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  • Melting in Los Angeles

    By Ilana Angel

    June 19, 2016 | 4:53 pm

    I have seriously had enough.  I never thought the day would come when I would admit this publically but here we go: I AM OVER THE VALLEY. I’m sure part of it is because I am Canadian and there is just something wrong about it being over 100 degrees, but there is nothing attractive...

  • Valley homeless organization breaks ground for impressive complex

    By Leslee Komaiko

    June 9, 2016 | 11:57 am

    When Valley Shelter opened some 30 years ago in a former motel on Lankershim Boulevard, it was the San Fernando Valley’s first refuge for homeless families. The complex, part of LA Family Housing (LAFH), became home to 250 people at any given time. 

    But there had been growing...

  • LAHSA volunteers report low homelessness rate in San Fernando Valley

    February 3, 2016 | 2:38 pm

    Tally sheets in hand and layered up against the weather — though they were instructed not to leave their vehicles — volunteers took to their cars and spread out into the night to seek out the homeless around Encino as part of the 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count on Jan. 27. ...

  • No end in sight for victims of SoCal gas leak

    January 20, 2016 | 11:22 am

    The trouble in the Katz household started a few months ago, when 2-year-old Ava got sick and was hospitalized in the intensive care unit for respiratory issues. Around the same time, Christine Katz, 41 and a full-time mom, started having dizzy spells and feeling lethargic, and the...

  • Richard Close: A lion’s roar in the valley

    By Aron Chilewich

    July 16, 2015 | 10:43 am

    Richard H. Close is one of the most powerful people in Los Angeles who most people don’t know. As a citizen advocate, he has spearheaded some of the most widely discussed and controversial local political movements in the past 40 years. 

    Close, 70, has a dry and grandfatherly...

  • Larry Sultan: Finding beauty photographing the mundane

    By Avishay Artsy

    December 4, 2014 | 10:27 am

    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.


  • 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...

  • 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...

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