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  • A Lollipop for E.P.

    3 days ago

    Stuck a Chupa Chup into the ground

    Beside the grave of Ezra Pound

    Then jumped aboard the vaporetto

    To lose myself in the Jewish ghetto

    Looking for the synagogue

    That kept moving in the Venice fog

    Like an apparition in the crowd

    Where Jews were sometimes allowed.

    Joshua Weiner is the author of three books of poetry; his most recent book is “The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish.”  He lives in Washington, D.C.

  • Argentina’s charming ‘The Film Critic’ has the write stuff

    By Tom Tugend

    3 days ago

    There are two main characters in the Argentine movie “The Film Critic.”

    One is Victor, the neurotic film critic of the title, who hates pretty much all contemporary movies, writes scathing reviews and loathes his work and himself.

    The other is Sofia, who races around Buenos...

  • Shalom Auslander and the pursuit of ‘Happyish’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    3 days ago

    “Happyish,” Showtime’s new half-hour series, focuses on one couple’s fraught struggle to create a measure of happiness — or at least, happyish-ness — in a crummy world. Shalom Auslander is especially qualified to write this story: He is not a happy camper.

    “We all have this...

  • Double exposures of Rachael Rifkin’s family resemblance

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    3 days ago

    Have you ever looked at your family photos — really looked at them, noticing dimples, smirks or furrowed eyebrows — and seen yourself in the sepia tones? Writer Rachael Rifkin did, and took the idea of family resemblance one step further: restaging old family photos using herself...

  • Israel ranked as 7th best country for gay men

    3 days ago

    Israel is the world’s seventh-best country for gay men, according to a poll of 115,000 gay men in 127 countries.

    The Gay Happiness Index, a collaboration of the gay dating network Planet Romeo and researchers from Germany’s Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, named Iceland...

  • Shavuot services throughout the Los Angeles region

    By Amanda Epstein

    3 days ago

    Sinai Temple will host a Tikkun leil Shavuot on May 23 at 7 p.m.; join the rabbinic interns for study and a dairy dessert. On the first day of Shavuot, May 24, there will be a service and adult b’nai mitzvah at 8:45 a.m. in the Ziegler Sanctuary. On the second day, there will be a...

  • Maybe I’m just Jew-ish

    By Tess Cutler

    3 days ago

    In Jewish tradition, a child inherits her father’s tribe and her mother’s religion. 

    My father’s not a Cohen or a Levi. He’s not a highborn priest with a fancy title. He’s an Israelite. His ancestors built pyramids and golden calves. They were soldiers, outcasts, and dwellers....

  • U.S. approves sale of $1.87 billion in munitions to Israel

    3 days ago

    The U.S. State Department this week approved the sale of $1.87 billion in munitions and precision guidance kits to Israel to improve the capability of existing systems and make it easier for U.S. and Israeli military forces to work together.

    The Pentagon's Defense Security...

  • Witnesses to Iraq’s Farhud

    By Jane Ulman

    3 days ago

    Over the first two days of June 1941, countless numbers of Jewish women in Baghdad were raped, more than 2,000 Jews were injured — many of them mutilated — and 900 homes, as well as 586 Jewish-owned businesses, were looted. All told, according to Iraqi-born historian Elie Kedourie,...

  • One year after attack, Brussels Jewish museum is drawing crowds

    3 days ago

    Although they now have to pass through a metal detector flanked by three armed soldiers, visitors to Brussels’ Jewish museum seem undeterred by the security arrangements that were introduced there last year, after the slaying of four people, allegedly by an Islamist fanatic.

  • Netanyahu tells EU’s chief diplomat he is committed to two-state solution

    3 days ago

     Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the European Union’s top diplomat that he was committed to finding a two-state solution with the Palestinians, as long as they recognize the Jewish state.

    “I don’t support a one-state solution – I don’t believe that’s a solution at...

  • Are entertainers and sports heroes emblematic of Jewish American heritage?

    3 days ago

    The 10th Jewish American Heritage Month is nearing its final week, with President Barack Obama set to mark the occasion with a speech at a Washington synagogue, and the celebration raises an interesting question:

    What is it about Jews and entertainment?

    That is, why does the...

  • 2 ex-Madoff employees avoid jail time

    3 days ago

    Two former employees of Bernard Madoff who helped him carry out his $17 billion Ponzi scheme have avoided prison sentences.

    Eric Lipkin, a payroll clerk and assistant to Madoff’s chief financial officer, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to two years of...

  • Franklin Graham wants Ginsburg and Kagan — and all the Supremes — to think as he does

    3 days ago

    The Washington PostRaw Story and other outlets are reporting on preacher Franklin Graham’s appeal to followers to pray that the eyes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg “be opened to the truth of Scripture” when she considers the gay marriage case currently under consideration by the Supreme...

  • Effy (Efraim) Pfeffermann

    By Jane Ulman

    3 days ago

    On a December day in 1941, 9-year-old Effy Pfeffermann, along with his stepfather and mother, Jacob and Rachel Singer, each carrying a small suitcase, quietly slipped out of their two-bedroom apartment in Timisoara, Romania, deliberately leaving the lights on. They boarded a train...

  • Reflections on life and death

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    Is there anything in life more dramatic than death? Can anything, in fact, be more dramatic than absolute finality? We experience many deaths in life — the death of a marriage, a friendship, a business, a dream — but it’s the loss of life itself that holds maximum drama. A life...

  • Racism in Israeli soccer? Join the (reprehensible) club

    3 days ago

    When delegates from FIFA’s 209 member states vote next week on a motion to suspend Israel from international soccer, they’ll base their decision on three Palestinian claims:

    • That Israel unjustly restricts Palestinian soccer players’ travel
    • That Israel fields teams in West...
  • Chief rabbi: Rabbinate should be consulted on Knesset bills

    3 days ago

    The Israeli government should consult with the Chief Rabbinate on every proposed bill, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi said.

    “I call on the justice minister to establish that for every bill that the government submits, just as it seeks the professional opinion of relevant ministries on...

  • Missionaries invade 2015 Israel festival in Los Angeles

    3 days ago

    I have attended Jewish/Israeli festivals in Los Angeles for almost 30 years.

    What I witnessed this year was unprecedented.

    Dozens of missionaries descended on —– or invaded — the Celebrate Israel Festival in ways that I never thought possible.

    Based on the number of...

  • Haredi papers welcome Israel’s women ministers — without first names or faces

    3 days ago

    Another group of women in powerful positions, another haredi Orthodox paper erasing them. Here we go again.

    After each new Israeli government is sworn in, its ministers pose for a group photo with the president. This year’s photo, taken yesterday, features Israel’s three...

  • Is Shavuot dead?

    By Rob Eshman

    3 days ago

    If you’re like most Jews, chances are you looked at the title of this piece and asked yourself one of two questions: either “Who cares?” or “Shavu-what?”

    Shavuot is the Jewish holiday that begins at sundown on May 23. Religiously speaking, it is one of the three major festival...

  • Masada victim identified as Florida State student

    3 days ago

    The American tourist who died after falling during a hike in Israel was identified as a student at Florida State University.

    Briana McHam, 20, of Pompano Beach, Florida, died Tuesday while walking down the steep Snake Path down the side of the rock plateau topped by the ancient...

  • Rabbis holding vigil for detained African migrants ahead of Shavuot

    3 days ago

    More than 40 rabbis will hold a prayer vigil and pre-Shavuot study session at the Holot detention center for African migrants.

    The program, organized by leaders of Rabbis for Human Rights and supported by the New Israel Fund, was scheduled for Wednesday outside the open-detention...

  • Sexy Birthright and the Pew

    By Zev Hurwitz

    3 days ago

    Pew Pew!

    Last week's Pew release gives us some insight into the most up-to-date status of American Jewry. It's not great, but it could be worse.

    We can summarize the latest findings and the subsequent community reaction on American religious affiliation with just a few...

  • David Ryu wins city council race

    By Aron Chilewich

    3 days ago

    By 1,600 votes, health care center executive David Ryu defeated his opponent in the race to replace Tom LaBonge as Los Angeles City Councilmember for the Fourth District, which extends from Sherman Oaks to Miracle Mile.

    Ryu beat out Carolyn Ramsay, a former journalist and chief...

  • Netanyahu tightens grip on Israel’s communications sector

    4 days ago

    Concerns about Israel's commitment to competition in the telecoms sector have grown after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the director-general of communications and took over the ministry himself.

    Netanyahu made himself communications minister when he formed a new...

  • Palestinians reject Israeli soccer proposal, pushing ahead with suspension vote

    4 days ago

    The Palestinian Football Association rejected an Israeli proposal to address its grievances and will move forward with a motion to expel Israel from international soccer play.

    The Palestinian group plans to introduce a motion to expel Israel from international competition at the...

  • Palestinian driver who rammed Israeli police officers shot dead

    4 days ago

    A Palestinian driver who rammed his car into a group of Border Patrol officers in eastern Jerusalem was shot and killed by Israeli police.

    Two officers were moderately injured in the Wednesday morning attack in the Arab neighborhood of A-Tor, near the Mount of Olives.


  • Program banning Palestinians from public Israeli buses suspended

    4 days ago

    A controversial program to prevent Palestinian workers from riding on Israeli public transportation in the West Bank was suspended a day after it was launched.

    On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon suspended the program, which...

  • FIFA’s Blatter sketches compromise in Israeli-Palestinian dispute

    4 days ago

    The head of world soccer's governing body said on Wednesday Israel had proposed easing travel restrictions for Palestinian players but the head of the Palestine FA insisted he would pursue a move to have Israel suspended from FIFA.

    After meeting Palestinian Authority President...

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