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  • Flier with swastikas found in Westwood

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    When a Jewish storeowner found a flier with swastikas on it underneath the door of his Westwood business on Aug. 12, it marked the third time this year that hateful fliers have found their way into public settings across Los Angeles, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

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  • Los Angeles community reacts to violence in the Gaza war

    August 6, 2014 | 4:05 pm

    Two simultaneous events in Los Angeles last week that focused on Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip revealed a community split between progressives who expressed some criticism of Israel even as they supported its efforts at security, and more unconditional supporters of the Jewish...

  • Supporting Palestinians should not mean supporting Hamas

    By Rob Eshman

    August 6, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Last Saturday, our reporter Ryan Torok covered a massive anti-Israel rally in front of the Federal Building in Westwood. The crowd swelled to an estimated 1,500 to 3,000 people, outgrew the plaza, then spontaneously spilled onto the street, shutting down Wilshire Boulevard as it...

  • L.A. pro-Israel rally interrupted by violence

    July 13, 2014 | 6:34 pm

    UPDATE 9:50 a.m. (7/15):  Jennifer Schirg, 46 and a self-identified "Jewish woman, pro-Zionist, a professional and a resident on the Westside of Los Angeles" wrote in an email to the Journal that she witnessed the unfolding of the violence at the rally: "...the reason the...

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  • ‘Minister’ puts the (English) accent on politics, American style

    May 29, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Jonathan Lynn wants to know what an egg cream is. Sitting in Jerry’s Deli in Westwood on an absurdly hot day in early May, he’s less interested in talking about his show “Yes, Prime Minister” at this moment than he is about finding out what ingredients go into the classic New York...

  • Egyptian exodus comes to Westwood

    March 21, 2013 | 4:18 am

    With focused eyes and wide smiles, a sea of preschoolers in white baker’s hats worked slowly, carefully kneading and flattening the dough that would soon emerge from a brick oven as that classic Passover food: matzah.

    These little amateur cooks were part of the model matzah...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    February 20, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    Rabbi Avi Stewart has been appointed to the head clergy position at Orthodox congregation Westwood Kehilla on Santa Monica Boulevard. His installation ceremony took place Feb. 13 at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel in Los Angeles. Stewart succeeds Rabbi Asher Brander, who had been...

  • L.A. deli watch: goodbye Junior’s, hello Lenny’s

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 27, 2013 | 2:46 pm

    Junior’s Deli may be gone, but its space – and iconic blue-green sign – are about to have a new occupant: Lenny’s Deli, a Jewish delicatessen that had a brief residency in Pacific Palisades, will open for business “soon,” according to a banner first spotted by Eater L.A.

    On...

  • Junior’s Deli faces abrupt closure Dec. 31.

    December 27, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    Junior’s Delicatessen, which served the West Los Angeles Jewish community and the broader residential Westside for 53 years, will shut its doors for the final time on New Year’s Eve.

    The venerable delicatessen on Westwood Boulevard, victim to what the owners call a landlord...

  • Joyce fans celebrate Bloomsday in Westwood

    June 19, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    More than 100 James Joyce enthusiasts, performance artists and Irish descendants gathered at Westwood’s Hammer Museum on June 16 to celebrate Bloomsday. Taken from the name of Leopold Bloom, the assimilated Jewish protagonist in Joyce’s monumental book, “Ulysses,” the event...

  • $20 million gift to L.A. Federation is its largest ever

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 18, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has received its largest gift ever — a $20 million bequest from Geri Brawerman to create a scholarship and fellowship program for needy Jewish college students from Los Angeles. Brawerman is a Westwood resident who, along with her late...

  • Finding their place [VIDEO]

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 22, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    Lauren Levine is settling in with a group of friends apartment to watch “American Idol,” when a look of panic comes over her face. She rummages around, finds her keys and darts out.

    “I left the hair thing on,” she says when she returns, breathless, from her own apartment...

  • 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...

  • Orthodox students fighting to keep presence at UCLA

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 24, 2011 | 4:41 pm

    A program that is credited with creating a vibrant Orthodox community at UCLA needs to prove by the end of March that it can raise $80,000 annually to ensure its future on the Westwood campus.

    The Orthodox Union (OU) has paid the salaries for two professionals who founded and have...

  • City, County Officials Celebrate No Ruz at Westwood’s Persian Square

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 7, 2010 | 1:28 am

    On March 28, nearly 10,000 Los Angeles Iranian Americans of various religions, including local Iranian Jews, celebrated the Persian New Year of No Ruz on Westwood Boulevard in Westwood Village, with the official naming of a street corner as Persian Square.  Los Angeles City Council...

  • L.A.‘s Iranian Americans want “Neda Square” named in Westwood

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 12, 2009 | 11:18 am

    After attending the September 23rd protest outside the Federal Building in Westwood, a handful of local Iranian American human rights and community activists informed this journalist of their upcoming campaign to urge the Los Angeles City Council to officially name the corner of...

  • VIDEO: Pro-Israel demonstrators at Federal Building on Sunday

    By The Web Guy

    January 12, 2009 | 2:54 pm

    Large numbers of pro-Israel demonstrators crowded the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and Veteran Ave. in Westwood on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 11 to support Israel’s recent actions in Gaza.  Among the supporters were several Jewish organizations, elected officials and community members from...

  • [VIDEO] Pro-Israel rally in Westwood - Jan. 11, 2009

    By Jay Firestone

    January 12, 2009 | 2:04 pm

    Video by Jay Firestone

    Huge numbers gathered together in Westwood outside the Federal Building on Sunday afternoon, January 11 to support Israel and the recent actions against Hamas.  Among the supporters were several Jewish organizations, elected officials and community members...

  • [VIDEO] Pro-Israel rally in Westwood - Jan. 7, 2009

    By Jay Firestone

    January 8, 2009 | 1:46 pm

    A pro-Israel rally in Westwood brings adults and teenagers together in ruach, advocacy and support for Israel. Though no counter protest was present, several pro-Palestinian rallies are expected to occur throughout the weekend. 

    Brad Greenberg reports from Westwood.

    Video By Jay Firestone and Brad Greenberg

  • VIDEO: Youth rally supports Israel at Federal Building in Westwood

    By The Web Guy

    January 8, 2009 | 12:28 am

    Brad A. Greenberg reports from today’s pro-Israel rally outside the Federal Building in Westwood.

    Video by VideoJew Jay Firestone and Brad Greenberg

  • It’s not about a plan

    By Amy Klein

    May 2, 2008 | 2:02 pm

    “Remember a time that you felt everything was right. The world just worked. You were in the moment. You felt calm, alive, complete. There was no other place you wanted to be but right there. Everything about that moment worked,” Rabbi Sherre Hirsch writes in her new self-help book,...

  • VideoJew explores the Purim hangover…at Chabad Purim party

    By Jay Firestone

    March 27, 2008 | 12:33 pm

    Purim may be over, but the holiday is most likely still in our systems.  For me, the Purim hangover is never easy.  My body aches thanks to several consecutive sets of hora dancing.  My stomach aches from an overdose of flour, eggs and raspberry preservatives.  But most of all my...

  • Iranian Jews struggle with segregation, presumption and assimilation -- how the stranger became the Angeleno

    By Tom Tugend

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A little historical anecdote tells much about the transition of Iranian Jews in Los Angeles over a 25-year span, from strangers to integral -- though distinctive -- members of the larger Jewish community.

    In the late 1970s and early '80s, following Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic...

  • The city branches into the Tu B’Shevat business to make L.A. naturally beautiful

    By Jane Ulman

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Kiwi didn't look good. The branches of the 2-year-old African tulip tree were spindly, its leaves sparse and brittle, ready to snap off.

    "I think Kiwi hasn't gotten enough water and rich soil to survive. Or maybe it's frozen from the cold," said Alana Billik, 9, as she and her...

  • Swingin’ Chanukah with Kenny Ellis; The Klezmatics at the Disney; Three More Tenors

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 16th

    To our knowledge, only one man can claim all of the following titles: writer, director, actor, comedian and Dixieland jazz clarinetist. Artist of all trades Woody Allen focuses tonight on that latter occupation. He and his crew, a.k.a. Woody Allen and his New...

  • After School Is Prime Game Time for Kids of All Needs

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Kathryn Gaskin's blonde braid bounces against her sweatshirt as she rounds second base under the afternoon sun. The 12-year-old's obvious enthusiasm is not for her own athletic pursuits but for those of Angeline, a teen with Down syndrome, whom Gaskin coaches in an after-school...
  • Wiesel Adds Sinai to Shabbat ‘Collection’

    By Dara Lehon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I miss Shabbat," Elie Wiesel told a packed audience at Sinai Temple in Westwood last Friday night.

    The renowned author and Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke at Sinai's Friday Night Live, a monthly Shabbat service combining music with mingling and prayer geared to young professionals....

  • The Sinai Century

    By Amy Klein

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Every Sunday morning, on Valencia Street in downtown Los Angeles, the Welsh Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles holds services in a sloped brick house of worship with stained glass windows picturing Stars of David.

    The stars are Jewish stars, and the church organ is the one used in...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, April 22

    Support Los Angeles Jewish Theater in its new home at Temple Menorah of Redondo Beach, and catch some good dinner theater while you’re at it. Tonight, it presents a staged reading of Jeff Baron’s “Visiting Mr. Green,” about the evolving relationship between a...

  • Kabbalah and the Modern Shrink

    By Gaby Friedman

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Connecting to God, Ancient Kabbalah and Modern Psychology" by Rabbi Abner Weiss (Bell Tower Books, $24).

    It was Rabbi Abner Weiss, in psychologist mode, who "Jerry" went to see after his wife, "Sandy," found him in bed with another woman. Although Jerry and Sandy seemed like the...

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