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  • The ‘B’ Word: Jewish day schools take steps to prevent bullying

    5 days ago

    It’s tempting to think bullying would never happen among nice Jewish kids at a nice Jewish day school. But the statistics tell another story. 

    More than one-third of all youths overall have been bullied, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And a 2010 study...

  • Moving and shaking: Doc Rivers, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the ADL

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    “The city rests on a foundation of public safety,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the fourth annual Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) Los Angeles dinner honoring both the mayor and businessman Mitch Julis on Oct. 2 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  

    HSAC is a...

  • ADL alerts U.S. synagogues to protect against online hackers

    2 weeks ago

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has issued a security alert to Jewish institutions across the country concerning a potential uptick in the number of online attacks by foreign hackers targeting the websites of synagogues and other Jewish organizations, which could compromise...
  • Could artificial intelligence hold the key to fighting hate?

    3 weeks ago

    Last week, the Anti-Defamation League released a list of “Best Practices” to counter hate speech on the Internet. Sober and serious, it includes suggestions like “Share knowledge and help develop educational materials and programs that encourage critical thinking in both proactive...

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  • Biden regrets making ‘Shylock’ reference

    September 17, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged that he made a “poor choice of words” in using the term “Shylock” to describe unscrupulous lenders.

    Biden was reacting Wednesday to remarks by Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, in response to the vice president’s...

  • ADL briefs groups on online security

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2014 | 2:50 pm

    With the cyber era comes cyber threats. 

    That’s why the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) used its annual pre-High Holy Days security briefing to bring together more than 30 people from local synagogues and Jewish organizations to listen to law enforcement leaders and ADL leaders...

  • Ryan Kavanaugh, Relativity Media CEO, donates to four pro-Israel organizations

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2014 | 4:03 pm

    Ryan Kavanaugh, the 39-year-old CEO and founder of Relativity Media, is, to borrow the cliché, putting his money where his mouth is.

    On the heels of an Aug. 13 op-ed in the "Hollywood Reporter", in which he expressed support for the Jewish state while Israel was waging war with...

  • Shangri-La lawyers ready for another day in court

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 3, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    Four years after a group of Jewish partygoers accused a hotel owner of anti-Semitic discrimination — and two years after a jury found in favor of the group — the case is about to return to court. 

    Did Hotel Shangri-La owner Tehmina Adaya, on July 11, 2010, instruct her staff to...

  • Reflections on Sept. 1, 1939

    August 27, 2014 | 11:32 am

    Sept. 1, 2014, commemorates the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Poland. On that day in 1939, Germany launched the invasion of Poland, marking the beginning of hostilities in World War II.  Sixty million people died in the conflict over the next six years, including 6 million...

  • Flier with swastikas found in Westwood

    By Ryan Torok

    August 20, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    When a Jewish storeowner found a flier with swastikas on it underneath the door of his Westwood business on Aug. 12, it marked the third time this year that hateful fliers have found their way into public settings across Los Angeles, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

    ...
  • The masks are off: anti-Semitism across the world revealed its ugly self, and got out of hand

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 19, 2014 | 8:33 am

    Shouts of "Jews to the gas!"; An article claiming that "Israel’s military operation in Gaza showed why Jews "have been so frequently expelled."; A sign reading, "Well done Israel, Hitler would be proud,"; Use of the anti-Semitic blood libel...

    These are merely a few examples of...

  • Aided by ADL, a handful of high-profile Hollywood Jews respond to Israel-Gaza war

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 18, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    A handful of high-profile entertainment industry leaders have affixed their names to an open-letter formulated by the Anti-Defamation League calling for "decent people everywhere" to prevent the future rearming of Hamas, the militant Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip and...

  • Chelsea Handler’s Hitler comedy not funny, ADL says

    July 16, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    Were Hitler jokes taken too far on the late-night comedy show “Chelsea Lately”? The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) certainly thought so.

    “While we try to give comedians leeway and do not believe that Nazi jokes should be completely off-limits, this was an instance of taking a...

  • Talking ‘True Blood’ deeper meanings, sexual healings

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 2, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    Gregg Fienberg, the executive producer of HBO’s hit vampire saga “True Blood,” is nicknamed “Captain Chaos” by his cast and crew. It’s a nod to his knack for juggling myriad obstacles to bring the campy-sexy (and very expensive) supernatural thriller to the screen. 

    Based on the...

  • ADL condemns anti-Semitic remark by actor Gary Oldman; Says he ‘should know better’

    June 24, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    Reacting to published comments by actor Gary Oldman defending Mel Gibson’s past anti-Semitic comments as justifiable, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said Mr. Oldman “should know better than to repeat tired anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish control of Hollywood.”

    In an interview...

  • ADL welcomes Redskins’ patent revocation

    June 20, 2014 | 8:39 am

    The Anti-Defamation League welcomed the cancellation of the Washington Redskins trademark by the federal patent office.

    “The decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office represents a significant step forward in fighting prejudice, discrimination and hurtful stereotypes,...

  • Battleground California

    By Jared Sichel

    May 28, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    If only Lauren Rogers had known what she was getting herself into when she signed up to go to Israel.

    During UCLA’s winter break in December 2013, the rising senior and outgoing financial supports commissioner for UCLA’s Undergraduate Students Association (USAC) took an...

  • UCLA and the anti-Israel students, should we be worried?

    May 23, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    As I sat waiting to testify at Sunny Singh’s hearing before the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) undergraduate student judicial board on May 15, it occurred to me that on college campuses today, students seem to want to hear only from people with whom they agree. And I...

  • Sacred and profane: Philip Roth, onetime ‘enfant terrible,’ gets seminary honor

    May 23, 2014 | 11:12 am

    “What is being done to silence this man?” an American rabbi asked in a 1963 letter to the Anti-Defamation League. He was talking about the novelist Philip Roth, whose early novels and short stories cast his fellow American Jews in what some considered a none-too-flattering light.

    ...
  • UCLA student judicial board defeats SJP complaint, rules that sponsored Israel trips do not constitute conflict

    By Jared Sichel

    May 21, 2014 | 6:18 pm

    UCLA’s undergraduate judicial board — the student government’s equivalent of the Supreme Court — ruled Wednesday in a 4-0 vote that student government officers may take sponsored trips to Israel without it constituting a conflict of interest. Two of the judges abstained.

    The...

  • Moving and Shaking: ADL’s Entertainment Industry Awards, Bend the Arc gala

    By Ryan Torok

    May 21, 2014 | 11:48 am

    Actress, producer and philanthropist Roma Downey, who was born in Northern Ireland, speculated that Jesus must have been Irish, too.

    “Many wonder if Jesus was Irish. He never got married, he lived at home until he was 30, and his mother thought he was God,” she said, speaking to...

  • UCLA pro-Palestine groups gain ground with pledge signings

    By Jared Sichel

    May 14, 2014 | 10:38 am

    The pro-Palestine campus movement flexed its muscles again last week as 18 of 30 candidates for positions in UCLA’s student government signed a pledge to not take trips to Israel that are sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Anti-Defamation League...

  • ADL survey: More than a quarter of the world is anti-Semitic

    May 13, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    A lot of people around the world hate the Jews.

    That’s the main finding of the Anti-Defamation League’s largest-ever worldwide survey of anti-Semitic attitudes.

    The survey, released Tuesday, found that 26 percent of those polled — representing approximately 1.1 billion adults...

  • ADL survey: 26 percent of adults worldwide harbor anti-Semitic attitudes

    May 13, 2014 | 10:15 am

    More than one in four adults harbor anti-Semitic attitudes, a worldwide survey found.

    Some 26 percent of those surveyed for the ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism were found to be “deeply infected” with anti-Semitic attitudes, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which...

  • The Israel conversation we should be having

    May 12, 2014 | 11:01 am

    The recent vote by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations rejecting J Street’s membership bid was not entirely surprising. J Street had been reaching out to conference members and community contacts for weeks. We knew that gaining the necessary...

  • ADL creates bias-education curriculum for schools

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    May 7, 2014 | 11:37 am

    The controversy surrounding L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been the talk of the town since racist comments attributed to him were released at the end of April, so the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) thought it should be the responsible talk of schools as well.

    To educate...

  • School assignment in Rialto revised after ADL, Wiesenthal condemnation

    May 6, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    An assignment for eighth-graders in the Rialto Unified School District asking them to use critical thinking skills to determine whether or not the Holocaust occurred has been revised following condemnation by the local branch of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Simon...

  • How serious a problem is BDS, and what are Jewish organizations doing about it?

    April 30, 2014 | 10:41 am

    [Related: Should we fear BDS?]

    The authors reached out to a number of leading Jewish organizations, asking each the same two questions regarding the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement: How serious a problem is BDS, and what is your organization doing about it?

    American...

  • ADL’s Foxman explains his ‘yes’ on J Street, ZOA’s Klein his ‘no’

    April 29, 2014 | 11:16 am

    “There is more tolerance for dissent in Israel than in the Jewish community,” Abraham Foxman told me yesterday at the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Washington conference.

    That’s one reason the ADL’s national director gave for why it makes sense for J Street to be admitted to...

  • Jewish groups slam racist rant attributed to Donald Sterling

    April 28, 2014 | 8:27 am

    Jewish groups condemned the racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, the Jewish owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, called the remarks “reprehensible.”

    “If the National Basketball Association’s investigation...

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