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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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  • PHOTOS: Hundreds of protesters marched through lower Manhattan yesterday demanding an end to American support for Israel’s operation in #Gaza.
  • Does #Hamas have to lose for there to be peace? Read the latest analysis by J.J. Goldberg.
  • This is what the rockets over Israel and Gaza look like from space:
  • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
  • Slate.com's Allison Benedikt wrote that Taglit-Birthright Israel is partly to blame for the death of American IDF volunteer Max Steinberg. This is why she's wrong:
  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
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