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  • Back to school, sort of: Shalhevet students start their year under unorthodox conditions

    By Ryan Torok

    4 hours ago

    Chaos has brought community to the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC), where Shalhevet High School is operating for its 2014-2015 school year as construction proceeds on its actual campus.

    Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg, a Shalhevet Judaic studies teacher, dryly remarked that sharing...

  • L.A. rabbi says mikveh at AJU is secure, calls Freundel scandal a ‘unique case’

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    In the wake of a scandal in which a Washington, D.C. Orthodox rabbi was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 14, for allegedly spying on women undressing at a mikveh connected to his synagogue, Rabbi Richard A. Flom, a Los Angeles authority on the mikveh [ritual bathhouse] and a member of the...

  • Moving and shaking: Doc Rivers, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the ADL

    By Ryan Torok

    5 days ago

    “The city rests on a foundation of public safety,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the fourth annual Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) Los Angeles dinner honoring both the mayor and businessman Mitch Julis on Oct. 2 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  

    HSAC is a...

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  • L.A. Cancer Challenge:  Running for lives of others

    By Elyse Glickman

    6 days ago

    When thousands of racers line up at the Veterans Affairs grounds in West Los Angeles on Oct. 26, it will be to raise awareness for a devastating type of cancer sometimes linked to mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that are more prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews.

    But it’s not...

  • In a week of shacks, a missing L.A. woman found destitute in one

    by Edmon J. Rodman

    1 week ago

    While during Sukkot Los Angeles’ Jews were dwelling in their temporary shelters, a continent away, the story of Sarah Cheiker, an elderly victim of a con that took her Fairfax District home – was demonstrating just how fragile a home can be in the City of Angels.

    Cheiker, 91,...

  • Building a stable sukkah, building a stable L.A.

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    Many years ago, my wife and I lived in a ground-floor apartment in the Ocean Park section of Santa Monica, on a hill with a view of the bay.

    When Sukkot came around, my wife naturally expected me to build the hut — the sukkah — in which Jews are commanded to eat, and even...

  • Moving and shaking: From AmeriCorps to the One Wish Project

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    The Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles (VPC) honored Union Bank; ABC Family’s “The Fosters”; and Patti Giggans, executive director of nonprofit Peace Over Violence; during its Angel of Peace Awards on Sept. 30.

    The event, which took place at the LA Plaza de...

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