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  • Calendar: March 29-April 4

    By Laura Donney

    March 26, 2014 | 10:07 am

    SAT | MAR 29

    ARI HERSTAND

    How many album-release shows can you say you’ve attended? If the number is anywhere close to mine, it’s time to get yourself to one. The soft, thoughtful, catchy tunes of Ari Herstand will do the trick. A regular performer with Craig Taubman at Friday...

  • Wexler’s artisan-style deli to open in Grand Central Market

    March 20, 2014 | 11:51 am

    In a cover story last year for this publication, I lamented the lack of a contemporary, artisan-style deli in Los Angeles. While the deli scene in this city appears to be robust, we still need food entrepreneurs and chefs willing to shake up the status quo, much like what’s been...

  • With great power comes great lack of responsibility

    March 6, 2014 | 9:23 am

    Today in handsome Jews acting badly, actor Andrew Garfield has reportedly let down a 5-year-old cancer survivor.

    The “Spider-Man” star was supposed to take the stage at the Academy Awards on Sunday and introduce Miles “Batkid” Scott as “the world’s next superhero,” according...

  • Jewish student press group convenes in L.A.

    By Jared Sichel

    October 30, 2013 | 1:05 pm

    More than two dozen Jewish high school student journalists from Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco gathered on Oct. 24 for a four-day convention and Shabbaton that aimed to build students’ practical journalism skills while addressing the intersection of news reporting and...

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  • Welcome your oil-less future

    October 23, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    I first became aware of autonomous cars when I read of Google’s successful attempt last year to drive a Prius from San Francisco to Los Angeles without human intervention. To be clear, a human was in the car, but he was there only in case he was needed — and the need never came up....

  • ACP Potpourri

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    April 12, 2013 | 6:39 pm

    Greetings from San Francisco, where I am attending the American College of Physicians 2013 Scientific Program, their annual conference covering the latest progress in internal medicine. Though the conference is obviously geared for physicians, I've compiled below a half dozen...

  • NFL, champion Ravens dismiss season opener on Rosh Hashanah

    March 19, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    The Baltimore Ravens and the NFL have agreed that the Super Bowl champions will not open their season — or the league's season — on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

    The team was scheduled to launch its season on Sept. 5, a Thursday night, but a conflict with baseball's Baltimore...

  • Groups tout youth grants

    February 27, 2013 | 12:58 pm

    As the Jim Joseph Foundation, a San Francisco-based foundation that focuses on Jewish education, wraps up three major grants in the Los Angeles area, its beneficiaries are touting their programs’ successes as models for Jewish funding.

    One such grant, the High School...

  • Cheryl Cohen Greene: Sex Surrogate

    February 19, 2013 | 6:15 am

    Cheryl Cohen Greene has spent the last 40 years making her living having sex with people, but she’s not a prostitute. Greene is one of a small number of specialists in the United States known as sex surrogates, whose job it is to help clients with sexual anxieties become more...

  • Wise Sons: Inside ‘New Deli’

    By Rob Eshman

    January 30, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    The pastrami smoker at San Francisco’s Wise Sons delicatessen sits wedged between a short, wooden prep counter and a window facing Mission Street. It is tall and boxy and could easily appear, to those of us who don’t come across pastrami smokers very often, to be either a small...

  • ZOA fires L.A. director Orit Arfa

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 20, 2012 | 10:21 am

    Orit Arfa, executive director of the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) Western Region, was fired from her job on Nov. 19, one day after she addressed a crowd at a pro-Israel rally in Los Angeles that she helped organize, telling the crowd she was “proud” to work for the ZOA....

  • Haifa a many-faceted jewel

    By Elyse Glickman

    October 31, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Visiting Americans often compare Haifa with San Francisco for its hilly landscape and trendy, artsy neighborhoods, or Boston for its mix of academia and maritime culture. While this northern Israeli city is a weekend getaway for Jerusalemites and Tel Avivians, Haifa is also worth...

  • Blessings from Paris to San Francisco

    By Ilana Angel

    October 26, 2012 | 3:31 pm

    Earlier in the week I was running an errand when I came upon a homeless man standing outside a Payless Shoe Store.  He appeared to be in his 60’s, but I bet he was younger.  As I passed him he asked me if I wanted to go with him to Paris for the weekend.  I let him know that I was...

  • A Wonderful Weekend in San Francisco

    By Ilana Angel

    August 28, 2012 | 5:26 pm

    I was in San Francisco last weekend to celebrate the Englishman’s birthday.  His oldest daughter lives there while going to University, so we schlepped up to spend a couple of nights and have a nice birthday dinner.  We had all three of our kids with us and it was a great visit. ...

  • The Gold Man – A Guest Blog

    By Ilana Angel

    August 27, 2012 | 12:07 am

    I spent the weekend in San Francisco with the Englishman and our kids.  It was his birthday, and with his oldest daughter there attending university, we headed up so we could celebrate together. Our kids all get along in a marvelous way and I am truly blessed because I love his...

  • San Francisco synagogue service to remember Golden Gate Bridge suicides

    August 3, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    A San Francisco synagogue will hold a memorial service for the 1,558 known suicide victims who have jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge.

    San Francisco’s Congregation Sha’ar Zahav will host a special yizkor or remembrance service on August 7 to raise awareness about suicides and...

  • Former S.F. federation head Brian Lurie becomes NIF chief

    July 2, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Rabbi Brian Lurie, the former CEO of the San Francisco-area Jewish federation, has become president of the New Israel Fund.

    Lurie succeeds Naomi Chazan as head of NIF, a nonprofit that funds liberal Israeli groups as well as a few Israeli Arab organizations.

    Chazan, a former...

  • Dating with Kids – Mine, His & Theirs

    By Ilana Angel

    May 29, 2012 | 9:47 am

    This weekend was the first time I travelled with the Englishman.  As if that was not stressful enough, it was with our children.  He has two daughters. One lives here and one is away at college in San Francisco.  Since it was a holiday weekend we decided we would go up to visit his...

  • What Do You See?

    By Ilana Angel

    April 7, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    It has always been interesting to me how I can look at something and see one thing, and someone else will look at the same thing and see something completely different.  Perception and interpretation are fascinating to me.  I have a very specific worldview.  It is guided by my faith,...

  • The Bachelor RECAP

    By Ilana Angel

    January 17, 2012 | 9:52 pm

    We start this week in San Francisco, which is important because this is where Ben lives.  He meets with his sister for a coffee and she is really quite pretty.  He tells her she would really like Courtney, which is interesting because if she did, she would be the only one, because...

  • Pro-Israel ads in Bay Area countering anti-U.S. aid campaign

    September 19, 2011 | 11:55 am

    The pro-Israel organization StandWithUs has launched an ad campaign in Bay Area Rapid Transit stations to counter local ads that call for an end to U.S. military aid to Israel.

    The posters will be on display Sept. 18 through Nov. 13 at five major stations, as well as on a local...

  • Calif. legislature approves bill to prevent circumcision bans

    September 7, 2011 | 11:19 am

    California’s state legislature approved a bill that would prevent the state’s municipalities from banning male circumcision.

    The California Assembly approved the bill Tuesday. The bill comes on the heels of two attempts in California to place circumcision bans on the November...

  • The romanticism of Matt Nathanson

    By Ryan Torok

    September 7, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Pop-folkie Matt Nathanson had just returned from hanging in Hawaii, but it was a vacation he only enjoyed “50 percent,” he said.

    “I don’t really do it well,” the 38-year-old said of vacationing. “My time off is really spent digesting things for the music.”

    Still, for...

  • Appeal unlikely for S.F. circumcision ban ballot measure

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 24, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    Time appears to have run out for the proponents of a San Francisco ballot measure that would have banned circumcision of any boy under 18 in the city.

    The measure’s backers reportedly had been considering appealing the July 28 ruling by Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi that...

  • S.F. Jewish theater to close after 35 years

    August 15, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    A 35-year-old Jewish theater in San Francisco will close this year at the end of its new season.

    The Jewish Theatre San Francisco, also known as A Traveling Jewish Theatre, had financial problems that were exacerbated by the global financial crisis.

    “We lost over 50 percent of our...

  • The aftermath of the proposed circumcision ban

    August 8, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    With the latest turnaround by a San Francisco court removing the anti-circumcision measure from its city’s upcoming ballot, all of us who advocate circumcision on religious grounds can breathe a sigh of relief.  Gone, 6 weeks ago, from the ballot in Santa Monica proposed for this...

  • Little-known non-cutting ritual appeals to some who oppose circumcision

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 2, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    In the same week in which a San Francisco judge struck from the city’s November 2011 ballot a controversial measure aiming to ban circumcision of any male under 18, two reputable media sources reported on a relatively new, little-known ceremony that serves as a Jewish alternative...

  • Tentative ruling confirmed: S.F. court strikes anti-circumcision measure from ballot

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 28, 2011 | 2:11 pm

    Confirming Wednesday’s tentative ruling, a San Francisco judge ruled on Thursday to strike from the city’s Nov. 2011 ballot a controversial measure that aimed to prohibit circumcision of males under 18.

    The proposition attempts to regulate a medical procedure, San Francisco Superior...

  • UPDATED: S.F. court rules to remove anti-circumcision measure from ballot

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 27, 2011 | 4:30 pm

    In a tentative ruling published this afternoon, a San Francisco Court ruled in favor of removing a controversial proposition that would have prohibited circumcision of males under 18 from the city’s November 2011 ballot.

    San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta M. Giorgi found...

  • Foreskin Man gets a new cartoon doppelganger: Smegma Man

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 26, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    When the second issue of “Foreskin Man” became public, the anti-circumcision comic book’s portrayal of a villainous Jewish ritual circumciser, Monster Mohel, generated accusations of anti-Semitism against the comic book’s creator and against the entire anti-circumcision—or...

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