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  • Larry Sultan: Finding beauty photographing the mundane

    By Avishay Artsy

    2 weeks ago

    The late photographer Larry Sultan was fascinated with the mundane. A longtime San Fernando Valley resident, he captured images of his parents at home, of porn stars looking bored between shoots and of day laborers in neighborhoods where they could never afford to live.

    The...

  • Valley JCC finds new home

    June 25, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    For years, Valley Jewish Community Center (VJCC) — the modern incarnation of North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC) — functioned as a hub “without walls.” There was no official building for educational or social activities, no central location where locals could gather for...

  • Anti-Semitic vandal arrested on hate-crime charges

    May 7, 2014 | 4:30 pm

    A 49-year-old man who previously claimed to be Jewish has been charged with multiple hate crimes for allegedly vandalizing a San Fernando Valley business with anti-Semitic graffiti.

    According to a May 5 press release from the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Amos Hason is...

  • The lions of participation at Adat Ari El

    March 20, 2014 | 11:28 am

    In 1986, Valley Village’s Adat Ari El, the oldest congregation in the San Fernando Valley, hired Leslie Alexander as an assistant rabbi. And though Alexander will go down in history as the first woman to serve as a pulpit rabbi at a major Conservative congregation, it was another...

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  • Finding God in neighborly kindness when disaster strikes

    January 15, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    “The epicenter of the earthquake was under our kitchen. The house jumped 10 feet in the air, and my wife and I woke to the beautiful view of the San Fernando Valley,” Rabbi Ed Feinstein, 59, of  Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, recalled with dry humor.

    Feinstein’s experience, as it...

  • Jaleh Naim: A passion for helping struggling Iranian-Americans

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 2, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    Two years ago Elena J., a middle-aged, impoverished Iranian-Jewish woman in Los Angeles, was stricken with a rare illness that forced surgeons to amputate one of her legs. With no family and no friends locally to help her, Elena faced a grim future, as she did not have enough money...

  • ‘Don’t take my daddy’: When the immigration debate hits home

    By David Suissa

    December 11, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    No matter where you sit on the immigration debate, it’s hard not to be moved by what happened to little Adam, an 8-year-old Jewish boy from the San Fernando Valley who watched his father being taken away on the morning of Oct. 18.

    Adam was holding his father’s hand as they...

  • Reputed Israeli crime boss extradited from California to Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    Reputed Israeli crime boss Itzhak Abergil, currently incarcerated in federal prison in Lompoc, Calif. will be extradited to Israel to serve the remaining half of his 10-year sentence in his home country.

    Abergil, 45, pleaded guilty in May 2012 to participating in a large-scale...

  • Jewish dreamers, schemers of the San Fernando Valley

    October 3, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    Have you ever been lost on Ventura Boulevard, a street that’s long on history? One night, I found myself west of the 405 Freeway, searching for the street on which to turn left to pick up my teenage son and realized I’d totally lost my bearings.

    Separated from the San Fernando...

  • Seeking a shul’s history

    September 3, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    When Henry Leventon, his wife and three daughters attended their first Sabbath service at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock (TBI) in 1976, the gabbai at the synagogue immediately approached.

    “Just what we need: a young man and his family!” the sexton greeted them...

  • San Fernando Valley home vandalized with neo-Nazi graffiti

    By Ryan Torok

    June 27, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    Last Sunday, a Jewish home in the San Fernando Valley was vandalized with neo-Nazi graffiti, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

    “It’s being investigated as a vandalism case,” said LAPD West Valley Detective Jordane.

    ...
  • Hertzberg to run for valley district senate seat

    By Tom Tugend

    June 6, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    Like a veteran warhorse galloping back into the fray, Robert M. (Bob) Hertzberg has announced he is running for a State Senate seat in a district encompassing most of the San Fernando Valley.

    One of the more colorful California politicians and a skilled coalition builder,...

  • Doheny Kosher scandal: What took RCC so long? [UPDATED]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 27, 2013 | 9:11 pm

    [UPDATE, MARCH 28] Rabbi Yakov Vann, the RCC's director of Kashrut Services, said in an email to The Journal on Thursday that the RCC is reviewing "all aspects of its protocols" and considering "all information relating to what took place at Doheny Meats." Vann said the RCC will...

  • Orna Eilon: Connecting for cultural continuity

    By Dikla Kadosh

    January 3, 2013 | 11:53 am

    For thousands of years, Jews have lived as minority populations in various regions worldwide, surviving largely through their strong commitment to community. 

    Orna Eilon is continuing that tradition through tireless work as the unpaid CEO of the MATI Israeli Community Center, in...

  • Temple Judea to hire Rabbi Joshua Aaronson

    By Ryan Torok

    January 2, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    [UPDATE: Jan. 18] Members of Temple Judea in Tarzana concluded a yearlong search for a new senior rabbi by voting to hire Rabbi Joshua Aaronson on Jan. 16. The spiritual leader of Temple Har Shalom in Park City, Utah, Aaronson will join Judea, a 1,000-member-family Reform...

  • Bet Tzedek moves east

    By Ryan Torok

    November 28, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Ever since Bet Tzedek’s inception in 1974, the free legal-services firm has mostly been housed in the heavily Jewish Fairfax district, with additional offices in the San Fernando Valley and the Mid-Wilshire area. In August, it consolidated all three into a single headquarters in...

  • The Howard Berman-Brad Sherman campaign war

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 24, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    I’ve covered many political campaigns, but none quite like Berman versus Sherman.

    Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman really seem to hate one another. When Sherman put his arm around Berman’s shoulders in a belligerent manner during their recent debate, he edged close to the...

  • Berman or Sherman? No thanks, says Valley Republican group

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 10, 2012 | 1:46 pm

    The San Fernando Valley Republican Club (SFVRC) has decided not to endorse either Rep. Brad Sherman or Rep. Howard Berman, the two Democratic incumbents who will face off in November in the hotly contested and closely watched race to represent the newly redrawn 30th Congressional...

  • Berman snags newspaper endorsements, Sherman files complaint against Berman campaign

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 9, 2012 | 11:26 am

    With California’s congressional primary election scheduled to take place on June 5, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys), has won endorsements from the editorial boards of the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News.

    As a result of redistricting, Berman, who has represented parts...

  • Live Broadcast: Berman v. Sherman Debate (With Mark Reed) [LIVE RECORDING]

    By JewishJournal

    February 21, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    [UPDATE: This is a recording of a live broadcast from Tuesday, Feb. 21.] 

    On Tuesday night, Feb. 21, JewishJournal.com will live stream a congressional debate from Temple Judea in Tarzana.  The debate will feature 30th district candidates Brad Sherman, Howard Berman and Mark Reed.

  • Sherman lays into Berman in four-way Congressional debate

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 11, 2012 | 6:55 pm

    In 2001, the last time the lines of congressional districts were redrawn, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) so hated the way that the San Fernando Valley was sliced into districts that he reportedly said that Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys) “stabbed me in the back.”

    In 2011,...

  • Letters to the Editor: Middle East, climate change, Israel and the San Fernando Valley

    December 22, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    Peoples of the Middle East: Real or Invented?

    Not so much a bombshell as a failed firecracker (“Newt’s Bombshell,” Dec. 16). David Suissa turns back the clock to 1977 for a quote from Zahir Muhsein that states the obvious: “There is no difference between Jordanians,...

  • Big money, a game of chicken, and Wikipedia smears: a month in the Berman v. Sherman race

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 12, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    In the time since this blog first launched, media outlets have continued beating the bushes for news on the developing race between Rep. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks). As a result of this year’s citizen-led redistricting process, the...

  • Bill Clinton, state and local officials endorse Sherman in contested West Valley district

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 5, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    The competition between two Jewish Democratic incumbents for the newly redrawn 30th Congressional district in the West San Fernando Valley is heating up.

    On August 5, Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) released a list of more than 100 political and community leaders endorsing his...

  • Valley and Proud: Ventura Boulevard

    May 20, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    Breakfast at Noah’s or Western Bagel?

    Plush seats and ushers at ArcLight Sherman Oaks or art-house fare at Encino’s Laemmle Town Center 5?

    Jerry’s Famous Deli or Fromin’s … er, make that Uncle Bernie’s Deli?

    No, Art’s. Followed by 90 minutes of improvised laughs at...

  • San Fernando Valley: Like!

    By Dikla Kadosh

    May 20, 2011 | 12:41 pm

    It was a gorgeous spring afternoon in Woodland Hills, and I was sitting at a table in the outdoor courtyard of a small food court waiting for one of my friends to arrive from the city for a lunch date. 

    “Hopefully arrive 1:15-ish,” she texted me, stuck in horrendous traffic and...

  • PJ Library families snuggle up with Jewish books

    October 23, 2008 | 1:04 am

    Ellianna Brandt, age 3, doesn't get much mail.

    But when her monthly package from PJ Library arrives, she knows just what she is tearing into: A Jewish book that she will enjoy with her mother, Aviva, or her father, Scott, who isn't Jewish.

    The Brandt family of Portland, Ore., has...

  • All pink, all the time

    July 31, 2008 | 12:35 am

    The doors, roof and the mailbox of the Pink Lady's Woodland Hills home are painted in a shade that might best be described as cotton candy, and pink accents adorn her white picket fence. The interior is decorated in varying shades of pink, from the appliances in the kitchen to the...
  • Earthquake rattles San Gabriel, Pomona synagogues, Israeli consulate evacuated

    July 29, 2008 | 7:01 pm

    The Israeli consulate general in Los Angeles was evacuated shortly before noon Tuesday (local time) as a moderately strong earthquake of 5.4 magnitude rattled much of Southern California.

    “We were quite shook up since most of the Israelis had never experienced such an...

  • Economic turmoil puts pressure on Jewish community

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 24, 2008 | 2:07 am

    The food pantry would not open for another 40 minutes, but already about a dozen people were waiting in the parking lot, many holding umbrellas to shield themselves from the blistering San Fernando Valley sun. Before day's end, more than 100 people, Jews and non-Jews alike, many...
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