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  • Does it matter if Jews are in politics?

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    Yesterday evening, I observed a panel of three local Jewish politicos at University Synagogue in Brentwood, which was hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. On the panel were Los Angeles city councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Ana Guerrero, mayor Eric Garcetti's chief...

  • Facing chaos - Two Israeli soldiers found themselves under the attack of anti-Israel activists

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    In recent years, Israel haters spread anti-Israeli propaganda via social networks and during IAW, which is filled with false information and contains mainly lies about the IDF. Truth is, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have over 700,000 citizen soldiers and reservists, who are...

  • 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...

  • An open letter to President Obama

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 12, 2014 | 10:14 am

    President Obama,

    My name is Noga, and I am a young Israeli student. I am now in my senior year of my B. A studies in Political Science and Communications, and this is about the time in my life where I start thinking about the future. I have big dreams of being a Diplomat,...

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  • This week in power: Word fight and prison meals

    By Danny Groner

    January 22, 2014 | 7:52 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    'Nazi' ban?
    "Israel is on the brink of banning the N-word. N as in Nazi, that is," reported The New York Times. The proposal gained preliminary approval last week that would make it a...

  • This week in power: Sharon’s death and Berlin brawl

    By Danny Groner

    January 15, 2014 | 7:57 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Sharon legacy
    After many years of a much-watched coma, Ariel Sharon passed away last weekend, leading to an assortment of reactions to the former prime minister's life from around the...

  • Israel’s new reality star, an unbelievable survival story, Birthright and more-This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 13, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Goodbye, Arik

    Former prime minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon passed away this Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him comatose. He will be remembered for his exploits in Israel's wars, the decision to leave Gaza, an infamous trip to the Temple Mount at the start of the second...

  • Asylum seekers’ “undecided” status – will our govt finally reach a solution?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 8, 2014 | 9:30 am

    In the past four days, thousands of African migrants are striking and protesting in the streets of Tel-Aviv. Many of them work illegally as dishwashers or janitors, and them striking directly affects many businesses and thus – draw a lot of attention. So far, protests involving...

  • This week in power: Anelka gesture and Israel in the new year

    By Danny Groner

    January 1, 2014 | 7:34 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Anti-Semitism on the pitch?
    A joke gone too far has upset Jewish groups around the world after French soccer star Nicolas Anelka made a stiff-armed salute following a goal that many...

  • This week in power: Temple Mount tension and journalists targeted

    By Danny Groner

    December 4, 2013 | 7:24 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Ruckus on the Mount
    "A small but growing movement by Jewish activists demanding the right to pray at the site of their destroyed temple, in the heart of this disputed capital’s Old...

  • Israeli couples say ‘I don’t’ to Orthodox Jewish weddings

    November 20, 2013 | 9:01 am

    For most Israelis in the Jewish state, there is one legal way to get married - God's way.

    Israeli law empowers only Orthodox rabbis to officiate at Jewish weddings, but popular opposition is growing to this restriction and to what some Israelis see as an Orthodox stranglehold on...

  • Will a new generation step up to civic leadership?

    November 12, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    At first glance, Jews might appear to be enjoying a renaissance of political influence in Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti is the first elected Jewish mayor and the two other citywide elected officials — City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Controller Ron Galperin — are Jewish, too. So are...

  • Pew finds Jews mostly liberal

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 23, 2013 | 11:46 am

    One of the most interesting findings of the respected Pew Research Center’s poll of American Jews was the continuing theme of Jewish liberalism and approval of Barack Obama’s performance — a vote of confidence in the president exceeded only by that of African-American Protestants...

  • In Moscow mayor’s race, Jewish chutzpah seeks to lift underdog

    September 9, 2013 | 7:22 am

    MOSCOW (JTA) — On the rooftop of a Soviet-era apartment block, a young man straps into climbing gear and rappels down the side as a small gathering of city workers and police officers watch from below.

    On the way down, the climber stops at a balcony and tears loose one of the...

  • Polarizing Politics is More Fun Than Watching Miley Cyrus

    By Ilana Angel

    August 29, 2013 | 10:00 pm

    I am sick of all the attention Miley Cyrus is getting for acting like a moron. Her appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards was embarrassing, ridiculous, offensive, degrading, and simply not entertaining.  The poor girl is a mess and watching her self-destruct is sad. The fact is...

  • When Roger Waters crossed the line

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 26, 2013 | 10:30 am

    Roger Waters is a passionate anti-Israeli advocate. The former Pink Floyd frontman constantly criticize the Israeli government, and is one of the main voices of the BDS movement, calling musicians to boycott Israel. Last Saturday, however, Waters crossed the thin line between...

  • The shandah factor: What makes Jewish sex scandals different?

    July 23, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    The guy with the socks up. The guy with the pants down. The guy with the headlocks. The guy who tweets and deletes.

    What is it with these male politicos? And why are they all Jewish?

    The cloistered community that is Washington’s Jewish elite collectively choked a little...

  • Skeptical yet hopeful- the days after Kerry’s announcement

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 22, 2013 | 6:03 am

    Kerry's announcement on Friday surely drew everybody's attention. It came out of nowhere. While the people of Israel were sitting on their couches, loosening their belts after their Shabbat dinners, and glancing at their Smartphones, it suddenly hit us- the negotiation is being...

  • This week in power: Portugal, Poland, NFL player, Tisha B’Av message

    By Danny Groner

    July 17, 2013 | 8:47 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Portugal law
    A bill passed in Portugal this week that allows Jewish descendants of expelled Jews to come back, making it the only country besides for Israel with a Jewish law of...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 28, 2013 | 12:32 pm

    Hadag Nahash is one of the biggest bands in Israel today. They started in Jerusalem, in 1996, and with their fresh combination of Hip Hop, rock, reggae and funk, made their way into Tel-Aviv's mainstream. Nowadays, their Middle-Eastern groove is taking over the charts and the...

  • Wendy Davis & Rick Perry = Good vs. Evil

    By Ilana Angel

    June 27, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    I love Wendy Davis.  Truly love her on levels that are deep, even though I only learned who she was recently.  She is an amazing woman and I admire her.  I do not like Rick Perry.  I dislike him on levels that are deep, even though I know I am wasting my energy.  Wendy Davis is...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2013 | 12:48 pm

    Watch out, USA, the Israelis are coming!

    Last week, more than 1,200 Israeli young adults made their way to North America to serve as Jewish Agency emissaries at day and overnight camps throughout the continent. Overall, 200 Jewish camps in 150 communities will have some extra fun...

  • Transparency in Government

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 7, 2013 | 11:21 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Here we go again! It is like 1964 all over again! We find the rhetoric of the Republicans (at that time Barry Goldwater) distasteful and the Democratic President (at that time LBJ) doing exactly the same things! This latest disclosure about Verizon and...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 20, 2013 | 12:39 pm

    A 1500 year old mosaic discovered in Israel

    Israel is a place full of history. In thousands of years, many nations, tribes and empires of many cultures settled here, built and ruined, and left many discoveries to be found. With time, more and more beautiful memories are being...

  • State, Religion, and Women of the Wall- an Interview with MK Stav Shaffir

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 14, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    On March 11, first time MK (Member of the Knesset,) Stav Shaffir (27) from Ha'Avoda (labor) party, joined the Women of the Wall in prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. With threats from several Orthodox groups, and attempts for arrests by the police, they welcomed the new "Rosh...

  • GOP and the Jews, together again and talking

    April 23, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    He had them until abortion.

    U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) was addressing the Reform movement's Consultation on Conscience conference about his passion, human rights and success in creating mechanisms to combat human trafficking and shine a light on global anti-Semitism. The...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 22, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    The Israeli pictures based social network

    There are almost 13,000 photo apps on the App Store, and still, a group of Israelis managed to create one that will draw everyone's attention.  The free app is called Pixplit, and it is a social network complete with user profiles and the...

  • Israelis Likely to Keep Waiting in Long US Visa Lines in Sherman vs. Boxer

    By Pini Herman

    April 15, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    Los Angeles’ newly re-elected Congressman Brad Sherman's first bill introduced, House Resolution 300 or the Visa Waiver for Israel Act of 2013 is threatened on a new front in addition to earlier issues raised and answered in this blog by Congressman Sherman.

    Sherman’s bill to...

  • At AIPAC confab, sequester looms large

    March 5, 2013 | 8:53 am

    Imminent threats threading through the rhetoric at AIPAC conferences is hardly new, but this year’s alarm raising had a unique wrinkle: In addition to the prospect of a nuclear Iran, the other danger AIPAC targeted was domestic -- sequestration.

    The message hammered home...

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