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  • Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti vows to cut water use by 20 percent over drought

    November 3, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    The mayor of Los Angeles aims to reduce local water use by 20 percent over the next three years to address a record drought through a mix of voluntary measures for residents and mandatory restrictions for city departments, the city said on Tuesday.

    Mayor Eric Garcetti, in an...

  • Firefighters battle raging San Diego wildfires

    May 16, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    California firefighters were battling wind-whipped wildfires on Friday, as some 125,000 people fled their homes in the San Diego area and police arrested at least two people on arson-related charges.

    The cluster of fires comes as California enters its peak fire season amid its...

  • Sultan’s new Sharia laws prompt Jewish groups to shun Beverly Hills Hotel

    By Jared Sichel

    May 8, 2014 | 4:31 pm

    Some of Southern California’s largest Jewish organizations plan to stay away from the Beverly Hills Hotel, suspending future events at the landmark venue owned by the state-run Brunei Investment Agency.

    Their boycott was spurred by recent Sharia additions to the tiny Muslim...

  • For the sin of destroying God’s creation

    February 12, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    Even with a few recent showers here in Southern California, we are in the midst of what is, according to some scientists, “the worst drought in 500 years.” The cumulative effect of the past three dry years has implications for our well-being and the well-being of our planet. The...

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  • Sheldon Adelson puts money behind nationwide expansion of Israeli American Council

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 10, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    The Israeli American Council (IAC), the nonprofit umbrella organization that sponsors and supports various activities for Israeli-Americans and their families in Southern California, is launching an expansion effort aimed at replicating the IAC’s model across the country.

    The...

  • Shabbat with a side of Pastrami

    August 22, 2013 | 9:59 am

    As twilight approached on yet another gorgeous Southern California day, a cantor led a service bursting with guitar and dance. The room was packed with daveners, and kids circled a table, the youngest ones carrying Torah scrolls. 

    While this might be de rigueur at many synagogues...

  • Marty Sklar: Disney legend, mensch

    By Roberto Loiederman

    August 14, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    In 2001, Martin (Marty) Sklar, now 79, was officially recognized as a “Disney Legend” — The Walt Disney Co.’s version of the Hall of Fame. In 2009, another exclusive distinction was bestowed on the low-key leader who had for decades guided Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), the group...

  • 2013 SoCal Maccabiah medalists

    August 1, 2013 | 3:44 pm

    About 150 Southern California athletes competed in the Maccabiah Games in Israel last month. The games kicked off with the opening ceremonies on July 18 and ran through July 30, offering participants from all over the world opportunities to connect to Judaism and Israel through...

  • Obama Flounders in Face of National Calamity

    By Andrew Dugan

    July 12, 2013 | 11:59 am

    LOS ANGELES. Predictably, liberals have already begun scrambling to connect last night’s devastating storm to Climate Change™ or Global Warming™ or whatever buzzword is trending as of late in that camp—and “don’t get it twisted”: that is exactly the plan. While millions of Southern...

  • Canoga Park soda shop added to ‘Ice Cream Nation’

    July 12, 2013 | 10:22 am

    Here’s something to help get you through a Southern California summer: an ice cream soda in a chocolate-covered mug.

    The uniquely served treats at Jerry’s Soda Shoppe in Canoga Park are getting plenty of deliciously good press these days. Not only was the ice cream shop named the...

  • Son of ‘Pacific Standard Time’

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 15, 2013 | 11:31 am

    It’s back! 

    Remember long ago in those dark days of 2011, when “Pacific Standard Time,” the Getty-sponsored initiative, got more than 60 cultural organizations throughout Southern California to shine a light on the impact of Los Angeles’ art scene between 1945 and 1980? Well,...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    May 8, 2013 | 3:17 pm

    Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe Bernhard. Photo courtesy of Adat Ari El

    The Board of Rabbis of Southern California’s executive committee has elected Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe Bernhard, senior rabbi of Adat Ari El in Valley Village, as its new president. Bernhard officially began in the...

  • Parade, day of unity mark Lag B’Omer

    May 1, 2013 | 11:43 am

    Two major community events marked the relatively minor holiday of Lag B’Omer on April 28, bringing some bombast — and thousands of people — to local celebrations.

    In Pico-Robertson, Pico Boulevard was transformed into a pedestrian’s paradise for Jews from across Southern...

  • Adding Israeli spice to the burger mix

    April 24, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Southern California could be considered the epicenter of the hamburger universe. It’s where burger innovation was immortalized — the first cheeseburger allegedly was invented in Pasadena — and where every possible type has already been there, done that. (One Santa Monica restaurant...

  • A ‘walk’ to remember

    April 18, 2013 | 2:27 pm

    With African drumming and a chorus of shofars, more than 2,000 people in purple T-shirts reading “I walk to tip the scales” gathered in Pan Pacific Park on April 14 to call attention to global injustice.

    Under overcast skies, the seventh annual Walk to End Genocide raised more...

  • A novel meeting of Israeli, Socal culinary worlds

    April 10, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Given the similarities between their respective climates and diverse populations, the food cultures of Israel and Southern California would seem to have much in common. Chefs Assaf Granit and Uri Navon of Jerusalem’s lauded Machneyuda restaurant are about to find out firsthand...

  • Joe Sherwood: Honoring good police work

    By Rachel Heller

    November 20, 2012 | 5:06 pm

    It started with the morning paper. Every day, when Joe Sherwood read the news, he was struck by an imbalance he saw in law-enforcement reporting. 

    “Anytime there was a bad cop, it would be front-page news,” recalled Sherwood, 95. “They never talked about all the good police work...

  • Jewish Women’s Conference: Putting women first

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 14, 2012 | 2:42 pm

    The talk at the second annual Jewish Women’s Conference of Southern California focused not so much on the Jewish part, as on the women’s part. Some 300 women (and one man — a devoted husband, perhaps?) filled the ballroom of UCLA’s Covel Commons on Nov. 11 for a series of sessions...

  • Local Hadassah members celebrate in Israel

    October 24, 2012 | 2:19 pm

    Although many — perhaps most — members of the Hadassah contingent that flew from Southern California to Israel last week had visited the country before, all called it “the trip of a lifetime.”

    Joined by their Hadassah counterparts from across the United States and beyond, the 125...

  • Bend the Arc’s leader speaks about group’s goals

    By Ryan Torok

    August 8, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    With tax reform on his mind, Alan van Capelle, CEO of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, came to Los Angeles to talk with young professionals during an Aug. 1 house party about what sets his social justice organization apart.

    “We are now the only Jewish social justice...

  • Capturing the music scene

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 13, 2012 | 10:54 am

    The recent regional extravaganza known as Pacific Standard Time (PST), a six-month, far-ranging agglomeration of Southern California exhibitions, installations and performances, began with a series of shows that made a very convincing argument for the importance of art created in Los...

  • Bnai Zion renews efforts in SoCal

    By  Tom Tugend

    March 29, 2012 | 2:09 pm

    Like old soldiers, Jewish organizations never die. For proof, look to Bnai Zion.

    Established in 1908 in New York as the Order of the Sons of Zion B’nai Zion,  the organization has, over the years, changed its name and mission, and even lost its apostrophe. Now known as Bnai Zion,...

  • Hadassah SoCal executive director retires

    By Ryan Torok

    September 7, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    After more than 14 years as executive director of Hadassah Southern California, Laura Kaplansky stepped down on Aug. 19. Elissa Berzon, former director of the Metro Area of Hadassah of Southern California, has replaced Kaplansky, taking on the new title of director of Hadassah...

  • California synagogue saved from auction block

    May 17, 2011 | 11:19 am

    Congregation Beth David in San Luis Obispo, Calif., was saved from the auction block.

    The Reform synagogue in Southern California reached an 11th-hour agreement with Mission Community Bank, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, in its foreclosure proceeding. The details were...

  • 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...

  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through Feb. 2009

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 10, 2008 | 3:04 pm

    ALTTEXT

    Robert Dowd -- Pop Art Money -- See Jan.17 listing

    DECEMBER

    Fri., Dec. 12
    "Laemmle Through the Decades: 1938-2008, 70 Years in 7 Days." It must have been an extraordinarily difficult task to select only seven films to represent the rich and diverse history of the Laemmle Theatres...

  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through November 2008

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 3:22 am

    SEPTEMBER

    Fri., Sept. 12
    "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People." Angelenos can explore the legacy of one of the Catholic Church's most beloved popes in a new Skirball Cultural Center exhibition. Through artifacts, photographs and audiovisual recordings...
  • Video pioneer dances with feminine personas

    By Susan Josephs

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As a little girl growing up in New York City, Eleanor Antin went with her mother to see a performance by the world-renowned Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. "I can still see the dancers in my mind, leaping across the stage," she said. "I absolutely loved it."

    Years later, as a conceptual...

  • Get the doctor’s attention—for a fee

    By Sara Shereen Bakhshian

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Rising costs, crowded waiting rooms and decreasing access to doctors are among the reasons medical patients in Southern California and across the nation use words like "headache" and "frustration" to describe America's health care system. And with declining insurance reimbursements,...
  • Is L.A. in the market for another grocery strike?

    By Naomi Glauberman

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As the Jewish community nears the end of Passover on April 9, the second contract extension between the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and Southern California's major supermarkets -- Supervalu Inc.'s Albertsons, Kroger Co.'s Ralphs and Safeway Inc.'s Vons -- is set to...
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