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  • Three new kids’ books, and some poetry for adults

    51 minutes ago

    “Apple Days: A Rosh Hashanah Story” by Allison Sarnoff Soffer. Illustrated by Bob McMahon (Kar-Ben, 2014)

    Every year at holiday time, Katy looks forward to making applesauce with her mother. When she shares her excitement with her religious school classmates, she also mentions...

  • Hipster guide to the High Holy Days

    56 minutes ago

    3 ways to find High Holy Day meals

     

    Ask your Jewish friends’ parents to adopt you for a couple of weeks.

    Call your local synagogue and have them match you with a family.

    Check out Sinai Temple’s “Break the Fast” on Yom Kippur, Oct. 4, 8-10:30 p.m. It’s $10 for guests, free...

  • Kosher wine can taste good. Just ask the brothers of Shirah Wine Co.

    By Jared Sichel

    1 hour ago

    Vintners Gabriel and Shimon Weiss, the co-founders of Shirah Wine Co., don’t even attempt to hide their true nature: They are geeks — wine geeks.

    But as Gabriel and his brother pointed out while they opened a bottle from their Vintage White line, a blend of viognier and grenache...

  • 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Settle for bad kosher wine

    By Jeff Smith

    1 hour ago

    Being a Wine Snob can be a burden at times. The expression is a mild pejorative that I wear as a badge of honor. We Wine Snobs don’t think we’re better than other people — the unwashed multitudes buying their screw-cap bottles with pictures of colorful animals on the labels in the...

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  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    1 hour ago

    Friendship Circle of Los Angeles celebrated its annual Walk 4 Friendship LA at Rancho Park on Sept. 14. Under a scorching sun, with highs in the mid-90s, completing the 3K was a definite feat for the more than 400 participating families.

    Instead of a foghorn, Friendship Circle...

  • Let soldiers and haredim swap roles

    2 hours ago

    Controversy over haredi military service roils Israeli society, but respect for each side’s concerns and values can help resolve it.

    Haredim believe Jews of all backgrounds are equally commanded to learn Torah. So Israel could diffuse Torah study by allowing non-religious,...

  • The day I met Chuck Todd

    3 hours ago

    “The Watergate” was just a name I had read in history books before I actually stepped in that glorious complex in the fall of 2001.

    With a folder of papers under my arm and a bag hanging from my shoulder and a… pounding heart, I got out of the elevator into the third floor of...

  • Israel believes Syria kept ‘significant’ chemical munitions

    3 hours ago

    Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously...

  • How to Make Chicken Soup With Matzo Balls [Video]

    By Elana Horwich

    4 hours ago

     

    Watch my step by step tutorial that I filmed for Salted! TV on  How to make the Perfect Matzo Ball Soup.  Salted! TV is an amazing new online platform that teaches people how to cook.

     

     

    Wanna take cooking classes with me? Go to MealandaSpiel.com. If you...

  • @RITZCARLTON #LOSANGELES: TURN YOUR DAYCATION INTO A RESIDENCE!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    4 hours ago

    Have you ever wondering where to spend a day in Los Angeles that makes you feel so refreshed and renewed it is like a week's holiday? Spend your Daycation at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles and feel revived!

    I toured around L.A. LIVE and Staples Center with my umbrella. I...

  • Oh so sorry

    21 hours ago

    I’m sorry I haven’t eaten more hot dogs. 

    Saturday is Selichot, the time when the whole Jewish world sings with Connie Francis, "I’m sorry," and vows to do better next time. Many of us are focused on the wrongs we’ve done to others, or even to God. 

    This year, however, as I...

  • Jules Feiffer’s ‘Kill My Mother’: You’ll Die Laughing

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    21 hours ago

    Last week, I happened to catch the 1971 movie “Little Murders,” adapted by Jules Feiffer from his stage play. It’s a black comedy, mordant but full of insight into the American psyche and the zeitgeist of the era, and it reminded me of the role that Feiffer, and especially his...

  • New documentary ‘Altina’ gives success a different definition

    By  Tom Tugend

    22 hours ago

    Ambitious girls looking for role models among successful and accomplished women of the past might turn to scientist Marie Curie, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart or social-justice champion Eleanor Roosevelt.

    And then there was Altina “Tina” Schinasi.

    Tina grew up in the opulent...

  • Urban beekeeper on a quest to protect nature’s pollinators

    By Jared Sichel

    22 hours ago

    Rosa Goudsmit does not take “no” — or even “we’ll see” — for an answer.

    The 42-year-old Jewish Dutch native, now living in Silver Lake, keeps a small flock of sheep next to her home, and she is hoping soon to open an “urban kibbutz” a few hundred yards from the Silver Lake...

  • A Jewish conversion, three generations in the making

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    22 hours ago

    During World War II, Mileva Popovic hid four Jewish families from the Nazis in her home in the former Yugoslavia, now Montenegro. After Mileva’s son Vladimir found out about his family history, he started to learn about Judaism and became fascinated by its teachings.

    Vladimir...

  • Israeli-designed device allows paraplegics to walk

    22 hours ago

    As a result of an automobile accident in 2007, Southern California resident Stephen Wilson was only able to enjoy the outdoors from a seated position in his wheelchair for years. But thanks to ReWalk, an Israeli-designed-and-built device that allows some people with spinal cord...

  • Are Jews losing their story?

    By David Suissa

    23 hours ago

    As we look back on the triumphs and failures of the past year, let’s reflect on one of the perennial shortfalls of the Jewish world — how we consistently overlook the importance of teaching the extraordinary story of the Jewish people. 

    When I say “the story of the Jewish...

  • Free High Holy Days services

    23 hours ago

    Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sept. 24

    Rosh Hashanah, first day: Sept. 25

    Rosh Hashanah, second day: Sept. 26

    Kol Nidre: Oct. 3 

    Yom Kippur: Oct. 4

    CHABAD

    Los Angeles-area Chabads offering free services to the public during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur include Chabad of...

  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    By Jared Sichel

    23 hours ago

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • Birthday of the World – A psalm for Rosh Hashanah

    23 hours ago

    Today is the birthday of the world.

    But the world knows nothing

    of this invention.

     

    The world just keeps moving about itself,

    buzzing and humming, exulting and keening,

    birthing and being born,

     

    while the mind keeps on its own way—

    form-craving, metaphor-making,...

  • The Kosher Palate sets up shop in South Bay

    23 hours ago

    When Michele Grant was scouting locations for T.K.P. Provisions, her new kosher restaurant and specialty foods shop, she looked at several neighborhoods with established kosher scenes and large Orthodox populations.

    But customers of her food truck, The Kosher Palate, kept telling...

  • Recipe: The time of year to get your fill of kreplach

    By Judy Zeidler

    1 day ago

    I am always impressed by the fact that food plays such an important role during the holiest of Jewish holidays, and kreplach — dough wrapped around meat and boiled, fried or baked — is certainly one of these dishes. Traditionally, it is served between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New...

  • ‘With Jews we lose,’ reads one Senate candidate’s slogan in Ky.

    By tessc

    1 day ago

    Robert Ransdell, a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate from Kentucky, is campaigning with the slogan “With Jews we lose.”

    Campaign lawn signs with the slogan began appearing in the Cincinnati suburb of Florence, Ky., in recent days. Ransdell said his campaign has posted about 20...

  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    By tessc

    1 day ago

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

  • The Rabbi’s Daughter: A boutique butcher shop

    1 day ago

    For years, interior designer Nomi Feuerstein had her eye on a certain wallpaper made by British designer Louise Body. The print depicts pairs of water buffalo with mirror image reflections beneath, so that from a distance, the repeated pattern of the four-animal cluster takes on an...

  • Biden regrets making ‘Shylock’ reference

    1 day ago

    Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged that he made a “poor choice of words” in using the term “Shylock” to describe unscrupulous lenders.

    Biden was reacting Wednesday to remarks by Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, in response to the vice president’s...

  • Winehouse statue features Star of David

    By tessc

    1 day ago

    A statue of Amy Winehouse in London has the iconic blues singer wearing a Star of David.

    The unveiling Sunday in the Camden Town neighborhood, where Winehouse lived, marked what would have been Winehouse’s 31st birthday and was attended by her parents.

    The statue, by Scott...

  • Dig uncovers gas chambers at Sobibor death camp

    By tessc

    1 day ago

    An archaeological dig at Sobibor has uncovered the Nazi death camp’s gas chambers.

    The excavations in Poland have been going on since 2007, and thousands of inmates’ personal items have been found at the site. They include rings, pendants, earrings, jewelry, perfume bottles,...

  • In “My Opinionation”: Looking Back on Blossom

    1 day ago

    My interest in Blossom blossomed relatively late, since I discovered the television show well after it stopped airing on NBC. When Blossom premiered in 1991, its title character was fourteen. I was seven—and more interested in Garfield and Friends than Blossom and Co. Instead, ...

  • Keith Miller: From cantor to wine shop owner

    1 day ago

    A longtime practicing cantor, Keith Miller never expected to become a businessman. 

    Before he opened his online wine shop, D-Cantor Enterprises Inc. (d-cantor.com), Miller had been a Jewish professional, working at Sinai Temple in Westwood as director of b’nai mitzvah programming...

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