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  • Real Housewives of Atlanta Week 3 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    4 days ago

    Typos are generously sponosored by vodka.

    I love this show, but we are only three weeks in and even though I love Kim Fields, I’m bored. Maybe because I’m a Nene fan and her not being here is a drag, or maybe simply because the women are a bore, but either way it isn't...

  • Real Housewives of Cheshire Season 1 Week 1 & 2 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    4 days ago

    Typos are generously sponsored by Jose Cuervo.

    My UK readers have been asking me to blog this show forever and it is finally on TV in America! I watched one episode last year over Facetime with a friend and I instantly fell in love with this group of women. They’re a mess, which...

  • Chanukah gift guide 2015

    4 days ago

    Marmol Radziner Architects, one of the city’s leading architecture firms in both new construction and historic restorations, also creates furniture, home accessories and jewelry. Marmol Radziner’s Menorah ($140) channels a streamlined, modern sensibility into this ritual object...

  • A plea for Syrian refugees: ‘never again’

    4 days ago

    Having spent a career helping women and civil society activists in the most challenging places on Earth, we thought we had seen the worst man could do. Helping society rebound in the killing fields in Cambodia; documenting Saddam’s genocide in northern Iraq; helping resolve...

  • The refugee dilemma: Fighting to defend the defenseless

    By Danielle Berrin

    4 days ago

    On Nov. 19, less than a week after the deadly series of terrorist attacks in Paris, Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, the 134-year-old refugee resettlement organization, was summoned to the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress. The...

  • Partition, pragmatism and missed opportunities between Israel and the Palestinians

    4 days ago

    Two scholars examine, from the Jewish and Palestinian perspectives, the historic United Nations vote on the partition of Palestine on Nov. 29, 1947, which ultimately led to the creation of  the Jewish State of Israel.


    The Palestinian national movement has long been...

  • Partition and the triumph of Zionist pragmatism

    4 days ago

    Two scholars examine, from the Jewish and Palestinian perspectives, the historic United Nations vote on the partition of Palestine on Nov. 29, 1947, which ultimately led to the creation of  the Jewish State of Israel.


    In a famous diary entry after the First Zionist Congress...

  • November 29: The Jewish Thanksgiving Day

    By Judea Pearl

    4 days ago

    For several years now, I have been campaigning to declare Nov. 29 as the Jewish Thanksgiving Day, a day to give thanks to Lady History and to the many heroic players who stood behind the historic United Nations vote on Nov. 29, 1947, an event that has changed so dramatically the...

  • What’s a dollar a month worth?

    By David Suissa

    4 days ago

    People love the Jewish Journal. They love picking it up, at a shul or deli or cafe or market, and flipping through the stories of the Jewish world. There’s nothing quite like it in Los Angeles — a gathering place where all the voices of our community can be heard.

    I can’t tell...

  • Best arguments for and against taking in Syrian refugees

    4 days ago

    To take in or not to take in, that is the question. And in this gilded age of Facebook and social media, everyone seems to have an answer. There are also a lot of articles about why the Syrian refugees are like the Jews of WWII and an equal number of articles about why the Syrian...

  • Moving and shaking: Temple Ner Simcha commemorates Paris victims; OUR HOUSE gala and more

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    Trans-denominational synagogue Temple Ner Simcha in Agoura Hills held a ceremony Nov. 16 to commemorate the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks, which took place three days prior.

    Temple Ner Simcha Rabbi Michael Barclay (center) leads a prayer service to honor the victims of...

  • Paleo Pecan Crust Sunshine Pumpkin Pie

    By Elana Horwich

    4 days ago

    Because it tastes like the sunshine.

    Your guests do not want to look at their watches waiting for the right moment to make a polite exit so they can go home and sleep away the culinary burden of the night. Lighten up the load. Add sunshine.

    A little labor intensive to use fresh...

  • How to make a birch branch menorah

    By Jonathan Fong

    4 days ago

    While the lighting of the Chanukah candles has been a tradition for centuries, menorahs themselves are constantly being reinvented. Do an online search for “menorahs” and you’ll find literally hundreds of styles, from traditional to novelty. (One that’s getting a lot of attention...

  • Why bar mitzvah DJs charge the big bucks

    By Elyse Glickman

    4 days ago

    Even though weddings, corporate parties and birthday celebrations keep DJs busy throughout the year, a new study reveals that you’ll probably pay more for one to play “Hava Nagila”  — or anything else — at a bar or bat mitzvah.

    The national survey results, released earlier this...

  • Obama calls Ezra Schwartz’s family to offer condolences

    4 days ago

    President Barack Obama called the parents of Ezra Schwartz, the 18-year-old American student murdered last week in a Palestinian terror attack in the West Bank, to offer his condolences.

    In the telephone call Monday, the president said that Schwartz’s Israel studies had...

  • Beginners (Or “Famous In Lebanon”)

    4 days ago

    The last time I saw my first agent, he called me into his office to film a reality television pilot for the E! Network.  To protect the individuals involved, we’ll refer to this agent by the completely fictitious name, Hal Gazzar.

    Hal called me on a sunny morning, telling me to...

  • Amazon removing Nazi-symbol ads on NY subways for new TV show

    4 days ago

    Amazon is removing its Nazi-symbol-laden ads for “The Man in the High Castle” television show from a highly trafficked New York subway line.

    A spokesman for New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority confirmed to Gothamist on Tuesday that Amazon was pulling the wraparound...

  • Apparent suicide attack on Tunisian presidential guard bus kills 12

    4 days ago

    At least 12 people were killed on Tuesday when an explosion tore through a bus full of Tunisian presidential guards in an attack that one source said was probably the work of a suicide bomber.

    Ambulances rushed wounded from the scene and security forces closed off streets around...

  • My Spanish-Venezuelan Chanukah

    4 days ago

    I never had a latke until I moved to the United States 24 years ago. Don’t get me wrong; I’m 100 percent Jewish — three-quarters Sephardic and one-quarter Ashkenazi, to be precise. However, I grew up with some different traditions.

    My paternal grandparents are from Melilla,...

  • The accidental brussels sprouts latkes

    By Hava Volterra

    4 days ago

    A couple of years ago, just before Chanukah, I heard Akasha Richmond on KCRW describing how her kitchen manager had over-ordered Brussels sprouts (to the tune of 50 pounds). In desperation she decided to add the extra Brussels sprouts to her latkes.  That’s the way great inventions...

  • Christie: Using term ‘radical Islam’ is ‘clarifying’

    4 days ago

    Referring to the U.S. war on terror as confronting radical Islamic terrorism is more helpful than refraining from using that term, Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said on Tuesday.

    Addressing the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, Tuesday, Christie...

  • Zengoula with lemon syrup: A new-old Chanukah treat

    4 days ago

    The tradition of eating latkes during Chanukah is only half the story. Don’t get me wrong — I love crisp potato pancakes, but there’s so much more fried deliciousness to enjoy over eight days. I’ll explain.

    Latkes are traditional European fare, and a German potato pancake is...

  • Taking of hostages in northern France not linked to Paris attacks

    4 days ago

    Armed men who took hostages on Tuesday in the northern French town of Roubaix appeared to have no link to the Nov. 13 attacks by Islamist militants in Paris but were probably planning a robbery, police sources said on Tuesday.

    "This is apparently not a terrorist attack, it's apparently a robbery," one police source said.

    France remains on high alert after the Nov. 13 attacks in and around Paris in which 130 people were killed.

  • Chanukah: Lior Hillel’s family pastry project

    4 days ago

    Every year before Chanukah rolls around in Israel, everyone gets very excited. They can’t wait to start to enjoy the holiday spirit — and, of course, the food. In the past few years, talented pastry chefs in Israel have made very creative sufganiyot, the holiday’s traditional jelly...

  • Thanksgiving: Vegan and vegetarian dishes

    By Judy Zeidler

    4 days ago

    In some ways, I’m pretty traditional when it comes to my family’s Thanksgiving Day meal: I like to plan a lot of old-fashioned farmhouse food for the holiday. 

    Who doesn’t enjoy a handsome bronzed turkey with lots of stuffing, an appealing array of relishes and a lavish dessert...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Lehitgarmen

    4 days ago

    Many Israelis live in Germany these days, mostly in Berlin, and feel quite at home, it seems. Modern Hebrew has developed similar verbs for other national conversions, or acquiring a new nationality, such as: hit’amreq, “to become Americanized (in habits, behavior)”; hit’anglez,...

  • Poem: Jewish Holiday Tattoos

    4 days ago

    The blue dove on my wrist — shadow of wing
    with an olive branch floating above:

    from the last night of Chanukah, when we used
    Jewish Holiday Tattoos to mark each other with
    flags of Israel, six-pointed stars, arks, torahs.
    They were funny, we thought, as we sat down

  • Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services CEO leaves post for Vermont

    4 days ago

    After less than three years as president and CEO of one of L.A.’s most longstanding social service providers, Louis Josephson has announced he’s leaving Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services for a new job at a mental health center in Brattleboro, Vt. 

    “Vista is a very special...

  • House of Wheels: Helping those with impaired mobility integrate

    By  Orit Arfa

    4 days ago

    With her black skin; jeans and T-shirt; and long, wiry, black hair not covered by a hijab, it was hard to tell that Shariyan Alkmlat, 22, is Bedouin, unlike the staffers around her clad in Bedouin robes. She later admitted she is often mistaken for an Ethiopian Israeli, but it...

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