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  • The Secular Thought exchange, part 1: Toward a new ideology of Jewish secularism

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 hours ago

    David Biale is Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History and Chair of the Department of History at the University of California, Davis. His books have won the National Jewish Book Award three times and he has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim Foundation,...

  • Unique settings for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    13 hours ago

    Elliott Aronson didn’t feel like he was ready for a bar mitzvah at age 13. He wasn’t spiritually connected to the tradition and he didn’t want to force it. 

    One place where his ties to Judaism always were strong, however, was Camp Alonim, a camp on the grounds of American Jewish...

  • How to make pop-up Valentine’s Day cards

    By Jonathan Fong

    13 hours ago

    Be still, my heart! My favorite type of card is a pop-up card. There is just something fun about opening a card to reveal a three-dimensional surprise popping up inside. So for Valentine’s Day this year, I designed an easy way to make your own cards with pop-up hearts for all the...

  • A love story

    By David Suissa

    14 hours ago

    When her husband, Shlomo, was about to turn 30 last December, Danielle Meyers decided to surprise him with a special scrapbook. In a letter to friends and family, she explained that the scrapbook would be filled with personalized pages from the people he loves the most.

    She was...

  • Why give a damn about JDAIM?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    14 hours ago

    Our 21-year-old son, Danny, recently discovered Adele’s hit single “Hello” on YouTube and has joined her zillion other fans around the world in watching the music video over and over again. Whenever that song comes on in a public place, he breaks into a huge smile and starts...

  • Auschwitz guard, 93, stands trial in Germany

    14 hours ago

    A 93-year-old former guard at Auschwitz goes on trial in Germany on Thursday accused of being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people – the first of four such court cases that could be the last due to the very old age of the defendants.

    The three men and one woman...

  • No status quo, no negotiations: A right-wing solution to the crisis of occupation

    14 hours ago

    Before and after serving as an adviser in the office of the prime minister, I was asked, for good reason, what it is that I propose as an alternative to the so-called peace process.

    To criticize, after all, is much easier than to suggest a solution.

    If the status quo and...

  • Tips to consider before you reach your destination (wedding)

    By Elyse Glickman

    14 hours ago

    For Jewish couples contemplating a destination wedding, Israel is often the first country that comes to mind. But the Promised Land isn’t always an option, nor is it every couple’s dream wedding location. Every couple has its own definition of paradise — the choices can seem...

  • Meet the Kahanes: Father and son to perform together

    By Rick Schultz

    15 hours ago

    In the super-competitive world of music, it is a rarity for both a father and his offspring to earn a significant measure of success. Rarer still is a father who finds himself playing and conducting his son’s music.

    Yet as part of his 2011 recital program at Walt Disney Concert...

  • Siblings spar on a kibbutz in ‘two sisters’

    15 hours ago

    Old family rivalries and long-held secrets are laid bare in the play “Two Sisters,” currently running at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills.

    The play is set on an Israeli kibbutz, where Edith (Leda Siskind), a longtime resident, has just enjoyed her 75th birthday party. Rika (Sharron...

  • Building in teens a foundation for community engagement

    15 hours ago

    For many teens, spring break is that time of year when they get to stay home from school, text their friends for hours, watch movies and play video games.

    But now, thanks to a new offering from Camp Bob Waldorf on the Max Straus Campus in Glendale, they can be engaged in...

  • Parts of would-be Nazi headquarters in L.A. being demolished

    15 hours ago

    Tucked away behind an enclave of glass-walled mansions facing the Pacific Ocean is a relic of an ugly and half-remembered past, as hard to believe as it is to swallow. Built into a seam of the Santa Monica Mountains, not far from Sunset Boulevard, is a derelict compound once...

  • God: What’s in a name?

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    16 hours ago

    Naming plays a crucial role in Judaism. Our tradition provides 72 names for HaShem, a phrase that literally means “The Name,” and the actual name of God is regarded as so sacred that it is not to be read aloud from the pages of the Torah. But one divine name in particular is the...

  • Anger can take Israel in the wrong direction

    By Uri Dromi

    16 hours ago

    The recent wave of Palestinian terror attacks, which took the life of a 19-year-old policewoman Feb. 3 in Jerusalem, has generated anger among Israelis. They demand that the government do something to stop these assaults. The question is: Do what?

    Unlike the First Intifada...

  • Proust was (almost) a Chasid

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    17 hours ago

    When a collection of glittering celebrities gets together, one would normally expect a glitzy, media-friendly event. But in late 2013, a group of high-profile media figures, including Ira Glass of “This American Life” and celebrity chef Dominique Ansel, staged not some dramatic...

  • Restoring Torah becomes a community effort

    17 hours ago

    The history of the 200-year-old Torah at Shalom Institute in Malibu was shrouded in mystery for more than two decades until a campaign began this past summer to restore the worn, bloodstained relic. 

    Now, the scroll from central Bohemia — on loan since 1989 from the Memorial...

  • Republicans Christie, Fiorina dropping White House bids

    17 hours ago

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former business executive Carly Fiorina are ending their campaigns for the 2016 Republican nomination, narrowing the field of rivals facing businessman Donald Trump for the right to compete in the Nov. 8 presidential election. 

    A senior aide...

  • Torah portion: Your body is a temple

    18 hours ago

    I am a rabbi and a chaplain. I once had a hospital patient respond to that introduction by saying, “So you’re Jewish and Christian?” This points to how little is known about this thing called “chaplaincy” and how hard I must work to explain it, wherever I go. 

    The word “chaplain”...

  • A special service for special needs

    18 hours ago

    For a long time, Karen Stein and her family simply didn’t go to services. They would have liked to, but Stein’s youngest son, Colin, 14, is on the autism spectrum, and keeping him in his seat and focused for an entire service proved too difficult. 

    A new, monthly offering at...

  • Calendar: February 12-18, 2016

    By Amanda Epstein

    19 hours ago

    FRI | FEB 12


    Learn about the dances that represent Eastern European-Jewish traditions as Karen Goodman presents her talk, “Dancing in Yiddish.” Developed with klezmer music, these are dances of joy, ritual and meditation, and they dramatize communal life...

  • Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to plead guilty in jail scandal, attorney says

    19 hours ago

    Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty in a downtown courtroom Wednesday to making a false statement, marking a dramatic turn in the ongoing federal investigation into corruption in the Sheriff's Department.

    Baca's attorney, Michael Zweibeck, said his...

  • Letters to the editor: The Kotel, Olney’s descendent and fighting homelessness

    19 hours ago

    Make the Kotel Barrier-Free

    Rabbi Daniel Bouskila’s argument that there should be no minyanim at all at the Western Wall, where any Jew — or non-Jew — can come and meditate as individuals, is to be lauded (“The Kotel Decision: A Sephardic Jew Responds,” Feb. 5). Only in the two...

  • Clinton camp targets Sanders on Israel record

    19 hours ago

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign is eager to slow down Bernie Sanders’ momentum after his stunning victory in the New Hampshire primary. Countering the headlines about Bernie making history as the first Jewish candidate to win a presidential primary, the Clinton campaign rushed to note...

  • Israeli virologist hunting for clues to Zika outbreak

    19 hours ago

    With the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the spread of the Zika virus a global health emergency on Feb. 1 and with fears growing that the epidemic could become worse than Ebola, an Israeli scientist has stepped up his work to try to understand why this seemingly innocuous...

  • Archaeologists say Western Wall plan endangers site

    20 hours ago

    New construction aimed at providing a space for non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall would damage “the most important archaeological site for the Jewish people,” a group of Israeli archaeologists said.

    In a letter, nine senior archaeologists urged Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Israel, EU in secret talks following decision on settlement labeling

    21 hours ago

    Israel and the European Union reportedly are engaging in secret talks on repairing their relationship following the EU’s decision to label products made in Israeli settlements.

    According to a report in Haaretz, Helga Schmid, a senior adviser to EU chief diplomat Federica...

  • Olmert headed to prison next week after court rejects plea deal

    21 hours ago

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will enter Israeli prison on corruption charges next week, after a Jerusalem court rejected a plea deal and lengthened his sentence by a month.

    Olmert will serve at least 19 months in prison on three charges — two counts of obstruction of...

  • Israeli soldiers kills rock-throwing Palestinian teen

    21 hours ago

     Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank who reportedly was throwing rocks at cars and Israeli soldiers.

    Omar Jawabreh, 16, was shot in the chest and died of his wounds Wednesday, according to the Times of Israel, citing Palestinian reports. He...

  • Teresa Giudice: Big House to Club House

    By Ilana Angel

    22 hours ago

    Last night marked the return of Teresa Giudice to TV, when she sat with Andy Cohen for a one-on-one interview. She looked beautiful and it was wonderful to see her looking happy, healthy, and beautiful. She was kind, gentle, and aware of herself in a way she has never was before....

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