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  • You graduated, but your spirituality doesn’t have to

    6 days ago

    In college, all sorts of resources are accessible at your fingertips. You can create a club, join an organization, attend a rally or listen to a lecturer all so easily. Everything is right in front of you, catering to you and your peers — until you leave. 

    After graduation, that...

  • Ford Theatre saves the last dance for Daniel Ezralow

    6 days ago

    If you believe in the existence of theater ghosts, then expect the spirit of Christine Wetherill Stevenson to be looking on at the Ford Theatre on Sept. 13 during the premiere of a new work by Daniel Ezralow, possibly with a raised eyebrow, given the original intention for the...

  • Freedom has its costs, emotional chains in ‘The Face in the Reeds’

    6 days ago

    Closely held secrets, resentments and hidden pain are uncovered at a contentious family Passover dinner in the play “The Face in the Reeds,” now onstage at the Ruskin Group Theatre. In the play, the seder has been carefully arranged by Christina (Stacey Moseley), the wife and...

  • Married couples’ contract ensures they can divorce fairly

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    "I don’t get a rose until I sign,” Esther Macner said, as she and her husband, Chaim Plotzker, sat with a notary and reviewed a two-page postnuptial agreement document that set rules for them in the event of a future divorce.

    Macner and Plotzker were among the 82 couples who...

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  • Lawyer uncovers her roots in debut novel ‘City of the Sun’

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    6 days ago

    In 1956, during the Suez Crisis, a young Juliana Maio and her family were kicked out of Egypt and forced to flee to France. All her life, she was curious about her background and her roots, and as she grew older, she started to research her personal history. 

    “I had a question,...

  • Poem: How to Resist Temptation

    6 days ago

    Read the notes from the morning’s class

    on the Sota

    on the winds of folly

    that blow through the secret place

    where God is asked to vacate

    and no witness sees.

    Don’t mention it to a soul.

    Try to imagine the ink in which all of His Names

    are erased

    and the...

  • Medical malpractice awards: How much is enough?

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    Sitting in his wheelchair, head tilted, Michael Markow was having trouble speaking into the voice-amplifying microphone he must use in order to be heard clearly.

    Markow’s caretaker sprayed some water into Markow’s mouth, which often dries out because of the drugs he takes to help...

  • Bullets and Bagels: The Jewish shooting club

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    "Ready, Aim, Schmear.” 

    That was the banner hanging in the lobby of Orange County indoor shooting range FT3 Tactical, as members of Bullets and Bagels, a Jewish shooting club, turned out to try firing automatic Colt pistols, semi-automatic rifles and an assortment of other...

  • Sharing wisdom of the elders through USC’s Zekenim Project

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    6 days ago

    Seniors have a lifetime of experience behind them, but too often we don’t take the opportunity to learn from them and apply that wisdom to our own lives.

    Now, thanks to a dedicated team at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and a three-year, $250,000 grant from the Jewish...

  • Fulfill the mandates of Rosh Hashanah by saving Alan Gross

    6 days ago

    During the period known as the High Holy Days, we think about how we can better ourselves, serve our families, our friends and our communities, and we begin anew to reflect on the moral teachings of our people and our religion. Among those teachings are the concepts of pikuach...

  • Photojournalist Phil Stern: From WWII to James Dean

    By Elyse Glickman

    6 days ago

    Some life journeys are so epic, it seems there’s no way they could be captured, even in a Hollywood movie. And yet, as it turned out, all photojournalist Phil Stern needed was his trusty camera.  

    A heralded chronicler of World War II and Hollywood icons such as James Dean and...

  • How the Jews brought water to L.A.

    6 days ago

    While by flood and sinkhole the news of Los Angeles’ aging water system has gushed out in a torrent, a much older L.A. water story, this one of how Jews brought water to a thirsty city, has never even reached a trickle.

    The Hebrew folk song “Mayim” says, “With joy you shall draw...

  • ‘Breaking the Silence’ and Gaza

    6 days ago

    The shooting war in Gaza was again accompanied by a massive political and media attack against Israel, with accusations of “war crimes” and “human rights violations” in parallel to the barrages of rockets and missiles.

    The weapons and soldiers in the political war are led by the...

  • Hundreds of Jewish families remaining in eastern Ukraine for High Holidays

    By tessc

    6 days ago

    Hundreds of Jewish families are staying in the flashpoint eastern Ukraine cities of Donetsk and Mariupol and will spend Rosh Hashanah there.

    The families are hoping for an extended calm after the signing of a cease-fire agreement reached last week between Ukrainian troops and...

  • Rivlin greets Conservative Jews as ‘family’

    6 days ago

    Reuven Rivlin, who drew criticism before becoming Israel’s president for his broadsides against non-Orthodox Jewish streams, told a group of Conservative Jews that Jews are “one big family.”

    “We cannot agree on everything, but we are brothers and we are one big family,” The...

  • Why Scottish Jews are nervous about independence referendum

    6 days ago

    Whenever I did something wrong in school my teachers would shake their heads and mutter to each other, with feeling, “Her mother’s English, you know,” in a sort of well-the-poor-girl-can’t-help-it tone of voice. The general ethos was that Scotland, and Scottish education, was...

  • Survivor: Barry Weintraub

    By Jane Ulman

    6 days ago

    "Get out of the house. Go.” 

    Just 19, Barry Weintraub — then Ben Zion or Benchi — didn’t understand why his parents were sending him away. The family had been living and working in a forest in northwest Russia, having escaped from Poland in 1940. “Don’t ask any questions. Just...

  • Israeli policeman charged over violent arrest of U.S. teen

    6 days ago

    The Israeli police officer shown in a video beating Palestinian-American teen Tariq Abu Khdeir has been indicted for assault against a minor.

    The indictment against the border policeman, who was suspended in July, was filed Wednesday in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court.

    Tariq,...

  • Ms. Senior California Pageant: Where age is beauty

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    There was hardly anyone left in the audience at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster, as the 14 contestants of Ms. Senior California 2014 stood in a long line on the stage and posed for photographs. 

    Sandra Erkus, 80, a Granada Hills resident and member of Temple Ahavat Shalom...

  • Torah portion: Challenging God

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    6 days ago

    Does the classic Jewish tradition allow room for challenging God? Our prayers constantly praise and bless God, but are there any sections of our liturgy that formally level an open challenge to God? 

    In one of Judaism’s earliest prayers — the “tithe declaration” — we find an...

  • Virtual support

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    6 days ago

    Back in the dark ages of the early 1990s, before the word “Internet” was officially defined, there weren’t a lot of ways for patients with the same disease or health conditions to communicate. You might have gotten connected to a few other patients at the doctor’s office, or in a...

  • Mommy dearest

    By Gina Nahai

    6 days ago

    Granted, some of it is plain envy — my bewilderment at parents who don’t have a scrap of doubt about what’s good for their children. The certainty starts at conception and carries on through the mother’s pregnancy and the child’s infancy, through preschool and elementary and high...

  • Kim Kardashian

    6 days ago

    Kim Kardashian...

    Is not the subject of this column. 

    Hollywood lost two giants recently.  Joan Rivers was just laid to rest.  A few weeks ago, Robin Williams left us.  I am not going to write in-depth tributes to these two amazing people; that has been done and will continue...

  • Calendar Sept 13-19

    By Laura Donney

    6 days ago

    SAT | SEPT 13

    “RAGING JEWS OF COMEDY”

    Are you ready to rage? With Jews? Of Comedy? Featuring some of this generation’s edgiest comics, the stage will offer two hours of insightful, side-splitting and more than your run-of-the-mill Borscht Belt humor. This evening’s lineup...

  • Letters to the editor: Young Americans and Israel, Steven Sotloff and Dennis Prager

    6 days ago

    Divided by a Common Goal

    In Rob Eshman’s interesting editorial piece “Young Americans and Israel” (Sept. 5), he writes, “The people in charge of Gaza aren’t exactly Quakers.” This is true, but readers may be surprised to learn that many Palestinian leaders have been trained in a...

  • Obituaries

    6 days ago

    Ingrid Arndt died Aug. 17 at 93. Survived by daughter Carolyn (Tracey) Wood; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

    Evelyn Azar died Aug. 16 at 86. Survived by daughters Deborah (Sam) Gilksman; Terry (Steve Schulman); 3 grandchildren. Hillside

    Evelyn Berke died Aug. 21 at 89. Survived by...

  • Islamist militants leave signed note on beheaded corpse in Sinai

    6 days ago

    Residents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said on Wednesday they found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by an Islamist militant group linked to the Syria and Iraq-based Islamic State, accusing the victim of being an Israeli spy.

    The beheading is the eighth claimed by the group...

  • Our battle against Hamas is far from being over

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    6 days ago

    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” (Golda Meir. Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957)


    In the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israeli Defense Forces successfully scared Hamas back to the dark caves...

  • Portrait of a very human King David

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    6 days ago

    When Jews gather to pray, we invoke the Patriarchs and, in some synagogues, the Matriarchs, the Prophets and Mosheh Rabbenu.  The glorious King David, by contrast, is mostly mentioned in connection with the Psalms, whose authorship is attributed to him in pious Jewish tradition....

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