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February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

'Iran 5' Released From Jail

The last five Jews still held in an Iranian prison have been released, according to a U.S. Jewish leader. "We welcome [the news] and hope that it will now... read full article

  • Fear & Duct Tape in Los Angeles

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory System was raised to Code Orange on Feb. 7, indicating a high risk of a terrorist attack, the anxiety level of the Jewish community in Los Angeles rose with it.

    "Our office staff was a lot more anxious that day, to say the least," said Rabbi...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ramon Memorial Service Held

    A state memorial service for Israel's first astronaut was held at an air force base near Ben-Gurion Airport. A plane carrying Col. Ilan Ramon's remains from the United States landed Monday and was taken to the base for the ceremony. Israeli President...

  • Our Eternal Light

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In every generation, there is one special individual whose life and deeds are a living, shining reflection of the Torah's commandment to "bring clear illuminating olive oil to keep the lamp constantly burning." This generation's ner tamid (eternal light) is Col. Ilan Ramon, z"l. My...

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  • The Need for Campus Activism

    By Roz Rothstein

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The level of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiments on our campuses has been hotly debated in recent months. Some see an alarming surge of pro-Palestinian prejudices that drown out and intimidate supporters of Israel -- and too often cross the line into anti-Semitism....

  • The Jews and Iraq

    By James D. Besser

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Pollsters didn't survey American Jews after last week's dramatic United Nations speech by Secretary of State Colin Powell, but if they did the results would probably show that the community is on the same wavelength as a confused, anxious American public.

    Ask any rabbi or community...

  • Not a Day Over 39

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In one of his most famous bits, comic Jack Benny was held up by a thug who demanded, "Your money or your life." His response was silence. And more silence. Then, desperately, "I'm thinking, I'm thinking!"

    The fiddle-playing Jewish comedian (1894-1974) dominated radio and TV for...

  • Ethical Considerations

    By Tom Tugend

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "We will study death, but in the service of the Jewish future," said Dr. Michael Berenbaum, explaining the primary mission of a newly created institute at the University of Judaism.

    The mission is also implicit in the name of the Sigi Ziering Institute for the Study of Ethics and...

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