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  • Rahat’s week from Hell

    By Simone Wilson

    11 hours ago

    Mayor Talal Al Krenawi was tired. He’d been in and out of media interviews, meetings, mourning circles and angry phone calls for days. His limbs hurt; his lungs hurt. “I’m still feeling the effects of the gas,” he said, speaking from behind his desk in a worn municipal building at...

  • Bibi must stop an Iran bomb even if it offends Obama

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    12 hours ago

    There is nothing wrong with an Israeli prime minister doing his utmost to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even if it offends the sensibilities of the American president. A nation that has experienced the world’s worst genocide just 70 years ago has not just a right...

  • Moving and shaking: Bet Tzedek, Beit T’Shuvah and Forbes

    By Ryan Torok

    12 hours ago

    Halfway through Bet Tzedek’s annual dinner gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel on Jan. 22, Jessie Kornberg, the brand-new president and CEO of the nonprofit legal-aid organization, stepped onto the stage. As she approached the microphone, one member of Bet Tzedek’s new...

  • Funding for survivor services sees a big jump in 2015

    By Ryan Torok

    12 hours ago

    The Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany — also known as the Claims Conference — is providing a $10.1 million increase in funding this year to California-based Holocaust survivors, according to a Claims Conference’s December press release. The money will fund home...

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  • A day in the life of the (model) Knesset

    13 hours ago

    American Jewish University’s (AJU) dining hall was abuzz with chatter on Jan. 18, when about 100 local high school students debated Israel’s proposed, controversial nation-state bill as part of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Model Knesset Day.

    Upon arrival,...

  • Rabbi Ariel Rav-Noy, shliach at Chabad Persian Youth Center, dies suddenly at 36

    By Jared Sichel

    14 hours ago

    Ariel Rav-Noy, a rabbi at the Chabad Persian Youth Center in Los Angeles, and father to seven children, died suddenly in his sleep early Wednesday. He was 36.

    According to crownheights.info, a Brooklyn-based community website for Chabad, Rav-Noy had no “known prior medical...

  • Me and La Migra

    14 hours ago

    I am carrying through here on my prior post about the Wong family by making visits on Xmas and New Year’s to their rented beach front manse (for one third of San Diego rents) in Rosarita Beach.

    I found Northern Mexico rugged but beautiful, the people friendly to a fault.  I ate...

  • Schmoozing with Mel Brooks, the 88-year-old man

    By Danielle Berrin

    14 hours ago

    “OK, I can die now.”

    That is what I said — out loud — when, on a recent rainy Monday afternoon, the phone rang and a familiar, gentle voice emerged on the other end of the line: “Hello, Mel Brooks!”

    I had just finished watching his latest stand-up act, “Mel Brooks Live at the...

  • Poem: Funky Fuchsia

    14 hours ago

    Friday nights at my mother-in-law’s

    I follow the exquisite nails

    of my Armenian sister-in-law from Iran.

    Pale blue sometimes like her mohair sweater,

    or yellow, pushing back a strand of dark hair.

    Burgundy on the white bread she raises

    to her lips at the evening meal;

    ...
  • Restoring dignity to eldercare

    15 hours ago

    The footage was positively golden, and Dale Bell was savvy enough to recognize both its emotional — and purse-string — potential.  

    Mildred Adams, a nearly catatonic woman, was brought to a Tupelo, Miss., Green House senior care facility. Within an hour of being checked in to her...

  • Hebrew charter school to open in Minneapolis-St. Paul

    By  Tom Tugend

    16 hours ago

    A new Hebrew charter school is scheduled to open in suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul in September.

    According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Agamim Classical Academy in Hopkins, Minn., will be the first U.S. public school to offer a focus on both the Hebrew language and classical...

  • L.A.’s newest rookie transplant: Elaine Soloway

    16 hours ago

    Next time you move cross-country to Los Angeles, do it the Elaine Soloway way. (The SoloWay?) Pack whatever you can into flat-rate Priority Mail boxes from the post office and mail them over a period of six months. Get a place on airbnb.com in a hip L.A. neighborhood, close to...

  • Exploring Israel’s ‘ethnic’ cuisine

    16 hours ago

    From Givatayim’s renowned Sabich Shel Oved – a simple eggplant-sandwich shop with lines snaking around the corner — to lesser-known places like Chachaporia Georgian cuisine in Jerusalem, the new e-book “Israel’s Top 100 Ethnic Restaurants” provides the English-speaking tourist a...

  • Everything you thought you knew about religious Zionists is wrong

    16 hours ago

    For years, Israelis have had a particular idea of what being a “religious Zionist” meant: being modern Orthodox but not haredi; supporting the settlements and opposing territorial compromise; supporting the Chief Rabbinate’s control of Jewish marriage and opposing gay rights.

    ...
  • Joel Grey, Jewish actor best known for ‘Cabaret’ role, comes out at 82

    16 hours ago

    It’s no longer surprising for a prominent actor to come out publicly as gay.

    What is a little surprising, however, is when he does so at age 82.

    Joel Grey — whose illustrious career includes winning an Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe Award, all for playing the master...

  • My life as a retired millennial

    16 hours ago

    Two weeks after my 21st birthday — when most of my friends were just beginning to enjoy post-college freedom — I moved into a retirement community in Palm Desert. 

    My parents had a second home in Sun City Palm Desert, an “active adult community” located in the Coachella Valley,...

  • Three American contractors killed in ‘insider attack’ in Afghan capital

    17 hours ago

    Three American contractors were killed and a fourth was wounded by an Afghan solider at the military airport in the capital Kabul, an Afghan air force official told Reuters on Thursday.

    "It is unclear yet why he shot these advisers and no one else was there to tell us the reason," the official said, asking not to be named because he was not authorised to give statements to the media. "An investigation has been opened."

    The international force in Afghanistan confirmed the shooting took place on Thursday evening.

  • In Sundance drama, Silverman puts her darkness on display

    17 hours ago

    The Sarah Silverman that the world knows and loves is a loudmouthed, foulmouthed, ribald comedian who tramples on the boundaries of social decency with sharp purpose and uproarious glee.

    The Sarah Silverman who stars in the domestic drama “I Smile Back,” which premiered at...

  • Senate panel advances Iran sanctions bill

    17 hours ago

    The U.S. Senate Banking Committee voted 18-4 on Thursday to advance a bill that would toughen sanctions on Iran if international negotiators fail to reach an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program by the end of June.

    However, the bill is not expected to come for a vote in the full...

  • Keystone XL likely to pass Senate Thursday, faces Obama veto

    18 hours ago

    The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House has said President Barack Obama would veto.

    Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of...

  • Pelosi says Netanyahu speech to Congress could hurt Iran talks

    18 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress in March could damage the Obama administration's attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, the senior U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday.

    "Such a...

  • Israel, Hezbollah signal their flare-up is over

    18 hours ago

    Israel and Hezbollah signaled on Thursday their rare flare-up in fighting across the Israel-Lebanon border was over, after the Lebanese guerrillas killed two Israeli troops in retaliation for a deadly air strike in Syria last week.

    Israel said it had received a message from...

  • Bryant out for nine months after shoulder surgery

    1 day ago

    Kobe Bryant's NBA season effectively ended on Wednesday after he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will sideline him for nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said.

    The five-time National Basketball Association champion, who injured his shoulder...

  • LAMOTH remembers 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz

    By Ryan Torok

    1 day ago

    It’s been 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, but it’s essential to remember that the horrors of anti-Semitism live on, according to Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles David Siegel.

    “This is not ancient history; it is right now,” Siegel said during a Jan. 27 speech....

  • Hillel 818 starts anew following Federation-led transformation

    By Jared Sichel

    1 day ago

    On Sept. 3, 2014, Jay Sanderson, president and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, met with the board of Hillel 818 at the home of a Hillel board member and gave an ultimatum:

    Fire yourselves and allow Federation and Hillel International to help select new board...

  • Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese ISIS hostage unclear

    1 day ago

    Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.

    The fate of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh was thought to be tied to that...

  • Moving ‘God, Faith & Identity’ passes mantle of remembrance

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    2 days ago

    Seventy years ago, the Red Army liberated the death camp at Auschwitz, an event that now marks the observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Ever since that day, we have been struggling to explain and understand what happened in the killing fields and concentration...

  • Two literary giants, a lawsuit and Dick Cavett

    2 days ago

    It was the talk of the literary and legal worlds in the early 1980s. Noted playwright Lillian Hellman (“The Little Foxes,” “Another Part of the Forest” and numerous others), sued literary critic and author Mary McCarthy (her novel “The Group” had a long run on the New York Times...

  • Drones, Jews and morality

    By Rob Eshman

    2 days ago

    My address to the first interreligious conference on the morality of drone warfare didn’t go over particularly well.

    This happened last Saturday afternoon at Princeton Theological Seminary, where I was among 150 clergy, theologians, academics and peace activists gathered to...

  • The rebirth of Running Springs

    By Jared Sichel

    2 days ago

    Just a few miles south of Lake Arrowhead, in the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest, sits the small town of Running Springs — its center just a few blocks of touristy gift shops, a hardware store and ski rental outlet, some restaurants, gas stations and motels. It’s...

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