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Jewish Journal

David A. Lehrer

  • Some ‘Profiles in Courage’

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The past two weeks have offered insight, as few times do, into whether our leaders and opinion molders can set aside personal and political agendas in the face of adversity and crisis and be willing to do the right and courageous thing.

    Locally, the closing of King-Harbor after a...

  • L.A.‘s Jews and other minorities: oh, how we’ve danced!

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In Los Angeles, the most diverse city in the world, we Jews have grappled long and hard with our sense of place in America. Ultimately, having found our "place in the sun," we have forged meaningful relations with many of the communities that make up this complicated goulash....
  • The ‘Munich’ Concern Is Us—Not Film

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Lyndon Johnson once famously observed, "The difference between liberals and cannibals is that cannibals don't eat their friends." His aphorism is no less apt today in discussing Jews and their treatment of one another. Since early December, there has been a disturbingly venomous...

  • ‘Munich’ Portrays Real World Issues

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In recent days, several pundits have criticized "Munich," the new film by director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner, for drawing a "moral equivalency between the Israeli assassins and their targets -- both explicitly ... and implicitly." Furthermore, they argue that it...

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  • ‘New’ Farrakhan Embodies Old Message

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Last weekend, the nation's capital hosted the Millions More March, a gathering commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Nation of Islam's

    Million Man March. The Rev. Louis Farrakhan, the main convener of the march, led tens of thousands in a daylong marathon of blame, calls for...

  • Leaders Lagging Behind Positive Trends

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The sordid history of hate crimes took an unusual twist last month. An alleged hate crime at Claremont McKenna College, which was the focus of widespread media attention, appears to have been committed by the ostensible "victim." But the act, or nonact, is not what's worthy of...

  • Just the Facts

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jews in America are more favorably regarded than Catholics, barely less well liked than Protestants and far more highly viewed than Evangelical Christians. Facts you are not likely to have read in the direct mail you receive from solicitors of contributions.

    It's time for Jews,...

  • Court’s Race Rulings Raises Deeper Issues

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The United States Supreme Court has handed down its decisions on the issue of affirmative action. In the cases of Grutter vs. Bollinger and Gratz vs. Bollinger, the court has ruled on the constitutionality of race-conscious programs and their viability in educational institutions...

  • The Lure of Extremism

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As these words are written, Irv Rubin, the national chairman of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) lies in a coma, the apparent victim of self-inflicted wounds.

    Having known Irv and the activities of the local JDL for over a quarter-century, it is an appropriate time to reflect on what...

  • Don’t Circle the Wagons

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) just issued a report headlined, "Anti-Semitism on the Rise," announcing that "a strong undercurrent of Jewish hatred persists in America." The report cites data on anti-Semitic attitudes virtually unchanged from a decade ago, but slightly higher than...