Jewish Journal

  • Shabbat at the Ford

    Tess Cutler

    7 hours ago

    On Friday, August 29, Cantor Craig Taubman hosted his fourth annual Shabbat at the Ford, which took place at the historic Ford Amphitheater. The open-air venue was the perfect setting for such an event. “It’s the summer for gosh sakes,” remarked Taubman, and it sure felt like it,...

  • Survivor: Miriam Bell

    By Jane Ulman

    6 days ago

    As the candles glowed, Miriam Bell (née Galperin), her parents and six siblings were singing and welcoming the Sabbath into their comfortable home in Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania. Then gunshots were fired, and screaming erupted. The family ran outside to see Nazi soldiers, who had...

  • Finding the Goldbergs: A Catskills mystery unraveled

    by Uriel Heilman, JTA

    2 weeks ago

    The moment I kicked in the door of the abandoned house in the heart of the Catskills, I felt like I was in an episode of “The Twilight Zone: Borscht Belt edition.”

    In some corners it appeared as if the residents were just out for the afternoon. Pictures and tchotchkes adorned the...

  • From clothing trade to security services

    by Leslee Komaiko

    2 weeks ago

    As the founder and president of Kadima Security Services, whose clients include multiple area synagogues and Jewish organizations, Louis Perry proudly drives a giant Lincoln Navigator SUV with the license plate KADIMA1. His office in Encino is filled with pictures, including one of...

  • Fifty years after Freedom Summer, civil rights volunteers reflect on activist lives

    Dina Weinstein, JTA

    3 weeks ago

    At the Freedom Summer anniversary conference in Jackson, Miss., the activists who registered black voters and taught in Freedom Schools under the threat of violence 50 years ago stood up to introduce themselves.

    It took three hours to hear what they did in the Magnolia State back...

  • Leonard Fein, liberal activist and scholar, dies


    3 weeks ago

    Leonard Fein, a veteran Jewish activist and writer, has died at 80.

    Fein died Thursday morning, announced the Forward newspaper, where he was a longtime columnist.

    A prominent voice of Jewish liberalism and left-wing Zionism, Fein was the author of numerous books on Jewish...

  • War vets swap stories at Wendy’s

    by Cyndi Bemel

    3 weeks ago

    Pictures of fighter jets and war memorabilia aren’t the typical decor you expect to see on the walls of a Wendy’s restaurant, but after an early Monday visit to its Canoga Park location, the ornamentation starts to make sense. That’s when approximately 100 men and women, many...

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