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  • The hard-hat earthquake prep

    By Jared Sichel

    January 15, 2014 | 4:16 pm

    It was an odd sight inside the Shoff family’s home in Santa Monica — a television.

    Growing up in an Orthodox home, Elchanan Shoff’s parents didn’t own a television. But in the weeks following the Northridge earthquake, they set up a small black-and-white television to follow...

  • Joyce Black, philanthropist, 75

    By Tom Tugend

    October 7, 2013 | 5:08 pm

    Philanthropist and community activist Joyce Black, wife of real estate magnate Stanley Black for 57 years, died on Oct. 4 after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was 75.

    Stanley Black recalled Joyce as a witty, humorous person, always ready with a quip, as well as a quick...

  • SoCal athletes find fulfillment at Maccabiah Games

    August 1, 2013 | 11:29 am

    When Dave Blackburn, a six-time starting softball pitcher for the Maccabi USA team, got into a severe car accident in 2010, he had one central fear.

    “I’ll never be able to play softball again,” Blackburn recalled thinking. “I won’t be able to make it to the 19th [Maccabiah]...

  • The Sleeper Car of Jewish Indgredients

    By Michael Israel

    July 22, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    Pardon me as I go on a brief tangent unrelated to food. I would like to discuss sleeper cars. A sleeper car by definition is one that looks like a normal sedan or average car, but possesses a huge amount of power and performance. Sleeper cars became popular in the 1960’s at the...

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  • As Jewish as Meatballs

    By Michael Israel

    July 8, 2013 | 10:07 am

    If I were to say that meatballs are as classic of a Jewish dish as brisket and kugel, you would probably call me crazy. Typically, meatballs are associated with cozy Italian restaurants, with checkered tablecloths and oversized bottles of Chianti wrapped in wicker. I say meatball...

  • A jail as a mental hospital

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 26, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    James Coley and Robert Warfield, case workers for the Integrated Recovery Network, walked into the Twin Towers Correctional Facility with purpose and confidence, exactly the qualities needed for talking to some of the approximately 2,500 mentally ill inmates confined in the...

  • Excitement You Can Taste

    By Michael Israel

    June 24, 2013 | 10:14 am

    Summer has arrived. In my opinion, there is nothing better on a hot summer day than spicy food. Interestingly enough, the greatest spicy cuisines come from very hot regions such as Southeast Asia, Central America and North Africa. Some studies show that eating spicy food on a hot...

  • Autism musical sells out

    May 15, 2013 | 3:06 pm

    Normally, a two-day run is nothing to boast about — but no one who saw the new musical “A Chorus Line of Another Kind” at the Highways Performance space in Santa Monica would say it was anything but a resounding success.

    Both “A Chorus Line of Another Kind” and “On Our Own,”...

  • Zionist leader offers doubt about Shangri-La verdict

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 27, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    After the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica and its owner, Tehmina Adaya, were found guilty in August of discriminating against a group of Jews who had come to a party held on the hotel pool’s deck, Steven Goldberg, national vice chair of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA),...

  • Judge denies Hotel Shangri-La’s motions, appeal likely

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 31, 2013 | 10:22 am

    A judge in a Santa Monica courthouse rejected a request for a new trial from the Hotel Shangri-La and its owner on Jan. 31.

    In August 2012, a jury found the boutique hotel in Santa Monica and its owner, Tehmina Adaya, guilty of discriminating against a group of young Jews and...

  • Zionist group to honor anti-Islam activists at Hotel Shangri-La

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 18, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    When the Muslim part-owner of a Santa Monica boutique hotel was found guilty last year of discriminating against a group of Jewish patrons, the hotel announced it would host a party for a Jewish group as part of its efforts to repair its reputation. Now, the Zionist group whose...

  • Shangri-La juror said to have hidden her Jewishness

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 16, 2013 | 12:48 pm

    In court papers filed Jan. 7, attorneys for the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica and its owner allege that of 12 members on the jury that unanimously found their clients guilty of discriminating in 2010 against a group of Jewish patrons, one juror concealed her own Jewishness...

  • Richard Bloom sworn in

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 6, 2012 | 11:48 am

    After weeks that saw Richard Bloom’s lead in the race for the Westside’s new 50th Assembly District both grow and shrink, the former Santa Monica mayor was sworn in as a member of the California State Assembly on Dec. 3.

    His lead over his opponent, Democratic incumbent...

  • A Richard Bloom win in the 50th Assembly District?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 15, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Since Election Day, when Richard Bloom closed out the night with a slim lead of 218 votes over his opponent, incumbent Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, in the race for the 50th Assembly District, the mayor of Santa Monica has found himself in an unusual position. 

    “I’m being welcomed...

  • Cheers turn to jeers at GOP event

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 6, 2012 | 11:58 pm

    Amid life-sized cutouts of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Republicans gathered in a backroom at the Daily Grill in Santa Monica on Tuesday night to watch Fox News election returns on two large screens. 

    The mood was festive as the evening kicked off with drinks and appetizers and the...

  • Dreamators Ltd. (the movie crew in our minds)

    By Peter Himmelman

    October 24, 2012 | 8:14 pm

    The stories we tell ourselves to deflect from doing the things we dream of doing are wonderfully written. They’ve got nuance, detail and incredible dialogue. In fact they’re masterworks of searing influence. Marv, (that's the name I give to the internal critic - that voice in our...

  • Hotel Shangri-La, ZOA find common ground

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 29, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    On Aug. 21, on the heels of a jury decision that found the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica, along with one of its part-owners, had discriminated against a group of Jews during an incident in 2010, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) sent out a notice...

  • ZOA calls off Hotel Shangri-La protest after ‘concessions’ from owner

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 24, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    On Tuesday, Aug. 21, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) sent out a notice that it was planning a protest Sunday, Aug. 26, in front of the Hotel Shangri-La to “express outrage” following a recent jury decision that found the hotel and its owner had...

  • The story behind the Hotel Shangri-La anti-Semitism trial

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 22, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    It was late in the afternoon on Aug. 15, a Wednesday, when the jury delivered its verdict to a Santa Monica courtroom. The discrimination case that had been brought against the oceanfront boutique Hotel Shangri-La by a group of young Jews had been going on for nearly four weeks, and...

  • ZOA to protest outside Hotel Shangri-La

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 21, 2012 | 11:07 pm

    In the wake of the recent jury verdict that found the Hotel Shangri-La and its owner, Tehmina Adaya, had illegally discriminated against a group of young Jews in 2010, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is planning to hold a peaceful protest outside the...

  • Third full day of deliberations in FIDF v. Hotel Shangri-La trial ends without a verdict

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 13, 2012 | 11:07 pm

    In the civil case brought by a group of young Jewish members of a pro-Israel group against the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica and its owner, before the trial even began, the court was the setting for a three-day process of selecting a jury that a member of the courtroom staff...

  • Closing arguments in Hotel Shangri-La discrimination trial

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 8, 2012 | 7:15 pm

    Attorneys presented their closing arguments on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the discrimination trial brought by members of a pro-Israel group against the owner of a boutique hotel in Santa Monica.

    After a trial that had lasted nearly 10 days, the jurors listened as lawyers for the two...

  • Shangri-La hotel owner testifies in FIDF discrimination trial

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 2, 2012 | 3:51 pm

    Until she testified in court on Aug. 1, Tehmina Adaya, who is part owner, president and CEO of the Hotel Shangri-La, was a silent but constant presence in the discrimination lawsuit brought against her and her hotel.

    During the first few days of witness testimony, while most of the...

  • Hotel Shangri-La trial raises specter of anti-Semitism

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 1, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    Is the word “Jew” offensive? What about “f—-ing Jew”?

    That rather provocative question was posed on July 27 by Philip Black, one of the attorneys defending the Muslim owner of the Hotel Shangri-La, a boutique hotel in Santa Monica, against a discrimination lawsuit brought by...

  • Trial begins in FIDF v. Hotel Shangri-La discrimination case

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 27, 2012 | 12:29 am

    A case of discrimination brought by a group of young Los Angeles Jews affiliated with a pro-Israel group against the Muslim owner of a hotel in Santa Monica began in Los Angeles Superior Court in Santa Monica on July 26.

    The plaintiffs, including more than a dozen young Jewish...

  • Showing Kindness is Not Hard, it is Required

    By Ilana Angel

    July 15, 2012 | 2:53 pm

    Sadly I am often surprised by how, when given the opportunity, people are not kind to a stranger.  We live in a harsh and cynical world where there is not a lot of kindness.  I understand people are jaded, but when you make a conscious decision to not lend a hand to someone in need,...

  • Santa Monica nativity ban hits menorahs, too

    June 14, 2012 | 12:29 am

    The Santa Monica City Council has banned all future nativity, anti-nativity and Chanukah displays at the oceanfront Palisades Park. The 5-0 vote on June 12 ends a nearly 60-year winter tradition.

    The religious displays have been the subject of controversy in recent years, with...

  • Polio survivor’s new film explores sexual surrogacy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 18, 2012 | 4:35 pm

    Nine years before Mark O’Brien died, the 36-year-old poet and journalist, who was also a polio survivor living in an iron lung, decided he wanted to lose his virginity. Until then, he’d always been ashamed of his sexuality, which he believed served no purpose save to mortify him...

  • Does Loud & Greasy = Old?

    By Ilana Angel

    January 17, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    This weekend I went shopping with my son.  He is going to a winter formal and needed a new outfit so we headed out to Santa Monica to spend the day shopping, walking around, and having lunch.  It was a beautiful day, there were a ton of people out and about, and we had a wonderful...

  • Santa Monica’s Planet Raw goes kosher

    November 16, 2011 | 4:33 pm

    Kosher foodies have a new option in downtown Santa Monica. Raw foods restaurant Planet Raw recently adopted kosher certification by Kosher Vegan Raw, which oversees the vegan and raw foods industry.

    Planet Raw owner Juliano Brotman, a chef to stars such as Natalie Portman and Demi...

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