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  • Bullets and Bagels: The Jewish shooting club

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    "Ready, Aim, Schmear.” 

    That was the banner hanging in the lobby of Orange County indoor shooting range FT3 Tactical, as members of Bullets and Bagels, a Jewish shooting club, turned out to try firing automatic Colt pistols, semi-automatic rifles and an assortment of other...

  • Sharing wisdom of the elders through USC’s Zekenim Project

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    6 days ago

    Seniors have a lifetime of experience behind them, but too often we don’t take the opportunity to learn from them and apply that wisdom to our own lives.

    Now, thanks to a dedicated team at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and a three-year, $250,000 grant from the Jewish...

  • Fulfill the mandates of Rosh Hashanah by saving Alan Gross

    6 days ago

    During the period known as the High Holy Days, we think about how we can better ourselves, serve our families, our friends and our communities, and we begin anew to reflect on the moral teachings of our people and our religion. Among those teachings are the concepts of pikuach...

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  • Photojournalist Phil Stern: From WWII to James Dean

    By Elyse Glickman

    6 days ago

    Some life journeys are so epic, it seems there’s no way they could be captured, even in a Hollywood movie. And yet, as it turned out, all photojournalist Phil Stern needed was his trusty camera.  

    A heralded chronicler of World War II and Hollywood icons such as James Dean and...

  • How the Jews brought water to L.A.

    6 days ago

    While by flood and sinkhole the news of Los Angeles’ aging water system has gushed out in a torrent, a much older L.A. water story, this one of how Jews brought water to a thirsty city, has never even reached a trickle.

    The Hebrew folk song “Mayim” says, “With joy you shall draw...

  • ‘Breaking the Silence’ and Gaza

    6 days ago

    The shooting war in Gaza was again accompanied by a massive political and media attack against Israel, with accusations of “war crimes” and “human rights violations” in parallel to the barrages of rockets and missiles.

    The weapons and soldiers in the political war are led by the...

  • Hundreds of Jewish families remaining in eastern Ukraine for High Holidays

    By tessc

    6 days ago

    Hundreds of Jewish families are staying in the flashpoint eastern Ukraine cities of Donetsk and Mariupol and will spend Rosh Hashanah there.

    The families are hoping for an extended calm after the signing of a cease-fire agreement reached last week between Ukrainian troops and...

  • Rivlin greets Conservative Jews as ‘family’

    6 days ago

    Reuven Rivlin, who drew criticism before becoming Israel’s president for his broadsides against non-Orthodox Jewish streams, told a group of Conservative Jews that Jews are “one big family.”

    “We cannot agree on everything, but we are brothers and we are one big family,” The...

  • Why Scottish Jews are nervous about independence referendum

    6 days ago

    Whenever I did something wrong in school my teachers would shake their heads and mutter to each other, with feeling, “Her mother’s English, you know,” in a sort of well-the-poor-girl-can’t-help-it tone of voice. The general ethos was that Scotland, and Scottish education, was...

  • Survivor: Barry Weintraub

    By Jane Ulman

    6 days ago

    "Get out of the house. Go.” 

    Just 19, Barry Weintraub — then Ben Zion or Benchi — didn’t understand why his parents were sending him away. The family had been living and working in a forest in northwest Russia, having escaped from Poland in 1940. “Don’t ask any questions. Just...

  • Israeli policeman charged over violent arrest of U.S. teen

    6 days ago

    The Israeli police officer shown in a video beating Palestinian-American teen Tariq Abu Khdeir has been indicted for assault against a minor.

    The indictment against the border policeman, who was suspended in July, was filed Wednesday in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court.

    Tariq,...

  • Ms. Senior California Pageant: Where age is beauty

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    There was hardly anyone left in the audience at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster, as the 14 contestants of Ms. Senior California 2014 stood in a long line on the stage and posed for photographs. 

    Sandra Erkus, 80, a Granada Hills resident and member of Temple Ahavat Shalom...

  • Torah portion: Challenging God

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    6 days ago

    Does the classic Jewish tradition allow room for challenging God? Our prayers constantly praise and bless God, but are there any sections of our liturgy that formally level an open challenge to God? 

    In one of Judaism’s earliest prayers — the “tithe declaration” — we find an...

  • Virtual support

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    6 days ago

    Back in the dark ages of the early 1990s, before the word “Internet” was officially defined, there weren’t a lot of ways for patients with the same disease or health conditions to communicate. You might have gotten connected to a few other patients at the doctor’s office, or in a...

  • Mommy dearest

    By Gina Nahai

    6 days ago

    Granted, some of it is plain envy — my bewilderment at parents who don’t have a scrap of doubt about what’s good for their children. The certainty starts at conception and carries on through the mother’s pregnancy and the child’s infancy, through preschool and elementary and high...

  • Kim Kardashian

    6 days ago

    Kim Kardashian...

    Is not the subject of this column. 

    Hollywood lost two giants recently.  Joan Rivers was just laid to rest.  A few weeks ago, Robin Williams left us.  I am not going to write in-depth tributes to these two amazing people; that has been done and will continue...

  • Calendar Sept 13-19

    By Laura Donney

    6 days ago

    SAT | SEPT 13

    “RAGING JEWS OF COMEDY”

    Are you ready to rage? With Jews? Of Comedy? Featuring some of this generation’s edgiest comics, the stage will offer two hours of insightful, side-splitting and more than your run-of-the-mill Borscht Belt humor. This evening’s lineup...

  • Letters to the editor: Young Americans and Israel, Steven Sotloff and Dennis Prager

    6 days ago

    Divided by a Common Goal

    In Rob Eshman’s interesting editorial piece “Young Americans and Israel” (Sept. 5), he writes, “The people in charge of Gaza aren’t exactly Quakers.” This is true, but readers may be surprised to learn that many Palestinian leaders have been trained in a...

  • Obituaries

    6 days ago

    Ingrid Arndt died Aug. 17 at 93. Survived by daughter Carolyn (Tracey) Wood; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

    Evelyn Azar died Aug. 16 at 86. Survived by daughters Deborah (Sam) Gilksman; Terry (Steve Schulman); 3 grandchildren. Hillside

    Evelyn Berke died Aug. 21 at 89. Survived by...

  • Islamist militants leave signed note on beheaded corpse in Sinai

    6 days ago

    Residents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said on Wednesday they found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by an Islamist militant group linked to the Syria and Iraq-based Islamic State, accusing the victim of being an Israeli spy.

    The beheading is the eighth claimed by the group...

  • Our battle against Hamas is far from being over

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    6 days ago

    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” (Golda Meir. Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957)


    In the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israeli Defense Forces successfully scared Hamas back to the dark caves...

  • Portrait of a very human King David

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    6 days ago

    When Jews gather to pray, we invoke the Patriarchs and, in some synagogues, the Matriarchs, the Prophets and Mosheh Rabbenu.  The glorious King David, by contrast, is mostly mentioned in connection with the Psalms, whose authorship is attributed to him in pious Jewish tradition....

  • When David slays Goliath

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    6 days ago

    An excerpt from the chapter titled “Young David” from Rabbi David Wolpe’s biography of King David, “David: The Divided Heart” (Yale University Press). Reprinted with permission.


    Divested of armor, David is ready. Goliath takes him for a harmless lad, an insult to his own...

  • Feeling the Soul Depart

    Deborah Brown

    6 days ago

    During the first Taharah in which I participated, I was given the job of holding the meitah's/deceased woman’s head. I had such a powerful feeling of an energy coming through me and a sense of my own head being held, feeling that the energy went out of me and into the hands that I...

  • Answering readers’ comments on “Who killed the Israeli left”

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    My New York Times article from earlier this week did not attract as many responses as the one from last month on "Israel's fair weather friends". But it did attract a fair share of congratulatory and angry comments and a number of questions – some of which merit an answer or...

  • Doing Right Doesn’t Always Feel Good

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    1 week ago

    The word mitzvah, or commandment, is often mistranslated as “good deed.” This is partly because many of them are, in fact, about taking care of one another. Visiting the sick, comforting a mourner, and giving money to a person in need are all great examples of this.

    Generally,...

  • West Coast Chabad celebrates 50 years with annual telethon

    By tessc

    1 week ago

    It’s become Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin’s token slogan: “Call the music! Call the tote!” 

    He belted it out after a live segment with actor Jon Voight during Chabad’s 34th annual “To Life” telethon on Sept. 7. Music blasted, the tote board displaying the amount of money raised so...

  • Prof denied post at Illinois over Israel tweets threatens to sue

    1 week ago

    A professor whose job offer at the University of Illinois was rescinded following anti-Israel tweets demanded that the offer be reinstated.

    Steven Salaita, making his first public remarks since losing the appointment, said at a news conference Tuesday that the university’s...

  • Study: Jewish settlements receive higher share of state funds

    1 week ago

    Jewish settlements in the West Bank and on the Golan Heights received a higher share of state funds than other communities, according to a new report.

    Arab towns receive the second highest amount of state funds per capita followed by development towns, according to the report by...

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