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Jonah Lowenfeld

  • California Reform Jews succeed in push to fund housing

    3 weeks ago

    In 2011, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law abolishing California’s community redevelopment agencies, he eliminated the primary sources of funding that had helped build affordable housing across the state. The 2014-15 state budget Brown signed on June 20 now establishes a new...

  • After electoral loss, still fighting for political reform

    June 11, 2014 | 10:11 am

    Dan Schnur isn’t backing off from his push to reform the electoral system in the Golden State. 

    Schnur finished fourth in last week’s primary in his bid for California Secretary of State, an election that drew only about 25 percent of registered voters statewide. The results from...

  • Election 2014: Elan Carr, a Republican Jew, and Ted Lieu, a Democrat, advance to round two

    June 4, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    When the first round of voting in the race to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman wrapped up on June 3, voters in the 33rd Congressional district had handed Elan Carr, a Republican Jewish gang prosecutor, a first place finish. But it’s State Sen. Ted Lieu, the Democratic nominee who finished...

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  • New faces, new era

    May 28, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    When voters in and around Los Angeles head to the polls on June 3, they will confront a buffet of candidates running for a wide array of powerful positions. A handful of Jewish candidates are among the hopefuls — including Ben Allen, the candidate for California’s state Senate...

  • SEC charges L.A. Jewish leaders in alleged variable annuities scheme

    March 18, 2014 | 3:39 am

    Since the 1990s, Rabbi Harold Ten has been helping gravely ill Jews and their families navigate the health care system. Ten is the president of Bikur Cholim, a nonprofit that can get patients kosher meals in their hospital rooms or provide them with free loans of medical equipment....

  • Channeling Purim’s Esther, Jewish women fast for immigration reform

    March 13, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    While many devout Jews across the United States and elsewhere observed the pre-Purim tradition of fasting on Thursday, March 13, more than 200 Jewish women and men are going without food today for a different cause: immigration reform.

    This year, members and supporters of the...

  • Three reasons to pay attention to the ZOA’s leadership fight

    March 7, 2014 | 10:32 am

    When the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) delegates gather in Philadelphia on Sunday, March 9, to kick off the organization’s 97th national convention, they’ll be faced with a choice between the two men who want to lead the staunchly pro-Israel organization.

    On one side...

  • AIPAC policy conference: Once more, with feeling

    March 4, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    What does a pro-Israel lobbying group do at its annual policy conference when it knows with a high degree of certainty that its chief policy priority isn’t likely to go anywhere on Capitol Hill?

    The same things it does every other year.

    There was no perceptible lack of...

  • Journalist Matt Miller to run for Waxman’s seat in Congress

    February 14, 2014 | 3:00 pm

    Columnist and author Matt Miller jumped into the increasingly crowded field of candidates seeking to replace Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills) on Friday, Feb. 14.

    Miller, who writes a column for the Washington Post and is host of the weekly radio show “Left, Right, and...

  • Praying with presidents

    February 13, 2014 | 10:52 am

    U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have had rough public relationships with religious leaders. 

    Even before his inauguration, pro-life Christian leaders decried Clinton’s alleged “anti-Christian agenda”; during Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign, televangelist the...

  • L.A. attorney challenges Klein for ZOA top job

    February 13, 2014 | 10:39 am

    In the past two years, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton Klein has had to defend himself against three lawsuits from two different fired employees, weather the temporary loss of his organization’s tax-exempt status and undergo heart surgery. At the end of 2013,...

  • Israel’s visa waiver chances dim

    February 13, 2014 | 10:29 am

    Right now, an Israeli citizen who wants to travel to the United States has to contend with long lines at the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv and a long wait to see if the visa application will be approved. Even Miss Israel had to cancel an appearance at an event in New York last...

  • Zev Yaroslavsky won’t run for Congress

    February 7, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will not make a bid for the seat currently held by retiring Congressman Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills).

    Yaroslavsky’s announcement, emailed to the Journal early Friday afternoon, brings to an end wide speculation over the past week...

  • ZOA’s Klein faces challenger for first time in decades

    February 7, 2014 | 11:39 am

    Over the past two years, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton Klein has had to defend himself against three lawsuits from two different fired employees, as well as to weather the temporary loss of his organization’s tax-exempt status and to undergo heart surgery....

  • Who’ll succeed Henry Waxman?

    February 5, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel was the first to announce her bid to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman, throwing her hat into the ring on Jan. 30, the day the 20-term Congressman announced he will not seek re-election. California State Sen. Ted Lieu joined the fray the...

  • Henry Waxman:
    Governed by tikkun olam

    February 5, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The rain during Noah’s flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights. The Torah was given to Moses during a 40-day stay at the top of Mount Sinai. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert.

    And so it seems fitting that Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills), who announced last week...

  • Skirball’s founding chairman passes the baton

    January 31, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    Addressing the more than 600 attendees of the Skirball Cultural Center’s Founders Gala last October, Howard I. Friedman, the center’s first, and until Jan. 2 its only, board chairman, spoke about one of his favorite subjects: the significance of ideas in sustaining Jewish life. 

    ...
  • Henry Waxman to retire from Congress after 40 years

    January 30, 2014 | 10:30 am

    Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills), who was first elected to Congress in 1974 in a post-Watergate wave of fresh candidates, announced on Thursday morning that he will not seek reelection in the fall and will retire from Congress at the end of this year.

    In a statement, Waxman...

  • Domain name .kosher gets closer

    January 29, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    Earlier this month, the world got one step closer to the day when Web sites can end not just with .com, .net or .org — but with the suffix .kosher as well.

    After a fierce and expensive dispute that pitted one major kosher certification company against five of its biggest rivals,...

  • UNESCO sets date for Jews in Israel exhibit

    January 28, 2014 | 10:30 am

    After sustaining withering criticism for its abrupt decision to postpone a planned exhibition about the millennia of Jewish history in the land of Israel, UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural and education arm, announced Jan. 21 that the exhibition will be presented at its Paris...

  • UNESCO postpones Israeli-Jewish history show

    January 23, 2014 | 4:19 pm

    When UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, abruptly and indefinitely postponed the Jan. 20 opening of an exhibition in Paris on the 3,500-year history of Jews in the land of Israel, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and co-founder of the Simon...

  • New kosher oversight board established

    January 22, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    A group of local Orthodox rabbis has begun regularly inspecting the businesses in Los Angeles certified as kosher by the Rabbinical Council of California (RCC). The new volunteer board, the Kashrut Vaad of LA (KVLA), consists of five local Orthodox rabbis not affiliated with the...

  • UNESCO halts Israel’s Jewish history show after Arab nations protest

    January 17, 2014 | 10:34 am

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    UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, abruptly and indefinitely postponed the Jan. 20 opening of an exhibition in Paris on the 3,500-year history of Jews in the land of Israel, after a...

  • U.S. falters on Auschwitz funds

    January 3, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death camp where 1.1 million Jews and other victims were murdered, was not built to last forever. But that’s exactly what the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation is charged with making happen, and the foundation is hoping to collect some $160 million from a...

  • Barack or Bibi? Trust, loyalty and Iran

    November 20, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    On Rosh Hashanah 2012, just a few weeks before the presidential election, Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe offered his congregants a sermon titled “The Most Important Question in the World Today.” In it, he told his congregation he was, at that moment, a single-issue voter: “I will...

  • Mayor Garcetti lands spot on ‘Forward 50’

    November 13, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has earned a place on The Jewish Daily Forward’s annual list of 50 Jewish newsmakers of 2013. 

    Released on Nov. 11, the Forward’s list is a collection of the Jews whose accomplishments in politics, culture, religion, education, activism and other...

  • Thinking big about littlest Jews

    November 7, 2013 | 4:42 pm

    When Michael Siegal, chairman of the board of The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), addresses the umbrella organization’s upcoming General Assembly (GA) in Jerusalem on Nov. 10, he may very well be thinking about a constituency not likely to be present at the Jerusalem...

  • Honoring Ed Edelman: A man of vision

    November 6, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    During the 30 years Ed Edelman spent serving in public office — first as a member of Los Angeles City Council and then as a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors — he consistently fought on behalf of L.A.’s least fortunate residents. A staunch liberal, Edelman found...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Marvin Hier meets with Pope Francis

    October 25, 2013 | 10:56 am

    In a private audience with Pope Francis on Oct. 24, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), urged the leader of the Catholic Church to confront the evil that exists in the world, even while praying and working for peace.

    “Evil existed during the...

  • Time to shop for Thanksgivukkah

    October 2, 2013 | 4:57 pm

    Now that the parade of Jewish holidays has passed, it’s time to start planning for the impending arrival of an unprecedented hybrid: “Thanksgivukah” is coming! 

    This year, the first day — and the second night — of Chanukah falls on Nov. 28, which also happens to be Thanksgiving....

  • 1 in 5 U.S. Jews: No religion

    October 2, 2013 | 3:13 pm

    Of the approximately 5.3 million American adults who consider themselves Jewish, 22 percent say they have no religion, according to a new survey of American Jews conducted by the Pew Research Center and released on Oct. 1. 

    The study’s findings show a dramatic increase over the...

  • Survivor, storyteller, celebrity, sage: Elie Wiesel at 85

    September 24, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    When talking about Elie Wiesel, who turns 85 on Sept. 30, it is far too easy to fall into a list of superlatives. 

    As a child who survived Auschwitz and other concentration camps, Wiesel witnessed more death and more horrors than most human beings ever will. A onetime journalist...

  • Sheldon Adelson puts money behind nationwide expansion of Israeli American Council

    September 10, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    The Israeli American Council (IAC), the nonprofit umbrella organization that sponsors and supports various activities for Israeli-Americans and their families in Southern California, is launching an expansion effort aimed at replicating the IAC’s model across the country.

    The...

  • Five things you may not know about Jews and philanthropy

    August 31, 2013 | 9:10 am

    1. Many Jewish donors don’t call their values “Jewish.”

    “People did not want to ascribe their Jewish values to giving,” said Lisa Farber Miller of the Rose Community Foundation, who observed the discussion of a focus group of donors in Denver, one of eight conducted as part of...

  • Study reveals the who, what and where of Jewish giving

    August 31, 2013 | 8:48 am

    When Jews feels connected to their community, money will flow – to Jewish causes and elsewhere.

    That, in short, is the main finding of a broad new nationwide study of American Jewish philanthropy. Coordinated by Jumpstart, a Los Angeles-based think tank and incubator for...

  • A Jew and a Muslim?

    July 31, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    Most Jews and Muslims rarely talk — really talk — to one another. This is as true in the United States as elsewhere, a stark reality despite our nation’s vast diversity and the ability of so many different peoples to coexist. It is true also in Los Angeles, a city of strong ethnic...

  • The proposed reforms, rights and regulations

    July 2, 2013 | 10:43 am

    Immigration Reform: Officially called “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” the Senate bill passed on June 26 with bipartisan support from 68 senators. The bill increases the number of temporary visas available for high- and low-skilled...

  • Immigration bill: For nannies and caregivers, legal status isn’t enough

    July 2, 2013 | 10:13 am

    At 2 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, Amelia Barnachea waited in a copy shop in downtown Los Angeles, shifting her weight from one foot to the other. "I’m exercising," the diminutive Filipina-American home health aide explained, looking very spry for her 72 years. 

    Barnachea, who...

  • Doheny to reopen keeping RCC hechsher

    June 19, 2013 | 4:57 pm

    Here’s a bit of good news for anyone looking for kosher steak to grill on the Fourth of July: Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market may reopen within weeks.

    Rabbi Yakov Vann, director of the Rabbinical Council of California’s (RCC) kosher services arm, said on June 18 that Doheny, a...

  • Lights out (and sirens off) for Hatzolah?

    June 12, 2013 | 5:09 pm

    In March 2011, Hatzolah of Los Angeles, the Orthodox Jewish volunteer emergency response corps, celebrated its 10th anniversary in this city. The celebratory dinner offered a chance for the group to thank some of its supporters, and the hundreds who attended — including elected...

  • Dying in vain in Santa Monica and Sandy Hook

    June 12, 2013 | 1:48 pm

    This coming Friday, it will have been six months since a shooter armed with an assault rifle killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The same day also will mark one week since another gunman, using the same type of gun, killed five...

  • Israel stingy with foreign aid, Israeli prof says

    June 11, 2013 | 5:35 pm

    When it comes to sending international aid abroad, Israel and its citizens give less than most other developed free-market economies, according to a new report.

    Hillel Schmid, a professor at Hebrew University’s Center for the Study of Philanthropy, told the Los Angeles Times that...