to create tension between what the characters in a story are chattering about and what they really feel and think....

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Vezot Habracha with Rabbi Brian Zimmerman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Brian Zimmerman of the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Zimmerman, a 12th-generation rabbi, was ordained by the Hebrew Union college in NY in 1993 and served as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am in Tampa, FL for seven years. In 2006 he was...

  • U.S., Russia agree to share intelligence on common enemy: Islamic State militants

    1 week ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed on Tuesday to increase intelligence sharing between Moscow and Washington on Islamic State militants, focusing on a common enemy even as deep divisions remained over the crisis in Ukraine.

    ...
  • Letter from Dijon, France

    1 week ago

    On my first day traveling in Dijon this past spring, I bounded into the hotel lobby and casually reached for a newspaper lying on the reception desk. The front-page headline of Le Figaro riveted my attention. Quickly, I devoured the story. It described an unprecedented upsurge in...

  • InterfaithFamily launches in Los Angeles

    1 week ago

    A Massachusetts-based initiative to engage interfaith families has received a $250,000 grant over three years from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (JCFLA) to set up shop in Los Angeles.

    InterfaithFamily (IFF) was one of seven recipients of Cutting Edge Grants this...

  • Reporting anti-Semitism: There’s an app for that

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    Campus hate has a new enemy that fits in the pocket of your pants. 

    CombatHateU, a new smartphone app for Apple iOS and Android developed by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is intended to allow Jewish college students to immediately report and confront anti-Semitism. 

    The app aims...

  • The few. The proud.
    The Jewish Marines.

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    Sitting at the front of a small room inside a nondescript building at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Navy Lt. Aaron Kleinman was dressed in a uniform rarely seen on these grounds: On top of his gray suit, dress shirt and tie, Kleinman’s head was covered by a kippah and his...

  • Carter, Begin and Sadat — Nostalgia for hope of peace

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    1 week ago

    Lawrence Wright, a staff writer for The New Yorker, is attracted to moments of high drama and historical significance. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his account of Osama Bin Laden and the events of Sept. 11 in “The Looming Tower,” for example, and he penetrated the inner workings of...

  • The Israel Film Festival reveals the heart of Israel to L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    The Israel Film Festival (IFF) will bring the real heartbeat of the Jewish state — often smothered under bellicose headlines — to Los Angeles through 28 feature and documentary films. The festival screens Oct. 23 through Nov. 6 at five different venues.

    Kicking off the series is...

  • Sister Girl

    By Melissa Weller

    1 week ago

    *Contains massive spoilers*

    Before Gone Girl hit theaters, it had already established itself as more than just the latest David Fincher drama or an early Oscar contender. Gone Girl — adapted into a screenplay by Gillian Flynn from the 2012 bestseller by Gillian Flynn — turned...

  • ‘Voices of Light’ and Joan of Arc illuminate mystery of faith

    By Rick Schultz

    1 week ago

    How did a nice Jewish boy from Short Hills, N.J., come to compose an oratorio to accompany Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent-film masterpiece “The Passion of Joan of Arc”? According to Richard Einhorn, his score “Voices of Light,” came into being by “sheer...

  • Jewish humor in ‘Tent: Comedy’

    1 week ago

    Actor and comedian Jon Lovitz once offered this reason why so many Jews are funny: “To be funny, you have to suffer, suffer, suffer,” he said. “Jews, blacks, we’ve suffered a lot in the past. That makes us funny, I guess.”

    Maybe this talent is also a survival mechanism; as Milton...

  • Emma Goldman Papers Project in danger of being shut down

    By Rebecca Spence

    1 week ago

    As the University of California, Berkeley celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, a long-simmering feud over funding for the Emma Goldman Papers  — an archival project dedicated to the life and work of the iconic Jewish radical and free speech advocate — is...

  • Congressional and Senate candidates debate at University Synagogue

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    University Synagogue was the host Oct. 12 for debates in two races for the Nov. 4 election — one between Elan Carr and Ted Lieu, running for the 33rd Congressional District seat, and another between Sandra Fluke and Ben Allen, who are vying for the California 26th state Senate...

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