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  • Obama delivers passionate farewell to Peres: ‘Todah rabah, Shimon’

    3 days ago

    President Barack Obama posted an impassioned paean to the legacy of Shimon Peres.

    “There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to...

  • Shimon Peres: Israel’s first social media president

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    3 days ago

    If you’re like most people, you probably found out about the death of former President Shimon Peres on Facebook, through news articles, status updates from friends, and more photos of your friends with Peres than you might have expected. But what you may not realize is that...

  • Shimon Peres — Naïve and indispensable

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    Shimon Peres, the larger-than-life Israeli statesman, global figure and Nobel Peace Prize winner who impacted every significant moment of the state of Israel since its birth in 1948, including the buildup of its defense forces and its search for peace, was a naïve man.

    By naïve I...

  • Shimon Peres — Naïve and indispensable

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    Shimon Peres, Israel’s larger-than-life statesman, global ambassador and Nobel Peace Prize winner who impacted every significant moment of the state of Israel since its birth in 1948, including the buildup of its defense forces and its search for peace, was a naïve man.

    By naïve...

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  • Netanyahu, Israeli leaders mourn the loss of Shimon Peres

    3 days ago

    At a special session to mourn and honor Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Israeli Cabinet that the late president “did so much to protect our people.”

    “This is the first day in Israel without Shimon Peres,” Netanyahu said at the opening of the meeting on...

  • Braiding Challah with the Legendary Joan Nathan

    By Elana Horwich

    3 days ago

    Last week I had the unique opportunity to be a student in a cooking class. Usually, I am the teacher of such events, but when Joan Nathan is at the helm, I am ready to be schooled.

    As an author of 10 cookbooks, a winner of a James Beard award, and columnist for the New York...

  • Six Months to Live – The Ethical Challenge for Doctors

    3 days ago

    “You have six months to live.” These can be frightening words to any patient who hears them.

    But they are also words with legal, ethical, and emotional implications for the doctor who may be asked to put them in writing. Here are two situations where a doctor may be asked to...

  • Overwhelmed With A Flash Of Light

    By Revital Belz

    3 days ago

    When I was a child Yom Kippur was always a difficult day for me. I stood next to my mother in the Synagogue watching in awe all the women swaying in prayer and dabbing their eyes at certain highlights. Many of them openly wept and this seemed to bring everyone to shed tears.

    The...

  • Women’s High Holy Days Mikveh

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    3 days ago

    On Sunday evening we held our synagogue’s third annual Women’s High Holy Day Mikvah. It was, once again, a deep and holy experience for many of the women who attended.

    We began by taking some time for each woman to think about where she was last year at Rosh Hashanah, and to talk...

  • Haiku for Shimon Peres

    By Rick Lupert

    3 days ago

    May the one who tried
    to make peace for us and all
    the world, rest in peace.

  • Pro-Israel leaders discuss the late Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday

    By Ryan Torok

    3 days ago

    UPDATED THURSDAY, 11:30 P.M.

    Roz Rothstein, CEO of pro-Israel organization StandWithUs, released a statement on Sept. 28 highlight Peres' persistence in his pursuit for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    "Even when ending conflict seemed distant, Peres never lost hope and...

  • When Shimon Peres needed a speechwriter — and I needed a nap

    3 days ago

    It was 9 o’clock on a weekday evening and I was lounging around my Brooklyn apartment in pajamas when the call came summoning me to a Midtown Manhattan hotel. Shimon Peres needed a speechwriter; I was a speechwriter at the time for Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.

    It...

  • Simon Wiesenthal statement on the passing of Shimon Peres

    3 days ago

    “The passing of Shimon Peres, the 9th President of the State of Israel, two-time Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner, marks the end of an era. He was the last of the pioneers who helped found the State of Israel and no Israeli leader was more respected internationally than...

  • Shimon Peres, last of Israel’s founders, dies at 93

    3 days ago

    Shimon Peres, the former defense hawk turned Nobel Peace Prize winner and the last of Israel’s founders, has died. 

    Peres, died before dawn on Wednesday at the age of 93, Israeli radio reported. Peres suffered a massive stroke earlier this month and was initially reported to be...

  • Remembering Shimon Peres

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Shimon Peres, the last of Israel’s founders, died today at 93. As we honor his legacy, we recognize that we are lucky to have had him stick around for so long – he gave us the luxury of feeling still young. Shimon Peres was a great leader, worthy of all respect afforded him. But...

  • Tashlich in Los Angeles

    By Rob Eshman

    3 days ago

    At tashlich, I always find a place on the edge of the circle in whose center stands my wife.     

    My wife, Rabbi Naomi Levy, is the one leading the event, and she stands surrounded by concentric circles of congregants who have come to Venice Beach on the first day of Rosh...

  • Why the New Year is a time for saying ‘thank you’ to interfaith families

    3 days ago

    Thank you: two simple words with tremendous meaning. Thank you for being part of our community. Thank you for raising your children with us. Thank you for being with us.

    Many of us are seeking meaning in our lives and wish to be valued for the contributions we make and the people...

  • Becoming you

    3 days ago

    There is a fascinating dialectic contained within Rosh Hashanah. On one hand, it’s the beginning of the new year. And yet Rosh Hashanah actually occurs in the seventh month (Nisan, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt, is the first month — see Exodus 12:2.). This means that...

  • Is Israeli society healthy or afflicted?

    3 days ago

    Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is an opportunity to stop and ponder how much we love to forget or forget to love. The season enables us to temporarily sever contact with the daily grind that's characterized by its sudden jerking from idle to full speed. During Rosh Hashanah,...

  • These High Holy Days, hoping for a future free from Hyde

    3 days ago

    I teach high school sex ed, and the hardest talk I have with my students isn’t about their views on abortion; it’s about how they can’t expect to access abortion unless they live in the “right” place and have the “right” job. Regardless of their personal feelings about abortion --...

  • Baseball more than a game in ‘going ... going ... GONE!’

    3 days ago

    In 1958, the Dodgers’ first season in Los Angeles, 8-year-old Ken Levine got a hometown baseball team and his first taste of legendary play-by-play announcer Vin Scully. The rest is history. 

    “Most kids grow up wanting to be ballplayers. When I first heard (Scully), I knew I...

  • QUEEN OF KATWE *Movie Review*

    By Zoe Hewitt

    3 days ago

    QUEEN OF KATWE is based on the true story of a girl named Phiona from the slums of Uganda.  She learns to play chess and uses it as a means out of poverty. It stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o as her mother, David Oyelowo as her coach and introduces Madina Nalwanga as Phiona. It's...

  • Social media and the war against radicalization

    By Julie Bien

    3 days ago

    One of the central questions during a recent expert panel discussion on the topic of social media and terrorist propaganda was simple: Who determines what content stays online and what is taken down?

    Answering that question during the Sept. 20 event at the Skirball Cultural...

  • Remembering Chuck Boxenbaum

    3 days ago

    On Sept. 21, a great cedar fell. Charles Howard Boxenbaum was one of the quiet leaders not just of Los Angeles Jewry but of humanity. His charity and generosity of spirit knew no bounds. He would buy meals for down-and-out people sitting across from him at a lunch counter, and try...

  • Charles Boxenbaum, banking exec, philanthropist, 87

    3 days ago

    Charles (Chuck) Howard Boxenbaum, real estate and banking executive and philanthropist, died Sept. 21 of natural causes. He was 87. 

    Born June 13, 1929, in New York City to Ziskind and Lillian (nee Katz) Boxenbaum, he attended schools in New York, including the Bronx High School...

  • Why did we have to stand so long?

    4 days ago

    Standing. ... Just standing. 

    So tired.

    Too long.

    Still standing.

    … grumbled the Israelites, as Moses spoke on and on. This was to be a powerful moment, when God promised, as Moses declared, that the brit (covenant) between God and the Israelite people would last for all...

  • In Rosh Hashanah call with rabbis, Obama says Jewish role in civil rights can inspire healing

    4 days ago

    President Barack Obama told rabbis in a pre-High Holidays call that Jews should share their story of working to advance civil rights as a means of inspiring change at a time of racial tensions.

    Obama spoke Monday with over 600 rabbis from the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and...

  • 4 acquitted in Denmark synagogue attack

    4 days ago

    Four Danish citizens accused of assisting the gunman in two deadly attacks in Copenhagen last year, including one outside a synagogue that left a Jewish security guard dead, were acquitted.

    On Tuesday, a Danish court found that the actions of the four men were “not of...

  • Meant2Be: ’Til death do (one of us) part

    4 days ago

    My husband and I have seen a good part of six decades, but the truth is, when we’re alone and aren’t forced to compare the gravity in our faces and the slouch of our bodies with anyone else’s, we’re eternally young. 

    Together, we have a spaciousness — call it an override to...

  • Let’s make this Rosh Hashanah about the positives

    4 days ago

    Two essential parts of preparing for Rosh Hashanah, our clean slate for the year, are asking forgiveness from anyone we’ve wronged and making a list (mental or written) of the ways we’ve fallen short since the last time we heard the shofar. 

    Ideally, that hard work of going to...

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