Dikla Kadosh

Dikla Kadosh

Advice from TLC’s style maven Stacy London

Stacy London is famous for transforming slovenly, dowdy and otherwise style-impaired women into color-coordinated, accessorized and age-appropriately dressed ladies on TLC’s popular show “What Not to Wear.” In November, she shared her expertise at Westfield Topanga’s Style Tour, hosting a fashion show featuring apparel from Westfield’s own stores – Forever 21, H&M, Bebe and Macy’s, to name a few – highlighting the season’s hottest fashions in wearable, affordable outfits.

Larissa Shebroe: Balancing Discipline and Drama

Larissa Shebroe’s military jacket is decked out with colorful patches, braided ropes, shiny pins, ribbons and dangling medals. The decorated battalion commander of the Van Nuys High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Wolf Pack is ranked second in Los Angeles, from among more than 4,000 cadets, earning her the prestigious title of All City Deputy Colonel for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

I want to go again!

So you’ve used up your free ride to the Jewish state through Taglit-Birthright Israel and you want to go back. Maybe you miss careening down the Jordan River or those warm nights strolling down the Tayelet Haas Promenade in Tel Aviv, or you want to spend more time exploring the Old City in Jerusalem.
Once you start looking for packages, however, it’s not unusual to encounter sticker shock: the average 10-day visit to Israel runs about $3,000, according to Israel’s Tourism Ministry. That cost can leave many young professionals feeling priced out of a return trip.

Serious Tone Marks Israeli Council Gala

Speakers came out swinging during the second annual Israeli Leadership Council (ILC) gala at the Beverly Hilton on May 12, voicing unwavering support for the Jewish state in light of Iran\’s nuclear ambitions and the crisis over housing construction plans in East Jerusalem. The serious tone at the sold-out gathering, which drew influential local Israeli Americans, stood in stark contrast to last year\’s jubilant, dance-filled inaugural gala.

Israel Independence Fest Faces Unexpected Expenses

Signs posted at the entrance to the 62nd Israel Independence Day Festival at Woodley Park on April 25 apologized for a last-minute increase of entrance fees — from $5 per person to $8. Even so, the increase was not enough to cover the cost of an unexpected $43,000 bill from the City of Los Angeles for police, fire and other city services — expenses provided at no cost to the festival for the past 19 years. The city’s current budget crisis forced a policy change, and organizers of the annual festival, which this year drew approximately 20,000 attendees, got the bill three weeks before the event.

Anachnu B’America Editor Let Go

Ori Dinur, 44, founding editor of Anachnu B’America, was let go from the Los Angeles-based Hebrew-language magazine this month for financial reasons, she said.

Beverly Hills’ New Herzl Way

For the first time in its history, the City of Beverly Hills has named a street in commemoration of a historic Jewish leader. On May 2, marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Theodor Herzl, the man who first envisioned a modern Jewish state, the 300 block of North Clark Drive, in front of Temple Emanuel, was renamed Herzl Way. The renaming was marked with a street celebration that included speeches, musical performances, dancing and the official unveiling of the street’s sign.

Young Leadership Groups Gather for Israel Remembrance

Young professionals in Los Angeles, dressed in white, commemorated Yom HaZikaron at the Museum of Tolerance on April 18 with a ceremony marked by personal stories of fallen soldiers and victims of terror. The evening, which united various young leadership organizations under the direction of Dor Chadash, was attended by a capacity crowd of 300 young American Jews and Israelis, who sat through a somber hour-long ceremony devoid of applause and chatter. In one of the night’s most poignant moments, Israeli Leadership Council Executive Director Shoham Nicolet recounted, in a voice quavering with emotion, the night he and his Israel Defense Forces (IDF) unit carried out a mission in southern Lebanon in 1999. The screen on stage displayed a photograph of the unit hours before the mission. “I’m standing in the middle of the group,” Nicolet said. “The soldiers on either side of me did not return alive.” Nicolet then played an audio recording of the gun battle that took the lives of three IDF soldiers that night. In another touching moment, Oran Schachter addressed a fellow fallen soldier: “I’m sorry I was not there to take the bullet instead of you Ari, because I miss you,” Schachter said. Sniffling could be heard throughout the auditorium as a montage of photographs showed IDF soldiers and Israelis carrying coffins draped in the Israeli flag, weeping at gravesites, huddling together on the battlefield and carrying bleeding comrades on stretchers. The evening ended on a note of hope, with a reading of kidnapped solider Gilad Shalit’s children’s story, “When the Shark and the Fish First Met,” a story of natural enemies coming together to live side by side in peace, and the singing of Israel’s national anthem, “Hatikvah” (The Hope).

‘Wonderland’ of Jewish Culture, History

On April 19, one day after commemorating those who lost their lives defending Israel, the Jewish community in Los Angeles turned out for “Promised Wonderland,” an elegant evening of entertainment and celebration to mark Israel’s 62nd Independence Day, as well as the grand opening of the newly dedicated Cheryl and Haim Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles hosted the event and invited nearly 2,000 guests to attend, compliments of the consulate and private donors, the Sabans, Paul and Herta Amir, and David and Fela Shapell.

Cutting-Edge Traffic Safety Research in Israel

In Israel, every fatal car accident makes the national news. When four people were killed in an accident in the Negev in March, the entire country was abuzz about the tragedy. A comment posted on a Ynet article reveals the prevailing mindset in Israel: “Is this a ‘cultural’ given and can the ‘culture’ of driving in Israel be significantly altered?”


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