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  • Exclusive Coverage from DURBAN 2 - DAY 1: Arrival

    By David Weiner

    April 20, 2009 | 5:47 am

    David Weiner is a guest blogger for JewishJournal.com.  He is currently in Geneva attending the Durban Review Conference (also referred to as Durban 2) as part of a delegation representing the American Jewish Committee, composed of roughly 15 young professionals. 

    Armed with his...

  • Extremist Opinions Must Not Go Unchecked

    March 25, 2009 | 10:52 pm

    We in the progressive Jewish world are often asked: “What are you doing to combat anti-Semitism?” The simple and unequivocal answer is that we condemn it when we see or hear it.

    The views expressed on the KPFK-FM radio show, “La Causa,” on Jan. 7, as reported in The Jewish...

  • Jewish Community Foundation announces $1.6 million in grants to ‘Cutting Edge’ orgs

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 12, 2008 | 11:53 pm

    The largest recipients of the Jewish Community Foundation's (JCF) Cutting Edge Grants, announced this week and totaling $1.6 million, were three programs promoting Jewish identity and connection with Israel through art, music and community leadership; another that prepares children...
  • Latino pastors journey to Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 30, 2008 | 6:51 pm

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    Latino pastors visit Israel

    The Associated Press today followed the story I wrote in June about Latino pastors being taken to Israel by the American Jewish Committee, which was a follow-up to another story about them celebrating Sukkot in September. I wish I could point to something...

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  • Rabbi reports from Saudi interfaith conclave: We must seize the moment

    July 30, 2008 | 3:30 am

    MADRID (JTA) -- When King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced his intention some three months ago to reach out to the leaders of the main religions of the world to convene an interfaith dialogue and to work together to address major global challenges, there was no shortage of...
  • Major Villaraigosa going to Israel, AJ Committee Asian Pacific outreach

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Mayor Villaraigosa Plans Trip to Israel

    Antonio Villaraigosa, who twice visited Israel as a member of the California Assembly, will lead his first trip to the Jewish state next month as mayor of Los Angeles.

    "This is something he wanted to do," spokesman Jonathan Powell said....

  • 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...

  • Four Questions

    By Rob Eshman

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The controversy that erupted last week over allegedly anti-Semitic remarks by a local pastor raises, appropriately enough for this time of year, four questions.

    As we were going to press last week, a by-now-ubiquitous e-mail was beginning to circulate exponentially. On Saturday...

  • Gap grows between Orthodox and others

    By Jacob Berkman

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The growing ideological gap between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox threatens the long-term unity of the Jewish people, several communal leaders said at a forum to address the matter.

    At issue were the results of a survey conducted in November by the American Jewish Committee...

  • End hypocrisy now

    By Rob Eshman

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Quick, name one thing that 99 percent of all American Jews agree on. Impossible, right? We are the People who pride ourselves on our contentiousness, who revel in our stiff-neckedness, who love to remind the world that where there are two Jews, you'll find three opinions.

    But it's...

  • Briefs: DREAM Act passage pushed, City clears Holocaust Museum hurdle, but one more remains

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    DREAM Act Passage Pushed

    The American Jewish Committee (AJC) joined last week in a mock graduation to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act, which would enable the estimated 50,000 undocumented students who graduate high school each year to enter college and earn citizenship.

    "Abraham...

  • A gefilte fish story, Art of Brain

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Disney's Darling

    "Among all of you, I'm a gefilte fish out of water," said Dick Cook, referring to his non-Jewish-sounding name. The Walt Disney Studios chair joked that Disney is the synagogue he most often attends, and instead of an eight-pronged menorah, there's Snow White and the...

  • Briefs: Chabad launches Israel education program, Shoah indexer to speak, Halachah in the age of tes

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad Program

    In an effort to create greater attachment between American Jews and the Jewish state, Chabad next week will begin teaching a course called "The Land and the Spirit: Why We All Care About Israel."

    The program, free except for the cost of a textbook, will be open to the...

  • Six activists illuminate ‘Darfur Now’ documentary

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    'Darfur Now' trailer
    While the Darfur crisis enters its fifth year, the American Jewish Committee and Warner Independent Pictures have taken a lead in raising awareness of and combating the genocide in the Western Sudan region, where an estimated 200,000 people have been killed...
  • Conservative Supreme Court rulings vex Jewish advocacy groups

    By Ron Kampeas

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Following a string of conservative rulings in the closing weeks of this year's Supreme Court session, some Jewish officials are suggesting that they may be forced to abandon their decades-long strategy of relying on the courts to protect liberal gains on a host of issues.

    For...

  • Sheket, b’vakasha!

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Shutting Jewish Mouths

    We were surprised to read the mischaracterization of the American Jewish Committee (AJCommitee) in Rob Eshman's column ("Shutting Jewish Mouths," Feb. 16).

    As our 175,000 constituents know, we welcome a wide range of viewpoints in the AJCommitee "tent" and...

  • Briefs: Journalist: West Is losing ‘War of Ideas;’ Daniel Pipes comes to Pepperdine

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Journalist: West Is Losing War of Ideas

    The conflict between the West and terrorist Islam is not about terrorism, land or economic grievances but about fundamental ideas -- and the West is losing.

    So posits Melanie Phillips, a feisty British journalist, who backed up her thesis in...

  • Ahmadinejad Dismisses Israeli Threats; Cluster Bombs Under Scrutiny

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ahmadinejad Dismisses Israeli Threats

    Iran's president shrugged off Israeli threats to attack his country's nuclear facilities as psychological warfare.

    "This is a media campaign, because the Zionist regime is weak. We have faced stronger countries in the past," an official Iranian...

  • L.A.‘s Jews and other minorities: oh, how we’ve danced!

    By David A. Lehrer

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In Los Angeles, the most diverse city in the world, we Jews have grappled long and hard with our sense of place in America. Ultimately, having found our "place in the sun," we have forged meaningful relations with many of the communities that make up this complicated goulash....
  • ‘State Department for Jews’ Hits 100

    By Dina Kraft

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In a meeting room with gold silk curtains and tiled walls, a delegation from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) takes their seats at a long, glass-topped table facing Tunisia's foreign minister and his aides.

    Soon the questions begin: When will Tunisia resume official relations...

  • Opportunities and Changes Abound

    By Rabbi Marc S. Dworkin

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    This month, as I started my work with the American Jewish Committee (AJC), my wife's father, Sol, celebrated his 90th birthday with his friends at Leisure World of Laguna Woods. Like many of us, Sol is a transplant to Orange County from Brooklyn, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and...

  • Harder Choices

    By Rob Eshman

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Little noted amid the full-frontal assault on Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) latest sensationalistic folly was President George W. Bush's move to ease the flow of federal dollars to faith-based charities.

    Bush's Dec. 12 executive order implemented key elements of his...

  • One American Muslim

    By Rob Eshman

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Tashbih Sayyed told me he has cried three times in his adult life: once when his father died, once when his mother died and once when he had to sell his house.

    Sayyed was born in India in 1941 into a Shiite Muslim family. After the 1948 partition, his family, feeling persecuted by...

  • Many Jews OK With Proposition K

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The recent publicity centering around Hamilton High School's Jewish parents' disapproval of Proposition K -- the $3.35 billion school bond issue -- gave the impression that the Jewish community was against the proposition.

    But Jewish activists are speaking up in defense of the...

  • New Coalition Opposes Intermarriage

    By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the face of widespread popular Jewish acceptance of intermarriage and a sense that the Jewish community's leaders have given up any effort to oppose it, a group of 25 Jewish rabbis, intellectuals, lay leaders and communal affairs professionals is galvanizing to fight for change.

    ...

  • “Public Schools Are Today’s Door to Assimilation”

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish community, along with the rest of the citizens of California, have a chance to change the educational destiny of the their children in the upcoming election. Appearing on the ballot is a voucher initiative that will enable parents to choose the school that best fits the...

  • Red-Carpet Treatment

    By Michael J

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's after Labor Day, which means kids are back to school, the football season has kicked off and the presidential race is heating up.

    With much less fanfare, the Jewish diplomatic season is also under way.

    The three-day U.N. Millennium Summit last week presented American Jewish...

  • Open Discussions

    By Tom Tugend

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles, as always, attracted a variety of interesting visitors in recent days. The Jewish Journal couldn't meet all of them, but we made contact with a group of German journalists and government officials, the former executive editor of The New York Times, and the Israeli...
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