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  • Obama reassures Jewish groups on U.S.-Israel relationship

    8 minutes ago

    President Barack Obama reassured U.S. Jewish groups on Friday that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strong, despite differences over the nuclear deal with Iran, and called for more talks between the two governments on security cooperation.

    "As soon as this particular debate is...

  • Meet the Jewish woman getting ready to live on Mars

    19 minutes ago

    Dr. Sheyna Gifford — a Jewish medical doctor, science journalist, astrophysics researcher and space enthusiast — is preparing to live on Mars.

    Gifford, 36, will join five other crew members in the NASA-funded Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) habitat for a...

  • U.N. watchdog: Iran expanding Parchin facility

    23 minutes ago

    The United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran has built an extension to its military facility at Parchin.

    A segment of the confidential report seen by the Reuters news agency says that while Iran has largely been complying with...

  • Kansas City shooter: ‘I had a patriotic intent to stop genocide’

    30 minutes ago

    The white supremacist charged with killing three people outside two Jewish facilities in a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas, told a jury he is not guilty because he merely was trying to “defend my people against genocide.”

    If convicted in the April 2014  shootings outside the JCC of...

  • Plunder-filled Nazi train worth millions has likely been found

    35 minutes ago

    With evidence mounting that a Nazi train loaded with millions of dollars worth of plundered items has been found in Poland, the World Jewish Congress urged the Polish government to ensure any goods stolen from Jews be returned to their legitimate owners or their heirs.

    On Friday,...

  • Frequently raised objections to the flu shot

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    3 hours ago

    Last week our office received our batch of flu shots for the upcoming flu season. Every fall I urge my readers to get a flu shot. If you’d like to know the different kinds of flu vaccines available, and which is right for you, read my post from last year.

    This year I’d like to...

  • Natalie Portman should be commended, not criticized

    4 hours ago

    Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman clearly hit a nerve when, in a recent interview with the British newspaper, The Independent, she questioned the validity of the type of Holocaust education she had received growing up.

    “I think a really big question the Jewish community needs...

  • Abbas reportedly building $13M presidential compound

    4 hours ago

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly having a $13-million luxurious presidential palace built near Ramallah despite his government facing a $2-billion deficit.

    According to the Times of Israel and several other Israeli news outlets, the project, which...

  • Fifteen percent of West Bank settlers are American citizens.

    5 hours ago

    Fifteen percent of West Bank settlers are American citizens.

    According to an Oxford University professor, approximately 60,000 American Jews live in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Haaretz reported Thursday.

    “This provides hard evidence that this constituency is strikingly...

  • WIT Israel Attracts Women Entrepreneurs From Around The World To The Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 hours ago

    A first of its kind international Women tech entrepreneurship conference was held in Israel last week, as a group of female tech bloggers and entrepreneurs from around the world were invited for a one-week trip to explore the 'Startup Nation'.

    The conference, titled WIT (Women...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Ki Tetze with Rabbi Dovid Gutnick

    By Shmuel Rosner

    21 hours ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Dovid Gutnick of the East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation in Melbourne, Australia. Rabbi Gutnick studied at Yeshivah College in Melbourne before attending the Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand, Rabbinical College of Canada and Yeshivah Ohr...

  • IKAR announces it will move to Shalhevet

    By Ryan Torok

    22 hours ago

    Egalitarian spiritual community IKAR announced yesterday that it plans to relocate temporarily to Shalhevet High School’s new building near Olympic Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, following its 11 years operating out of the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC).

    “We are thrilled...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Nitsevet

    23 hours ago

    Recently A.B. Yehoshua, a well-known Israeli writer, published a novel titled “Nitsevet,” translated as “The Extra” in English. The word nitsevet seems somewhat obscure to many Hebrew speakers because it is not commonly used (hence the correct pronunciation is given on the book’s...

  • Opposition to Iran deal grows among U.S. Republicans

    23 hours ago

    Opposition to a nuclear pact between Iran and major powers grew among U.S. Republicans over the past month, a Reuters poll showed, reflecting a partisan struggle in Congress as President Barack Obama sought to win approval for the deal.

    The poll, taken from Aug. 20-27, showed...

  • German support for Barenboim concert in Iran draws Israeli ire

    23 hours ago

    Star conductor Daniel Barenboim is holding talks to take one of Germany's main orchestras to Iran, his employer Berlin State Opera said on Thursday, in the face of angry protests from Israel.

    The opera said the plans by its Israeli-Argentinian musical director had the full...

  • Moving and shaking: ‘Bridging the Divide,’ Project Angel Food, Kirk Douglas and more

    By Ryan Torok

    1 day ago

    “Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race,” a new PBS documentary about the first African-American mayor of Los Angeles, screened Aug. 12 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills during an event organized by the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF).


  • Poem: Ritual

    1 day ago

    Is it for our smiling faces
    that she gets up at seven on Fridays to put an apron on
    and stand in front of a hot stove, even in the summer heat
    when the air conditioner’s not working well, even when
    her ankle is swollen and her medicine is making her throat dry
    and her body...

  • To live with the Iranian threat

    By Elad Massuri

    1 day ago

    When I was 5 years old,  my mom picked me up from kindergarten and brought me back to our house in North Tel Aviv.

    I asked her a question that seemed so normal: “Mom, at what age do people go to the military?”

    “At the age of 18,” she answered.

    “And what will I need to do...

  • לחיות עם האיום האיראני אלעד מסורי

    By Elad Massuri

    1 day ago

    זה‭ ‬היה‭ ‬כאשר‭ ‬הייתי‭ ‬ילד‭ ‬בן‭ ‬חמש.‭ ‬אני‭ ‬זוכר‭ ‬שאימי‭ ‬ליוותה‭ ‬אותי‭ ‬בחזרה‭ ‬מהגן‭ ‬לביתנו‭ ‬אשר‭ ‬היה‭ ‬ממוקם‭ ‬בשכונה‭ ‬שבה‭ ‬גדלתי‭ ‬בצפון‭ ‬תל‭ ‬אביב. ‬

    שאלתי‭ ‬אותה‭ ‬שאלה‭ ‬שאז‭ ‬נראתה‭ ‬לי‭ ‬כל‭ ‬כך‭ ‬נורמלית:‭ ‬‮"‬אמא‭, ‬באיזה‭ ‬גיל‭ ‬הולכים‭ ‬לצבא‭?‬”

  • Exploring Jewish-Tunisian heritage through food

    By Avishay Artsy

    1 day ago

    Artist Orly Olivier’s work revolves around the food and heritage of her Jewish-Tunisian family. She hosts group dinners, cooking workshops and makes visual art under the name Petit Takett. The name is a reference to Takett’s, her paternal grandmother’s restaurant in La Goulette,...

  • #myLAcommute LA has been good to me, but I miss home

    1 day ago


    I want to be a teacher or maybe a social worker. I’m figuring it out as I go. I’m from West Africa. I moved to Los Angeles six months ago to study child development at Cal State Northridge and to be with my mom. I didn’t see my mom for 10 years. It was good seeing...

  • New director for Hillel 818

    1 day ago

    Hillel 818 has undergone a major facelift in the past year, culminating in the April arrival of executive director David Katz, who trekked across the country from Pittsburgh with the hope of bringing a fresh start to Jewish life on three Valley college campuses. 

    Hillel 818 works...

  • Why join a synagogue?

    1 day ago

    Why join a temple? When a b’nai mitzvah or a funeral comes along, why not just “rent a rabbi”? After all, you save the dues and you “pay only for what you need.” The problem, of course, is that in this complex world, troubling news and a search to find meaning, “what we need” is a...

  • Iran may have built extension at disputed site, U.N. nuclear watchdog says

    1 day ago

    Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday, as part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions of Tehran's past nuclear activity.

    A resolution of the International Atomic...

  • Cooking 101: A practical lesson for college students

    By Judy Zeidler

    1 day ago

    Spending a lovely summer back home in the Los Angeles area, Morgan Lieberman was doing what she enjoys most: using her camera to shoot photos. From time to time during those warm days, she found her way into my kitchen — and my heart — shooting photos of food for the Journal and...

  • White supremacist surprised his victims were not Jewish

    1 day ago

    Prosecutors in Kansas rested their case on Thursday in the murder trial of a white supremacist after playing a recorded call in which he expressed surprise the three people fatally shot outside two Jewish centers last year were not Jewish.

    Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, a former senior...

  • ‘The most dangerous weapons ever invented’: Policy expert talks nukes, Israel and the Iran deal

    By Danielle Berrin

    1 day ago

    Joe Cirincione is a nuclear policy expert who served for nearly a decade on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee, beginning during the Reagan administration. He has since authored several books on the history of nuclear weapons and nuclear security strategy. Today, he is...

  • Gaza rocket strikes Israel, no injuries reported; IDF hits back

    1 day ago

    A rocket fired from Gaza struck an open area in Israel, causing no injuries or damage.

    The rocket hit an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council, adjacent to the Gaza Strip, late Wednesday night. In response, the Israel Defense Forces bombed a weapons production plant in central...

  • Matisyahu performs outside Auschwitz following Spain appearance

    1 day ago

    Three days after a performing at a reggae festival in Spain that had previously disinvited him, Matisyahu brought his music to a synagogue near the gates of Auschwitz.

    The Jewish-American singer gave an intimate acoustic concert Tuesday night in the tiny Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot...

  • More than 900 rabbis sign letter opposing Iran nuclear deal

    By Aron Chilewich

    1 day ago

    Over the past three weeks, more than 900 rabbis across every major denomination have signed an open letter calling upon the United States Congress to reject the proposed Iran nuclear deal. The letter was written by two Los Angeles rabbis, Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation and...

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