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  • Celebrate Israel Independence Day festival map

    By JewishJournal

    April 18, 2013 | 11:25 am

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    1. Main Stage — Performance by legendary Israeli rock band Mishina, The Spazmatics and the official Independence Day Ceremony. 

    2. SpaceIL — Photo opportunity with Israel's first space shuttle which will be sent to the moon.

    3. Cafe Tel Aviv —...

  • L.A. set to celebrate Israel, Jewish community

    by Jared Sichel

    April 18, 2013 | 11:12 am

    This year’s Celebrate Israel Independence Day festival will feature plenty of stars when it takes place on April 21, but only one has plans to actually spend time in outer space.

    It’s not quite the Apollo 11 spacecraft — which took Neil Armstrong to his lunar landing — but the...

  • Cliffhanger divestment vote at UC Santa Barbara

    by Maya Raymond

    April 18, 2013 | 11:08 am

    A 13-hour marathon meeting at the UC Santa Barbara student senate lasted through the night of April 10-11, culminating in a cliffhanger vote to deny an anti-Israel divestment resolution.

    I was among the 400 students — Jews and other Israel supporters on one side of the issue, and...

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  • 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...

  • A Sephardic S.Y. Agnon

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    April 18, 2013 | 10:50 am

    In current discourses on modern Israeli literature, the names Oz, Yehoshua and Grossman typically dominate the discussion. But how often do we hear the name Haim Sabato? Who is Sabato, and why is his writing often compared to Nobel Prize-winning Israeli author S.Y. Agnon?

    When I...

  • Rereading Leon Uris’ ‘Exodus’ a disquieting experience

    by Alan Elsner

    April 18, 2013 | 10:38 am

    In preparation for Israel’s 65th birthday, I recently reread Leon Uris’ novel “Exodus” — and found it disturbing and unsettling in many ways.

    I first read the book in 1970, around the time of my first visit to Israel, and fell in love both with the book and the country. I was...

  • A novel meeting of Israeli, Socal culinary worlds

    by Jessica Ritz, Contributing Writer

    April 10, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Given the similarities between their respective climates and diverse populations, the food cultures of Israel and Southern California would seem to have much in common. Chefs Assaf Granit and Uri Navon of Jerusalem’s lauded Machneyuda restaurant are about to find out firsthand...

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