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  • Carson calls ADL response to gun/Holocaust remarks ‘total foolishness’

    3 hours ago

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Friday pushed back against Jewish criticism of comments he made on Thursday that Jews could’ve been saved from persecution by the Nazis in Europe were they allowed to carry armed-guns...

  • Jewish groups urge passage of gun control legislation

    1 week ago

    This post was originally published on jewishinsider.com.

    Major Jewish organizations are lining up behind President Barack Obama’s call on Congress to pass effective gun control legislation in wake of the horrific shooting and the killing of at least nine students at Umpqua...

  • Moving and shaking: Rosh Hashanah at City Hall, ‘Understanding the Iran nuclear deal’ and more

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    A Sept. 18 Rosh Hashanah celebration filled Los Angeles City Hall with the sounds of the shofar. “Tekiah gedolah,” said Rabbi Joshua Hoffman of Valley Beth Shalom, before delivering a long — and loud — blast on the ram’s horn.

    As part of the event, The Jewish Federation of...

  • Trump rally incident, Carson anti-Muslim remarks spur civility call by 2 Jewish groups

    2 weeks ago

    Two Jewish groups pleaded for greater civility in political discourse after the loyalty of American Muslims was called into question during the Republican presidential campaign.

    The Anti-Defamation League in a statement Monday cited an interview with Ben Carson, a physician and...

  • On Iran deal, Biden tells Jews, ‘I promise you it will be enforced’

    By Rob Eshman

    September 9, 2015 | 9:09 pm

    If the Jewish community can’t find a way to heal its wounds after the bruising Iran deal battle, it’s not because Joe Biden didn’t try.

    On Wednesday night, Sept. 9, the vice president and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a reception for the Jewish community at their residence on...

  • ADL preps community for High Holy Days security demands

    By Ryan Torok

    August 19, 2015 | 11:20 am

    The three silent surveillance videos showed an all-too-disturbing sequence of events: First, a shooter carries a rifle into a supermarket in broad daylight; people flee the store and run for their lives. The shooter begins firing at people inside the market before struggling with a...

  • Iran debate devolves with charges of ‘dual loyalty’ and ‘dog whistles’

    August 11, 2015 | 4:07 pm

    The dredging up of the dual loyalty charge — that lawmakers who reject the Iran nuclear agreement and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which is lobbying against it, are more closely aligned with Israel than the United States — illustrates just how tense the debate over...

  • Iran nuclear deal built on a lie

    July 20, 2015 | 3:59 pm

    Today is the last day of my long tenure as national director of the Anti-Defamation League. It has been a highly satisfactory and meaningful 28 years as director and 50 years as a professional at this prestigious organization.

    So why am I choosing to write an article on my last...

  • Report: White supremacists more violent, but numbers not growing

    July 13, 2015 | 11:13 am

    White supremacists have committed about 83 percent of extremist-related murders in the United States in the last decade, according to a new Anti-Defamation League report.

    The report, released Monday, also found that most of those murders were perpetrated for non-ideological...

  • Farewell to Foxman, murmurs about Oren

    June 23, 2015 | 8:24 am

    At Abe Foxman’s farewell, there were the hugs, there were the recollections of the hugs, and there was the sheer diversity of the huggers.

    Abe likes to hug, and he hugged everyone who came out to the June 17 gala marking his retirement from the Anti-Defamation League after 50...

  • ADL raps Michael Oren for stereotyping Obama in new essay

    June 22, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League criticized Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, for an “insensitive and unjustified” attack on President Barack Obama.

    Oren’ should “walk back” views published in an essay posted Friday on the Foreign Policy website, the ADL...

  • ADL to introduce graphic novel about tragedy in Tel Aviv bar

    By Ryan Torok

    June 17, 2015 | 4:32 pm

    American filmmaker and freelance journalist Jack Baxter got more than he bargained for when he set out in 2003 to make a film about Mike’s Place, the famous live music bar in Tel Aviv. He was one month into shooting a documentary about the bar and the people who run it when a...

  • What will the ADL lose when Foxman leaves?

    June 16, 2015 | 11:32 am

    If there’s one thing that can be said of longtime Anti-Defamation League leader Abraham Foxman, who is stepping down this month after nearly 30 years at the helm, it’s that he never holds back from speaking his mind.

    In an age of canned, anodyne statements from public figures...

  • ADL hosts discussion on coming out and fitting in

    By Ryan Torok

    May 28, 2015 | 5:13 pm

    Wearing a suit and tie and sporting a beard and a closely cropped haircut, Seth Marnin explained at an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) panel discussion that people are often startled to learn he was once a woman. 

    A transgender Jew, Marnin recalled confusing an acquaintance by...

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

    May 27, 2015 | 11:19 am

    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

    May 22, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    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

    May 4, 2015 | 12:24 pm

    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...

  • 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...

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