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  • Pew study finds a vibrant Jewish community

    October 10, 2013 | 12:57 pm

    Over the past week, I have seen a flurry of writing about Pew Research Center’s study on American Jews. Several scholars and communal leaders have taken an alarmist stance toward the findings, calling the increasing rate of intermarriage “devastating” and describing non-Orthodox...

  • Polishing jewels of Elul

    August 21, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    What is the art of welcoming?

    In the eyes of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, it’s his responsibility “to create a better place, foster an open and welcoming city and find the prosperity that lifts us all for generations to come.”

    For music legend Quincy Jones, it’s the act of...

  • Does Counting Negative Comments Prove Anything?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    February 6, 2013 | 7:00 am

    A new study called “Victims of Our Own Narratives?” was just published which claims “Dehumanizing characterizations of the other are rare in both Israeli and Palestinian school books.” If true, that’s great news. Dehumanizing characterizations of other people should have no place...

  • Schoolbooks ingrain Israeli-Palestinian enmity, study says

    February 4, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Israelis and Palestinians depict each other in schoolbooks as an enemy and largely deny their adversary's history and existence, according to a U.S. government-funded study published on Monday.

    Young minds are inheriting a century-old struggle for land and legitimacy through...

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  • Study: Obama’s middle name influences Israeli perceptions

    September 19, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    President Obama’s middle name, Hussein, can influence the way he is perceived by Israelis, a new study found.

    Researchers at the University of Haifa and University of Texas found that when Obama’s middle name was used to identify him, Israelis saw him as less pro-Israel.

    ...
  • Genetic study offers clues to history of North Africa’s Jews

    August 6, 2012 | 3:53 pm

    A new genetic analysis has reconstructed the history of North Africa’s Jews, showing that these populations date to biblical-era Israel and are not largely the descendants of natives who converted to Judaism, scientists reported on Monday.

    The study also shows that these Jews form...

  • Leading Jewish demographer disputes study of N.Y. Jews

    July 25, 2012 | 10:12 am

    Len Saxe, a leading Jewish demographer, said a widely cited survey on New York Jewry overestimated the number of Orthodox Jews in the city and its environs.

    Saxe, a demographer at Brandeis University, told The New York Jewish Week that the data on the Orthodox in The Jewish...

  • Five steps to studying and learning from the Torah

    May 15, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Observing my kids playing, I notice how the same toy, no matter how many times they play with it, can reveal the most remarkable things. My daughter, with the vocabulary befitting a 1 1/2-year-old, will bring her ball over to me and point to a mark on it with a delighted grunt.

    ...
  • Advanced Talmudic study program for women to close

    May 14, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    The Advanced Talmudic Institute at MATAN, one of the few programs for women in Israel that focuses on high-level Talmud study, is closing.

    MATAN, the Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for Torah Studies, was established in 1988, and the Advanced Talmudic Institute, a leading program...

  • Accidental Talmudist: Day 2,558 - A Teacher Like Mrs. Schreiber

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 15, 2012 | 5:02 pm

    If I ask you to name a teacher who influenced you, does a name and a face come to mind?

    We were recently asked to recall such teachers by a young rabbi at Temple Beth Am. Conversations buzzed instantly. The gentleman sitting next to me had a professor who said, “You’ll never be...

  • Breast is Best - Give me a Break!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 12, 2011 | 9:37 am

    Apparently, there is a new study out that specifically links breast-fed babies with a better behavior when they are four or five years old, than those that weren’t breast-fed.  Are you kidding me?  Of course breast-feeding your child is good for them, we all know that by now.  Do...

  • Study: Birthright alumni better Israel advocates, marry Jewish

    March 17, 2011 | 11:35 am

    The impact of a Taglit-Birthright experience is significant and lasts for years, according to a new study.


    Participants in the 10-day Israel trips are more confident advocates for Israel, are more likely to feel very connected to Israel, and are 51 percent more likely to marry a...

  • Israeli students protest yeshiva stipend

    November 2, 2010 | 9:49 am

    Thousands of Israeli university students gathered in Jerusalem to protest a bill that would provide stipends to yeshiva students.

    As many as 10,000 students from universities throughout the country arrived by chartered buses to the capital Monday evening for the protest march from...

  • Cedars-Sinai studies liver transplants for HIV patients

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    December 18, 2008 | 2:44 am

    Although he was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1991, Brent Carrillo had been well enough to pursue careers in custom stone and tile installation and interior design with relatively few health setbacks. A lifelong resident of Burbank, Carrillo moved to Portland in 2005 to enjoy a home...
  • Campus groups offer students cash for Torah study

    By Ben Harris

    August 21, 2008 | 12:31 am

    Several years ago, Rabbi Shlomo Levin hit on a new way to attract students from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to classes at his nearby Orthodox synagogue. Instead of spending money on eye-catching advertising, Levin reasoned it would be simpler just to give the money directly...
  • Shuls to observe Tisha B’Av through study, films

    August 6, 2008 | 11:23 pm

    Tisha B'Av -- the ninth day of the month of Av -- is a day of fasting and mourning to commemorate some of the greatest tragedies to befall the Jewish people, among them the destruction of both Holy Temples in Jerusalem and the expulsion from Spain in 1492. But despite this litany of...
  • New kosher cooking school steps up to the plate—and that’s not chopped liver!

    By Sue Fishkoff

    July 17, 2008 | 1:36 am

    On the first day of class at a new kosher cooking school in Brooklyn, 22-year-old Erica Zimmerman carefully slices raw potatoes into a stainless steel bowl.

    Zimmerman, a student at New York University, says she's always been interested in cooking, but as an observant Jew only wanted...

  • Do you ‘mommy’ your hubby?

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    June 4, 2008 | 2:28 pm

    I came across an article recently called “Do You Mommy Your Husband?

      Women find themselves mothering their husbands because of societal pressures to be the ultimate woman, says Pepper Schwartz, a sociology professor at the University of Washington in Seattle.

      “We’ve...

  • Small Mac attack, Wright flap, too much tolerance

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The Professor Anti-Semites Love

    I was shocked to learn that an article I had published in 1972 is being cited by anti-Semites to support their twisted ideas ("The Professor Anti-Semites Love," May 9).

    I wonder how many people have actually read my article. Essentially, I analyzed...
  • Pico-Olympic traffic plan on hold after judge’s decision

    By Amy Klein

    May 4, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Granting a temporary victory to neighborhood councils, a judge today ordered the City of Los Angeles to conduct a new environmental impact report (EIR) before implementing the Pico-Olympic traffic plan.

    For the last six months, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Jack...
  • Some retirees make aliyah to San Miguel de Allende

    By Buzzy Gordon

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    This coming week, Angelenos of all races and creeds will join in Cinco de Mayo celebrations that the local Mexican American community has adopted as its major holiday (even though it is different from Mexico's actual Independence Day, which is Sept. 16; May 5 marks a victory of the...
  • We don’t need more gabfests on diversity

    By David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The details of the ugly dustup between a leading local Jewish philanthropist, Daphna Ziman, and the local African American head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Rev. Eric Lee, are still at issue. Ziman disseminated her account of the encounter in a widely...
  • Before and after

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    While studying this Torah portion several years ago, I enjoyed one of those peculiar delights vouchsafed to those who learn to study great Jewish texts in the Hebrew original -- the discovery a great mistranslation. The concept is "ein mukdam u'm'uchar ba'Torah" -- usually...
  • LimmudLA: 4,000 years of Jewish history in one hour

    By Jessica Steinberg

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm


    David Solomon
    With white butcher paper stretching around the room, David Solomon hurriedly scrawls timelines with his thick black marker, delineating 250-year blocks of time.

    "Dudes, don't try this at home," he jokes with the audience of mostly 20- and 30-something participants....

  • Veggie lovers could fare better in cancer fight

    By Melissa Knopper

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    If you're a middle-aged man (or already past it) here's what should be on your menu today: tomato sauce, watermelon, stir-fried tofu and veggies, selenium and vitamin E. Wash it all down with a swig of green tea or pomegranate juice and you may be able to ward off prostate cancer....
  • Torah study builds unshakable conviction in faith

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As the '07-'08 school year is well under way, are you sure you've got everything you need? Pens? Check. Cool new backpack? Check. New makeup set? No need, I go to an all-girls school. Cute shoes? Check. A real understanding of the significance of a Jewish education? Eh, not so...
  • New study finds 1 million more Jews in U.S.

    By Jacob Berkman

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A new study gives fairly concrete evidence that the American Jewish population could be more than 1 million people larger than believed -- but if so, it means efforts to engage them may have been less successful than the community realized.

    The United Jewish Communities' (UJC)...

  • How to choose an Israel summer program

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Josh Ungar will never forget the first time he laid eyes on the Western Wall.

    "It was right before Shabbos and [the tour leaders] led us to the Wall and had us close our eyes and then open them when we were right in front of the Kotel," remembered Ungar, 16, of his experience with...

  • The promise of ‘Peace in our Time’

    By Dan Gordon

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Iraq Study Group on the face of it seems to be a well-meaning enough document put together buy a well-meaning enough group of elder statespersons.

    One of the Study Group's co-chairs, Lee Hamilton, is a good, decent and principled man. The other co-chair is James Baker, who is...

  • Learning With the Learned; Virtual Hartman Institute; Jewish Law Course Offers CLE Credit

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Learning With the Learned

    Five of Los Angeles' learned rabbis and teachers will share their wisdom in "Master Class," an advanced Judaic continuing education class open to all at the University of Judaism (UJ), beginning Nov. 9. Each thematic section will meet for three sessions on...
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