Saturday, August 8, 2020



West Hollywood City Council Hosts Pro-Israel Movie and Panel

On May 7, two days before Yom Ha’atzmaut — Israel’s Independence Day — the West Hollywood City Council hosted a screening of the 1997 documentary...

Israeli Technion Students Share Knowledge with L.A.

A couple of students from the Israeli Technion visited Los Angeles from Feb. 26-28 to share their knowledge about Israel’s tech startup culture. Roni Hillel...


I wonder how Jiminy Cricket would have handled the æ.

Survey: Half of U.K. Jews not overly concerned by rising anti-Semitism

Nearly 70 percent of Jews in the United Kingdom believe anti-Semitism is on the rise, a new survey found, but half of the respondents are not overly concerned.

Apple to open third research center in Israel

Apple will open its third research and development center in Israel.

Johannesburg, Ben Gurion universities to continue joint research

The University of Johannesburg has agreed to continue joint research on biotechnology and water purification with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

BIRD Foundation awards $8 million for U.S.-Israel research

A foundation that works to support industrial research and development to benefit the United States and Israel will invest more than $8 million in nine new projects.

Cedars-Sinai studies liver transplants for HIV patients

Cedars-Sinai is one of only 11 hospitals in the country and two in the state participating in the study

The painful truth about teen mouth piercing

A pierced tongue may be the height of cool in some teen circles, but a new study by Israeli researchers suggests that skin piercings in the mouth may lead to an increased risk of oral health problems and even tooth loss

Donors push Bar-Ilan to head of the class

\"I wish I had 10 percent of the success with the Israeli government as I have with private donors,\" sighed Moshe Kaveh, the president of Bar-Ilan University.

Researchers stop biological clock during chemo

Girls as young as 14 who are exposed to chemotherapy for treating breast cancer, Hodgkin\'s disease, and other non-malignant diseases such as lupus, put their reproductive system at risk. The chemotherapy can trigger premature menopause and leave women infertile.

Books: Why choosing rationally might not be so easy

Dan Ariely is an MIT professor who served beer in a brewery and dressed in a waiter\'s outfit as part of his research into decision making. A leading behavioral economist, Ariely has heightened abilities to observe what\'s going on around him, from tiny details to the big picture. His uncommon findings and their wider applications are presented in \"Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions\".

Jewish researchers dispute some Pew religion survey data

American Jews are adopting and discarding their Jewish identities with increasing rapidity in a country that is becoming less white and less Christian, according to a new study of religious affiliation in the United States.But just hours after the study\'s publication Monday, Jewish demographers already were disputing some of the findings on Jews, contending that the sample is too small to draw meaningful conclusions.

Fund assists Israeli cancer researchers

Howard Cedar is among hundreds of Israeli scientists whose research has been supported by the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), a charitable organization funded predominately by North American Jews that aims to keep Israeli researchers in the country performing cutting-edge research instead of losing them in a \"brain drain\" to institutions abroad with more money and resources.

Arava Institute boosts hopes of environmentalists in Middle East

The Arava Institute has about 40 students, including three Palestinians from the West Bank and 10 Jordanians. They all live and study at the kibbutz center on Kibbutz Ketura, about 25 miles north of Eilat. The institute is under construction to house up to 100 students in the near future. The 10-year-old institute has graduated more than 400 students from its yearlong program. It receives funding from the Jewish National Fund and other American Jewish groups and donors. Among the graduates is the son of Jordanian Prime Minister Ma\'roof Al-Bakeet.

Unearthing mass graves in Ukraine unveils history

In May, Ukrainian workers laying a gas pipe in a southern village dug into a buried chamber of thousands of Jews killed during the Holocaust. That same month, a construction crew building a new office complex in western Ukraine burrowed into the corpses of several dozen more Jews. Stumbling upon such mass graves is not particularly unusual in Eastern Europe. Less well known is how many more \"martyr sites\" lie undiscovered and unmarked in fields and forests across the region -- wherever mobile Nazi killing units scorched the earth in the so-called \"Holocaust of bullets.\" It seems momentum is growing in the search for such sites.

Science of floral scents and colors blooming in Israel

The greenhouses are only a small part of Professor Alexander Vainstein\'s work, however. Back in the lab, he and other researchers on the agricultural, food and environmental quality sciences faculty have discovered how to insert the scent of flowers into different foods, how to intensify the smell of perfumes and creams and how to create a natural scent with nothing more than a petri dish.

Funding shortage and ignorance hurt pancreatic cancer fight

About 95 percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will die within five years, the highest mortality rate of any cancer.

My December visit with ‘lady’

When I first started writing, I sat with Khanum for hours at a time, asking questions. I was 21 and on leave of absence from law school. I had no idea what I was going to do with my life, but I knew some stories from Iran, and had begun to write them. They were scattered pieces of people\'s lives, bits of conversations I had overheard through the years, rumors that had been whispered too many times and taken on a reality that may or may not have been deserved.

California Jewish voters maintain liberal reputation

Political scientist and Jewish Journal columnist Raphael Sonnenshein of Cal State Fullerton termed the national election results \"the most colossal wave of change going back to 1980.\"

Jews join the quest for space commerce

Commercial space interests are now playing a critical role in the dawn of the second space age -- one built on business ventures and international cooperation. Instead of Hilton and Pan Am, the corporate names associated with the commercialization of space include Budget Suites and Virgin.

Israel, U.S. Act on Request for Renewable Energy

Under the proposed U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Act, scientists and engineers from both countries would focus on research, development and commercial use of renewable energy from solar, wind, hydrogen and biofuel sources.

O.C. Incidents Raise Anti-Semitism Fears

\"There has been a significant rise in the past four years in anti-Semitism generally and on school campuses,\" said Dr. Kevin O\'Grady, associate director of the Anti-Defamation League\'s (ADL) Orange County/Long Beach Region. O\'Grady\'s office recorded 43 cases of harassment and vandalism last year, nearly 50 percent more than in 2003; one-third of these involved public schools.

Marriage Conversion Rate Proves Low

Fewer than one-fifth of non-Jews who marry Jews convert to Judaism, according to a new study distributed by the American Jewish Committee.

Wiesel’s Words of Hope for ‘Uprooted’

Wounds are plentiful in Eli Wiesel\'s \"The Time of the Uprooted,\" an absorbing novel that moves back and forth in time, from 1940s Hungary to New York at the end of the 20th century, shifting points of view, with emotional intensity packed into memories and stories.

This Week – Mission Impossible

They say the people with the highest Q ratings on television are those who are most themselves in front of the camera. That explains the success Meir has had as the face of Israel on CNN, BBC, even al-Jazeera.

What Do Gen-Y Jews Want? Everything

The last few months have seen a flood of studies of Gen-Y Jews -- all trying to map their sense of Jewish identity, affiliation patterns, needs, hopes, beliefs and behaviors.

A Photojournalist’s Twist on Nazi Image

Following the Communist party line, Heartfield could lampoon the Social Democratic leaders of the Weimar Republic as viciously as he did the Nazis, sharpening the enmity between the two left-wing parties that paved the way for the Nazi takeover.

Botox Treatments Aid Stroke Survivors

Better known for cosmetic enhancement, Botox injections immobilize key muscles in stricken arms or legs, allowing physical therapy and exercise to extend range of motion and flexibility. Effects wear off, so the Botox is reinjected every three months for a year or more.

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A Jewish Guide to Joe Biden’s VP Short List

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to name his running mate in the next two weeks, and while the list of contenders has changed constantly for months, most reports have now whittled the group of front-runners down to Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice, Karen Bass, Tammy Duckworth and Keisha Lance Bottoms.

B’nai Brith Canada Calls on Police to Investigate Polish Paper for Blaming COVID-19 on Jews

"To publish something like this in a Canadian newspaper, whether it’s in English or non-English, is criminal," B'nai Brith Canada said.

Jewish Veteran Who Had Democratic Party Backing Loses Tennessee Senate Primary to Progressive Activist

The progressive activist who won is an environmental activist with the Sierra Club.

Oakland A’s Bench Coach Apologizes for Making Accidental Nazi Salute

"My gesture resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I absolutely do not believe in. What I did is unacceptable and I deeply apologize.”