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JJ Home: OK, I admit it. I’m a bit of a clotheshorse. And when you buy a lot of clothes, you get a lot of tags that yo...
07/20/2019
Turn Clothing Tags Into Bookmarks | Jewish Journal

JJ Home: OK, I admit it. I’m a bit of a clotheshorse. And when you buy a lot of clothes, you get a lot of tags that you have to cut off before wearing the garments. Besides the price tags from the stores, the manufacturers attach their own tags featuring branding messages and logos. These manufacturer tags are usually made of thick, premium-quality paper stock, so I always save them for art projects.

One way I like to repurpose clothing tags is to turn them into bookmarks. They are the perfect blank canvas to create collages with images cut out of old magazines — something else I don’t throw away.

By: Jonathan Fong

OK, I admit it. I’m a bit of a clotheshorse. And when you buy a lot of clothes, you get a lot of tags that you have to cut off before wearing the

JJ Yamit's Table: Power outages have been part of my everyday life in Uganda for more than a decade, and they’ve train...
07/20/2019
Powerful Powerless Cooking with ‘The Storm Gourmet’ | Jewish Journal

JJ Yamit's Table: Power outages have been part of my everyday life in Uganda for more than a decade, and they’ve trained me to set my watch to about 15 minutes into a big storm before being plunged into total darkness.

At that point, there’s a procedure: turn off major appliances, fridge, freezers and fans and hope the inverter power supply lasts long enough to charge my phone and computer because I can never find the flashlights I hide around the house until the power comes back. That’s Uganda; we’ve come to expect frequent power outages from Umeme, Uganda’s only and extremely overburdened electric company. But when a transformer blew in New York City this past weekend leaving at least 72,000 Con Edison customers without power, I realized it could happen anywhere.

By: Yamit Behar Wood

Power outages have been part of my everyday life in Uganda for more than a decade, and they’ve trained me to set my watch to about 15 minutes into a big

JJ Latest News: Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer announced on Friday that Israel will allow all U.S. c...
07/19/2019
Israel Will Allow Omar, Tlaib Into Country

JJ Latest News: Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer announced on Friday that Israel will allow all U.S. congressional members to enter the country, including Ilhan Omar and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Aaron Bandler reports.

Dermer said in a statement, “Out of respect for the U.S. Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America, we would not deny entry to any member of Congress into Israel.” https://jewishjournal.com/news/nation/301841/israel-will-allow-omar-tlaib-into-country/

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer announced on Friday that Israel will allow all U.S. congressional members to...

JJ Community: On July 15, StandWithUs announced the launch of its new Center for Combating Anti-Semitism (CCA), Aaron Ba...
07/19/2019
StandWithUs Launches Center for Combating Anti-Semitism

JJ Community: On July 15, StandWithUs announced the launch of its new Center for Combating Anti-Semitism (CCA), Aaron Bandler reports.

In an exclusive interview with the Journal, CCA Director and Counsel for Litigation Strategy Carly Gammill said StandWithUs decided to establish the center because “we really have sensed this growing need to take this concerted action” against the rise of anti-Semitism worldwide.

“What we are endeavoring to do is kind of a four-fold approach to anti-Semitism, which is identifying anti-Semitism, defining it, exposing it and then taking the necessary and appropriate actions when you see it.” https://jewishjournal.com/news/nation/301605/standwithus-launches-center-for-combating-anti-semitism/

On July 15, StandWithUs announced the launch of its new Center for Combating Anti-Semitism (CCA). In an exclusive interview with the Journal,

JJ Latest News: The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on July 17 that they thwarted a Hamas money laundering scheme ...
07/19/2019
Israel Thwarts Hamas Money-Laundering Scheme

JJ Latest News: The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on July 17 that they thwarted a Hamas money laundering scheme occurring in the West Bank, Aaron Bandler reports.

In a couple of tweets, the IDF explained that Hamas was using a fake travel agency as a front to launder money to West Bank Hamas operatives. https://jewishjournal.com/news/israel/301845/israel-thwarts-hamas-money-laundering-scheme/

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on July 17 that they thwarted a Hamas money laundering scheme occurring in the West Bank.

JJ Latest News: The German Foreign Ministry announced on July 18 that they are investigating a German diplomat for a lik...
07/19/2019
German Foreign Ministry Investigating Diplomat for Liking ‘Jewish Supremacists’ Tweet from David Duke

JJ Latest News: The German Foreign Ministry announced on July 18 that they are investigating a German diplomat for a liking a series of anti-Israel tweets, including one from avowed white nationalist David Duke railing against “Jewish supremacists,” Aaron Bandler reports.

According to the Associated Press, Christian Clages, who heads the German mission to the Palestinian territories, liked an April 10 Duke tweet stating, “On this day 71 years ago, Jewish supremacists invaded the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin, where they slaughtered men, women and children. Innocent Palestinians were mutilated, raped and paraded through Jewish neighborhoods before being summarily executed.” Clages also liked a reply to Duke saying that “Zionist” should replace the word “Jewish” in Duke’s tweet. https://jewishjournal.com/news/world/301826/german-foreign-ministry-investigating-diplomat-for-liking-jewish-supremacist-tweet-from-david-duke/

The German Foreign Ministry announced on July 18 that they are investigating a German diplomat for a liking a series of anti-Israel tweets,

JJ Latest News: A t-shirt saying “Resist Racism. Sexism. Zionism.” was sold during a couple of pro-Palestinian panel...
07/19/2019
Shirt Saying ‘Resist Racism. Sexism. Zionism.’ Reportedly Sold During Progressive Conference Panels

JJ Latest News: A t-shirt saying “Resist Racism. Sexism. Zionism.” was sold during a couple of pro-Palestinian panels at Netroots Nation on July 12 according to Jewish Insider, Aaron Bandler reports.

The shirt also listed “homophobia,” “anti-Semitism,” and “Islamophobia” as necessary to “resist.” Jewish Insider reporter Ben Jacobs told the Journal in a direct message on Twitter that the shirt was being sold during the “Making Palestine Part of the Progressive Agenda” and “Embedding Palestinian Rights in the 2020 Agenda” panels to support the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR).

ADL - Anti-Defamation League, Simon Wiesenthal Center and Progressive Zionists of California weigh in.

https://jewishjournal.com/news/nation/301792/shirt-saying-resist-racism-sexism-zionism-reportedly-sold-during-progressive-conference-panels/?fbclid=IwAR03cuHv61V8Wu7bnUiRnC9jiReX18E26yb_Yf0-dUF0LOkNnYyNMaFvd7Y

A t-shirt saying “Resist Racism. Sexism. Zionism.” was sold during a couple of pro-Palestinian panels at a progressive conference on July 12,

JJ Latest News: Iran announced on July 19 that they have captured a British oil tanker that was heading through the Stra...
07/19/2019
Iran Captures British Tanker

JJ Latest News: Iran announced on July 19 that they have captured a British oil tanker that was heading through the Strait of Hormuz toward Saudi Arabia, Aaron Bandler reports.

The owners of the Stena Impero ship said that the ship suddenly veered toward Qeshm, an Iranian island, after “unidentified small crafts and a helicopter” approached it. The owners have said they have been unable to contact the ship. https://jewishjournal.com/news/world/301837/iran-captures-british-tanker/

Iran announced on July 19 that they have captured a British oil tanker that was heading through the Strait of Hormuz toward Saudi Arabia.

JJ Latest News: Congressman Brad Sherman condemned the recent vandalism of a synagogue in Woodland Hills, Aaron Bandler ...
07/19/2019
Sherman Condemns Vandalism of Woodland Hills Synagogue

JJ Latest News: Congressman Brad Sherman condemned the recent vandalism of a synagogue in Woodland Hills, Aaron Bandler reports.

The Hebrew Discovery Center was smeared with white paint on July 14; it is not yet known who the vandals were. Rabbi Nathan Louie told the Journal that he believed the damages will cost around $10,000.

Sherman called the vandalism “a hate crime” in a statement.

“We have seen an increase around the country in anti-Semitic incidents, and those responsible should be brought to justice and be fully prosecuted,” Sherman said. AJC Los Angeles also weighed in. https://jewishjournal.com/news/los_angeles/301741/sherman-condemns-vandalism-of-woodland-hills-synagogue/

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) condemned the recent vandalism of a synagogue in Woodland Hills. The Hebrew Discovery Center was smeared with...

JJ Latest News: A United States Navy ship shot down an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz on July 18, President Don...
07/19/2019
US Shoots Down Iranian Drone

JJ Latest News: A United States Navy ship shot down an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz on July 18, President Donald Trump announced, Aaron Bandler reports.

Trump told reporters that the drone was as close as around 1,000 yards away from the U.S.S. Boxer, an amphibious assault ship. The drone kept coming closer to the ship despite Boxer personnel warning the drone to stand down, prompting the ship to down the drone.

“This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions against vessels operating in international waters,” Trump said. “The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities, and interests.” https://jewishjournal.com/news/nation/301797/us-shoots-down-iranian-drone/

A United States Navy ship shot down an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz on July 18, President Donald Trump announced.

JJ Latest News: The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed an anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution un...
07/19/2019
House Foreign Affairs Committee Unanimously Passes Anti-BDS Resolution

JJ Latest News: The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed an anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution unanimously on July 17, Aaron Bandler reports.

The resolution, House Resolution 246, condemns the BDS movement for engaging in “efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel” and undermining prospects of peace with its opposition to a two-state solution. https://jewishjournal.com/news/nation/301829/house-foreign-affairs-committee-unanimously-passes-anti-bds-resolution/

The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed an anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution unanimously on July 17.

JJ Rosner's Domain: Israeli Minister of Education Rabbi Rafi Peretz hasn’t adapted to his new role. When a person beco...
07/19/2019
The Tribe, the Individual, the ‘Second Holocaust’ | Jewish Journal

JJ Rosner's Domain: Israeli Minister of Education Rabbi Rafi Peretz hasn’t adapted to his new role. When a person becomes a minister, things change. He wears a suit and tie; he has a car and responsibilities. He should adapt to this role not only in his garb but also in his speech. Because he’s new to the job, maybe we could cut him some slack and not criticize everything he says. In return, we should expect him to refrain from bold statements until he learns how to speak like a minister.

By: Shmuel Rosner

I usually don’t print in this space what has been published in Hebrew for Israeli readers. But this week, I am making an exception. This column is a

JJ Analysis: In recent issues of this publication, several op-eds have debated whether it is appropriate to call migrant...
07/18/2019
Jews Protesting Detention Centers: Inside Never Again Action | Jewish Journal

JJ Analysis: In recent issues of this publication, several op-eds have debated whether it is appropriate to call migrant detention centers “concentration camps.” There’s no doubt the controversy has consumed airtime that could have been used to discuss the inhumane conditions in these compounds. Border detention centers are overcrowded and squalid; migrants are held in standing-room-only cells; children go without showers and hot meals; and according to the Office of Inspector General (the Department of Homeland Security’s independent watchdog), guards allegedly are attacking and raping women.

By: Ariel Sobel

In recent issues of this publication, several op-eds have debated whether it is appropriate to call migrant detention centers “concentration camps.”

JJ Columns: “[Ilhan] Omar has a history of launching vicious, anti-Semitic screeds,” President Trump declared on Wed...
07/18/2019
You Can’t Fight Anti-Semitism With Racism | Jewish Journal

JJ Columns: “[Ilhan] Omar has a history of launching vicious, anti-Semitic screeds,” President Trump declared on Wednesday to an audience that chanted, “Send her back! Send her back!”

In that moment, an accusation of anti-Semitism became a call for racism. The message was clear: A refugee, who had been an American longer than the President’s wife, could be stripped of her citizenship. To the crowd, as a non-white woman, she never truly was American to begin with.

By: Ariel Sobel

“ Omar has a history of launching vicious, anti-Semitic screeds,” President Trump declared on Wednesday to an audience that chanted, “Send her back! Send

JJ Columns: What is it about grandparents that melts our hearts? Is it simply that they love us so unconditionally, with...
07/18/2019
What Grandparents Leave Behind | Jewish Journal

JJ Columns: What is it about grandparents that melts our hearts? Is it simply that they love us so unconditionally, without strings? After all, we can quarrel with parents but who’s got the chutzpah to quarrel with a bubbe or a zayde? Certainly not me.

By: Danielle Ames Spivak

What is it about grandparents that melts our hearts? Is it simply that they love us so unconditionally, without strings? After all, we can quarrel with

JJ Columns: At 8:19 p.m. on Friday, July 5, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Southern California, upsetting the tranqui...
07/18/2019
There Are No Atheists on the Fault Line | Jewish Journal

JJ Columns: At 8:19 p.m. on Friday, July 5, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Southern California, upsetting the tranquility of the weekend (and Shabbat dinner) for many local residents.

Most Persian Jewish Shabbat dinner parties likely weren’t affected by the rolling, given that members of my community normally arrive at 10 p.m. for a dinner that was intended to begin at 7:30.

The following incidents, all pertinent to the community, were reported the evening of the earthquake:

By: Tabby Refael

The following is a work of satire. None of the people or incidents are real. At 8:19 p.m. on Friday, July 5, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Southern

JJ Editor's Note: All the Democratic presidential candidates made clear in their recent debates that, if elected, they w...
07/18/2019
The Forgotten 56 Million With Disabilities

JJ Editor's Note: All the Democratic presidential candidates made clear in their recent debates that, if elected, they would pay greater attention to the weak and vulnerable of our society — whether that means suffering migrants at our borders, people who lost their savings on medical bills, victims of gun violence, working-class Americans who are victims of corporate profiteering, undocumented immigrants forced to live in the shadows, and so on.

By: David Suissa

It seemed as if no one was left behind. Except for the 56 million Americans with disabilities. Not one question was asked about this group.

JJ Cover Story: The 16 seniors profiled in these pages are inspiring examples of how to stay active and engaged as we ag...
07/18/2019
The 80-Plus Generation | Jewish Journal

JJ Cover Story: The 16 seniors profiled in these pages are inspiring examples of how to stay active and engaged as we age. When putting this issue together, we received an overwhelming response from the community. Unfortunately, we could not feature everyone, but those selected reflect a wide cross section of our amazing Jewish senior citizens in Los Angeles.

The 16 seniors profiled in these pages are inspiring examples of how to stay active and engaged as we age. When putting this issue together, we received

JJ Arts: Jewish jazz and pop singer-songwriter Jesse Palter has just released her debut jazz-folk-pop album, “Paper Tr...
07/17/2019
Jazz Singer Jesse Palter Leaves ‘Paper Trail’ With Debut Album | Jewish Journal

JJ Arts: Jewish jazz and pop singer-songwriter Jesse Palter has just released her debut jazz-folk-pop album, “Paper Trail.” The singer, who admits to being “30-something,” said the album is an objective she’s been working toward for nearly two decades.

By: Erin Ben-Moche

Jewish jazz and pop singer-songwriter Jesse Palter has just released her debut jazz-folk-pop album, “Paper Trail.” The singer, who admits to being

JJ Latest News: The Progressive Zionists of California said in a July 15 open letter they were “very concerned” that...
07/17/2019
Progressive Zionists ‘Very Concerned’ Warren Campaign Hired IfNotNow Co-founder

JJ Latest News: The Progressive Zionists of California said in a July 15 open letter they were “very concerned” that Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign hired IfNotNow co-founder Max Berger in June, Aaron Bandler reports.

PZC founding members Susan George and Paul Kujawsky argued that Berger, who was hired as the Warren campaign’s Director of Progressive Partnerships, is “unworthy of any position in [Warren’s] campaign,” citing a tweet from July 2014 when he called Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip a “pogrom.” https://jewishjournal.com/news/nation/301558/progressive-zionists-very-concerned-warren-campaign-hired-ifnotnow-co-founder/

The Progressive Zionists of California (PZC) said in a July 15 open letter they were “very concerned” that Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s...

JJ Latest News: Ilhan Omar introduces pro-BDS resolution and compares BDS to the Boston Tea Party, Aaron Bandler reports...
07/17/2019
Omar Introduces Pro-BDS Resolution and Compares BDS to Boston Tea Party

JJ Latest News: Ilhan Omar introduces pro-BDS resolution and compares BDS to the Boston Tea Party, Aaron Bandler reports.

The resolution states "that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad" and that anti-BDS legislation is "unconstitutional." The resolution cites the Boston Tea Party and American efforts to boycott Nazi Germany during World War II as part of the American tradition of boycotts. https://jewishjournal.com/news/israel/301712/omar-introduces-pro-bds-resolution-and-compares-bds-to-boston-tea-party/

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) introduced a resolution supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on July 16...

JJ Latest News: ADL - Anti-Defamation League, Simon Wiesenthal Center slam CNN for giving avowed white nationalist Richa...
07/17/2019
ADL, Wiesenthal Center Slam CNN for Giving White Nationalist Leader a Platform

JJ Latest News: ADL - Anti-Defamation League, Simon Wiesenthal Center slam CNN for giving avowed white nationalist Richard Spencer a platform on July 16, Aaron Bandler reports.

CNN’s Sara Sidner asked Spencer for his reaction to President Donald Trump’s July 14 tweets telling four Democratic congresswoman to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.” Spencer said the tweets were “red meat” for white nationalists but he called such tweets “meaningless and cheap.”

Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper told the Journal, "Media’s role with talking head professional racists and bigots is to expose their hate, not provide a platform for their extremist agenda in the mainstream of our political and media culture. What was CNN thinking?” https://jewishjournal.com/news/nation/301661/adl-wiesenthal-center-slam-cnn-for-giving-white-nationalist-leader-a-platform/

Staff members of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Simon Wiesenthal Center are among those criticizing CNN for giving avowed...

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