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  • Students get a history lesson on Zev Yaroslavsky’s contributions to Soviet Jewry

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    30 minutes ago

    Last week, the power elite of Los Angeles gathered at Walt Disney Concert Hall to pay homage to retiring L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Children sang. Cellists performed. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reminded the thousand or so friends of Yaroslavsky who assembled...

  • What’s my name? Thanksgiving

    57 minutes ago

    I was born in Soviet Ukraine at a time when people were stripped of their spiritual rights and forced to conform to a colorless mass that was communism. How did I know that I was Jewish? It was written in the passports and legal documents of every member of my family, an undeniable...

  • Against our highest principles

    2 hours ago

    “Bringing down Israel really will benefit everyone in the world, and everyone in society,” Lara Kiswani from the Arab Resource and Organizing Center stated on November 12. Of those who did not share her belief, she later went on to add, “As long as you continue to be on that side,...

  • Holiday movie preview: Politics, uprisings and enemies

    3 hours ago

    The mixture of films this holiday season includes some that promise to rev up audience adrenaline and others that will provide much food for thought.

    The sport of ice hockey as it was played in the former Soviet Union is examined in the film “Red Army.” As the movie documents the...

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  • Israeli cabinet approves Jewish nation-state law

    3 hours ago

    A divided cabinet approved on Sunday a bill to anchor in law Israel's status as the nation-state of the Jewish people, legislation critics say could undermine its democratic foundation and the rights of its Arab minority.

    Right-wing supporters of the initiative, including Prime...

  • Holiday season brings authors to SoCal

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    3 hours ago

    From the Bible to the Broadway stage, readers and gift-buyers can find a wealth of new books in the bookstores, and it’s the time of year when authors, too, are out in the world to talk about their work. Here are five choice opportunities in Southern California.

    It’s the year...

  • Under Modi, Israel and India forge deeper business ties

    3 hours ago

    At the UN General Assembly in New York last September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set aside time for a critical meeting. But it wasn't President Barack Obama he was keen to see. It was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Since Modi came to power in May, ties...

  • The Jewish stars of winter TV

    4 hours ago

    Temperatures may be falling, but the small screen is heating up with buzz-worthy performances, must-see series and a few splashy specials. On the list: Lifetime’s adaptation of the biblical best-seller “The Red Tent,” with Debra Winger (Dec. 7 and 8),  NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!” from...

  • Israel, unions to start minimum wage talks as national strike looms

    4 hours ago

    Israel's finance minister will start negotiations with the country's main labour union on Monday in a bid to avert a national strike over demands to sharply raise the minimum wage, the ministry said.

    Israel's minimum wage stands at 4,300 shekels ($1,116) a month and the Histadrut...

  • Documenting disaster in order to save the planet

    By Tom Teicholz

    4 hours ago

    How do we understand the impact of climate change and natural disasters on people and architecture, and how does humanity learn from our mistakes and try to prepare for potential future cataclysms? That is ostensibly the agenda of “Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change,” an...

  • Missouri grand jury has made decision in fatal shooting of Michael Brown

    4 hours ago

    A Missouri grand jury has made a decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, a killing that sparked angry protests in the St. Louis suburb, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

    St. Louis County Prosecutor...

  • All I Needed to Know, I Learned in Rock Climbing.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    4 hours ago

    Watching my kids enjoy indoor rock climbing, I realized a few lessons that paralleled Robert Fulghum’s famous sermon.  Typically, how we play is how we see life.

    1- There is no competition; everyone is rooting for you to get to the top.

    2- Everyone is a student and a teacher;...

  • A life of ideas: Remembering Susan Sontag

    By Avishay Artsy

    4 hours ago

    At one point in American life, the mere mention of Susan Sontag’s name was a way of suggesting intellectual grandiosity. Everyone in the 1960s and ’70s seemed to have an opinion about Sontag’s ideas, whether from her essay “Notes on Camp,” or her books, notably “On Photography” or...

  • Holiday Klezmer concerts

    4 hours ago

    The kindling of the lights can wait and the dreidel can remain unspun for a couple of hours. The 2014 Chanukah season signals the arrival of klezmer in the Los Angeles area, with bands both local and East Coast-based planning holiday concerts. 

    In fact, devotees of the Eastern...

  • ‘The Red Tent’ puts down stakes as Lifetime miniseries

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    5 hours ago

    Anita Diamant laughed as she described how readers often approach her to exclaim, “I love your book!”

    “Actually I’ve written 13 books, but I always know which one they’re talking about,” Diamant said during a telephone conversation from her Boston-area home. “It’s my best-seller...

  • The ‘Train to Zakopane’ and anti-Semitism

    5 hours ago

    What is it about travel that gets us to reveal ourselves to strangers? Is it that no one knows who we are and we can play with our identity?

    In Henry Jaglom’s new play, “Train to Zakopane: A True Story of Hate and Love,” at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, the playwright explores...

  • Netanyahu sees positive side to missing Iran nuclear deadline

    5 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the likelihood that Iran and six world powers would fail to meet a deadline on Monday for a nuclear agreement.

    "No deal is better than a bad deal. The deal that Iran was pushing for was terrible. A deal would have left Iran with...

  • Israel charges cop with manslaughter in Palestinian youth’s death

    5 hours ago

    Israel charged a policeman on Sunday in the fatal shooting of a teenage Palestinian protester, accusing him of deliberately switching his rubber bullets for the live round that killed the youth.

    The prosecutors' decision to level a charge of manslaughter rather than murder drew...

  • What’s the deal with canned cranberry sauce?

    5 hours ago

    No American holiday conjures up images and memories of food like Thanksgiving. Starting in preschool, most of us learned that Thanksgiving commemorates the moment in 1621 when Pilgrims sat down for a peaceful meal with their Indian friends. They wore funny hats and buckle shoes...

  • Kerry: Progress in Iran talks, tough road ahead

    5 hours ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran and the six world powers had made substantial progress toward a final deal over its nuclear program, but the talks would remain difficult in coming months despite new ideas being presented.

    "If we can do it (get a deal) sooner, we...

  • AJWS expands focus on Ebola prevention, education

    6 hours ago

    When the magnitude of the Ebola crisis became clear in August, Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and her team contacted the 10 Liberian organizations AJWS supports to ask whether the agencies would like to change course from other social service...

  • Mike Nichols: From marked man to American icon

    By Danielle Berrin

    6 hours ago

    The title of his Hollywood biopic should be "The Man Who Almost Wasn't."

    Because Mike Nichols, the celebrated director of stage and screen, was almost claimed by history. 

    Steven Spielberg was one of the first Hollywood luminaries to issue a statement about his death last week,...

  • Recharge your phone in 30 seconds? Israeli firm says it can

    6 hours ago

    An Israeli company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world's most dynamic consumer industries.

    Using nano-technology to synthesise artificial molecules, Tel...

  • Letter to Japan: Why we mourn, what we lost

    7 hours ago

    Many people I meet in Japan ask, why we Jews revere the memory of Chiune Sugihara. The obvious reason is that this man, along with his wife, through their bravery and steadfastness, saved thousands of Jews from certain death at the hands of the Nazis during the WWII Nazi Genocide,...

  • Hagel, under pressure, resigns as U.S. defense secretary

    8 hours ago

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, leaving under pressure as President Barack Obama faces critical national security challenges, including fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and revising plans to exit Afghanistan.

    It was the first major change to Obama's...

  • More concerts, an historic soccer moment, winter Gay Pride festival and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    8 hours ago

    An historic moment for our national soccer team

    The Israeli national soccer team beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 Sunday as part of the 2016 Euro qualifiers. This win is an historic moment for the team and a moment of joy for all Israelis, since this is a big step towards its first...

  • Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Tab S: Thumbs Up!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    1 day ago

    The new Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab S in gold is a great lightweight option for those who want incredible graphics and Samsung’s newest options.

    I spoke with Chayse who is a technology expert on what kids want and need for the holiday season. He showed me several options that I had...

  • Sunday Reads: On Israel’s controversial nation-state law, How ISIS corporatized terror

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    US

    According to Henri J. Barkey, Obama’s upcoming review of America’s Syria strategy is unlikely to result in any serious changes:

    The options such a review would produce are unlikely to change policy anytime soon. This is not only because there are no good ones out there...

  • Immigrant nation

    By Rob Eshman

    2 days ago

    When you emerge from the Berlin subway into the Hermannplatz neighborhood, you enter Turkey.  Food stalls offer fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice, sesame-encrusted simit and flakey boreks oozing sheep’s milk cheeses.  The language spoken on the street, the signs, the music from...

  • Gunmen kill 28 in northeast Kenya bus attack

    3 days ago

    Attackers ambushed a bus and killed 28 people early on Saturday in northeast Kenya, police and the Ministry of Interior said.

    It was not immediately clear who the attackers were.

    "Bandits ambushed a bus from Mandera that was heading to Nairobi at dawn and killed 28 passengers...

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