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  • Gifts for the wedding party

    By Julie Bien

    1 week ago

    Show your appreciation for members of the wedding party by giving them a token of your love and friendship. Whether it’s matching ties for all the groomsmen or rhinestone rings for the bridesmaids, small gifts are the perfect reminder of how they helped you celebrate your special...

  • Chasidic family charged in $20 million fraud case

    1 week ago

    More than a dozen members of a prominent Satmar Chasidic family in New York were charged with lying to obtain $20 million in mortgages while also receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public benefits.

    Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York,...

  • Summer camp love

    By Zan Romanoff

    1 week ago

    Every summer for the last three years, staffer Naomi Elman, 23, and her fiance, Mitch Gelfand, 29, have stood on the stage at Camp Alonim in Simi Valley, exchanged rings and said their I-do’s. “Every session at camp there’s a carnival, and at every carnival there’s a fake marriage...

  • Jerry Seinfeld made me famous—sort of

    1 week ago

    My agent called one day with an audition for a few lines on a new sit-com.  A better-known actress had turned it down, saying the role was too small for her.  I figure a day’s work is better than staying home and re-organizing my spice rack.  My attitude is, “There are no small...

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  • Religious community skeptical of lethal drones

    1 week ago

    This post originally appeared at HuffingtonPost and is reprinted with permission

    Since 2004, the United States, through the CIA, has conducted an estimated 400 or more drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Four of those strikes occurred just last month. Thousands of...

  • How the LAUSD can do iPads right

    1 week ago

    If somewhere in Los Angeles a snarky editorial cartoonist is trying to combine an images of an iPad and a tombstone into a commentary on the resignation of LAUSD superintendent John Deasy, that person should put away the pencil and start on a different project.

    The post mortems...

  • A Fresh Look at the Akeda

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    1 week ago

    I don’t usually publish stuff I haven’t written myself, but I loved this drash from a bat mitzvah that took place last Saturday so much that I just had to get the author’s, (and her father’s since, according to US law, she’s still a minor), permission to publish it. I’d love to...

  • Paley Center Celebrates TV’s Impact on LGBT Equality

    By Nicole Behnam

    1 week ago

    The Paley Center's annual Los Angeles Benefit Gala celebrated television's impact on LGBT Equality Wednesday at the Skirball Cultural Center. The fundraising event recognized the trailblazing work by networks, studios, producers, series, and other creative talents across the media...

  • Make your Israeli wedding a day to remember

    1 week ago

    In Israel, like everywhere else, there is no one right way to plan a wedding. But for couples in the United States who are planning to wed in Israel, it’s a good idea to know some customs and factors unique to the Holy Land. Here are a few tips that can come in handy.

    CHOOSING A...

  • Special day for special needs

    1 week ago

    "Do you want to start or should I?” asked Shlomo Meyers, the more brazen of the two. His bashful wife, Danielle, gave him the go-ahead. 

    “Why is it always me?” he laughed, but continued without hesitation. “We met two years ago, at camp in Pennsylvania.”

    Typical to Orthodox...

  • Advice for after the vows

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    1 week ago

    Before most couples get married, they don’t know what to expect. They’re excited and scared, but ready to make one of their biggest life decisions: forming a union with the one they love. Local rabbis from all different backgrounds and denominations shared their best marital advice...

  • Inclusion and intermarriage

    1 week ago

    "Do you officiate at interfaith marriages?” 

    It’s a common question for many rabbis in our day, especially when the intermarriage rate is reported to be more than 50 percent (70 percent if you don’t count Orthodox Jews). My answer — like all things Jewish — is complicated, and my...

  • Milken Archive’s new wedding album

    By Rick Schultz

    1 week ago

    So you’re getting married and trying to decide what music to play on the big day. You could choose Pachelbel’s “Canon” for the processional and Bach’s “Air on the G String” for the recessional. And why not? Those pieces are perfectly functional. 

    For the reception, the Internet...

  • Israel, Palestinians agree to steps to calm Jerusalem tensions, Kerry says

    1 week ago

    Israel and the Palestinians have pledged to take concrete steps to calm tensions around Jerusalem's holiest site, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday after talks in the Jordanian capital.

    Violence has flared in recent weeks over the compound where their biblical...

  • Suspected Paris synagogue bomber can be extradited from Canada

    1 week ago

    Canada’s Supreme Court declined to hear the case of the prime suspect in a deadly 1980 synagogue bombing in Paris, paving the way for his extradition to France.

    The nation’s top court on Thursday did not give reasons for its refusal to hear the case of Hassan Diab, who was...

  • Filmmakers on a mission to tell Palestinians’ stories

    1 week ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A new generation of Palestinian filmmakers is intent on telling "the people stories you don't hear about" rather than staying true to form with films charged with political messages such as "Israel's Occupation" or "Nakba" (the...

  • Moving and shaking: FIDF Gala, Texas Hold’em Poker Classic, Our House and more

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    Hollywood A-listers Barbra Streisand, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Pamela Anderson were among those who attended the eighth annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Western Region Gala on Nov. 6; the event raised an unprecedented $33 million to fund the...

  • Top Chef episode 5 re-cap: It’s war

    1 week ago

    EPISODE 5: It’s War

    [FOR RECAPS OF EPISODES 1-4, CLICK HERE]

    Guest Judge: Jamie Bissonnette, winner of James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Northeast

    QUICKFIRE CHALLENGE: Head to Head Cook-Off

    Katsuji’s Dish: Sake-infused chipotle broth with smoked jalapenos and salmon

    In...

  • Doc Paskowitz, 1921-2014, Rode the Zionist Wave in Post World War II Hawaii

    1 week ago

    Surfer legend Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz—“a modern-day Duke Kahanamoku”—was one of two members of a “mighty minyan” of Jews who, after World War II, helped found Temple Emanu-el in Honolulu and then played a significant role in the Zionist movement during Israel’s birth pangs and early...

  • IDF vs. Shin Bet and two more notes on a ‘Third Intifada’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    1.

    If you are under the impression that a third Palestinian Intifada has begun – in recent days we’ve seen many occurrences of violence both in the West Bank and within Israel – the embarrassing fight between Israel’s military (IDF) and Israel’s internal security service (Shin...

  • Sex & Death Before Breakfast

    By Marcus J Freed

    1 week ago

    “I can’t understand these chaps who go round American universities explaining how they write poems: It’s like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.” ― Philip Larkin


    There is an art to healthy giving & well-intentioned sharing. The Kabbalah teaches about how the...

  • Israeli shipping giant Zim suspends operations in Long Beach

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    UPDATE [Nov. 19]: Israeli shipping giant has not suspended operations in Long Beach.


    Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., Israel’s largest cargo shipping company, has temporarily suspended operations at the Port of Long Beach, according to an employee in Zim’s Long Beach...

  • In Israel, no one’s backing down from a Third Intifada

    By Simone Wilson

    2 weeks ago

    On the platform of the central bus stop and hitchhiking post for Gush Etzion, a Jewish settlement bloc that spills over Israel’s eastern border into Palestinian territory, wet sand was poured on Nov. 11 to cover a human-sized blood stain from the night before. 

    Israeli mother...

  • Q&A with Federation head Jay Sanderson

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    At the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly (GA), held this year in National Harbor, Md., Nov. 9-11, thousands of Jewish professional and lay leaders filled a conference center and hotel to listen to famous and powerful Jews, including two Supreme Court...

  • The ‘Jerusalem Intifada,’ the president and the cliff

    2 weeks ago

    For years, Cassandras on the left warned that the festering captivity of the stateless Palestinian population living under military rule would reach a breaking point. There would be a Third Intifada, maybe a bloodbath. At the very least, said the left, there would be a drastic...

  • Waxman honored at UCLA Hillel

    2 weeks ago

    Dignitaries, students and Jewish community members gathered on Nov. 10 at Hillel at UCLA to celebrate the legacy of U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) and the 40 years he has spent representing the area.

    “Why do we here all love Congressman Henry Waxman?” his successor,...

  • ADL notes accomplishments, road ahead, at annual meeting

    By  Tom Tugend

    2 weeks ago

    Some 300 lay and professional leaders from across the United States gathered Nov. 6-8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the annual Anti-Defamation League (ADL) national meeting, which offered both good and bad news, as well as an upcoming changing of the organization’s guard.

    ...
  • A conversation with Erwin Chemerinsky

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    2 weeks ago

    Jonathan Kirsch: Let me begin with a quote from “The Case Against the Supreme Court.” You write: “From the outset, in writing this book, I have been concerned that it would be criticized as a liberal’s whining that the Court’s decisions have not been liberal enough.” What...

  • Asking Your Doctor to Help You Die.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    Human life is a gift.  Death, too, can be a gift.  Is it ever appropriate for us to choose the timing of our death?

    Brittany Maynard, 29, was diagnosed with a stage 4 glioblastoma, an aggressive and uniformly fatal brain tumor.  With the blessing of her family and millions of...

  • Could we live without the Supreme Court?

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    2 weeks ago

    Anyone who has the opportunity to chat with Erwin Chemerinsky, as I recently did, will find him a gracious, affable and reasonable person — a real mensch. But if you read his latest book, “The Case Against the Supreme Court” (Viking), you will discover that he is capable of taking...

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