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  • Bnei Akiva seals $7.1 million deal on massive campground east of Los Angeles

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    On Sept. 12, Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles, the local chapter of an international religious Zionist youth group, purchased a 78-acre campground in Running Springs for $7.1 million.

    The group has raised $8.5 million in a major capital campaign this year and plans to raise an...

  • Orthodox shul takes first step to hiring female clergy

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    In what would be an unprecedented move among Orthodox synagogues in Los Angeles, Congregation B’nai David-Judea plans to hire a woman clergy member by September 2015. The development in America’s second-largest Jewish community marks the success of a controversial move by some...

  • Rivlin greets Conservative Jews as ‘family’

    2 weeks ago

    Reuven Rivlin, who drew criticism before becoming Israel’s president for his broadsides against non-Orthodox Jewish streams, told a group of Conservative Jews that Jews are “one big family.”

    “We cannot agree on everything, but we are brothers and we are one big family,” The...

  • Esther Macner: Agunah advocate promotes post-nuptials

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    At 62, Esther Macner radiates feistiness and confidence. 

    During a recent interview at the Journal’s headquarters, she described herself as an “Orthodox Jewish feminist, which I’ve been all my life, before the word became a label.” 

    A former prosecutor and trial attorney in New...

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  • Israeli rabbi attacked visiting mall in Australia

    August 25, 2014 | 4:12 pm

    A visiting rabbi from Jerusalem was threatened and verbally abused by a gang of youths in a shopping mall in Western Australia on Monday.

    Rabbi Avraham Shalom Halberstam, known as the Stropkover Rebbe, is visiting Australia on a lecture tour. On Monday he and his assistant were...

  • Orthodox educator Rabbi Elimelech Meisels sued for sexual assault

    August 8, 2014 | 10:22 am

    Rabbi Elimelech Meisels, who runs four religious seminaries in Israel for young Orthodox women, is being sued for sexual assault and fraud.

    The civil suit was filed Monday with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of four parents with daughters...

  • The meaning of Tisha b'Av in trying times

    July 30, 2014 | 3:04 pm

    This is not the first time war has ravaged the small slip of land that borders the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan River to the east. Canaan, Eretz Yisrael, Judea, Syria Palaestina, Bilad al-Sham, British Mandate of Palestine, The State of Israel, whatever its name, it...

  • Joe Lieberman to teach at Y.U.

    July 24, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    Joseph Lieberman, the former Connecticut senator and the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2000, will teach at Yeshiva University during this school year in a position named for him.

    Lieberman was appointed the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service....

  • The Israel-Hamas war through Haredi Orthodox eyes

    July 23, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    Most Israelis blame the war in Gaza squarely on Hamas, though there are plenty who fault the Israeli government for not pursuing peace more aggressively.

    In the haredi Orthodox community, however, where practically everything is ascribed to the omnipresent hand of God in one form...

  • Orthodox school not amused by student’s raunchy ‘America’s Got Talent’ routine

    June 26, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    Josh Orlian cracked up the judges on “America’s Got Talent,” but his Orthodox day school wasn’t laughing.

    The 12-year-old kippah-wearing comic made his national television debut with a raunchy routine packed with sexual innuendo. The show’s celebrity judges and studio audience...

  • A new era for Torah-based fertility treatment

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 11, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    As modern couples are marrying later and often postponing having children, the use of cutting-edge fertility treatments, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryonic genetic testing, is gaining widespread popularity and acceptance.

    But for Orthodox Jewish couples who wish...

  • Charedim demonstrate over arrest of draft-dodging Yeshiva student

    April 18, 2014 | 10:59 am

    About 500 Charedi Orthodox men demonstrated in Jerusalem against the arrest of a yeshiva student who ignored a call-up notice for army service. The protesters, who also took to the streets in the predominately Charedi city of Bnei Brak, blocked intersections, set fire to trash bins...

  • Ensuring the spirit of halachic marriage

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    April 9, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    Each time we hear of yet another heart-wrenching and infuriating agunah story, we tend to point an accusing finger at the Jewish legal system that has created these circumstances, in which spiteful, angry husbands can cynically abuse the divorce laws to extort and torment their...

  • Confronting the problem of Orthodox divorce

    March 27, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    When I began practicing law more than four decades ago, divorce in the Los Angeles Orthodox Jewish community was rare — and the giving of a get (Jewish divorce) by the husband was quietly arranged in the local rabbi’s study without fanfare, creating only a few social ripples in the...

  • Uncle Shmuel wants YOU!

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 26, 2014 | 1:37 pm

  • Purim story: No Yeshiva Deferments

    March 19, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    The funhouse sideshow of Charedi life in Israel and in the New York area bursts forth every Purim, as the ultra-Orthodox transform themselves into fez-wearing Turks, medieval noblemen and so on.

    We enjoy the easing of cultural barriers in the humor and evincing of a shared...

  • Reading the fine print of the “Haredi draft” bill reveals an unpleasant surprise

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2014 | 10:20 am

    Yesterday, Israel’s Knesset passed a law requiring Haredi, Ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. This so called "revolutionary" bill was  supposed to be a step forward for the Israeli society. Instead, the bill, also known as the "Equal service...

  • The guy who missed the Malaysia Airlines flight

    March 11, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    The popular travel discount blog Dan’s Deals is circulating a story that a Jewish passenger who was supposed to be on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane was switched to an alternative flight because his Orthodox Jewish travel agent in Israel refused to book him on an itinerary...

  • Israel ups threshold for Knesset seats despite opposition boycott

    March 11, 2014 | 11:10 am

    Israel approved a change to electoral law on Tuesday that raises the percentage of votes needed for seats in parliament, an amendment that critics said targets Arab and ultra-Orthodox Jewish minorities.

    The opposition in the Knesset, or parliament, boycotted the 67-0 vote which...

  • Fringe Lev Tahor sect must surrender children, Canadian court rules

    March 6, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    A Canadian court ordered the fringe haredi Orthodox Lev Tahor sect to turn over as many as 13 of its children to authorities after some of its members appeared to have fled the country.

    Police officers and children’s aid workers visited Lev Tahor homes Wednesday night in...

  • Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks spends a weekend in L.A. envisioning the Jewish future

    By Jared Sichel

    February 26, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    Swiping his finger to the left, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Britain’s now-former chief rabbi, and arguably the world’s most prominent religious Jewish leader, was looking for a text he felt might show how Orthodox Jews can spread a Jewish message to the Western world.

    He wasn’t...

  • Florida: It’s not just for old Jews anymore

    February 11, 2014 | 11:47 am

    At the Urban Rustic Cafe in a strip mall in this city located between Miami to the south and the Palm Beach retirement communities to the north, the line for a table stretches out the door and into the parking lot.

    Inside the kosher establishment, the volume is loud. An elderly...

  • Rabbi David Ellenson: Bringing heart and old-school soul to academia

    February 6, 2014 | 11:57 am

    An Orthodox upbringing, no fundraising experience, and, by all accounts, a tendency to virtually inhabit the lives of 19th century Jewish philosophers, Rabbi David Ellenson was not who you might have expected to become president of a major institution of Jewish higher learning like...

  • Orthodox community gathers in Pico Robertson in wake of three tragic deaths

    By Jared Sichel

    January 30, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    Mourning a recent spate of tragic deaths in the Pico-Robertson community, hundreds came together on Jan. 30, for an evening of tefilah at Young Israel of Century City (YICC).

    Filling every seat and much of the standing room at the synagogue on West Pico Boulevard, adults and...

  • Syria’s Assyrian Christians find refuge with Turkish neighbors

    January 27, 2014 | 10:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Miydat's Assyrian Orthodox community is still encumbered with festive cookies and candied nuts from their Christmas festivities. In every home, tables groan with remnants from the recent celebrations, which for many of Midyat's...

  • New kosher oversight board established

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 22, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    A group of local Orthodox rabbis has begun regularly inspecting the businesses in Los Angeles certified as kosher by the Rabbinical Council of California (RCC). The new volunteer board, the Kashrut Vaad of LA (KVLA), consists of five local Orthodox rabbis not affiliated with the...

  • The hard-hat earthquake prep

    By Jared Sichel

    January 15, 2014 | 4:16 pm

    It was an odd sight inside the Shoff family’s home in Santa Monica — a television.

    Growing up in an Orthodox home, Elchanan Shoff’s parents didn’t own a television. But in the weeks following the Northridge earthquake, they set up a small black-and-white television to follow...

  • Ariel Sharon, a bio of a life beyond all expectations

    January 11, 2014 | 9:02 am

    Perhaps the most irrational act esteemed journalist David Landau has ever attempted in his literary career is trying to write a clear-eyed evenhanded biography of Ariel Sharon in “Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon” (Knopf: $37.50).  Sharon’s larger-than-life almost mythic persona...

  • Chicken Little, chicken soup and the Reform moment

    by Roger Price

    January 9, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    Almost half a century ago, a cover story in Look Magazine described “The Vanishing American Jew.” Extrapolating from demographic trends on intermarriage, birth rates and generational assimilation, the author predicted that the Jewish community in America would blend in and...

  • The Limmud way: My journey to the future of Judaism

    By David Suissa

    January 8, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Two distinct visions of Judaism played in my head at the 33rd annual Limmud Conference in England, which I attended during Christmas week. The first vision was alive and kicking at the conference itself, where, under cold and gray skies, 2,600 Jews gathered on a university campus...

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