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  • Ways of seeing: the sculptures of Arik Levy

    By Avishay Artsy

    3 days ago

    Paris-based, Israeli-born sculptor and industrial designer Arik Levy makes sculptures that look like abstractversions of nature. His best-known pieces approximate contoured, reflective stainless steel rocks. The tension and harmony between the fabricated and the organic is at the...

  • I believe in Torah, halachah and equality

    3 days ago

    On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that it is unconstitutional for a state to ban same-sex marriage. The issue still divides America, though the latest Pew Research Center survey numbers say 54 percent of Americans favor gay marriage, and only 36 percent...

  • Comedy for Koby brings American comics to Israel

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    3 days ago

    Like many Jewish comedians in Los Angeles, Avi Liberman books club gigs, occasionally auditions for TV work and does “Jewish gigs” at synagogues and elsewhere.

    But in recent years, Liberman also has been spending a lot of his time planning trips to Israel.

    What makes his tours...

  • Why we are crying

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    3 days ago

    I was reminiscing with a friend last night about my 21 years as rabbi of Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), the first and oldest LGBT synagogue in the world (founded in 1972). I arrived in 1994, in the midst of the AIDS crisis, and my calendar filled immediately with death-bed...

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  • Will love win?

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    “Love wins” was a popular reaction throughout social media last week to the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. I thought about that wonderful slogan as I attended two love-filled religious events — one connected to Islam and one to Christianity.

    The events made me...

  • Muslims and Jews forge friendships over dinner

    3 days ago

    Some Jews wore kippot, while Muslim fellows wore hijabs and niqabs as 300 members of the two religious communities came together over an iftar dinner June 25 during Ramadan at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. 

    The break fast — which featured kosher and halal foods — was much more than...

  • Ex-Hadassah chapter treasurer sentenced for theft

    3 days ago

    A suburban Chicago woman who stole $21,000 from a Hadassah chapter she served as treasurer was sentenced to two years of probation.

    Rozann Morowitz, 68, of Wheeling, Illinois, paid back the money she took from the Buffalo Grove Hadassah chapter when she was treasurer from 2011 to...

  • Lawyer in Bank of China terrorism lawsuit to guide Gitmo closing

    3 days ago

    The Obama administration named as its official in charge of shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention facility a lawyer representing the family of a teenager killed in Israel.

    Lee Wolosky “will assume lead responsibility for arranging for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees...

  • Male-female marriage remains the ideal

    By Dennis Prager

    3 days ago

    Shortly before she was elected attorney general of California, Kamala Harris and I debated same-sex marriage on CNN. At one point, she asked me if I would prefer a child be raised by same-sex parents who have their act together (a paraphrase, but that was the gist) to being raised...

  • Survivor: Simone Richlin

    By Jane Ulman

    3 days ago

    Just a minute,” Rebecca, the receptionist at the Laboratoire Rambouillet in Paris, told 5 1/2-year-old Simone Richlin (née Tolstonog) and her two cousins, Serge, 12, and Riton, 9. The children had come to visit their mothers, who worked at the suppository manufacturing company;...

  • Torah portion: Be prepared, Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)

    3 days ago

    I remember years ago being with Michael Meade, one of the greatest storytellers in North America, when he shared the Irish folk belief that before a raconteur can truly tell a story to a group, he must prepare for it by telling another, different tale. Judaism has always recognized...

  • Israel, top Latin American bank sign pact for R&D, trade

    3 days ago

    Israel signed a cooperation agreement with Inter-American Development Bank, the largest investment authority in Latin America and the Caribbean Islands.

    The IDB funds some $12 billion in projects annually.

    “Implementing the agreement will give Israeli companies access to...

  • Local rabbis speak up about the drought

    3 days ago

    The Catholic pope is not the only one seeing moral messages in the issue of climate change and in valuing the Earth’s natural resources. Many rabbis are teaching restraint, particularly in California, where the drought, currently in its fourth year, is causing civic leaders to...

  • Will Israelis pay the price for a natural gas ‘monopoly’?

    3 days ago

    Israeli consumers are no strangers to high prices.

    Basic household goods such as food and toiletries cost more in Israel than in all but two countries in Europe, a recent Nielsen research study found. Israeli real estate prices are up nearly 60 percent since 2008. Tel Aviv is the...

  • Iran nuclear talks extended a week

    3 days ago

    Iran nuclear talks have been extended a week past their deadline for a final deal.

    The talks, which were to have reached an agreement by Tuesday, were extended to July 7, Marie Harf, a State Department strategic expert attending the talks in Vienna, said on Twitter.

    U.S....

  • Marriage: What’s in a promise?

    By Gina Nahai

    3 days ago

    The week after my parents’ wedding, at the swanky Officers’ Club in downtown Tehran, another Jewish couple were married in the same ballroom, by the same rabbi, and before many of the same invitees. Like my parents, both members of the other couple were children of a new but...

  • Calendar: July 4 - 10

    By Amanda Epstein

    3 days ago

    FRI | JULY 3

    “ALL AMERICAN GIRL”

    Award-winning playwright Wendy Graf tells the story of a young girl who transforms from an innocent youth to a radicalized extremist in her new play, directed by Anita Khanzadian. In this one-woman show, set in an era when extremism is a hot...

  • Letters to the editor: Questions for Michael Oren, redefining anti-Semitism and more

    3 days ago

    Three Answers for Rob Eshman

    Rob Eshman notices the absence of Benjamin Netanyahu in Michael Oren’s book (“One Question for Michael Oren,” June 26). He is guilty of perhaps a greater omission, leaving out the abject failures connected to the “leading the way” of both Yitzhak...

  • Obama administration will not enforce anti-BDS law on West Bank settlements

    3 days ago

    The Obama administration will not enforce part of the new law to combat boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel when it comes to West Bank settlements.

    “By conflating Israel and ‘Israeli-controlled territories,’ a provision of the Trade Promotion Authority legislation runs...

  • Obituaries: Week of July 3, 2015

    3 days ago

    Elvin J. Abels died May 30 at 88. Survived by wife Edith; daughter Wendy (Douglas) Eisenberg; son Matthew; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Rahmatollah Ahdoot died May 6 at 84. Survived by wife Toby; sons Leon (Lina), Simon (Maral), Albert (Elham); 9 grandchildren. Groman Eden

    Mata...

  • Israeli pilot from Osirak raid: Only U.S. can destroy Iran’s nuclear program

    By Jared Sichel

    3 days ago

    Could a surprise Israeli attack like the one that destroyed Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981 work against Iran’s much larger nuclear infrastructure?

    Israeli Brig. Gen. Relik Shafir, one of only eight pilots the air force selected to raid Osirak, offered his analysis in a...

  • The Iran talks: Where are we now?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Is Iran’s long waiting game ending?

    Even with the extension of the Iran interim nuclear accord until July 7, and negotiations still ongoing, it is clear the Iranians have long known — looking at the actions of the Obama administration — that Iran would not risk much by sticking...

  • Nicholas Winton, the ‘British Schindler,’ dies aged 106

    3 days ago

    A man who became known as the "British Schindler" for saving hundreds of Czech children from Nazi persecution in the run-up to World War II, has died at the age of 106.

    Nicholas Winton died on Wednesday with his daughter Barbara and two grandchildren at his side, according to a...

  • Israel, United States and Television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    In the past few years, dozens of Israeli TV formats have been sold to US’s leading networks. But while these shows are local hits, most of them never quite took off abroad. Perhaps it has something to do with our little country’s unique culture.

    There is something about American...

  • Islamic State attack in Egypt's North Sinai kills at least 70

    3 days ago

    UPDATED 10:11am/PST: Initial reports said 50 dead in attacks

    Islamic State insurgents attacked several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in a co-ordinated assault in which at least 70 combatants and civilians were killed -- one of the biggest militant...

  • What A Graduation!

    3 days ago

    [Editor’s Note: 18 students of the Gamliel Institute, the leadership training arm of Kavod v’Nichum, having successfully completed all courses and requirements as part of the certification process by the Gamliel Institute, participated in, and recently returned from, the first ever...

  • The Nazi Worldview exchange, part 1: ‘A world without Jews’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Alon Confino is a professor of history at the University of Virginia and at Ben Gurion University, Israel. Professor Confino received his PhD from Berkley University. He has written extensively and influentially on historical memory, historical method and German history. He has...

  • Yes, We Can All Get Along

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    3 days ago

    We often hear about how people from different Jewish denominations take swipes at each other, followed by the lament, “Can’t we all just get along?”

    One of the best things about Limmud Bay Area this year, which took place at Sonoma State University last weekend, is that Jews from...

  • Dating 101: Assumptions and Momentum

    By Ilana Angel

    4 days ago

    My last date was with a man with a dog, and not just any dog. I love this pooch and while I’m not really a dog person, he’s special. He looks at you like he understands everything you’re saying and wants to tell you stuff. Secret stuff, and jokes, and chat about the weather. He is...

  • ‘Color-conscious’ Asian cast to perform classic play about Bronx Jewish family

    4 days ago

    When the latest production of  “Awake and Sing!” — Clifford Odets’ 1935 classic drama about an extended Jewish family living in the Bronx —  opens July 13 at the Public Theater in New York, audiences are sure to be wowed by the experienced actor in the lead role.

    Brash matriarch...

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