SukkahCo. Brothers Keep the Sukkah Business in the Family

The three brothers say they try to never forget that SukkahCo. is more than a business; it is also a mitzvah.

In Search of the Perfect Etrog

The phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” has special meaning for Simcha Kagan.

Wiesenthal Center Commemorates 20th Anniversary of 9/11

The Simon Wiesenthal Center hosted a candle-lighting ceremony at the Museum of Tolerance’s Memorial Plaza on September 10 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Israeli Consulate Celebrates Anniversary of Abraham Accords

In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords, Israel’s first treaties with Arab governments in a quarter-century, the Consulate General of Israel brought the Jewish celebration to the campus of Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy.

Rabbis of LA | Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson: A Parent With a Special, Liberated Heart

Rabbi Brad Artson was in his mid-30s when he and his wife, Ilana, began to notice some behavioral anomalies in one of their twin children. 

It Took 50 Years For Father and Son to Tell This Story Together

For Joel’s entire childhood, his father, Nathan Poremba, had deflected Joel’s persistent questions about World War II.

Rabbis of L.A. | Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn: Learning to Become the Wounded Healer

In late July, the synagogue leadership of B’nai David-Judea approached Alissa Thomas-Newborn, their community’s Rabbanit since 2015, and suggested she take a leave of absence.

Baseball Player Goes to Bat for Wildfire Victims

Ryan Braun is one of the most decorated Major League Baseball players of the last two decades.

Friends of ELNET President David Siegel Discusses State of Israel-Europe Relations

David Siegel, President of the pro-Israel group Friends of the European Leadership (ELNET), discussed the latest regarding Europe’s relationship with Israel and how European countries are combating antisemitism in a sit-down interview with the Journal.

Magen Am: Defending and Protecting the L.A. Jewish Community

When Rabbi Yossi Eilfort got his rabbinic ordination in 2012, his life plan and passion was to serve the Jewish community as a rabbi and teacher.  

Local Nurse Educates on COVID Vaccines With New Program

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, Registered Nurse Boaz Hepner, who works at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, took to the Jewish Journal blogs to write about best practices for staying healthy.

Iranian Women’s Rights Activist Masih Alinejad to Speak on Yom Kippur

Masih Alinejad, the prolific New York-based Iranian women’s rights activist and journalist who was at the center of a recent kidnapping attempt by Iranian operatives, will speak as part of a “Living Sermon” during Yom Kippur services at the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre on Wilshire Boulevard.

Rabbi Mordecai Finley: Serving God and Country

An honest accounting of the past year would have to acknowledge some of the most difficult shared realities we’ve faced as Jews, Americans and human beings in quite some time.

ADL Webinar With Law Enforcement Discusses State of Hate Crimes

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Los Angeles hosted a webinar with various law enforcement officials on August 26 providing an overview of antisemitism in the country and law enforcement’s role in handling such matters.

Author Raising Funds to Evacuate At-Risk Afghans

In 2002, author Batya Yasgur put out a memoir, “Behind the Burqa,” about two Afghan sisters who fled their country 20 years apart to avoid persecution.

After 44 Years, Al Brooks and His Newstand Are Still Going Strong

On South Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, Al’s Newsstand is open for business each weekday at 6:30 A.M.

Federation Hosts Virtual Rosh Hashanah Gathering With Leaders

Twenty civic leaders representing city, county, state and federal government participated in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ annual Rosh Hashanah gathering titled “Hear Our Voices: Reflections and Visions for the New Year A Rosh Hashanah Celebration With Civic Leaders” on Monday, Aug. 30.

Israeli Consulate Co-Sponsors Anti-Hate Koreatown Mural

It was neither accidental nor incidental that the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles co-sponsored a 20-foot by 50-foot mural unveiled last month in Koreatown that portrayed a Korean young woman.

Jewish Schools Continue to Plan With COVID Protocols in Place

Hoping to prevent any outbreaks of COVID-19 while keeping students and staff on campus this year,

Voices to Inspire

The Jewish Journal asked local voices to share a few inspirational words for the High Holy Days. Here is what they shared.

Gan Chabad Preschool Director Minde Ornelas Reflects on the Importance of Early Childhood Education

A true educator of young children understands what is happening inside of a child’s brain that really lays the foundation for a higher order of thinking for skills they will need later on.

The Museum of Tolerance Reopening Today

While the Museum of Tolerance has been closed throughout the pandemic, it is set to reopen to visitors on August 12.

Vista Del Mar Opens Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center

Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services has opened the Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center (GKPAC), a multi-use, award-winning, 299-seat theatre where local and national performers will display their artistry with diverse audiences and Vista students.

Rabbi Kraft of The Mitzvah Store Talks Business in a Pandemic

For Jewish entrepreneurs such as Rabbi Shimon Kraft, last year’s timing of the onset of the pandemic—three weeks ahead of the heavy-selling holiday of Passover—was a gut punch.

Jewels of Elul: Lessons from Parents

Of all relationships, perhaps the most complicated is the one between a parent and child.

Chai Lifeline Brings Together Pro Basketball Players and Local Rabbis to Help Kids Battling Illness

For one rare Sunday afternoon, families whose children are confronting serious illnesses and diseases converted the YULA High School campus into a whole new world of excitement and energy.

LA Gets Kosher Mexican Restaurant With Opening of Lenny’s Casita

For chef and entrepreneur Lenny Nourafchan, the path to the American dream begins with Israeli food and ends with Mexican cuisine.

We Are Living in The Service Era of American Jewish Life

These opportunities galvanized American Jews to step up boldly and in alignment with our values to serve our communities and our neighbors. 

LINK Kollel Finds a Place for Everyone in New Space

One of the best-known Torah learning centers in Los Angeles, the LINK Kollel, has moved into new, more spacious—and more visible—quarters in the heart of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood.

From Morocco to the San Fernando Valley: Journey of Em Habanim

It makes sense to consider the proud Moroccan roots of the 300 member families of Em Habanim Sephardic Congregation, housed in a large, two-story brick structure in Valley Village.

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