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  • Woman in red becomes leitmotif for Istanbul’s female protesters

    June 4, 2013 | 10:04 am

    In her red cotton summer dress, necklace and white bag slung over her shoulder she might have been floating across the lawn at a garden party; but before her crouches a masked policeman firing teargas spray that sends her long hair billowing upwards.

    Endlessly shared on social...

  • Greens launch environmental campaign on Tu B’Shevat

    January 25, 2013 | 10:00 am

    Two Jewish groups launched a joint initiative promoting environmentally friendly living on Tu B'Shevat, Jewish arbor day.

    The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) and Canfei Nesharim, a group emphasizing sustainable living in the Orthodox community, said Friday...

  • Observing Tu B’Shevat through fruit trees and food justice

    January 24, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Across the globe this month Jewish communities are celebrating the holiday of Tu B’Shevat.  Many choose to commemorate the “New Year of The Trees” by planting pine trees in Israel.  Tu B’Shevat is a day that deals directly with the social inequality of our food system.  It’s a...

  • L.A.‘s little-known plaque and grove of trees honor ‘Munich 11’

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 24, 2012 | 4:54 pm

    In the summer of 1984, when Los Angeles hosted the Olympics, then-Mayor Tom Bradley and the local organizers of the Olympic Games unveiled a large bronze plaque honoring the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. The Israeli Olympic...

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  • A short and fun Tu B’Shevat video: The surprising truth about trees

    by Andy Lipkis, founder and president of TreePeople, Los Angeles

    February 3, 2012 | 11:07 am

    What role could trees possibly play in the survival of Los Angeles…and of cities everywhere?

    Today one of the most critical issues city dwellers face is ensuring ample clean water.  In Los Angeles, a city that must import close to 90% of the water it drinks, trees have a...

  • A Biblical garden story

    February 1, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    Rabbi Jonathan Kupetz and his wife, Karen, are stumped. They’re trying to explain just how many varieties of lettuce they’ve been able to grow since an urban farming company called Farmscape installed an organic garden in their yard last year. It’s a Wednesday, and rather than...

  • With the over-abundance of Synagogues in O.C., I had to pick this one!

    By Julia Bendis

    June 4, 2011 | 11:40 am

    For months, my family and I have been looking for the perfect Congregation to join.  Its not easy when you have many needs.  I wanted a place where the Rabbi is young and energetic, and has the patience to work with children.  A Rabbi who stays current on all that is happening in the...

  • After fire, what types of trees are best suited for Israel?

    January 11, 2011 | 11:04 am

    From leafy eucalyptus trees lapping the shores of the Sea of Galilee to date palms in the desert to pine and oak trees in the North—many of which were destroyed in the Carmel’s forest fire last month—Israel will celebrate trees on Tu b’Shvat.

    The holiday, which for centuries was...

  • Balancing resources and lives -- being Jewish and 'green'

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    December 11, 2008 | 12:23 am

    I entered the classroom, where more than 30 Jewish adults who had been studying together for the past semester buzzed in conversation. I began class by asking my students a simple question: "Are you concerned about what is happening to our environment and worried about what the...
  • Save the date, save the world

    By Elyse Glickman

    October 10, 2008 | 4:21 pm

    Wedding invitations have traditionally gone beyond telling friends and family about the whens and wheres of a couple's big day. Through use of color, typefaces and embellishments, they made a statement about a couple's personality and tastes.

    As the environment and economy play...

  • Get it done

    By Rob Eshman

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    About 15 years ago some stick-like things began appearing on the hard, ugly stretch of Venice Boulevard from where it crosses Lincoln and continues to the beach.

    The sticks were trees, but pitifully thin, with trunks a woman could wrap her fingers around and no more than a handful...

  • Take Tu B’Shevat to heart and start healing nature

    By Andy Lipkis

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    These are the times for which Tu B'Shevat was created. The rabbis who envisioned this holiday were prophetic: They knew we would need to be reminded on a regular basis about howimportant trees are to our lives. And trees have never been more important to our survival than they are...
  • Phone call sparks memory of young AIDS victim

    By Gloria Baran

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I recently received a phone call from an extraordinary woman.
     
    "This is Robin Jacobs," she said. I couldn't place her at first.
     
    She started to cry as she continued, "I wanted you to know how much we cherish the wonderful book you made for Ariel's bat mitzvah." And then it hit...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, January 22

    Fine-print dealers from across the country convene at LACMA this weekend for Los Angeles Print Fair 2005. View and purchase American, European, Canadian and Japanese prints from as early as 1500 all the way through to contemporary works, including pieces by...

  • Protection Does Grow on Trees

    By Andy Lipkis

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Another year, another tree story -- isn't it enough already?

    Well, no. Tu b'Shevat is an annual celebration for a reason.

    Thousands of years ago, our rabbis knew that we would need to be reminded on a regular basis about how important trees are to our lives. We must always...

  • Double Celebration

    By Jane Ulman

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Tu b'Shevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat, marks the birthday of the trees.

    Will the trees be taken out

    to dinner at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga to feast on vegan duck and passion fruit sorbet?

    Will they receive a digital camera, a copy of Carl Hiaasen's newest...

  • Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Q: When does a Christmas tree become a Tu B'Shevat tree?

     

    A: When a Westwood church and a Santa Monica synagogue decide that having one tree do double duty is good both for the environment and the spiritual awareness of their congregants.

     

    After the hard-working tree has done its...

  • A Desert High in Palm Springs

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While nearby flatlands warm under perfect 60-degree winter weather, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway transports visitors to a pristine snow-covered forest. In just 10 minutes, this aerial tram carries passengers nearly 6,000 feet. The beautiful 14,000 acres of Mount San Jacinto State...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tu B'Shevat Time

    All over Los Angeles, Jewish groups were finding innovative ways to commemorate Tu B'Shevat, the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, which is the New Year for trees.

    At Adat Ari El Early Childhood Center's community garden, the preschoolers got down and dirty...

  • A Berry-Bursting Celebration

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When my daughter was born, I walked the floors of our Atlanta home night after night, day after day, holding her while she slept or when she cried, stopping always in front of the wall of backyard windows framing a forest of trees. As I grew into my unexpected role of single...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    November Madness

    In Old English, the month of November was called "blood month." It was a month of animal sacrifices that took place to prepare for the long winter. But what is the etymology of the word "November?"

    Here's a hint: The Roman calendar began in March (similar to the...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Nuturing Nature

    Last week, we learned not to cut down the fruit trees of our enemies in times of war because, as the Torah says, the trees are "not our enemy."

    In this week's parshah, Ki Tetze, the Torah continues its compassionate attitude toward nature's creatures: Do not pull a...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Trees are Terrific

    This week's portion, Shoftim, talks all about trees. In one very important paragraph, we learn that we are never to cut down fruit trees, even when it is a time of war and the fruit trees belong to the enemy. God says: You are not going to war against the trees....

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    From Russia With Love

    In an unprecedented event, 650 of the most successful members of Los Angeles' Russian Jewish community gathered under the banner of Judaism and Israel. The American Russian Medical and Dental Association and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles joined...

  • Draw a Tree, Win a Contest

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. That's how the judges of The Jewish Journal's first Tu B'Shevat Art Contest feel about having to pick just three winners out of so many terrific entries.

    The Journal was deluged with drawings from children aged 2-13 throughout the region. Competition was...

  • Up Front

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Save the Trees -- and the Sukkahs

    For several years, the city of Los Angeles Street Tree Division has treated the Jewish community to a bounty of free palm fronds to use as schach , covering for the huts built in honor of the...

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