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  • 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

  • Mormon Church launches website on gay issues

    By Mark Paredes

    December 9, 2012 | 12:22 am

    I felt a lot like Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky this week: excited about progress in my faith’s relationship with the gay community that may not represent a large doctrinal shift but is nevertheless very significant. Yesterday the LDS Church unveiled a new website, “Love One Another: A... read on

  • Gordis vs Brous: Impressions from a sermon and a Torah Slam

    By Mark Paredes

    December 3, 2012 | 6:15 pm

    Like many Jewish Journal readers, I have followed the rather personal exchange between Rabbis Daniel Gordis and Sharon Brous over Israel. Since I have never met Rabbi Gordis, and have had only a few personal interactions with Rabbi Brous, I had intended to sit this one out.... read on

  • Jews and Mormons celebrate the 1947 UN vote creating Israel

    By Mark Paredes

    December 3, 2012 | 12:05 am

    I was only too happy to accept the invitation of my friend Dr. Judea Pearl to attend last week’s commemoration/celebration at the AJU of the 1947 UN vote that created the State of Israel in Palestine. He’s been trying to make this happen for several years, and I was glad to be... read on

  • Pluralism in Israel: Temple Emanuel and King Solomon

    By Mark Paredes

    November 27, 2012 | 12:39 am

    Like just about every other blogger for the Jewish Journal, I found myself at Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills this evening to watch Jewish Journal Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman lead an Israeli consul general, a female Conservative rabbi, an Orthodox lawyer, two female Reform rabbis,... 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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