Thursday, September 24, 2020


jewish life

Community Voices on the Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Journal reached out to local Jewish community leaders to ask them how Ginsburg inspired or impacted them.

Rosh Hashanah Without Shul: 1939 and 2020

I know that my traumatized but fortified DNA can get through this, and much worse.

Words of Light: 27 Voices, 27 Messages and Countless Blessings for 5781

L.A. communal leaders offered words of inspiration, resilience and redemption to their communities leading up to the High Holy Days. Here's what they said.

Love in the Time of Pandemic

This pandemic has nothing in the face of true love. Not by COVID-19, not by quarantine, not by masks, not by an abundance of hand sanitizer.

Skirball Cultural Center Founder and President Rabbi Uri Herscher on Passing the Baton to Bet Tzedek’s Jessie Kornberg

July 1, marks the day that Skirball Founding President and Chief Executive Uri Herscher hands over the reins of the cultural center to Jessie...

Thinking of How I Teach My Black, Jewish Daughters About This Moment in History

My family was the only Black family in our synagogue, and I didn’t have adult Jews of Color to look up to.

Recommended Children’s Books About Little-Known Jewish Heroes

From a Jewish women's rights activist in Japan to a Greecian princess who saved her family from the Nazis, these heroes are worth reading about.

165 Major Jewish Voices Reflect on COVID-19 in New Anthology

"When We Turned Within: Reflections on COVID-19," will have all proceeds go to UJA-Federation New York's COVID-19 relief fund.

Michael Stuhlbarg’s Role in ‘Shirley’ is the Latest in a Long Line of Jewish Characters

Stuhlbargs says Judaism “is a social and communal aspect of my life in terms of observance, much more than a devout religious experience.”

‘Love & Stuff’ Sees Life, Death and Motherhood Through a Jewish Lens

How do you cope with both the death of a parent and the artifacts she left behind, while preparing to become a mother yourself...

The Sisterhood of the Book of Ruth

When 7-year-old Jenna Bishop asked her mother, “Please tell me about God and heaven and what it all means,” the reply was swift. “You...

Synagogues See Spike in Attendance After Going Virtual

For roughly 2 1/2 months, synagogues have been closed to the community. Some wonder about the fate of the sanctuaries during COVID-19 while their...

‘Arrowverse’ Showrunner Greg Berlanti on Whether He’s Jewish or Not

Greg Berlanti is the executive producer of “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “Titans,” “Riverdale” and “The Flash.” Between keeping his die-hard DC fans satisfied, the mega-producer also...

California Summer Camps Announce Closures

Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp officially have  closed for the summer because of the coronavirus, the camp directors announced...

Despite Coronavirus, We Made Our Twins’ B’nai Mitzvah a Celebration to Remember

I have added many new credentials to my resume during this quarantine period. Last month, I became an at-home orthodontist, a mask seamstress, a...

Coronavirus Infected Us With Romance, Dating Experts Say

Dating can be perilous at the best of times, but with COVID-19 shutdowns, finding romance has become even more difficult. “I had been on three...

Why Bameh Madlikin, the Unsung Hero of Our Liturgy, Matters Now More Than Ever

The most essential question contained in Jewish liturgy is not, strictly speaking, in our liturgy. It’s the first two Aramaic words of several pages...

Two Los Angeles Synagogues Team Up To Create COVID-19 Buddy System for Elderly

It is a frightening time to be an older adult because people older than 60 represent 45% of COVID-19 hospitalizations, 53% of intensive care unit admissions and 80% of deaths.

30 Going on 13, I Think I’m Ready for A(nother) Bat Mitzvah

Let’s be honest, no one really thinks a 13 year old thinks too seriously about the religious commitment they’re making when they stand before...

The Day Kobe Bryant Died

My two worlds collided on Sunday, Jan. 26, a day that will surely live in L.A. infamy. It was right before noon, and I...

Skirball Cultural Center Founder and President Rabbi Uri Herscher on Passing the Baton to Bet Tzedek’s Jessie Kornberg

It’s hard to imagine that the 15-acre site housing the Skirball Cultural Center at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains didn’t exist 24...

Daf Yomi Fever: How Daily Talmud Study Is Sweeping the Nation

After a barrage of anti-Semitic incidents in 2019, January 2020 arrived with a burst of #JewishandProud energy. People gathered at rallies, began to wear...

Bel Air Affaire, Yom Kippur With Big Names

American Friends of Hebrew University (AFHU), which raises funds and awareness for Hebrew University in Jerusalem, held its 11th annual Bel Air Affaire fundraiser...

Why ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Doesn’t Address Anti-Semitism

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is the most Jewish series on television. If you’ve seen it, you know that the show is a romp about...

Jews Bar Jews From Their Own Synagogue in Poland

Last week I was in Poland for five days to participate in events marking the rebirth of Jewish life — not death — in...

Jewish Comedian Receives Death Threats After Making Nazi Joke During Set

Jewish stand-up comedian Steve Hofstetter did a Nazi bit at his performance at a club in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 22, joking about...

Temple Mishkon Tephilo Celebrates 100 Years Of Life in Venice

Temple Mishkon Tephilo, one of the oldest continuously operating synagogues on the Westside, is celebrating its 100th anniversary by recognizing the diversity of its...

Questions Jews Are Asking

As I travel around the country, I hear an array of concerns about the state of Jewish life in America. The audiences I encounter...

From 1947 to 2018, the Miracles of Nov. 29

When supporters of Israel worldwide think about Nov. 29, they think about miracles.  In 1897, Theodor Herzl convened the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland,...

The Seoulful Jews of Korea

Not far from Seoul’s Han River, off the main thoroughfare in the city’s Itaewon neighborhood, is a hilly residential section of roads so narrow...

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More Restrictive Lockdown Set for Israel as Coronavirus Cases Remain at Record Levels

The restrictions are expected to last at least two weeks.

Jewish MSNBC Commentator: ‘What Is the Difference Between Adolf Hitler and Donald Trump?’

"I’m not saying there’s a Holocaust, but when you look at the tactics, that is where we are right now.”

NYC’s Jewish Museum to Reopen Oct. 1 Following 6-Month Closure Due to Coronavirus

(JTA) — The Jewish Museum in New York City said it will reopen on Oct. 1, more than six months after it closed due...

Facebook, YouTube Shut Down SFSU Leila Khaled Event

A day earlier, Zoom said its platform couldn't be used for the event.

UN Ambassador Says Another Peace Agreement With Arab Nation Is Coming in ‘Next Day or Two’

She also said that "others are going to be following.”