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  • ‘The Wolf’ and the Jewish problem

    By Rob Eshman

    December 31, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    “The Wolf of Wall Street” is nauseating, pornographic and soul-crushing — and you have to see it.

    You have to see it, because you — meaning society, Jews, all of us as individuals — have to face the questions it raises about money, wealth and morality. 

    Director Martin Scorsese...

  • Dinner table revelations: The unexamined life

    By Gina Nahai

    June 6, 2013 | 1:17 pm

    You don’t know what a bad person you are, or how bad your hair looks, until you’ve sat down with my religious relatives for a meal and tried to conduct a conversation. 

    This happens to me every other week, on Friday night, when my mother hosts a summit of friends and family...

  • The one question Madoff’s victims forgot to ask

    By Mark Eshman

    April 24, 2013 | 10:30 am

    (3/29/12 – CBS Marketwatch) Bernie Madoff: “From my first interview to the media I have said that ‘the banks must have known,’ and were complicit and contributing to my crime.”

    He’s back.  In a pathetic effort to reduce his 150 year sentence while also offering his unsolicited...

  • Herman Wouk spins filmmaking yarn

    November 21, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    When I quickly first read the Wall Street Journal’s brief note that Herman Wouk had written a new novel, “The Lawgiver” (Simon & Schuster: $25.99), about making a film about the life of Moses, my synapses apparently misfired. It isn’t about the “life” of Moses, as I first misread...

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  • East Coast crippled by massive storm, death toll climbs

    October 30, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Millions of people were left reeling in the aftermath of the whipping winds and heavy rains of the massive storm Sandy on Tuesday as New York City and many parts of the eastern United States struggled with epic flooding and extensive power outages.

    The storm killed at least 40...

  • Cartoon depicts haredi Orthodox Jews praying to Wall Street

    July 12, 2012 | 10:39 am

    A cartoon depicting three stereotypically haredi Orthodox Jews praying in front of the Western Wall, which is labeled Wall Street, won an Iranian cartoon contest.

    The cartoon won the first International Wall Street Downfall Cartoon Festival, which was co-sponsored by the...

  • Letters to the Editor: ‘Bully,’ Wall Street, Tom Tugend’s award

    March 28, 2012 | 6:38 pm

    Addressing the Bully Pulpit

    Thank you for bringing so much attention to the important issue of bullying (“The Battle to Get ‘Bully’ Seen by Those Who Need It Most,” March 23).

    When we talk about bullying, it’s not only about bystanders and targets. What is needed now is...

  • The book of Maccabees, occupied

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 14, 2011 | 12:03 pm

    At the Dec. 5 meeting of the Los Angeles General Assembly — the utterly democratic body that acts to guide, if not exactly govern, Occupy Los Angeles — a facilitator named Chase posed the following question:

    “Should we reoccupy a space? And, if so: Where, how and why — or...

  • Rep. Barney Frank, author of Wall Street reform, to retire

    November 28, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    U.S. Representative Barney Frank, a Democrat who helped to craft the landmark overhaul of financial regulations that bears his name, will not seek re-election in 2012, his office said on Monday.

    Frank, 71, one of the most outspoken liberals in Congress, will hold a 1 p.m. EST news...

  • TIMELINE: Occupy L.A.‘s last stand?

    By Ryan Torok

    November 28, 2011 | 5:40 am

    Update 6:26 a.m.
    Protesting an eviction notice, Occupy L.A.‘ers demonstrated on Sunday night and in the waking hours of Monday, closing down 1st St. between Main St. and Spring St.

    LAPD arrested four demonstrators. Cars and buses-normal traffic-proceeded on 1st street by 6:20 a.m....

  • UCLA Protesters cause brief traffic closures in Westwood

    By Jared Baker

    November 9, 2011 | 5:37 pm

    On Wed. afternoon, a group of demonstrators shut down traffic at the corner of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards in protest of tuition increases and budget cuts for California universities.

    The protest was organized by a local branch of the ReFund California Coalition, an...

  • Occupy L.A. raises more questions than it answers

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 2, 2011 | 4:19 pm

    From the very beginning of the Occupy Wall Street movement, people wanted to know why.

    Why did a group of protesters calling themselves “the 99 percent” take up residence in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan on Sept. 17?

    Why were so many people galvanized by the Occupy Wall...

  • Opinion: How Occupy will end

    October 31, 2011 | 12:15 pm

    No one knows what difference Occupy Wall Street will turn out to make. 

    This could the start of something big.  Maybe the burgeoning sense that something is not right in America will reach a critical mass.  It’s already showing up in the polls.  Maybe more and more ordinary...

  • Jewish groups rally in sukkah at Occupy Los Angeles

    By Ryan Torok

    October 19, 2011 | 2:10 pm

    As part of the Occupy Los Angeles movement, hundreds of Angelenos have been living in tents outside downtown’s City Hall for several weeks. On Oct. 16, Jewish groups rallied in a sukkah alongside these temporary shelters.

    “I think of a sukkah as a structure that’s full of...

  • L.A. substitute teacher fired over anti-Semitic remarks

    October 19, 2011 | 11:21 am

    A substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District has been fired after making anti-Semitic remarks.

    Patricia McAllister said during an interview at an Occupy Los Angeles protest on Oct. 12 that “I think that the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and our...

  • Jewish activists try to fight Wall Street—and some protesters’ anti-Semitism

    October 18, 2011 | 5:17 pm

    The most unloved man in Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street protests, isn’t a Wall Street banker but a fellow who wears a baseball cap and carries signs denouncing “Jewish bankers.”

    The man, who told Slate his name is David Smith, comes almost daily to...

  • Video shows anti-Semitism at Occupy Wall Street protests

    October 16, 2011 | 5:45 pm

    Anti-Semitic and anti-Israel attacks during Occupy Wall Street protests in New York are shown in a video put out by a neo-Conservative political group.

    The one-minute video, in which Jews are blamed for the trouble in American financial markets and told to “go back to Israel,” was...

  • Why I went to Occupy L.A. instead of synagogue

    October 12, 2011 | 11:24 am

    A little more than a month ago, I became a Bat Mitzvah. In Judaism, that means I am now an adult and have pledged to keep the traditions of my faith. And yet it was for those very reasons that I decided to spend Yom Kippur - the holiest day of the Jewish year - joining the protesters...

  • Opinion: Occupy K Street

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 3, 2011 | 11:00 am

    It’s premature to give the Nobel Peace Prize to those Occupy Wall Street kids.  But it also may be too soon to blow them off as clueless hipsters “with nowhere to go,” as New York Times columnist Charles Blow  did, calling the two weeks “a festival of frustrations, a...

  • The Monsters Are Due on Maple Streets

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 21, 2011 | 11:03 am

    The power has gone out in a typical American town.  Wait—it’s not just the electricity.  The phones don’t work, either.  Portable radios are dead.  Cars won’t start. 

    But then lawn mowers and cars and lights inexplicably start and stop on their own. What’s going on?  A...

  • Iranian Jewish community split as creditors force Ezri Namvar into bankruptcy

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 30, 2008 | 4:46 pm

    Businessman and philanthropist Ezri Namvar was once a pillar of the local Iranian Jewish community, a trusted friend to whom many in the community loaned freely and without fear.

    Now Namvar and his investment company, Namco Capital Group, Inc., are accused of losing as much as $400...

  • Mergers and consolidations for congregations—it’s the economy, stupid [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 28, 2008 | 4:03 pm

    Friend of Bloggish Anita Susan Brenner writes:

    This week, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the leader of the Union for Reform Judaism, suggested that due to the post-Madoff economic crisis, some communities "may no longer be able to afford multiple synagogues." The solution is to merge Reform and...
  • Will recession fuel a return to public schools?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    December 23, 2008 | 10:41 pm

    Throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District, the recession is prompting middle-class parents to take a look at public middle and high schools they have long disdained. Private schools are just too expensive for many people.

    A large number of Jews, whose heritage and culture...

  • Panel discusses strategies for dealing with recession

    By Rachel Heller

    December 22, 2008 | 4:48 pm

    Talking investment strategy might not top everyone's agenda for a bright Sunday morning, but about 75 local residents gathered at Young Israel of Century City on Dec. 21 to do just that.

    The Pico Boulevard synagogue opened its doors to the community for a panel discussion on the...

  • Hope vs. slippery slope

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 18, 2008 | 3:34 am

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  • Stunned local groups start to count losses as list of Madoff’s victims grows

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 16, 2008 | 8:32 pm

    It didn't take long for Bernard Madoff's arrest in New York for running an alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme to send shockwaves through Los Angeles' Jewish community.

    The growing list of victims in Los Angeles from the meltdown at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC reads...

  • Madoff’s ‘unspeakable evil’ shocks those who thought they knew him well

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 16, 2008 | 8:21 pm


    AP Video: How a Ponzi scheme works


    In April 2004, Bernard L. Madoff and his wife, Ruth, devised a plan to save Jewish lives.

    In the effort to bolster Gift of Life, a Florida-based nonprofit that maintains a unique Jewish bone marrow registry, the Madoffs funded and helped roll out an...

  • Is Bernie Madoff Jewish?  Very. Oy.

    By Rob Eshman

    December 12, 2008 | 5:02 pm


    Bernard Madoff at a 2007 roundtable discussion with Justin Fox, Ailsa Roell, Robert A. Schwartz, Muriel Seibert, and Josh Stampfli.

    "It's all just one big lie."

    With those words Bernard Madoff confessed to senior executives of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities that the $17...
  • 2009

    By Rob Eshman

    December 11, 2008 | 2:13 am

    I've been reading a lot of Ralph Waldo Emerson lately. I recommend him when times get tough.

    "People wish to be settled," Emerson wrote. "It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them."

    Well, there is hope for us. A lot of hope -- it's been a very unsettling...

  • Kadima cuts costs via Community Tuition Partnership

    By Rachel Heller

    December 11, 2008 | 12:16 am

    Kadima Hebrew Academy/Kadima Heschel West Middle School is confronting the economic crisis by reducing tuition school-wide for 2009-2010 by an average of 20 percent.

    Kadima hopes the move -- the first of its kind in the Los Angeles area -- will encourage struggling families to keep...

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