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Stanley Sheinbaum, Liberal Activist For Nearly 70 Years Who Met With Arafat, Dies

09/13/2016 - 13:50

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Stanley Sheinbaum, who dedicated his life to the promotion and defense of liberal causes in the United States and the world, has died.

Stanley Sheinbaum and the Rev. Jesse Jackson at an awards dinner and birthday celebration for Jackson in Beverly Hills. JTA

If You’ve Got A Few Hours To Kill…

09/08/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

About 15 years ago, on my way to a meeting in Los Angeles, I received word that it had been cancelled. My flight left early the next morning — but I suddenly had an entire evening at my disposal, on a coast with spectacular sunsets.

The canals of Venice, CA offer a scenic venue for a colorful look at California's culture. H. Danailova/JW

A New Generation Of Seekers In Jewish L.A.

The city generates Jewish creativity, in part because it is less bounded by Jewish tradition than New York is.

02/03/2015 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Los Angeles — The 3-year-old boy stood on a chair in his backyard, and as about three dozen family members and friends gathered around, he led the assembled in a rousing, one-word-at-a-time call-and-response of the biblical verse: “Torah. Tziva. Lanu. Moshe. Morasha. Kehilat. Yakov.” (Moshe commanded the Torah to us, an eternal heritage for the congregation of Jacob.)

Gary Rosenblatt

Female Rabbis At Forefront Of Pioneering Prayer Communities

Charismatic spiritual leaders, most of whom are on the West Coast, stressing innovation and outreach.

12/15/2014 - 19:00

Los Angeles — A decade ago in Los Angeles, two organizations opened their doors with a call to prayer — or they would have if they had any doors to open.

Rabbi Naomi Levy and the Nashuva band drum playing on the beach.  Phyllis Osman

1,000 Gather For Max Steinberg Memorial Service

08/13/2014 - 20:00

Fallen Israeli soldier Max Steinberg found “inner peace” in his army service, his mother told a crowd of 1,000 at a memorial service in his native Southern California.

Bourbon Street And Jewish Life In Santa Monica

03/17/2014 - 20:00
Travel Writer

When did Santa Monica, the laid-back hub of Los Angeles’ beach communities, turn into Bourbon Street?

I pondered this as Oggi and I spent an hour and a half inching our rented Nissan along jam-packed beachside lanes that reminded me less of California and more of Manhattan’s 14th Street at rush hour. Thousands of young people — many clad in green on St. Patrick’s Day, others draped in gaudy strings of beads — strolled in leisurely herds along Main Street and Broadway. In some spots, the sidewalks were as jammed with pedestrians as the roads were with cars.

A Jewish tableau decorates the Israel Levin Senior Center on the Venice boardwalk.  Hilary Larson/JW

Virtues Of ‘The Valley’

03/10/2014 - 20:00
Travel Writer

Like valleys everywhere, the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles is defined by its surrounding mountains. Smoky purple and taupe, the jagged peaks are visible through the smog from every vantage point.

The sculpture garden at the American Jewish University.  Hilary Larson/JW

My Five Must-See Destinations For 2014

01/07/2014 - 19:00
Travel Writer

Some years, given a world full of tempting travel choices, I have a tough time honing in on the top five or so destinations. Not this year. 2014 looks to be an exciting year of Jewish rebirth and rediscovery for places as far afield as Latvia, Jamaica and Poland. Meanwhile, as Jewish life continues to coalesce and flourish in the big New World cities, L.A. and Sao Paulo offer some clear advantages this year. These are the places I’m most excited to explore in 2014 – and here’s why:

As an upcoming European Capital of Culture, Riga is a choice travel destination this year. Photo courtesy Riga City Council

The Whole Enchilada

In Jewish L.A., authentic Mexican that's rigorously kosher.
04/23/2013 - 20:00
Special for the Jewish Week

On a recent trip to SoCal to visit a client, I stopped off in the heart of Jewish Los Angeles (Pico-Robertson Boulevard, of course) to check out Mexikosher, a kosher Mexican restaurant that that tastes like the real deal in Mexican cooking.
What makes this place different, and so much better, than kosher “Mexican” restaurants I’ve eaten at in New York is that this isn’t fast food.

Mexikosher restaurant is in the heart of Jewish LA. Dani Klein

L.A. As A Model For The Jewish Future

Jewish Funders Network conference highlights efforts to reinvent Jewish life by challenging the status quo.
03/18/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Los Angeles — “This is the most exciting and frustrating Jewish community in the country,” proclaimed Jay Sanderson, chief executive of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, the site and showcase of the annual Jewish Funders Network international conference held here over three days this week.

G-dcast’s Sarah Lefton and funders perform a staged reading of one of the nonprofit’s scripts at this week’s conference.
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