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  • Freshly-ordained Ugandan rabbi gets ball rolling on returning home

    By Roberto Loiederman

    July 17, 2008 | 12:45 am

    Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, the first black sub-Saharan rabbi ordained at an American rabbinical school, has had a very busy time since returning to Uganda in June, after not having lived there for five years. Among other activities, the American Jewish University graduate recently...
  • VIDEO: Jews of Uganda —the Abayudaya—dream of Israel

    July 1, 2008 | 11:57 pm

    The Abayudaya, only Jewish community in Uganda, are hoping to emigrate to Israel. It’s a move that requires preparation, so some US Jews help them get ready.
    The video is from France 24, the French CNN.

  • The West guilty of genocide in Darfur?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 12, 2008 | 4:37 pm

    Photo

    A Problem from Hell” explicitly detailed American inaction related to the 20th century’s worst killings. Adam LeBor writes on Jewcy that history is repeating:

  • Ugandan Gershom Sizomu ordained as first black sub-Saharan rabbi

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 21, 2008 | 4:01 pm

    Gershom Sizomu has had a wonderful five years—four spent enjoying the for-granted luxuries of Los Angeles and one indulging in the spiritual gravity of Jerusalem—and now he is set to return home to lead a small Jewish community in rural Uganda.

    The final step in his preparation...

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  • Through the looking glass with Friends of Sabeel

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Covering a meeting of Friends of Sabeel is a strange experience. "Strange" as in walking through the looking glass and encountering a reverse universe on the other side.

    While we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence, they are mourning six decades of the nakba, the...

  • Ghost of holocaust haunts visitor exploring Germany

    By Merissa Nathan Gerson

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    It took me more than a year to buy my ticket. My sister was living in Berlin, and I was supposed to visit her. What she didn't know each time she asked me to come see her was how present the Holocaust was for me in my work.

    I was unveiling the war's history in my own writing while...

  • The other refugees

    By David Suissa

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm



    Is there a more loaded word in the Arab-Israeli conflict than "refugee"? Is there anything more visceral or emotional than the sight of millions of Palestinians living in miserable refugee camps for three generations?

    If any one thing has symbolized the Palestinian cause and put...

  • Black-Jewish Passover not about blame

    By J. David Sackman

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I am disturbed, not by the content, but by the direction, of the entire discussion regarding the relationship between blacks and Jews, and particularly by the discussion about comments supposedly made at a recent awards ceremony here in Los Angeles.

    I am Jewish, of European...

  • Algeria orders 19 churches closed

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 31, 2008 | 4:54 pm

    Algerian police shut down three churches last week for being too Christian, the latest in a line of 19 since Novemeber.

    The church closures come amid a flurry of antagonistic media articles warning of campaigns by Protestants to “Christianize” Algeria. Religious Affairs...

  • VIDEO: A visit with the Jews of Ethiopia

    January 23, 2008 | 10:20 pm

    A group from the Jewish Federation of Nashville went to visit Jews in Ethiopia who were awaiting aliyah.  This is their story

  • Forced circumcision in Kenya

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 9, 2008 | 2:46 pm

    LIMURU, KENYA — When men with machetes and axes chased Paul Otieno from his home here, they wanted more than his belongings. They wanted to cut off his foreskin.

    “They were shouting, ‘If we don’t kill you, we’ll cut your private parts,’ ” Otieno, a 25-year-old mechanic, said of...

  • Kenyan mob burns down church and those inside

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 1, 2008 | 6:36 pm

    NAIROBI, Kenya — Dozens of people seeking refuge in a church in Kenya were burned to death by a mob on Tuesday in an explosion of ethnic violence that is threatening to engulf this country, which until last week was one of the most stable in Africa.

    According to witnesses and...

  • Not the typical Christmas dilemma

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 11, 2007 | 2:54 pm

    That, would of course be the challenge of what parents should do if they are raising their children Muslim or Jewish or Hindu but don’t want them to be the only giftless kids on the block Dec. 25. But, no, this story deals with a Christmas dilemma for families that actually are...

  • Have laptop, will prosper

    By Rob Eshman

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Last Shabbat at Sinai Temple Rabbi David Wolpe stood at the bimah to deliver his sermon -- and whipped out his laptop.

    I wasn't there, but I was told not a few of the congregants at the mainstream Conservative shul balked -- what was coming out next, his cell phone? Observant Jews...

  • Books: A compassionate journey of deafness in Africa

    By Celia Soudry

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa" by Josh Swiller (Holt, $14).


    While traveling through small, desolate villages in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, Josh Swiller shared his shack with the natives, letting them sleep on his couch and read his coveted Sports Illustrated...

  • Teen makes a difference for orphans in Kenya slum

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Instead of splurging on a Wii or a state-of-the-art laptop, Ryan Silver, of Manhattan Beach, donated a portion of his gift money to orphans in a Nairobi slum.

    "I think the best thing you can do is help another person," said Silver, 13. "I have a better life than the kids [in the...

  • Agahozo

    By Rob Eshman

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm



    Life at Agahozo Shalom

    If I wanted the kind of office where visitors shut the door and cry, I'd have become a rabbi. Or a therapist. Or an agent.

    That's why it caught me off guard when a woman named Anne Heyman sat down across from me and started, well, crying....

  • ‘Harry Potter’ a ‘Zionist conspiracy’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 1, 2007 | 9:50 am


    Of course. We should have known it all along. Harry Potter isn’t Christian. He couldn’t be. The only explanation for his insane popularity is that he’s part of a Zionist global conspiracy. Thanks, Iran for foiling this devious plot. From Israel National News:


    Kayhahn, an Iranian...

  • Nothing’s hotter than Africa

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 18, 2007 | 9:32 am

    That seems pretty clear from the July issue of Vanity Fair, guest-edited by U2’s Bono and entered dedicated to issues affecting the continent. It’s something I make a prolonged point of in a lengthy story that will run in The Jewish Journal’s philanthropy issue next week.

    Two major...

  • Director Zwick excavates the bloody price of ‘Diamonds’

    By Steven Rosen

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Edward Zwick, director of the new film, "Blood Diamond," believes his Jewishness has played a role in his desire to make social issue movies.

    "Glory" was about black soldiers fighting in the Civil War, "The Siege" about the threats of domestic terrorism, "Courage Under Fire" about...

  • Helping the Congo, person by person

    By David Brinn

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Gila Garaway says that the vision for her organization, Moriah Africa, came to her as she was lying in a hospital bed in Nigeria in 2001.

    "I was there consulting on a water project, and I broke my back in a truck accident," the American-born Israeli from the community of Poriah near...

  • Six self-help books seek to help you get sealed in the Book of Life

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 21, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    In these days of asking tough questions, taking stock, revisiting memories and trying to do better in 5767, books are essential tools. Several new works from different disciplines and traditions, some of which don't mention the words Days of Awe, lend new meaning to the holidays -- on caring for orphans, baking bread, deepening celebrations, understanding forgiveness, practicing kindness, exploring traditional liturgy and rituals.
     
  • Visit to Ethiopia Changes His Life

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In 2004, John Fishel went to Ethiopia as part of a delegation of American Federation leaders. The experience changed his life.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, along with five members of the UJA Federation of New York, visited shantytowns filled with...

  • ‘Hybrid’ Actor Crafts ‘Everyman’ Show

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Is it possible for an everyman to be a leader? Can an everyman be a woman?

    Ameenah Kaplan, who calls herself a "hybrid" -- the product of an African American mother who converted to Judaism and a Jewish father -- is directing, choreographing and co-producing "Everyman for Himself."...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Built to Last

    Team Mortorq from Beverly Hills High School won two prestigious awards recently at a robotics competition: The Entrepreneurship Award and the Autodesk Visualization Award for animation.

    The Entrepreneurship Award recognizes a team which, since its inception, has...

  • The Faces of War From Israel to Africa

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    If Steven Spielberg's "Munich" has shown that even Israeli commandos, some of the most battle-hardened warriors on the planet, ruminate over their roles, photographer Rachel Papo, a former member of the Israel Defense Forces, demonstrates in a new exhibition of her photographs that...

  • To the Promised Land

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Indalo Tegudabaso wore a wide smile on his face as he sat in the departures hall of Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

    Dressed in a crisp yellow shirt and seated beside his wife and infant son, Indalo had waited many years for this moment, the beginning of a new life far...

  • Exodus’ Trail of Woe

    By Uriel Heilman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Just outside the gates of the Jewish aid compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a shantytown of decrepit tin shacks, overcrowded homes and debris-filled byways beckon the reticent visitor.

    Barefoot children stumble amid the flotsam, part of the milieu of stray dogs, mule-drawn carts and...

  • Kosher Gospel—a Joyful Noise at Shul

    By Erin Aubry Kaplan

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Joshua Nelson is resting his voice. That's a tall order for Nelson, the 29-year-old African American Jewish singer who has blended black style and Jewish prayers and folksongs into a new, foot-stomping, synagogue-shaking praise music he has dubbed "kosher gospel."

    Though he's been...

  • Save Darfur - I Mean It

    By Laura Donney

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Do not stand idly by. Save Darfur."

    More than once a person has looked at this statement printed on the green wristband that I wear on my right arm. Usually, they read it unenthusiastically and then disregard it. But occasionally, someone asks what it means, and I am quick to...

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