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  • A German saves a Jew

    By Danielle Berrin

    7 hours ago

    It was 3 p.m. on a November weekday when Frank Hebroni found out who had saved him. He recalls the moment in perfect, vivid detail, a strobe of intense light after so much darkness:   

    “It was nine hours ahead — midnight for him,” Hebroni, 26, said of his bone marrow donor, who...

  • Giving meaning to Holocaust remembrance

    9 hours ago

    Much ink has been spilled since the release of the Pew Research Center survey on Jewish identity in the United States. Many have addressed a number of the findings of the survey, with varying degrees of concern. But as we approach Yom Hashoah, I would like to address one issue that...

  • The boy who ran, the man who lived

    By Tom Tugend

    9 hours ago

    Every survivor of the Holocaust has a distinct story, and among the most remarkable is the one told in the movie “Run Boy Run.”

    It’s the tale of an 8-year-old boy who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto and survives on his own for three years in Nazi-occupied Poland; the story could easily...

  • Hidden in plain sight

    9 hours ago

    Harry Davids was about 6 years old when his parents called him into the bedroom of their home in South Africa to deliver a message he will never forget.

    “They say, ‘Are you aware we’re not your real parents? We’re your uncle and aunt. Your parents were killed in a big war.’ ”

  • Warsaw marks ghetto uprising

    9 hours ago

    Warsaw residents, including representatives of the Jewish community, marked the 71st anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

    The April 19 ceremony featured prayers and the laying of wreaths at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in the Polish capital. The approximately 200...

  • Arab rioting spurs third Passover closing of Temple Mount

    10 hours ago

    The Temple Mount was closed to visitors for a third day during the Passover holiday after Israeli police were attacked by Arab worshippers throwing rocks.

    The April 20 closure came as Christian worshippers and visitors marking Easter filled the Old City of Jerusalem.

    Some 16...

  • Elie Wiesel talks passing the torch

    By Jared Sichel

    10 hours ago

    As the author and renowned Holocaust speaker Elie Wiesel concluded an April 11 roundtable at Chapman University, Justine Volkman, a senior at the school, shed a few tears. Asked why, she didn’t mention any of Wiesel’s dozens of inspiring works or the fact that his health today is a...

  • Two comedy kings celebrate another

    By Tom Tugend

    10 hours ago

    The curtain-raiser for the 2014 Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival is an explosion of humor that will bring tears to the eyes of old-timers and introduce younger folks to the progenitors of today’s star comedians.

    Two of the greatest Jewish comic performers and writers of the...

  • Rewriting German history: When politics trumps memory

    By Steven Windmueller

    10 hours ago

    Over the past several weeks, my cousins and I have been fighting a losing battle with the municipality of Steinfurt, a small German community in Westphalia. The town was the home of our parents and grandparents. The family estate, Villa Heimann, had existed as a physical symbol of...

  • Bury my ashes at Auschwitz

    11 hours ago

    When you’re a reporter heading for a war zone, as I was when I flew to Afghanistan several years ago, you prepare for the possibility that you won’t return. The lawyer who helped me revise my will said I should also include my wishes for the disposal of my remains. 

    I’d thought...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    11 hours ago

    American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg is not optimistic that Iran will abandon its nuclear program. 

    During an April 1 community event with Rabbi David Wolpe titled “Are the United States and Israel on a Collision Course Over Iran?” the national correspondent at The Atlantic and...

  • Fresh, local blooms sprout from the Web

    11 hours ago

    For Gregg Weisstein and David Daneshgar, sending flower arrangements to girlfriends and mothers had long been a disappointing experience. 

    “Sometimes the flowers came wilted. Sometimes they didn’t come at all,” Daneshgar said recently. 

    Weisstein commiserated: “You have a...

  • Bet Tzedek head to resign

    By Ryan Torok

    11 hours ago

    Bet Tzedek President and CEO Sandor Samuels has tendered his resignation, effective as soon as a successor is identified. In an April 14 press release provided to the Journal by the public interest law firm, Samuels said it is time for him to move on to the next stage in his life. ...

  • Sinai Temple’s Friday Night Live to undergo change

    By Ryan Torok

    11 hours ago

    Rabbi David Wolpe and Craig Taubman announced on April 11 that they will no longer be leading Sinai Temple’s highly popular and influential Friday Night Live services after June 13.

    “I’m old, and he’s tired … the time has come for younger and spryer folk,” Wolpe said at the most...

  • Frank Schiller

    By Jane Ulman

    11 hours ago

    In October 1941, Frank Schiller, his parents, brother and grandmother were ordered to report to Prague’s Exhibition Hall. There, Frank’s parents spent their days filling out documents while Frank and his brother wandered around. At night, they slept on straw mattresses. To Frank,...

  • L.A. Jewish Film Fest: From grave to whimsical all in one week

    11 hours ago

    This year’s Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, running May 1-8, features more than a dozen feature films and a number of shorts, all touching on major topics in Jewish contemporary life; many focus on self-preservation and conflict, but there’s also lighter fare mixed into the...

  • ‘And they weren’t even Jewish’: Thoughts on the Kansas JCC shooting

    12 hours ago

    Federal law enforcement got it right when they announced they would prosecute Frazier Glenn Miller under the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA). Miller, the suspect who was arrested in connection with the April 13 shootings at a Jewish...

  • Composer makes new music to honor mentors, friends

    By Rick Schultz

    12 hours ago

    As a baby boomer, composer Russell Steinberg has lived long enough to see admired mentors and friends pass away. Instead of falling into a deep funk, however, Steinberg decided the best way to honor those who inspired him was to take his composing career, begun when he was 10 years...

  • Israeli strike injures bystanders after missing Islamic Jihad operative

    12 hours ago

    An Israeli airstrike missed its target — an Islamic Jihad operative in the Gaza Strip — and injured bystanders.

    The operative was riding a motorcycle with a passenger on Wednesday who reportedly was about to launch a rocket attack on Israel. The Palestinian Maan news agency put...

  • Facing the “unaware public”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    13 hours ago

    In the past couple of years, I often wrote about the “unaware public.” This is a group of people, the majority of the world’s population, actually, who is politically uninvolved with the conflicted Middle East, and does not find particular interest in the Israeli-Palestinian...

  • Sanford ‘Sandy’ Frank: An appreciation

    By Tom Teicholz

    13 hours ago

    Sanford Jay Frank, the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, screenwriting guru and conservative ideologue whom everyone called Sandy, died at his home in Calabasas on April 18 of complications arising out of a glioblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. He was 59.

    Frank grew up in...

  • U.S. says it is ‘disappointed’ by Palestinian unity deal

    13 hours ago

    The United States said on Wednesday it was disappointed by a unity pact agreed between the Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and said it could seriously complicate peace efforts.

    "The timing was troubling and...

  • Jewish genetic testing offered

    By Jared Sichel

    14 hours ago

    Tammy Rubin wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of getting blood drawn by a phlebotomist. At least there was apple juice — and the prospect of life-changing knowledge — afterward.

    The UCLA junior was sitting at a table outside of the campus’ Kerckhoff Hall on April 9, where the Los...

  • Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked

    14 hours ago

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.

    Lavrov's comments came a day after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in the Ukrainian capital with...

  • Yom HaShoah: The value of memory

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    14 hours ago

    In the Torah, God is constantly remembering, and that remembering is followed by action. God remembers Noah and then stops the flood. God remembers the Israelites and then frees them from bondage. When we speak about the Sabbath, we say “Shamor v’zachor b’dibur echad,” that the...

  • Celebrating the newest Roman Catholic Saints

    By Michael Berenbaum

    14 hours ago

    Ordinarily, Jews have little interest in whom the Roman Catholic Church canonizes as saints. Yet, on the Sunday after Easter, the day that coincides with Yom Ha-Shoah, the 27th of Nisan, two men, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, will be elevated to sainthood, and both of them...

  • Ex-Met Council chief William Rapfogel pleads guilty in scam, faces prison

    14 hours ago

    William Rapfogel, the ousted leader of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty in New York, pleaded guilty to first-degree larceny for his role in a scheme to steal more than $7 million from the social service agency.

    Rapfogel, 59, who had served as CEO and president of the...

  • Police investigating Israeli organ-trafficking ring

    14 hours ago

    The Israeli man believed to be behind an organ-trafficking ring has evaded capture, according to a monthlong police investigation.

    The main suspect is from Beersheva and is in his 40s, police in southern Israel said.

    A gag order on the organ-trafficking case was lifted on...

  • Katy Perry, bar mitzvah DJ?

    14 hours ago

    Katy Perry has released a new promo video for her new single, “Birthday,” that features the singer as a mistress of disguise.

    Among other birthday-related professionals — an aged dancer named Goldie (for her “golden nuggets”) and a Craigslist birthday clown — Perry dresses as...

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