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  • Palestinian terror cell indicted for American woman’s murder

    January 26, 2011 | 10:01 am

    Members of a Palestinian terror cell were indicted for the murder of an American tourist in a forest near Jerusalem.

    Four Palestinians from villages near Hebron were indicted Wednesday in Jerusalem District Court for the murder of Christine Logan, 40, also identified by some media...

  • Tiger Moms tamed by American experience

    January 25, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin earned two A’s, one A-plus and one A-minus during her first semester at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


    When she told her Chinese grandfather, she was disappointed but not shocked by his response.


    “He said: ‘You got an A-plus, but...

  • Poll: 49% of Americans blame pro-Palestinian activists for flotilla deaths

    June 8, 2010 | 11:37 am

    Nearly half - 49 percent - of likely U.S. voters believe that pro-Palestinian activists were to blame for the deaths that occurred when the Israel Defense Forces raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last week, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

    Only 19...

  • L.A.’s Jewish Community Library Likely to Move

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 15, 2009 | 5:23 am

    A coalition of Jewish Community Library supporters say leaders at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles have spurned their efforts to create an independent library and to stop a proposed merger with the American Jewish University.

    Since March 2008, leaders of Federation,...

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  • Breaking News: American Student Stabbed in Jerusalem

    February 9, 2009 | 1:29 pm

    An American Jewish student was stabbed in Jerusalem by three men believed to be Palestinians, according to reports.

    The 19-year-old male student, said to be enrolled at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was admitted to the hospital after the incident late Saturday night with stab...

  • Jewish troops in Iraq can practice their faith, thanks to Navy rabbi

    By Lilly Fowler

    December 25, 2008 | 4:19 pm

    ALTTEXT
    Rabbi Johnn Cutler, far lower right, celebrates Chanukah with other marines in Iraq. Photo courtesy Rabbi John Cutler


    A short distance from the area where many historians believe the Talmud was written, Rabbi Jon Cutler leads one of the only functioning synagogues left in Iraq.

    "You...

  • Doing Jews right on TV—for better or worse

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 20, 2008 | 3:47 am

    In the AMC drama "Mad Men," about the male-dominated advertising world of 1960s New York, an early episode features Jewish heiress Rachel Menken soliciting the services of ad firm Sterling Cooper to boost sales for her family-owned department store.

    Eager to secure her business, the...

  • Israelis catch U.S. election fever

    By Dina Kraft

    October 28, 2008 | 8:01 pm

    TEL AVIV (JTA) -- Just beyond the beer taps at a Tel Aviv bar with an American flag hanging out front, a makeshift polling station draws dozens of Americans in Israel casting their vote for the U.S. election, 6,000 miles away.

    "This is more fun than voting in the Bronx," said one...

  • ‘Accidental Mexican’  Ilan Stavans probes cultural identity in first play

    By Rachel Heller

    October 10, 2008 | 1:40 am

    As an "accidental Mexican" born to an Eastern European family, author and essayist Ilan Stavans has hurdled critics to become one of the nation's foremost commentators on Latino culture. As a Mexican American, he has written widely on immigration, the clash and fusion of languages...
  • An American wedding in Israel

    By Dikla Kadosh

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    In my excitement about getting engaged this past October, I printed out a monstrous wedding planning checklist, which detailed exactly what I should be doing and when -- from nine months to the day of my wedding.

    But as I read down the four-page list, the anxiety started to mount --...

  • In the eye of a racial storm

    May 22, 2008 | 11:00 am

    On April 4, 2008, we, the Rev. Eric Lee and Daphna Ziman, came face to face in the eye of a national racial storm that has surfaced during the primary election campaign.

    Two communities, both of which have suffered discrimination and both of which have fought for justice, found...

  • Movies: Polish drama explores Jewish-Catholic relations

    By Tom Tugend

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In the black-and-white opening of "Forgiveness," a small, frightened girl runs through a foggy forest as dogs bark ominously in the distance.

    In the next scene, in color, a fashionably dressed American woman visits a cemetery and stops before a tombstone with a Star of David...

  • L.A. Jewish girl joins the African Jewish matzah dance

    By Nili Salem

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    My Pesach preparation, like that of so many Americans, usually involves walking to my local supermarket and loading a cart full of Manischewitz products ... you know, the chocolate-covered jellies, the matzah-pizza sauce and, of course, the kosher cheese that rarely melts. The...
  • Don’t chastise Jews’ grants to non-Jewish causes

    By Gary Tobin

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish foundations are growing by leaps and bounds, giving away billions of dollars and supporting practically every cause and organization that you can

    imagine. This is good news, unless of course you are in the camp that believes Jews and the foundations they create are misguided...

  • On the tricky question of ‘who is a Jew[ish writer]?’

    By David Wolpe

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I do not know who qualifies as a Jewish writer.

    If you wish to count the non-Jewish John Updike because he created a Jewish protagonist (Henry Bech) or if you include genetically Jewish Muriel Spark (who converted to Catholicism and wouldn't know a box of tefillin or a bag of...

  • TV: Shoah makes searing mark in Ken Burns WWII documentary

    By Steven Rosen

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ken Burns knew from the start that he didn't want his seven-episode, 14 1/2-hour documentary on World War II to be associated with any notion of "The Good War." And yet in its final episode, as now elderly ex-GIs recount the lessons learned from liberating German concentration camps,...
  • Dual Identity, Double the Questions

    By Sarah Price Brown

    July 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Chinese villagers found the baby, abandoned by her birth parents, in a basket on a riverbank.

    "Just like Moses," the child's adoptive mother, Terri Pollock, says. Today, Leah Hua Xia Pollock, 14, lives in Seattle and plays the flute in her temple's klezmer band.

    Last year, Leah...

  • What makes a ‘real’ Jew?

    By Rebecca Suchov

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After being alive for 16 years, I would think it would be easy to classify myself into a certain category, and that by now I would know what, who and why I am what I am. But as I grow older, it has become more complicated for me to label myself -- secular, religious, Jewish American...
  • I rode on the wild side—when road rage met anti-Semitism

    By Gary Wexler

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I am safe on the plane now.

    On the way to Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon, I thought I was about to be murdered.

    In the run-up to a weeklong business trip, I called the car service I've been using for years to pick me up at my home. The driver arrived promptly at...

  • Bat mitzvahs in Israel run gamut from fancy to frum

    By Melody Amsel-Arieli

    January 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Aren't all bat mitzvahs alike?

    A couple years of Hebrew school, at best, followed by a gathering of the clan on the big day, a smattering of Hebrew blessings, the haftarah, a festive Oneg Shabbat and, finally, a party to beat all get out? To American Jews, it may seem that way. But...

  • Uri Geller bends self into Israel ‘reality TV’ stardom

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel is no stranger to reality TV. Knockoffs -- or shall we say adaptations -- of popular American TV talent shows, like "American Idol" and "The Apprentice," have become hits. But recently, Israel has developed its own inimitable, highly successful talent contest in which Uri...
  • ‘The Good Shepherd’: I was a young man for the CIA

    By Steven Rosen

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Eric Roth's impressive resume as a Hollywood screenwriter includes an Oscar (for adapting "Forrest Gump") and a string of reality-based screenplays about the difficulties important people face choosing between realpolitik and personal morality.

    These include shared credits on 1999's...

  • Michael Richards:  Still not a Jew

    By Rob Eshman

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    There's a civil war brewing in Lebanon, missiles sizzle on their launch pads in Gaza; death and doom stalk Iraq; the earth's climate speeds toward collapse; and Iran is five days closer to going nuclear than it was before my Thanksgiving holiday began.

    And when I return to work,...

  • TV: Should Jews save the werewolf from extinction?

    By Jeremy Wexler

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Although few people in the Jewish community noticed, on May 2, 2000, a watershed event occurred: The last in a long line of Jewish werewolves disappeared when "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," the wildly popular vampire dramedy series, said goodbye to Oz, the character played by Seth...
  • Rabbi Gary Greenebaum takes national leadership position; Survival of Jews in Iran is a paradox, pan

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Gary Greenebaum takes national leadership position

    Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, a key figure in Los Angeles civic and ecumenical relations for the last 16 years, has been appointed national director for interreligious affairs by the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

    As director of...

  • American Jews are learned in everything—except Jewish texts

    By Rabbi Yosef Liebowitz

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The American Jewish community is one of the most learned and sophisticated communities in Jewish history - in everything except Jewish texts. As Jews, we are illiterate.

    This phenomenon has its roots in our history over the last 150 years. During that time, the Jewish people...

  • Book Review: Tools to fight terror: big dreams, good friends

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," by Jeff Goldberg (Knopf, $25).
     
    The full title of Jeffrey Goldberg's new book, "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," immediately conjures up notions of a Pinteresque power struggle between two...
  • GOP pro-Israel campaign is the real deal—why the hysteria?

    By Arnold Steinberg

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sure, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) has an agenda.
     The RJC wants Jews to become Republicans. So, the RJC buys ads in Jewish newspapers.
     
    Why the unbridled hysteria? Were the ads pornographic?
     
    For some liberals, free speech is selective. For them, (Jewish) community...
  • Jewish causes must compete to get big charitable gifts

    By Gary Tobin

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Roland Stanton's $100 million gift to Yeshiva University is the largest ever to a U.S. Jewish institution. Yet as Stanton himself said, "There are plenty of people who could do it."
     
    Our research shows he's right: Dozens of Jewish philanthropists are capable of equaling Stanton's...
  • Trio of films offers eclectic choices: sea, spies, punk

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "The Guardian"

    Raised in a secular Jewish family in Chicago, "The Guardian" director Andrew Davis learned early the values and ethics he continues to believe in.

    "My parents taught me war is not a good thing, so do everything you can to not go to war," he says during a telephone...
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