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  • Real Housewives of New York City Week 8 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    2 hours ago

    Typos are lovingly brought to you by Jose Cuervo.

    Jose and me are joined this evening by our good friend Grey. Grey Goose is a lovely man who we enjoy having around. He is not loud or obnoxious, but rather smooth and inviting. I’m glad he is here to diffuse some of the tension. I...

  • Neo-Nazis salute ‘Aryan goddess’ Taylor Swift

    5 hours ago

    Taylor Swift may look every bit the all-American girl-next-door, but according to white supremacists, she’s actually a Nazi at heart, feeding her legions of followers racist messages coated in the saccharine lyrics and sick beats of Grammy-winning songs.

    The Vice blog Broadly ...

  • People keep asking New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz if he’s Jewish

    5 hours ago

    Is New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz Jewish?

    It was a question fans were asking themselves last season during the team’s run to the World Series.

    Despite his surname, which is a syllable away from the word for unleavened Passover bread, the answer is no.

    But it turns out...

  • A Dying Patient’s Wish for his Granddaughter’s Wedding

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    6 hours ago

    My 89-year-old patient is ‪‎dying‬ in the hospital of kidney failure, heart failure, lung failure, but not of brain failure.

    He asked for an emergency family meeting and with a room full of people around him.

    He said: "Let go of me, physically, but keep me in your hearts.

  • Judaism as world wisdom

    7 hours ago

    Sandra is in my office because her marriage is falling apart. She is not a member of any synagogue, and doesn’t consider herself religious. But she read some of my insights online and decided that a Jewish perspective might help her figure out her next move. 

    Jason is 16 and...

  • Flirting at the Carwash

    By Ilana Angel

    7 hours ago

    I got a carwash today. I pulled up to drop off my car, gathered my things and turned to open the door when the young man who was going to vacuum my car opened the door for me. He had a sweet face and easy smile. When I stepped out of the car he noticed the tattoo on my ankle and...

  • Yiddish poems from ‘Recovering Yiddish Culture in Los Angeles’

    7 hours ago

    Eybiker yam —Eternal Sea

    by Rosa Nevodovska, From Azoy vi ikh bin (As I Am)  – 1936, Translated by Miri Koral.

    Sea, sea, eternal sea! I’ve come to speak with you today -
    To grasp your endless striving, your wordless ceaseless talk…
    Cramped in town, I'm here to part ways with...

  • Yiddish by the sea: UCLA releases anthology of local Yiddish poetry

    By Eitan Arom

    7 hours ago

    Shortly after she moved to Los Angeles three years ago, Tamar Schneider Levin, 78, found herself in a lecture at UCLA about Yiddish writers in Venice, Calif., in the early 20th century. 

    “I thought, ‘There were Yiddish writers in Los Angeles?’ ” the native New Yorker said. “...

  • Memorial Day Sonnet: Thanks But No Thanks

    7 hours ago

    No parade no drum no strutting majorettes
    no kids jumping up & down to see
    no brazen trumpets and no striding troops
    no polished horseflesh prancing no oratory
    no “heroes” no “service” no “high sacrifice”
    no “love of Freedom,” no flag flapping in breeze
    no hand upon my...

  • A look at the fragmented history of Zionism

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    8 hours ago

    "Zionism” is a word that has come to mean many different things to different people, which is why veteran foreign correspondent Milton Viorst decided to take a fresh look at the origins and the destiny of the Zionist project in “Zionism: The Birth and Transformation of an Ideal”...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Salt/Melah

    8 hours ago

    A very old word, quite common in the Bible and in other Semitic languages, including brit melaH “fellowship over a meal”* (Numbers 18:19); a sacred offering to God (Leviticus 2:13); and the custom of adding salt after the ha-Motsi’ grace over bread. However, the most famous...

  • Can grieving together help cope with loss? There’s HOPE

    By Jared Sichel

    8 hours ago

    On a recent Thursday evening, inside a children’s library in the basement of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino, 10 women and three men, all grieving the recent loss of a spouse, sat in a circle around a box of tissues.

    With a reporter in the room, most participants agreed to...

  • Big Sunday sets up a safety net

    By Ryan Torok

    8 hours ago

    Every May, people across the country fan out and beautify schools, plant neighborhood gardens and feed the homeless, often with the words “Big Sunday” emblazoned on T-shirts while they perform these mitzvot

    But Big Sunday, which has its headquarters on Melrose Avenue and grew...

  • The troubled life of a Hollywood lyricist

    By Iris Mann

    8 hours ago

    The tumultuous personal and professional life of lyricist Al Dubin, who, with composer Harry Warren, wrote a legion of hit songs for films during the 1930s, is depicted in the new musical “I Only Have Eyes for You,” now running at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. Among the...

  • Protesters crash pro-Israel event at UCI

    By Ryan Torok

    8 hours ago

    A May 18 protest at UC Irvine, staged by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) to oppose the screening of a film about soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), has been swiftly and strongly denounced by the university’s chancellor, Howard Gillman.

    Gillman said in a May 19...

  • A Bar Mitzvah with 1.2 million guests

    By David Suissa

    9 hours ago

    I rarely pay attention to walls when I’m in a synagogue. I’m usually more focused on the people, the prayers and the rabbi’s sermon.

    On a recent Shabbat, though, I couldn’t stop looking at the walls. I was at a bar mitzvah service for my friend Steve Kessler’s son, Benny, with...

  • Searching for Sgt. Kauffman

    9 hours ago

    Sitting on a recent day in the light filtering through a large multi-paned, stained-glass window of the Memorial Library — a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library located on Olympic Boulevard across from L.A. High School — I noticed a list of 20 names ornately worked into the...

  • L.A. origami exhibit features Israeli artists

    By Avishay Artsy

    9 hours ago

    Origami, the traditional Japanese art of folding paper, might seem like little more than a childhood pastime. But artists Miri Golan and Paul Jackson have spent years using it to bring together Israeli and Palestinian kids. 

    The married couple’s work, which is far more complex...

  • Pro-Israel heavyweights push hard for two states

    9 hours ago

    In a rare and sharp split with Israeli government policy, a group of Jewish community leaders want to get a proposal for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the next president’s desk.

    Two complementary U.S. and Israeli working papers to be launched next...

  • Largest IRF Conference turns out to honor Rabbi Yitz Greenberg

    10 hours ago

    A growing rabbinical organization recently held its largest conference to date in large part to honor a major figure in American Jewish life. Taking place May 22-24 at the Pearlstone Retreat Center in Maryland, the eighth conference of the International Rabbinic Fellowship was...

  • Does ‘Romeo and Juliet’ translate to Jerusalem?

    By Eitan Arom

    11 hours ago

    When Ellen Geer decided to stage an adaptation set in East Jerusalem of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, the Topanga Canyon-based theater company she runs, she understood it to be a political choice as well as an artistic one.

    “East Jerusalem...

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

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    11 hours 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

    11 hours 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 on the corner of Santa Monica...

  • Marthe Cohn: A Jewish spy infiltrates Nazi Germany

    By Jane Ulman

    11 hours 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

    11 hours ago

    FRI | MAY 27


    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,...

  • Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick moves to Knesset

    11 hours 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

    12 hours 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

    12 hours 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

    12 hours 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

    12 hours 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,...

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