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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... 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

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  • 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

  • Are Mormons Zionists?

    By Mark Paredes

    May 26, 2010 | 1:46 am

    Zi·on·ism
    \ˈzī-ə-ˌni-zəm\
    an international movement originally for the establishment of a Jewish national or religious community in Palestine and later for the support of modern Israel

    After speaking to a bright, enthusiastic group of Mormon college students last year in... read on

  • A Great Miracle

    By Mark Paredes

    May 24, 2010 | 11:57 am

    While shopping for gifts at the Mitzvah Store a few months ago, I had the good fortune to run into Elaine Hall, the bubbly, charming director of Nes Gadol (“Great Miracle”), an innovative program at Vista Del Mar that provides religious education for autistic children. As the proud... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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

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