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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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. 


  • Israeli ministry pursues World Jewry, despite shortfalls

    5 days ago

    With a budget reaching $300 million, it was conceived as a broad partnership between the Israeli government and leading Diaspora Jewish groups. Its goal: to create a stronger connection between global Jews and Israel.

    But nearly two years after its launch was announced with much...

  • Pope secretly met Kentucky clerk Kim Davis

    5 days ago

    Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who had been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, secretly met Pope Francis during his visit to the United States last week, a meeting she called greatly encouraging.

    The Vatican confirmed the pope's meeting in a brief...

  • Calendar: October 2-8

    By Amanda Epstein

    5 days ago

    FRI | OCT 2


    Paying homage to Rod Sterling’s iconic 1960s sci-fi series, the award-winning Impro Theatre presents the return of its acclaimed “Twilight Zone Unscripted.” In each performance, audience suggestions prompt a completely new and improvised...

  • Obituaries: Week of October 2, 2015

    5 days ago

    Leo U. Arditte died Aug. 20 at 90. Survived by wife Zelda; sons Edward (Barbara), Bruce (Nancy); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Florence Karpin died Aug. 21 at 88. Survived by son Michael; sister Charlotte Krasnoff; son-in-law Gerald Weiner. Groman Eden

    Janice Lisker died Aug. 23...

  • Steve Bickel, producer and studio executive, 64

    5 days ago

    Steve Bickel — a film studio executive who produced the 1980 Christopher Reeve-Jane Seymour romantic drama “Somewhere in Time," and held senior positions at Warner Bros. International, the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA) and the Samuel Goldwyn Co. — died Sept. 4...

  • Torah portion: From error to forgiveness

    5 days ago

    Rest assured, there is a perfectly good reason why the Shabbat Torah portion for Sukkot all but ignores Sukkot: All the juicy references to the holiday have been used up. 

    We have already read the explicit commandments to celebrate in booths with the lulav, “so that future...

  • Home: Tips for decorating your mantel

    By Jonathan Fong

    5 days ago

    One design dilemma that frequently stumps home decorators is how to arrange art and accessories on their fireplace mantels. The mantel is a focal point of a living room, often the first place someone looks when they enter the room. If you’re not sure how best to decorate your...

  • Do I really need to measure ingredients?

    By Elana Horwich

    5 days ago

    Ideally, no.

    My goal for you is that you will be able to tell what a tablespoon of salt, or a teaspoon of thyme, looks and feels like in the palm of your hand.

    In order to gain that intuitive touch, start putting measured amounts of dry ingredients in your hands. Take a...

  • Survivor: David Lenga

    By Jane Ulman

    5 days ago

    David Lenga was riding a streetcar in Lodz, Poland, on Sept. 1, 1939, traveling across town on an errand for his mother, when the city’s air-raid sirens began blasting. The streetcar halted abruptly, and within minutes the 11-year-old saw German warplanes swooping down,...

  • Letters to the editor: Kol Nidre, Israel gap year, The Bikels’ love and more

    5 days ago

    Kol Nidre on the Net

    Thanks to the Jewish Journal for co-sponsoring the live-streaming on the Internet of Kol Nidre services Sept. 22 from the Church of Religious Science in Koreatown.

    I found it fascinating to experience Judaism online for the first time. It was a...

  • “You’re a Member of a What?!”

    6 days ago

    “Somebody’s got to do it,” we muse when we hear about someone pursuing a career or activity we cannot fathom doing ourselves. Funeral directors, hospice workers, chevrah kadisha members (Jewish burial societies) and others in contact with death get this sort of reaction on...

  • Sukkot and Fifty Shades of Kosher.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    6 days ago

    We love people who sin like us and judge harshly those who sin differently.  Jews quarrel so much over how to approach God that we end up pushing God out to win an argument.  There are so many shades of Kosher.  On Sukkot, we are told “come together.”

    A friend told me that he...

  • At U.N., Yemen accuses Iran of pursuing its destruction

    6 days ago

    Yemen's president accused Iran on Tuesday of pursuing the destruction of his country, where government forces and a Saudi Arabia-led coalition are fighting Tehran-backed rebels.

    Speaking at the United Nations, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi thanked Saudi King Salman for acting...

  • Ukraine leader mocks Russia’s call for anti-terrorism coalition

    6 days ago

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday derided Russia's call for the creation of an international antiterrorism coalition, saying the Russians inspire terrorism on their own doorstep and back bellicose puppet governments.

    Russian President Putin on Monday called for the...

  • Google unveils latest Nexus phones, tablet

    6 days ago

    Google Inc unveiled its new Nexus phones on Tuesday in its latest attempt to take a bite out of Apple's dominant share of the smartphone market.

    The launch of the phones, the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X, comes a day after Apple Inc reported record first-weekend sales of its new...

  • Skepticism on Iran still fills the Gulf

    6 days ago

    The nuclear deal with Iran will shortly come into effect and the world powers will lift their economic sanctions on Tehran. For many, this third and final phase of the nuclear agreement represents a moment of hope for the Middle East. Supporters of the pact believe that the...

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