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  • After Kotel compromise, dramatic changes still needed

    4 days ago

    There is much to rejoice over when considering the details of the Kotel compromise agreement. For the first time, there is going to be a section of this ancient site open to egalitarian and non-Orthodox worship alternatives, as well as partnership and women’s minyanim. It’s the...

  • Meeting of the minds at Limmud FSU event

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    As a large crowd celebrated Havdalah by dancing around a fire pit in the courtyard of the Westin Pasadena hotel, Hollywood animator and director Saul Blinkoff said he was inspired by the diversity of attendees at the Jan. 29-31 Limmud FSU West Coast, a learning conference organized...

  • The Jewish stars, creators and themes of winter TV

    4 days ago

    Whether on camera or behind the scenes, Jewish talent and topics are evident all over television these days in series and specials on broadcast networks, cable and streaming services. 

    Two decades after the O.J. Simpson murder case captivated — and divided — the country, FX...

  • Moving and shaking: Nicholas Kristof, Bet Tzedek Justice for All and Constance Scharff

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    It was an evening against despair. On Jan. 25, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof delivered a lecture before a packed house of more than 800 people at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    At a pre-lecture reception, a small crowd of invited guests joined Kristof as he toured the...

  • Robert Durst pleads guilty to gun charge, setting up possible murder trial

    4 days ago

    Robert Durst, the Jewish real estate heir long suspected of multiple murders, pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge in Louisiana and is expected to face murder charges.

    Durst agreed to the plea on Wednesday in New Orleans Federal Court. He will be sentenced to 85 months in...

  • LAHSA volunteers report low homelessness rate in San Fernando Valley

    4 days ago

    Tally sheets in hand and layered up against the weather — though they were instructed not to leave their vehicles — volunteers took to their cars and spread out into the night to seek out the homeless around Encino as part of the 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count on Jan. 27. ...

  • Census of homeless will ensure proper funding for programs

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    The carload of concerned locals, including an Orthodox rabbi, a pizzeria owner and a construction project site manager, peered into an alley in search of signs of life.

    “This alley’s actually too thin to live in,” Pico Shul’s Rabbi Yonah Bookstein said as the sedan carrying the...

  • WATCH: Jewish jokes dominate New York magazine’s top 100 list

    4 days ago

    New York Magazine’s culture section, Vulture, this week published a mega-listicle, “The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy.” With the help of comedians and historians of comedy, the magazine’s editors picked the most important jokes ever uttered — from Charlie Chaplin making...

  • Rabbi leads fight to end homelessness

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    There are so many numbers that count in the fight against homelessness. For the 7,500 volunteers who hit the streets during the last week of January, the focus was on getting an accurate count on the number living without homes in Los Angeles County. 

    But before that, Valley Beth...

  • Poem: Looking for the Jewish Museum in Dublin

    4 days ago

    Wandering down a blind alley. Scratched
    into a Civic’s crimson hood, IRA, the two

    vowels separated by the consonant
    over which so much blood has been spilled.
    The left side window is a spider’s web

    of cracks spreading out from a hole
    opposite the driver’s head. The temple...

  • The difference between Don Rickles and Donald Trump

    By Rob Eshman

    4 days ago

    At a time when a leading presidential candidate calls Mexicans “rapists,” Muslims “terrorists” and his opponents “losers,” I thought it would be refreshing to spend an evening basking in the nostalgia of a kinder, gentler America.

    So last Saturday night, I went to see Don...

  • PBS revisits notorious Leopold and Loeb case in ‘The Perfect Crime’

    By Tom Tugend

    4 days ago

    It was a time of unease for middle-aged Middle Americans. They were worried about their sons and daughters — the weird music, the scanty clothing — and also about the way the super-rich were getting away with everything.

    The headlines told of the strange case of teenagers,...

  • Nazi menace overtakes siblings in different ways in ‘My Sister’

    4 days ago

    In addition to exterminating millions of Jews, the Nazis also targeted the mentally and physically disabled under their eugenics program, aimed at weeding out people they considered genetically unfit. The precarious position of these so-called “defectives” underlies the play “My...

  • After cowboys and folk music, the Coens’ ‘Hail’ Hollywood’s Golden Age

    4 days ago

    For more than thirty years, Joel and Ethan Coen have tackled almost every film genre, from stoner comedy "The Big Lebowski" to revenge Western "True Grit" and the 1960s New York folk music scene in 2013's "Inside Llewyn Davis."

    But for their latest caper, the filmmaker brothers...

  • Audit to shed light on Conservative Judaism

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    It’s no secret that Conservative Judaism faces significant challenges, but officials within the movement hope an audit of close to 1,000 people by the branding firm Good Omen — expected to be released in the coming weeks — will help pump new life into it. 

    “We’re in the final...

  • Israel’s opposition leader presents West Bank pullout plan to Kerry

    4 days ago

    Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog presented U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with a plan for an Israeli pullout from the West Bank.

    “Israels are killed in the streets and the world advances surreal initiatives and boycotts,” Herzog said in a statement Wednesday....

  • Reconsidering Kaddish: Four new approaches to an old ritual

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    4 days ago

    “Yitgadal v’yitkadash...” the words of the Kaddish have echoed through synagogues for centuries, traditionally intoned by a Jewish man in mourning during a prayer service, with nine other men — at various points — interjecting an “amen.” But in this century, in various communities,...

  • Violence casts shadow on Israeli tourism

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    4 days ago

    Random violence and knifings have become a daily occurrence in Israel, and as Passover approaches, the terror is leading some Jews to adjust their plans for visiting the Holy Land for the holiday — or cancel them altogether.

    That’s been the observation of Orit Topf, CEO of the...

  • Crowded District 27 state senate race a face-off among Jewish candidates

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    In the race to replace California Democratic State Sen. Fran Pavley, who will term out of office in less than a year, Janice Kamenir-Reznik, co-founder of the nonprofit Jewish World Watch, last month entered a busy State Senate District 27 primary contest that now has six...

  • Sanders raises $3 million in 24 hours after Iowa caucuses

    5 days ago

    After virtually tying with Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Iowa Democratic caucus, Sen. Bernie Sanders raised $3 million in a 24-hour period, a record for the insurgent presidential candidate.

    Sanders, I-Vt., who has abjured raising money from major givers, scored the amount from...

  • Blitzer asks Sanders if being Jewish complicates relationship with Muslim world

    5 days ago

    CNN host Wolf Blitzer suggested on Wednesday that Bernie Sanders becoming the first elected Jewish president may complicate the U.S. relationship with Muslim and Arab leaders in the world. 

    “You, of course, are Jewish. Do you think that potentially could be a problem, working...

  • Up in the air: Floating decor that makes an impact

    By Jonathan Fong

    5 days ago

    When it comes to decorating, I’ve got hang-ups — in a good way. You see, I love to hang objects from the ceiling. And I’m not talking chandeliers or mobiles. I’m more inclined to hang delicate objects en masse, like feathers above a bed, silk rose petals above the aisle at a...

  • Passover is perfect for hitting the road to culinary adventure

    5 days ago

    You’ve just touched down in Chicago. Or New Orleans. Or New York. You’re in town to visit your aunt, the one with lipstick-stained teeth and the husband no one wants to talk politics with. The saving grace: You have a week to indulge in deep-dish pizza. Or beignets. Or bagels. 

  • A plan to make Jewish life flourish on Venice Beach

    5 days ago

    The stretch of boardwalk in front of the Israel Levin Senior Center is fairly unremarkable. Tourists and locals amble by, the air smelling of sea salt and marijuana smoke. Across the pavement, an emaciated dog dozes on a sand bank, its leash looped around an office chair that has...

  • Obama, in mosque visit, says an attack on Islam is an attack on all faiths

    5 days ago

    President Barack Obama visited a U.S. mosque on Wednesday and declared that attacks on Islam were an attack on all faiths in a move to counter rhetoric from Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates that have alienated Muslims.

    "We have to understand that an...

  • Lakers make Jewish youth wish come true

    5 days ago

    Despite being in last place in the NBA’s Western Conference and on pace to eclipse last season’s franchise-record loss total of 61, the Lakers had a reason to smile Jan. 31, thanks to a surprise free-agent signing. 

    Yitzi Teichman, 18, joined the team just months after undergoing...

  • Local nonprofits score big with ‘Most giving Super Bowl ever’

    5 days ago

    Long before the opening kickoff at this Sunday’s Super Bowl in San Francisco, Daniel Lurie has been quarterbacking his own big game: a Super Bowl of giving.

    Lurie, 39, is chair of the host committee for Super Bowl 50. Host committees pay for all of the swanky private parties and...

  • ‘Dirty Dancing’ boogies over to Pantages Theatre

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    5 days ago

    Back when Eleanor Bergstein was trying to sell the screenplay for her iconic 1987 film, “Dirty Dancing” — the story of a sheltered Jewish teenager’s sexual and political awakening as she learns sensual dance moves at a Catskills resort in 1963 — she would jump up on a table when...

  • Chaim being Chaim

    By David Suissa

    5 days ago

    My friend Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller is a nutty-professor type who is impossible to describe. One reason is that he has a mix of traits that don’t usually go together.

    For instance, he’s a book junkie as well as a people junkie. He has so many books in his UCLA Hillel office that...

  • Clinton clear on Trump: ‘We were not friends’

    5 days ago

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wants to set the record straight on Donald Trump: "We were not friends."

    "We knew each other, obviously, in New York," Clinton, a former U.S. senator from New York, said in excerpts of a People magazine interview released on...

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