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  • In the eyes of American and Torah laws, Williams should die for his heinous crimes.

    By Larry Greenfield

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In the case of the People v. Williams, the facts are quite clear. A jury convicted Stanley Tookie Williams of the execution-style murder of 23-year-old Albert Owens during a robbery of a 7-Eleven store in Whittier. The jury also convicted him of murdering the owners of a Los Angeles...

  • Tribe

    By Molly Keene

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Cheating: The dreaded problem that faces every school across America -- and not just the obvious sneak-a-peak-at-your-neighbor's-quiz cheating. With thousands of essays, articles and book summaries at their fingertips, American students have discovered the Internet, expanding the...

  • Read All About It

    By Rob Eshman

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The very thought of editors of Jewish publications gathering in an Oxford manor house cries out for a Rodney Dangerfield punch line.

    Yarnton Manor was once a holding of the Spencer-Churchill family, as in Princess Diana and Sir Winston. Juxtapose its dark wood-paneled rooms and...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, October 15

    Joyous dance and celebration is at the heart of Russian American painter Ann Krasnow's art. Take it in, and meet the artist in person at Solaris Gallery's opening reception for "Ann Krasner: New Work."

    6-9 p.m. 9009 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (310)...

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  • No Small Actors, Only Fake Parts

    By Tom Tugend

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Le Grand Role" has laughter, pathos, in-jokes, heartburn, self-caricature -- in other words, it's a really, really Jewish film, even though the characters insist on speaking French.

    The film's concept is cute, although it could have gone astray in less-skilled hands.

    Maurice...

  • Never Been Mugged

    By Helen Schary Motro

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This piece was excerpted from the writer's "Maneuvering Between the Headlines: An American Lives Through the Intifada" (Other Press, 2005).

    Over time I have learned to drive to a few locations in Jerusalem, but I am never sure when I start out if I indeed will reach my destination...

  • Not-So-Nice Jewish Boy

    By Jonathan Kesselman

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Israeli producers came to America to audition Jewish men to star in "Nice Jewish Boy," their upcoming Bachelor-type reality show, I decided to throw my hat in the ring. After all, who better than me -- a commitment-phobic, ardently secular, anxious, heavily medicated, pale glass...

  • Shadows Obscure Illegal Aliens’ Hopes

    By Andy Glass

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In speaking about illegal aliens, President Bush says the time has come to bring "millions of hard-working men and women out of the shadows."

    However, Republican leaders in Congress claim that Bush's proposals would reward lawbreakers. They soon plan to pass legislation tightening...

  • First Lady Jostled in Jerusalem

    By Dan Baron

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    She may have brought a message of American goodwill toward Muslims, but Laura Bush spent a potential high point of her Middle East tour fending off protests from Palestinians angered by U.S. policies -- and from Israelis, too.

    After arriving from Jordan, the first lady toured...

  • A Bigger Sunday

    By Rob Eshman

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    At the risk of sounding like a cranky old-timer, the Jewish festivals of yore -- the '70s and '80s -- had a distinctive communitywide feel to them. The festival that was once held in Rancho Park drew thousands of people from across the communal spectrum -- young, old, Orthodox,...

  • AIPAC Will Focus on Policy at Gathering

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Inside the massive Washington Convention Center, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be talking about the Gaza Strip withdrawal and the Iranian nuclear threat.

    However, in the hallways and the social gatherings of the American Israel...

  • Appreciating Saul Bellow’s Jewishness

    By John J. Clayton

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    It disturbed me to hear on U.S. public radio and read in The New York Times that Saul Bellow was to be seen as simply an American writer -- which, of course, he is -- and not significantly a Jewish writer.

    Maybe they think they're doing him a favor? I think they're bleaching out a...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In My Neighborhood

    Last week we talked about being part of the Jewish community. This week you will find some kids who are doing it already. You will also find a great opportunity to participate yourself.

    Calling All Young Artists

    Nefesh B'Nefesh (www.nbn.org.il), the...

  • Roth’s ‘Kranky’ Little X-Mas

    By Tom Tugend

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tom Lehrer once noted that there were no American pop Chanukah tunes because Jewish composers were busy writing the nation's sentimental Christmas and Easter favorites.

    The observation came to mind when we talked to Joe Roth, about his movie "Christmas With the Kranks," which opened...

  • American Red Cross Seeks Image Rehab

    By Marc Ballon

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Howard Parmet is on a mission.

    Parmet, community outreach consultant for the American Red Cross (ARC) of Greater Los Angeles, wants to build bridges to a Jewish community that has largely shunned the organization because of a belief that it is anti-Israeli at best and anti-Semitic at...

  • Day School for Reform Jews, Too

    By David Ellenson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The idea that a significant number of American Jewish children would come to attend Jewish day schools would have seemed unimaginable no more than 40 years ago, and the notion that thousands from Reform Jewish homes would attend such schools would have seemed even more fantastic....

  • For Whom Poll Tolls

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Gallup Poll recently released its newest data on Jewish political attitudes, and it holds bad news for George W. Bush and for Republicans searching for Jewish votes. Based on polling from 1992 through May 2004 (of admittedly small, rolling samples of Jewish voters), the Gallup...

  • ‘Heart’ Celebrates a Nation’s Dream

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Controversy sells movies. Remember "The Passion of the Christ?" Now Michael Moore's Bush-bashing "Fahrenheit 9/11" is raking in millions since launching its own firestorm when Disney refused to distribute it, citing the studio's nonpartison history. This July 4 weekend, "Disney will...

  • Buck Stops at Prisoner Torture

    By Yehuda Lev

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Why am I not surprised at the news of the mistreatment of Iraqis in an American version of Saddam Hussein's prisons, crimes, which in fact, occurred in the very same Baghdad prison that was notorious as a torture center in pre-occupation Iraq?

    Take a group of American men and women...

  • Israel Worried About U.S. Iraq Withdrawl

    By Leslie Susser

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As Shiite and Sunni resistance to the American presence in Iraq intensifies, Israel's defense establishment is worried that a U.S. withdrawal under fire could have devastating consequences for the battles against weapons of mass destruction and global terrorism.

    And Israel could be...

  • Hostility to Jews Permeates New Iraq

    By Nir Rosen

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Last August, when Imam Mahdi al Jumeili of the small Hudheifa Mosque in Baghdad's Shurti neighborhood met three American officers to resolve a dispute over soldiers entering the grounds of his mosque, his first question was: "Are any of you Jews?"

    When he was satisfied that none...

  • Living for Yesterday

    By Amy Klein

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tel Aviv -- There is barely a line at Counter 15 of Israeli passport control, but still an older guy manages to try and cut me, even though his wife clearly sees that I've been there first. He pretends his line was for my counter, although it's clearly diagonal, for the empty Counter...

  • Community Briefs

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Hier: Gibson Is Insensitive

    Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has asked Mel Gibson to "speak out forcefully against anti-Semitism" and to "condemn the false charges of deicide leveled against the Jewish people."

    In a letter sent to the director of...

  • Crystal Ball Sees

    By James Besser

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It seems like we've been on the verge of 2004 for ages -- presidential election years always seem to distort the space-time continuum -- but now it's really upon us, and a lively year it is certain to be.

    Congress and the White House are up for grabs, the war on terrorism is...

  • Dreaming of a Blue and White Christmas

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Christmas came early this year -- Nov. 7, when New Line Cinema released "Elf," the family-friendly comedy that, as of this writing, has earned more than $156 million (see story, p. 19). Another surprise is the success of the far-more-cynical adult offering "Bad Santa," which had...

  • Saddam’s Fall Seen Just as First Step

    By Leslie Susser

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israelis have a long score to settle with Saddam Hussein: The former Iraqi dictator promised to destroy the Jewish State, fired 39 Scud missiles at Israeli cities during the Persian Gulf War and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to families of Palestinian suicide bombers.

    So,...

  • Do We Have Anything Left to Give?

    By David Suissa

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Do the Jews have anything left to give to America?

    This question was on my mind recently, after I was on a panel at Brandeis-Bardin Institute to discuss the Jewish influence on American culture. The popular view on this subject is invariably, "Just look at all the Jews who run...

  • Bee-witched and Bee-wildered

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Jeff Blitz's documentary, "Spellbound," Harry Altman grimaces and fidgets at the 1999 National Spelling Bee. The Jewish sixth-grader has been asked to spell "banns," which refers to a Christian marriage notice. He's never heard of it.

    "Banns, banns, banns," he whispers into the...

  • Kerry’s Heritage

    By Jennifer Anne Perez

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Seven years ago, then U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discovered that more than a dozen of her relatives had perished in the Nazi concentration camps because they, like Albright, were born Jewish.

    Albright's discovery raised an even larger question: How many other American...

  • Read Your Way to Cultural Literacy

    By Sarah B. Boxer

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Julie Sandorf recalls her immigrant grandparents telling her that they learned to be Americans at the public library, where they improved their English and learned more about American culture.

    Now Sandorf wants this generation of Americans to use the public library to learn to be...

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