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  • UCLA donors and alumni —  concerned and upset, but mostly supportive

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    Loren Witkin remembers the days when his two sons, Matthew and Brandon, were decked out in UCLA gear as newborns. As toddlers, they knew UCLA’s fight song — the Eight Clap — and as they grew older they attended Bruins’ sporting events with their parents, both UCLA grads from an era...

  • Ben & Jerry’s charoset and 10 more Passover ice cream ideas

    6 days ago

    A few weeks after Ben & Jerry’s founders indicated that marijuana-infused ice cream may one day join its product line, the company’s kosher-for-Passover charoset flavor has been generating buzz.

    In case your memories of last year’s seder are blurred by too many cups of wine, ...

  • Facebook adding staff to Israel office

    6 days ago

    Facebook said it will expand its operations in Israel.

    The company announced this week that it would hire 30 new employees, including  engineers, product managers and designers, for its development center, and 10 new employees for marketing and business development, the Israeli...

  • Schiff ponders the lure of the senate seat

    By Bill Boyarsky

    6 days ago

    Rep. Adam Schiff is facing hard choices these days. As an influential Jewish congressman, he must decide what to do about Iran, Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the same time, he is making a career-wrenching decision on running for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

    But...

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  • Conservative movement praises Netanyahu for regrets on Arab voting statement

    6 days ago

    Conservative movement leaders applauded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s regrets for an Election Day statement about Arab-Israelis and decried a pledge by J Street to press Jewish groups not to spend in the West Bank.

    “The Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue...

  • Hillel chief Eric Fingerhut agrees to meeting with J Street students

    6 days ago

    The president of the Jewish campus group Hillel agreed to a meeting with student activists from the liberal lobby J Street.

    Eric Fingerhut in a letter Monday to Benjy Cannon, the board president of J Street’s campus organization, J Street U, agreed to an on-the-record meeting...

  • A restless pursuit of sexual abusers

    6 days ago

    Meyer Seewald, the founder of the sexual abuse watchdog Jewish Community Watch (JCW), uttered the name of a local rabbi to a packed room during a March 22 community event hosted by L.A. Congregation Shaarei Tefila.

    The room fell silent. One person gasped, then another. One woman...

  • Jewish far left entitlement reaches new heights

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    6 days ago

    Last week a former college student who was president of her local Hillel resigned her position and posted about it on her school newspaper in, “Former President of Hillel Speaks Out.”

    The summary of her story is, basically, that she joined her college’s Hillel, became president,...

  • Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to visit Israel next month

    6 days ago

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian reportedly are planning to visit Israel next month.

    The celebrity power couple booked rooms at Jerusalem’s high-end Waldorf Astoria Hotel for themselves and their entourage for April 12, the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot reported Wednesday.

    The...

  • Fund established in memory of Sassoon children

    6 days ago

    A fund to assist parents who cannot afford to pay day school tuition has been established in memory of the seven children who died in a Shabbat house fire in Brooklyn.

    The Sassoon Children Memorial Fund will be administered by the New York-based Jewish Communal Fund.

    In...

  • After Brooklyn blaze kills 7 kids, grief spans an ocean

    6 days ago

    Even in a city accustomed to deadly fires, this one stood out for the sheer scale of the tragedy: seven children, ranging in age from 5 to 16, killed in the middle of the night after awakening from their Sabbath slumber to smoke and flames.

    It was New York’s deadliest blaze since...

  • Passover: A lesson in political science

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    6 days ago

    Decades ago, before the creation of the State of Israel, David Ben-Gurion gave a brief lesson in Jewish history: 

    “Three hundred years, ago a ship called the Mayflower set sail to the New World. This was a great event in the history of England. Yet I wonder if there is one...

  • From Ferguson to Netanyahu

    By Dennis Prager

    6 days ago

    We live in a world of lies.

    On major issue after major issue, both domestic and foreign, we are saturated with lies.

    Remember the “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative that dominated American media and all of the protests against a white officer’s shooting of Michael Brown, a Black...

  • Philly day school bathroom seen as symbol of transgender inclusion

    6 days ago

    At most Jewish day schools, naming honors tend to be attached to grand spaces — auditoriums, prayer spaces, gymnasiums and the like. But at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, a pluralistic day school in suburban Philadelphia, Patrick Rock’s name will forever be associated with...

  • Obama: Differences with Israel’s Netanyahu not personal

    6 days ago

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not personal but are based on fundamental policy differences over Middle East peace.

    Obama said it was hard to envision a path...

  • Calendar March 28-April 3

    By Laura Donney

    6 days ago

    SAT | MARCH 28

    DOWNTOWN BOOKFEST

    Whether by Kindle or by candle, people were reading long before they were tweeting. This year, the Music Center is celebrating the biggest coalition of locally based authors and publishers. The day features all kinds of activities and readings,...

  • Netanyahu to appoint Kahlon as Israel’s finance minister

    6 days ago

     Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said he will appoint Moshe Kahlon as the country’s finance minister.

    Kahlon, the founder and leader of the center-right Kulanu party, met with Netanyahu on Tuesday night, Haaretz reported. A day earlier, Kahlon had announced that his...

  • Letters to the editor: Jews in Turkey and Zionophobia on campus

    6 days ago

    Playing Telephone in Turkey Misses the Point

    Sorting out the entire history of Turkish-Jewish relations spanning more than five centuries via editorials and interviews is ineffective, unrealistic and unfair (“At a Breaking Point in Turkey,” March 20).  Lost in such...

  • Obituaries: Week of March 27th

    6 days ago

    Gennady Chernobylsky died March 6 at 58. Survived by wife Vera; son David Joseph. Mount Sinai

    David Cline died March 3 at 67. Survived by daughter Taryn (Raymond) Cline Bouwer; sons Adam, Bret, Matthew; 1 granddaughter; stepdaughter Nicole; stepsons Nathan, Aaron Miles; brothers...

  • Netanyahu set for go-ahead to form Israel’s next government

    6 days ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, grappling with fierce White House disapproval, was poised to win the nod from Israel's president on Wednesday to try to form a new coalition government.

    The surprise victor of a March 17 election, Netanyahu looks well set to assemble a heavily...

  • What is SEDER2015?

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    Passover is the most family-oriented of the Jewish holidays, the ultimate dinner party, the Thanksgiving of the Jewish community. 

    That is the belief, anyway, of Michael Hebb, creator of Seder2015, an interactive smorgasbord of Passover-related audio clips of famous thinkers...

  • Israeli citizen was on board crashed Germanwings flight

    6 days ago

    An Israeli citizen was aboard the Germanwings flight 4U 9525 that crashed in the French Alps, Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed.

    Eyal Baum, 40, a businessman living in Germany who was flying home from Barcelona, was among the 144 passengers killed on Tuesday morning in the...

  • Israel freezing eastern Jerusalem construction

    6 days ago

    Israel is freezing the construction of 1,500 housing units in an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood.

    The Yediot Acharonot report of the freeze in Har Homa follows last week’s visit there by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who as prime minister approved the first construction.

    ...
  • Newly elected Arab Knesset members meet with Abbas in Ramallah

    6 days ago

    Four members of Israel’s Joint Arab List elected to the Knesset met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.

    Ayman Odeh, the Arab-Israeli party’s leader, headed the delegation that visited  the Muquata, the P.A.’s headquarters in Ramallah, on Tuesday...

  • J Street U students describe emotional, polarized Israel climate on campus

    6 days ago

    At noon Monday, several hundred students marched through the bright March sunshine from the J Street conference at the Washington Convention Center for a protest.

    “This is not a march!” organizers pleaded as the orderly group moved south from the Carnegie Library to the...

  • Meet Ruth Porat, Google’s new CFO

    6 days ago

    To the business press, the symbolism of Ruth Porat’s move from her position as chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley to her newly announced perch as Google’s CFO of the future couldn’t be more obvious — it represents a shift in power from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. And...

  • Obama won’t count out backing U.N. recognition of Palestine

    6 days ago

    President Barack Obama would not count out backing U.N. recognition of Palestine as part of his reevaluation of the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

    Obama at a news conference on Tuesday said his reevaluation was based on how best to preserve hope for Palestinian statehood.

    ...
  • The Rational Emotions exchange, Part 2: Are Israelis too competitive for peace?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    Eyal Winter, is the Silverzweig Professor of Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professor of Economics the University of Leicester. His research interests include microeconomics, finance, game theory, and behavioral economics.

    This exchange focuses on Winter's...

  • A Hard Taharah

    6 days ago

    It has been exactly a year since our Chevrah Kadisha performed taharah for O, who was 10 months old.  When our team of 4 answered the call, I asked them to think of lullabies in Hebrew and/or English and niggunim (wordless melodies) which we would use during the taharah in place of...

  • Kleiner run ‘like a boys club,’ Pao attorney tells jurors

    1 week ago

    Venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was run "like a boys club," a lawyer for one of its former partners who is suing the firm for sex discrimination told jury members on Tuesday.

    During closing arguments in San Francisco Superior Court, plaintiff Ellen Pao's attorney...

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