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  • New citizenship law has Jews worldwide flocking to tiny Portugal city

    1 hour ago

    Five years ago, this city’s tiny Jewish community was so strapped for cash it couldn’t afford to fix the deep cracks in its synagogue’s moldy ceiling.

    The Jewish Community of Porto was also too poor to hire a full-time rabbi because of its small size (50 members) and the paucity...

  • Robert Kennedy assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, denied parole

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    Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedy in 1968, was denied parole for the 15th time on Wednesday, a California prison official said.

    Sirhan, 71, had a suitability hearing at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego, the...

  • Israeli Airbnb guest refused by British host because of ‘aggressive settlers’

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    An Israeli man said a British Airbnb host refused to rent an apartment to him because, the host said, Israelis don’t respect “basic human rights.”

    Ben Kelmer, a Tel Aviv photographer, reserved a London apartment for a week in March through the online company, which has come under...

  • I’m not your mitzvah project

    2 hours ago

    I have Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements and noises called “tics.” My Tourette’s is relatively mild at this point, but I went through a turbulent adolescence when Tourette’s was the most defining thing about me. Between the constant...

  • Iran’s windfall from nuclear deal cut in half by debts, U.S. official says

    3 hours ago

    Iran gained access to about $100 billion in frozen assets when an international nuclear agreement was implemented last month, but $50 billion of it already was tied up because of debts and other commitments, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

    Stephen Mull, the State Department's...

  • U.S. blacklists prominent Islamic State preacher, two others

    3 hours ago

    The United States blacklisted three people on Thursday for working for Islamic State, including the militant group's most prominent ideologue and a senior oil official.

    Turki al-Bin'ali was sanctioned for helping Islamic State recruit foreign fighters, the U.S. Treasury said in a...

  • #myLAcommute My days are long and I work hard

    3 hours ago


    I work installing HVAC in Topanga Canyon, and I go to Pasadena City College. I’m taking classes to get my contractor’s license. My days are long, and I know I work hard, but that’s the only way to accomplish what you want in life.

    Today is my last day of school before winter break. I’m on my way to a final. I definitely need my afternoon coffee.

    James Stewart Avenue to Marion Avenue

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square

  • There are good reasons why Europe’s Jews are so worried

    4 hours ago

    The Weimar Republic, Germany's flawed experiment in democracy in the 1920s, has become today's paradigm for the failure of state and society. By the end of Weimar, the government seemed to have lost control - vigilantes from the political extremes claimed they were keeping the...

  • Obituaries: Week of February 12, 2016

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    Clara Berk died Jan. 16 at 94. Survived by cousins Sheli (Jay) Friedman, Leonard (Rebecca) Friedman, Rae Friedman. Mount Sinai

    David Lieb Berman died Jan. 3 at 81. Survived by cousin Andrea Easton O’Connor. Hillside

    Raymond Chapman died Jan. 14 at 89. Survived by son Steven...

  • Both 94, Auschwitz survivor faces camp guard in German court

    6 hours ago

    A 94-year-old survivor of Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp gave his testimony in court on Thursday, face to face with a former guard, who is charged with helping in the murder of at least 170,000 people.

    Leon Schwarzbaum, who lost 35 family members during the Holocaust, calmly...

  • How two survivors found romance

    6 hours ago

    In a way, their relationship began like so many others: a workplace romance.

    Gabriella Karin, 85, was a docent at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH); Robert Geminder, 80, who goes by Bob, was on the museum’s board of directors.

    His wife, Judy, died four years ago....

  • Einstein’s gravitational waves detected in scientific milestone

    6 hours ago

    Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery announced on Thursday that opens a new window for studying the cosmos.

    The researchers said they detected...

  • #Beintrigued at the Diplomat Resort and Spa with @CurioCollection

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    6 hours ago

    Visiting Southern Florida and want to feel the history of Hollywood?

    When the original Diplomat Hotel was opened in 1958 it was the only hotel between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. This was were celebrities stayed and Frank Sinatra sang. Now there are 998 rooms, 36 stories, six...

  • Rounding out a big year, JDate CEO has reason to celebrate

    6 hours ago

    Last year was big for Spark Networks. At an open-bar mixer and comedy show in January to celebrate the re-launch of its flagship website, JDate, the company’s CEO was exuberant.

    There was one metric in particular Michael Egan wanted to highlight when he took the stage at the...

  • India close to $3 billion arms deal with Israel

    7 hours ago

    India is nearing final approval to buy $3 billion worth of arms from Israel.

    The deal would make Israel one of the top-three arms suppliers to the world’s second-most populous country, according to the Times of India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who plans to visit Israel...

  • Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Week 11 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    7 hours ago

    Typos are generously provided by pain meds. #LoveMyDentist

    I want to start this week by saying I think Lisa Rinna is not only stupid, but her desperation for a storyline makes her mean. She is a classic mean girl and will say anything if it means she’ll get camera time. She was...

  • Cruz campaign clarifies controversial endorsement of Bickle

    7 hours ago

    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has come under fire for associating himself with a controversial Christian evangelical leader who is notorious for having said that God sent Hitler to hunt Jews “for not accepting Jesus as the Messiah.”

    Last month, the Cruz campaign...

  • Moving and shaking: A night for Chaim, Peachy and Mark Levy Beit Midrash and more

    By Ryan Torok

    7 hours ago

    Hillel at UCLA threw “A Night for Chaim” on Jan. 31 to celebrate its longtime director, Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, who became the organization’s emeritus director in June. Held at the Skirball Cultural Center, the gala drew 480 guests, including alumni, students, donors and others...

  • From debutantes to Yom Kippur queens — early Jewish club life

    8 hours ago

    On Valentine’s Day some 100 years ago, if you wanted to meet someone Jewish to date in Los Angeles, what would you do? With telephones in only 30 percent of households in 1915, and the thought of telephoning someone without first being properly introduced too brazen for polite...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Shoshannah (Lily or Rose)

    8 hours ago

    The lovely girl in Song of Songs is compared to a lily of the valleys, a lily among thorns (2:1-2). Shoshana is also a given name for girls, which translates to Lily or Rose. The name was once very common in Israel, but not so much now. In Israeli Hebrew, like many other names, it...

  • Poem: Ancestry

    8 hours ago

    How can I tell you
            that my ancestors are soap,
            that I’m descended from soap,

    and every morning in the shower
            they melt in my hands
            and run from my body,

    and that as hard as I’ve tried
            there’s nothing to hold onto,

  • After top-sown transformation, Hillel 818 shows signs of growth

    By Jared Sichel

    8 hours ago

    When David Katz, the new executive director of Hillel 818 — the organization that serves Jewish students on three San Fernando Valley campuses — was being courted away last year from his position leading Hillel at the University of Pittsburgh, he wasn’t exactly given the most...

  • American Jews helped create prayer space equality at Kotel

    By Ryan Torok

    8 hours ago

    The recent decision to create a mixed prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem may have been made in Israel, but the American-Jewish community was an active player in the process of pushing for pluralism at the site, according to local leaders.

    “Issues like pluralism at the...

  • What the $55,000 Israel trip for Oscar nominees looks like

    9 hours ago

    Whether or not Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins Best Actor at this year’s Academy Awards, he’ll at least take home a free trip to the Holy Land.

    As announced last week, the 26 nominees in the top Oscars categories as well as the presenters will get a record-setting...

  • Kahane’s widow: Jewish extremists ‘have nothing to do with’ Kahane’s ideology

    9 hours ago

    Her husband was assassinated and her grandson is in prison.

    But Libby Kahane, widow of the late far-right Rabbi Meir Kahane, has remained faithful to her husband’s ideology.

    She repeats his call for Israel to expel its Arab population. She believes the Israeli left, Jewish...

  • From Freedom of Speech to Hate- Speech

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    9 hours ago

    Response to a request to remove a group named “Death to Israel” is the following: “Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We...

  • The Secular Thought exchange, part 1: Toward a new ideology of Jewish secularism

    By Shmuel Rosner

    13 hours ago

    David Biale is Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History and Chair of the Department of History at the University of California, Davis. His books have won the National Jewish Book Award three times and he has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim Foundation,...

  • Unique settings for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    1 day ago

    Elliott Aronson didn’t feel like he was ready for a bar mitzvah at age 13. He wasn’t spiritually connected to the tradition and he didn’t want to force it. 

    One place where his ties to Judaism always were strong, however, was Camp Alonim, a camp on the grounds of American Jewish...

  • How to make pop-up Valentine’s Day cards

    By Jonathan Fong

    1 day ago

    Be still, my heart! My favorite type of card is a pop-up card. There is just something fun about opening a card to reveal a three-dimensional surprise popping up inside. So for Valentine’s Day this year, I designed an easy way to make your own cards with pop-up hearts for all the...

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