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The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles has served the world’s third largest Jewish community with award-winning journalism, breaking news, Hollywood Schmooze and provocative columns. The Jewish Journal is distributed free at over 900 sites around Southern California. With 150,000 weekly readers in Southern California, it is the largest Jewish weekly in the United States outside New York City.

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“I like to be self-deprecating. That’s my brand of comedy and what my fans have come to expect, and I like to give them ...
02/01/2020
Fran Drescher Stars in Jewish Comedy Sitcom ‘Indebted’ | Jewish Journal

“I like to be self-deprecating. That’s my brand of comedy and what my fans have come to expect, and I like to give them what they anticipate and as much bang for their buck as possible.."

As a writer for “The Goldbergs,” Dan Levy mined his colorful Jewish family for stories. Last year, when his parents proposed retiring to California and

Photographs of these and other artifacts — and the heartbreaking stories behind them — are on display in “Objects From t...
02/01/2020
LAMOTH Exhibition: ‘Objects From the Concentration Camps’ | Jewish Journal

Photographs of these and other artifacts — and the heartbreaking stories behind them — are on display in “Objects From the Concentration Camps” at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

A wooden dreidel that belonged to Hungarian Jews who perished at Auschwitz. A hollowed-out key used to pass secret messages between prisoners. A tiny

“Every few decades or so in this country, there is a trial that ends up being more important than just the dispute betwe...
02/01/2020
The Jewish Women Taking on the Charlottesville Instigators | Jewish Journal

“Every few decades or so in this country, there is a trial that ends up being more important than just the dispute between the parties. This trial, I guarantee you, is going to be that kind of a trial.”

Looking at the news over the last few years, the “landscape of hate” appears to be disturbingly broad, stretching from Parkland to Pittsburgh, from Poway

“It’s easy to get frustrated. It’s easy to get angry. I hope we don’t forget that some people are desperately ill and ha...
01/31/2020
VBS Hosts Times Columnist’s Talk on Homelessness | Jewish Journal

“It’s easy to get frustrated. It’s easy to get angry. I hope we don’t forget that some people are desperately ill and have been through hell, economic or otherwise. And they need our help."

After Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez talked about homelessness at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) on Jan. 22, several people approached him, wanting to

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of Britain, said the greatest challenges facing Jews in the 21st centu...
01/31/2020
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Inspires Sephardic Temple | Jewish Journal

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of Britain, said the greatest challenges facing Jews in the 21st century are anti-Semitism, the loss of Jewish identity among young people and the chasm between American Jewry and Israel.

Appearing at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel on Jan. 21 before a sold-out crowd of close to 600 people, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi

Shabbat Shalom!📸: Zenspirations by Joanne Fink
01/31/2020

Shabbat Shalom!

📸: Zenspirations by Joanne Fink

The Iron Dome shot down two of the rockets, the third landed in an empty field in Sderot.
01/31/2020
Gaza Rockets Fired into Israel

The Iron Dome shot down two of the rockets, the third landed in an empty field in Sderot.

Three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip and into southern Israel on Jan. 30, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports.

"We would like to let our Jewish Community know that Anti Semitic acts would not be tolerated in our Community. This inc...
01/31/2020
Swastika Graffiti Found Outside NYC Resident’s Apartment

"We would like to let our Jewish Community know that Anti Semitic acts would not be tolerated in our Community. This incident will be thoroughly investigated."

Graffiti featuring a swastika and anti-Semitic slurs were discovered outside a Manhattan resident’s apartment on Jan. 27.

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, Accidental Talmudist
01/31/2020
Weekly Parsha: Bo | Jewish Journal

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, Accidental Talmudist

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, Accidental Talmudist I will pass through the land of Egypt on this night, and I will smite every

Poem: Bo
01/31/2020
Poem: Bo | Jewish Journal

Poem: Bo

Locusts A few months after we moved into our house the ants felt bold enought to join us. Their line from the back door to the trash can, a plague that

"This plan that aims to begin a four-year process of implementation poses the same dilemma presented by all previous pla...
01/31/2020
The Cyrus Parameters: Trump and Netanyahu | Jewish Journal

"This plan that aims to begin a four-year process of implementation poses the same dilemma presented by all previous plans to Israel and its neighbors."

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the morning of Jan. 28, Israel time, that he was no longer seeking immunity from indictment and trial.

"It’s nice to see that so many people care about Israel’s policies and behavior, but slightly dangerous."
01/31/2020
Your Vote Counts but Don’t Go Overboard | Jewish Journal

"It’s nice to see that so many people care about Israel’s policies and behavior, but slightly dangerous."

“There’s a lot of money at stake,” was Israeli journalist Zvika Klein’s instinctive response when I asked him a few weeks ago why we should care about the

“All of the food chain is connected. The less food waste you have, the less production you have, the more impact on pric...
01/31/2020
The French-Israeli App Maker Tackling Food Waste | Jewish Journal

“All of the food chain is connected. The less food waste you have, the less production you have, the more impact on prices.”

Fischer moved from his native Paris to Israel and is co-founder of SpareEat, an app that enables people to buy unsold food from restaurants.

"To Western Jews who fear being despised: Whom do you know who does not despise weakness? And whom do you know who does ...
01/30/2020
A Stronger Response | Jewish Journal

"To Western Jews who fear being despised: Whom do you know who does not despise weakness? And whom do you know who does not respect strength?"

Culturally, we Jews are disposed to seek out and help those who are demonized and treated unjustly. We lend our support to people and causes at home and

"Life has not always been easy on our campus for students who wanted to study Israel, or who wanted to learn about their...
01/30/2020
Jewish Progress Taking Place at UC Berkeley | Jewish Journal

"Life has not always been easy on our campus for students who wanted to study Israel, or who wanted to learn about their Jewish connections to Israel."

When I tell Americans about my youth in Israel, many ask what it was like riding a camel to school. When I tell members of the L.A. Jewish community about

"After spending months in two concentration camps, she was sent to Auschwitz. As she stared into the eyes of evil Joseph...
01/30/2020
Much More Than a Number | Jewish Journal

"After spending months in two concentration camps, she was sent to Auschwitz. As she stared into the eyes of evil Joseph Mengele, he pointed right, sparing her life for the time being."

I am not good with numbers. I barely made it through high school algebra. Yet there is one number I will never forget — a number with the letter “A” in

There are times when it is easy to feel the grandeur and majesty of a supreme force, such as when witnessing a vivid, ro...
01/30/2020
Sacred Space, Stigma and Self-Determination | Jewish Journal

There are times when it is easy to feel the grandeur and majesty of a supreme force, such as when witnessing a vivid, rouge sunset on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon or hearing the cry of a newborn.

Feeling the presence of God in a windowless meeting room at a hotel is much harder, yet that was exactly what happened on a recent Saturday morning at the DoubleTree by Hilton in west Los Angeles.

There are times when it is easy to feel the grandeur and majesty of a supreme force, such as when witnessing a vivid, rouge sunset on the southern rim of

The Los Angeles Lakers belong to everyone in L.A., but their greatest players belong especially to the immigrants and re...
01/30/2020
The Uplifting Wave of Kobe Bryant | Jewish Journal

The Los Angeles Lakers belong to everyone in L.A., but their greatest players belong especially to the immigrants and refugees of this city.

The Los Angeles Lakers belong to everyone in L.A., but their greatest players belong especially to the immigrants and refugees of this city. When they

“The harrowing atrocities of the Holocaust, which were caused by the most unthinkable evil, will forever lay heavy in ou...
01/30/2020
Duchess of Cambridge Unveils Photo Exhibit of Survivors’ Families on Holocaust Remembrance Day | Jewish Journal

“The harrowing atrocities of the Holocaust, which were caused by the most unthinkable evil, will forever lay heavy in our hearts. Yet it is so often through the most unimaginable adversity that the most remarkable people flourish,” the duchess said.

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge unveiled a photo collection of four Holocaust survivors and their

An important piece on the unexpected death of Kobe Bryant."Kobe represented, in a way, the very opposite of death— he wa...
01/30/2020
The Day Kobe Bryant Died | Jewish Journal

An important piece on the unexpected death of Kobe Bryant.

"Kobe represented, in a way, the very opposite of death— he was a walking statement for How to Live Life."

I got dizzy. My mind started racing. Should I go to a quiet corner and cry? Should I call my son in Israel who idolized Kobe?

These ideas can be incorporated in interfaith families, unaffiliated families as well as those with strong Jewish connec...
01/29/2020
Facetime Activities for Jewish Grandparents | Jewish Journal

These ideas can be incorporated in interfaith families, unaffiliated families as well as those with strong Jewish connections – you can also tailor them to your grandchild and their interests.

Many of our richest childhood memories are of celebrating Jewish holidays at our grandparents’ homes. Bubbe and Zayde would set their table for Shabbat

Jewish groups expressed varying opinions on President Donald Trump’s proposed peace plan for the Israel-Palestinian conf...
01/29/2020
Jewish Groups React to Trump’s Israel Peace Plan

Jewish groups expressed varying opinions on President Donald Trump’s proposed peace plan for the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Jewish groups expressed varying opinions on President Donald Trump’s proposed peace plan for the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

"That these actions should happen on the campus of a leading New York university makes this situation even worse.”
01/28/2020
Second Swastika Found in Syracuse in Less Than a Week

"That these actions should happen on the campus of a leading New York university makes this situation even worse.”

A second swastika was found on the Syracuse University campus in the span of less than a week. The Daily Orange student newspaper reported...

“I can think of no better way to honor the memories of those murdered in the Holocaust than to make sure our students kn...
01/28/2020
House Overwhelmingly Passes Holocaust Education Bill

“I can think of no better way to honor the memories of those murdered in the Holocaust than to make sure our students know their names & their stories."

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill providing funding and resources for schools to provide Holocaust education...

Bernie Sanders launched a campaign video highlighting his Jewish identity and casting President Donald Trump as part of ...
01/28/2020
Bernie Sanders Rolls Out his Jewish Bernie Campaign Video | Jewish Journal

Bernie Sanders launched a campaign video highlighting his Jewish identity and casting President Donald Trump as part of the white nationalist threat.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Bernie Sanders launched a campaign video highlighting his Jewish identity and casting President Donald Trump as part of the white

Bloomberg is rolling out “United for Mike,” the name for his Jewish campaign.
01/28/2020
Michael Bloomberg Launches Jewish Outreach | Jewish Journal

Bloomberg is rolling out “United for Mike,” the name for his Jewish campaign.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor running for president, is launching his Jewish outreach in Miami. Bloomberg is rolling out

The leader of Israel’s opposition Blue and White Party, has agreed to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss his Is...
01/28/2020
Benny Gantz Agrees to Meet with Trump, but Separately from Netanyahu | Jewish Journal

The leader of Israel’s opposition Blue and White Party, has agreed to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss his Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, but will do so separately from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Benny Gantz, the leader of Israel’s opposition Blue and White Party, has agreed to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss his

A clandestine group called Oyneg Shabbes secretly compiled essays, letters, poems, newspapers, records, Nazi pronounceme...
01/28/2020
Discovery Premieres ‘Who Will Write Our History’ to Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day and Auschwitz Liberation | Jewish Journal

A clandestine group called Oyneg Shabbes secretly compiled essays, letters, poems, newspapers, records, Nazi pronouncements and photographs that documented life in the ghetto as well as the atrocities endured there.

In the Warsaw Ghetto, a clandestine group called Oyneg Shabbes secretly compiled essays, letters, poems, newspapers, records, Nazi pronouncements and

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