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  • Caredim in church? The wackiest result from the Pew ‘Jewish Americans’ survey

    October 1, 2013 | 1:25 pm

    The new Pew Research Center’s new study “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” offers a treasure trove of survey data on American Jewry. It’s a particularly valuable service since the Jewish Federations of North America opted not do a repeat of the decennial National Jewish Population...

  • Obama prepares for government shutdown, hopes for deal

    September 30, 2013 | 4:00 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday prepared Americans for what he called an "entirely preventable" government shutdown at midnight while urging Republicans in Congress to reach an 11th hour deal to avoid economic harm.

    With no apparent movement in negotiations, the White House...

  • SNAP cut: Who decides who’s hungry?

    September 24, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    On Sept. 19, the House of Representatives passed a bill that slashes nearly $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). It’s difficult to capture just how monumental a shift this is in American policy. It certainly...

  • Alex Friedman, 93

    September 11, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    Alex Friedman, a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to America after the 1956 Hungarian uprising, died Aug. 18. He was 93.

    Friedman was born Sándor Friedman on March 21, 1921, in Kiskunfélegyháza, Hungary, to Mihaly and Rachel Friedman. He was the youngest of six children in an...

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  • Sheldon Adelson puts money behind nationwide expansion of Israeli American Council

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 10, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    The Israeli American Council (IAC), the nonprofit umbrella organization that sponsors and supports various activities for Israeli-Americans and their families in Southern California, is launching an expansion effort aimed at replicating the IAC’s model across the country.

    The...

  • Conversion: Kimia Sun

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    September 4, 2013 | 11:56 am

    Kimia Sun was born a refugee. 

    Her parents were survivors of Cambodia’s Khmer Rogue, which claimed nearly 2 million lives in the late 1970s. The couple was among the lucky ones and escaped to a refugee camp in Thailand, where Sun was born and spent her first months. Next, the...

  • Daniel Pearl Fellows: Reshaping hate

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    On the evening of Aug. 22, I had a public conversation with three Muslim journalists, two from Pakistan and one from Bangladesh, at the Los Angeles Press Club. All three were in the United States as Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellows, a program to introduce Muslim journalists to...

  • PLO leader: U.S. envoy has not participated in peace talks

    August 22, 2013 | 9:20 am

    American negotiators have not participated in the renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a Palestinian leader said.

    “The Americans did not participate in any negotiating session so far in spite of assurances that they will play a direct role,” Yasser Abed Rabbo,...

  • Rabbi Joachim Prinz: 'The most shameful problem is silence'

    August 20, 2013 | 5:03 pm

    I speak to you as an American Jew.

    As Americans we share the profound concern of millions of people about the shame and disgrace of inequality and injustice which make a mockery of the great American idea.

    As Jews we bring to this great demonstration, in which thousands of us...

  • Reaganism, Capitalism and Sheilaism

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 5, 2013 | 11:27 am

    If mice can have false memories planted in their brains by scientists, as the journal Science reported recently, then I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that cultures can have false memories planted in their brains by politicians and their media enablers.

    What brings this to mind...

  • College and your child

    By Dennis Prager

    July 31, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    The following are some of the basic postulates about America, religion, society, morality, the arts and Israel that are taught at almost every American university.

    America:

    • The United States is no better than any other country, and in some important ways it is worse than...

  • West Hollywood’s tzedakah mayor

    By Roberto Loiederman

    July 24, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    In any town across the country, a city council meeting can feel a lot like ground zero for American democracy: One by one, residents approach the podium and address the decision-makers with suggestions or grievances. With a few changes, a similar scene could have played out in a...

  • Proud to be a boomer

    By Pat Sierchio

    July 19, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Being a baby boomer is more than a statistic, it’s a state of mind. Boomers rock and everyone knows it. And by everyone I mean the baby boomers. We baby boomers tend to have a high opinion of ourselves, and there is plenty of evidence that supports that notion.

    We are the...

  • Fight bigotry at ballot box

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 17, 2013 | 11:52 am

    The Trayvon Martin case has once again reminded us that racial divisiveness isn’t going away any time soon in America. The verdict is being debated all over. There are protests in numerous cities. But the Martin verdict and the ensuing protests will nevertheless not have as...

  • Losing Weight and Getting Fit

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 7, 2013 | 6:43 am

    Studies indicate that 70% of American adults and 30% of American kids are overweight or obese. When considering that staggering figure, how widespread today are common eating disorders, and the huge cost of medical care for those who suffer weight-related illnesses, it seems that...

  • Let’s be Brazil

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 24, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    I have outrage envy.

    For nearly two weeks, more than a million citizens across Brazil have taken to the streets to protest political corruption, economic injustice, poor health care, inadequate schools, lousy mass transit, a crumbling infrastructure and — yes, in the land of Pelé...

  • Dwelling together: Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)

    June 19, 2013 | 3:47 pm

    My father, originally from a small-town farm in Kansas, converted to Judaism when I was a young child. You can imagine that my seder table looks a lot like many American seder tables. Ours hosts a grand mixture of people — religiously, ethnically, socially and politically diverse....

  • IRS’ ‘return free’ bad for most vulnerable

    June 6, 2013 | 10:53 am

    As April 15 nears each year, American taxpayers take inventory of their income and expenses and hand over a year’s worth of detail to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Many of us utilize the expertise of accountants to prepare what will become a complex analysis of the many life...

  • Gun violence in America: Scandal!

    By Rob Eshman

    May 22, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Two years after his mother was shot and killed, Dallas Sonnier received a phone call from the police: His father had just been shot and killed.

    Sonnier’s parents had divorced long before. That both were murdered was sheer coincidence — as if gun violence in America isn’t common...

  • Biden: ‘Jewish heritage is American heritage’

    May 22, 2013 | 10:41 am

    Vice President Joe Biden said at a Jewish American Heritage Month reception that American and Jewish cultures are intertwined.

    “The truth is that Jewish heritage, Jewish culture, Jewish values are such an essential part of who we are that it’s fair to say that Jewish heritage is...

  • Mel Brooks’ top 10 Jewy Jewish scenes [VIDEO]

    May 20, 2013 | 10:36 am

    Monday night marks the national premier broadcast of the American Masters installment on Mel Brooks. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a collection of Brooks’ best Jewish clips.

    What exactly that means is a good question. As with two others recent subjects on the PBS...

  • Growing anger over American drones in Yemen

    May 13, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    "Mrs. Michele Obama: Tell us can your husband sleep after so many innocent people were killed by his drones?" read a banner held by a Yemeni activist at a recent rally to protest increasing American drone strikes in Yemen.

    The rally reflected the growing anti-American feeling...

  • A suit and a story

    By Rob Eshman

    May 1, 2013 | 10:51 am

    It had been a tough week. The more news I read about the Boston bombing, the less I understood. Who were these young men, full of grievance, using a fresh start in America to maim and kill innocents?

    In the midst of the mess, I decided to finally buy myself a new suit. I have...

  • What Americans Really Think About Intervention in Syria

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 30, 2013 | 9:12 am

    Take a look at the new PEW survey on Syria – it's quite interesting:

    By a 45% to 31% margin, more Americans favor than oppose the U.S. and its allies taking military action against Syria, if it is confirmed that Syria used chemical weapons against anti-government groups.

    ...
  • Holder to ADL: Protect rights of all, including Muslims, after Boston

    April 29, 2013 | 5:08 pm

    In a speech to the Anti-Defamation League, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged Americans to protect the rights of Muslims and other minorities in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.

    "The battle for the safety and rights of all Americans -- all Americans -- must be our...

  • Criticism is not Islamophobia

    By David Suissa

    April 22, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    Criticism is the oxygen of journalism. Here at the Jewish Journal, we will criticize anything that we believe deserves criticism, including religion. We will criticize preachers who use Christianity to express hatred and bigotry toward gays as much as we will criticize religious...

  • Berkeley students vote to divest from Israel latest in a UC string

    By Tom Tugend

    April 18, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    UC Berkeley student senators approved a bill on Thursday calling for the University of California system to divest of stock in American companies that provide technological and weapon support used by the Israeli military in the Palestinian territories.

    After an emotional...

  • Obama in Boston vows U.S. will find perpetrators of bombings

    April 18, 2013 | 9:58 am

    "You will run again," President Barack Obama told an interfaith service on Thursday for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, in a stirring speech aimed at bringing solace to the city and settling the nerves of a rattled nation.

    At a Boston cathedral about a mile from the...

  • Appeals court hears Jerusalem passport case

    March 19, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    A U.S. appeals court panel heard arguments on whether Americans born in Jerusalem can list Israel as their place of birth on passports and birth certificates.

    Attorney Nathan Lewin, representing a couple that had moved to Israel in 2000 from the United States and had a child born...

  • U.S. to give Syrian rebels medical, food aid, not arms

    February 28, 2013 | 10:09 am

    The United States said on Thursday it will for the first time give non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels and more than double its aid to Syria's civilian opposition, disappointing opponents of President Bashar Assad clamoring for Western weapons.

    The U.S. cast the aid as a way to...

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