Jewish Journal

Idan Ivri

  • Prop. 87 fuels high octane fight on oil production tax

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In August 2006, the average price of gasoline in California was $3.20 per gallon. Today, with the summer demand faded, it still hovers at $2.60. Politicians and interest groups know that Californians want answers and solutions, and they also know that the election season is upon...
  • Parent Wins School Pesticide Battle

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A new law that bans that use of experimental pesticides in schools is the latest achievement of Robina Suwol, a Jewish anti-pesticide activist.

    The law, which took effect last month, grew out of a presentation two years ago before an L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) advisory...

  • 78 and 79: A Matter of Life and Death

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Like many California voters this week, Rabbi Hershy Ten, president of the Bikur Cholim Jewish Healthcare Foundation, is grappling with how to vote on the Nov. 8 ballot. Either Proposition 78 or Proposition 79 could directly affect his L.A.-based foundation's efforts to provide...

  • Community Briefs

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Travel Penalty Ends

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that seeks to bar life insurance companies from penalizing travelers who visit Israel and other countries commonly perceived as dangerous.

    The states of Washington, New York and Illinois have similar legislation...

  • She’s Armed and President

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a Jewish woman and Harvard-educated lawyer who practiced law in Los Angeles, Sandra Froman admits that, at least on paper, she doesn't seem a natural choice to lead the National Rifle Association (NRA). But the Second Amendment, she said, is all about empowerment.

    "I've never met...

  • Political Journal

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel School Teaches Peace Lesson

    Racially motivated brawls at Jefferson High School this spring made the school appear, at times, like a miniwar zone. Which makes it especially interesting that L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) officials are learning lessons from Israeli and...

  • Bills Seek to End Israel Travel Penalty

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It happens over and over again: A planned trip to Israel induces gasps of worry from friends who have never visited the country. Every suicide bombing or mortar attack on television reinforces the vision of Israel as a vast raging war zone.

    Some travelers appreciate the concern;...

  • Political Journal

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Expatriates' Vote

    It's long been more socially acceptable for Jews to immigrate to Israel than to emigrate out of it. Some Israelis feel that they're abandoning the project of the Jewish state, not doing their part, not facing the same risks as those they leave behind.

    So it's...

  • Bibi May Mount Sharon Challenge

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    At the moment, Benjamin Netanyahu is working under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as finance minister, but at a stop in Beverly Hills last week, Netanyahu sounded like he'd rather have Sharon's job.

    "Bibi," who served as prime minister from 1996 to 1999, has denied rumors that he will...

  • Q & A With Jerry Zucker

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Last November, California voters easily passed Proposition 71, which provides $3 billion in state grants for embryonic stem cell research. Jews supported Proposition 71 in much higher numbers than most voters.

    Two of the initiative's primary backers, Robert Klein and film producer...

  • Political Journal

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hotel Endgame

    Displaying incredible negotiating skills or amazing timing, mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa helped broker a deal hours after personally intervening in a labor dispute between hotel workers and the L.A. Hotel Employers' Council, which represents seven hotels. The labor...

  • Another Jewish Landmark Faces Demolition

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Men slowly arrange scattered clothes into a makeshift tent on the front steps of 126 N. St. Louis St. A few windows in the building's powder-blue facade are broken; an old chimney stains a sliver of the north wall black.

    Today, the anonymous building is one among thousands that...

  • Political Journal

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Hey, Big Spender
    The imminent mayoral election must have incumbent Jim Hahn feeling generous. In a sharp break from last year, Hahn's 2005-2006 proposed budget increases city spending by $566 million.
    This year's proposed budget weighs in at more than $5.95 billion....

  • Rabbi Retracts Claim Against Hahn

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    A Los Angeles rabbi has retracted his charge that Mayor James Hahn's re-election campaign was "dishonest and manipulative" in claiming endorsements from Jewish community leaders.

    Rabbi Steven Weil said he now believes that Hahn volunteers within the Jewish community were to blame,...

  • Rabbi Retracts Claim Against Hahn

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    A Los Angeles rabbi has retracted his charge that Mayor James Hahn's reelection campaign was "dishonost and manipulative" in claiming endorsements from Jewish community leaders. Rabbi Steven Weil says he now believes that Hahn volunteers within the Jewish community were to...

  • False Endorsement Allegations Continue

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    The campaign to re-elect Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn is struggling to contain damage from newly emerging allegations that it falsely claimed endorsements from local Jewish leaders.

    Four more community members have inspected Hahn endorsement letters and declared their signatures...

  • Political Journal

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    This month's Political Journal is a tale of two labor disputes. One is dragging on and on; the other has come to a peaceful conclusion just when it seemed there might be a strike ahead.

    Hotels Battle Continues

    A protracted 11-month debacle continues between UNITE HERE, Local 11,...

  • New Allegations of Forged Hahn Support

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Several times over the course of this mayoral election season, acquaintances approached Yitzchok Bader, a Jewish studies teacher and volunteer for Hatzolah Los Angeles, and said they heard he endorsed Mayor James Hahn.

    The problem was, he hadn't.

    Bader's name was on an...

  • Not for Hahn After All

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Six prominent members of the Jewish community have sent a letter of protest to Mayor Jim Hahn, claiming Hahn's re-election campaign used their names in endorsement advertisements without their permission.

    The ad, titled "Our community leaders agree! Re-elect Mayor Jim Hahn," ran...

  • Briefs

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Council Adds Some Fire to Mayoral Race

    The Los Angeles City Council is doing a great job of overcompensating for the general public's lukewarm interest in the upcoming mayoral election. With accusations of electoral politics flying from both sides, six council members left Mayor...

  • Mayoral Candidates Battle for Jewish Vote

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    "He's a soul mate in terms of environmental sensitivity and good government," said Dave Freeman, about mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa. Freeman, former head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), paused for just a moment, then continued in his Southern...

  • Community Briefs

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Prepare to Be Redistricted

    Welcome to the political New Year in California, where the partisan warfare begins as soon as the champagne runs out. Most of the aggravation at the moment is revolving around Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's broken promise to public schools – but there's a...

  • LAX Security Study Fails to Fly

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    While the Los Angeles mayoral candidates battle over the proposed $11 billion expansion of Los Angeles International Airport, a study completed by the RAND Corp. think- tank on the airport's security has gone under the proverbial radar.

    Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which...

  • A fashion ‘do’

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Somehow within the creaking behemoth of the California garment industry, facing fierce competition from across the Pacific Rim, a Montreal-born, Jewish businessman with a handlebar mustache is expecting $150 million in 2004 sales.

    Dov Charney, founder of American Apparel,...

  • Young Professionals Learn to Lead Pack

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Not long ago, Tali Pressman, 24, found herself sitting in a room full of civically minded young Jews in Los Angeles -- that elusive demographic of 20- to 30-somethings targeted by so many religious and political recruiters.

    The goal: How to better collaborate and organize their...

  • Billion-Dollar Plan on Line in Fight for 11th

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Quick geography quiz: In the past half century, which region has seen only a handful of leaders, and today is focused on a controversial multibillion-dollar reconstruction project?

    No, it's not Iraq. Welcome to the Westside -- or more specifically, the 11th City Council District.

  • Talmudic Tax Write-Off

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Few people are eager to pick fights with the IRS. Michael Sklar, now well into his second voluntary tax lawsuit, is definitely an exception.

    Sklar is an Orthodox father with several children in Jewish day school. His courtroom quest: to establish religious school costs as tax...

  • Bipartisan Victory in Proposition Wins

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While Republicans may have won the presidential election, the popular vote and new seats in both the Senate and the House, here in California it was a different story.

    The 16 proposition measures were not won handily by either conservative or progressive factions. Both parties...

  • An Endorsement on Rye for Antonio

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    If you were aching for a sandwich on Fairfax Avenue last Monday, you might remember pushing through a crowd of reporters. That day, three prominent Jewish politicians, often yelling over passing traffic noise, gathered in front of Canter's Deli to publicly endorse City Councilman...

  • Stem Cell Success a Prop. 71 Boost?

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Researchers at the Technion Institute of Technology and Rambam Medical Center in Israel have transformed embryonic stem cells into heart cells. The big breakthrough: When they grafted those cells onto a damaged heart, they essentially worked as a biological pacemaker.


  • Has the State Got a Proposition for You!

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The wind grows colder, the days shorter and a 165-page, gray book of propositions arrives in everybody's mailbox. Welcome to the election season -- for Californians.

    In national politics, California has been mostly ignored by both presidential candidates as a foregone conclusion....

  • The Dangers of Apathy

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Carla Tanchum is busy. At 20, she studies at USC, has family obligations and works in the entertainment industry. What she doesn't have time to do is vote. "I'm not at all politically involved," Tanchum said. "There are certain issues that may come to my attention, but I'm not going...
  • The Dangers of Apathy

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Carla Tanchum is busy. At 20, she studies at USC, has family obligations and works in the entertainment industry. What she doesn't have time to do is vote. "I'm not at all politically involved," Tanchum said. "There are certain issues that may come to my attention, but I'm not going...
  • Jewish Aid Sought on Gang Problem

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I'd love to tell you I'm some brilliant mastermind that chartered this treaty, but the reality is that week by week, we're still working the streets," William "Blinky" Rodriguez said about the gang treaty he helped broker to bring rival groups together to talk. "We'd be out until 2,...

  • Valley AIPAC Shows Support for Lobby

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Hundreds of people -- politicians and rabbis, Democrats and Republicans, Americans and Israelis, young and old -- squeezed past dozens of tables to find their assigned seats for dinner.

    Just two weeks after CBS News broke the story that the FBI has been investigating an American...

  • Making the Grade

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish parents have good reason to be interested in public school test scores released by the California Department of Education on Aug. 31, although they may need help deciphering them.

    In 1997, the last time a study was done, The Jewish Federation found that 64 percent of Jewish...

  • Is There Room For Politics in Shul?

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Eight years ago, when President Bill Clinton was running for a second term, he sent out letters to L.A. synagogues wishing them a happy Rosh Hashanah with a spiritual message for Yom Kippur.

    "I liked what the letter had to say for Yom Kippur, so I read it at the opening to a sermon...

  • California’s Budget, Compromised

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Just as it seemed his honeymoon governorship was degenerating into insults and whining, Arnold Schwarzenegger finally signed a $105 billion state budget on July 31, about a month late.

    The governor kept his promise not to raise taxes, the Democrats flexed their own muscles and won a...

  • Alliance Backs Hotel Workers’ Pay Fight

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I've been working at the Century Plaza for three years. I've had only a 44-cent raise, and I have two children. It's hard to support a family with this salary," hotel worker Sonya Lopez told a crowd in Roxbury Park at the Progressive Jewish Alliance's (PJA) Aug. 8 event, "Justice in...

  • Santa Monica Tries to Tread Lightly

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    How many trees does it take to absorb the emissions from your car's commute? How much land does it take to feed and raise the beef you eat for dinner? How much space on earth does your trash take up?

    The city of Santa Monica has taken up the task of answering those questions in...

  • Hate Crime Stats Not Always Precise

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) new report titled, "Unpatriotic Acts," warns that acts of hate against Muslims in the United States skyrocketed in 2003. At face value, the numbers are grim: CAIR notes a 70 percent increase in "reports of harassment, violence and...

  • Weaving a Kerry Web Site

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    There is no shortage of opinions in the media about what Jews should do in November. The perceived dilemma: How to reconcile traditional Jewish support of American social programs, the expansion of civil rights and environmental protection with President Bush's popular pro-Israel...

  • Gridlock

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On a particular stretch of Wilshire Boulevard near Westwood at 6 p.m., right-lane traffic is hopelessly stalled. A stream of cars crowds the intersection, trying to squeeze into the nearby parking lot of a well-known synagogue.

    It's a familiar sight: With most people heading home...

  • Both Sides of Seal Debate to Fight On

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It came from Redlands like a fever: one of the most divisive religious battles to hit Los Angeles in years.

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), fresh from successfully challenging the Redlands city seal a month earlier, set its sights on removing a Christian cross from the...

  • Political Journal

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Slashing Section 8

    Compassionate conservatism seems to have finally hit rock bottom. The Bush administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2005 includes a $1.66 billion cut from the Federal Section 8 housing assistance program. Section 8 provides housing vouchers to low-income...

  • Congress Weighs Nonprofit Security

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    These days, U.S. airports, federal buildings and transportation hubs are protected by surveillance and armed guards. But what about everything else? What about the cash-strapped nonprofits like temples, schools and community centers whose ethnicity or religious affiliation might make...

  • Lobbying for a Day on State Budget Crisis

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The air in these days in Sacramento -- while still hovering at a perfectly balmy Californian 79 degrees -- is rather bleak for agencies hoping to get government funding.

    "You can feel that there is a different atmosphere in Sacramento. The budget obviously [has something to do with...

  • Are Muslims Endangered?

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Heightened ethnic and religious hatred might be rearing its ugly head in California -- but some politicians are eager to stand in its way.

    State Assemblymember Judy Chu introduced and saw passage of Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 64 in early April. The resolution condemns hate...

  • Hertzberg Eagerly Enters Mayoral Race

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    If elections were won by sheer enthusiasm alone, Bob Hertzberg might be unbeatable.

    The former Assembly Speaker -- whose term limits ended his career in the Assembly -- is now back home in Los Angeles, revved about his entry into the 2005 mayoral race.

    An open admirer of Gov....

  • For Many, Israeli Life Just a TV Set Away

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Haifa, the smell of frying falafel balls competes with the din of Israelis eating, yelling and slapping each other on the back. Every few seconds, they'll glance sideways at the television screen, watching the nightly Israeli news report that is also vying for their attention.


  • Plan Seeks to Cure High Cost of Drugs

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In this presidential campaign year, the figure is ubiquitous: One out of four Americans, about 70 million people, do not have health insurance. At the same time, Americans are spending about $100 billion on prescription drugs annually, more than double what was spent in 1990.