Jewish Journal

  • Jewish Blog-Con: No Excuses for NOT Making Aliyah

    By Orit Arfa

    September 1, 2009 | 8:28 pm

    For the first installment of this blog series, click here.

    Back in June 2007, I wrote a column for Arutz Sheva, (aka israelnationalnews.com), outlining the top ten excuses Diaspora Jews give for not making aliyah. It made some people feel angry, some inspired, some ashamed, and some... read on

  • David Myers v. Gary Ratner

    By Rob Eshman

    September 1, 2009 | 5:17 pm

    First Prof. David Myers at UCLA wrote an Op-Ed piece for The Jewish Journal decrying the treatment of a Palestinian family he encountered in East Jerusalem:

    And yet, the thrilling sense I had on Mount Scopus’ heights was quickly dissipated after traveling a few miles down the hill... read on

  • Ted Kennedy, Israel and the Jews

    By Rob Eshman

    August 26, 2009 | 4:52 am

    Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) died Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the age of 77.

    His death, as the saying goes, shall, or at least should, be mourned in Zion.

    But the Jewish community knew three Ted Kennedys, and not all will be mourned equally. There was Ted the Brother, Ted the Scoundrel,... read on

  • “Boycott Israel” Nope: Boycott the Arabs [VIDEO]

    By Rob Eshman

    August 20, 2009 | 3:01 pm

    [video below]
    I opened today’s LA Times to read a headline I last saw at electronicintifada.com:  “Boycott Israel.” 

    This topped an op-ed piece by Neve Gordon, an Israeli peace activist who lives in Israel with his two children. 

    I tried to follow Gordon to his logical... read on

  • Israelis hunting million-dollar mermaid

    By Adam Wills

    August 18, 2009 | 5:49 pm

    Israel’s northern costal community is in the grips of mermaid fever. For several months, people from Kiryat Yam, near Haifa, have reported sightings of a young girl frolicking in the Mediterranean, jumping out of the water like a dolphin and doing other tricks.

    The Kiryat Yam... read on

  • Jewish Blog-Con: A Zionist Love Story

    By Orit Arfa

    August 12, 2009 | 3:47 pm

    I divorced Israel in September of 2008, about nine years after making aliyah (immigration to Israel). I left him, intending to make a clean break. That was the only way I could really move on.

    I often liken Israel to a lover. Anyone who makes aliyah is essentially embarking on a... read on

  • One Night of “Wedding Song”

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 2, 2009 | 3:49 am

    “Wedding Song,” a film about two teenage girlfriends, one Muslim and one Jewish, in 1942 Nazi-occupied Tunisia, will be presented for one evening only Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills.
    The film by Karin Albou (“La Petite Jerusalem”), is hosted by the LA Jewish Film Festival, in cooperation with the Levantine Cultural Center. For tickets, phone (800) 838-3006 or go to www.LAJFilmfest.org. Caution: film contains adult material and no one under 18 will be admitted.

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