Consul General Dr. Hillel Newman and Pastors Discuss Christian Support of Israel

Newman said the mainstreams of the Jewish and Christian communities, both Democrats and Republicans, and U.S. churches are generally supportive of Israel.

AJU Names Rabbi Tarlan Rabizadeh as VP for Jewish Engagement

With her new role, Rabizadeh will lead an effort to ensure that AJU programming is ubiquitous across the country.

‘After Shabbat, We Will Act’: American Jews Gear Up for Wave of Post-Roe Activism

An array of Jewish groups across the country are kickstarting into action to protest and potentially challenge the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that had enshrined the right to an abortion in the United States.

And in the Seventh Year, Every Farmer Stopped

For many American Jews, the concept of a shemittah (or Sabbatical) year may sound like a mystical event in a land far away.

Rabbi Brings Snow from Utah to Fill New Mikvah in Beverly Hills

Jews who live in North Beverly Hills soon will be able to dip in a mikvah (ritual bath) that has the “feel of a Ritz Carlton spa,” said Rabbi Pini Dunner, the spiritual leader of Young Israel of North Beverly Hills (YINBH), where the new mikvah and kelim mikvah are located.

International Jewish Women Look to the Future

On Sunday, May 22, 50 women of the International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) met for a gala opening of their five-day Quadrennial Conference, called "Looking to the Future," at the Shalva National Center in Jerusalem.

Iranian Activists Visit Israel to Raise Awareness of Protestors Suffering Repression in Iran

Nearly a dozen Iranian activists opposed to the Islamic regime in Iran — from Northern and Southern California as well as from Europe —...

Shalom Rubanowitz: The Rabbi on the Beach

On the Venice Beach boardwalk, just steps away from trendy restaurants, weed shops, tattoo parlors and, of course, the ocean, is an Orthodox synagogue with three bright blue Stars of David on its facade.

Reacting to the End of Roe

The Journal asked several local Jewish leaders and clergy to share their reactions to this historic ruling.

Jewish Federation Releases Landmark Study of Jewish L.A.

According to a study commissioned by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Jewish community has grown by 25% over the last 25 years, to 564,700 individuals and nearly 300,000 Jewish households, making it the second largest Jewish community in the United States.

Guerin Children’s at Cedars Offers a Comfortable Place for Children’s Care

When it opens this summer at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center, Guerin Children’s will be, according to president and CEO Thomas M. Priselac, “an international destination for children and their families and as a leader in pediatric care and research in the United States."

Reflecting on the 2022 Tel Aviv Pride Parade

An estimated 170,000 people attended the Tel Aviv Pride Parade on the morning of Friday, June 10.

JHubLA: Connecting With Young Jews Through Exciting Trips and Events

This past May, young Jewish professionals from Los Angeles spent a week in Costa Rica zip-lining in the jungle, white-water rafting in the Sarapiqui River, soaking in natural hot springs and spending Shabbat dinner together in San José. 

One Woman’s Life Dedicated to Aiding the Oppressed

Born in Munich, Germany, to Holocaust survivors, Esther Macner regards this as the single most defining moment of her life.

LA Teen Shiraz Benisty Playing in the 2022 Maccabiah Games

In July, around 10,000 Jewish athletes from around the world will arrive in Israel for the 21st annual Maccabiah Games, a celebration of Jewish unity and culture through athletic competition.

Rabbi Cantor Alison Wissot: Engaging the Community with Music

Music helps Wissot fulfill her goal as a rabbi and cantor, which is to teach the meaningful tradition she has been handed. 

Assessing the State of Women Rabbis, 50 Years On

Exactly a half-century after the first American woman rabbi, Sally J. Priesand, was ordained, progress for women has been mixed, in the view of Rabbi Sari Laufer of Stephen Wise Temple.

Rabbi Elazar Muskin: A Pico-Robertson Visionary

In the summer of 1985, Rabbi Elazar Muskin and his wife Ruhama came to Los Angeles on their honeymoon.

Four LA Elections to Watch

The California primary elections on June 7 had a low voter turnout with only 21.6% of eligible voters statewide submitting ballots as of June 12.

Masa hosts delegation to encourage gap years with community leaders Gil Troy & Natan Sharanksy

A group of high school college counselors from the United States and Canada traveled to Israel to collaborate on opportunities for real culture change...

Surfing Doctor Rides With Patients

Orthopedic surgeon Adam Sassoon does whatever it takes to aid his patients in their recovery process.

North Valley JCC Shooting Still Traumatizing

There was a day 23 years ago when young Jewish children in Los Angeles were the target of a mass shooting.

During L.A. Visit, JCC Budapest Director Discusses Community-Building

Holocaust memory is critical to Jewish identity, but Marcell Kenesei wants the Hungarian-Jewish people to transcend the traumas of the Shoah. 

Rabbi Scott Fox: From Jazz Musician to Spiritual Leader

Rabbi Scott Fox didn’t set out to be a rabbi.

Kira Rappaport: Longtime Children’s Music Teacher and Cancer Survivor

In 2011, one year after Kira Rappaport had her first child, she went to the dentist for a routine cleaning.

Lawmakers voice support for housing development in heart of Pico Robertson for people with disabilities

A growing number of state lawmakers has voiced strong support for a new, supportive housing development for people with disabilities in Los Angeles’ Pico...

Celebrating Shavuot: Say Cheesecake

No matter how you celebrate Shavuot, there’s bound to be cheesecake involved. 

Woman at Center of Pico-Robertson Attack Urging Safety on Shavuot

Last week, an urgent message quickly spread throughout Pico-Robertson WhatsApp groups.

Rabbi Sarah Hronsky: The Inclusive Leader

Hronsky learned about inclusivity and the value of caring for all different types of people from one of the Torah’s core teachings.

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