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  • Shoah commemoration brings both high and heavy spirits to Pan Pacific

    By Ryan Torok

    2 hours ago

    Two events recalling past genocides — and promising to fight against future ones — drew thousands of people to Pan Pacific Park on April 19.

    The first event, Jewish World Watch’s (JWW) annual Walk to End Genocide, began with drumming and song and the sounds of the shofar, which...

  • Boyarsky takes on Riordan at the Los Angeles book fest

    By Bill Boyarsky

    2 hours ago

    We Jews like to be called “People of the Book.”  Although I didn’t take a census or a poll, I imagine there were many of us in the big crowds on the University of Southern California campus for the 20th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books last weekend.

    I ran into many I...

  • My Scary, Brave, Empowering & Emotional Birthday in Vegas

    By Ilana Angel

    3 hours ago

    I’m not one to make a big deal about my birthday. It’s just another day and while I look forward to getting a card from my son, the truth is he is really good with cards and gives them to me at random times without requiring a special occasion. I do love a cocktail with my...

  • Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, prominent Modern Orthodox scholar, dies

    5 hours ago

    Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, a leader of the national religious movement in Israel and a prominent Modern Orthodox scholar, has died.

    Lichtenstein, a head of the Har Etzion Yeshiva in the West Bank’s Gush Etzion bloc, died Monday morning. He was 81.

    The rabbi, who received a...

  • Rivlin, Netanyahu spurn meeting with Jimmy Carter in Israel

    6 hours ago

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected invitations to meet with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

    The invitations reportedly were declined after consulting with the Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council, Haaretz reported...

  • Vehicle blast injures two in Israeli criminal incident

    6 hours ago

    An explosion in a parked vehicle in southern Israel on Monday wounded at least two people in a suspected criminal incident, police said.

    Luba Samri, a police spokeswoman, said an assailant threw a fragmentation grenade at the vehicle in the port city of Ashdod, and that a man and a woman had been treated for shrapnel injuries.

    Earlier, police had said they could not rule out a nationalist motive for the attack.

  • Israel sees migrant tragedy as validating policy of keeping them away

    6 hours ago

    Israel said on Monday the drowning of hundreds of Africans off Libya's coast was tragic but validated its own policy of having buffered its land barriers with Africa to keep migrants away.

    Yisrael Katz, transport minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's outgoing cabinet,...

  • A Comforting Song for Holocaust Remembrance Day

    7 hours ago

    During last summer’s Israel-Hamas war, I experienced what daily life is like for millions of Israelis who live within range of Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic jihad rocket fire.  I traveled to the Jewish State from the U.S. to partake in an entrepreneurial leadership program for young...

  • Elio Toaff, rabbi who hosted first pope visit to synagogue, dies at 99

    8 hours ago

    Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome for half a century and a pivotal player in Christian-Jewish reconciliation, has died at the age of 99.

    Toaff, who a spokesman said died on Sunday night, was Rome's chief rabbi in 1986 when then-Pope John Paul II made the first visit by a Roman...

  • Remarks by James B. Comey at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Annual Dinner

    8 hours ago

    Good evening ladies and gentleman. First, a word of congratulations to the remarkable people that you have honored here tonight.  I am honored that you have invited me to share some thoughts with you this evening. I would like to explain to you why the FBI’s partnership with the...

  • Netanyahu receives two-week extension to form government

    9 hours ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have two more weeks to form a new government after he asked Israel's president on Monday to extend a 28-day period to form a coalition following his election victory.

    Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party came out on top in the March 17...

  • Nationwide success in Hollywood, new technologies, exits and more -This week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    12 hours ago

    Israel ranked third in Hollywood imports

    Israel’s entertainment industry is a rather small one, and there isn't a lot of room for successful people. That’s why it has concentrated on producing concepts, also called “formats,” for television shows rather than attempting to...

  • Bipartisan support for Israel? What if that’s no longer the case?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    17 hours ago

    One hates to be an alarmist when no alarm is due. One also hates to bury one’s head in the sand when alarm is due. A slew of recent studies and polls have made me think about the state of support for Israel in the US. The studies – and the rocky period that these relations have...

  • Bethenny Frankel:  Real Housewife or Kappara Chicken?

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    18 hours ago

    Bethenny Frankel, former and current Real Housewife of New York (covered weekly by Jewish Journal blogger Ilana Angel), has come out with a new book.  Amazingly, in the book, called “I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To,” Frankel, in the middle of a rancorous second...

  • Sunday Reads: Putting ISIS in perspective, On Jewish organizations & the Armenian genocide

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago


    Anthony Cordesman writes about what he sees as ‘the complexity crisis’ the US is facing when it comes to national security:

    Far too much U.S. strategic rhetoric is a hollow shell, while the real U.S. national security posture is based on suboptimizing the budget around...

  • Israel and Apartheid

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    3 days ago

    Everyday I open the internet to read that Israel is an apartheid country. Although the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is very small in number, it is getting a lot of press and its lies are repeated everywhere.  Left wing radical politicians all over the world  are...

  • Moving and Shaking: AFHU award dinner, TRZ Yom HaShoah event and fire safety at B’nai David-Judea

    By Ryan Torok

    3 days ago

    American Friends of The Hebrew University’s (AFHU award ) Harvey L. Silbert Torch of Learning Award Dinner on April 13 honored attorneys Jonathan Anschell and Dick Volpert while raising more than $1 million to support the prominent Israeli university.

    “Hebrew University is a...

  • Israeli military networks breached by hackers

    3 days ago

    Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails, according to security researchers at Blue Coat Systems Inc.

    The four-month-old effort, most...

  • “Felix and Meira:” A rare portrayal of Chasidim as Human Beings

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    3 days ago

    This is a re-post of my original posted in February. I am re-posting because "Felix and Meira" opens today in New York City and will open in Los Angelas on April 24.

    I recently saw the film “Felix and Meira” at the New York Jewish Film Festival. The film, which stars Hadas Yaron,...

  • Four rabbis on Parashat Shemini

    3 days ago

    In this Torah portion, God commands Aaron and his sons to make the burnt and sin offerings at the Tabernacle. When God accepts the offerings, the people shout with joy. But when two of Aaron’s sons make an offering that was not commanded of them, they die. God describes to Moses...

  • Rabbi Sarah Bassin on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    3 days ago

    If you have spent any amount of time with a 3-year-old, you know this age comes coupled with a barrage of “why” questions: Why do you stop at red lights? Why do you put milk in your coffee?  Why do birds chirp?  

    These questions can be exhausting for parents, but they represent...

  • Rabbi Jonathan Hanish on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    3 days ago

    We are all human, so we all stumble at some point in our lives. If and when our stumble is discovered, we pay the price for our actions through repentance and transformation, and then, hopefully, we move forward and leave the past behind.  But, on occasion, our actions come back to...

  • Rabbi Chaim Mentz on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    3 days ago

    In the early years of American Jewish history, there was a debate about whether American life was different from the shtetl life of Europe. Many embraced the idea of assimilation and secularization, yet others held strong and kept their traditional religious practices in this...

  • Rabbi Edward Feinstein on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    3 days ago

    Americans have an infatuation with leaders. The English philosopher Thomas Carlyle believed that history is propelled by “the great man” (Carlyle’s phrase), whose values and energy animate our institutions. For Americans, “leadership” is a sacred word. 

    The success or failure of...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    This week’s Israeli creation doesn’t really need an introduction. Balkan Beat Box (BBB,) is one of the most famous Israeli musical groups in the world, and chances are you already know all of their big hits, even if you’ve never actually heard of them before.

    Balkan Beat Box...

  • Two survivors speak out on the anniversaries of the Armenian Genocide and the liberation of Auschwitz

    3 days ago

    This article is being jointly run with Asbarez — a publication serving the Armenian-American community.


    This year marks the passage of two major anniversaries that reveal man’s unbelievable capacity for cruelty and evil. It has been 100 years since the outbreak of the...

  • LA Jewish Film Festival

    By Joy Bennett

    3 days ago

    The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival is starting soon!  It runs from April 30th to May 7th at various venues around LA, and it's an excellently curated exhibit of some of the finest films you'll see anywhere.  For more information or to purchase very reasonable tickets, visit...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Kvish

    3 days ago

    What is the connection between kvish “highway” and kibbush, which means “conquest, occupation”; kvushim “pickles; occupied (territories)”; kevesh “movable stairway (for descending off an airplane)”; kivshan “kiln, furnace (where material is heated or smelted)”; makhbesh “(press,...

  • Truth is stranger than fiction in ‘True Story’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    3 days ago

    In February 2002, the disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel was hiding out in his home near Bozeman, Mont., alternating pacing, lying burrowed beneath his laundry, and clamping “my palms over my ears and [yelling] at the ceiling until my breath gave out,” he writes in...

  • Passing an art legacy on to the next generation

    3 days ago

    During the lengthy visits she would have with her great-uncle and great-aunt, David and Rivka Labkovski, at their home in South Africa, Leora Raikin — who was a young girl at the time — recalls these relatives being a bit eccentric.

    David owned one pair of shoes, and Rivka — the...

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