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

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    2 days 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.

    2 days 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

    2 days 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

    3 days 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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...

  • Iran’s supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States

    3 days ago

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran's isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July.

    Khamenei, the highest authority...

  • Rabbi arrested in Santa Monica on sexual abuse charges

    3 days ago

    A 39-year-old rabbi was arrested and booked last week in Santa Monica on felony charges of sexual abuse of a child. Rabbi Sholom Doyber Levitansky, a Sherman Oaks resident, turned himself in to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) on Sept. 30, police said. He’s currently out...

  • Israeli team signs first launch deal in Google moon race

    3 days ago

    An Israeli team competing in a race to the moon sponsored by Google has signed a with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, putting it at the front of the pack and on target for blast-off in late 2017, officials said on Wednesday.

    With the deadline to win a $20 million...

  • Muslims, Christians Should Celebrate Genesis as do Jews.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 days ago

    In Eden, there was God, Adam and Eve and no religion!

    Genesis begins with a wide angled view of diversity:  God creates a vast range of living things—fish, birds, cattle, wild animals “of every kind” and repeats “of every kind” with each living thing.

    When it comes to the...

  • What are we doing when we sit Shiva?

    3 days ago

    Sitting shiva [the Jewish custom of a period of intense mourning during the first seven days following the death and funeral] can be understood from a multiple of vantage points. It can be seen anthropologically as a tradition of how the Jewish people respond to a death. It can be...

  • Local Election Turns Fluffy

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    3 days ago

    In November, registered voters in the city where I live will be deciding who will fill three of the five seats on the city council. There are seven candidates running, and a number of hotly debated issues on the mind of voters.

    The City Manager resigned recently, and a decision...

  • Actor James Franco has bar mitzvah

    3 days ago

    Actor James Franco was bar mitzvahed in a religious ceremony at the age of 37.

    The ceremony was held on Oct. 3 and included the actor wearing a prayer shawl and chanting from the Torah.  Franco posted a photo on Instagram, including a message: “I am now a MAN! Got Bar Mitzvahed...

  • The time is now

    3 days ago

    Three nights ago as I sat in Kol Nidre services to usher in Yom Kippur, I listened to the Rabbi’s sermon with tears in my eyes. My fiancé and I attended the Chabad Young Professionals service in New York where Rabbi Levi told the story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who...

  • Bernie Sanders to pit his bulldog debate style against Clinton

    3 days ago

    Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton's biggest rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, is a novice to the bright lights of prime-time television, but politicians who have sparred with him in the past predict he will be a tenacious brawler in their party's debate on Oct. 13.

  • California governor signs gender wage-gap bill

    3 days ago

    California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women, a law that supporters say is among the strongest in the country.

    Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond at the Rosie...

  • YULA students pair with Arab teens to tour Holy Land

    3 days ago

    Rachel Dahan remembered being nervous about meeting the four Arab-Israeli girls who would be among her traveling companions this summer during a two-week class trip across the Holy Land. 

    “On the plane, our teacher asked us to write down what we were expecting,” said Dahan, now a...

  • Darko Academy finds a home

    3 days ago

    On a recent afternoon, a half-dozen or so school-age children were working together with adults to unload chairs, tables, boxes of pens and papers, board games, globes and books — lots of books — from a moving truck. The items — and the children — had arrived at the new home of...

  • Ohr Moshe: Where students with special needs feel welcome

    4 days ago

    Daniel Lewkowicz travels more than an hour each way from his home on a moshav to the Ohr Moshe School in Beit Shemesh, almost 20 miles west of Jerusalem, but he doesn’t mind the commute. 

    “This school is so good it’s worth the trip,” Lewkowicz, 16, said during a break from his...

  • Program aims to improve Hebrew education by focusing on teachers

    4 days ago

    For years, many graduates of Jewish day schools around the world — and their parents — have expressed disappointment in their level of Hebrew proficiency despite years of Jewish education. 

    To help solve that problem — and in the process afford Hebrew educators the same respect...

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