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Marc Ballon

  • Daniel Pipes fights the worldwide threat of Islamism—from Malibu

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Pipes spoke at UC Irvine in January
    The view from Daniel Pipes' front porch in Malibu is "California Dreamin'" perfect. With the Pacific stretching beyond the horizon, the vista induces a Zen-like calm. If the scholar's striped cotton shirt and khakis betray his Boston roots,...
  • StandWithUs offers Israel 101 guide to help students confront anti-Zionist rhetoric

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Roz Rothstein wanted nothing more than to relax after a long flight from Los Angeles to New York. Instead, the head of StandWithUs, a Los Angeles-based Israel advocacy group, found herself face to face with the anti-Zionist attitudes she and her organization work to eradicate....
  • Divided we fall?  A once-united Jewish Los Angeles breaks apart again

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Last summer, Los Angeles' Jewish community stood united. As Hezbollah missiles rained on Israel, 10,000 Jews, including members of groups spanning the political spectrum -- from the liberal Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) to the conservative StandWithUs -- braved a sweltering July...
  • Super Sunday volunteers hope to ring up big bucks

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Betty Hamburger's impressive record of having attended nearly every Super Sunday since the megafundraiser's inception in 1979 looked as though it would come to an end four years ago.

    Sporting a broken wrist and a sprained ankle from a slip-and-fall accident at home, the Westwood...

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  • Book reveals secrets from the Patriarchs of Punk: CBGBs was really Heebie Jeebies

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk," by Steven Lee Beeber (Chicago Review Press, $24.95).

    They were your mother's worst nightmare.

    They wore beat-up leather jackets and ripped jeans held together with safety pins. They spat out three-minute, buzz-saw...

  • Federation fires chief fundraiser Craig Prizant

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Less than a month before Super Sunday, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' biggest annual money-raising event, Craig Prizant, chief fundraiser for the organization since 2004, was relieved of his job. Sources who asked not to be named said that on Friday, Jan. 12, Prizant,...
  • Progressive values propel Daniel Sokatch’s rising star

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Daniel Sokatch enrolled in rabbinical school in Israel in 1994, he had visions of becoming a religious leader dedicated to social justice, much in the vein of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. But Sokatch, now 38, quickly realized that the rabbinical program at Hebrew Union...
  • Breaking new ground: Jewish, Muslim groups’ program encourages leaders to see the ‘other’ as friend

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Is it possible for Los Angeles Jews and Muslims to talk to one another, to share peacefully at the table?

    This is the question that some leaders of both groups locally are asking themselves.

    These are the ones who are willing to keep trying, despite the enmity in the Middle East...

  • Despite past sparks, Al-Marayati wants Jewish dialogue

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's a Saturday morning, and Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), is playing basketball with a group of friends. He pounces on loose balls, wrestles away rebounds and knows just when to feed a teammate a perfectly...
  • Marilyn Harran: A Modern Righteous Gentile

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Marilyn Harran
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    As a young assistant professor at New York's Barnard College in the mid-1970s, historian Marilyn Harran befriended one of the...

  • Family foundations pave new philanthropic path

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    There was a time when Jewish philanthropists would crack open their checkbooks at least once a year and make a big contribution to Jewish federations and other Jewish agencies. That was just how it was done.

    No more. As Jews have become more integrated and assimilated into American...

  • Many aging Shoah survivors are living a new nightmare

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sammy Moscovitz sits alone in his drab one-room Los Angeles apartment watching cable TV and wondering how he ended up like this.

    Like the frayed sweatshirt he wears, the 75-year-old Holocaust survivor looks tired and a bit rundown. He owns a bed, a dresser, a television, some...

  • Federations and Israeli leaders converge on L.A.

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The 75th annual General Assembly (GA) of United Jewish Communities, which begins Sunday and continues through Wednesday, will feature prime ministers, award-winning journalists and celebrated academics, among the nearly 4,000 Jewish leaders expected to attend.

    But the event's biggest...

  • JCRC’s Schwartz-Getzug picked to head Jewish World Watch

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug, a longtime Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles executive and director of the organization's Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), has been named executive director of Jewish World Watch (JWW), a coalition of synagogues, schools and Jewish community...
  • Anti-Israel UTLA committee gets sent to the corner for a time out

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The United Teachers Los Angeles committee that came under intense criticism for planning to host a gathering calling for economic sanctions against Israel, including a boycott and divestment, has shut down its Web site and agreed to undertake a monthlong "self-evaluation." The move...
  • UTLA quashes Israel divestment push

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Under a tidal wave of pressure from the local Jewish community, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) decided to deny use of its headquarters to the UTLA Human Rights Committee. The committee planned to discuss economic sanctions against Israel, including a boycott and divestment.
     
    The...
  • United Teachers Los Angeles just says ‘no’ to Israel divestment push by union commitee

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Under a tidal wave of pressure from the local Jewish community, the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has decided to deny use of its headquarters to a UTLA committee planning to host a meeting to discuss the launch of a local boycott of sanctions against and divestment from Israel....
  • Rabbinical marriage counseling works—up to a point

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Karen Fox remembers the moment when she decided she needed to pursue a master's degree in counseling psychology.
     
    In the late 1980s, Fox, a rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, decided to create a support group for several couples who had privately sought her out to discuss...
  • Comedy director David Zucker goes to GOP?  You can’t be serious!

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    David Zucker, the producer and director of "Airplane," "The Naked Gun" and "Scary Movie 4," embraced the Republican Party in 2004 and voted for President Bush, largely because of security concerns. Once a liberal activist and campaign adviser to President Bill Clinton, he made a...
  • Area synagogues weigh benefits, pitfalls of High Holidays security

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi David Eliezrie has peyos, a beard and wears a black hat and a long black coat. "I look pretty Jewish," quips Eliezrie, senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Meir HaCohen/North County Chabad Center in Yorba Linda.
     
    If an anti-Semite were intent on lashing out at Jews, Eliezrie...
  • Maher Hathout—partner for peace or anti-Semite in centrist clothing?

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    To progressive Jews, he is a partner for peace and a moderate Muslim in a world darkened by Islamic extremism. To conservative Jews, he is a strident anti-Israel critic, perhaps even a closet anti-Semite, masquerading as a centrist.
     
    Dr. Maher Hathout, like no other local Muslim...
  • Israel Donations Stimulate—and Don’t Hurt—Local Fundraising

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's military campaign in Lebanon has left the Jewish state spiritually and financially drained. The overall cost of the conflict, including the amount spent on the war and business losses in northern Israel, exceeds $7 billion, according to The Israel Project, a nonprofit,...

  • R.E. Hard Crash? Soft Landing? Bursting Balloon? Leaking Balloon?

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mark Cohen thinks those doomsday scenarios about an impending Southland housing crash miss the mark. And the founder and president of Beverly Hills-based Cohen Financial Group has learned a thing or two about real estate over the last 20 years.

    With an MBA from USC and a law...

  • GOP Sees Israel as Way to Woo Democratic Jews

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For two decades, Nathan Hochman voted exclusively Democratic: Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Clinton, Gore -- the 42-year-old former assistant U.S. attorney cast his ballots for them all. To Hochman the Republican Party represented a right-wing amalgam of pro-business, anti-abortion...

  • Local Christian Leaders Maintain Support for Israel

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Even in the face of recent international criticism of Israel's war tactics, American Christians, especially Evangelicals, have remained steadfast in support of Jews and the Jewish state. Whereas vicious anti-Zionist attacks in much of Europe and the Arab world have lately bled into...
  • Cracks Appear in Jewish Support of Israel Offensive

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As a Jew, Marcy Winograd grew up deeply supportive of Israel and even visited the Jewish state in her mid-20s. But as Israel continues to pound Lebanon and Gaza, the founder of a new progressive group, L.A. Jews for Peace, said her feelings have changed. The country's actions in...
  • Mideast Fighting Strains Fragile Interfaith Ties

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For more than three decades, Rabbi Allen Krause has believed in the power of interfaith and intercultural dialogue, especially between Jews and Muslims. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, the head rabbi of Temple Beth El in Aliso Viejo offered to have members of his congregation guard...

  • Thousands Rally in L.A. to Support Israel

    July 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm here to show this country, my family and friends in Israel that we Jews will be there forever," said 14-year-old Elad Menna, a Los Angeles resident who emigrated with his family from the West Bank five years ago. "Although I live here, my heart is in Israel."

    The boy spoke...

  • ACLU Dispute Shows Tension Among Interfaith Friends

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As local pro-Israeli and pro-Arab groups hold ever larger and more heated demonstrations, relations among Los Angeles Muslim and Jewish groups threaten to go into a deep freeze. In one reflection of the changing climate, a longtime Jewish member of the American Civil Liberties Union...

  • Large-Scale Israel Solidarity Rally Planned for Sunday

    July 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In an effort to demonstrate solidarity with Israel, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and other Jewish groups are organizing a major community rally to take place in front of the Federation's Wilshire Boulevard headquarters this Sunday, July 23 at 4 p.m.

    ...

  • Worst Fears Come to Pass for Foes of Gaza Pullout

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Librarian Stephanie Wells so opposed Israel's unilateral withdrawal from 21 Jewish settlements in Gaza last summer that she moved to the disputed territory just three weeks before troops moved in. She stayed to the bitter end.

    Among the most committed in the fight against the...

  • Sderot Attack Interrupts Villaraigosa’s Call

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Thursday, July 6, at 9 a.m., Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a longtime supporter of Israel, was interrupted twice in attempts to place a call to Eli Moyal, mayor of the Israeli city of Sderot.

    Palestinian terrorists have been attacking the city almost daily with Kassam...

  • Sderot Attack Interrupts Villaraigosa’s Call

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Thursday, July 6, at 9 a.m., Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a longtime supporter of Israel, was interrupted twice in attempts to place a call to Eli Moyal, mayor of the Israeli city of Sderot.

    Palestinian terrorists have been attacking the city almost daily with Kassam...

  • An Unexpected Love

    June 29, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    When I joined The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles in late 2002 after 3 1/2 tumultuous years at the Los Angeles Times, I expected to stay at the paper a maximum of six months. My plan was to use The Journal as a safe haven while I hunted for a prestige magazine gig. After all, I...

  • A Harvest of Conflict

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Developer Ralph Horowitz made no secret of his intense displeasure with the 350 mostly Latino farmers who squatted on his 14-acre parcel at 41st and Alameda streets in South Los Angeles. As he saw it, the farmers who cultivated avocados, squash, tomatoes and other produce on...

  • Young Lawyer Has a Ball With Bet Tzedek

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As a young summer associate with a Los Angeles law firm, Jeffrey Sklar looked forward to attending his first Justice Ball. He wanted to see '80s icon Billy Idol do the "Rebel Yell" live. He wanted to hang out with other young attorneys and law students. He wasn't going for any...

  • Federation Support of Civic Group Wanes

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When former Democratic Congressman Mel Levine agreed to chair the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), he hoped to infuse it with the passion and purpose of its heyday in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

    In those days, the JCRC -- which is one of the major voices and faces of...

  • Visit to Ethiopia Changes His Life

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In 2004, John Fishel went to Ethiopia as part of a delegation of American Federation leaders. The experience changed his life.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, along with five members of the UJA Federation of New York, visited shantytowns filled with...

  • John Fishel

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Feb. 26, more than 150 volunteers gathered early at the headquarters of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for the annual Super Sunday megafundraiser. Having filled up on conversation, coffee and bagels, the enthusiastic, well-dressed men and women sat side-by-side at...

  • Views Differ on Role in Centers Crisis

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The news stunned John Fishel. In the fall of 2001, the L.A. Federation president learned that the city's Jewish community centers were in crisis. If The Federation didn't act quickly, some or all of the JCCs would have to shut down.

    Fishel had every right to feel upset. He...

  • Time to Watch and Learn at the Zimmer

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Clocks and watches can do far more than simply tell time. A new exhibit at the Zimmer Children's Museum shows that when sliced, diced and deconstructed by artists and humanitarians, timepieces can edify, entertain and even inveigh against social injustice.

    "Show & Tell: The Art of...

  • Touring With Lévy a Dizzying Experience

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville," by Bernard-Henri Lévy (Random House).

    Date: Saturday, April 8, 2006.
    Time: 9 a.m.
    Place: The Beverly Hills Hotel lobby.

    I have come to this palace of privilege to meet Bernard-Henri Lévy,...

  • Rocker Grrrl Memoir Charts Swift Decline

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Zeroing in on 30, rocker Jen Trynin gave herself an ultimatum: either make it now or get out of the game.

    Her youthful looks belied the years she spent slogging through the Boston music scene without much to show for it besides too many hangovers. Having graduated from what she...

  • Community Briefs

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Displaced Gaza Resident Raises $5,000 in L.A.

    A leader of the displaced Gaza settlers made an impassioned case for the hardships they're suffering before a sympathetic Los Angeles audience, which donated $5,000 on the spot.

    Last August, Dror Vanunu was among about 8,000 settlers in...

  • Cartoon Tension at UC Irvine

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The showing of three cartoons of the prophet Muhammad at a conference last week on radical Islam at UC Irvine attracted a near-capacity crowd of about 400, including leaders of some local Jewish groups, while protesters demonstrated outside.

    A palpable tension descended on the...

  • Spirit Up, Tally Down on Super Sunday

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Leon Weinstin has spent much of his life fighting on behalf of the Jewish people.

    In his late 20s, he participated in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising against the Nazis and somehow managed to escape a near-certain death. Later, he immigrated to the United States, opened a successful...

  • Fishel to Play Key Falash Mura Role

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    John Fishel took his seat on the jetliner and glanced across the aisle. Seated near the president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was an Ethiopian woman. Resplendent in traditional garb, she cradled an infant in her arms and looked lovingly at her toddler son seated...

  • Super Sunday Aims at Aiding Programs

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In 1999, Alexander Khananashvili left behind his prosperous life as a Moscow doctor to immigrate to the United States with his wife and two daughters, hoping for a better future. He came with little money, no job prospects and no knowledge of English.

    With the help of The Jewish...

  • Disputed Film Draws Muted Response

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For Rabbi Marvin Hier, suicide bombings are the modern-day plague. The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center so condemns these acts of terror that he spoke to the late Pope John Paul II, Jordan's King Abdullah II and the chancellor of Austria to enlist their support in...

  • Libraries: The New Mideast Battlefront

    January 19, 2006 | 7:01 pm

    When members of a local Jewish advocacy group offered the Beverly Hills Public Library three pro-Israel DVDs free of charge, they expected to meet little resistance. After all, Beverly Hills is located in the heart of one of the most affluent and powerful Jewish communities in the...