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  • A TV pilgrimage to Jerusalem and other holy sites

    By Tom Tugend

    1 day ago

    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,...

  • U.S. Jewish groups opposing Israel’s ‘Jewish state’ law worry about consequences

    2 weeks ago

    It’s not unusual to hear U.S. Jewish groups speaking out against laws that discriminate and framing their protests as protecting Jewish interests.

    What’s unusual is that the target this time is the Israeli government and the proposed law emphasizes Jewish rights.

    At issue is ...

  • 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...

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  • Hillary’s choice: Clinton seeks to differentiate herself from Obama on Mideast

    May 20, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    A month before her foreign policy autobiography, “Hard Choices,” hits the bookstores, Hillary Rodham Clinton made an easy choice: She pitched her diplomatic credentials to a friendly Jewish audience.

    Clinton’s speech to the American Jewish Committee on May 14 was meant to send a...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • White House, amid heating tensions with Israel, to brief Jewish leaders on Iran

    October 29, 2013 | 10:56 am

    Amid an escalation of signals that the Obama and Netanyahu governments are parting ways on Iran strategy, the White House called in American Jewish leaders for a briefing on short notice.

    A small coterie of Jewish organizational leaders will meet Tuesday afternoon with top staff...

  • Jewish support for U.S. Iran strike drops, AJC survey shows

    October 28, 2013 | 10:11 am

    The annual American Jewish Committee poll of American Jews shows a decrease in support for a U.S. strike on Iran should diplomacy not end its suspected nuclear weapons program.

    According to the 2013 poll released Monday, 52 percent of American Jews favor such a strike — 24...

  • 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...

  • To frack or not to frack: is that a Jewish question?

    By Roger Price

    October 23, 2013 | 1:02 pm

       Did you know that fracking, the industrial process of extracting natural gas from shale rock is treif, that it violates Jewish values? Who knew? You could read the entire Torah, study the Mishnah and Gemara too, go through the commentaries of the rationalist Maimonides and the...

  • 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...

  • With deal struck, pro-Israel groups suspend lobbying for Syria strike

    September 16, 2013 | 2:50 pm

    Pro-Israel groups suspended their high-profile lobbying effort for a strike on Syria now that the United States and Russia have struck a deal to strip the Assad regime of its chemical weapons.

    A spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which organized a Capitol...

  • AIPAC makes push on Syria

    September 11, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    Pro-Israel officials rolled their eyes this week in response to the opposing spins about their support for President Barack Obama’s drive to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for his purported use of chemical weapons against his own people.

    Some suggested that once again, the...

  • Israel’s AG: Eliyahu’s candidacy for chief rabbi legally indefensible

    July 16, 2013 | 10:46 am

    Israel’s attorney general said the candidacy of Shmuel Eliyahu for Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel raised legal difficulties and could not be defended by his office.

    While Yehuda Weinstein cannot officially bar Eliyahu from running for chief rabbi, the attorney general said...

  • 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...

  • Secretary Kerry’s Speech and J Street’s Open Letter to the American Jewish Community

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 6, 2013 | 7:13 am

    Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a powerful and important speech at the American Jewish Committee conference, calling on American Jews to make their voices heard in support for negotiation efforts and a two-state solution. The speech was not given much...

  • Rice: Attacks on Israel at UN undercut peace

    May 10, 2013 | 9:24 am

    The barrage of attacks on Israel at the United Nations undercuts the quest for peace, said Susan Rice, the U.S. envoy to the body.

    "At its best, the U.N. does extraordinary things such as: keep the peace, help save untold civilians from Qaddafi in Libya, midwife the new nation of...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • AJC leaders meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah

    January 28, 2013 | 4:43 pm

    Leaders of the American Jewish Committee in a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman discussed political and strategic developments in the Middle East.

    The AJC Board of Governors delegation headed by AJC President Robert Elman met separately over the weekend with the...

  • 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...

  • Yes, there is a Jewish lobby

    January 16, 2013 | 11:58 am

    Sorry to burst everyone’s branding bubble, but there is a “Jewish lobby.” It happens to be pro-Israel because it’s Jewish — not the other way around.

    Jews don’t like hearing non-Jews use the term in public, and perhaps they shouldn’t. But as an interest group, Jews as such are...

  • Americans for Peace Now backs Palestinian U.N. bid

    November 27, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    Americans for Peace Now called on President Obama to support the Palestinians’ bid to upgrade their status in the United Nations to non-member observer state.

    The stance by the left-wing group issued in a statement Tuesday places it at odds with others in the pro-Israel...

  • ‘Robust’ EU sanctions no match for Tehran’s tricks, experts say

    November 13, 2012 | 9:46 am

    With embargoes on Iranian gas and oil firmly in place, the European Union seems determined to tighten a net of sanctions around Iran, as even longtime critics of Europe's trade relations with Iran acknowledge.

    In a second round of sanctions this year, the European Union announced...

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