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  • Los Angeles mayor, Chabad leaders light menorah at L.A. City Hall

    By Ryan Torok

    December 8, 2015 | 5:18 pm

    An annual Chabad menorah lighting took place on the afternoon of Dec. 8 at the Spring Street steps of Los Angeles City Hall.

    The festive event brought together elected officials and Chabad leaders. Together they lit two candles for the first two nights of Chanukah, which began on...

  • Moving and shaking: Chabad telethon and Rabbi Jason Weiner

    By Ryan Torok

    September 9, 2015 | 11:55 am

    Minutes before joining Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, director of Chabad West Coast, and fellow Hollywood star Jon Voight in front of TV cameras to make a pitch on behalf of the international Chasidic movement, Elliott Gould enjoyed a moment of calm.

    “It’s a privilege, and it’s also...

  • Moving and shaking: FIDF, AJC and more

    By Ryan Torok

    December 30, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    More than 15 Los Angeles residents returned home on Nov. 21 after participating in a weeklong, sold-out national leadership mission to Israel organized by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF). The mission brought together 160 FIDF members from 58 American cities,...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    April 30, 2014 | 11:34 am

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti emphasized during an April 23 lecture at the University of Southern California (USC) that he hopes the Jewish community will continue to play a role in bettering this city.

    “What is our destiny, and what is our purpose? I think, as Jews, it is to...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    February 13, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    Rabbi David Ellenson, immediate past president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and Sue Neuman Hochberg, chair of the HUC-JIR Western Region Board of Overseers, were honored with a musical tribute at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Feb. 9.

    More than...

  • Moving and Shaking: Ariel Sharon and Anne Samson honored

    By Ryan Torok

    January 16, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    From left: At Los Angeles City Hall, businessman and activist Joe Shooshani, L.A. councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Jerry Levey, Israel Consul General David Siegel, Councilmember Paul Koretz and Adam King gathered to commemorate the passing of Israeli leader Ariel Sharon. Photo...

  • Eric Garcetti: L.A.‘s first (elected) Jewish mayor

    By Rob Eshman

    July 1, 2013 | 12:12 pm

    On May 22, 2013, the day after Los Angeles voters elected him mayor of Los Angeles, something astonishing happened to Eric Garcetti: He became Jewish. 

    No, he didn’t suddenly convert. Garcetti never hid the fact that he contained multitudes. His father, Gil Garcetti, is...

  • The role of L.A.’s Jewish electorate is changing

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 19, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    What do the recent city elections that saw Jews step into the three top citywide offices — mayor, city attorney and city controller — mean for the role of the Jewish community in Los Angeles?

    The remarkable political success of Jews in Los Angeles since the election in 1953 of...

  • L.A. City Council passes anti-BDS resolution

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 12, 2013 | 11:41 pm

    Los Angeles’s City Council unanimously approved a resolution on June 12 stating that the city would continue awarding city contracts without considering issues related to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    The resolution, sponsored by Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mitchell Englander,...

  • 2013 L.A. city elections mean new milestone in history of city Jewish voices

    May 23, 2013 | 5:06 pm

    In 2009, the Paul Koretz and Eric Garcetti were the sole Jewish voices in Los Angeles City Politics. As of 2013, there will not only will there be three Jewish Councilmembers in Paul Koretz, Bob Blumenfield and Mitch Englander, but the entire executive leadership of Los Angeles...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    March 6, 2013 | 5:44 am

    The Reform leadership organization Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) honored 33 CCAR rabbis who have performed 50 years of service in the rabbinate. Among the honorees are Rabbis Harvey Fields of Wilshire Boulevard Temple; Hillel Cohn of Congregation Emanu El in San...

  • Israel for a Cure participates in AIDS Walk

    By Ryan Torok

    October 17, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    Israel and American men and women of all ages, representatives of Israeli and Jewish community organizations and others turned out to walk with Israel for a Cure, one of approximately 1,700 teams that participated in the AIDS Walk Los Angeles on Oct. 14.

    The Consulate General of...

  • B.D.S. activists inject Middle East debate into L.A. bus contract discussion

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 15, 2012 | 10:30 pm

    A group of activists affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions, or B.D.S. movement, which seeks to pressure Israel in various ways, publicly opposed the renewal of a bus contract between the city of Los Angeles and a company whose corporate parent does business in the West...

  • Chabad of North Hollywood expansion moves toward reapproval [UPDATED]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 26, 2012 | 11:56 pm

    UPDATE: In a unanimous vote taken shortly after 12 noon on Wed., June 27, the Los Angeles City Council voted to adopt findings submitted that had been considered by the Planning and Land Use Management committee one day earlier, thereby clearing the way for Chabad of North Hollywood...

  • Koretz expresses regret over response to ‘Hitler’ remark

    By Ryan Torok

    April 11, 2012 | 6:21 pm

    L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz, who said he was “tempted” to “clock” a commenter who gave a Nazi salute and called out “Heil Hitler” during the April 10 City Council meeting, is now expressing regret over his response.

    Koretz, who describes himself as a mild-mannered...

  • Councilman Paul Koretz Takes Offense as resident calls out ‘Heil Hitler’ at City Council

    By JewishJournal.com

    April 10, 2012 | 6:42 pm

    “Politcial gadfly” Michael Carreon, a resident of Los Angeles’ 14th council district objected to the rules of decorum at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 10, accusing Councilman Tom LaBonge, chair of the meeting, of being dictatorial, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

  • Webcast L.A. Officials Celebrate No Ruz at Westwood’s Persian Square

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 19, 2010 | 7:26 am

    No Ruz is an ancient secular new year celebrated by Iranians of different faiths worldwide to mark the beginning of Spring each year with the giving of gifts of money, dancing and parties held among friends. On March 28 nearly 10,000 Los Angeles area Iranian American of various...

  • Iranian Jewish candidates fall short in Beverly Hills’ city race

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 5, 2009 | 2:00 am

    Following yesterday’s election results in Beverly Hills, the only two Iranian Jewish candidates for the city council race had very poor showings as a result of low voter turnout and a lack of excitement for this campaigns. While one Iranian Jewish candidate, Fran Cohen received only...

  • Podcast: L.A. City Council candidate Paul Koretz reaches out to local Iranians

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 11, 2009 | 12:13 pm

    Last night Paul Koretz, the Los Angeles City Council candidate for the Fifth district spoke at a fundraiser in Westwood, a local stronghold for various Iranian groups in the city. Last week our podcast program chatted with Koretz about his outreaching to Iranian voters. Koretz, who...