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  • 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...

  • A Local Witness to Darfur Tragedy

    By Marc Ballon

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    John Fishel has seen hell, and he wants to share his impressions with the Jewish community.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles recently visited refugee camps in the African country of Chad to bear witness to the pain and suffering of more than 250,000...

  • Israeli Docs Save Third World Hearts

    By Shaanan Meyerstein

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Inside the Mnaje Mojo hospital -- "one coconut" in Swahili -- it was absolute chaos. The place was teeming with people and I had to push my way through what seemed a never-ending crowd to get to the small room at the end of the corridor.

    When I opened the door to the pitch-black...

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  • Out of Africa, Into the Valley

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When his father was arrested for building a sukkah at a time when Idi Amin had outlawed Judaism in Uganda, Gershom Sizomu paid the arresting scout five goats for his father's freedom.

    "My father was kicked and slapped and mishandled in front of us," said Sizomu, who spoke to The...

  • S. Africa Makes Bold Chief Rabbi Choice

    By Geoff Sifrin

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    At a time when South Africa's Jews are anxious over the future of the Jewish community, the religious body representing most Jews has taken a bold step by choosing a young man with little experience as chief rabbi.

    The decision by the Union of Orthodox Synagogues to appoint as...

  • Jewish Groups Work Against AIDS

    By E. B. Solomont

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish groups from across the denominational spectrum are calling on the Jewish community to help fight AIDS in Africa and other places hit hard by the pandemic. An open letter to the Jewish community issued by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, together with Reform,...

  • Out of ‘Africa’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When German filmmaker Caroline Link read Stefanie Zweig's 1995 autobiographical novel, "Nowhere in Africa," she was riveted by the unusual Holocaust story. The book describes how 5-year-old Zweig and her parents fled the Nazis to Kenya, where the girl fell in love with the...

  • Out of Africa

    By Adam Wills

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What started out as a joke between friends fast became a million-dollar goal for a retired Jewish soccer player.

    Ethan Zohn emerged as the sole survivor of the third installment of the CBS reality show "Survivor" during the two-hour Jan. 10 finale, defeating Kim Johnson, a...

  • Battlefield Child Abuse

    By Tom Tugend

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has condemned governments, clergy and parents who encourage children to participate in violent protests and pitched battles in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

    In a resolution adopted by its national membership of more than 60,000...

  • Sitting Idle

    By Leonard Fein

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Africa is not much on our minds these days. We have obviously been preoccupied by America's election and by Israel's chaos. Many of us have long since stopped reading the news from Africa, since it is almost always gloomy -- Africa as the world's basket case, the one continent that...

  • Sitting Idle

    By Leonard Fein

    November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Africa is not much on our minds these days. We have obviously been preoccupied by America's election and by Israel's chaos. Many of us have long since stopped reading the news from Africa, since it is almost always gloomy -- Africa as the world's basket case, the one continent that...

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