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  • From Russia, with Love

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 4, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    I admired her gumption.

    Sofia Gelman’s very first email to me got straight to it: The 83-year-old Russian-born immigrant to Los Angeles had led a very colorful life — the child of shtetl Jews, she was forced to flee her home as an adolescent to escape the Nazis, suffered hunger,...

  • Art from the ashes

    February 20, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    Nearly six years ago, photographer Billy Blake narrowly escaped a fire that destroyed his Malibu home — and with it, his life’s work. 

    “I lost every negative I ever shot, thousands of photos,” said Blake, now 71, sighing as he related what happened that night in July 2008. 

    ...
  • WeHo display equates Putin to Hitler, disturbs survivors

    By Jared Sichel

    February 6, 2014 | 2:29 pm

    Since Monday, Feb. 3, the storefront window at LA Jock’s on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood has displayed a mannequin wearing a striped concentration camp-style uniform adorned with an inverted pink triangle – the symbol used by the Nazis to identify homosexuals.

    The...

  • Armin Szatmary: Person of the Book

    By Jared Sichel

    January 2, 2014 | 3:30 pm

    Armin Szatmary takes his membership in the “People of the Book” very seriously.

    So seriously, in fact, that once per week, for 15 years, the 73-year-old retired salesman has set aside time to help illiterate kids in Los Angeles’ public schools learn to read.

    Sitting in the...

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  • Moving and Shaking: Stuart Leviton named MRJ president and TEBH holds gala

    By Ryan Torok

    October 17, 2013 | 10:57 am

    Stuart Leviton, a member of West Hollywood’s Congregation Kol Ami, was recently installed as president of Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ), the umbrella organization for brotherhoods and men’s clubs throughout Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) congregations in North America.

    His election...

  • Lusting for Leicas

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 3, 2013 | 5:06 pm

    In one version of our lives, childhood is a series of deprivations and desires whereby we want things we can’t have, some of which we grow out of or just forget. In my case, I was seized with heartache when I entered the newly opened 8,000-square-foot Leica store on Beverly...

  • West Hollywood’s tzedakah mayor

    By Roberto Loiederman

    July 24, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    In any town across the country, a city council meeting can feel a lot like ground zero for American democracy: One by one, residents approach the podium and address the decision-makers with suggestions or grievances. With a few changes, a similar scene could have played out in a...

  • WeHo rally celebrates same-sex marriage ruling

    June 27, 2013 | 4:41 pm

    Thousands of people came to West Hollywood on June 26 to celebrate expanded rights for the LGBT community.

    They came in groups, and they came pushing baby carriages. They came wearing button-down shirts, and they came in rainbow tutus. Some wore wedding rings and stood quietly...

  • Gay rights response: Let us eat (wedding) cake!

    June 26, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    Doors opened early this morning at the Abbey, a gay bar in West Hollywood where people gathered to watch the Supreme Court rule that part of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional by denying federal benefits to same-sex couples.

    The watch party began at 6:30 a.m....

  • Adding Israeli spice to the burger mix

    April 24, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Southern California could be considered the epicenter of the hamburger universe. It’s where burger innovation was immortalized — the first cheeseburger allegedly was invented in Pasadena — and where every possible type has already been there, done that. (One Santa Monica restaurant...

  • Ceremony honors Jewish vet killed in World War II

    February 27, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    For nearly 40 years, the Purple Heart medal sat locked in a box, left behind in a West Hollywood apartment building’s laundry room.

    Until very recently, Hyla Merin never knew about the box or its contents, which tell the heroic story of her father, Hyman Markel, who was killed...

  • ‘Ace of Cakes’ goes West

    February 6, 2013 | 11:42 am

    It all started with a wedding cake. 

    When Duff Goldman — the now-famous star of the former Food Network reality series “Ace of Cakes” — was working as a hotel pastry chef in Vail, Colo., a friend asked him to make a cake for his nuptials on the side. It was the amazed reaction of...

  • LGBT Rights in the Middle East event postponed

    By Ryan Torok

    December 6, 2012 | 11:54 am

    A free public panel discussion on “LGBT Rights in the Middle East” that was set to take place on Dec. 5 has been postponed.

    The event, which had originally included only Jewish speakers, has been put off until an as-yet-unnamed date in 2013 so it can include a broader spectrum of...

  • Observant life in progress

    December 5, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    Barbara Heller likes to refer to herself as a “growing Jew.” 

    The actress/singer has created a biographical show, “Finding Barb,” that traces her life from her dysfunctional family in Boca Raton, Fla., through her disappointing pursuit of an acting career in New York, to her...

  • Israel for a Cure participates in AIDS Walk

    By Ryan Torok

    October 17, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    Israel and American men and women of all ages, representatives of Israeli and Jewish community organizations and others turned out to walk with Israel for a Cure, one of approximately 1,700 teams that participated in the AIDS Walk Los Angeles on Oct. 14.

    The Consulate General of...

  • Proposition 8 overturn prompts hundreds to celebrate in West Hollywood [VIDEO]

    By Ryan Torok

    February 7, 2012 | 10:22 pm

    Celebrating the overturning of Proposition 8 – California’s gay marriage ban – hundreds of supporters of gay marriage gathered in West Hollywood on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 7.

    The crowd marched up and down Santa Monica boulevard, going several blocks east from the West...

  • Chef Micah Wexler goes global, and local, at Mezze

    October 12, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    Chefs often speak of a magical moment during their childhood, when something they tasted — a food so new and bold that it shocked them — changed their life and sent them straight to the kitchen.  For Micah Wexler, 29, the chef at West Hollywood’s Mezze, there was no such...

  • Berman vs. Sherman?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 19, 2011 | 5:58 pm

    Over the past two months, political observers have been keeping close watch on draft maps being released by California’s new, citizen-led redistricting panel. Though Jewish leaders haven’t been actively lobbying the Citizens Redistricting Commission on behalf of the community...

  • Journalist Lisa Daftari sheds light on LGBT abuses in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 4, 2011 | 7:41 pm

    Last week I had the opportunity to hear my friend and talented fellow Iranian American journalist Lisa Daftari discuss her expertise on the human rights abuses gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders encounter today in Iran at the hands of that regime’s radical fundamentalist...

  • Three Iranian Jewish men murdered in West Hollywood

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 29, 2010 | 9:28 pm

    According to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s report, on the evening of August 26th three men, now identified as local Iranian Jews, were found murdered inside their apartment located on the 600 block of North Kings Road in West Hollywood.

    The victims, who were found by Sheriff’s...

  • Circumcision—the Ed Hardy way [VIDEO]

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 18, 2008 | 3:54 am

    Adam Saaks doesn't consider himself particularly religious, except when it comes to custom "cuTour," his term for circumcising T-shirts. For Saaks, custom designing T-shirts by nipping and tucking the hems, cutting and lacing-up the sides, and netting and looping the front -- using...
  • The great T-shirt circumciser

    By Jay Firestone

    December 18, 2008 | 1:06 am

     

    Here’s a great video by my friend and colleague, Orit Arfa and filmed by the amazing JewishJournal.com web editor, Dennis Wilen…and of course, edited by your VideoJew extraordinaire.

    For Orit’s full story, click here.

  • ‘Forward 50’ heavy on politicos; Faith groups petition Supremes re Prop. 8

    November 20, 2008 | 3:00 am

    Forward 50 Heavy on Politicos

    The Los Angelenos in this year's just-released Forward 50 list include an Orthodox rabbi who suggested that Israelis should be able to decide the fate of Jerusalem, a rabbi who led efforts to fight Proposition 8 and a Westlake School for Girls graduate...

  • Concerts celebrate Ash Grove’s golden legacy

    By Kirk Silsbee

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Ed Pearl, 70, silver-haired and feisty, will forever be associated with the Ash Grove, the folk club he opened 50 years ago with a $5,000 investment, despite the fact that the venue's been closed for a quarter century.

    "My life," Pearl said, "has been a series of fortuitous...

  • Flashback with the Violent Femmes

    By Daniella Wexler

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Violent Femmes' folk punk sound speaks to nostalgia for the indie 1980s, appearing on such Gen-X oriented soundtracks as "Reality Bites" and "Grosse Pointe Blank." And yet the Femmes' 1960s-inspired music endures today, with Gnarls Barkely covering "Gone Daddy Gone" and Wendy's...
  • ‘Golda’s Girls’ inspire, Riva’s 100th birthday, Maimonides in Manhattan

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    'Golda' Girls

    To honor the spirit of Israel's most famous female, the Four Seasons Hotel rolled out the red carpet on May 3 for this year's Golda Meir Luncheon, sponsored by the Women's Division of State of Israel Bonds. Exemplifying the "Three Faces of Golda" were honorees Judy...

  • The Jewish accent’s on France at FeujLA

    By Sara Shereen Bakhshian

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Ça va?" -- French for "How's it going?" -- was the first thing out of the mouths of the 50 or so attendees last Thursday at the bimonthly FeujLA gathering, which included live music at a private residence in West Hollywood.

    With a name derived from the slang word feuj -- for Jew...

  • Jill Soloway says comedy and tragedy go together

    By Sarah Price Brown

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In Jill Soloway's collection of essays, "Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants," the Emmy-nominated writer and co-executive producer of HBO's "Six Feet Under" recalls the time she lost her virginity at 17 to a 36-year-old with a golden chai dangling from his neck.
     
    "I was running from the...
  • So many authors, so little time

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Chick lit, pulp comics, historical fiction, gumshoe action and a dash of Los Angeles noir.
     
    Add celebrities such as Jackie Collins and Tommy Chong and you begin -- just barely -- to get a taste of the eclectic stew that will be the fifth annual West Hollwood Book Fair, Sept. 17,...
  • The ‘revenge of the fired’ could fill a book—and does

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Because I've been fired from nearly every job I've ever held, I always thought nobody in the world understands what I've been through. Boo-hoo, right? But along comes Annabelle Gurwitch and her book, "Fired!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, and Dismissed," which includes...
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