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Volume 29, Number 24

August 15-21, 2014

Cover of August 15-21, 2014 Jewish Journal

During the past month of fighting in the Gaza Strip — a rectangle of desert and farmland along Israel’s southern coast, home to 1.8 million Palestinians — a small boy with a shy smile lost his big brother.

The view from Israel: Pondering the chances of a long-term solution
Cover Story

Just after the start of the initial 72-hour cease fire last week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) encouraged residents of communities near its southern border who had left during the war to return to their homes.

On Gaza border, a mother hangs on
David Suissa

Hila Fenlon, a 36-year-old farmer and mother of two, lives in Netiv Hasara, a small Israeli village of 400 residents that caresses the Gaza border. Hila is not religious, but she loves to use the word “miracle.”

After the fog of war: An early assessment of the Israel-Gaza conflict

It is far too early to assess the impact of the latest war in Gaza, but still some preliminary thoughts are in order:

Safest place for Arabs is Israel
David Suissa

In a Twitter world of one-second images and three-second sound bites, it’s not surprising that Israel would be seen by most of the world as an enemy of Arabs.

The secret of Warren Bennis’s success
Marty Kaplan

Though the size of Warren Bennis’s obituary in the New York Times was epic – all six columns across, filling most of the space above the fold on the back page of the A section – its text made no mention of something about him I always thought inextricable from who he was and the success he achieved.

Dear Ryan Kavanaugh: Thank you

Last week, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh became the first major Hollywood executive to publicly oppose a letter condemning Israel signed by Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.

Hamas’ global support network must be targeted

The recent Gaza conflict again has revealed that Hamas is not alone in its campaign against Israel.

Cartoon: Hamas’ version of the ‘Iron Dome’
Greenberg's View

Argentine children of ‘Disappeared’ learn of Jewish parentage

When Mariana Perez was a teenager, whenever she went out to dance and met a boy she liked, she would ask his age. If she was older than he was, she wouldn’t get involved, because there was a chance he might be her younger brother, one of the 500 babies abducted during Argentina’s military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983.

Swedish University to archive Ravensbrück survivors’ stories
Los Angeles

"We arrived at the Ravensbrück concentration camp in October 1944, were led to a steam bath, and our hair was cut off."

Memories of Ravensbrück
Los Angeles

By the time she turned 8 and arrived in a cattle car at the Ravensbrück concentration camp for women and children, Eva Katz had survived forced labor in a brick factory and heard the rifle shots that killed her mother.

Moving and shaking
Los Angeles

American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU) has promoted Sheri Kaufer, 54, to the position of executive director of its Los Angeles region.

Pianist Inon Barnatan to bewitch audience with one of Mozart’s greatest concertos

Soloists such as Van Cliburn and, more recently, Lang Lang, made their mark on the world’s stage at a relatively young age. But such careers often hit a plateau or, worse, suffer burnout. Other artists, like the 35-year-old Israeli-born pianist Inon Barnatan, grow more gradually.

Lazer Lloyd, Israel’s king of Blues, comes to L.A.

Lazer Lloyd has been dubbed Israel’s king of the blues, but, for the last few weeks, you could say his entire country has been singing the blues.

Mark Kligman fills new Mickey Katz chair at UCLA

Mickey Katz is a name not well known to most young Americans, or even young American Jews, but his influence on popular culture has been significant.

Calendar August 16-22

It’s a big night for Broadway’s home away from home — Hollywood! Under the direction of David Galligan and the musical direction of Gerald Sternbach, some of the stage’s best will perform some stage favorites.

Why I Don’t Want to Die

“Mom – are you afraid that I will forget you?”

New Israeli study links brain hyperactivity to Alzheimer’s

An Israeli research team has announced new findings that link Alzheimer’s disease to brain hyperactivity and says its research helps explain why so many patients who have this debilitating disease run a high risk of seizures.

Hava’s Kitchen: Healthy home-cooked comfort food with global flavors

There’s nothing more comforting than a home-cooked meal — even if it’s not cooked in your home.

Torah portion: Remembering the journey
Torah Portion

Many in the latest generation of women rabbis don’t think of themselves as feminists. For them, being a rabbi is a birthright; they grew up with women rabbis. They have little sense of what it took to get to this point.

Menahem Golan, Veteran Israeli Film Producer, dies at 85

Menahem Golan, a pioneer of Israeli cinema who made a splash in Hollywood with B-movie action flicks in the 1980s, died on Aug. 8. He was 85.

Letters to the editor: Listening to teachers and understanding Israel and Hamas
Letters to the Editor

I would like to comment on Rob Eshman’s recent editorial in the Jewish Journal “Peaceniks for Murder” (Aug. 8).

Last Week's Jewish Journal

August 15-21, 2014

For what? In Gaza, Simone Wilson finds bitter resolve. In Israel, Shmuel Rosner ponders the chances of a long-term solution.

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