Jewish Journal

  • Hagel and the Jewish lobby: much ado about nothing

    By Mark Paredes

    January 23, 2013 | 12:05 am

    As a proud member of the “Jewish lobby” cited inartfully by former Senator Chuck Hagel, I fail to understand why some conservatives are pulling out all the stops in what I predict will be a futile effort to derail his nomination to be the next Secretary of Defense.

    The other day... read on

  • “Day of Judaism” for Mormons

    By Mark Paredes

    January 16, 2013 | 10:37 pm

    Tomorrow marks the Day of Judaism (Giorno del Giudaismo) for the Catholic Church in Italy, an annual occasion for reflection and the promotion of Catholic-Jewish ties. It has been held since 1990, and the Italian Jewish community has participated for more than a decade. This is a... read on

  • Antidote for anti-Semitism? “I’m a Jew”

    By Mark Paredes

    January 11, 2013 | 10:09 pm

    After reading Welshman Tom Doran’s essay on his intellectual journey from the anti-Zionist left to mainstream Zionism in this week’s Jewish Journal, I couldn’t help but wonder what else Jews could do to combat ant-Zionism and/or anti-Semitism in Europe. I happened to pose this... read on

  • Gallup: Mormons most religious, Jews least religious

    By Mark Paredes

    January 5, 2013 | 10:28 pm

    In a Gallup poll released on Christmas Eve, Mormons were the “most religious” of any faith group surveyed by far – 87% of us said that our religion was important to our daily lives, and 81% of us attend worship services at least monthly. At the other end of the spectrum, Jews were... read on

  • Mormons react to the closing of Junior’s Deli

    By Mark Paredes

    December 30, 2012 | 6:45 pm

    ”Mark, did you hear about this? Heartbreaking! Going to Junior's after the temple was tradition for a lot of us in La Crescenta. Funny how many Mormons have a connection to this fab deli!”

    This Facebook message from my friend Christa Woodall was how I first learned of tomorrow’s... read on

  • Frank Pastore, Mormons, and Jimmy Carter

    By Mark Paredes

    December 23, 2012 | 9:18 pm

    Today my wife and I decided to get into the Christmas spirit by attending the baptism of Tsaschikher, a 19-year-old Mongolian college student. About 25% of the Christians in Mongolia are Mormons, and our congregation was only too happy to welcome yet another Mongolian into the LDS... read on

  • My trip to Romania: the Holocaust, Antonescu, and upwardly mobile Mormons

    By Mark Paredes

    December 19, 2012 | 11:30 pm

    Having just returned from a trip to my lovely wife’s frigid yet enchanting homeland (the temperature reached -20°C at times), my thoughts naturally turn to my new Romanian family, the world’s best pretzels (covrigi) and apple strudels, and Jewish and Mormon matters.

    When we... read on

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Mark Paredes is a Mormon Bishop and a member of the Jewish Relations Committee of the LDS Church’s Southern California Public Affairs Council. He has worked for the ZOA, the...

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