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  • Moving and shaking: Times of Israel gala, Nostre Aetate anniversary and ROSIES

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) has launched the Max Steinberg Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund in memory of the lone soldier from Woodland Hills who was killed last summer during Israel’s war in Gaza.

    Lone soldiers are members of the Israel...

  • Rabbi Mark Diamond resigns as L.A. AJC leader

    By Ryan Torok

    January 9, 2015 | 4:20 pm

    Rabbi Mark Diamond, the executive director of the American Jewish Committee Los Angeles (AJCLA), announced Jan. 9 that he will step down at the end of February as AJCLA’s top professional. Diamond said he plans to “pursue other professional and personal opportunities.”

    “I write...

  • Moving and shaking: FIDF, AJC and more

    By Ryan Torok

    December 30, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    More than 15 Los Angeles residents returned home on Nov. 21 after participating in a weeklong, sold-out national leadership mission to Israel organized by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF). The mission brought together 160 FIDF members from 58 American cities,...

  • A TV pilgrimage to Jerusalem and other holy sites

    By Tom Tugend

    December 16, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    Every religion has its pilgrimage, and PBS’ “Sacred Journeys” provides a lively visual guide to six of the best-known destinations for the devout.

    On Dec. 23, series host Bruce Feiler visits Jerusalem, and while the date might indicate a link to Christmas, the focus is on Sukkot,...

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  • An interfaith statement on the kidnapping of three teens in Israel

    June 18, 2014 | 5:17 pm

    AJC Los Angeles has reached out to our community partners, including faith leaders, to express their support in this crisis. To that end, we share an Interfaith Statement of Solidarity and Concern issued by the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders earlier today (list of...

  • Battleground California

    By Jared Sichel

    May 28, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    If only Lauren Rogers had known what she was getting herself into when she signed up to go to Israel.

    During UCLA’s winter break in December 2013, the rising senior and outgoing financial supports commissioner for UCLA’s Undergraduate Students Association (USAC) took an...

  • Israelis, Palestinians vie for Latino support during Pope’s visit

    By Simone Wilson

    May 27, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    The first Latin American pope brought a wave of Latino love with him on his trip to the Holy Land last weekend.

    At Pope Francis’ public prayer at Manger Square on May 25 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, near the site where Jesus is believed to have been born, Spanish was being...

  • Hillary Clinton in AJC address embraces Obama Middle East policies

    May 15, 2014 | 11:56 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton embraced the Obama administration’s second-term Middle East policies in an address to the American Jewish Committee.

    Clinton, in a major foreign policy address Wednesday coming as she nears a decision on whether to seek the presidency in 2016, outlined her...

  • How serious a problem is BDS, and what are Jewish organizations doing about it?

    April 30, 2014 | 10:41 am

    [Related: Should we fear BDS?]

    The authors reached out to a number of leading Jewish organizations, asking each the same two questions regarding the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement: How serious a problem is BDS, and what is your organization doing about it?

    American...

  • Court upholds conviction of Irvine protesters

    March 4, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    A California state appeals court has upheld the conviction of 10 students at the University of California, Irvine, who disrupted a 2010 speech by then-Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.

    During the speech, the protesters interrupted Oren repeatedly, calling him...

  • Kerry presses sides on framework agreement

    January 3, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Palestinian and Israeli leaders to discuss a framework agreement.

    Kerry, who met Friday in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, was on his 10th...

  • U.S., Israeli LGBT community leaders convene

    December 4, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    In a first-ever seminar organized by Project Interchange, an educational institute of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities from the United States and Israel met recently to explore possible collaborations and...

  • A call for Iran sanctions at Port

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 13, 2013 | 2:38 pm

    Amid the international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, some national groups, as well as Los Angeles-based Jewish community organizations and other Iran human rights activists, have launched a new campaign calling for Los Angeles city officials to bar from the Port of Los...

  • What’s in a name? The false narrative of Kristallnacht

    November 7, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Two years ago, I was among a group of 24 young American Jews visiting a Protestant Church in Berlin to commemorate the anniversary of Kristallnacht. On that night, November 9, 1938, Nazi gangs destroyed thousands of synagogues and other Jewish-owned buildings across Germany,...

  • Judea Pearl reaches out to young Jews

    By Ryan Torok

    October 23, 2013 | 5:11 pm

    “I look at young Jewish boys as the army of the future, the elite force of the army of decency.”

    With these strong words, Judea Pearl — activist, scholar and father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl — used an Oct. 17 lecture to a group of Millennials to emphasize...

  • Two academicians challenge anti-Israel professor from CSUN

    By Tom Tugend

    October 9, 2013 | 11:58 am

    Tammi Rossman-Benjamin stood before the board of trustees, the highest governing authority of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, and in her allotted two minutes stated her case against a professor who levels consistently hostile charges against Israel on his...

  • Speak out about Iran — but not so loudly, Netanyahu counseled

    September 30, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Worried that he may be losing the biggest stick in his arsenal when it comes to Iran — the threat of a U.S. strike — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington for a meeting today with President Obama prepared to speak out.

    But friends, colleagues and outside...

  • Immigration bill: For nannies and caregivers, legal status isn’t enough

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 2, 2013 | 10:13 am

    At 2 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, Amelia Barnachea waited in a copy shop in downtown Los Angeles, shifting her weight from one foot to the other. "I’m exercising," the diminutive Filipina-American home health aide explained, looking very spry for her 72 years. 

    Barnachea, who...

  • EU envoy targets settlements

    June 12, 2013 | 5:32 pm

    Israel’s settlement building is increasingly isolating the country in Europe, leading to European Union policies that could reinforce Israel’s delegitimization, according to the top EU representative to the peace process.

    Andreas Reinicke, the EU’s special envoy for the Middle...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    May 1, 2013 | 11:47 am

    Cantor Tifani Coyot. Photo by Loic Coyot

    Cantor Tifani Coyot of Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills has been named the successor to Cantor Evan Kent at Temple Isaiah. Kol Tikvah announced that Coyot had taken the job with Isaiah in March. She will take over for Kent in...

  • Mayoral candidates Greuel, Garcetti go head to head

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 18, 2013 | 2:04 pm

    In the first debate between the two remaining Los Angeles mayoral candidates, City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti attempted to convince voters there are significant differences between them, even as the two veteran politicians took identical positions on...

  • Archbishop Gomez addresses AJC

    By Ryan Torok

    March 28, 2013 | 8:05 am

    Archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez spoke about Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s election as pope of the Roman Catholic Church, immigration reform and Catholic-Jewish relations during a dialogue organized by the American Jewish Committee of Los Angeles (AJC) on March 19.

    “I know...

  • Jewish groups praise immigration reform proposals

    January 30, 2013 | 11:44 am

    Jewish organizations praised President Obama’s immigration reform proposals, as well as similar measures offered by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators.

    In addressing the problem of the 11 million undocumented people in the Unitd States, Obama at a speech Tuesday in Las Vegas...

  • Golden Dawn issues anti-Semitic diatribe against AJC’s David Harris during Greece visit

    January 25, 2013 | 10:39 am

    The Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn said a visit to Greece by American Jewish Committee leader David Harris is meant to ensure further “Jewish influence over Greek political issues” and safeguard the interests of “international loan sharks.”

    Harris, the executive director of the...

  • American Jews: 65-68% Democratic, 26-29% Republican

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 25, 2012 | 9:23 am

    We've just updated our U.S. Jewish Party Identification tracker – one of our regular J Meter features. The tracker is updated with the two polls conducted on Election Day by J Street and the Republican Jewish Coalition.

    With this new data we present what we believe is a...

  • Measure J: Moving today for tomorrow

    October 30, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    Read a response to this piece here.

    How much would we like to do, but simply don’t, because of traffic? Commuting questions plague us every day: How long will it take us to get to work; to go to the doctor; to get to school; to attend events for our kids or grandkids?

    Over the...

  • For Obama campaign, trying to put to rest persistent questions about ‘kishkes’

    October 26, 2012 | 10:07 am

    The moment in the final presidential debate when President Obama described his visit to Israel’s national Holocaust museum and to the rocket-battered town of Sderot seemed to be aimed right for the kishkes.

    The “kishkes question" -- the persistent query about how Obama really...

  • Rabbi Mark Diamond: From Board of Rabbis to AJC

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    October 17, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    After 12 years as the top professional at the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, Rabbi Mark Diamond took his post this week as director of the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Los Angeles chapter, the local arm of the more than century-old global Jewish advocacy group. 

    ...
  • In battleground state Ohio, Jewish voters favoring Obama handily, AJC poll shows

    October 3, 2012 | 7:46 am

    An American Jewish Committee survey of Jewish voters in Ohio, a battleground state, has the community favoring President Obama in similar numbers to polls elsewhere.

    The survey released Wednesday by the AJC has Ohio's Jews favoring Obama 64 percent to 29 percent for Mitt Romney,...

  • Survey: 69 percent of Florida Jews voting for Obama

    September 20, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    Sixty-nine percent of Florida Jews say they will likely vote for President Obama, as opposed to 25 percent for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new survey.

    The American Jewish Committee survey, which was conducted by QEV Analytics, reached 254 registered Jewish...

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