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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    53 minutes ago

    It’s no secret that Israel has one of the best armies in the world, but did you know it also invented plenty of sophisticated solutions to various needs in the battlefield? One of those solutions is the Agilite IPC (Injured Personnel Carrier.) This Israeli invention is designed to...

  • Alleged Nazi war criminal who moved to Canada dies at 93

    3 hours ago

    Vladimir Katriuk, a native Ukrainian who avoided deportation from Canada for 64 years after hiding his Nazi past to move there, died peacefully in Quebec.

    Katriuk, who was 93, died on May 22, according to his lawyer.

    For years Katriuk was second on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s...

  • Hebrew Hoops Basketball Camp Coming to LA

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    4 hours ago

    One of my passions is Jewish college students. I have had the honor of being a campus rabbi at Long Beach State, UC Irvine, and for the last two years with University of Southern California Hillel.

    So many of our Jewish students are passionate about life and making the world a...

  • Bridging the gap: A new paradigm for change

    4 hours ago

    I had occasion recently to revisit the Masters Thesis I wrote in 1972 for my degree in Contemporary Jewish Studies from Brandeis University. I needed to reference it for an article I’m writing… and I was curious to see whether I would have been able to pass the Zelikow School’s...

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  • U.S. defense aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears

    5 hours ago

    U.S. defense aid to Israel is likely to increase after 2017, sources on both sides said on Thursday, seeing a possible link to Washington's efforts to assuage its ally's fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran.

    A current package worth $3 billion a year expires in 2017. A U.S....

  • Palestinians drop bid to suspend Israel from FIFA

    5 hours ago

    The Palestinian soccer association withdrew its bid to have members of the FIFA world soccer body vote on whether to suspend Israel.

    The head of the Palestine Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, on Friday said in announcing the move: “I thank those who convinced me to drop the...

  • Hezbollah agent believed to be planning attack on Israelis arrested in Cyprus

    5 hours ago

    Cypriot police suspect a man arrested on Wednesday was planning an attack on Israeli interests on the island after they found almost two tonnes of ammonium nitrate in his basement, newspapers reported on Friday.

    The 26-year-old man is Lebanese-born and has a Canadian passport. He...

  • The Search for Inner Space

    By Mindy Leaf

    9 hours ago

    It's come down to my morning shower. That's the only time it seems, of late, when I can be quietly alone, free to think undisturbed. At all other times, I'd say we are living in a 1984 world, surrounded by TV screens blasting 24-hour news that's hardly news at all, but still...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parasha Nasso with Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    By Shmuel Rosner

    10 hours ago

    Our guest this week Is Rabbi Mark Borovitz, CEO and Senior Rabbi of the Beit T’Shuvah center in Los Angeles. Rabbi Borovitz is a graduate of National University with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science, a recipient of a Masters in Rabbinic Literature, and was ordained as a...

  • Broadcast newsman Murray Fromson looks back at storied career

    21 hours ago

    As a young child growing up in the Bronx, N.Y., Murray Fromson admired Edward R. Murrow’s reports from London during World War II.

    “I was enamored of him,” Fromson said. “I’d go to sleep with a pencil under my pillow, pretending it was a microphone.”

    Not only did Fromson...

  • ADL hosts discussion on coming out and fitting in

    By Ryan Torok

    21 hours ago

    Wearing a suit and tie and sporting a beard and a closely cropped haircut, Seth Marnin explained at an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) panel discussion that people are often startled to learn he was once a woman. 

    A transgender Jew, Marnin recalled confusing an acquaintance by...

  • Obama meets with family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff

    21 hours ago

    President Obama met with the parents of slain journalist Steven Sotloff several months after they criticized the White House for its handling of their son’s death.

    The White House announced that Obama met with Art and Shirley Sotloff on Thursday during a trip to Miami.

    “The...

  • Rapper Ice Cube melts down, beats up rabbi

    22 hours ago

    Ice Cube has never had the most cordial relationship with the Jewish community. In 1991, the Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned his album “Death Certificate,” noting that many lyrics were racist and one of the songs called for the murder of a Jewish music industry figure. His song...

  • Attacking the messenger and not the message

    1 day ago

    It is sad that Barbra Miner resorts to the old ploy of attacking the messenger and not the message.

    Yes, I was upset and passionate about the presence of Jews for Jesus, Messianic Jews—also known as Hebrew Christians— and other missionaries at the Celebrate Israel Festival.

    But...

  • The best Herman Wouk story (almost) no one has read

    1 day ago

    There were countless well-deserved tributes yesterday to Herman Wouk on his 100th birthday.

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning American Jewish author will be celebrated for his classic works, such as “Marjorie Morningstar,” “The Caine Mutiny,” “The Winds of War” and “War and...

  • If Catholic Ireland said ‘yes’ – could Israel ever do the same?

    1 day ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    In a few weeks Eli and Ron will celebrate their relationship with a wedding to be held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. There will be food, friends, music and a ceremony. But as far as the state of Israel is concerned, no marriage...

  • Houston floods inundate Jewish homes and two synagogues

    1 day ago

    Two synagogues and the homes of countless Jewish residents were damaged in the floods that swept through Houston on Monday and into Tuesday, inundating homes and businesses, sweeping away cars and leaving at least five people dead.

    Houston, America’s fourth-largest city and home...

  • Why Israel is unlikely to change its conversion policies

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    In 2014 I wrote a piece about an interesting poll from which a provocative headline could be drawn: How Many Israelis Would Gladly Intermarry? Quite a Few… It was a survey of Jewish Israelis – 54% of whom opposed intermarriage. But not many Israeli youngsters and seculars opposed...

  • The Perfect New York City Weekend

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    I spent the Memorial Day weekend in New York City. There is no more vibrant or exciting city in the world and being there is magical. The weather was fabulous, company was fantastic, and the simple joy of living makes you feel alive in a way that only NYC can.

    My trip was 20%...

  • The order of tribal sacrifices: Parashat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

    2 days ago

    The phrase nonoverlapping magisteria (NOMA) sounds complicated and intimidating, but in fact the concept advocated by Stephen J. Gould, the late, celebrated historian of science, represents a big idea that speaks to one of society’s major topics of discussion.

    Gould argued that...

  • Up-cycle cereal boxes to make picture frames

    By Jonathan Fong

    2 days ago

    I love eco-friendly crafts that allow me to up-cycle objects that would normally go in the trash. A few weeks ago, I transformed a used matzah box into a scrapbook album. That project was so popular that this week, I am turning old cereal boxes into picture frames. In fact, you can...

  • A press club in West Jerusalem?

    2 days ago

    For decades, Jerusalem had no dedicated space for foreign journalists and the de facto center of the international press was the American Colony Hotel across the street from Orient House, which in turn served as the Palestine Liberation Organization headquarters during the 1980s...

  • In Jerusalem, examining global press freedom

    2 days ago

    As governments increase restrictions and casualties mount for journalists worldwide, the relatively new Jerusalem Press Club hosted the city’s first International Conference of Freedom of the Press, with participants demanding protection for reporters in war zones, authoritarian...

  • Our moral obligation to be a voice for the homeless

    2 days ago

    Apathy —  noun; absence or suppression of passion, emotion or excitement.

    I write this with a broken heart. I serve many roles in the community, including that of a county-appointed commissioner to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Today I write not as a commissioner —...

  • In a war against wage theft

    2 days ago

    “At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it, for he is poor and his life depends on it. …” – Deuteronomy 24:15

    Last week, Los Angeles’ City Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. The decision was greeted with...

  • Israeli air force chief unfazed Egypt may get Russia’s S-300

    2 days ago

    The chief of Israel's air force on Wednesday played down worries voiced by some fellow officials about the possibility of Egypt acquiring advanced Russian-made air defenses.

    The Russian news agency TASS said in March Egypt would receive the Antey-2500 missile system, an S-300...

  • Calendar: May 30–June 5

    By Laura Donney

    2 days ago

    SAT | MAY 30

    AUTOMATIC TOYS FEATURING NACHUM PETERSEIL

    Madonna may have said it best: “Music makes the people come together.” Well, at this downtown L.A. interfaith concert, that’s what it will do. This Canadian duo mixes electronic rock with Middle Eastern vibes and encourages...

  • Letters to the Editor: Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz, Centrist Jews and American-Israelis

    2 days ago

    They Let Us In

    Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz implied that those of us representing Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue were there by deception. I personally submitted the application for the booth at the festival, and filled out all the required information, including the complete name of...

  • Obituaries: Week of May 29-June 3

    2 days ago

    Joan Adelman died May 5 at 72. Survived by daughter Lisa (Charles) Oxman; son David (Sheri); 3 grandchildren; sister Sandra Zivick. Hillside

    Valerie Bass died April 30 at 77. Survived by daughter Deborah (Richard) Brada; son Daryl; sister June Allen; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

    ...

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