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  • Netanyahu meets with Trump at Trump Tower

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    16 minutes ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at his residence in Trump Tower on Sunday.

    The meeting was closed press and cameras were lucky to only capture a split second of Netanyahu entering Trump Tower behind a portable wall...

  • 5 Jewish things to watch out for at tonight’s Clinton-Trump debate

    42 minutes ago

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton meet Monday night for their first debate at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.

    There are two more coming, on Oct. 9 and Oct. 19, and a debate between their running mates, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., will take place...

  • Clinton reaffirms opposition to UNSC resolution in meeting with Netanyahu

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    48 minutes ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for about 50 minutes at the W Hotel in Union Square, Manhattan on Sunday.

    “Secretary Clinton had an in-depth conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu,” a senior Clinton...

  • The meaning of Shana Tova

    By Shmuel Rosner

    7 hours ago

    Wishing people Shana Tova, and meaning it, is trickier than you think. Exactly a week from today, we will all do just that – we will all wish everybody a happy new year, using the traditional Jewish greeting Shana Tova – a good year.

    But before we do, it is worth remembering that...

  • 2016 Election Blog #25: Moving to the Home Stretch! Where Debates, Money, and Votes…

    By Steven Windmueller

    13 hours ago

    There are a number of key factors related to the closing of an election campaign. This year there are no exceptions!

    The Non Voter:  Of particular concern is the presence of a significant part of the electorate, who will either opt out of this election or choose to support a...

  • Sunday Reads: Trump vs. Reagan, The Obama-Netanyahu meeting, Germany’s neo-Moorish synagogues

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago


    Samuel Oakford and Peter Salisbury see Yemen as ”the graveyard for the Obama doctrine” :

    Obama has said little about the war in Yemen. With mere months left in his presidency, there is scarce indication that he will. Increasingly skeptical of America’s ability to shape...

  • Real Housewives of Melbourne Finale Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    Typos are generously sponsored by Grey Goose.

    I love this show and think these women are fabulous television, so it is a shame the season is so short. The finale came in 11 short weeks, and even though the episodes are an hour and fifteen minutes long, it still is not enough....

  • Abbot Kinney Festival Tomorrow

    By Joy Bennett

    2 days ago

    If you're looking for something very cool to do tomorrow, 9/25/16, I can recommend the 32nd Annual Abbot Kinney Festival on Abbot Kinney Blvd., between Venice Blvd. and Main Street in Venice, CA.  This free event has five live music stages, vendors, great food and drinks, a Kids Quad, chalk art, bike valet, picnic area, etc.  Check it out!   For all the information, visit abbotkinney.org.  It runs from 10 am to 6 pm tomorrow.  Fun times.  If you see me there, come up and say hi!

  • Entertainment calendar: September and October

    By Amanda Epstein

    3 days ago

    TUES | SEPT 27


    Award-winning author Maggie Anton has a new book called “Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say About You-Know-What.” It mixes discussion about the Talmud with cartoons and observations by serious thinkers and comedians. It also...

  • History and cultural struggles filmed in distinctive Jewish worlds

    By Iris Mann

    3 days ago

    Among this fall’s cinematic gems are two from director Dani Menkin, an Israeli who now lives and works in Los Angeles. During a recent interview, Menkin indicated that both films are very personal, each in its own way. 

    The first, a documentary called “On the Map,” chronicles...

  • Jumping into ‘StartUp,’ fatherhood

    By Gerri Miller

    3 days ago

    Adam Brody first came to fame 13 years ago as the half-Jewish, Chrismukkah-celebrating Seth Cohen in the Newport Beach-set series “The O.C.” This fall, he’s playing another Jewish character, Nick Talman, in the drama “StartUp,” now streaming on Crackle.com.

    “It’s offhandedly...

  • Jewish touchstones are in ‘Red Oaks’ DNA

    By Gerri Miller

    3 days ago

    Paul Reiser, remembered for his long-running role in “Mad About You” in the ’90s and parts in a host of other films and series since then (“Whiplash,” “Concussion,” “Married”), is now playing Getty, the country club president, in Amazon’s “Red Oaks,” returning for its second season...

  • Where Jewish stars are shining on TV this season

    By Gerri Miller

    3 days ago

    Our guide to the Members of the Tribe in new and returning series and specials includes familiar faces and a few newcomers. 

    The dark comedy “Divorce” marks a return to HBO for “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker (Oct. 9), and the cast of the network’s new sci-fi/Western...

  • Long a rival, Ted Cruz endorses Trump in U.S. presidential race

    3 days ago

    In an abrupt shift, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz endorsed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday, saying he is the only candidate who can stop Democrat Hillary Clinton from winning the White House on Nov. 8.

    "A year ago, I pledged to endorse the Republican nominee, and I...

  • The Holocaust defense in the face of ‘Denial’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    3 days ago

    There was a time when the esteemed Jewish historian Deborah Lipstadt would never have imagined that one of her books might be turned into a dramatic feature film.  But in 2000, a series of startling events unfolded for Lipstadt, beginning when British Holocaust denier David Irving...

  • A plan for autumn author readings

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    3 days ago

    This fall brings an especially lively assortment of books and authors to Southern California bookstores, ranging from masters of literary fiction to members of the glitterati, and at least one music superstar whose book-signing promises to draw a record-breaking crowd.


  • Video: Zaydes and bubbes urge grandkids to stop Trump

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    3 days ago

    In 2008, it was Jewish grandchildren persuading their grandparents in Florida to vote for Barack Obama. In this year’s election, some concerned Jewish grandparents in the New York City area were dispatched to use some leverage to implore their grandchildren to stop Donald Trump and...

  • Staging ‘The Model Apartment’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    3 days ago

    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies (“Dinner With Friends”) first saw images of concentration camps when he was about 6 years old, during TV coverage of the Adolf Eichmann trial in Israel. “It gave me nightmares,” Margulies said during a recent interview from his...

  • A French survivor seeks honors for his Rosh Hashanah rescuers

    3 days ago

    For Jews all over the world, the High Holidays are a time for closure and new beginnings. Not for Jacques Stuzalft, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor from France.

    Haunted by his experiences on the eve of Rosh Hashanah when he was 10 years old, he relives his narrow escape from...

  • The Jewish impresario behind the Ramones, the Doors and other rock legends

    3 days ago

    If you’re a rock fan, no matter your age, you’ve probably heard of bands like the Doors, the Ramones and the Stooges.

    But chances are you haven’t heard of Danny Fields.

    Fields, a Jewish guy from Forest Hills, Queens, deftly made the punk scene happen. He helped sign now-iconic...

  • Let’s Bring Our First Fruits to the Mini-Mall - a poem for Parsha Ki Tavo

    By Rick Lupert

    3 days ago

    It’s not going to be easy crossing that river
    and the rule book keeps getting longer
    and we’re going to have to climb mountains
    and shout everything we’ve done good and bad
    and if that’s not enough, there’s going to be labor,
    stones to carve and coat with lime, when we’d

  • Study shows how Jewish vote could play crucial role in key states

    3 days ago

    A new study, touted as the first-ever state-by-state, county-by-county Jewish population estimate, shows how the Jewish vote could play a crucial role in key battleground states.

    The study, released Thursday and conducted by the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Ki Tavo with Rabbi David Fine

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi David Fine, leader of the Temple Israel congregation in Ridgewood, NJ. Rabbi Fine, who has been at Temple Israel since 2009, is also an adjunct professor at the Abraham Geiger College (a Liberal rabbinical seminary) at the University of Potsdam in...

  • Phone Calls in the middle of the Night

    By Ilana Angel

    4 days ago

    Last night my mother called me at 9:00, which was midnight at her home in Canada. I missed her call and she didn’t leave me a message. She called again at 10:00, but I didn’t answer the call in time and it went to voicemail. This time she left a message saying she couldn’t sleep...

  • Challah: Braiding our community together

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    4 days ago

    Start to finish, making challah is a multisensory, multilevel process: mixing ingredients into dough, taking time to let it rise, punching it down, letting it rise some more, separating the dough into balls, stretching the balls into ropes, weaving the ropes together, tucking the...

  • The business of challah – more than just making dough

    4 days ago

    Normally on Thursday afternoons, Dan Messinger and his head baker at Bibi’s Bakery & Cafe, Gilberto Escobar, fold pieces of dough on a large rustic table, making braided challah. But on this sunny afternoon, they do something special: they add apples and honey to the dough, then...

  • Recipe: Apple, raisin and honey challah

    4 days ago

    – 1 tablespoon instant yeast
    – 3 cups (13 1/2 ounces) bread flour, divided, plus extra for kneading
    – 1/2 cup warm water
    – 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon honey, divided
    – 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
    – 3 large eggs, at room temperature, divided
    – 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    – 1/4...

  • From comic books to fine art: Roy Lichtenstein at the Skirball

    By Avishay Artsy

    4 days ago

    The art of Roy Lichtenstein, with his comic book-inspired images and vivid palette, has become so ubiquitous that it’s hard to remember just how radical the Pop artist was when he first burst into the public imagination in the early 1960s. “Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in...

  • Mark Zuckerberg, wife announce plan to invest billions to cure or control ‘all diseases’

    4 days ago

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said they will invest billions of dollars to “help cure, prevent and manage all diseases.”

    The announcement came Wednesday at an event in San Francisco.

    “We’re going to focus on bringing scientists and engineers...

  • At the General Assembly: Abbas slams UN inaction, Netanyahu says UN ‘war against Israel’ is over

    4 days ago

    At the United Nations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would push for a resolution condemning West Bank settlements, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said ties between Israel and the rest of the world were improving and that “the war...

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