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  • Poll: What DWP can learn from LAPD

    By Raphael Sonenshein

    October 9, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    A new Pat Brown Institute/Cal State Los Angeles poll of 501 registered voters in L.A. asked for opinions on two important city departments: the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Department of Water and Power (DWP). 

    For decades, the LAPD has been a critical factor in...

  • Netanyahu, the bomb and the Memes

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 28, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Netanyahu's speech last night really blew our minds. Every single Israeli, even the ones who have no respect for him as Prime Minister, agreed that this speech was on the verge of breathtaking. But turns out, once again, the joke's on us.

     

    After wowing the audience with facts...

  • City School accepting applications

    August 22, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    The City School, a new public charter school in the South Robertson neighborhood, has opened applications for the upcoming school year. Located on Robertson Boulevard several blocks south of Pico, the campus is open to sixth- and seventh-grade students only, and it plans to expand to...

  • Maarat Ayin: Eduardo Saverin’s decision to renounce his U.S. citizenship

    May 23, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    By now everyone has heard that Eduardo Saverin, one of the co-founders of Facebook, filed legal papers in September 2011 to formally renounce his American citizenship. Brazilian by birth, Saverin became an American citizen in 1998. Born in Sao Paulo, Saverin’s father was, according...

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  • Facebook IPO: Good for the Jews?

    May 15, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    If the Talmud were written today, would it look like Facebook?

    First, the rabbis of the Mishnaic period post a Jewish legal rule. Then, Talmudic sages weigh in with their comments, all pithy and lacking punctuation. Almost immediately, the comments grow far longer than the original...

  • All aboard for the Expo Line

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 20, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Why would the Metropolitan Transit Authority invite ethnic media for their own tour of the new Expo Line, the regional train line set to open April 28?

    Because the line is as much about getting from Culver City to Downtown L.A. as connecting to the spots in between.

    Freeways allow...

  • Reality Nation Wide Drama

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 28, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Israel is a very small country, yet somehow has the same amount of reality shows as there are in the USA. This reality-country size ratio makes those shows the center of the public eye. EVERYBODY watches at least two reality shows, and every Israeli knows at least one reality...

  • Tel Aviv seeks approval to run buses on Shabbat

    February 21, 2012 | 11:04 am

    The Tel Aviv City Council approved a resolution to allow public transportation to run on Shabbat.

    The measure was approved Monday evening by a vote of 13-7.

    The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality must now seek a permit from the Israeli Transportation Ministry, but the ministry said in a...

  • HOOTERS, children and me being the greatest parent that ever lived…

    By Julia Bendis

    January 3, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    Yesterday was the last day of my children’s freedom, and incidentally the last day of my imprisonment.  As I counted down the dwindling hours of winter break, I was also counting down the hours till my head was going to stop throbbing and my voice would sound human again (oppose to a...

  • ‘She’s acting like a Jew!’ Ho ho ho Chanukah! [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 26, 2008 | 12:44 am

    Another guest post from Anita Susan Brenner:

    On Christmas Eve, after the minyan,  where I said Kaddish for my grandmother, I went home to La Canada Flintridge and stopped at a sporting goods store.  The checkout line was long.  

    While I waited, an angry woman stood behind me,...
  • Public Reactions Are Strong to A Personal Journey

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles photographer Naomi Solomon capped off her informal summer presentation series "Settlers: A Photographic Journey of the Life and Disengagement of the Jews Living in Gaza" at Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills last week, drawing more than 150 people.

    Her evocative...

  • Preschool Project Strives to Educate All

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    King Solomon was known to have coined the expression, "Educate the child accordingly so that when he grows old, he will not leave." In other words, take advantage of the child's education as soon as possible.

    In modern times, this admonition certainly applies to preschool, and it's...

  • Public Bat Mitzvahs Come to Orthodoxy

    By Rachel Sarah

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Traditionally, Orthodox girls wanting a bat mitzvah have had intimate ones with close family and friends, complete with candlelightings and blessings.

    Unlike the Reform, Recostructionist and Conservative movements, which have embraced and formalized the bat mitzvah in the...

  • You’re Fired!

    By Raphi Salem

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    From the beginning, even before it was famous, "The Apprentice," Donald Trump's reality TV show, had piqued my interest -- but not enough

    to make a standing engagement with my TV set whenever it was on.

    But then one Friday night I had Shabbat dinner with a few friends, and it...

  • Our Cross to Bear?

    By Judy Gruen

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At first blush it seemed an odd thing for an observant Jew to do: Slogging my way through morning rush-hour traffic to get downtown to demonstrate against the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' decision to remove a small cross from the county seal.

    And yet, I felt compelled to...

  • East Meets West

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    About six months ago, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times opinion section, phoned his friend, Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, West Coast regional director of the American Jewish Committee (AJ Committee). Rodriguez had attended events purported to promote...

  • Lecture Stirs Anger

    By Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A public lecture by a visiting scholar on the UCLA campus usually doesn't make much of a ripple, but nearly all of the 1,800 seats in Royce Hall were taken and the atmosphere was electric when professor Edward W. Said stepped up to the lectern.

    The sponsoring Burkle Center for...

  • Polls Find U.S. Jews Worried but Calm

    By James D. Besser

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's been a busy few weeks for pollsters who study the Jewish community -- and for the politicians who turn each new survey into partisan fodder. At least three major surveys focused on different issues, but beneath the statistical mumbo jumbo, they pointed to the same thing: the...

  • The Faces Behind Fairfax

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Ask Boris Dralyuk about his student days at Fairfax High School and the impish young man with startlingly blue eyes will mockingly compare himself to one of the great anti-heroes of literature. "I know about the experiences of Saul Bellow's Augie March and the little Jewish kids...

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