Jewish Journal

Cover of February 21-27, 2014 Jewish Journal

The black Holocaust: Will America re-examine its shame?

By Danielle Berrin

There is a scene in “12 Years a Slave” when the white plantation owner Epps, played by Michael Fassbender, discovers that his prized “Queen of the Fields,” a slave called Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o), is missing. Out on an


(February 21-27, 2014: Volume 28, Number 50)

  • Ari Shavit: The promised man

    By Rob Eshman

    February 20, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    If you want to see what prophecy looks like among Jews in the early part of the 21st century, follow Ari Shavit around Los Angeles.

  • Replace Foxman with Seinfeld

    By David Suissa

    February 18, 2014 | 6:18 pm

    It’s not easy being the head of an organization like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), where you’re faced daily with this paradox: The more anti-Semitism and examples of bigotry you uncover, the more money and support you raise. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it just means...

  • Egalitarian marriages and sex

    By Dennis Prager

    February 20, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    Two weeks ago, the New York Times Magazine published a 6,000-word article, “Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?” by Los Angeles-based psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb. It challenges some of the most preciously held ideas of feminism and progressivism.

  • BDS debate: A tale of two universities

    by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin and Ari Hier

    February 19, 2014 | 12:12 pm

    David Klein is a mathematics professor at California State University, Northridge. David Lloyd is a literature professor at the University of California, Riverside.

  • BDS and Oxfam — major Super Bowl fail

    by Gerald M. Steinberg

    February 19, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    The political war against Israel, waged through a highly aggressive campaign of “boycotts, divestment and sanctions” (BDS), received its biggest defeat at the Super Bowl in New York and on hundreds of millions of screens around the world.

  • The Egypt flip-flop

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 19, 2014 | 1:10 pm

  • French charge anti-Israel speech as criminal

    by Cnaan Liphshiz

    February 20, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    When Farida Trichine and 11 of her friends burst into a French supermarket in 2009 and began applying stickers with anti-Israel slogans to vegetables imported from the Jewish state, she expected to be escorted from the store by police.

  • Relationship skills bloom with help of ‘Flowers’

    By Ryan Torok

    February 20, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    Behind my mask, I am happy and loyal,” a teenage girl says, lifting a mask off her face. “Because of my mask, I am very shy,” another girl says, removing a face covering. “We are beautiful, and so are you,” eight girls say in unison, standing in a row, facing their audience.

  • Eden Cemetery trial begins

    By Jared Sichel

    February 11, 2014 | 6:02 pm

    The trial in the 2009 lawsuit against Eden Memorial Park, a Jewish cemetery, began Tuesday with opening statements from both sides at the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse downtown

  • Milken holds TED talks

    By Ryan Torok

    February 20, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Dressed in a chic outfit, Milken Community Schools senior Maddy Levine told a crowd of her peers, educators and others that fashion choices aren’t superficial or accidental. Far from it — we can learn much from them.

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    February 20, 2014 | 3:31 pm

    Milken Community Schools has named Kimberly Schwartz as principal of its upper school campus as of Feb. 4. She had been named to the post on an interim basis on Jan. 1, succeeding Roger Fuller.

  • David O. Russell’s lovable crooks

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 19, 2014 | 2:30 pm

  • Kibbutz dance troupe: A global phenomenom

    by Jonathan Maseng

    February 20, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    For the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, dance is more than just an art form, it’s family. The Israeli-based KCDC, founded more than 40 years ago by Holocaust survivor Yehudit Arnon and led today by choreographer Rami Be’er, is a rare entity in the dance world.

  • Calendar February 22-28

    By Laura Donney

    February 19, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Temple Isaiah and First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME) are joining forces to remind us all how powerful a bit of peace can be.

  • Good things come to those who wait

    by Leslee Komaiko

    February 19, 2014 | 1:26 pm

    Apparently Burt Kopelow didn’t get the memo that you’re supposed to slow down as you approach 90.

  • Art from the ashes

    by Gerri Miller

    February 20, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    Nearly six years ago, photographer Billy Blake narrowly escaped a fire that destroyed his Malibu home — and with it, his life’s work.

  • Obituaries

    February 19, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Helen Ameti died Jan. 17 at 89. Survived by daughter Ann (Sam) Rubinfeld; son Irving (Rochelle); 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

  • Letters to the editor: Disabilities in the Jewish community, rain and saving Judaism

    February 19, 2014 | 2:40 pm

    Thanks, Rob Eshman, for making this issue more salient (“Jews Without Harvard,” Feb. 14). My three children tested as “gifted” or “highly-gifted” and I’m glad I pulled them out of the specialized highly-gifted schools, and out of a culture that worshiped such a narrow part of the skills necessary to build a full life and a healthy culture.

  • Unlikely friends: A bully learns forgiveness from his victim

    by Jonathan Maseng

    February 20, 2014 | 3:31 pm

    Every year around Oscar season, film buffs scramble to see as many of the nominated movies as possible.

  • Melissa Rivers’ business of guilty pleasures

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    February 18, 2014 | 1:32 pm

    Eighteen years ago, Joan Rivers and her daughter, Melissa, had an idea.