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  • Harvey Schechter, former ADL regional director, dies at 91

    11 hours ago

    Harvey Bernard Schechter died peacefully at the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda on May 23, 2015, at the age of 91. Harvey is survived by his wife of sixty years, Hope Schechter of Beverly Hills, his nephew Bruce Schechter of Sherman Oaks and many additional family members and...

  • Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

    5 days ago

    Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation.

    On Thursday, the ADL announced that Gaga had received its Making a Difference award for “work championing positive social change.”

    “The Foundation shares ADL’s...

  • 2 gunmen killed after firing at Texas building with Muhammad cartoon exhibit

    3 weeks ago

    Two gunmen were shot dead by police after they fired toward a Texas building that was featuring an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad organized by an anti-Islamic organization.

    A security guard was injured in the leg by the gunmen in the Sunday night incident, which...

  • Why doesn’t the world care about Palestinian refugees in Syria?

    April 22, 2015 | 9:41 am

    It’s happening again — Palestinian refugees are caught between warring factions in the Middle East and the world is reacting too slowly to their plight.

    In earlier times, Palestinian refugees found themselves in the crosshairs at the Sabra and Shatila camps, when Lebanese...

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  • Should Jews feel safe in America?

    April 6, 2015 | 12:23 pm

    On March 30, the ADL released its annual report on anti-Semitic incidents in America, which announced a rise of 21 percent over the previous year — 912, up from 751. This follows quickly on the heels of several important pieces (by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic and David Brooks...

  • Just released ADL audit shows significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents

    By Ryan Torok

    March 30, 2015 | 5:16 pm

    One Shabbat this past August, Jewish comedian Elon Gold was walking with his family when they were confronted by a Middle Eastern-looking man who harassed them and shouted, “I hope your children die! Just like you are killing children in Gaza!”

    This local incident was one of many...

  • Moving and shaking: Combating hate, Friendship Circle and more

    By Ryan Torok

    March 26, 2015 | 1:14 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) honored three individuals and two law enforcement groups at its annual Helene & Joseph Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate luncheon and award ceremony March 10 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    Selected for individual honors for their efforts to...

  • Hate messages painted on Hollywood, Fla. synagogue

    March 19, 2015 | 11:15 am

    Vandals defaced a synagogue in Hollywood, Fla.

    Hate messages and cryptic warnings including “I’m watching you,” and “[expletive] Jews” appeared on B’nai Sephardim, a Sephardic synagogue, the Miami Herald reported. The synagogue serves about 700 families, according to the B’nai...

  • Our annual Purim cover: Kanye interrupts Bibi, Foxcatcher gets sequel and Lyft offends with new logo

    February 26, 2015 | 10:43 am

    Click on cover image to enlarge.

    Cover design by Lynn Pelkey. Headlines by Jewish Journal staff, Esther D. Kustanowitz and Elon Gold.


    More Purim 2015

    Events calendar
    Recipe: Funfetti cheesecake hamantaschen
    Recipe: Bibi’s hamantaschen
    Recipe: ‘Pop Tart’ hamantaschen
    Recipe: Taco hamantaschen

  • Urban Outfitters sells tapestry ‘eerily reminiscent’ of Holocaust garb

    February 10, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League is urging fashion retailer Urban Outfitters to stop selling a gray-and-white striped tapestry with pink triangles that is reminiscent of the garb that gay men were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps.

    ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman wrote...

  • Slain journalists Foley and Sotloff honored in memory of Daniel Pearl

    February 9, 2015 | 10:33 am

    James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were killed by ISIS, were honored with an award in memory of the murdered Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl.

    The ADL Daniel Pearl Award was presented to the parents of Foley and Sotloff on Friday during the organization’s...

  • UC Davis Community, ADL respond to hate-crime graffiti

    By Ryan Torok

    February 4, 2015 | 1:59 pm

    The UC Davis chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) is reeling from a hate crime involving two red swastikas spray painted on its fraternity house, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

    AEPi members woke up on the morning of Jan. 31 and discovered the swastikas on a wall of...

  • Pro-Palestinian billboards are popping up in Los Angeles

    January 9, 2015 | 4:41 pm

    [UPDATE: Feb. 24, 2015]

    StandWithUs has informed the Journal that it has extended its own ad campaign against the Pro-Palestinian billboards to include a new billboard, for the first time targeting Los Angeles's Spanish speaking residents. StandWithUs' 50 new billboards feature a...

  • Moving and shaking: Joseph Lieberman honored, Shalom Institute gala and 3G at LAMOTH

    By Ryan Torok

    January 8, 2015 | 11:28 am

    Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman was the honored guest at the Jan. 4 panel discussion “Setting Educational Policy for the 21st Century” at Young Israel of North Beverly Hills. Organized by Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy and moderated by Museum of Tolerance Director Liebe Geft, the...

  • A Foxman’s bashert and a chance subway meeting

    December 29, 2014 | 11:33 am

    “Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, a Cuban-American who grew up in Orlando, Fla., didn’t know the Yiddish term for soul mate (bashert) when he bumped into Ariel Foxman on the uptown A train in March 2012. But it’s clear now that that one subway trip was an express to destiny.” — The New...

  • So right, yet so wrong: The truth Sheldon Adelson told us

    By Michael Berenbaum

    November 19, 2014 | 3:20 pm

    The media has covered casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s address to the Israeli-American Council, a recently formed organization of Israelis who live in the United States, many of whom have truthfully become Israeli Americans.

    When asked what to do about the land and what to do...

  • ADL notes accomplishments, road ahead, at annual meeting

    By  Tom Tugend

    November 12, 2014 | 2:58 pm

    Some 300 lay and professional leaders from across the United States gathered Nov. 6-8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the annual Anti-Defamation League (ADL) national meeting, which offered both good and bad news, as well as an upcoming changing of the organization’s guard.

    ...
  • White House aide Jonathan Greenblatt to succeed Abe Foxman as ADL chief

    November 6, 2014 | 10:42 am

    The Anti-Defamation League’s new national director will be social entrepreneur Jonathan Greenblatt — a special assistant to President Obama who earlier in his career co-founded the bottled water brand Ethos.

    Greenblatt, 43, will succeed Abraham Foxman, who announced in February...

  • Foxman one on one: anti-Semitism, BDS and Mel Gibson

    By Rob Eshman

    October 29, 2014 | 11:49 am

    Over the past 20 years, I’ve accused Anti-Defamation League (ADL) chief Abraham H. Foxman of being an alarmist, an opportunist, even a hypocrite. 

    I mocked his outspoken campaign against Mel Gibson’s “The Passion,” saying it just helped boost the snuff film’s box office. I...

  • ADL report: Campus anti-Israel events have more than doubled this fall

    October 27, 2014 | 11:10 am

    More than 75 anti-Israel events have been reported on U.S. college and university campuses this fall, more than twice as many as last year, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League.

    The anti-Israel events have more than doubled in the wake of Israel’s 50-day operation...

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

    October 20, 2014 | 11:29 am

    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

    October 15, 2014 | 9:46 am

    “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

    October 14, 2014 | 11:55 am

    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?

    October 3, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    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...

  • 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).

    ...
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