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  • How Israel’s water solutions can save California

    By Jared Sichel

    September 30, 2015 | 3:41 pm

    On a 6-acre site north of San Diego overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Western Hemisphere’s largest desalination plant is set to begin operating this month. And on the plant’s grounds, amid the buzzing generators and whooshing sounds of water, there’s Hebrew in the air — lots of...

  • Scientists find evidence of recent water flows on Mars

    September 28, 2015 | 10:02 am

    Scientists analyzing data from a NASA spacecraft have found the first evidence that briny water flowed on the surface of Mars as recently as last summer, a paper published on Monday showed, raising the possibility that the planet could support life.

    Although the source and the...

  • Desalination: Science, engineering and alchemy

    September 11, 2015 | 12:29 pm

    'Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press; September 15, 2015) reveals the secret to Israel’s bold approach to water security and how the rest of the world can adopt these measures now, to get ahead of the looming global...

  • L.A. County, Beverly Hills discuss their own water deals with Israel

    By Ryan Torok

    September 8, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    The State of Israel has entered into two separate agreements with the Beverly Hills City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors related to tackling water-shortage problems and more.

    The L.A. County vote Sept. 1 was unanimous, according to Consul General of Israel...

  • 8 Easy ways to conserve water right now

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 5, 2015 | 4:38 pm

    As you probably know, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a mandatory water-use reduction of 25 percent across California back in April because of our state’s historic drought. It has been up to the individual cities and communities to implement the reduction efforts, so you may have received...

  • High-tech new water — next steps for sustainable water solutions in California

    July 27, 2015 | 6:38 pm

    On July 13, a working team was formed among 12 California water officials and practitioners (led by former state Treasurer Kathleen Brown and state bond counsel Robert Feyer) and more than 50 Israel experts who had designed Israel’s water solutions industry. There was a quiet hope...

  • Local rabbis speak up about the drought

    July 1, 2015 | 1:29 pm

    The Catholic pope is not the only one seeing moral messages in the issue of climate change and in valuing the Earth’s natural resources. Many rabbis are teaching restraint, particularly in California, where the drought, currently in its fourth year, is causing civic leaders to...

  • Californians, conserve or die

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 15, 2015 | 2:35 pm

  • What San Gabriel’s Padres taught William Mulholland 

    February 28, 2015 | 10:04 am

    On a hot August day in 1816, waves of heat shimmered off of the dusty plazas and red tile roofs of the San Gabriel Mission community. The surrounding valley and foothills were brown and dry, and the nearby arroyos hadn’t run with water since March. But the town was a verdant oasis,...

  • L.A. wasted most of the 20 billion gallons of rain that fell this week

    December 4, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    As happens in each of the rare instances in which a strange liquid falls from the sky on to unsuspecting Angelenos (people in other parts of the country call it "rain"), those who understand this region's water predicament (we're running out of it) have two simultaneous reactions:

  • L.A.-Eilat task force kicks off with water meeting at City Hall

    By Jared Sichel

    October 22, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    On the heels of a cooperative agreement signed in March between the governments of Israel and California, the cities of Los Angeles and Eilat built on a 55-year sister-city relationship, holding an inaugural task force meeting Oct. 20 at Los Angeles City Hall. 

    The gathering,...

  • How the Jews brought water to L.A.

    September 10, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    While by flood and sinkhole the news of Los Angeles’ aging water system has gushed out in a torrent, a much older L.A. water story, this one of how Jews brought water to a thirsty city, has never even reached a trickle.

    The Hebrew folk song “Mayim” says, “With joy you shall draw...

  • Netanyahu visits Silicon Valley, signs Israel-California pro-business pact

    March 6, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    Saying the future “belongs to those who innovate,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined Gov. Jerry Brown in Silicon Valley this week to sign an agreement intended to boost high-tech cooperation between Israel and California.

    Both leaders said the greatest goal of the...

  • For the sin of destroying God’s creation

    February 12, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    Even with a few recent showers here in Southern California, we are in the midst of what is, according to some scientists, “the worst drought in 500 years.” The cumulative effect of the past three dry years has implications for our well-being and the well-being of our planet. The...

  • California needs water –
    and Israel

    By David Suissa

    February 12, 2014 | 11:46 am

    While the leaders of California universities have been busy discussing whether or not to endorse an academic boycott of Israel — and generally weighing in against it — they are overlooking a much more productive way to single out the Jewish state: 

    Invite Israel to help solve...

  • To frack or not to frack: is that a Jewish question?

    By Roger Price

    October 23, 2013 | 1:02 pm

       Did you know that fracking, the industrial process of extracting natural gas from shale rock is treif, that it violates Jewish values? Who knew? You could read the entire Torah, study the Mishnah and Gemara too, go through the commentaries of the rationalist Maimonides and the...

  • Water surplus in Israel? With desalination, once unthinkable is possible

    May 28, 2013 | 1:11 pm

    As construction workers pass through sandy corridors between huge rectangular buildings at this desalination plant on Israel’s southern coastline, the sound of rushing water resonates from behind a concrete wall.

    Drawn from deep in the Mediterranean Sea, the water has flowed...

  • Desalination, Israeli-style

    February 13, 2013 | 2:10 pm

    The subsidiary of an Israeli company has been selected to design the largest seawater-desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere. Located in northern San Diego County, the plant will be designed and operated by IDE Americas, part of IDE Technologies, headquartered in Kadima.

  • Deluged day school, ruined Torahs and devastated communities left in Sandy’s wake

    November 1, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    When Rabbi Avremel Okonov arrived Tuesday morning at the school he co-founded 10 years ago in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, the water in the basement had already receded from the high water mark. It only came up to his knees.

    Everywhere he looked around his school,...

  • The gift of water

    By Rob Eshman

    October 10, 2012 | 4:25 pm

    On Sept. 2, I drove to the Valley, where it was 95 degrees. I pulled my car over onto the dirt shoulder of Woodley Avenue, walked down an embankment to the Los Angeles River, slipped a kayak into the cool, deep water,  and paddled away.

    For most Angelenos, the L.A. River is a...

  • Israeli water power that doesn’t give a dam

    September 27, 2012 | 11:13 am

    You don’t have to build dams to get hydroelectricity from water flowing through municipal pipes, says Dr. Daniel Farb, the Los Angeles immigrant who previously shook up the Israeli clean-tech power scene with his Leviathan Energy company’s award-winning Wind Tulip.


  • The future of water in Los Angeles:  What the Israeli experience can show us

    July 25, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    Most people in Los Angeles don’t feel just how serious the city’s water predicament is.

    After all, we are enjoying a respite right now; last year was a banner year for snow and rain. However, just three years ago we were battling a drought so severe that we had to have water...

  • A Reminder about Water Safety

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    June 15, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    I’m always dismayed when people try to exaggerate the health risks of certain substances by calling them “chemicals”. “We have to worry about chemicals in apple juice” they’ll warn, or “chemicals in plastic bottles”. As anyone who’s taken a chemistry class can tell...

  • Israeli lawmaker suspended for throwing water at colleague

    January 10, 2012 | 10:39 am

    An Israeli lawmaker has been suspended from the Knesset for a month for throwing water at a colleague during an argument.

    The punishment was handed down to Yisrael Beiteinu Party lawmaker Anastassia Michaeli Tuesday, following the incident during a debate in the Knesset Education,...

  • Don’t Put Unsterilized Tap Water Up Your Nose

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    December 23, 2011 | 12:18 pm

    I like introducing you periodically to some of the stranger and more dangerous germs out there. It’s a good reminder that nature isn’t just full of daisies and rainbows, and that the most lethal dangers we face are natural.

    This week’s news presents a terrific example. Meet...

  • Wasteland

    By Annie Korzen

    September 26, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    One of the most disturbing moments in any film is at the end of Titanic when Gloria Stuart flings the priceless blue diamond necklace into the water.  I know we’re supposed to be moved by that extravagant, romantic gesture:  Instead - thriftaholic that I am - I am horrified by the...

  • Saving on Utilities

    By Annie Korzen

    September 19, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    My darling husband, Benni, is a utility hog.  He leaves the lights on in the bathroom, the TV on in the living room, and the gas on under the coffeepot.  Since we both work at home, this means that I spend my day turning off, switching off and clicking off.  I’ve asked hubby many...


    By Annie Korzen

    August 3, 2011 | 1:40 pm

    I do love a low price, and you can’t get lower than Zero.  The good news is that there are a gazillion useful items out there that are just yours for the taking: everything from moving boxes to mature trees.  And we all know how irritating immature trees can be.

    The enlightened...

  • Vintage Stores and the big Dilemma…

    By Julia Bendis

    June 20, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    I absolutely love shopping at Vintage and Second-Hand shops.  The thrill of getting a one of a kind piece of jewelry or dress is indescribable!  Finding that beautiful 50’s dress that no one else has is one of the reasons I enjoy Thrift stores, another is the fact that I absolutely...

  • Home buying options according to a Kindergartner!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 24, 2011 | 2:31 pm

    I started on an endless journey to find a new house.  Everyone knows how incredibly daunting and frustrating that can be, but throw in a few plumbing issues in the house that we are currently in, and it makes for a very urgent matter…  For days now, my husband and I have been going...

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