Jewish Journal

Cover of January 24-30, 2014 Jewish Journal

Holocaust in North Korea

by Jared Sichel

As Shin Dong-hyuk crawled over his friend’s lifeless body, the 23-year-old North Korean could feel the electric current shooting through him.

(January 24-30, 2014: Volume 28, Number 46)

  • Letter from Shin Dong-hyuk

    January 24, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    I learned of the history of the Jewish people for the first time in South Korea, after my escape from political prison Camp 14 in North Korea. I also learned about the horrific Holocaust, the genocide suffered by the Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis some 70 years ago.

  • Auschwitz in North Korea

    By Rob Eshman

    January 23, 2014 | 10:43 am

    This week’s cover story by Jared Sichel is one of the most important pieces the Jewish Journal has published in our 28-year history.

  • Jonathan Pollard case is about America

    By David Suissa

    January 22, 2014 | 9:52 am

    America is far from being an anti-Semitic country. In fact, it might be the first country in Jewish history where it’s actually “cool” to be Jewish. That’s one reason I’ve been so reluctant over the years to weigh in on the Jonathan Pollard affair — I’m so in love with this country and all it’s done for the Jews that the last thing I want is to appear ungrateful or, worse, disloyal.

  • What is nachas?

    By Dennis Prager

    January 22, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    The traditional wish that Jews offer fellow Jews is “May you have nachas from your children.” Nachas is understood to be pride and joy. And for most Jews, pride and joy from their children is the greatest blessing in life.

  • Omar Barghouti at UCLA: No to BDS, no to occupation

    January 23, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    BDS is poison and Omar Barghouti is its purveyor. On Jan. 15, I subjected myself to a tirade of anti-Israel fulminations by BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti.

  • Omar Barghouti at UCLA: A speaker who brings hate

    January 16, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), is on the road again with his anti-Israel show and its pack of bigotry and lies.

  • Still a Jewish seat in 3rd District?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    January 22, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    The campaign to succeed long-serving L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky in the 3rd District reveals much about how Los Angeles Jewish politics is evolving.

  • AIPAC’s tough sanctions choice

    January 23, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    In previous AIPAC versus White House dustups, the pro-Israel lobbying group’s strategy was to speak softly and let Congress carry the big stick.

  • UNESCO postpones Israeli-Jewish history show

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    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 Wiesenthal Center, the Los-Angeles-based NGO that co-sponsored the exhibit with UNESCO, said he hoped Jews around the world would voice their displeasure with the decision.

  • Who’s afraid of the African asylum seekers of South Tel Aviv?

    By Simone Wilson

    January 23, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    As a general rule in Tel Aviv, if your taxi driver is still gabbing about a national news event — more often than not, with a conservative slant — you can bet the topic is also trending citywide.

  • Sasha Abramsky: Still fighting the war on poverty

    January 23, 2014 | 5:18 pm

    In his new book, “The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives” (Nation Books, $26.99), journalist Sasha Abramsky interviews a couple unable to qualify for Medicaid because of the monetary value of the burial plots they bought to avoid being buried in a pauper’s cemetery one day.

  • Habonim Dror’s path to engagement

    By Roberto Loiederman

    January 23, 2014 | 3:46 pm

    The Pew Research Center’s study on American Jews, released in early October, triggered much handwringing about the finding that 20 percent — referred to as “Jews of no religion” — see themselves as Jewish because of culture or ancestry, not because of any connection to the religion.

  • Moving and Shaking: Tommy Lasorda visits TEBH, Yiddishkayt names new development director

    By Ryan Torok

    January 23, 2014 | 5:25 pm

    Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, 86, was the center of attention during Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills’ “Baseball Day” on Jan. 14, and his star power was enough to draw more than 150 attendees.

  • Israeli sextet revives Rossi

    January 23, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    The more the world learns of the influential but elusive Renaissance composer Salomone Rossi, the more the Israeli sextet Profeti della Quinta seems to be on hand to help further that education.

  • You can’t take it with you?

    January 23, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    After a successful eight-and-a-half month run off-Broadway in 2009, “Don’t Leave It All to Your Children,” a musical-comedy revue aimed at encouraging the older generation to live life to the fullest, has recently opened at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.

  • Calendar January 25-31

    By Laura Donney

    January 22, 2014 | 11:20 am

    Sometimes there is such thing as a free lunch. SoCal Museums is bringing you its ninth annual day of free art and culture, with 20 Southern California museums banding together to get you through their doors.

  • Jonathan Medved: The venture activist

    By Jared Sichel

    January 23, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    When it comes to Israel, Jonathan Medved has no interest in watching from the sidelines.

  • Letters to the editor: UCLA’s agenda, Eshman’s pomegranate tree and the wealthy Americans

    January 22, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Dennis Prager contends that American university curricula promote a liberal agenda (“UCLA’s Further Deterioration,” Jan. 10). In fact, the opposite is true.

  • Down-to-Earth Sinai: Parashat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    January 23, 2014 | 3:06 pm

    I just returned from a four-day alumni retreat for rabbis and cantors who had taken part in an Institute for Jewish Spirituality program designed to deepen our own spiritual commitments.

  • Obituaries

    January 22, 2014 | 10:15 am

    Leonard Baum died Dec. 31 at 85. Survived by wife Marilyn; daughter Marla (Mark) Saltzman; sons Bruce (Lynn), Stuart; 4 grandchildren; sister Betty Novicoff. Mount Sinai