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  • Jack Black, Paula Abdul and more: The Tribe takes over summer TV

    By Gerri Miller

    2 days ago

    Members of the tribe populate the TV landscape this summer, in both returning and new series. You’ll find Eric Dane piloting TNT’s “The Last Ship” (June 21), Mark Feuerstein in USA’s “Royal Pains” (June 2), Rachelle LeFevre in CBS’ “Under the Dome” (June 25), Nat Faxon, Jenny Slate...

  • The L.A. Times lets Saree Makdisi incriminate himself, again

    2 days ago

    The Los Angeles Times has done it again, handing U.C.L.A. Prof. Saree Makdisi space on its commentary pages for another virtually fact-free, anti-Israel column. The third this year (and at least tenth in The Times since 2004), Makdisi’s “Wrongfully treating academic debates as...

  • ‘In Focus: Animalia’: Creatures featured at the Getty

    By Avishay Artsy

    2 days ago

    Images of animals are everywhere these days. Pictures of our friends’ fluffy pets fill our social media feeds. Cuddly cats and baby animal photos serve as websites’ clickbait. While in the Internet age, we may well take these alluring photographs of our four-legged friends for...

  • Child Holocaust survivors get $60 million – in a single day

    2 days ago

    The Claims Conference sent out payments totaling about $60 million in a single day last week – the first of an estimated 70,000 one-time payments of approximately $2,750 to child survivors of the Holocaust.

    The payments follow the creation last year of a new $190 million Child...

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  • Obama and Israel: rationality, self-interest and hatred

    By Michael Berenbaum

    2 days ago

    This past week President Barack Obama went on a Jewish offensive trying to gain support for the forthcoming agreement with Iran by giving an interview to Jeffrey Goldberg, the wise and deeply committed Jewish writer for The Atlantic, and by speaking at Adas Israel Congregation, the...

  • Israel moves to toughen sentences for stone-throwers

    2 days ago

    Israeli cabinet ministers approved on Sunday legislation aimed at imposing tougher penalties on stone-throwers, a measure that stemmed from a wave of Palestinian protests last year in East Jerusalem.

    A draft law that won preliminary parliamentary approval late last year allowed...

  • And the lies go on . . .

    By Mindy Leaf

    2 days ago

    Did you know that shiny new wood-style flooring you pulled up the ratty old carpet for can kill you? If you've covered your rooms with laminate from major discounter, Lumber Liquidators, you're likely living with formaldehyde exposure levels of seven- to up-to-20 times federally...

  • Restore Yourself at the Remedy Spa, Los Angeles

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    2 days ago

    Searching for serenity in Los Angeles? Stop at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel for sumptuous suites, marvelous meals, a pool with a view of the Getty Center and renew at the Remedy Spa.

    Grab a girlfriend and go after carpool, find peace on the private patio and get hooked on a...

  • Houthis detain US citizens in Yemen

    2 days ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    At least two Americans are being held by the Houthis, the Iranian-backed Shi’ite jihadist group that today controls most of Yemen. A source close to the Houthi group, which is known as “Ansar Allah”, told The Media Line that two...

  • TedX Women comes to Jerusalem

    2 days ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    “Hello, women of Jerusalem!” TedX organizer Fleur Hassan Nachoum shouted out like a game show host.

    The audience at the Zappa nightclub in Jerusalem clapped and cheered.

    “How many of you are here because these issues are...

  • Who are Turkey’s Jews?

    2 days ago

    For centuries, Turkey served as a safe haven for Jews fleeing anti-Semitism.

    The earliest records of Jews in Turkey date back to 220 B.C.E., but the area saw a major Jewish influx in the early 14th century, when Jews expelled from Hungary, France, Sicily and elsewhere migrated...

  • Turkish Jews staying put but eyeing exit amid president’s hostile rhetoric

    2 days ago

    In the backyard of the Etz Ahayim synagogue in Turkey’s largest city, congregant Yusuf Arslan hollers pleasantries as he mingles with other members of the small congregation.

    He needs to shout to be heard over the deafening sound of a sudden downpour hitting the blast-proof glass...

  • Instagram-Ready Dishes, Water High-Tech and More- This Week from the Startup Nation!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    Israeli Companies Bring Jobs to Americans

    Israel-based Avgol, a global producer of fabrics, announced it will expand its North American operations by building a new production line at its Mocksville, North Carolina plant, creating dozens of new jobs. The expansion is part of a...

  • Israel’s all in for NBA’s Cavaliers, Netanyahu tells coach David Blatt

    2 days ago

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contacted him to offer him Israel’s support in the NBA Finals.

    “He said all of Israel is behind the Cavaliers,” Blatt said Sunday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “That was great.

    ...
  • Kerry to fly home on U.S. military plane after breaking leg

    2 days ago

    A U.S. military aircraft from a base in Germany will transport Secretary of State John Kerry to Boston from Geneva for medical treatment for a broken leg, his spokesman said on Monday.

    Kerry, 71, broke his right leg on Sunday in an accident while cycling a portion of the Tour de...

  • Joe Biden’s son Beau dies of brain cancer; 46

    2 days ago

    Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, died on Saturday after battling brain cancer, the vice president said. He was 46.

    "The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words," Vice President Biden said in a statement released by the White...

  • Should you care if Rabbi Riskin loses his job?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    There is more than one way to look at the battle between Israel’s Chief Rabbinate and Efrat’s rabbi, Shlomo Riskin. The story itself is simple: Riskin is 75 years old. He is also a relatively moderate Orthodox rabbi – that is, if you discount his embarrassing comment comparing...

  • Hollywood: Your Home Away from Home Part 2

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    3 days ago

    Part Two: A night out in Hollywood is many people's dream come true! I recommend dinner at the Bowery, a show at Pantages and a night at the Redbury, "Your Home Away From Home!" (Part One: click here)

    VIDEOThe Redbury Hotel Hollywood  From the Redbury: "Situated at the...

  • Sunday Reads: The IDF’s views on the Palestinian Authority, Arthur Miller’s forgotten Holocaust play

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    US

    Brookings’ Richard Sokolsky and Jeremy Shapiro write about America’s problem with its ‘free-riding allies’:

    The United States should not always expect allies to do well or exactly what it wants. But taking such risks is necessary for building true capacity. American...

  • Crowds gather for anti-Islam demonstration outside Phoenix mosque

    4 days ago

    More than 200 protesters, some armed, berated Islam and its Prophet Mohammed outside an Arizona mosque on Friday in a provocative protest that was denounced by counter-protesters shouting "Go home, Nazis," weeks after an anti-Muslim event in Texas came under attack by two gunmen.

    ...
  • Moving and Shaking: Harriet Rossetto, AJWS, TCRF and Israel Advocacy

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    Harriet Rossetto, the founder and executive vice president of Beit T’Shuvah, a residential treatment center and educational institution in Culver City, has been named a 2015 Advocate for Action by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

    ONDCP Director...

  • ‘Spring Awakening’ finds a voice at Deaf West Theatre

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    4 days ago

    At the beginning of Deaf West Theatre’s reimagining of the rock musical “Spring Awakening,” set in 1890s provincial Germany, a naïve deaf teenager, Wendla, begs her prudish mother to tell her how babies are born.  

    “I’m an aunt for the second time now, and I still have no idea...

  • Israeli shoes (re-)teach the brain how to walk

    4 days ago

    Picture the last time you went for a walk: You may have negotiated uneven pavement, or stepped from grass onto a dirt trail, adjusting to the differences in terrain without much thought.

    People with some walking disorders don’t have that ability, but an Israeli-designed invention...

  • President Bernie

    By Rob Eshman

    4 days ago

    Just because he looks like Larry David’s angry uncle, and just because he is the only Democratic socialist in the United States Senate, and just because he represents a heavily forested state best known for a breakfast condiment, doesn’t mean you should dismiss Bernie Sanders.

    ...
  • How good is good enough?

    By Ellie Herman

    4 days ago

    Embarrassing confession: I am addicted to inspirational teacher movies. You know what I’m talking about. Hilary Swank in “Freedom Writers,” Michelle Pfeiffer in “Dangerous Minds,” Edward James Olmos in “Stand and Deliver,” Sidney Poitier in “To Sir, With Love.”  

    Those teachers...

  • Family legacy continues at Yeshiva, times five: A story of Modern Orthodoxy in America

    By Simone Wilson

    4 days ago

    Two columns of Yeshiva University graduates — one of young women, in blow-outs and stilettos; and one of young men, the knots of their skinny ties peeking out above their robes — filed into Prudential Center, home arena of the New Jersey Devils, on May 17. They whooped and hooted,...

  • Family’s link to VBS is all relative

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    Sometimes the old adage really is true: The family that prays together stays together. The Braun family, whom Valley Beth Shalom is honoring at its June 7 “Living Our Legacy: Celebrating the Best of Valley Beth Shalom” ceremony, is a family whose relationship with VBS spans five...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    It’s no secret that Israel has one of the best armies in the world, but did you know it also invented plenty of sophisticated solutions to various needs in the battlefield? One of those solutions is the Agilite IPC (Injured Personnel Carrier.) This Israeli invention is designed to...

  • Alleged Nazi war criminal who moved to Canada dies at 93

    5 days ago

    Vladimir Katriuk, a native Ukrainian who avoided deportation from Canada for 64 years after hiding his Nazi past to move there, died peacefully in Quebec.

    Katriuk, who was 93, died on May 22, according to his lawyer.

    For years Katriuk was second on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s...

  • Hebrew Hoops Basketball Camp Coming to LA

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    5 days ago

    One of my passions is Jewish college students. I have had the honor of being a campus rabbi at Long Beach State, UC Irvine, and for the last two years with University of Southern California Hillel.

    So many of our Jewish students are passionate about life and making the world a...

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