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  • Broadcast newsman Murray Fromson looks back at storied career

    32 minutes 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

    37 minutes 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

    1 hour 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.


  • Rapper Ice Cube melts down, beats up rabbi

    1 hour 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

    7 hours 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.


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

    7 hours 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?

    9 hours 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

    9 hours 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

    14 hours 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

    23 hours 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)

    1 day 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

    1 day 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?

    1 day 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

    1 day 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

    1 day 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 —...

  • World War II ... I was the first one to see it

    By Ellie Kahn, Oral Historian

    1 day ago

    Harriett H. joined the Women's Army Corp in September, 1943.  Little did she know what was ahead.  What follows is an excerpt from her Oral History, recorded in 1996.

    "I was with my brother in the car on a Sunday and we had the radio on because of the football game. Suddenly, an...

  • In a war against wage theft

    1 day 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

    1 day 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

    1 day ago

    SAT | MAY 30


    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

    1 day 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

    1 day 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


  • Anne Meara, TV and stage actress, dies at 85

    By Tom Teicholz

    1 day ago

    Anne Meara, an Emmy- and Tony-nominated actress, who with her husband, Jerry Stiller, performed as one-half of successful comedy duo Stiller and Meara, died May 23. She was 85.

    Meara was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to an Irish-Catholic family. She met Stiller in 1953 at a...

  • President Obama vs. the LA Times on anti-Semitism

    1 day ago

    The Obama White House and the opinion page of the Los Angeles Times are usually in sync—but not always.  Take for example the recent conflict between President Obama and Palestinocentric UCLA Professor Saree Makdisi on anti-Semitism and how to combat it.

    In a much-discussed...

  • Harvey Schechter, former ADL regional director, dies at 91

    1 day ago

    Harvey Bernard Schechter died peacefully at the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda on May 23, 2015, at the age of 91. Harvey is survived by his wife of sixty years, Hope Schechter of Beverly Hills, his nephew Bruce Schechter of Sherman Oaks and many additional family members and...

  • Military chaplains gather to answer call of duty

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    1 day ago

    It’s not easy being an observant Jew in the military sometimes, especially under extreme circumstances. What do you do, for example, if there’s no kosher pot that can be used for cooking?

    Rabbi Avrohom Teichman of certifying agency Kehillah Kosher offered an answer to a...

  • Holocaust lessons brought live to classrooms

    By Avishay Artsy

    1 day ago

    “When you see injustice, stand up.” 

    That’s the message Paula Lebovics wants her audiences to remember. On May 13, the 81-year-old survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp shared her story in person with three young students at USC, but their discussion went much further — it...

  • How the FIFA corruption scandal could affect Israel

    1 day ago

    Israelis were expecting some big news to come out of the annual FIFA Congress this week.

    But they probably weren’t expecting this.

    In a bombshell operation, a Swiss law enforcement team showed up at the Zurich hotel hosting the annual gathering of the international soccer...

  • ‘How Sweet It Is!’ is a gangster’s paradise

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    1 day ago

    The first voice you hear in the latest novel by Thane Rosenbaum, “How Sweet It Is!” (Mandel Vilar Press), belongs to the Great One himself, Jackie Gleason. 

    “Miami Beach is magical, but it is the magic of the dark arts,” Gleason is made to say. “Black magic masquerading as...

  • Wanted: More women in Los Angeles City Hall

    By Bill Boyarsky

    1 day ago

    What Los Angeles City Hall needs is a strong Jewish woman.

    Nothing against the three Jewish men who occupy citywide offices — Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer and Controller Ron Galperin. But they’re so quiet, so devoted to working behind the scenes that it’s easy to...

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