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  • Watts: The day the mirror cracked

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 5, 2015 | 3:24 pm

    Late last month, a University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted for murder for the unprovoked killing of Samuel DuBose, an unarmed African-American motorist, the most recent in a spate of high-profile deadly encounters between police and African-Americans across the...

  • Charleston Church Shooting is a Crime Against all of America

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 19, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and community. My prayers are especially with the African American community, and their spiritual leaders and communities; they work hard to bring Godliness into the world. These shining examples of selflessness and Godliness...

  • The original Rachel Dolezal was a Jew named Mezz Mezirow

    June 16, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    [Forward] As we all know, Rachel Dolezal was by no means the first white American to take on aspects of African-Americanness in her persona — calling Elvis, is anybody home? — although she will go down in history as one of the all-time champions of the syndrome based on the sheer...

  • Why I don’t want to watch the (white) Oscars this year

    By Ellie Herman

    January 23, 2015 | 3:10 pm

    In my family, the Academy Awards are an annual event celebrated with the kind of specific rituals more often associated with major cultural events: the days of predictions beforehand; the festive spread of Fritos, onion dip and enough nosherei to feed a small army; the red-carpet...

  • Will a new generation step up to civic leadership?

    November 12, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    At first glance, Jews might appear to be enjoying a renaissance of political influence in Los Angeles. Eric Garcetti is the first elected Jewish mayor and the two other citywide elected officials — City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Controller Ron Galperin — are Jewish, too. So are...

  • Is the Civil Rights movement over?

    August 28, 2013 | 5:17 pm

    Ask any schoolchild when the civil rights movement took place and she will likely tell you it was in the 1960s. Recent events have made us wonder what we can do to re-create a similar sense of urgency about the civil rights at issue today. Although the challenges we are facing...

  • Slavery’s horrific shadow lives on — and so does Hitler’s

    January 17, 2013 | 11:54 am

    Quentin Tarantino’s "Django" is sparking controversy — and not just for its flagrant use of the n word. According to African-American film critic Tim Cogshell (quoted by Erin Aubry Kaplan in the Times), “The surreal liftoff that happens at some point in ‘Basterds’ [Tarantino’s take...

  • Opinion: If Dr. King had lived

    January 10, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    Martin Luther King Jr.’s relationship with the Jewish community is well known. Jewish leaders and rabbis filled the ranks of King’s closest advisors, collaborators, and confidantes. King’s tenure as leader of the Civil Rights movement was marked as the heyday of black-Jewish...

  • Black students group slams ‘apartheid’ abuse

    April 8, 2011 | 10:22 am

    An African American students group took out ads in college newspapers blasting “Israel Apartheid week” organizers for abusing the term.

    In a full page entitled “words matter” and appearing in the newspapers on April 7, Vanguard Leadership Group accuses Students for Justice in...

  • Society honors black renditions of Jewish music

    August 19, 2010 | 9:38 am

    A society dedicated to the preservation of Jewish music is releasing an album of African-American renditions of Jewish songs.

    The New York-based Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation is releasing “Black Sabbath: The Secret Musical History of Black-Jewish Relations” on Sept. 14....

  • Yes, I can

    By David Suissa

    November 6, 2008 | 1:37 am

    Now that the election season is over, I want to share a personal revelation that I think can help bring Obama voters and McCain voters closer together. But first, a
    little background.

    I've always loved a good conversation, especially with people whose views are different from mine....
  • Turning a page in the history books

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 5, 2008 | 1:07 am


  • Being an African American candidate is different

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 6, 2008 | 12:48 am

    I never imagined that there would be an African American presidential nominee of a major party in my lifetime. Now that the Democrats are on the verge of nominating Sen. Barack Obama, I'm only just beginning to absorb how different it is. Most of what we know about black candidates...
  • Jews must never use the term ‘shvartza’

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The other day I was speaking to an engaging young Chasidic student who impressed me with his erudition in Jewish and secular studies.

    I was engrossed in the conversation, gaining more and more respect for him, when he suddenly said, "Where I grew up, we lived in a tough...
  • The Wright flap and the black candidate

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Barack Obama's presidential candidacy is providing a crash course on race in America.

    Black candidates tread a different road than white candidates, especially when they are the first black candidates to seriously contend for an executive office, such as mayor, senator, governor and...

  • Ziman and Lee hold hands, pledge friendship

    By Tom Tugend

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    A highly charged controversy between two self-described "passionate" advocates, one African American, the other Jewish, appears to have ended on Thursday (May 1), with pledges of mutual friendship and future cooperation.

    Following a closed-door, three hour meeting the two principals...

  • E-mail charging anti-Semitism takes toll on Rev. Lee

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "My entire reputation has been damaged," the Rev. Eric P. Lee said Monday, little more than a week after Jewish philanthropist Daphna Ziman sent an irate e-mail calling him an anti-Semite to her friends and members of the media.

    "This has really taken its toll on me. I've taken the...

  • Will ‘Bro Mitzvah’ find roots in African American community?

    By Jane Ulman

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Decked out in a black tuxedo, a brimmed hat set fashionably on his head, Douglas LeVandia Ulmer Jr., better known as DJ, walked down the aisle to the beat of two African drummers.

    This was the night of his 16th birthday, and his mother, Lillie Hill, was celebrating his coming of age...

  • African-American pilots over Auschwitz

    By Rafael Medoff

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Last week, President Bush remarked that the United States should have bombed the Auschwitz death camp in 1944. Next week, Americans will commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggle for Civil Rights.

    What do these two occasions have in common? More than one...

  • ‘Purple’ actress cherishes her own colorful history

    By Tom Tugend

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's not unusual for an actress to assume a professional name, but it was quite a stretch for the daughter of Haya Kapelovitch and granddaughter of Sofia Katz to become Stephanie St. James and star in the African American cast of "The Color Purple."

    St. James has the role of Squeak,...

  • Theater: De-fusing ‘Random Sharp Objects’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the semi-autobiographical play "Random Sharp Objects," two Jewish women engage in a kind of impromptu psychoanalysis session. Hali (Hali Morell) describes growing up with a hippie-therapist Dad who talked too frankly about sex. As an adult, she says, she was drawn to a series of...
  • A One-Woman Picket Line

    By Tom Tugend

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The photo shows an African American woman on the picket line with striking supermarket workers, a portable microphone in one hand and the other holding a placard proclaiming in large letters, "Jewish Labor Committee."

    The woman is Cookie Lommel, and she is the new executive director...

  • Open Debate Preferable to Blind Support

    By David N. Myers

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A recent report in The New York Times captured almost perfectly the thorny questions that stand at the center of relations between the American Jewish community and Israel. Should one be permitted to criticize the government of a foreign country with which one feels a deep affinity,...

  • Slavery: Conflict or Commonality ?

    By James D. Besser

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It's starting with a few tentative steps, but it could eventually become a stampede; lawmakers on Capitol Hill may soon consider pending legislation creating a national museum focusing heavily on the issue of American slavery.

    The movement to create a new museum of African American...

  • Combating     Prejudice

    By Jane Ulman

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Although only 23 miles apart, Milken Community High School in Bel Air and Jordan High School in South Central might as well exist in different worlds.

    Milken, part of Stephen S. Wise Temple and the largest non-Orthodox Jewish high school in the United States, was founded in 1990....