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  • In Lugansk, an icy Ukraine winter tests a war-torn community

    1 day ago

    In an unheated synagogue with no running water, a dozen Jews are trying to keep warm as temperatures here veer toward the single digits.

    Not moving too much helps keep the warmth under their thick coats, they say, a technique developed as the group gathered at least once a week...

  • Exodus at (Cedars-)Sinai

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    In 2003, when John T. Lange was hired as curator of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s vast contemporary art collection, one of his first tasks was to take inventory of the items in the collection’s storage room.

    Rummaging through a stack high up on a shelf, Lange came across...

  • A Bright Light For The L.A. Art Scene: QART.COM Gallery Opening

    By Milad Doroudian

    1 week ago

    How much do you know about Stan Lee, despite the fact that he was Jewish, and had something to do with Spiderman? If not much, then here is your chance to discover one of the reasons why he is considered to be one of the most important comic-book artists of all time.

    Quality Art...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago


    How many times have you promised yourself that "the diet starts tomorrow," but couldn't keep that promise? Sometimes it seems that no matter how much we want to live and maintain a healthier lifestyle, temptations around us prevent it from happening.

    A new Israeli startup,...

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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    This week, I would like to introduce you to the most Hollywood-like Israeli TV series, which is a combination of non-stop action, thrills and drama.

    New-York, which is filmed partly in Manhattan and partly in Israel, tells the story of Yossi Elharizi, the illegitimate son of...

  • Ten Lessons Learned from a Rabbi’s Murder.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

    1- The world is random.  No amount of holiness or payer can save a pious man from random evil.  Rabbi Moshe Twersky was a teacher of American students in Israel. His grandfather, had ordained 2,000 rabbis. His father, Rabbi Isadore Twersky, was a prominent American-Jewish leader,...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 14, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    There isn’t much to say about Cherry Tomato. I’m sure you all know and love it, whether it is part of a dish or a healthy snack. The small-sized tomatoes are believed to go all the way back to Aztec Mexico in the 15th century. The Santorini Cherry Tomatoes were used in Greece in...

  • Where are the bodies, MH17 families ask

    November 11, 2014 | 9:57 am

    Daisy Oehlers and Bryce Fredriksz, a Dutch couple in their early 20s, were sitting near the left wing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on their way to a holiday in Bali, when "high energy objects" – as officials later called them – struck the plane over eastern Ukraine.

    Their...

  • Worst east Ukraine shelling for month; cease-fire looks in doubt

    November 10, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    East Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk was pummeled on Sunday by the heaviest shelling in a month, and the OSCE said it spotted an armored column of troops without insignia in rebel territory that Kiev said proved Moscow had sent reinforcements.

    A two-month-old ceasefire to end...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 7, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    “GO GO Power Rangers!” If you grew up in the 90’s, this catch phrase was a big part of your childhood. If not, you probably heard of the live- action children’s television series at some point, but did you know it was created by Israeli Haim Saban?


    Nowadays, Saban is deeply...

  • Polanski escapes extradition again, plans Dreyfus Affair movie

    November 6, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    The Roman Polanski saga added another chapter last week, and it didn’t leave anybody looking too good.

    First, the United States petitioned the Polish government to arrest film director Roman Polanski and hold him for extradition, the latest in a fruitless, decades-long effort to...

  • Survivor: Jack Nierob

    By Jane Ulman

    November 5, 2014 | 10:59 am

    It was a beautiful winter’s night in early 1944 when Jack (then Icek) Nierob, 19, left his night-shift job in the steam room of Skarzysko’s Camp C to use the latrine, an outdoor shack near the labor camp’s barbed-wire fence. On his way back, a Ukrainian guard shouted for him to...

  • My job is to scare you

    October 30, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    I always knew that writing and visual arts would be unpredictable career paths. But I’ve discovered that there is one thing that I can always count on: dead bodies.

    As the art director for the “Scare Zones” at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, I oversee the...

  • Amid growing European anti-Semitism, new Jewish museum in Poland ‘reveals hope’

    October 28, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    In a Europe wracked by fears of rising anti-Semitism, and in a country whose Jews were all but annihilated in the Holocaust, a dazzling new “museum of life” celebrates the Jewish past and looks forward to a vital future.

    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Israeli President...

  • Presidents of Israel, Poland tour new museum on Jewish history

    October 28, 2014 | 10:34 am

    The presidents of Israel and Poland together took a guided tour of a new museum of Jewish life on Tuesday that tells the story of how Poland was for centuries home to a flourishing Jewish community before becoming a graveyard for Jews in World War II.

    Polish President Bronislaw...

  • ‘Last Witness’ of Treblinka keeps camp’s memory alive in film, art

    October 27, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    Samuel Willenberg, the last known living survivor of the notorious Nazi extermination camp Treblinka is nearing the end of a life's mission to tell of the horrors that he saw there.

    Now 92, his remarkable story, featured in a documentary film produced by Miami public TV channel...

  • Polish constitutional court to discuss ritual slaughter ban

    October 27, 2014 | 11:23 am

    The Polish Constitutional Tribunal will hold a hearing to discuss the country’s ban on ritual slaughter.

    The hearing will be held Dec. 3. A request for a review of the case by the Constitutional Tribunal was submitted more than a year ago by the Union of Jewish Religious...

  • Photo gallery: Beautiful but desolate Kerepesi Jewish cemetery, Budapest

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    October 21, 2014 | 6:55 am

     

    In Budapest earlier this month, I visited the Jewish cemetery on Salgotarjan street, which was founded in 1874 and is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the Pest side of Budapest. It is actually the Jewish section of the city’s Kerepesi monumental cemetery, where national heroes...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 17, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    Ninet Tayeb is an Israeli singer and actress, who rose to stardom in 2003, as the winner of the first season of Kochav Nolad (the Israeli version of American Idol.)


    Ninet Tayeb became the “Naional Sweetheart,” after winning the contest, especially thanks to her “Cinderella...

  • Survivor: Sally Zielinksi Roisman

    By Jane Ulman

    October 7, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Sally Roisman — at the time Sara Pola Zielinksi — was asleep in a bed she shared with her mother and two sisters in the Sosnowiec ghetto when she was suddenly awakened by loud pounding on the door. A Gestapo officer entered the room. “Get dressed,” he ordered, pointing at Sally....

  • Letters to the editor: Teshuva, Seoul food and a minyan a day

    October 7, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Tradition, Teshuvah and Trojans

    I am a sometime Christian (more “some” than “time”) who relates perfectly to those Rob Eshman describes in this most excellent column (“What For?” Sept. 26). I totally agree that teshuvah “is not a Jewish thing; it’s a human thing [and that]...

  • Giant Ukraine JCC provides shelter from the storm — in style

    October 3, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    Five months into the war that turned him into a refugee in his own country, Jacob Virin has already attended 20 Jewish weddings — including those of his son and two other relatives — at the $100 million JCC of Dnepropetrovsk.

    Towering over the skyline of this industrial...

  • Poland is the safest place in Europe for Jews today

    September 23, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    I survived the Holocaust in a sub-cellar in Tarnopol (Ternopil), a city now located in western Ukraine that once had a thriving Jewish as well as Polish population. Before coming to the U.S., I grew up after the war in France when philo-Semites like Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre...

  • An eye for synagogue photography: Louis Davidson

    September 22, 2014 | 11:30 am

    If you want to track down Louis Davidson, try the local synagogue. 

    Of course, “local” in this case could mean anywhere from Hong Kong to Morocco, from the Ukraine to Hawaii — in any city other than Los Angeles or Tulsa, Okla., between which the retired...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 19, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    You have SNL, we got Eretz Nehederet (“a wonderful country”) – a satirical television series, which makes fun of everything and everyone. The show, debuted on November 7, 2003, features satirical references to the main affairs of the week through parodies of the people involved, as...

  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    By tessc

    September 17, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

  • Dig uncovers gas chambers at Sobibor death camp

    By tessc

    September 17, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    An archaeological dig at Sobibor has uncovered the Nazi death camp’s gas chambers.

    The excavations in Poland have been going on since 2007, and thousands of inmates’ personal items have been found at the site. They include rings, pendants, earrings, jewelry, perfume bottles,...

  • 5774: For Europe’s Jews, a year of upheaval and uncertainty

    September 16, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    A laconic man who abhors hysteria, the president of France’s CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities is not naturally inclined to emphasize his community’s fear in public, preferring to underscore French Jewry’s achievements and capacity to prosper despite recent hardships.

    But in a...

  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    September 16, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

  • Israeli artist depicts pain of rootless Jews in Berlin exhibition

    September 16, 2014 | 9:07 am

    Moshe Gershuni's expressive, historically loaded art, which places symbols of the Holocaust in a religious setting and seeks to polarize opinion about current Israeli society, seems unlikely to reward the casual viewer.

    Titled "No Father No Mother", the retrospective of paintings...

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