Anti-apartheid activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela — a hero to many Los Angeles Jews with ties to that country — died Dec. 5. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was 95.
James Gandolfini, the burly actor best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the groundbreaking TV series "The Sopranos," died on Wednesday vacationing in Italy. He was 51.
A clip from NBC showing Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents' reaction to her uneven bar routine has garnered more than 25,000 hits on YouTube.
"This is a huge win for the American people," said Alan van Capelle, chief executive officer of Bend the Arc, a Jewish social justice organization. "The Supreme Court has validated the ACA [Affordable Care Act]."
Skip Koenig, a Temple Judea congregant and co-chair of the community organizing group One LA's health strategy team. Koenig said he is "thrilled" and "excited" about the court's decision to uphold the mandate that requires all Americans to buy health insurance.
French Jews in Southern California reacted with sadness and disgust, but not surprise, to the shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, that left three children and one teacher dead.
The ties that bind Los Angeles’ Iranian community to its roots a half-world away have been in full view this week, as protesters cried out in reaction to the June 12 Iranian presidential election, calling it fraudulent and a sham. Within the Iranian Jewish community in particular, the belief remains that none of the candidates can be expected to effect real change in Iran — not the rabidly anti-Israel, Holocaust-denying Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, nor the so-called moderate candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.
What blow against Western decadence were they striking by targeting a Chabad house, whose entire purpose it is to spread spirituality to people whose lives lack it?
The overwhelming majority of mourners had never met the Holtzbergs. But that didn't matter. They have become, for Americans, the public face of this tragedy.