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  • White House Machers

    11 hours ago

    WHITE HOUSE MACHERS: The Washington Post recently unveiled a new tool for searching the White House visitor logs for the past several years of the Obama administration. Users are able to search names and also see who else attended the same event or meeting. We’re not entirely sure...

  • Rabbi Yael Buechler, the nail maven

    11 hours ago

    Of all the Jewish holidays, Passover affords itself best to a manicure. 

    “Ten Plagues for 10 fingers!” Rabbi Yael Buechler, founder of the nail art company Midrash Manicures, said with enthusiasm.

    Every week since 1996, the 29-year-old Buechler has given herself a manicure...

  • New research shows Anne Frank died earlier than believed

    11 hours ago

    Anne Frank died earlier than previously believed, according to new research.

    Researchers from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam looking into the last months of the teenage diarist and her sister Margot concluded that they died in February 1945, according to a statement from the...

  • Preserving Yiddish in the seder

    By Avishay Artsy

    11 hours ago

    Nowadays, it’s rare to find a Passover seder that doesn’t deviate from the traditional haggadah. But the Erev Shabbos Discussion Group, formed in the San Fernando Valley about 50 years ago, has been doing it its own way for decades — keeping the story secular, social...

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  • Islamophobia:  Discovering the Impact on More Than Just Muslims

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    12 hours ago

    “Before you dump your issues onto me, I am not a Muslim or Arabian.  I am a Sikh from India.”  This was the sign that greeted me when I recently popped into a convenient store on Sunset Boulevard. The man behind the counter, who displayed the sign, was wearing an orange turban, a...

  • Kerry extends Iran talks, French foreign minister returns

    12 hours ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German and French counterparts extended marathon talks in Switzerland on Wednesday for a second day beyond a self-imposed deadline to reach a preliminary agreement with Iran on its nuclear program.

    A diplomat close to the talks said late...

  • Easy tips for stylish Passover place settings

    By Jonathan Fong

    12 hours ago

    Setting the Passover table can be overwhelming. Does the seder plate have all the right elements? Where is the afikomen? Did we put out Elijah’s cup? 

    So when you reach the point of arranging the individual place settings, you want things to be quick and easy, without a lot of...

  • Parents Circle members united by universal love and pain

    By Ryan Torok

    13 hours ago

    Robi Damelin didn’t know what to do when her 28-year-old son David was killed by Palestinian sniper fire in 2002 while serving in the Israel Defense Forces’ reserves.

    “My whole life changed, [as did] my sense of priorities,” Damelin told a group at IKAR during Shabbat morning...

  • JFS expands its own heart in the heart of L.A.

    By Ryan Torok

    13 hours ago

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) is in the midst of what leadership is describing as a “new era,” a $36 million capital campaign that will result in the renovation of its Freda Mohr Multipurpose Center and the relocation of its headquarters there.

    JFS plans to take the...

  • At historic L.A. synagogue, songwriter pushes interfaith harmony and urban renewal

    13 hours ago

    On the first floor of the Pico Union Project, members of the Women’s Mosque of America are preparing the historic sanctuary for prayers, spreading long bolts of cloth on the floor, hanging a banner from the organ loft and placing an open copy of the Koran in the just-vacated Holy...

  • Daily Kickoff: Deadline Day Delay | “Support for Palestinian state hits two-decade low in U.S.”

    14 hours ago

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    TOP TALKER: "As Nuclear Talks Drag on, U.S. and Iran Find It Harder to Hear Each Other" by David E. Sanger: “We are all about quantifiables: how many centrifuges can spin, how much plutonium can come...

  • Kirk Douglas’ underground tunnel to the Playboy Mansion is no April Fool’s joke

    14 hours ago

    In recent years, Kirk Douglas has been in the news for having his second and third bar mitzvahs (at ages 83 and 95 respectively), publishing a book of poetry and for his grandson’s brush with anti-Semitism.

    This story is a little less G-rated.

    On Monday, Playboy revealed that...

  • Child Holocaust survivors share their stories

    14 hours ago

    Everyone knows about the 6 million. Beth Cohen, a religious-studies lecturer at CSUN, wanted to focus on a different number as she convened a March 26 panel discussion on campus with three child survivors of the Holocaust.

    “Perhaps what is lesser known is that 1.5 million...

  • Jewish-Christian charity helps Ukrainians move to Israel

    14 hours ago

    Tatyana Orul would have moved to Israel years ago if not for her job as a television journalist in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, which interested her too much to give up.

    But when bombs started falling next to her house last year, she reconsidered. The war between...

  • Jewish candidate quits UK race after saying Israel should kidnap Obama

    14 hours ago

    A Jewish candidate for the British Parliament has withdrawn after suggesting that Israel should “do an Eichmann” on Barack Obama.

    Jeremy Zeid of the United Kingdom Independence Party, or UKIP, quit his campaign on Thursday in response to the blowback to a Facebook post in which...

  • Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

    14 hours ago

    President Barack Obama’s refusal to accept Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ostensible recommitment to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has watchers of the U.S.-Israel relationship wondering if the recent crisis is a mere speed bump or a sign of a...

  • Live Music at The Mint

    By Joy Bennett

    15 hours ago

    Last night I went to one of my favorite clubs to see and hear live music, The Mint in West Los Angeles.  They had an interesting mix of up-and-coming musicians, including the bands Young Pandas, Ships Have Sailed, Bakkuda, Rosechild and Tiny Deaths.  Excellent sounds, a cozy and comfortable place to enjoy live music.  The Mint also serves food and a wide variety of drinks.  For more information, visit themintla.com.

  • What you need to know about the Iran nuclear negotiations

    16 hours ago

    Diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, have extended their deadline on a framework accord on Iran’s nuclear program. But even if an agreement is reached soon, it’s merely a way station toward a comprehensive deal that is due by June 30.

    If a deal is reached, who needs to approve it?...

  • 3-D IMAX film offers new view of the Old City

    16 hours ago

    It’s less than 1 square mile in size, but for 4,000 years, the ancient city of Jerusalem has loomed large in the hearts and minds of the world for its historic, religious, cultural and political significance. The iconic city is now the subject of the aptly titled “Jerusalem,” now...

  • Fran Drescher whines, shines as wicked stepmom

    16 hours ago

    Fran Drescher sure knows how to make an entrance.

    Wearing the first of several plum-colored ensembles with enormous stand-up collars and headpieces, Drescher struts onto the stage, hollering in her trademark raspy whine, “Cinderella, help me with my parcels this instant!”

    It...

  • Let’s leave Obama out of our seders

    By David Suissa

    16 hours ago

    Jews have big mouths. Put those big mouths in a society that reveres freedom of speech and it’s a sight to behold. On the whole, it’s a wonderful attribute. We analyze everything, we criticize endlessly, we kvetch, we yell, we do everything but shut up. It’s as if we’re taking...

  • But it was only a joke

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    17 hours ago

    Social media is all a-Twitter these days with the reaction to the announcement that Trevor Noah will be the new host of The Daily Show, while Comedy Central is standing behind their choice. According to CNN, the Tweets are okay because, “Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is...

  • Palestinian Authority officially joins International Criminal Court

    18 hours ago

    The Palestinian Authority officially became a member of the International Criminal Court.

    A ceremony was held at the Geneva court on Wednesday to mark the P.A.’s ascension.

    P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas signed the requests to join the ICC and other international conventions at...

  • Meal and a Spiel’s Passover Recipe Bible

    By Elana Horwich

    19 hours ago

    I remember the agony of sitting through Passover seders as a child.

    I learned the suffering of the Jewish People through the intense and seemingly infinite boredom of these evenings. And on top of all that, when we finally did get to the meal, the food was never that good.

    ...
  • The Rational Emotions exchange, part 3: Between Jewish stories and behavioral economics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Eyal Winter, is the Silverzweig Professor of Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professor of Economics the University of Leicester. His research interests include microeconomics, finance, game theory, and behavioral economics.

    This exchange focuses on Winter's...

  • Jewish Leader Linda Jum’s Death at 61 Galvanizes Her Chevrah Kadisha

    1 day ago

    [Editor’s Note: This entry is a bit of an ‘insider’ posting. It is longer than most, and deals with someone who was deeply involved in the Chevrah Kadisha ‘movement’, the group that seeks to reclaim Jewish tradition and practices around the continuum at the end of life for any and...

  • Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion Recap Part 1

    By Ilana Angel

    1 day ago

    Typos are generously sponsored by Patron.

    The reunions are always the best part of a Housewives season and while I excitedly wait for them to air their dirty laundry in this humiliating way, there is a part of me that cringes at the thought of watching because it is so ugly. From...

  • The day-after for Trevor Noah

    By Aron Chilewich

    2 days ago

    In the 24 hours since being named the new host of “The Daily Show,” comedian Trevor Noah has come under scrutiny for old tweets, which his critics have labeled anti-Semitic, sexist and racist. The surprise decision to replace Jon Stewart with the mixed-race South African comedian...

  • Hebrew University-UCLA exchange program aims to expand med students’ horizons

    2 days ago

    For the past three months, a trio of sixth-year students from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem saw patients at UCLA and participated in grand rounds, during which they reviewed each patient’s status with the attending physician, residents and other medical...

  • Comedian Trevor Noah comes under fire for past Twitter comments

    2 days ago

    Trevor Noah, the South African comedian chosen to replace Jon Stewart as the new host of the late-night comedy parody, "The Daily Show" was feeling the heat on Twitter on Tuesday for past comments he made about Jews and women.

    The 31-year-old son of a black South African mother...

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