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

    By  Tom Tugend

    22 minutes 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

    38 minutes 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

    1 hour 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

    2 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...

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  • The Birthday of the World and Pseudoscience

    By Roger Price

    2 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

    2 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

    3 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

    3 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

    4 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

    4 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

    4 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

    6 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

    7 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

    23 hours 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...

  • Are Jews losing their story?

    By David Suissa

    1 day ago

    As we look back on the triumphs and failures of the past year, let’s reflect on one of the perennial shortfalls of the Jewish world — how we consistently overlook the importance of teaching the extraordinary story of the Jewish people. 

    When I say “the story of the Jewish...

  • Free High Holy Days services

    1 day ago

    Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sept. 24

    Rosh Hashanah, first day: Sept. 25

    Rosh Hashanah, second day: Sept. 26

    Kol Nidre: Oct. 3 

    Yom Kippur: Oct. 4

    CHABAD

    Los Angeles-area Chabads offering free services to the public during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur include Chabad of...

  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    By Jared Sichel

    1 day ago

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • Birthday of the World – A psalm for Rosh Hashanah

    1 day ago

    Today is the birthday of the world.

    But the world knows nothing

    of this invention.

     

    The world just keeps moving about itself,

    buzzing and humming, exulting and keening,

    birthing and being born,

     

    while the mind keeps on its own way—

    form-craving, metaphor-making,...

  • The Kosher Palate sets up shop in South Bay

    1 day ago

    When Michele Grant was scouting locations for T.K.P. Provisions, her new kosher restaurant and specialty foods shop, she looked at several neighborhoods with established kosher scenes and large Orthodox populations.

    But customers of her food truck, The Kosher Palate, kept telling...

  • Recipe: The time of year to get your fill of kreplach

    By Judy Zeidler

    1 day ago

    I am always impressed by the fact that food plays such an important role during the holiest of Jewish holidays, and kreplach — dough wrapped around meat and boiled, fried or baked — is certainly one of these dishes. Traditionally, it is served between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New...

  • ‘With Jews we lose,’ reads one Senate candidate’s slogan in Ky.

    By tessc

    1 day ago

    Robert Ransdell, a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate from Kentucky, is campaigning with the slogan “With Jews we lose.”

    Campaign lawn signs with the slogan began appearing in the Cincinnati suburb of Florence, Ky., in recent days. Ransdell said his campaign has posted about 20...

  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    By tessc

    1 day ago

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

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