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  • Jonathan Tropper’s ‘This is Where I Leave You’ finds humor during shivah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    5 hours ago

    In the film “This Is Where I Leave You,” Judd Altman (Jason Bateman) walks in on his wife having voracious sex with his boss, a Howard Stern-style shock jock, and soon finds himself out of a job, a marriage and a home.

    Then his father dies, but not before leaving a startling last...

  • Westwood stores promote Iran; activists call foul

    By Karmel Melamed

    5 hours ago

    After being alerted by local Iranian-American activists, the Westwood Neighborhood Council on Sept. 10 passed a motion calling on the Los Angeles City Council to remove signs written in Farsi that have been displayed inside some stores advertising consular services for the Iranian...

  • The deep wellspring of the Shofar

    5 hours ago

    Venerated Chassidic master Rabbi Hillel of Paritch (in his magnum opus Pelach haRimon) likens the Shofar’s simple but powerful “cry” to a mighty wellspring bursting forth from the depths of the earth. Such a wellspring, explains Reb Hillel, replenishes even a parched river, i.e....

  • Erin Williams Hyman; 1972-2014

    5 hours ago

    Erin Williams Hyman, born May 6, 1972, died on September 18, 2014, in her recently restored modern home on the Central Coast. Diagnosed with a complex form of breast cancers almost three years ago, Erin was and is a model of strength, elegance and grace. With great magnanimity,...

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  • New rule: Fanatics can’t use Twitter

    By Rob Eshman

    5 hours ago

    Each week, we are forced to bear witness to hideous acts of terrorism committed on a piece of barren sand thousands of miles away, then transmitted to our eyeballs via miracles of modern technology, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, the Internet.

    Evidently, fanatics...

  • Cellist Steven Isserlis celebrates simplicity, honesty and humor

    By Rick Schultz

    6 hours ago

    Among world-class cellists, Steven Isserlis may be the only one ever to interview his instrument. On a website for young cellists, he asked his 260-year-old cello to list one of the best things about traveling. His cello responds, “Getting an extra seat so that Mr. Isserlis can sit...

  • Local yenta tackles Jews and sex in ‘Transparent’ with Jeffrey Tambor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    6 hours ago

    Jill Soloway, well known as Hollywood’s go-to scribe for tales of Jews and sex, has created as her latest effort the Amazon TV series “Transparent,” the story of a Jewish family whose patriarch has just revealed to his three grown children that he is transitioning to life as a...

  • Musician Hershey Felder plays Irving Berlin

    By  Tom Tugend

    7 hours ago

    Onstage, he has been George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, and now, Hershey Felder is ready to tackle the most prolific American songwriter of them all — Irving Berlin.

    The multitalented Felder — pianist, actor, playwright, composer and producer — will introduce the world...

  • The Israel Film Festival gives locals a glimpse of Israel’s soul

    By  Tom Tugend

    7 hours ago

    The Israel Film Festival (IFF), which annually gives viewers a close-up of the nation’s heartbeat beneath the glaring headlines, has been set for Oct. 23 through Nov. 6.

    A red carpet opening-night gala at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills on Oct. 23 will be followed a week later...

  • Le Salon de Musiques: Chamber music at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

    By Rick Schultz

    7 hours ago

    Mikhail Gnesin and Leo Smit — ever hear of them? Most of us probably haven’t, and that’s one of the intriguing aspects of Le Salon de Musiques, an intimate downtown chamber music series founded by the French-born pianist Francois Chouchan in 2010. 

    The monthly series, which...

  • Calendar: Fall preview Sept. 26 - Nov. 23

    By Laura Donney

    8 hours ago

    FRI | SEPT 26

    “THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU”

    Based on Jonathan Tropper’s novel with the same title, the book tells the story of Judd Foxman, returning home to sit shivah for his late father. Citing legal clearances, the film has altered the Foxman name to a less overtly Jewish...

  • Anti-Semitism creeps into ‘Natural Childbirth’ movement

    8 hours ago

    It’s the special treatment reserved for Jews that earns the anti-circumcision “intact-ivism” movement the label “anti-Jew.” And it’s the large space created for intactivist representation within the natural childbirth movement which unfortunately poisons this otherwise effective...

  • The Birthday of the World and Pseudoscience

    By Roger Price

    8 hours ago

    Soon Jews will celebrate Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. This year will be 5775 in the Jewish calendar.

    Rosh HaShanah, is sometimes called the “birthday of the world.” The reference is somewhat confusing, though. It does not concern the first day of creation as described in...

  • Islamic State shows captive British journalist in new video

    9 hours ago

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.

    The Islamic State, which controls...

  • Three new kids’ books, and some poetry for adults

    10 hours ago

    “Apple Days: A Rosh Hashanah Story” by Allison Sarnoff Soffer. Illustrated by Bob McMahon (Kar-Ben, 2014)

    Every year at holiday time, Katy looks forward to making applesauce with her mother. When she shares her excitement with her religious school classmates, she also mentions...

  • Hipster guide to the High Holy Days

    10 hours ago

    3 ways to find High Holy Day meals

     

    Ask your Jewish friends’ parents to adopt you for a couple of weeks.

    Call your local synagogue and have them match you with a family.

    Check out Sinai Temple’s “Break the Fast” on Yom Kippur, Oct. 4, 8-10:30 p.m. It’s $10 for guests, free...

  • Kosher wine can taste good. Just ask the brothers of Shirah Wine Co.

    By Jared Sichel

    10 hours ago

    Vintners Gabriel and Shimon Weiss, the co-founders of Shirah Wine Co., don’t even attempt to hide their true nature: They are geeks — wine geeks.

    But as Gabriel and his brother pointed out while they opened a bottle from their Vintage White line, a blend of viognier and grenache...

  • 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Settle for bad kosher wine

    By Jeff Smith

    10 hours ago

    Being a Wine Snob can be a burden at times. The expression is a mild pejorative that I wear as a badge of honor. We Wine Snobs don’t think we’re better than other people — the unwashed multitudes buying their screw-cap bottles with pictures of colorful animals on the labels in the...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    10 hours ago

    Friendship Circle of Los Angeles celebrated its annual Walk 4 Friendship LA at Rancho Park on Sept. 14. Under a scorching sun, with highs in the mid-90s, completing the 3K was a definite feat for the more than 400 participating families.

    Instead of a foghorn, Friendship Circle...

  • Let soldiers and haredim swap roles

    11 hours ago

    Controversy over haredi military service roils Israeli society, but respect for each side’s concerns and values can help resolve it.

    Haredim believe Jews of all backgrounds are equally commanded to learn Torah. So Israel could diffuse Torah study by allowing non-religious,...

  • The day I met Chuck Todd

    12 hours ago

    “The Watergate” was just a name I had read in history books before I actually stepped in that glorious complex in the fall of 2001.

    With a folder of papers under my arm and a bag hanging from my shoulder and a… pounding heart, I got out of the elevator into the third floor of...

  • Israel believes Syria kept ‘significant’ chemical munitions

    12 hours ago

    Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously...

  • How to Make Chicken Soup With Matzo Balls [Video]

    By Elana Horwich

    13 hours ago

     

    Watch my step by step tutorial that I filmed for Salted! TV on  How to make the Perfect Matzo Ball Soup.  Salted! TV is an amazing new online platform that teaches people how to cook.

     

     

    Wanna take cooking classes with me? Go to MealandaSpiel.com. If you...

  • @RITZCARLTON #LOSANGELES: TURN YOUR DAYCATION INTO A RESIDENCE!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    13 hours ago

    Have you ever wondering where to spend a day in Los Angeles that makes you feel so refreshed and renewed it is like a week's holiday? Spend your Daycation at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles and feel revived!

    I toured around L.A. LIVE and Staples Center with my umbrella. I...

  • Oh so sorry

    1 day ago

    I’m sorry I haven’t eaten more hot dogs. 

    Saturday is Selichot, the time when the whole Jewish world sings with Connie Francis, "I’m sorry," and vows to do better next time. Many of us are focused on the wrongs we’ve done to others, or even to God. 

    This year, however, as I...

  • Jules Feiffer’s ‘Kill My Mother’: You’ll Die Laughing

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    1 day ago

    Last week, I happened to catch the 1971 movie “Little Murders,” adapted by Jules Feiffer from his stage play. It’s a black comedy, mordant but full of insight into the American psyche and the zeitgeist of the era, and it reminded me of the role that Feiffer, and especially his...

  • New documentary ‘Altina’ gives success a different definition

    By  Tom Tugend

    1 day ago

    Ambitious girls looking for role models among successful and accomplished women of the past might turn to scientist Marie Curie, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart or social-justice champion Eleanor Roosevelt.

    And then there was Altina “Tina” Schinasi.

    Tina grew up in the opulent...

  • Urban beekeeper on a quest to protect nature’s pollinators

    By Jared Sichel

    1 day ago

    Rosa Goudsmit does not take “no” — or even “we’ll see” — for an answer.

    The 42-year-old Jewish Dutch native, now living in Silver Lake, keeps a small flock of sheep next to her home, and she is hoping soon to open an “urban kibbutz” a few hundred yards from the Silver Lake...

  • A Jewish conversion, three generations in the making

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    1 day ago

    During World War II, Mileva Popovic hid four Jewish families from the Nazis in her home in the former Yugoslavia, now Montenegro. After Mileva’s son Vladimir found out about his family history, he started to learn about Judaism and became fascinated by its teachings.

    Vladimir...

  • Israeli-designed device allows paraplegics to walk

    1 day ago

    As a result of an automobile accident in 2007, Southern California resident Stephen Wilson was only able to enjoy the outdoors from a seated position in his wheelchair for years. But thanks to ReWalk, an Israeli-designed-and-built device that allows some people with spinal cord...

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