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  • Nelson Mandela remembered by L.A.‘s South African Jews

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    Anti-apartheid activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela — a hero to many Los Angeles Jews, including a large number with ties to that country — died Dec. 5. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was 95.

     “I think the important thing is Mandela’s great gift to the...

  • Feeds and reads: Reactions to James Gandolfini’s death

    June 20, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Sopranos star James Gandolfini dies in Italy (Reuters)

    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.

    Gandolfini,...

  • Video of American gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents goes viral

    July 31, 2012 | 10:25 am

    [UPDATE: Aly Raisman leads U.S. to gymnastics team gold]

    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.

    The clip shows Raisman’s mother and father commenting on Raisman’s routine...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: Chief executive officer of Bend the Arc

    By Ryan Torok

    June 28, 2012 | 2:20 pm

    “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].”

    The court’s decision is good news for everybody, including...

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  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: One LA community organizer

    By Ryan Torok

    June 28, 2012 | 2:14 pm

    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.

    But...

  • L.A.’s French Jews react to Toulouse killings

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 19, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    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.

    “In France you are scared – you cannot even wear a kippah on the street,” said Francky...

  • Local Iranian Americans Protest Iranian Election

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 16, 2009 | 7:31 pm

    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,...

  • Is Pat Oliphant Anti-Semitic? No, He’s Pro-Stupid.

    By Rob Eshman

    March 26, 2009 | 5:29 pm

    Jewish groups are livid at cartoonist Pat Oliphant for his recent cartoon depicting a jackbooted Israeli mowing over a helpless Palestinian woman and child.

    Is it anti-semitic?  In my original post I wrote that I wasn’t sure.  That seemed to get some readers more upset than the...

  • ‘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,...
  • Remember the victims, hate their killers

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 4, 2008 | 1:45 am

    All terrorism is monstrous, but the murder of Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivkah, by religious Islamic extremists stands out for its unspeakable infamy.

    The deliberate targeting of a small Jewish center and its married young directors, whose only purpose it was to provide...

  • Half a world away, Los Angeles mourns

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 4, 2008 | 1:24 am

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    Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin speaks at a memorial service in Westwood. Photo by Brad Greenberg


    Peggi Sturm, executive director of the Los Angeles congregation B'nai Horin, had traveled to India for two weeks of spiritual meditation. Her experience was amazing, she said, and almost a week...

  • Shock, awe and lies on the campaign trail

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 14, 2008 | 4:40 pm

    Can open lying be a good campaign strategy? That's the question that political junkies are weighing this week.

    Politics is not science. Political statements are not "peer reviewed" for accuracy. That being said, I've never seen a campaign engage in such open, easily countered...