Jewish Journal

Sheldon Teitelbaum

  • Why Some Jews Hate the L.A. Times

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On April 1, Los Angeles County children's social worker Jules Weingart sent the Los Angeles Times a letter protesting its predilection for calling Palestinian suicide-bombers "militants." As a courtesy, Weingart attached a list of normative definitions of the terms "militant,"...

  • Crossing the Line

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Reluctant at first to pronounce outright support for Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, extreme right-wing, militia and neo-Nazi groups within the United States entered the post-Sept. 11 period blaming Jews and Israel for the attacks on New York and Washington.

    In recent weeks, however,...

  • Sampling of Extreme Right Propaganda

    November 15, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    In the days following the attacks, domestically based extreme-right organizations struggled to formulate a position that balanced their ostensible nativism with an otherwise tailor-made opportunity to lash out at Jews and U.S. support for Israel. Typical of their commentary:

    • In...

  • Caught in the Cross- fire

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    During the first weeks following the terror attacks on New York and Washington, Israel's Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem instructed officials charged with explaining Israel's position to avoid, when possible, interviews and media queries. Meirav Eilon Shahar, Israel's consul for...

  • Braced for Backlash

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The media war over Israel, running hot and heavy in the months before Sept. 11, took a dangerous turn following the tragic terrorists attack on America.

    In the hours and days following the attack, sources cited by American print and electronic media, and American media itself,...

  • The Wiles of Wilentz

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Just when you thought things in Israel couldn't possibly get worse, a new novel comes along to prove that you don't know the half of it.

    "Martyrs' Crossing" (Simon & Schuster, $24), by The New Yorker's former Jerusalem correspondent Amy Wilentz, tells the story of a Palestinian...

  • L.A.‘s Hidden Battalions

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    High-power Israeli Defense Force (IDF) squads have been traveling to choice tourist destinations worldwide this summer, but not for vacation.

    According to reports on Y-Net, the Web site for the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot, the squads were scouting projected sites for...

  • How Cookie Crumbled

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    To his mates in the New York prison where he awaits sentencing for a drug-smuggling conviction, the bearded, soft-spoken Israeli, who Customs Department officials say regularly ministers to a small flock of religious Jewish prisoners, is known as "Rabbi Ya'akov."

    The rest of the...

  • Jan Perry Puts Down Roots

    July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    So whaddaya know? The election is over, we've got a new mayor, and no sign yet of the apocalypse the other candidates promised would befall this city, no matter who won. Newly minted 9th District Councilwoman Jan Perry knew it was a new day when, shortly after her own election, Jim...

  • Hidden Stacks

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Read any good Hebrew books lately?

    If you live in the Valley -- we'll assume you read Hebrew -- you'll most likely have picked up the latest Ram Oren techno-thriller or Naomi Ragen frummie-potboiler at the recently opened Steimatzky bookstore on Ventura Boulevard near Corbin.


  • Journalists Behaving Badly

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Shortly before or perhaps just after World War II, actor Kirk Douglas asked Dorothy Buffum Chandler why the Los Angeles Times seemed to pander so wantonly to the anti-Semitism then still rampant among many of the city's more refined elites.

    "Why, darling?" cooed the doyenne of the...

  • A Normal Israel, in Agoura

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    About two months ago, Dr. Mark Capritto, the tough-minded vice principal of Agoura High School, came face-to-face with one of Zionism's most unusual developments: a nice Jewish gang.

    It began, as many of these things probably do, with an unkind crack in the schoolyard, and before you...

  • Postethnic Antisemitism

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Just when we thought it was safe to proclaim the mayoral campaign free from the kind of race-baiting that has tainted previous runs for City Hall, we get this bogus automated telephone message, falsely attributed to Republican candidate Steve Soboroff, attesting to his supposed...

  • One on One With James Hahn

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Aping the famous Army recruitment commercials, the mayoral candidates have all urged Los Angeles to "be all you can be." But City Attorney James Hahn, ostensibly the one shoo-in for the run-off election in June, has come up with a novel approach to realizing his own mayoral...

  • One on One With Kathleen Connell

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    State Controller Kathleen Connell comes to the race for mayor with a bit of a reputation as an ice queen. Debating her opponents, she is long on specifics and short on most of the kinds of schmaltz the other candidates like to interject into the mix. With piercing eyes,...

  • One on One With Antonio Villaraigosa

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    This is the third in Sheldon Teitelbaum's series of interviews with the leading mayoral candidates.

    Trust current mayoral candidate and State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Antonio Villaraigosa to come up with a uniquely strategic location for his storefront headquarters. True, as the...

  • One on One With Steve Soboroff

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Real estate broker, Parks and Recreation Commissioner, and Staples Center deal-maker Steve Soboroff likes to speak of his summer job, when he was growing up in the San Fernando Valley, driving actor Kirk Douglas around town and answering his fan mail. Thirty years later, he says,...

  • A Boil is Lanced in Boyle Heights

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The call came in last Wednesday from one J.R. Durrer, an Encino resident who works in Boyle Heights. Durrer had been heading west up Seventh Street, where he caught a red light at the corner of South Boyle. A glance at the mural on the wall surrounding the auto maintenance shop to...

  • One on One With Joel Wachs

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    He says he's 61, but you wouldn't know it either to look at him or the paper-shrouded desk in his downtown office. After half a life crusading, his batteries retain their charge even as his office space threatens to succumb to the ever-encroaching mudslide of municipal files. I am...

  • A National Unity Government for L.A.

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The more time I spend trailing the Los Angeles mayoral candidates, the more I find myself musing about rehabilitating the commissariat as a form of government. Or, failing such "Red Dawn"/"Red Alert" scenarios, perhaps we might seek something akin to the national unity administration...

  • The Mayoral Debates, Take 40

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    We've elected an "Education President." Now, get ready to choose the "Education Mayor."

    That seemed to be the prospect facing a packed chapel of some 300 souls braving one of the winter's worst storms this week to attend Debate No. 40-something by five of the city's six leading...