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  • Calendar: October 9-15

    By Amanda Epstein

    15 hours ago

    FRI | OCT 9


    Celebrated mezzo-soprano Julia Migenes is going to pare things down to the bare essentials of voice and piano as she takes the audience on a journey through the music of Kurt Weill, the German composer who was active in the 1920s,...

  • European Parliament to remember Israeli victims of terror spree

    15 hours ago

    The European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Israel said it will commemorate victims of what the body called “acts of terror” in the past week.

    Fulvio Martusciello, the Italian-born chair of the delegation responsible for parliamentary ties with the Jewish state, said...

  • Israeli lawmakers banned from Temple Mount in wake of violence

    15 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has banned government ministers and lawmakers from visiting the Temple Mount.

    The directive was first issued Wednesday night and appeared to be aimed only at Jews. Following complaints from right-wing ministers, the Prime Minister’s...

  • Israeli man seriously hurt in West Bank stabbing

    15 hours ago

    An Israeli man was stabbed in the back and seriously wounded near the West Bank city of Hebron.

    Israeli security services are searching for the suspected attacker, identified by Israel’s Channel 2 as a Palestinian resident of the city. He fled the scene following Wednesday...

  • Palestinian attacker stabs 5 with screwdriver in Tel Aviv

    16 hours ago

    A 19-year-old Palestinian man who stabbed five people with a screwdriver in Tel Aviv was shot dead.

    The Wednesday afternoon attack, which occurred across the street from the headquarters of Israel’s military, was the second stabbing attack of the day by a Palestinian assailant...

  • Yeshiva student stabbed in neck in Jerusalem attack

    16 hours ago

    A yeshiva student was in serious condition after a Palestinian man stabbed him in the neck in an apparent terror attack in Jerusalem.

    The suspected attacker, 19, of eastern Jerusalem, was subdued and arrested by police, and is being questioned, the Israel Police said in a...

  • When Terror Is At Your Doorstep

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    17 hours ago

    I want to talk to you about fear. The kind that paralyzes you when, in the midst of a working day, you hear ambulances from outside the window, and everyone's phone starts beeping with Breaking News alerts, saying 5 people were stabbed, only two streets away, by a terrorist with a...

  • The Ben Gurion exchange, part 3: Why Ben Gurion matters today

    By Shmuel Rosner

    22 hours ago

    Anita Shapira is Professor Emerita in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University as well as the Founder of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies. She specializes in the history of Zionism, the Jewish community in Palestine and the state of Israel, with an emphasis on cultural,...

  • Israel’s Christian schools reopen after month of strike

    1 day ago

    On Sept. 28, one of the longest academic strikes in Israel’s history finally came to an amicable close when students enrolled in Israel’s Christian school system belatedly began their school year after 27 days of protests by teachers, administrators, parents and students.


  • Obituaries: Week of October 8, 2015

    1 day ago

    Charles Aaron died Aug. 29 at 95. Survived by daughters Michelle (Gary) Merritt, Suzanne Ehrmann; 2 grandchildren; brother Leonard. Mount Sinai

    Ann Barkasz died Aug. 30 at 92.  Survived by niece Rita (Jeffrey Gramer) Shane; nephew Richard (Ellen) Gross; 1 great-niece; 2...

  • Local groups rally support for Syrian refugees

    By Ryan Torok

    1 day ago

    With the number of Syrian refugees climbing above 4 million, local Jewish organizations are taking note and reaching out.

    Jewish World Watch (JWW), whose mission is fighting genocide, recently launched a fundraising campaign that has collected about $10,000 to help fund fully...

  • Sinai Temple, Netiya lead multifaith celebration of shemitah

    1 day ago

    Members of Sinai Temple in West Los Angeles gathered on Oct. 4 to celebrate the end of something — but it wasn’t just the last day of sukkot. In conjunction with Los Angeles-based Netiya, they observed the end of shemitah as well. 

    Although seldom observed in the United States,...

  • Fred Savage: Child star-turned-director returns to acting in ‘The Grinder’

    By Gerri Miller

    1 day ago

    He looks almost as boyish as when he played Kevin Arnold on “The Wonder Years,” but Fred Savage is now 39, a married father of three, and three decades into a TV and movie career that has kept him steadily employed as an actor and director. Working mostly behind the scenes in the...

  • Depression-era play still resonates

    1 day ago

    Clifford Odets’ celebrated play “Awake and Sing!” about a Jewish family in the Bronx struggling to survive during the Depression, has been revived innumerable times since its Broadway debut as a Group Theatre production in 1935. The Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles mounted the...

  • East L.A. Interchange—Great New Film About Jewish History in Los Angeles

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    1 day ago

    L.A. Jews—or anyone who likes good films--please avail yourself of the opportunity to see East L.A. Interchange. This documentary about Boyle Heights, , directed by Betsy Kalin (full disclosure: Betsy is a friend, and I officiated at her wedding) and narrated by Danny Trejo,...

  • Iran deal, J Street activism prompts Joel Rubin to pursue congressional bid

    1 day ago

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    A former State Department official and a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal has joined the crowded field of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Congressman Chris Van Hollen in 2016.

    Joel Rubin, 44,...

  • When it’s time to die

    1 day ago

    A recent study of critical-care physicians at one Southern California hospital system found that more than 1 in 10 patients receiving treatment in their hospitals’ intensive care units were receiving treatments that would not benefit the patient in a meaningful way.  These...

  • Bernie Sanders finally opens up about Jewish childhood

    1 day ago

    I interviewed Bernie Sanders a couple years ago, when word first circulated that the Vermont senator might seek the presidency. Though he knew about JTA going in — and must have known questions about his Jewish background were coming — he didn’t want to get into it.

    wrote at...

  • Palestinian car-ramming attack injures 2 Israeli police officers

    1 day ago

    Two Israeli Border Police officers were injured when a Palestinian man rammed his car into a West Bank checkpoint near Jerusalem.

    The driver sped up as he approached the Maale Adumim checkpoint in an attempt to run down the security forces on Wednesday evening, police said in a statement.

    Israeli soldiers fired on and injured the driver, Channel 2 reported. The driver was taken to Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for treatment.

    The ramming came at the end of a day marked by several Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets.

  • Reflections on my visit to a ‘minyan’ of L.A. synagogues during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

    1 day ago

    As has become something of a tradition for me, I had the privilege to visit 10 synagogues in Los Angeles during the most recent High Holy Days. I experienced the many voices of Los Angeles and of the Jewish community that come together at this time of year.

    Visiting a veritable...

  • After Syria coordination talks with Israel, Russia beckons to Turkey, U.S.

    1 day ago

    Russia ended high-level military talks with Israel on Wednesday with a call on other countries, including a suspicious United States and aggrieved Turkey, to coordinate operations in Syria.

    The two countries discussed how they can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in...

  • White House condemns violence in West Bank, Jerusalem

    1 day ago

    The White House expressed deep concern on Wednesday about the escalating violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem and urged Israelis and Palestinians to restore calm after a spate of attacks.

    "The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms violence against Israelis and Palestinian civilians," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a news briefing.

    "We call upon all parties to take affirmative steps to restore calm and refrain from actions and rhetoric that would further inflame tensions in that region of the world."

  • The power of Jew-hatred

    By David Suissa

    1 day ago

    With the most recent violence flaring up in Jerusalem and throughout Israel, I’ve been reflecting on the kind of hatred that could animate such cold-blooded murder of innocents.

    We all have dark thoughts, but very few of us act on them. Through the power of language, we are...

  • How do I get my roasted vegetables crispy?

    By Elana Horwich

    2 days ago

    Here are three simple tips:

    1. Don't crowd them in the pan. If you do, they'll steam off of each other and get mushy.

    2. Turn the heat up! Roast vegetables around 450 degrees.

    3. Use more olive oil! That's going to create the crisp.


    Send your cooking questions to info@mealandaspiel.com with the subject, #Ask Elana!

    Interested in taking a cooking class with Elana? Visit mealandaspiel.com

  • Haim Saban quietly pulls out of Campus Maccabees and IAC

    By Jared Sichel

    2 days ago

    Just four months after speaking at a closed-door summit at Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Venetian Resort Hotel Casino marking the creation of Campus Maccabees, a new campus pro-Israel, anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) group, mega-donor Haim Saban has quietly ended his...

  • The Mets-Dodgers series is so Jewish, congressmen are betting bagels on it

    2 days ago

    Baseball doesn’t get much more Jewish than this year’s MLB National League Division Series, which starts Friday between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Both teams feature notable Jews: Joc Pederson in the outfield for the Dodgers and Joe Wilpon in the owner’s box...

  • Stabbing attack at Tel Aviv-area mall seriously injures Israeli man

    2 days ago

    An Israeli civilian was seriously injured in a stabbing attack at a mall near Tel Aviv by a Palestinian assailant.

    The attack at the main mall in Petach Tikvah took place on Wednesday evening. Police and mall security guards disarmed and subdued the alleged assailant, Israel’s...

  • The Third Intifada?: Violence rises as a two-state solution fades

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    Reading “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction,” an illuminating new book by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner, is a humbling experience. I read it over Sukkot and, in fact, it was the right book for a holiday during which one makes one’s home in a temporary shelter...

  • Netanyahu cancels German visit as Palestinian attacks surge

    2 days ago

    A suspected Palestinian militant stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier, snatched his gun and was then shot dead by special forces on Wednesday, police said, as a surge of violence prompted Israel's prime minister to cancel a visit to Germany.

    Hours earlier, police said an...

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