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Kill the Quest for ‘Chill’

What originally seems like fun can quickly turn into a buzz kill.

Former Followers of ‘Kabbalah Centre’ Sue for Fraud

Orthodox rabbis for years have denounced the “Kabbalah Centre” as being a fraud of mysticism, Madonna and Britney Spears notwithstanding. Now former followers have sued for financial fraud.

Paula Abdul to Celebrate Bat Mitzvah at Age 51 at Western Wall

Now here is a real ‘woman at the Wall.” Paula Adbul is in Israel for the first time ever and will visit the Western Wall. At the age of 51, the time finally has come for a Bat Mitzvah.

L.A. Gala Brings In $20 Million for Friends of IDF

Simon Cowell, celebrity judge of the “X Factor” and formerly “American Idol,” and Grammy Award-winning musician Lionel Richie were among those who attended The...

‘Rain on Entebbe’ Producer Daniel Blatt Dies at Age 76 in LA

Daniel Blatt was a typical success story of a Jew who left behind his Jewish education. He said that after he produced “Rain on Entebbe,” he came back to his Jewish roots. Blatt died in Los Angeles at the age of 76.

Why I am important

Not a peep was heard a few months ago when Israel announced that it would build housing for Arabs in the same area.

Mother and Fighter for Religious Tolerance Quits Beit Shemesh

The Los Angeles-born woman, whose daughter was spat on by extreme Haredim in Beit Shemesh, has given up her fight for religious tolerance and leaves the city , but she blames modern orthodox Jews.

LA Investment Firm Using Death Camp Photo to Woo Clients

“Great work is the only kind that’s okay with us."

LA Jews Convince Firm to Remove Sexually Suggestive Billboard

Orthodox Jews in Los Angeles have convinced a company to take down a billboard that showed a mostly naked woman promoting an energy drink,...

Los Angeles Freeway Project Causes Havoc with ‘Eruv’

Observant Jews in Los Angeles are bracing for the possibility that they will not be allowed to carry anything or even push a baby...

LA’s First Jewish Mayor

Eric Garcetti’s caring for those who are struggling would become his defining political legacy as a Los Angeles council member and as President of the Council.

LA Elects First Jewish Mayor (Over Pol Married to a Jew)

The LA mayoral race was between a man with a Jewish mother and a woman married to a Jew.

Yogurtland Launches Kosher Store

Yogurtland, a leading frozen yogurt chain, is following the lead of Dunkin Donuts, Baskin Robbins and The Coffee Bean and has launched its first...

Police Arrest LA Man Accused of Defrauding Iranian-American Jews

The FBI has arrested a Los Angeles man who allegedly operated a Ponzi scheme targeting the city's Iranian Jewish community. Shervin Davatgarzadeh, also known as...

Anti-Semitic Vandals Paint Swastikas on LA School Baseball Field

Vandals painted swastikas and the word “skinhead” on an elementary school baseball field in metropolitan Los Angeles, according to school officials. Orange County’s Kaiser Elementary...

US Dept. of Agriculture Probing LA Glatt Kosher Scandal

The Doheny Glatt Kosher meat market controversy has reached the federal level, where the Dept. of Agriculture announced it is investigating accusations against Doheny...

Josh Malina Rebukes Hollywood Jews who Avoid Israel (Video)

"Los Angeles is a town where you cannot shake a lulav without hitting a famous Jew," Malina said. "How could they not be at this rally?"

LA Police Arrest Suspect in Synagogue Attack

Los Angeles police have arrested 46 year old Wan Ryung Song, aka Patrick Song, for scrawling a swastika and anti-Semitic epithets on the Wilshire Boulevard Temple on December 6.

Roundup of Middle East News from Around the World

Yishai presents audio from the BBC describing the influx of Iranian immigrants to Los Angeles.

L.A. Mayoral Campaign In Full Swing

The Friedman Law Offices recently hosted a breakfast reception honoring Los Angeles mayoral candidate and the city’s current controller Wendy Greuel. The breakfast was attended by numerous rabbis and other L.A. clergy members, along with special guest speaker Rabbi Eliyahu Abergel, the chief judge of Jerusalem’s Rabbinic Court.

Petter Chamor In L.A.

More than 1,200 members of the Los Angeles Jewish community gathered recently to witness the observance of the mitzvah of petter chamor. Organized and led by Rabbi Yehuda Lebovics, a Los Angeles mohel, the event was held in the immense outdoor courtyard of Yeshiva Aharon Yaakov Ohr Eliyahu.

Jane Fonda to Host Holocaust Event on Sexual Violence

Jane Fonda will host an event in Los Angeles focusing on sexual violence during the Holocaust.

The Price We Pay For Contempt

A monastery in Israel is desecrated, almost certainly by nationalist extremists. The desecration was condemned by the prime minister and others in the government. Chief Rabbi Metzger called it a “heinous deed.” The Internal Security minister did not hesitate to use the word “terror” and announced the formation of a special police unit to combat it. Many people traveled to the monastery to personally apologize, including Rabbi Dov Lipman of Beit Shemesh, who took brush in hand to help scrub the offensive words from the walls.

L.A.’s Torah Celebration

A double Hachnasas Sefer Torah celebration, recently held at Shaarei Torah of Los Angeles, began with the kesivas osios at the home of Regina Rechnitz, the Rechnitz family matriarch. The writing of the final letters was followed by a large procession through the streets of Los Angeles to the Shaarei Torah shul, home of the new Sifrei Torah.

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