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  • All about my IDF (part two)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 26, 2012 | 10:18 am

    I've wanted to tell you about my military service for a while now, but I never knew exactly what I want to say. However, since foreign media take a very negative, false approach towards the IDF, and more and more false accusations pop up every day, I feel I can't wait any longer...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 22, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Israeli President, Shimon Peres, welcomed the new Egyptian and Jordanian ambassadors in Israel earlier this week. The Egyptian ambassador, Atef Salem, is the first ambassador sent by the new Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi. At his welcoming meeting with Peres, Salem announced...

  • All about my IDF (part one)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 17, 2012 | 10:30 am

    I've wanted to tell you about my military service for a while now, but I never knew exactly what I want to say. However, since foreign media take a very negative, false approach towards the IDF, and more and more false accusations pop up every day, I feel I can't wait any longer...

  • Toulouse victims to be buried in Israel

    March 20, 2012 | 10:17 am

    The four victims of the attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse will be buried in Israel.

    The bodies will be flown from Toulouse to Paris by the French Air Force and then will be flown by El Al to Israel.

    The burials in Jerusalem are scheduled for Wednesday.

    A man riding a...

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  • Healing Hearts in Tel Aviv: How One California Woman Spent Her Post-Grad Months

    by Ashley Berns, alumna of Masa Israel's Oranim Tel Aviv Internship Experience

    November 16, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    “Ashley, if you weren’t here with me today I would have spent the day in the shower, crying.” These words, uttered through tears of relief, have remained with me during the last two years.

    Four weeks after graduating from the University of Southern California, I was on an El...

  • Debbie Friedman Tribute Services in SoCal

    January 14, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    FRIDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 14 (Shabbat Shirah)

    Los Angeles area

    6:15 p.m.

    Temple Isaiah
    10345 W. Pico Boulevard
    LA CA 90064
     
    The service features Cantor Evan Kent, Cantor Lorna Lembeck, and our resident Jazz Band “Steve Fox and Friends”

    Cantor Evan Kent...

  • The Pillar of American Democracy…at 40 Bucks a Day

    By Joel Chasnoff

    May 15, 2009 | 10:56 am

    Just finished a day-long stint of jury duty. After deferring four times in two years, I finally decided to suck it up and go. Part of it had to with my sincere belief in the trial-by-jury system. I find it in nothing less than incredible that American citizen has the right to have...

  • Mom’s final resting places—a cremation story

    By Ellie Kahn

    August 7, 2008 | 3:18 pm

    If you are offended either by the idea of cremation or humor about the dead, you may want to stop reading. It's OK.

    Maybe you weren't raised (as I was) by a woman who had no short-term memory for several years before she died, but retained a sharp and sick sense of humor --...

  • Hanging with the homeless at shul

    By David Suissa

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With about 40 people looking on, the elderly African American woman slowly got up and started singing a song she wrote:
    "You can go to church Sabbath mornings
    And shout out loud
    But you can't hold out 'til Mondays
    Before doing things wrong.
    Oh, oh, God have his eyes on you and me....
  • Death in the Hood

    By David Suissa

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Laura Gitlin-Petlak was 48 when she died on Feb. 12 at her home in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood.

    The next day, a few blocks from her house, a couple hundred people jammed the premises of Aish L.A., an Orthodox synagogue and outreach center, for her memorial service.

    A neighbor...

  • New faces and new places for Consuls General of Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A new Israeli consul general, Yaakov (Jacob) Dayan, will arrive in Los Angeles in November to succeed Ehud Danoch as his country's top diplomat in Southern California, five southwestern states and Hawaii.

    At the same time, it was announced in Jerusalem that two Los Angeles alumni of...

  • What’s your Jewish I.Q.?

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    1. When was Judaism founded?
    (a) 1000 C.E.
    (b) 5000 B.C.E.
    (c) 2000 B.C.E.
    (d) 1000 B.C.E.

    2. Who was the mother of Moses?

    3. Who was born a Moabite, became a Jew and was the great-grandmother of King David?
    (a) Rebekkah
    (b) Deborah
    (c) Lillith
    (d) Ruth

    4. Complete this line...

  • First Person - Like Any Other Child

    By Anton Dahlerbruch

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    By his size and handsome impression, our son, Max, appears to be like any other boy his age, however when you meet him in his wheelchair, you quickly learn that he is severely disabled, both cognitively and physically. He's unable to talk, use a device to communicate, propel himself...

  • Advice From an Insider

    By Kayla Greenberg

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Flashing lights blind me. I am deafened by the pounding music. I feel lost among the moving bodies. Where am I? At the scene of yet another sensory-overloaded bar mitzvah party.

    I am disturbed by the dancing girls dressed in tube tops and thigh-length skirts and people drinking at...

  • Hitler’s Favorite Book Ignites Feud

    By Nathaniel Popper

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A mounting Internet feud has led to the expulsion of a public leader of the Holocaust revisionist movement from Amazon.com and triggered a slew of threatening e-mails against a Jewish communal official.

    The trouble started soon after Allyson Rowen Taylor, associate director of the...

  • Spectator

    By David Finnigan

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Temple Shalom for the Arts has a little part of its soul in Los Angeles gospel, when the independent congregation will host the pre-Passover Shared Heritage of Freedom service at the Wilshire Theatre on April 15.

    "There was a real need to get the Jewish and African American...

  • Pesach Trip Options Beyond the Ordinary

    By Soriya Daniels

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Passover travel once meant shlepping to Miami Beach, where great operatic tenors like Robert Merrill and Jan Peerce would conduct the seder at a fancy-schmancy hotel, or to the Catskills, which was more haimish but just as fattening.

    But Passover travel options today have expanded...

  • Front-Line Valor

    By Abraham Rabinovich

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As a journalist in the Yom Kippur War, I came upon a Patton tank company refueling behind the Israeli lines in Sinai during the last

    week of fighting. Nearby, an artillery battery was firing in support of forces beginning to cross the Suez Canal through the hole in the Egyptian lines...

  • When You Can’t Go Home Again

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ah, the High Holidays. Time to gather, celebrate, eat, fast, repent and eat some more. But before you can get to any of that, there's another, perhaps less-ancient tradition that takes place a few weeks prior. It's the High Holiday scramble, and anyone without deeply planted roots...

  • Israel Has Rx for U.S. Health Care

    By Mordechai Shani

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Israel and the United States each have successes and failures in their respective health care systems, but the younger of the modern nations, rooted in its tradition of helping the needy, has much to teach its American ally. When it comes to some of the most important issues facing...

  • Hatzolah Expands Emergency Service

    By Julie G Fax

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    After midnight one Sunday last December, Motty Stock found his wife, Freda, unconscious on the bedroom floor. He picked up two phones and simultaneously called 911 and Hatzolah, an all-volunteer emergency first-response service.

    While Stock was still on the phone giving information...

  • Adding Mitzvah Multiplies Simcha

    By Donna Gordon Blankinship

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sometimes the smallest details are the ones that make the biggest impression. You remember the pretty napkins or the mints with dessert. You remember the bride walking down the aisle with both her parents instead of just her father. You remember the way the bat mitzvah girl wore a...

  • L.A Lobbies to Keep Rotem

    By Tom Tugend

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's Consul General Yuval Rotem bade farewell Monday night to the Los Angeles community he has served for nearly five years, but his admirers hope that they can persuade Jerusalem to extend his stay.

    In a brief but emotional address at the annual Israel Independence Day...

  • Yom HaShoah Events

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Friday, April 16

    Laemmle Theaters: Release of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "Prisoner of Paradise," about German Jewish actor Kurt Gerron, sent to a concentration camp and forced to write and direct Nazi propaganda. Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869....

  • A Divine Call to Action

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Once, on a mission to Israel, we needed a minyan for a prayer service during the airplane flight. We were a total of six men in our group, so we began to scan the plane for the remaining four for the requisite 10 men.

    As I went up and down the aisles, one fellow turned to me and...

  • Get Untangled From Web of Bad Dates

    By Amy Klein

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Evan Marc Katz has never had a bad Internet date. Well, except for the time his date had an aneurysm -- and that was hardly his fault, was it? OK, aside from the time that Katz's blind date had a seizure, he's never had a bad Internet date. That's because he follows his own rules...

  • C’mon, a Bat Mitzvah Is, Like, So Uncool

    By Marlene Heller

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Everything was going wrong. First, her best friend moved. Not just to another town, she moved to another state.

    Also, she was starting a new school this year. Middle school was scary to think about, though she would never admit it out loud. She was too cool for that.

    And now her...

  • Shalom Y’All

    By Anthea Gerrie

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Shalom Y'all" sounds suspiciously like a slogan designed to sell souvenirs to Jewish visitors in the American South, and indeed the phrase adorns T-shirts, mugs and other paraphernalia in the gift shop of Charleston's Beth Elohim Synagogue.

    But the drawled greeting is also common...

  • Freewheeling Around D.C.

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Stephen Marks and his wife, Janna, acquired Bike the Sites in December 2002, they didn't realize how their two-wheeled tours of Washington, D.C., would translate to a Jewish audience.

    "We put together some talking points to generate discussion and thought from a Jewish...

  • Different Yet Identical

    By Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In introducing us to the patriarchal family of Isaac, son of Abraham, this week's Torah portion of Toldot begins: "And these are the offspring of Isaac son of Abraham -- Abraham begot Isaac." Since Torah is not given to redundancy, this opening passage raises the question: Once we're...

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