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  • AFI Film Festival

    By Joy Bennett

    17 minutes ago

    The AFI Film Festival is coming up soon, it's held from November 6th to 13th.  It's a fun film festival in Hollywood and does have some free events; I will be covering it here.  For more information visit afi.com and click on AFI Fest. 

  • Top ten music apps from Israel

    24 minutes ago

    Whether you want to learn how to play an instrument or discover new songs your friends like, an Israeli app can do that. 

    Some are meant to help music students get the most out of their lessons, others to amp up the karaoke experience, empower budding DJs or simplify music...

  • The Jewish Graduate Student Initiative is preparing tomorrow’s leaders

    31 minutes ago

    A program aimed at connecting graduate students with area Jewish nonprofits in the hopes of creating future leaders for the organizations has received a Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (JCFLA) that amounts to nearly $100,000 over the next...

  • JNET: Jewish professionals networking and shmoozing

    By Elyse Glickman

    50 minutes ago

    Forget the gold watch for 50 years of service at one firm. For many baby boomers and Gen X-ers, starting one’s own business has become more of a necessity than an alternative career path. As a result, professional networking groups have sprung up throughout the United States to...

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  • L.A. native, father of infant murdered in Jerusalem terror attack recovering from injuries

    By Jared Sichel

    57 minutes ago

    A native of Hancock park and now a resident of Jerusalem, Shmueli Braun, the father of the three-month old baby girl murdered on Wednesday, Oct. 22,  in a Jerusalem terror attack, is now recovering from head trauma and broken ribs, according to Hillygram, an email issued daily...

  • In lawsuit against Shlomo Rechnitz, many accusations but lack of clarity

    By Jared Sichel

    1 hour ago

    A class action lawsuit filed Oct. 7 against against local businessman and philanthropist Shlomo Rechnitz claims that his healthcare company, Brius Management, which owns 57 nursing homes in California, has misrepresented the quality of its care, routinely violated industry...

  • Doctors strike back after anti-Israel letter in Lancet

    By Jared Sichel

    1 hour ago

    Angered by a controversial anti-Israel letter published in late July by the respected medical journal The Lancet, doctors in North America and Europe are calling on academic publishing giant Reed Elsevier to reform its editorial policy. The question is whether Elsevier will listen....

  • A passion for antique purses

    By Elyse Glickman

    2 hours ago

    Lori Blaser’s home is a shrine to women’s handbags. With 2,500 pieces in her collection — the oldest of which dates back to the 16th century — she displays her treasures with the eye of a skilled interior decorator (which she is). Beaded and mesh bags nonchalantly dangle from the...

  • Turning off the aging process

    2 hours ago

    Studies in yeast, worms, flies, monkeys and even humans seem to prove that restricting calories is one of the few sure ways to combat the effects of aging. But Israeli doctoral Keren Yizhak is out to prove that there may be a more agreeable way to achieve long life than dooming...

  • Jews in the Anthropocene Epoch

    By Rob Eshman

    2 hours ago

    I was at a screening last week for a new documentary on Zionism. A good-sized crowd of donors, activists and people concerned with Israel’s present and future turned out. There were speeches, the doc, more speeches, a Q-and-A. Then, just as the director thanked everyone for coming,...

  • Survivor: Mike Popik

    By Jane Ulman

    2 hours ago

    The SS entered Mauthausen’s overcrowded barracks 30 one night in February 1944 to punish the 120 boys, including 14-year-old Mike (Miki) Popik, who were engaged in a shoving match to avoid sleeping next to the cold, damp wall. Among the guards was one everyone called Sturmführer...

  • The problem of evil and us

    2 hours ago

    So Noah heard God’s warning that the floodwaters were coming, understood that God would “take care” of the evil within his generation, and without second thought, began building the ark. He collected his family and the animals, endured 40 days of flooding and ensured the...

  • Ebola fears should not blinds us to compassion or common sense

    2 hours ago

    Along with Ebola in Africa, there’s been an outbreak of hysteria in Washington.

    “The White House should immediately ban travel from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to contain the spread of Ebola,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said last week. “It’s time for Washington to take action...

  • Ralph I. Goldman, communal leader; 100

    3 hours ago

    While remembering the past, it is essential to think about the future. The death of Ralph I. Goldman in Jerusalem on Oct. 7, at 100 years of age, made me, once again, understand how important it is to keep both in mind. 

    Ralph Goldman was a giant in the field of Jewish communal...

  • Converts say Freundel’s abuse of power extended beyond mikvah peeping

    3 hours ago

    CORRECTION: This version corrects the date of Mandel's conversion. It took place eight months after her "practice dunk," not a year and eight months later. The correction appears in paragraph 10


    When Rabbi Barry Freundel asked Bethany Mandel to take a “really long shower” before...

  • TV’s Jewish characters of color

    3 hours ago

    As of last month, ethnic minority characters with half-Jewish hyphenated last names are now featured on three of the most popular shows on television.

    Having one such character was interesting, two was a coincidence, but three is a trend.

    The characters in question are:

    *...

  • Molly Forrest plans the future at the Los Angeles Jewish Home

    By Danielle Berrin

    4 hours ago

    It is just before noon at the Los Angeles Jewish Home, and Molly Forrest, president and CEO, is giving a tour of the home’s most populous campus, the Eisenberg Village in Reseda, when a silvery-haired woman in a shmatte starts roaming the hallway shouting, “Lunchtime! Everyone!...

  • Reeva Steenkamp, Monica Lewinsky, Renee Zellweger

    By Ilana Angel

    4 hours ago

    Reeva Steenkamp

    There are three women in the news this week that I want to comment on. I am fascinated by this group of people and find myself with strong opinions and feelings about all of them. They are all in the news for the wrong reasons and I find myself feeling compassion...

  • What are you willing to give up for Haredi integration?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    8 hours ago

    The following piece appeared today in Hebrew in Israel's Maariv.

    There's a basic truth that’s easy for Israelis to forget: every choice in life comes with a price. More security means less of something else, perhaps education, perhaps health; and cheaper prices also mean less of...

  • Fashion and Feminism: Oscar de la Renta

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    18 hours ago

    Brigham Young correctly observed, "You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation." Oscar de la Renta proved that a business that empowers women is poised for success.

    Fashion has always been attacked by those who simplify and categorize too...

  • The West Bank and Gaza: Give economics a chance

    20 hours ago

    In the wake of this summer’s war between Israel and Hamas, it is evident that neither party achieved its military or political objectives. And while a cease-fire is currently in place, fundamental steps to resolve the conflict aren’t on the agenda. Given a history of costly and...

  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer: “We Can Survive” Concert October 24, 2014

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    20 hours ago

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    STAR-STUDDED “WE CAN SURVIVE” CONCERT

    AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL TO BENEFIT

    LIVING BEYOND BREAST CANCER

    OCTOBER 24. 2014 #WCS

    Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, Alicia Keys, Sia, Paramore and Lady Antebellum

    and Gwen Stefani to Headline

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    Join me at...

  • Does slavery have a future? The ISIS challenge through Jewish lens

    21 hours ago

    Human Rights Watch recounts the journey from slavery to freedom of Rewshe, a Yazidi teenager from the Iraqi village of Sinjar, who was among 200 women and girls carried to Raqqa, ISIS’ de facto capital in Syria. There, she was auctioned off for $1,000 but escaped before her...

  • Calendar October 25-31

    By Laura Donney

    21 hours ago

    SAT | OCT 25 
     
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    While a book with the title “A Book With No Pictures” might initially sound like a turn off to children, this former “The Office” writer and actor guarantees a good time for both kids and parents. Demanding that every single word on...
  • Obama says Canada shootings tragic, offers assistance

    21 hours ago

    President Barack Obama called the shootings in Ottawa on Wednesday "tragic" and said they reinforced the need for vigilance against acts of violence and terrorism.

    U.S. officials said there was no specific indication of a similar attack in the United States, but reinforced...

  • Letters to the editor: Yom Kippur, Eid, Peace Now and Jews against evil

    21 hours ago

    Putting ‘Exist’ in ‘Coexistence’ 
     
    I found Simone Wilson’s article about the overlapping of Yom Kippur and the Muslim feast of Eid ul-Adha heart-warming and hopeful (“A Rare and Peaceful ‘Eid Kippur’ in Israel,” Oct. 10). It is remarkable that leaders from both sides met...
  • Jerusalem bus ads featuring young women in prayer shawls vandalized

    21 hours ago

    Several public buses featuring photos of young women wearing kippot and prayer shawls were vandalized in Jerusalem. 
     
    The buses had their tires slashed and ads defaced with spray paint in the Charedi Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim. Charedi men were responsible for the...
  • Poll: Most Israeli Jews oppose Palestinian State on 1967 lines

    21 hours ago

    Three-quarters of Israeli Jews oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, a new poll found. 
     
    Some 75 percent also are against ceding control of the Jordan Valley, and 76 percent oppose the division of Jerusalem, according to a survey conducted...
  • L.A.-Eilat task force kicks off with water meeting at City Hall

    By Jared Sichel

    21 hours ago

    On the heels of a cooperative agreement signed in March between the governments of Israel and California, the cities of Los Angeles and Eilat built on a 55-year sister-city relationship, holding an inaugural task force meeting Oct. 20 at Los Angeles City Hall. 

    The gathering,...

  • Poll: Majority of Denmark citizens want circumcision banned

    21 hours ago

    A new poll indicates that 74 percent of Denmark’s citizens believe circumcision should be fully or partially banned.

    The survey was released Tuesday, the day before a parliamentary hearing believed to be a potential first step in implementing a circumcision ban. Two Danish...

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