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  • Restoring Torah becomes a community effort

    15 minutes 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 to quit White House bids

    47 minutes 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 hours 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 hours 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 hours ago

    FRI | FEB 12


    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 hours 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 hours 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

    3 hours 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

    3 hours 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

    4 hours 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

    4 hours 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

    4 hours 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

    5 hours 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

    6 hours 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

    9 hours 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

    10 hours 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

    13 hours 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.”


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

    22 hours 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

    23 hours 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

    23 hours 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

    23 hours 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

    1 day 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...

  • Has Bernie Sanders’ Jewishness been overhyped?

    1 day ago

    Bernie Sanders is on the verge of making political history on Tuesday night. Sanders, a self-declared socialist senator from Vermont, is expected to beat Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary of 2016. That in and of itself would be an achievement. Sanders...

  • Haredi Orthodox Jews riot to thwart arrest of draft dodger

    1 day ago

    Haredi Orthodox Jews rioted in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod when military police arrived to arrest a draft dodger.

    Dozens of demonstrators overturned a military police vehicle and threw rocks during the protest between Monday night and Tuesday morning. No injuries were...

  • Iran successfully hacked former IDF chief’s files

    1 day ago

    The computer database of a former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff reportedly was compromised in an Iranian cyber attack late last year.

    Yaser Balaghi, a hacker working for Iran, gained access to the full contents of the unidentified army leader’s computer, the Times of...

  • Recipe: Sicilian fish with tomatoes, olives and capers

    1 day ago

    One of the most beautiful cities in Sicily is Syracuse, which has a history extending to the ancient Greeks. There is a method of cooking in Syracuse, especially applied to Sicilian fish, but other foods as well, that makes for beguiling dishes.

    Stemperata is a Syracusean method...

  • Shkreli is sued over his $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album

    1 day ago

    Martin Shkreli faces a new legal headache, a lawsuit claiming that his $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album contains illustrations ripped off from a New York artist, who now wants the former drug executive to pay for them.

    In a complaint filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court,...

  • Insurgents Trump and Sanders seek lift at New Hampshire primary

    1 day ago

    The insurgent candidates in the 2016 presidential race, billionaire Republican Donald Trump and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, looked likely to get a lift on Tuesday at the New Hampshire primary elections by defeating mainstream rivals.

    In an election year when Americans...

  • Israel planning to surround country with security fences

    1 day ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government is preparing a plan to completely surround the country with security fences.

    “At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it all,” Netanyahu said Tuesday while on a tour of the...

  • Bar Refaeli: Living with Leonardo DiCaprio in US should exempt me from Israeli taxes

    1 day ago

    Supermodel Bar Refaeli told Israeli tax authorities that she should be exempt from paying her 2009-10 taxes because she was living with then-boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio in his mansion in the United States.

    Refaeli, 30, is suspected of failing to report gifts and discounts on...

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