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  • #myLAcommute The look on her face was amazing

    3 days ago


    We’re coming back from the aquarium in Long Beach. My daughter’s favorite thing was the pink, purple, and blue flying fish. The look on her face when she saw the jellyfish and huge seashells was amazing.

    She’ll have more play time when we get home. She loves to build houses with Legos.

    Aquarium Way to Raymond Ave.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Why are Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and other non-Jewish celebs buying real estate in Israel?

    3 days ago

    After Kanye West performed in Israel on Wednesday night, he presumably had to sleep in a bed that he didn’t own. The declared presidential candidate may not have to suffer that indignity on his next trip to the Holy Land.

    The Kardashian family, into which he is married, is among...

  • A year of danger for Israel

    By Arthur Cohn

    3 days ago

    The beginning of a new year is a good time to assess where Israel stands. Based on my conversations over the past year with experts, journalists and highly placed officials, it is possible to identify several trends of concern:

    1. Iran

    The nuclear deal with Iran, which will...

  • In UN speech, Netanyahu keeps focus on Iran

    3 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking to the U.N. General Assembly, urged the international community to “check your enthusiasm at the door” regarding the recently finalized agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

    On Thursday, Netanyahu also criticized Palestinian...

  • Remembering Joe Maiman

    3 days ago

    Just weeks ago, in mid-August, the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots was marked — with many recollections, many observations, many reflections on what has occurred since as markers of change or failure to change as a society.

    One event that has gone unmarked is the death of Joe...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Gerim

    3 days ago

    Gerim, is, in a way, a term equivalent to all of our modern “immigrants, foreigners, aliens, guest workers, shelter seekers, etc.” of biblical times. Pentateuch laws emphatically protect them. They have to be treated with justice and as equals to native citizens (Leviticus 24:22),*...

  • Reconstructionists to accept rabbinical applicants with non-Jewish partners

    3 days ago

    The Reconstructionist movement will accept rabbinical applicants who have non-Jewish partners.

    A ban on such applicants, last reaffirmed in 2002, was revoked by the Reconstructionist Religious College following a faculty vote last week, the seminary said in a news release...

  • Palestinian flag raised at UN headquarters for first time

    4 days ago

    The Palestinian flag was raised outside the United Nations headquarters in New York for the first time.

    The ceremony on Wednesday afternoon was attended by diplomats in the U.N.’s Rose Garden shortly after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in a speech to the U.N....

  • Former Obama adviser: Netanyahu’s tactics on Iran deal led to worst crisis in relationship

    4 days ago

    Israel’s public campaign against the Iran nuclear deal has led to possibly the lowest point in the U.S.-Israel relationship, Phil Gordon, until recently the top White House adviser on the Middle East, said on Wednesday.

    Speaking at a forum hosted by the Israel Policy Forum at the...

  • #myLAcommute Los Angeles is what it feels to be free

    4 days ago


    I miss my family in Ukraine. I really want to go back to see them soon. I like Ukraine because it’s where I was born, but I like Los Angeles more because this is what it feels to be home, to be free.

    I really like the palm trees and sunny weather here. People are really nice—they’re positive and happy. They even walk like they are free.

    La Crescenta Ave. to Sepulveda Blvd.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • How Israel’s water solutions can save California

    By Jared Sichel

    4 days ago

    On a 6-acre site north of San Diego overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Western Hemisphere’s largest desalination plant is set to begin operating this month. And on the plant’s grounds, amid the buzzing generators and whooshing sounds of water, there’s Hebrew in the air — lots of...

  • Moving and shaking: Wonder Woman Walk; ADL/El Cab Tournament and Dinner; JCPSC and more

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    Shortly before erev Rosh Hashanah began on Sept. 13, more than 1,000 people participated in Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s (TCRF) inaugural Jessica M. Berman Wonder Woman Walk for Breast Cancer, a 5K charity walk held at Palisades Park and Recreation Center. It raised nearly...

  • A collective effort to remember the first woman rabbi on her yahrzeit

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    4 days ago

    This summer, we had a wonderful congregational riverboat cruise along the Danube, exploring the Jewish dimensions of Europe, and the roles Jews played throughout the centuries in what is now Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. In almost every town, even when there...

  • An oasis of comfort

    4 days ago

    As the front door of OUR HOUSE in Woodland Hills opens, guests are greeted into a cozy environment with overstuffed armchairs and cushy couches. Paintings of homes — surrounded by colorful flowers, bathed in sunlight — adorn the walls. But for all the warmth here making it easy to...

  • Healing through helping

    By Ayala Or-el

    4 days ago

    Esther and David (Dudi) Vered know what it’s like to lose a loved one well before his time — their 17-year-old son died in a February 2010 car accident. 

    Despite the tragedy, David Vered found his son’s memory strengthened his desire to help others. In particular, it’s helped him...

  • Yom Kippur services aim for post-college, pre-family crowd

    4 days ago

    Enter the sleek, chic SLS Hotel on South La Cienega Boulevard, walk past the chandeliers and colored lights, and you’ll find a lush ballroom, pristine and coiffed in a modern color palette of white and gray. A space more often home to expensive weddings and lavish parties was...

  • Building an unlikely reunion

    4 days ago

    Two celebrated pioneers of modern architecture, Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, former colleagues and close friends who have been bitterly estranged for years, find themselves unexpectedly sharing the same hospital room in “The Princes of Kings Road,” a new play based on a...

  • Poem: Commentary

    4 days ago

    Sometime between the chaos of Genesis One

    and the Tower of Babel in Eleven,

    God created language with all its busy verbs,

    its vowels and consonants,

    its dark commandments.


    The Patriarchs might say it started with Eve,

    and point to the gossiping of women. 

    But it...

  • Sukkot in Nepal

    By Danielle Berrin

    4 days ago

    Right now in Nepal, a group of Tibetan Buddhist nuns is trapped in the city of Katmandu, living in sukkot.

    Not the beautifully decorated, religiously infused sukkot — or “dwellings” — erected as part of the Jewish High Holy Days. Not the kind in which delicious meals are served,...

  • Rob Cohen: Giving Canada a second look

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    4 days ago

    When comedy writer and director Rob Cohen moved from Canada to Los Angeles 27 years ago, “There was a guy who genuinely wondered if I got here on a dog sled,” Cohen, whose credits include the TV shows “Maron” and “The Big Bang Theory,” recalled during a recent interview in West...

  • Laugh Factory, an annual sanctuary for the ultra-unaffiliated

    By Melissa Weller

    4 days ago

    For 35 years, the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood has been a revolving door of comedy legends and hopefuls, up-and-comers and burnouts, roaring crowds and silenced rooms. It’s seen boys become men and men become girls. 

    But whichever way the punches roll any given night, the...

  • The backyard pilgrim

    By Rob Eshman

    4 days ago

    Just after I built our sukkah this year, my wife and I sat on the swing bench that faces it and admired my handiwork.

    As far as I know, there is no blessing to say when a husband who isn’t especially handy builds a sukkah, but there ought to be. The one I always recite in my head...

  • An eye for Germany’s art before, during and after the Nazis

    4 days ago

    In what promises to be yet another adventure in discovery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) new exhibition, “New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933,” opening Oct. 4, takes on a subject we thought we knew something about, and reminds us of...

  • Boyle Heights, the land of freeways

    By Avishay Artsy

    4 days ago

    If you drive around the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, you’re bound to pass under or next to a freeway interchange. 

    It’s where the 5, 10, 60 and 101 freeways all intersect. An estimated 2.4 million vehicles pass through every day. And yet few L.A. residents know...

  • Abbas at UN: Palestinians no longer bound by accords with Israel

    4 days ago

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians are no longer bound by agreements with Israel, although he did not outline any plans to abrogate them.

    “We declare that as long as Israel refuses to commit to the agreements signed with us, which renders us an...

  • YULA student’s death in car accident stuns community

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    Late on the afternoon of Sept. 24, hundreds of people gathered at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuary to mourn 15-year-old YULA Girls High School student Tsofia Mesica, who died three days before in Tarzana as a result of a reported “car surfing” accident. Throughout the...

  • Everyone wants art on their cappuccino

    4 days ago

    Hearts, leaves and swirls “drawn” by talented baristas on the frothy layer of cappuccinos have long wowed customers. But a machine called the Ripple Maker is changing coffee culture with caffeinated masterpieces printed on top of your next drink.

    The Ripple Maker combines 3-D...

  • Why Jews don’t have a pope

    By David Suissa

    4 days ago

    I know plenty of Jews who would love to see a pope-like figure tell other Jews what to do. An Orthodox pope, for example, would have the power to boot out “Open Orthodox” rabbis who have been irritating the establishment lately with their progressive ideas. You mess with tradition,...

  • PicnicHealth puts health care in patients’ hands

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    4 days ago

    Eight years ago, Noga Leviner was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Aside from having to learn to deal with the hardships that accompany the chronic autoimmune disease, Leviner was forced to navigate a complex health care system that she found increasingly frustrating. 


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