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In Argentina, Justice Is Elusive — Again

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It is more likely that no one will ever be convicted of the bombing of AMIA.

The Yom Kippur War: A Story of Love and Friendship

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A story about making it back to the kibbutz.

‘Where’s the Beef?’ Serves Up Passionate Appeal for Veganism

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Ori Shavit's passion for veganism is grounded in her fight against the idea that humans have the right to use other species as they please. 

Adapt and Adopt: The Evolution of Latin American Jewish Cuisine

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Cohen said that the Sephardic Jews who immigrated to Latin America tended to adapt quickly because most knew Judeo-Spanish, similar to Spanish and Portuguese

Tuskegee Airmen, Tree of Life Rabbi Honored As Wiesenthal Center Releases Medal of Valor...

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In March, when Los Angeles’s cultural institutions went into lockdown, The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Richard Trank and his colleagues pondered how the center could...

The Moment My Life Changed

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During Bob Porter’s funeral at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, as the rabbi talked about the man’s family and his virtues, I recalled how Bob...

Sephardic Jews Are Fighting for Their History to be Represented

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In 1952, on South La Brea Avenue, a restaurant called Robaire’s opened for business. It had stereotypical Parisian décor, a fantasized French atmosphere and...

VBS Hosts Times Columnist’s Talk on Homelessness

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

Film About Porto’s Jewish Community Raises Questions About Its Funding

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You may not have heard of Artur Carlos de Barros Basto, but when you watch “Sefarad,” a new 90-minute feature produced by the small...

Shoah Survivors Featured in David Kassan Paintings at USC

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Surrounded by painter David Kassan’s moving and painstakingly detailed portraits of Holocaust survivors, Executive Director of USC Museums Selma Holo quoted novelist Hermann Hesse:...

‘Hippie Woman Wild’ Memoir Takes Jewish Women’s Theatre

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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, as part of a scattershot back-to-the-land movement, hundreds of communes cropped up throughout the U.S. Young men...

Music of Two Jewish Émigrés Performed at Colburn School

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In his book about 20th-century symphonic music, “The Rest Is Noise,” Alex Ross writes that in the early 1900s, young European artists were determined...

New Chamber Group Performs Piece Influenced by Shoah Experience

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The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (LAYO) has announced the creation of a new musical group, the Contemporary Adventure Ensemble (CAE), which brings some of...

‘Defiant Requiem’: They Sang to the Nazis What They Could Not Say

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In 1943-44, at Terézin, a hybrid ghetto/concentration camp in the Czech Republic, 150 Jewish prisoners, led by a remarkable conductor, sang Verdi’s “Requiem” as...

LAMOTH Focuses on Conflicts’ Violence Against Women

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A new exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) urges the visitor to think of war, genocide and mass atrocities in...

Buenos Aires Jewish Center Bombing, 25 Years (and No Convictions) Later

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At 9:53 a.m. on July 18, 1994, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a suicide bomber in a Renault van detonated more than 600 pounds of...

‘Songstruck’ Leaves Audience Awestruck

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On a recent rainy Saturday night, facing a full house in the roomy sanctuary at West Hills Shomrei Torah Synagogue, Jackie Rafii, the shul’s...

Toledo’s Ancient Jewish Quarter Stirs Old Anxieties

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In the southwestern part of the walled city of Toledo, Spain, three large symbols are painted in the middle of the narrow street: a...

Berlin-Based Klezmer Musician Heads to Pico Union Project

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“Nightmare visions you can dance to.”  That’s what Ron Kadish, Daniel Kahn’s publicist, says about “The Butcher’s Share,” a new album by the klezmer group...

New Album Brings Reggae to Jewish Songs and Prayers

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How about something different this year for Hanukkah? How about some reggae? That’s what you’ll get with “Festival of Lights,” the creation of David Solid...

Remembering a Forgotten Comic Who Died Young

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San Francisco. 1966. I’m in the audience watching The Committee, a cutting-edge improv group known for its stinging social and political satire. The emcee introduces...

Joel’s Rules for Living

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I consider myself a Joel-ite, as do a few of my friends. Or is it Joel-ian? If the Joel cult grows, I suppose we’ll...

Darshan’s ‘Raza’: An Innovative Musical Adaptation of Kabbalat Shabbat

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What happens when two Jewish musicians shaped by different life experiences come together to create a 21st-century take on Kabbalat Shabbat? The result is “Raza,”...

Israeli Troubadour Is All About Harmony

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Don’t call Gabriel Meyer Halevy’s 90-minute gatherings — filled with spiritual music and storytelling — performances. He prefers “prayer-formances.” A committed Israeli social activist in...

Hebrew Literary Journal in Danger of Shutting Down

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In his office on the third floor of UCLA’s Humanities Building, professor Lev Hakak proudly displays copies of Hador (“The Generation”), believed to be...

At Valley Beth Shalom, a Sephardic Service With a Twist

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It was Friday night at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) when Rabbi Ed Feinstein explained the difference between how Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews pray. “Sephardim...

Remembering a ‘Forgotten Kingdom’

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“Tales From the Forgotten Kingdom” sounds like the name of a sword-and-sorcery television show. The truth, though, is that it’s a theatrical musical presentation that...

Viver Brasil show marks 20 years of Afro-Brazilian dance

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The Afro-Brazilian dance company Viver Brasil premiered a dance-and-music performance called “Revealed” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last year — not inside the hall,...

Anita Brenner: A bridge to mexican art, culture

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Anita Brenner might be the most noteworthy 20th-century cultural figure you’ve never heard of but that’s about to change. An exhibition about her, “Another...

Getty features Jewish photographers in Argentina exhibition

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During her long life, Grete Stern was recognized as an influential force in 20th century photography, not just in Argentina — where she lived...
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