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  • What kind of Democrat will prevail?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    3 weeks ago

    Much of the political world is transfixed by the national struggle between Democrats and Republicans. But for residents of Los Angeles County and voters in the county’s 3rd District, this year’s elections are not about which party will prevail, but rather about what kind of...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    April 30, 2014 | 11:34 am

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti emphasized during an April 23 lecture at the University of Southern California (USC) that he hopes the Jewish community will continue to play a role in bettering this city.

    “What is our destiny, and what is our purpose? I think, as Jews, it is to...

  • Does it matter if Jews are in politics?

    By Jared Sichel

    April 4, 2014 | 12:47 pm

    Yesterday evening, I observed a panel of three local Jewish politicos at University Synagogue in Brentwood, which was hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. On the panel were Los Angeles city councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Ana Guerrero, mayor Eric Garcetti's chief...

  • Video –  Persian New Year unites folks of different religions together

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 25, 2014 | 10:55 pm

    Non-Iranians often ask me what the big deal is about the secular Persian New Year’s celebrations of “No Ruz” which marks the beginning of Spring each year. Aside from the sense of nostalgia and cultural re-connection Iranian Americans get for with the celebration of No Ruz each...

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  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    March 5, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    UCLA Holocaust historian Saul Friedlander has been named one of the winners of the 2014 Dan David Prize. He splits a
     $1 million award with Polish writer and activist Krzysztof Czyzewski and French historian Pierre Nora.

    “To get the prize is quite an honor. I’m very, very glad,...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    February 20, 2014 | 3:31 pm

    Milken Community Schools has named Kimberly Schwartz as principal of its upper school campus as of Feb. 4. She had been named to the post on an interim basis on Jan. 1, succeeding Roger Fuller.

    “Dr. Schwartz is one of those rare educators who simply ‘gets it,’ ” Gary Weisserman,...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    February 13, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    Rabbi David Ellenson, immediate past president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and Sue Neuman Hochberg, chair of the HUC-JIR Western Region Board of Overseers, were honored with a musical tribute at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Feb. 9.

    More than...

  • Zev Yaroslavsky won’t run for Congress

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 7, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will not make a bid for the seat currently held by retiring Congressman Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills).

    Yaroslavsky’s announcement, emailed to the Journal early Friday afternoon, brings to an end wide speculation over the past week...

  • Still a Jewish seat in 3rd District?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    January 22, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    The campaign to succeed long-serving L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky in the 3rd District reveals much about how Los Angeles Jewish politics is evolving. The 3rd Supervisorial District, which covers portions of the Westside and the Valley, has had a Jewish incumbent since Ed...

  • Once a shul, now a church that celebrates Judaism

    By Roberto Loiederman

    June 6, 2013 | 6:21 pm

    Some months ago, L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky was “cruising Boyle Heights,” the neighborhood where he grew up and where a large portion of Los Angeles’ Jewish community once lived. Feeling nostalgic, he drove by B’nai Jacob Synagogue — once known as the Fairmont Street...

  • Mazel Tov, Israel; Shalom, Mayor Villaraigosa

    By Ryan Torok

    April 18, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Photographs of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa play on a large screen. In one photograph, he’s with Israeli President Shimon Peres. In others, he is visiting the Western Wall, walking at a kibbutz and greeting Israeli soldiers.

    Meanwhile, Villaraigosa, in the flesh, is...

  • ‘Because You Suffer…’

    March 7, 2013 | 5:36 am

    There was a moment that took place last week in this community that, if you didn’t witness it, you need to hear about it.

    It happened Wednesday evening, Feb. 27, at a benefit for Jewish World Watch honoring outgoing Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

    About 400...

  • Global soul: Zev Yaroslavsky

    March 5, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    When Cain killed Abel, the Bible recorded it as the first murder in history.  But the rabbis commented, this is more than murder.  Abel’s murder opened the jaws of genocide. For when Cain killed Abel, it wasn’t Abel alone that died.  It was Abel’s posterity, his potential progeny ...

  • Fairfax Legacy Gala a lion-sized success

    October 11, 2012 | 11:49 am

    When theater producers Pierson Blaetz and Whitney Weston established Friends of Fairfax to help Fairfax High School in 1998, they came up with the Melrose Trading Post, a flea market held every weekend in the high school’s parking lot. But the annual $200,000 from the Trading Post...

  • Fairfax Legacy Gala a Lion-Sized Success

    October 10, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    When theater producers Pierson Blaetz and Whitney Weston established Friends of Fairfax to help Fairfax High School in 1998, they came up with the Melrose Trading Post, a flea market held every weekend in the high school’s parking lot. But the annual $200,000 from the Trading Post...

  • The absence of Zev

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 5, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    The news is bittersweet. On the one hand a public servant who has dedicated nearly forty years of his life to the Los Angeles community will be unburdened from the demands of a public that wants him virtually every day and night of the week (whether it’s this group’s board meeting...

  • Yaroslavsky reflects on decision to leave politics

    August 23, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    In an interview with The Journal on Thursday, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said that he hasn’t spent much time yet thinking specifically about what he’s going to devote his time and energy to after he leaves public office at the end of his term in 2014, but he said...

  • Zev Yaroslavsky to retire from politics, won’t run for mayor

    By Ryan Torok

    August 23, 2012 | 2:53 pm

    Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has announced that he will not enter the 2013 L.A. mayoral race, despite having entertained the possibility for many months, and will leave politics altogether once his term with the L.A. Board of Supervisors ends in 2014.

    “I have no...

  • Residents make noise at Berman’s hearing to silence helicopters

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 7, 2012 | 1:36 am

    Windows of houses in Holmby Hills have been rattled. Horses near Glendale have been spooked. A recent Beethoven concert at the Hollywood Bowl was all but ruined.

    These are among the annoyances that have been caused by noise from helicopters, which was the subject of a community...

  • L.A. leaders denounce IOC at Munich 11 commemoration [VIDEO+SLIDESHOW]

    By Ryan Torok

    July 27, 2012 | 4:21 pm

    Community leaders gathered at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum today to observe a moment of silence for the 11 Israelis killed during the 1972 Olympics in Munich. The leaders also denounced the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its refusal to hold a similar commemoration...

  • Jan Perry’s quest: Spirituality, pursuit of L.A.‘s well-being

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 25, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    I asked City Council member Jan Perry, a candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, if she was on a spiritual quest when she converted to Judaism. “Right,” she replied. “Your question is a good way to put it.”

    Perry, whose conversation offers a mixture of the spiritual and...

  • In ’84, sans IOC, L.A. remembered Israeli athletes slain at Munich Olympics

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 19, 2012 | 9:34 pm

    Though they may not seem like much at first glance, the copse of trees that stands at the top of a hill in Pan Pacific Park is actually a legacy of the summer Olympic games held in Los Angeles in 1984.

    More specifically, the scruffy trees were one of the ways the city of Los...

  • Austin Beutner drops out of L.A. mayor’s race

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 8, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    Businessman Austin Beutner has announced that he is withdrawing from the race for mayor of Los Angeles in order to spend more time with his family.

    “Everything I have been successful at, I have busted my butt,” Beutner told the Daily News’s Rick Orlov. “I didn’t feel I could...

  • Israel Festival: dancing with Eyal Golan

    By Ryan Torok

    April 30, 2012 | 6:46 pm

    At the end of a long day of festivities Sunday, the crowd screamed as Israeli singer Eyal Golan wrapped an Israel flag around his body on stage at Rancho Park’s Cheviot Hills Recreation Center.

    Golan, whose good looks have helped solidify his pop star-status in Israel, also let...

  • Opinion: Dance with who brung you

    September 28, 2011 | 3:41 pm

    That Zev Yaroslavsky is the most important local elected Jewish official is beyond dispute. For over three decades he has been a voice of reason and courage for, to and in the Jewish community.

    That three significant Jewish agencies would lend support to an effort to undermine...

  • The Berman v. Sherman race—so far

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 15, 2011 | 5:16 pm

    For those who want to catch up on the Jewish Journal’s coverage of the race between Reps. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) in California’s newly drawn 30th congressional district, here’s a roundup of the articles and entries we’ve...

  • Garcetti declares candidacy for L.A. mayor; three Jews now in race (do I hear a fourth?)

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 8, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti declared that he is running for Mayor of the City of Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    The Times called Garcetti “the highest-profile Latino in the race,” since his father, former District Attorney Gil...

  • Howard Berman Announces Five Endorsements

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 31, 2011 | 9:48 am

    In a release emailed to the Jewish Journal this morning, Rep. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) has announced endorsements from five well-known California Democrats in his bid for reelection in the newly redrawn 30th congressional district in the West San Fernando Valley.

    Gov....

  • Yaroslavsky observes Nigeria’s democratic process

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 26, 2011 | 5:10 pm

    Zev Yaroslavsky’s latest nation-building assignment wasn’t easy.  Dispatched to Nigeria as part of an international corps of election observers, he checked on polling places during elections this month in a nation better known for ethnic violence and corruption than orderly...

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