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  • Actor James Franco has bar mitzvah

    8 hours ago

    Actor James Franco was bar mitzvahed in a religious ceremony at the age of 37.

    The ceremony was held on Oct. 3 and included the actor wearing a prayer shawl and chanting from the Torah.  Franco posted a photo on Instagram, including a message: “I am now a MAN! Got Bar Mitzvahed...

  • The time is now

    9 hours ago

    Three nights ago as I sat in Kol Nidre services to usher in Yom Kippur, I listened to the Rabbi’s sermon with tears in my eyes. My fiancé and I attended the Chabad Young Professionals service in New York where Rabbi Levi told the story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who...

  • Bernie Sanders to pit his bulldog debate style against Clinton

    9 hours ago

    Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton's biggest rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, is a novice to the bright lights of prime-time television, but politicians who have sparred with him in the past predict he will be a tenacious brawler in their party's debate on Oct. 13.

  • California governor signs gender wage-gap bill

    9 hours ago

    California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women, a law that supporters say is among the strongest in the country.

    Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond at the Rosie...

  • YULA students pair with Arab teens to tour Holy Land

    10 hours ago

    Rachel Dahan remembered being nervous about meeting the four Arab-Israeli girls who would be among her traveling companions this summer during a two-week class trip across the Holy Land. 

    “On the plane, our teacher asked us to write down what we were expecting,” said Dahan, now a...

  • Darko Academy finds a home

    10 hours ago

    On a recent afternoon, a half-dozen or so school-age children were working together with adults to unload chairs, tables, boxes of pens and papers, board games, globes and books — lots of books — from a moving truck. The items — and the children — had arrived at the new home of...

  • Ohr Moshe: Where students with special needs feel welcome

    11 hours ago

    Daniel Lewkowicz travels more than an hour each way from his home on a moshav to the Ohr Moshe School in Beit Shemesh, almost 20 miles west of Jerusalem, but he doesn’t mind the commute. 

    “This school is so good it’s worth the trip,” Lewkowicz, 16, said during a break from his...

  • Program aims to improve Hebrew education by focusing on teachers

    12 hours ago

    For years, many graduates of Jewish day schools around the world — and their parents — have expressed disappointment in their level of Hebrew proficiency despite years of Jewish education. 

    To help solve that problem — and in the process afford Hebrew educators the same respect...

  • What Jewish schools are teaching in sex ed

    12 hours ago

    Just because Judaism permits sex only within the confines of marriage doesn’t mean all Jewish day schools avoid teaching how to put on a condom or what sexually transmitted diseases are. Jewish law is taught in Jewish day school classes, as are the reproductive system, menstrual...

  • Brand-new labs, advanced equipment prep students for sci-tech careers

    By Elyse Glickman

    13 hours ago

    While Jewish day schools across Los Angeles have always tried to keep children and teens rooted in their ancient faith, new programs are now helping students develop the skills and creativity needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

    Over the past decade, secular and...

  • Israel, Palestinians play down talk of third intifada

    13 hours ago

    The entrances to Jerusalem's walled Old City are sealed off by Israeli police and the streets of East Jerusalem are littered with barricades, burning trash and the detritus of battles between stone-throwing Palestinians and Israeli forces.

    The scenes after 10 days of violence in...

  • Netanyahu calls for West Bank security cameras

    13 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the site of the deadly attack on an Israeli couple and ordered the deployment of security cameras on all West Bank roads.

    Netanyahu, accompanied by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, on...

  • Retirement of the world’s longest serving intelligence chief

    14 hours ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    The world’s longest serving spy chief has been removed from his position as the head of Algeria’s military security agency, the Department for Intelligence and Security (DRS) said. Mohamed Mediene, also known as General Tewfiq, was...

  • Afghan hospital ‘mistakenly struck’

    14 hours ago

    The deadly air strike that hit a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz was a mistake made within the U.S. chain of command, the American commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Tuesday.

    The strike on Saturday on an Afghan hospital run by Doctors Without Borders,...

  • #myLAcommute I want to hear James Earl Jones read the Bible

    14 hours ago


    When I’m on the bus, I listen to audio books. Right now, I’m listening to the Bible. I’m in Leviticus now. I wanted to get the one read by James Earl Jones, but I couldn’t find it.

    Orange Avenue to Griffith Park Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Terror cell members that killed Israeli couple arrested

    14 hours ago

    The members of a terror cell responsible for the murder of an Israeli couple whose four children were in the car at the time of the attack were arrested.

    The five-member terror cell affiliated with the Hamas terror movement in Nablus in the West Bank were arrested Monday during a...

  • Abbas tries to lower tensions with Israel

    14 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas took steps to tamp down growing attacks on Israelis in both the West Bank and Jerusalem, telling a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) that he does not want violent...

  • Two Palestinian teens killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers

    15 hours ago

    Two Palestinian teens were killed during clashes with the Israeli military.

    Abdel Rahman Abdullah, 13, was killed Monday afternoon during a clash between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers in the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem, by a bullet to his chest.

    The Israel...

  • Joel Rubin, who helped pass Iran nuclear deal, running for Congress

    15 hours ago

    Joel Rubin, the former U.S. State Department’s chief liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives who worked for the successful passage of the Iran nuclear weapons deal in Congress, is running for Congress.

    Rubin announced Monday that he would mount a Congressional candidacy to...

  • A wave of Palestinian violence: Why now? To what end?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    23 hours ago

    A longer article on the Israel-Palestine situation will be posted tomorrow, but in the meantime, here are some essential comments to get you through the day:


    Don't underestimate the weather.

    It is supposed to rain on Tuesday evening and Wednesday. Rain is good. It is good...

  • Real Housewives of Orange Country Week 18 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    1 day ago

    Typos are generously sponsored by Jose Cuervo.

    It is hard to believe we have been watching this show for over four months and they are still talking about whether or not Brooks has cancer. It is as if they think we actually care, which we don’t. If you are an idiot, and you get...

  • Cool clothes for chilly weather

    By Julie Bien

    1 day ago

    Class has been in session for a while now, but that doesn’t mean your back-to-school shopping is over. Outfit your daughter for fall with some of these snuggly suggestions. Just remember, moms: Sweater sets are so passé. 

    Your child will look fierce in the handmade felt ...

  • Fresh start at Harkham GAON Academy

    By Ryan Torok

    1 day ago

    The contrast at the Westside Jewish Community Center (WJCC) was marked: In the gymnasium, Harkham GAON Academy students were actively engaged in a basketball game. In the auditorium next door, members of a different generation were performing their own exercises in a WJCC-sponsored...

  • Iranian parliamentary panel gives conditional nod to nuclear deal

    1 day ago

    An committee of Iran's conservative-dominated parliament gave its support on Sunday to Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers on condition there would be no foreign inspections of military sites and no curbs on developing its missile program.

    These proposals, contained in a...

  • New microbrew made from Boston river water — with Israeli tech

    1 day ago

    An Israeli-founded water purification company has teamed up with Boston-based Harpoon Brewery to channel the once-famously polluted Charles River into a new beer.

    Desalitech, which started in Israel seven years ago and then moved to Boston, is using its patented technology to...

  • California governor signs bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide

    1 day ago

    Physician-assisted suicide will become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite intense opposition from some religious and disability rights groups.

    The law, based on a similar measure in Oregon, allows doctors to...

  • Israel-Russia military coordination talks on Syria to open Tuesday

    1 day ago

    A senior Russian military delegation will visit Israel on Tuesday for two days of talks on how the countries can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in Syria, an Israeli military officer said.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin...

  • U.S. ‘greatly concerned’ by Russia incursion of Turkey airspace

    2 days ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday the United States was "greatly concerned" about the incursion by a Russian plane into Turkish airspace over the weekend and he had intensified discussions with Moscow.

    He said his Turkish counterpart called him about the incident on...

  • Pink Floyd founder: Bon Jovi stands with ‘settler who burned the baby’

    2 days ago

    Roger Waters, a founding member of the rock band Pink Floyd and an activist in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, published an open letter criticizing rocker Jon Bon Jovi for performing in Tel Aviv on Oct. 3.

    Waters, a frequent critic of Israel, ...

  • #myLAcommute I like organic chemistry

    2 days ago


    Today is the first day of being back in school, so I’m a little tired. I’m a junior at Santa Monica High School. I want to go to college and become a chemist. I like organic chemistry.

    Sometimes I take the bus to explore L.A., like downtown. It’s totally different from Mar Vista where I grew up, but it’s awesome. The buildings are so tall.

    Pico Boulevard to Venice Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

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