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  • IFF: ‘Hands’ sends message about kids, not AIDS

    By Hannah Brown

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Dan Wolman, director of "Tied Hands" looks relaxed, but he has a problem.

    His film, "Tied Hands," tells the story of a middle-aged Tel Aviv woman (Gila Almagor) who is caring for her son (Ido Tadmor), a dancer dying of AIDS. But Wolman doesn't want the project to be seen as an AIDS...

  • IFF: Dark ‘Days,’ darker nights in Tel Aviv thriller

    By Hannah Brown

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Frozen Days," a stylish black-and-white psychological thriller about an isolated, alienated young woman in Tel Aviv, sounds like it should be an uninvolving, clichéd mess. Somehow, however, it works. Movies focusing on the alienated young in Tel Aviv -- and there have been many --...
  • Can Israel’s alpha bubbe bring Mideast peace?

    By Stephanie L. Freid

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Galia Albin is one grandmother who isn't spending afternoons knitting booties, baking cookies or changing diapers. Instead, she's running to television studios for tapings, representing Israel at international business forums and wielding influence on Israeli policymakers. She is one...
  • ‘Secular Yeshiva’ answers young Israelis’ questions

    By Dina Kraft

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ofri Bar-Am, 19, folds her legs underneath her on a library couch and peers closely at a photocopy of the biblical passage describing the oldest recorded case of sibling rivalry in history, Cain and Abel.

    A student at the first secular yeshiva in Israel, Bar-Am underlines phrases,...

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  • Moves to reform Israel’s political system on the rise

    By Tom Tugend

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Are Israelis constitutionally incapable of agreeing on a constitution to govern their country?
     
    Possibly.
     
    "Throughout Jewish history, we have always been a disputatious people, and in Israel, everyone thinks he or she is a prime minister. It's part of our nature," observed...
  • Search for Similarity in Aliyah Tales

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Aliya: Three Generations of American-Jewish Immigration to Israel" by Liel Leibovitz (St. Martin's Press, $24.95).

    When the Pilgrims were making their way to the land that would become America, Liel Leibovitz's German ancestors were moving to the Holy Land. A cultural writer for...

  • The Road to Recovery

    By Howard Blume

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When you think of victims of Middle East unrest, tour guides are probably not the first to come to mind. But Amir Orly knows of two who committed suicide in the last couple years. Others have left the country or taken odd jobs -- anything to make ends meet.

    Business for tour guides...

  • Nefesh Immigrants Cite Smoother Aliyah

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Fairfax resident Yasmine Noury boarded an El Al flight late last year, she joined the growing ranks of North American Jews who immigrated to Israel in 2005.

    "I really believe in living in Israel, and I felt the best time to make aliyah was when I'm young, before I have too many...

  • Israel Holds Off on Bombing Response

    By Dina Kraft

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli officials have blamed the Palestinian government of Hamas for the Tel Aviv suicide bombing this week that killed nine and injured scores of others. However, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stopped short of ordering an offensive against the Palestinian Authority.

    Instead, Israel...

  • There’s the Rub—in Tel Aviv

    By Howard Blume

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Tierra couldn't be more Los Angeles. But for this nouveau combination of mostly organic restaurant, massage parlor and oxygen bar, you'll have to go to Tel Aviv, where this combo venue clearly out-Hollywoods Hollywood.

    The only thing missing -- so far -- is a Hollywood-style patron,...

  • The Married Charedi and Me

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I met Oren after watching "Kol Nidrei," a new play by Israeli playwright Yehoshua Sobol. The play is about Charedi (ultra-Orthodox)

    Jews who lead double lives -- as Bnei Brak yeshiva bochers by day and Tel Aviv bar-hoppers by Friday night. "Kol Nidrei" is inspired by real life, and...

  • End of Sanity

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The orange ribbon was tied neatly around my rearview mirror.

    Through the mirror I saw the face of an acquaintance in the backseat. I was giving her a ride from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    When she noticed the color of my political views above the dashboard, she offered her own: "We...

  • A Traveler’s Guide to Tel Aviv Nightlife

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    If the Cinderella story had been set in Tel Aviv, her raggedy slipper would have turned into a magical glass pump at the witching hour, instead of the other way around.
    New York may be the city that never sleeps, but life in Tel Aviv begins at midnight. There are dozens of...

  • Live Jews Walking

    By David Suissa

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Cigarette butts, old candy wrappers, dirty napkins on the ground. Above, Jews, Jews, Jews, lots of Jews, walking, smoking, laughing. First day of Chol Hamoed, there's a breezy, late afternoon glow. I'm sipping Turkish coffee at a café on Shenkin Street in Tel Aviv and I'm...

  • Mizrahi Music Travels West

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Eitan Salman is at the far end of his store, leaning against a shelf lined with the new CD by Sarit Hadad, one of Israel's more popular Mizrahi, or Eastern, singers.

    Business at Salman's music store has fallen 80 percent over the last decade, but it's not altogether a bad thing:...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Olympics Ban Wanted

    Jewish groups called on the International Olympic Committee to impose penalties after an Iranian athlete refused to compete against an Israeli. The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called for action after Iranian judokan Arash...

  • Tel Aviv Emerges From Capital’s Shadow

    By Amy Klein

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Why aren't you living in Jerusalem?"

    I used to date a guy from Tel Aviv, and whenever we'd spend the weekends in my city, the capital of Israel, he'd get this question thrown at him every place we went.

    "Are you a student?" people would ask, bemused. My Anglo immigrant friends could...

  • Living for Yesterday

    By Amy Klein

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tel Aviv -- There is barely a line at Counter 15 of Israeli passport control, but still an older guy manages to try and cut me, even though his wife clearly sees that I've been there first. He pretends his line was for my counter, although it's clearly diagonal, for the empty Counter...

  • A Teen Spared From Terror

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Hilla Hayo, 16, was not a victim of the Dolphinarium attack in Tel Aviv on June 1, 2001 -- but she could have been. The teenager, who, along with four classmates, spent 10 days at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills this October as part of the Los Angeles Jewish...

  • Stand Up for Israel

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I always thought standing ovations were reserved for rare and infrequent occasions. That view drastically changed last week when I found myself in Washington, D.C., leading a group of 35 members from my synagogue, Young Israel of Century City, at the 2003 American Israel Public...

  • Fine Wine Pours Down From Golan

    By Nathan Chroman

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Add wine to Israel's wondrous list of accomplishments. No, it's not a miracle the Israelis make wine; after all, they and their ancestral ancients have been squeezing the grape since time immemorial. The miracle is that today's wines from the Golan Heights are world-class -- capable...

  • World Briefs

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Tel Aviv Closes Down War Room

    Officials in Tel Aviv closed down an office set up to deal with possible Iraqi attacks on the coastal city. The municipality cited budgetary constraints in making the move, the daily Ha'aretz reported. Any subsequent emergencies will be handled by...

  • Your Letters

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A Conservative Challenge



    In our studies at Beth Chayim Chadashim's (BCC) Queer Jewish Think Tank, we are not throwing out the halacha, nor are we bending and twisting the texts to suit our own devices ("A Conservative Challenge," Jan. 17).

    BCC and Rabbi Lisa Edwards are at the...

  • Tel Aviv Bombing Lets Arafat Off Hook

    By Gil Sedan

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The bombs that ripped through crowds of Israelis and foreign workers in Tel Aviv this weekend may have saved Yasser Arafat from making some tough decisions.

    Internal and external pressures have been building on Arafat to allow comprehensive reforms of the Palestinian Authority --...

  • Eight Nights of Rock

    By Adam McKibbin

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    From Lennon and Jagger to Bono and Shakira, America has never been reluctant to import its treasured rock stars. The road to the top is a little more crooked when you're the quartet in RockFour, a psychedelic rock band from Tel Aviv. But the band, already a gold-selling act in...

  • JAKKS Jumps for Children

    By Rachel Brand

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the movie "Little Nicky," Adam Sandler played the son of the devil, but for many Israeli children today Sandler is an angel.

    When the Jewish actor-comedian wanted to do something to help brighten the lives of Israeli children wounded in suicide bombings, he contacted his friend...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    27/SUNDAY

    The Olmert family name makes headlines again this week as a play, written by the with of the mayor of Jerusalem, makes its Los Angeles premiere. "Fantasy for Piano," written by Aliza Olmert, debuts as part of the Celebrity Staged Reading series. Alexandra More directs a...

  • IDF Refuseniks

    By Helen Schary Motro

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Among the more than 60,000 people demonstrating for peace May 11 in Tel-Aviv, was a 44-year-old Israeli who has served two jail terms for refusing to do military service in the occupied territories.

    It was Yuval Lotam's first time in many years at a rally. "I always mean to go, but...

  • Ten Days in L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles reception welcomed 18 students participating in a cultural exchange sponsored by the Federation's Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership. Fourteen students from Tel Aviv's A.D. Gordon School and four students from their paired partner,...

  • Heroes’ Return

    By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Add Shalhevet 10th-grader Sara Smith to the list of Israeli sharpshooters.

    She pulled the trigger of her M-16 semi-automatic rifle and scored a bull's-eye in "boot camp," part of a three-week educational adventure in Israel.

    "I never want to see a gun again," confessed Smith, who...

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