Si Frumkin, 78, Soviet Jewry Activist

Leading Soviet Jewry and human rights activist Si Frumkin has died. Frumkin, who founded the Southern California Council for Soviet Jews in 1968 and helped make it a mainstream American cause, died May 15 after battling cancer. He was 78.

Conservatives Go to D.C.

Fashionably late, the Conservative movement is joining the growing world of Jewish advocacy in the nation’s capital.

Yes, We Do Have Bananas! Israelis have traditionally eaten large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables, but critics say that a proposed tax, designed to close a budget gap, could cause consumers to cut back, particularly among the poor.

Proposed Fruit and Vegetable Tax Threatens Healthy Food Culture, Say Critics

While most of the world is fixated on Jerusalem’s take on the settlements and peace negotiations, inside Israel, lawmakers have found time to fight over a very different cause: a plan to tax fruits and vegetables.

Harpo Marx

Stalin Meets Harpo Marx, On Stage

It’s a play about Stalin and Marx. Harpo Marx.

Frozen in Time: The California-based photographer Kevin Friedman, second from right, at his bar mitzvah in 1980.

Beer Company’s Bar Mitvah Photo Contest

Shoulder pads, big hair, embarrassing relatives and boys in badly fitted suits… ah, the photos of bar and bat mitzvahs past. Embrace the awkwardness and celebrate your inner 13-year-old self with Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah, the Shmaltz Brewing Company’s forthcoming seasonal anniversary ale. The company, known as the maker of He’brew — The Chosen Beer, is celebrating its 13th anniversary with a photo contest and a new brew of 13 malts, 13 hops and a whopping 13% alcohol content (almost enough to make you forget how badly your voice cracked on the bimah).