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  • Solidarity in Israel Between the Left and the Ultra-Orthodox

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 13, 2014 | 7:00 am

    Alongside of hundreds of thousands of Haredim, who demonstrated earlier this week (2/3/2014) against forced military recruitment, dozens of activists joined a demonstration in Tel Aviv in solidarity with the ultra-Orthodox. The question is, what drives leftist activists to...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 28, 2013 | 12:32 pm

    Hadag Nahash is one of the biggest bands in Israel today. They started in Jerusalem, in 1996, and with their fresh combination of Hip Hop, rock, reggae and funk, made their way into Tel-Aviv's mainstream. Nowadays, their Middle-Eastern groove is taking over the charts and the...

  • Alan Gross’ wife urges activism on his behalf

    November 29, 2011 | 10:35 am

    The wife American contractor Alan Gross called for increased pressure on Congress and President Obama to get her husband released from a Cuban jail.

    Judy Gross spoke Monday at a protest on her husband’s behalf outside the Cuban Interests Section in Washington. The rally was...

  • ‘Rachel Corrie’ on stage: agitprop or art?

    By Tom Tugend

    August 23, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    “The American Jewish community has a problem keeping silent,” says scholar Michael Berenbaum, and he ascribes the “problem” to guilt over our collective failure to speak up during the Holocaust.

    In a very different time and on a vastly different scale, the option of silence...

  • Opinion: Israelis awakening to the power of grass-roots activism

    August 17, 2011 | 1:18 pm

    On a recent Saturday night, my wife and I waded into a sea of 6,000 protesters in Modiin as part of 12 other similarly staged rallies across Israel to demand social justice and greater accountability from our elected officials in Israel.

    This was Modiin, the newly created suburban...

  • A Time For Action

    By Sam Yebri

    October 27, 2009 | 9:12 pm

    By: Ramin Rabieian

    Last week, I attended a press conference at Beverly Hills City Hall, organized by Assemblymembers Mike Feuer and Bob Blumenfield.  They announced that they will introduce legislation prohibiting contracts between the State of California and companies with...

  • Southern California pastor protests in Beijing

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 8, 2008 | 7:14 pm

    Eddie Romero in his Beijing hotel

    Eddie Romero, a religion professor at Mt. San Antonio College whom AP is referring to as a pastor, painted this protest the walls of his Beijing hotel. After recording this “Gadfly in Beijing” video, he went into hiding. The LA Times’ Olympics blog...

  • The seminar of a lifetime

    By Chelsea and Hayley Golub

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As we stepped off the bus into McPherson Park in the middle of Washington, D.C., many emotions flooded through our minds. We were scared, we were nervous, but mostly, we were excited. McPherson Park was only a couple of blocks away from the White House. There was much irony in this...
  • The Bloods, the Crips and the rabbi

    By Tom Tugend

    January 18, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In 1970, Abraham David Cooper was arrested by Washington police during a sit-in across from the Soviet embassy and put behind bars in a jammed holding cell. The then-20-year old Yeshiva College student came away from the experience with two important observations that may have...
  • Street fight

    By David Suissa

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The Brooklyn-born activist rose from his seat, walked slowly to the microphone, cleared his throat, and in front of a couple of hundred fellow activists assembled in an auditorium on a chilly Wednesday night, expressed his righteous indignation.

    "We are tired of being used as...

  • College students are a new breed of philanthropists

    By Celia Soudry

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's not uncommon for well-established, wealthy members of a community to donate money to various causes, but these days, there's a new breed of philanthropist in town -- the college student.

    University Hillels throughout Southern California are developing philanthropy and...

  • Look for the Overlooked

    By Rachel Sisk

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I must have learned at an early age the Jewish prohibition against separating oneself from the community. Although naturally shy, my proclivity toward being with others has been a constant in my life.

    With my hyper-responsible, Type-A, first-born personality, I think that I may...

  • Falash Mura Wait and Hope

    By Sophia Kay

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I pulled my rubber-duck-yellow poncho over my head and trudged through the dirt of the open sewage and trash in the shantytown, trying to breathe through my mouth. I was in Ethiopia with my mother and a mission from United Jewish Communities (UJC) and I could smell the people's...

  • A 10-Step Guide to Helping Israel

    By Amy Klein

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As the conflict in Israel continues, Jewish groups are focusing their efforts -- financial, spiritual, intellectual, personal and practical -- on ways to help Israel. The following list -- by no means comprehensive -- includes 10 things you can do to help Israel.

    1. Write a Letter to...

  • Family Law Center Thanks Its Founding ‘Angel’

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you meet Grace Quinn sunning herself on the patio of her home at Westwood Horizons Retirement Residence or pushing her bright red walker in Trader Joe's, you wouldn't guess that this nonagenarian is one of the founders of Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center.

    In 1981, a...

  • A Side of L.A. the Tour Books Don’t Mention

    By Naomi Glauberman

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I'll admit to a bit of initial wariness about a bus tour through Inglewood, Lennox and Hawthorne, sponsored a couple of Sundays ago by the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA). The three communities just east of LAX have poverty and crime rates far exceeding the averages in L.A....

  • Panama Solar Project Shows Power of Tikkun Olam

    By Steve Factor

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At 7 a.m., after a long, grueling red-eye journey from Los Angeles, our plane landed on a narrow runway carved out of the lush rainforest deep in a remote island area of the Panamanian outback. As my son, Adam, 13, and I trudged off the plane, 40 smiling Kuna natives eagerly...

  • Seniors’ Deeds Pave Path for Future

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Parents and pundits, you may breathe a sigh of relief. The Class of 2006 -- or at least The Jewish Journal's not-so-random sampling of the class of 2006 -- will put to rest any notion that this plugged in but wireless, overscheduled but doted upon and supersavvy but still so na?ve...

  • Community Briefs

    By Melissa Maroff

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Westly Wants Pension Funds to Snub Iran

    California State Controller Steve Westly called on the state's two largest pensions to check whether they have holdings in companies that would be subject to Iran-related sanctions.

    "As fiduciaries protecting our retirees' benefits, we must...

  • A.M.E., Rhythm and Jews

    By Erin Aubry Kaplan

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's Friday night, and as I wander toward the entrance of Temple Emanuel, a Reform synagogue in Beverly Hills, an usher approaches and asks brightly, "Are you with the choir?"

    I'm African American, but I'm not with the choir, at least not with the choir of Temple Bryant A.M.E....

  • South African Judge Inspires Redemption

    By Laureen Lazarovici

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When he turned 6 in 1941, Albie Sachs received a birthday card from his father, Solly, a union leader in South Africa. The card read: "Many happy returns, and may you grow up to be a soldier in the fight for liberation."

    It would be less a wish than a prophecy. The younger Sachs...

  • A Developing Reputation

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    This Time They're Ready for the Wave

    Special Report

    A Developing Reputation - Messinger channels Jewish help to non-Jewish world


    The two young, sari-clad women, one in blue and one in orange, stand in the thatched-roof meeting hall, take...

  • Activists Strategize on Hotel Contracts

    By Bobbi Murray

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The gala dinner was like many others at the Century Plaza Hotel, featuring festive centerpieces atop crisp tablecloths, well-dressed guests exchanging greetings and servers bustling about offering trays of beverages.

    However, this event wasn't actually inside the hotel. Set in front...

  • All Saints’ IRS Fight Gets Jewish Support

    By Eric Berkowitz

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For a church facing an assault from the Internal Revenue Service, the outspoken clergy of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena acted neither fearful nor repentant Sunday.

    The IRS is "welcome in our pews," said Rector J. Edwin Bacon to loud applause, but "not welcome in our...

  • The Downer in Me

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    People always tell me that I am a downer, constantly talking about the world's problems here, genocide there; conflict here, poverty there.

    Nobody ever wants to talk to me at a party!

    However, I also have a deep spiritual side, one that is open to the beauty and wonder of a...

  • Rabbis Call for Day of Fasting for Darfur

    By Julie G Fax

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Because the quintessential Jewish celebration -- of life, of survival, of victory -- always involves food, it only makes sense that a Jewish response to tragedy involves fasting.

    Rabbis from all denominations are calling upon Jews in Los Angeles to participate in a day of fasting,...

  • Do ISM Activists Exploit Birthright?

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    When Vicki Kaplan's Birthright Israel trip finished, the Los Angeles native wasn't sure what she wanted to do. Kaplan definitely wanted to stay longer in Israel, so she extended her ticket, but the politically active college student wasn't sure where she should take her activism.

  • Taking Note of 2004

    By Bill Boyarsky

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Last week, I pulled out a big, unsorted folder from my desk filled with material I had used for my Jewish Journal columns. Early in my

    career, I was taught to take notes on folded sheets of paper, my employer being too cheap to buy notebooks. After finishing the story, we reporters...

  • Body Shop Sorry for Palestinian Award

    By David Finnigan

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Body Shop, a British-based retailer of personal care products, is apologizing for a 2002 human rights award it gave to a Palestinian group. The action comes after a Los Angeles-based boycott campaign caught the attention of The Body Shop and Jewish leaders.

    Jewish activists...

  • Episcopal Church Mulls Divestment

    By David Finnigan

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish leaders are displeased with another mainline Protestant church's call for divestment of church funds from companies doing business with Israel, with Southern California clergy trying to quell what could be an interfaith nightmare. "Obviously one of our fears when the...
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