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Saturday, October 24, 2020

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Ryan Torok

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Shabbat Project Delivers Candles to Homes

In 2017, shortly after a mass shooting occurred in Las Vegas, plans for an open-air Shabbat dinner on Pico Boulevard (as part of the...

Chabad and Yeshiva University Offer Torah Class for High Schoolers

Chabad and Yeshiva University are offering a Torah class high school students can take for college credit. Beginning in November, high school students in grades...

L.A.’s Jewish Political Leaders Weigh in on Democratic National Convention

They discussed Biden, Harris and the Democratic platform on Israel.

‘Fauda’s’ Avi Issacharoff on Showbiz, Journalism and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

“Who would want to watch a show about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?” he said. “It is the most boring issue on Earth...But sometimes, miracles happen."

Arkady Belozovsky: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Official Certified Deaf Interpreter

Belozovsky, who is deaf, is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s official sign language interpreter who spent 85 consecutive days on TV during the COVID-19 briefings.

‘Soul Vey’ Shabbat Unites Black and Jewish Communities with Music and Comedy

Approximately 200 people participated in the free Shabbat event.

Chaotic but Non-Violent Anti-Israel Demonstration Outside Israeli L.A. Consulate

“My biggest concern is these guys like to mix things — to take the surfboard and catch the wave of Black Lives Matter.”

Jewish Progressive Mike Feuer Runs for Los Angeles Mayor Amid Civil Unrest

"I want to be an architect of building a city that doesn’t just get back to normal, but is more equitable."

Local Trio Launches Pandemic Assistance Job Platform

Sigal Spitzer knows how tough finding a job can be today. A recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and alumnus of Shalhevet High School,...

JFLA Executive Director Discusses Loan Program for Looted L.A. Businesses

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) has been working remotely to ensure people receive their interest-free loans. “It’s extremely...

Synagogue Reopenings Now on Hold After Protests

After being closed for almost three months because of the coronavirus, Baba Sale Congregation on Fairfax Avenue was looking forward to welcoming worshippers this...

Disability Leader Discovers New Role During COVID-19 Crisis

The coronavirus lockdown has tested everyone’s resilience and ability to roll with the punches — physically, mentally and emotionally. And on the days when...

Foodies Across the Country Are Showing Up for Virtual ‘Great Big Jewish Food Festival’

Whether you grew up eating cholent, matzo ball soup or noodle kugel, The Great Big Jewish Food Festival, which will run online, at jewishfoodfest.org, aims to...

Indian Jews from the B’nei Menashe Community Face Unique Pandemic Challenges

Israel-based nonprofit Degel Menashe (Menashe’s Flag) has established a COVID-19 crisis relief fund to support members of the B’nei Menashe Jewish community in both...

Hospital Workers Flood Suicide Crisis Line With Coronavirus-Related Calls

Dr. Lorna M. Breen, an emergency room doctor in New York who had been treating COVID-19 patients, died by suicide on April 26. While...

Chabad Delivers Shabbat Meals During Lockdown

As the coronavirus shelter-in-place order continues, Chabad congregations are delivering Shabbat meals around Los Angeles to hundreds of people who are unable to cook...

Los Angeles High School Takes to the Streets to Celebrate Israel’s 72nd Birthday

Unable to hold its Yom HaAtzmaut carnival on the rooftop this year, instead Shalhevet High School took to the local streets of Beverlywood on...

Keeping Hospitals Funded Is Essential Work, Explains Medical Claims Expert

As many businesses in New York closed because of the spread of the coronavirus, Helene Chabin, 84, a hospitals medical claims expert, assumed she,...

What It’s Like Being An Emergency Medical Volunteer During COVID-19

As an operations supervisor at Hatzolah Los Angeles, Ari Friedman has seen the devastating impact of the coronavirus in the Jewish community. The Valley...

Cedars-Sinai ER Director: Emergency Patients Are Afraid to Come to Hospital Due to COVID-19

Dr. Sam Torbati’s role as a frontline health care worker during the coronavirus crisis has been made much more manageable thanks to the support...

Jewish-Italian Family Tiramisu Business Finds New Life During Pandemic

Giovanni Bolla is a master of the art of tiramisu, the Italian dessert featuring coffee-dipped ladyfingers and mascarpone cream. Like most small business operators,...

‘Bubbies Know Best’ Star Beats Coronavirus

Linda Rich is one of the co-stars of Jewish Life Television’s (JTLV) reality matchmaking series, “Bubbies Know Best.” She also recently was diagnosed with...

How Did Virtual Seders Really Go?

On April 12, Journal contributor Esther Kustanowitz co-hosted a mid-morning group of more than 50 people via Zoom for a virtual Passover seder. She...

Israeli Consulate in L.A. Posts Billboards Expressing Israel-U.S. Solidarity

Showing solidarity with Israel during the coronavirus pandemic, the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles has placed two billboards on opposite sides of...

How Rabbis Are Spending Their Time During Coronavirus

Even as the coronavirus has triggered the shutdown of conventional synagogue life across the city, rabbis are as busy as ever taking Zoom calls,...

Los Angeles Sisters Start Pandemic Grocery Assistance Program

With the coronavirus pandemic leaving elderly people stranded at home without an easy way to access groceries, stepsisters Kayla Newman, 19, and Leeat Hatzav,...

What’s Happening: Virtual Seders, Shabbat and Book Club

FRI APRIL 3 STEPHEN WISE DAILY STREAMING After streaming Shabbat services for more than a decade, Stephen Wise Temple continues its virtual programming during the coronavirus...

JNF Online, Raichel Streams Concert, Coping With Virus

Jewish National Fund (JNF) has launched a suite of live and on-demand videos to help older members of the community feel connected. On March 24,...

Guardians Real Estate Dinner, Sephardic Temple Centennial Celebration

The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home held its annual real estate dinner on March 5 at the Beverly Wilshire hotel. The event drew...

What’s Happening: Virtual Shabbats, Book Club and Festival

Because the community has now been ordered to shelter in place to halt the spread of the coronavirus, the Journal has compiled a list...

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U.S. and Bahrain Agree to MOU Saying Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism

On October 23, the United States and Bahrain signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that included a statement about anti-Zionism being anti-Semitism. The MOU stated...

Israeli Arabs Remain Divided Over Normalization Deals with Gulf States

JNS — The Joint Arab List was alone in voting against the normalization deal with the United Arab Emirates in the Knesset, upsetting many...

Report: Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Rose 18% in LA County

According to the report, the number of anti-Semitic hate crimes in the county in 2019 was 93; in 2018, that number was 79. The report noted that the 93 instances is the largest number of anti-Semitic hate crimes that the county has recorded since 2009.

In a Striking Move, State Department Plans to Label 3 Large Human Rights Groups as Anti-Semitic

WASHINGTON (JTA) — In an unusual move, the State Department is planning to formally identify three large international human rights organizations as anti-Semitic, citing...

Amid Middle East Peace Deals, Israel and the US Reassert Commitment to Israel’s ‘Qualitative Military Edge’

(JTA) — The United States’ commitment to Israel’s “qualitative military edge” — or having the strongest armed forces in the Middle East — is...
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