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  • Kick Off Party for Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC!

    By Tera Greene

    April 25, 2014 | 1:18 am

    Kick Off Party for Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC!

    TONIGHT!
    APRIL 25th
    Los Angeles, CA
     

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    I was able to get Co-Founder of Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC (PEWO), Somerset Waters, to take a moment out of his very busy schedule to discuss more about PEWO.
    Check out...

  • New Year’s Eve: Grand Avenue was great

    By Susan Freudenheim

    January 2, 2014 | 11:18 am

    Note to Los Angeles officials: We do like to party in public.

    Sure, we’re three hours behind the East Coast, but what’s wrong with that? Finally, Los Angeles turned up the heat on New Year’s Eve this year, after being forever the stepsister to New York. Some 25,000 people –...

  • Chanukah at the White House

    By Rob Eshman

    December 6, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    My new favorite way to celebrate Chanukah is lighting candles with Barack Obama.

    The White House Chanukah Party was held Dec 5, a day after Chanukah.  It was my first time attending the annual event, which President George W. Bush began in 2001.  I don’t expect it’s one of those...

  • Chill Out, It’s Just A Dinner Party

    By Elana Horwich

    October 17, 2013 | 9:00 am

    The notion that one person, usually a woman, is responsible from start to finish for a perfect dinner party performance plagues my students with worry. Many cook really well but are too scared to have anyone over to eat! They fret: How can I make sure the dinner party will be...

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  • Celebrating the Big Cheese on July 4th

    By Michael Israel

    July 1, 2013 | 9:18 am

    Happy Birthday USA! This week we celebrate July 4th, American Independence Day. Before we get into this week’s recipe, I would like to state how grateful I am to be living as a free Jew in the United States of America in 2013. Also, unlike the past few blogs this week’s recipe will...

  • 10 Tips for Summer Entertaining [Recipes]

    By Elana Horwich

    July 1, 2013 | 9:00 am

    1. Don’t make it fancy. Nobody likes a stuffy party. Let your guests pour their own drinks, take off their shoes and kick their feet up where they want.

    2. Ask your friends to help you during the party! They want to! Slicing bread, setting the table, lighting candles, serving...

  • The sky’s the limit

    April 17, 2013 | 3:33 pm

    Preparing for the complete bar or bat mitzvah experience — the ceremony, the food, the entertainment — can feel like a three-ring circus. So maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that carnivals are one of the hottest themes these days as kids prepare for the biggest party they’ve...

  • April 13-19

    By Ryan Torok

    April 10, 2013 | 5:49 am

    SAT APRIL 13

    UNITE 

    L.A. young adult groups celebrate Israel’s 65th Independence Day. This blue-and-white party (dress accordingly) at Hollywood club Lure features spinning by DJ Aviel, live performance art and drumming, drinks and kosher catering. 21 and older. Sat. 8:30 p.m....

  • The problem with Israel’s electoral system

    By Gidi Grinstein

    January 16, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Israel’s electoral system is the root cause of the disheartening polarization and superficiality on display in Israel’s current election season. Many wrongly point to the egos of our politicians as the underlying reason. In reality, powerful constitutional disincentives for...

  • Computer woes force Likud to extend hours in primary vote

    November 25, 2012 | 11:22 am

    Polls will remain open past midnight in Likud Party primary voting following computer malfunctions at several polling stations.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the chairman of the ruling Likud, made the announcement Sunday of the longer voting hours following malfunctions at...

  • Oct. 27–Nov 2, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    October 24, 2012 | 11:43 am

    SAT OCT 27

    “Seeds of Resiliency”

    Documentarian Susan Polis Schutz’s new film introduces us to 12 diverse people who have survived tragedies and challenges by having hope and helping others, including a Holocaust survivor who believes that “the worst can bring out the best in...

  • The story behind the Hotel Shangri-La anti-Semitism trial

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 22, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    It was late in the afternoon on Aug. 15, a Wednesday, when the jury delivered its verdict to a Santa Monica courtroom. The discrimination case that had been brought against the oceanfront boutique Hotel Shangri-La by a group of young Jews had been going on for nearly four weeks, and...

  • Israeli political constellation realigns as Kadima quits government

    July 17, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition.

    Kadima’s departure, the result of a breakdown in negotiations over reforming Israel’s military draft law to include...

  • What happens to a Hebrew-School dropout?

    June 27, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    My 11-year-old son, Ari, is now a Hebrew-school dropout.

    I am aware that that’s the name of a comedy act and a line of T-shirts. But, for me, the phrase is not a punch line, but a punch in the gut.

    I imagine my response was just like parents whose kids drop out of high school:...

  • Snail mail or e-mail: How will your next invitation be sent?

    June 27, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    My bat mitzvah invitation had bright purple embossed text on a hot pink card with my name enlarged in decorative script at the top and daisies adorning the bottom.

    Twenty-plus years later, I remember eagerly waiting for my friends to receive the invitations and running home weeks...

  • Neo-Nazi party maintains strength in Greek elections

    June 18, 2012 | 10:27 am

    The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party defied predictions and won nearly 7 percent of the vote in the Greek national elections.

    Polls and Greek commentators had predicted that support for the fascist party, which entered the Greek Parliament for the first time in inconclusive elections six...

  • Palestinian principal punished for Israeli beach party

    May 29, 2012 | 12:52 pm

    A Palestinian principal was punished over a spontaneous beach party that emerged during a field trip in Israel.

    Mohammad Abu Samra, 33, says he landed in hot water when video and images of his pupils dancing on a beach in Jaffa with bikini-clad women and Israeli beachgoers were sent...

  • The bachelor party grows up

    May 15, 2012 | 6:53 pm

    There are many things that come to mind when the words “bachelor” and “party” are said in the same breath, and often the sum of this equation is not pretty.  Despite Hollywood’s depiction of this rite of passage as a final gasp of protracted adolescence (from the Tom Hanks...

  • Netanyahu to seek early election in 4 months

    May 6, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he supported an early general election in four months’ time, a ballot polls say could strengthen his hand as Israel confronts Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    “It is preferable to have a short election campaign of four months that will...

  • Mofaz beats Livni for Kadima leadership

    March 27, 2012 | 5:37 pm

    Shaul Mofaz decisively defeated Tzipi Livni to become the new leader of Israel’s Kadima Party.

    Mofaz received 62 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Kadima primary to unseat Livni as the leader of Israel’s main opposition party. Forty-five percent of the party’s 95,000 registered...

  • Proper etiquette for social media!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 29, 2012 | 10:11 pm

    Prior to Twitter, and Mark Zuckerberg’s brilliant invention of Facebook (hopefully you can feel the sarcasm), or even texting on our phones, people used to have manners.  Not only manners, but some form of global etiquette when it came to dealing with others.  I truly believe that...

  • British peer quits party post after anti-Israel comment

    February 29, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    British peer Jenny Tonge resigned as party whip of the Liberal Democrats after saying that Israel would not survive for long in its present form.

    Tonge’s remarks, made at a meeting last week at Middlesex University, included the observation that the American people would soon “get...

  • France opens investigation into Nazi-themed party

    February 16, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    French authorities have opened an investigation into a Nazi-themed party that led to the firing of a British lawmaker who attended.

    Aiden Burley, 32, a Conservative member of Britain’s House of Commons, was dismissed in December, a week after photos of his presence at the stag party...

  • Netanyahu set to win party primary ahead of U.S. poll

    January 30, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to win a new mandate to lead his right-wing Likud party Tuesday in a primary vote which may signal he favors an early parliamentary election to strengthen his hand with Washington.

    National elections are not due until late 2013,...

  • Opinion: Libertarianism rings deep and true

    January 11, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    The strong presence of Ron Paul, the Republican congressman from Texas, in the GOP campaign — and his respectable third-place finish in Iowa — is bringing attention to the often-ignored libertarian strain in American politics. It is an outlook that challenges the dogmas of both...

  • British lawmaker loses post over Nazi-themed party

    December 19, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    A British lawmaker was fired from his job working for a senior Conservative Party minister after attending a Nazi-themed party.

    Aiden Burley, 32, a parliamentary private secretary for Transport Secretary Justine Greening, was dismissed on Dec. 19, a week after photos of his presence...

  • Netanyahu moves up party primary

    December 5, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that he is moving up the date of Likud Party primaries.

    With his announcement Monday, Netanyahu apparently is showing that he believes he is in a strong position in the party and would more easily be able to win re-election as...

  • Can Labor’s new leader Shelly Yachimovich revive the party?

    October 3, 2011 | 5:06 pm

    The Israeli Labor Party’s new leader, Shelly Yachimovich, makes a grand entrance at the annual Rosh Hashanah toast for party activists.

    Well over an hour after the guests begin munching on puff pastries, she is greeted like a conquering hero as she wades into the crowd wearing...

  • Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dances into the new year

    September 13, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    Aish brings together rhythm, beats and davening for their Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dancing spectacle that parodies LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.  Here’s the chorus from the lyrics, but be sure to watch the video for the full effect.

    Rosh Hashanah’s in the house tonight
    All the world is passing through the light
    Let’s all get written in the book of Life
    Shana Tova—it’s High Holiday time

     

  • For young European Jews, a week of unity, partying and romance

    September 6, 2011 | 2:33 pm

    It’s called Summer U, but most of the more than 500 young Jews who attend the European Union of Jewish Students’ largest annual event don’t come for the seminars.

    Packed three and four to a room in two boxy white hotels in this speck of a beach town on northeastern Greece’s...

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