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Jews Unite Behind Push for Immigration Reform

By Rex Weiner

Jews Unite Behind Push for Immigration Reform
The Jewish community has come together to push for immigration reform with a sense of purpose rarely seen on any issue other than support for Israel.Read More


British Comedy Legend Jonathan Lynn Brings Unique Style to Los Angeles

By Rex Weiner

British Comedy Legend Jonathan Lynn Brings Unique Style to Los Angeles
Jonathan Lynn grew up as the only Jewish boy in the British town of Bath and is the nephew of Israeli leader Abba Eban. Both shaped his classic comedy, ‘Yes, Prime Minister.’Read More


How a T-Shirt Made Its Way to an Exhibit About Los Angeles Jews

By Rex Weiner

How a T-Shirt Made Its Way to an Exhibit About Los Angeles Jews
On a wall in the Autry Center’s exhibit about the history of Jews in Los Angeles, hangs a t-shirt. And behind that t-shirt, lies a personal story.Read More


Los Angeles 'Jewish' Mayoral Candidates Focus on Economy Not Ethnicity

By Rex Weiner

Los Angeles 'Jewish' Mayoral Candidates Focus on Economy Not Ethnicity
Los Angeles will soon have its first Jewish mayor — or one who is married to a Jew. But the two run-off candidates are focusing more on economics than ethnic politics.Read More


It's Jew vs. Jew at the L.A. Hilton

By Rex Weiner

It's Jew vs. Jew at the L.A. Hilton
Nearly 900 high school students representing Reform congregations from around the U.S. and Canada attending the NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) Convention in Los Angeles this weekend will be met by an unusual picket line of Jewish protesters. Organizers booked their bi-annual convention into the Hilton LAX Hotel, currently on the boycott list of UNITE HERE Local 11, and the Jewish Labor Committee’s Western Region chapter has called for a picket line at the hotel, beginning Friday morning. “These youth are also being served an extra portion of hypocrisy by their own leadership,” said a JLC bulletin emailed to its membership, and taking aim at the Union for Reform Judaism, which supports the NFTY program.Read More






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  • Talk about a fashion faux pas. What was Zara thinking with the concentration camp look?
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  • "I am a Jewish woman married to a non-Jewish man who was raised Catholic, but now considers himself a “common-law Jew.” We are raising our two young children as Jews. My husband's parents are still semi-practicing Catholics. When we go over to either of their homes, they bow their heads, often hold hands, and say grace before meals. This is an especially awkward time for me, as I'm uncomfortable participating in a non-Jewish religious ritual, but don't want his family to think I'm ungrateful. It's becoming especially vexing to me now that my oldest son is 7. What's the best way to handle this situation?" http://jd.fo/b4ucX What would you do?
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