Jewish Journal

Cover of February 14-20, 2014 Jewish Journal

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin finds her strength in superheroes, from Moses to the X-Men

by Rachel Heller Zaimont

On a brisk December evening, Rabbi Stephanie Kolin stepped up to a microphone to address some 50 immigrants and advocates from a cross-section of civil rights organizations, including Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus and the National...

(February 14-20, 2014: Volume 28, Number 49)

  • Jewish values at heart of immigration reform

    February 12, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Last May, an unusual delegation arrived at the State Capitol building in Sacramento: a contingent of some 50 Reform Jews, clergy and lay leaders, hailing from congregations across California.

  • Jews without Harvard

    By Rob Eshman

    February 12, 2014 | 11:39 am

    This is the time of year when the Golden Children of our tribe are being anointed by the nation’s finest colleges and universities. These kids have traveled a long road to glory — GPA, SAT, AP, interviews, essays, common apps.

  • California needs water –
    and Israel

    By David Suissa

    February 12, 2014 | 11:46 am

    While the leaders of California universities have been busy discussing whether or not to endorse an academic boycott of Israel — and generally weighing in against it — they are overlooking a much more productive way to single out the Jewish state:

  • Disabled workers and minimum wage

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 12, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    With a major focus on jobs in President Barack Obama’s second term, people with disabilities worry that they will be left behind.

  • The Flappy Bird of Paradise

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 10, 2014 | 10:16 am

    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but Flappy Bird is definitely not just a game.

  • For the sin of destroying God’s creation

    February 12, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    Even with a few recent showers here in Southern California, we are in the midst of what is, according to some scientists, “the worst drought in 500 years.”

  • If boycott is anti-academic what do we call its leaders?

    By Judea Pearl

    February 5, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    I am writing to you as an alumnus of NYU-affiliated school who is deeply concerned with the recent boycott resolution by the American Studies Association (ASA) and its adverse impact on the reputation of NYU.

  • The Beatles: Yesterday

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 12, 2014 | 3:14 pm

  • LAPD scopes out Israeli drones, ‘Big Data’ solutions

    By Simone Wilson

    February 13, 2014 | 10:18 am

    For the first nine days of February, eight of the Los Angeles Police Department’s top brass were 7,500 miles away from home, being shuttled around Israel in a minibus.

  • Israel’s visa waiver chances dim

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 13, 2014 | 10:29 am

    Right now, an Israeli citizen who wants to travel to the United States has to contend with long lines at the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv and a long wait to see if the visa application will be approved. Even Miss Israel had to cancel an appearance at an event in New York last year because she couldn’t get a visa in time.

  • Billionaire Stewart Rahr sets sights on Israel

    February 13, 2014 | 11:14 am

    In the course of a few short days last month, billionaire philanthropist Stewart Rahr spent half a million dollars to bring Holocaust survivors to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps in Poland; then he flew on to Israel, where he doubled the size of a fleet of emergency medical response vehicles, connected with a charity that helps Jewish and Arab special-needs children and another that feeds Israel’s poor; held back-to-back meetings with other charities and politicians anxious for a chance to interest the fast-moving Rahr’s generous fancy and capped it all off with a private meeting with President Shimon Peres.

  • Praying with presidents

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 13, 2014 | 10:52 am

    U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have had rough public relationships with religious leaders.

  • Super Sunday raises $1.3 million

    By Ryan Torok

    February 13, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    More than 400 volunteers, including 300 phone bankers, helped The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles raise an excess of $1.3 million this month on Super Sunday, the phone-a-thon that marks the beginning of its annual fundraising campaign.

  • Countergraffiti on already-defaced Workmen’s Circle wall

    February 7, 2014 | 8:55 am

    A previously defaced mural in a largely Orthodox Jewish neighborhood has now been marked further with graffiti, changing the words “Free Palestine!!!” to “F--- Palestine!!!” using a expletive.

  • ‘Free Palestine’ graffiti defaces Pico-Robertson mural

    February 6, 2014 | 9:50 am

    The Journal has been unable to determine when the graffiti had been spray-painted onto the building, as the center could not be reached immediately for an interview on Thursday morning.

  • Charged with $33 million in fraud, two LA Jews flee to Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    February 5, 2014 | 5:30 pm

    Two former residents of the Fairfax District have been indicted by a federal grand jury for committing more than $33 million in fraud, following an investigation during which the FBI says they fled to Israel.

  • L.A. attorney challenges Klein for ZOA top job

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 13, 2014 | 10:39 am

    In the past two years, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton Klein has had to defend himself against three lawsuits from two different fired employees, weather the temporary loss of his organization’s tax-exempt status and undergo heart surgery. At the end of 2013, he earned the dubious distinction of being named by The Jewish Daily Forward as one the five most “overpaid” leaders of Jewish organizations.

  • Birthright the ‘LA way’

    By Julie Bien

    February 12, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    When registration opens Feb. 19, a Birthright trip sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles geared specifically toward entertainment professionals will represent the first time that young adults up to age 29 will be allowed to take part in the free Israel program.

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    February 13, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    Rabbi David Ellenson, immediate past president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and Sue Neuman Hochberg, chair of the HUC-JIR Western Region Board of Overseers, were honored with a musical tribute at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Feb. 9.

  • At 110, holocaust survivor finds sustenance in music

    By Tom Tugend

    February 7, 2014 | 10:34 am

    During her lifespan of 110 years, Alice Herz-Sommer has been an accomplished concert pianist, teacher, prisoner in Theresienstadt, wife and mother, and now she is the star of an Oscar-nominated documentary.

  • Confederate Jews, ‘Asher Lev’ enliven L.A. stages

    By Tom Tugend

    February 12, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    Just when you thought Jewish theater in Los Angeles was comatose, two plays, “The Whipping Man” and “My Name Is Asher Lev” are on the boards this month.

  • Cantors unite in song

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    February 12, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    Cantor Samuel Cohen understands that music has the power to unite people from every walk of life.

  • Twisted tale of Demjanjuk

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 12, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    Among Nazi war criminals who have faced justice, ranging from Hermann Goering to Adolf Eichmann, we find John Demjanjuk, who was charged with participating in the murder of 29,060 Jews as a guard at the Sobibor concentration camp.