Jewish Journal

Presbyterian Prophets and Israel

By Mark Paredes

June 18, 2010 | 1:01 am

Is Helen Thomas a Presbyterian?

One could be forgiven for wondering this after reading “Breaking Down the Walls,” a lengthy report on the Israeli/Palestinian dispute by the Presbyterian... read on

  • Tithing vs Donald Sterling

    By Mark Paredes

    June 14, 2010 | 11:56 pm

    I gave a speech tonight to volunteers at the Mormon Temple in Los Angeles, one of the most pro-Jewish groups imaginable. One of the attendees was the great-grandson of LDS apostle Orson Hyde, who dedicated the Land of Israel for the gathering of the Jews in 1841, and he affirmed that... read on

  • Israeli PR, Polygamy and World Cup

    By Mark Paredes

    June 10, 2010 | 12:26 am

    Why isn’t Israel’s PR better? Last Monday I gave a briefing on the Middle East to members of a synagogue men’s group, and that question seemed to be on everyone’s mind. Why can’t Israel put some of its much-touted brainpower to use on the winning-hearts-and-minds front?... read on

  • Two Sides of Heaven

    By Mark Paredes

    June 6, 2010 | 11:52 pm

    What a wonderful Mormon/Jewish weekend. I am one of the few Mormons to have a goddaughter (the practice does not exist in our faith), and Saturday night was Shaina’s first art exhibit. I marveled at the talent of this precocious 13-year-old and was only too happy to purchase... read on

  • Promoting Jewish Values in a Mormon Way

    By Mark Paredes

    June 4, 2010 | 12:45 am

    At a briefing for Jewish leaders (and honorary Jews) in Los Angeles held earlier this week, the Israeli Consul General led a spirited discussion of recent events with an audience of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, secular, religious, gay, straight, Republican, Democratic, Persian,... read on

  • Bibi, Turks and Genocide

    By Mark Paredes

    June 2, 2010 | 1:26 am

    As I was preparing a blog post on a dialogue between two Conservative rabbis on process theology and Judaism, I received an urgent phone call from the Israeli Prime Minister’s office asking me to prepare a statement to be read by Mr. Netanyahu at a press conference tomorrow morning.... read on

  • Red Lines

    By Mark Paredes

    May 31, 2010 | 1:51 am

    Who is not a Jew? That was the question on my mind last week as I reflected on the legacy of Moishe Rosen, a man who brought more heartache to Jewish parents than anyone in a generation. Few Jews lamented the passing of the Jew by birth who became a Baptist minister and subsequently... read on

  • Mormons, Jews and Immigration

    By Mark Paredes

    May 28, 2010 | 12:44 am

    While standing outside the Grdešić family homestead in Golek, Slovenia last fall, I reflected on my great-grandmother’s departure from the six-family village more than a century ago on a one-way journey that would take her and her husband-to-be to the small Slovenian community in... 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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