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  • Free HIV treatment for asylum seekers, the art of makeup, Israman and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 26, 2014 | 11:55 am

    A wounded Syrian couple received emergency treatment in Israel

    As the blood continues to pour in the streets of Syria, Israel continues to provide treatment to wounded civilians.  Last week, Israel Defense Forces troops brought a wounded Syrian couple to Poriah Hospital near...

  • Israel’s new reality star, an unbelievable survival story, Birthright and more-This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 13, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Goodbye, Arik

    Former prime minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon passed away this Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him comatose. He will be remembered for his exploits in Israel's wars, the decision to leave Gaza, an infamous trip to the Temple Mount at the start of the second...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 5, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    The 19th Maccabiah comes to an end with some fine Israeli tunes!

    Last Tuesday, the 19th Maccabiah Games came to an end in a closing show to be remembered.  At Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, thousands of athletes rocked to the tunes of Israeli bands and singers, including Ivri Lider,...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 15, 2013 | 5:33 am

    One place, endless possibilities

    Have you checked the new Israel Tourism Ministry's mini-website? Under the slogan "One place, endless possibilities," the Tourism Ministry is marketing Israel as an international conference hub. The new mini-website describes Israel as a unique...

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  • A response to NYT article about racist Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 31, 2013 | 10:47 am

    Earlier today, I came across this article from the New York Times. It referred to last week's incident involving Beitar Yerushalaim soccer club fans, who raised a sign reading "Beitar will be pure forever", in protest of the decision to bring two Muslim players to the team.

    This...

  • In Europe, new kosher ski options that won’t break the bank

    December 26, 2012 | 9:53 am

    Skiing has always been something of a rich man’s sport.

    Between the costs of travel, accommodations, lift tickets and lessons, a family with children can easily drop upward of $6,000 for a few days on the slopes. If you keep kosher, the costs can be even higher.

    No longer. Over...

  • Teshuvah and Penn State

    September 12, 2012 | 11:09 am

    In our busy lives, there are lots of decisions to make. Although we know that quick judgments made without all the facts may be faulty, we do not have the time to dwell on each decision, and we learn to live with a kind of necessary impatience. Whether it is a route across town,...

  • Israel and the world Pt. 17 - weekly news from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 27, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    *25 Israeli athletes left several days ago for London, to compete in the 2012 Paralypmic Games. The athletes, all carrying a physical disability, will compete in nine sports: athletics, equestrian, road cycling, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, and wheelchair...

  • Bentsch it like Beckham?

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    We have bad news and good news to report on David Beckham.

    As everyone in the free and enslaved world knows (except some benighted American colonials), Beckham is the world's best, or best publicized, soccer player, a multimillionaire and husband of Victoria, aka Posh Spice.

    The bad...

  • L.A. ‘boys of summer’ take to the diamond in Israel

    By Carin Davis

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Echad, shtaiyim, shelosh strikes and you're out at the new ball game. That's right, sports fans, America's favorite pastime is set to become Israel's favorite pastime. At least that's the hope of the new Israel Baseball League (IBL). With six teams, three stadiums and a 45-game...
  • Leaders of the PAC are back

    By Carin Davis

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The Pac-10 Mens' Basketball Tournament returns to Staples Center this week, and Jewish athletes Derek Glasser and Alex Pribble join their teams in the quest for the Conference Tournament Title.

    Glasser, the starting point guard for Arizona State Sun Devils (8-21; 2-16 in Pac-10)...

  • Alter Kayakers make waves in Newport Bay

    By Barry Zwick

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Every Thursday morning, 11 supremely fit old men come thundering into Newport Bay, rounding up all the good rental kayaks on the Balboa Peninsula and singing at the top of their lungs.

    Most are major fundraisers for Heritage Pointe, Orange County's Home for the Jewish Aging, and...

  • Come dive with me—Israeli skydivers training in SoCal

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    You do it ... you can never go back," Israeli Sharon Har-noy said recently of her passion for the sport of skydiving. She and teammate Adi Freid met with a reporter during a break from training at Perris Valley Skydiving, about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

    Har-noy and Freid...

  • Pro soccer rookie Bornstein gives small goals a big kick

    By Carin Davis

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    ChivasUSA's Jonathan Bornstein is the top contender for the 2006 Major League Soccer (MLS) Rookie of the Year award. Not bad for the Los Alamitos native who was not invited to the MLS combine and was chosen in the fourth round (of four) of 2006 MLS SuperDraft (37th pick overall).
    ...
  • Circuit

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For the Children

    Emunah of America held a West Coast fundraiser recently to raise money for the residential homes and after-school programs to help Israel's needy children . One of those children, Dvora, attended the elegant buffet dinner and silent art auction at the Bel Age...

  • My Yiddische Mama

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What if famous people had Jewish mothers?

    That's the subject of a one-minute Internet film from Aish.com, the Web site of Aish Hatorah, the religious outreach organization based in Israel with branch offices around the world, including Los Angeles.

    The one minute "film" -- it's...

  • Choices Snowball for Ski Adventures

    By Adam Wills

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Skiers and snowboarders who want vacations with fresh powder have an avalanche of options this winter. Jewish ski trips abound for teens to 40-somethings of all skill levels.

    Mammoth and Lake Tahoe will be the setting for a variety of Jewish ski trips, and teens can hit the ditch at...

  • Sportsmanship Starts With Parents

    By Julie M. Brown

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Years ago, when my son was beginning his foray into competitive tennis, I entered him in a local, somewhat low-key tournament intended to introduce new players to tennis competition. I thought it would be fun. But as I watched my son's match, the activity one court over distracted...

  • Israel’s Grand Duo

    By Bucky Fox

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram think they can win the upcoming U.S. Open. Come again? The Grand Slam tennis tournament that no Israeli has come close to winning?

    "Every tournament we enter we think we can win," Ram said.

    Erlich and Ram nearly backed that up two years ago at Wimbledon....

  • Running the Gamut of Faith

    By Carin Davis

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "God on the Starting Line: The Triumph of a Catholic School Running Team and Its Jewish Coach" by Marc Bloom (Breakaway Books, 2004).

    In the celebrated world of competitive high school athletics, cross-country barely makes the map. Or more like it rarely makes the map, and when it...

  • Let the Games Begin

    By Carin Davis

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Let the games begin -- in Israel.

    The 17th World Maccabiah Games, an intense, world-class Olympic-style competition, will begin July 10 in Israel. The quadrennial games will bring together more than 7,000 Jewish athletes from 60 countries in 30 sports and four age...

  • Shabbat on Slopes Takes Wrong Turn

    By David T. Levinson

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    To me, skiing is almost a religious experience. When you're flying down the back bowls, sun on your face, cool air filling your lungs and a warm feeling filling your heart, it's like you can feel the hand of God.

    Last winter, my wife and I went skiing in Deer Valley, Utah.

    Deer...

  • Letters to the Editor

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Jewish-Black Ties

    The outrageous assertion that blacks and Jews have "passed through a period of hostility and animosity" and come together for "issues ranging from civil rights legislation to Israel" is absurd ("Jewish-Black Ties Loosen Over Years," Jan. 14).

    If it takes "a...

  • Twin Triathletes Go for the Gold

    By Carin Davis

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. may have the Hamm brothers, but Israel has the Alterman brothers. Like their American counterparts, these 24-year-old twins have their eyes on Olympic gold.

    Ran and Dan Alterman are Israel's reigning triathlon champions. For the past four years, they have dominated the sport...

  • Israel Serves Up a Star

    By Bucky Fox

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When the U.S. Open swings into New York Aug. 30, you'll have to squint to find Israel's tiniest tennis player.

    It'll be easier to catch her on the scoreboard. She's the one with the muscular name -- Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi -- and the big game.

    Generating power with her 5-foot-2,...

  • A Kick Out of Torah

    By Carin Davis

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What do you get when you cross Judaic philosophy with Chinese martial arts? Tora Dojo. The brainchild of Gandmaster H.I. Sober, Toro Dojo combines elements of traditional Karate and Kung Fu with Jewish spirituality. Tora Dojo, which started more than 30 years ago with 12 Yeshiva...

  • Coming of Age on a Basketball Court

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Eight years ago, public relations guru Dan Klores received a distressing telephone call from Steve Satin, his childhood friend from Brooklyn's 2nd Street Park. In high school, Satin had been popular, co-captain of the basketball team and, presumably, bound for medical school.

    But...

  • Words From the Old Ball Game

    By Rachel Brand

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With Seth Swirsky's Beatles-style haircut and soothing voice, one would probably hand him a guitar rather than a baseball bat. But if Swirsky -- a pop songwriter who has written gold- and platinum-selling albums for artists like Celine Dion and Taylor Dane -- were asked his...

  • Mainstreaming Makes a Difference

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Eight-year-old Tamar's fingers dance across a set of harp strings like small waves rhythmically pounding the surf. While the large instrument dwarfs her, she doesn't seem to mind as she sits and plays a complicated classical tune. After the musical interlude, she hops onto her living...

  • Rodeo: Not Just A Beverly Hills Street

    By Mike Levy

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The broncs and the bulls are coming to Anaheim. Not the NFL or NBA variety, though -- real bucking broncs and angry bulls, with real cowboys holding on for dear life. The rodeo is coming to town.

    The Justin Boots Bucking Thunder tour, in its first year after a debut event last...

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