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  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Kerry to Get Holocaust Records

    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) will be given records about relatives who were killed during the Holocaust. The presumptive Democratic nominee recently learned that his paternal grandmother's brother and sister, both Jewish, were killed by the Nazis....

  • Q & A With András Simony

    By David Finnigan

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    András Simonyi, Hungary's ambassador to the United States, made his first visit to the Museum of Tolerance Feb. 11 to plan a spring memorial marking this year's 60th anniversary of the Nazi deportation of Hungarian Jews in 1944.

    A trim man who speaks in the short but thoughtful...

  • Gibson Film Is a Frontal Assault on Jews

    By Marvin Hier

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Mel Gibson's film is nothing less then a frontal assault and a collective indictment of the entire Jewish community during the time of Jesus.

    For two hours during "The Passion of the Christ," not a single Jew opposed to Jesus utters an intelligent sentence. Gibson's Jews are...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Foxman Presses Vatican on Film

    Abraham Foxman wants the Vatican to take a stand on Mel Gibson's controversial film on Jesus. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, met with Vatican officials Tuesday. He urged Vatican officials to tell bishops around the...

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  • Question of Ethics

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As both a Los Angeles city ethics commissioner and a Jewish community journalist, I was in a skeptical mood as I took a seat in the audience of a discussion on "Jewish Ethical Values in the Halls of Power: From the Board Room to the Council Chamber."

    The Jan. 25 panel was part of a...

  • Maccabi Athletes Take Gold in Pan Am

    By Carin Davis

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    From the fanfare of the banner-waving opening ceremonies to the pride of hearing the U.S. national anthem played during their medal ceremonies, Southern California athletes made the most of their experience at the 10th Pan American Maccabi Games. They joined over 2,000 Jewish...

  • No Local Plans to Quench ‘Passion’

    By David Finnigan

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish leaders are talking -- but also wary of talking too much -- about filmmaker Mel Gibson's controversial religious film, "The Passion of the Christ," opening Feb. 25.

    "My fear would be an overreaction on the part of the Jewish community. It raises, to high prominence, Gibson and...

  • World Briefs

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Was an Offer Made?

    Ariel Sharon denied that his office sought Israeli settlers' agreement to dismantle some illegal West Bank outposts. The denial by Israel's prime minister came after a spokesman for a settlers' group said the group had rejected the offer. Sharon is planning to...

  • Immigration Plan Poses Challenges

    By Ira Mehlman

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    President Bush's Jan. 7 proposal to dramatically expand immigration to the United States ignited a national debate about this highly emotional issue. While this is a critical policy that will profoundly affect all Americans, it is a policy that must be of particular concern to...

  • No Silence on Hate

    By Scott Chait

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It was late on Sunday afternoon when a high school student from Cleveland, his shaggy hair covered by a huge multicolored yarmulke, came bounding down the steps of Ohio State University's student center. An Israeli flag was draped around his bulky parka and a broad smile plastered...

  • Handwriting Is on the Wall in Italy

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's midnight in Milan and we're in a taxi racing through the streets to our hotel. We've just arrived from Los Angeles. We're hazy and tired from a 24-hour trip that should have taken us 15 and from spending too many hours delayed in Heathrow Airport, with nothing to do but sit on...

  • AJC Poll Punctures Political Wisdom

    By James D. Besser

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The 2003 American Jewish Committee (AJC) survey of Jewish public opinion released this week was hard on the propagators of political conventional wisdom.

    The survey contained mixed news for Jewish Democrats and Republicans, although both sides spun the results as an unqualified...

  • Muslim Hate Is Self-Inflicted Harm

    By Paul Kujawsky

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Arab and Iranian complaint that they are threatened and victimized by the Zionists is fascinatingly twisted. In fact, they do themselves considerable damage through their own anti-Semitism. Two recent examples come to mind.

    United States taxpayers paid for the liberation of...

  • Anti-Semitism Acts Climb in Holland

    By Rachel Levy

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Anti-Semitic acts in Holland rose significantly in 2002, but few cases were serious, according to a new report.

    Written by the University of Leiden and the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam, the report, presented in Amsterdam last week, also noted a marked decrease in violence...

  • We Need Blacks’ Aid in Anti-Semitism Fight

    By Rabbi Marc Schneier

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish people are under attack. Horrific expressions of anti-Semitism are spreading across the United States and the world. These attacks, both verbal and physical, are occurring at all levels of society, from the highest ranks of government to individuals on the street.

    This...

  • Who Causes Anti-Semitism?

    By Leonard Fein

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There is a gathering hysteria in the American Jewish community that is dangerously self-destructive. Life as a Jew these days may not be -- is not -- a bed of roses, but neither is it a bed of thorns. Yet to hear some in our community tell it, thorns are all there are.

    Consider:...

  • Have a Very Jewish Xmas

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish law requires that we publicize the miracle of Chanukah -- both when we light and where we light. We light the Chanukah candles after dark when they are most visible and we light in the early evening when most people are still out and about. We place our chanukiot by the window...

  • Community Briefs

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rose Parade Proselytizing

    Two rival teams will square off in Pasadena on New Year's Day. No, not USC vs. Michigan. Get ready for the ultimate grudge match: Jews for Judaism vs. Jews for Jesus.

    A year after Jews for Jesus' international witnessing campaign, Behold Your God, hit...

  • Drive Opens to Free 11 Jews Held in Iran

    By Tom Tugend

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Babak Tehrani was 17 years old in June 1994 when he hugged his parents and two younger brothers, left his home in Tehran and, guided by a well-paid smuggler, tried to slip across the rugged mountains from Iran into Pakistan.

    He was joined by his friend, 20-year-old Shaheen Nikkhoo,...

  • Community Briefs

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Wiesenthal Delegation Asks Pope to Condemn Terror

    In a 40-minute private audience Monday, Dec. 1 with Pope John Paul II, a Simon Wiesenthal Center delegation appealed to the pontiff to condemn suicide bombings and international terrorism as "crimes against God and crimes...

  • Republican Redux: Jews Going Right?

    By James D. Besser

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In a town famous for hot air, the Washington Post made a major contribution over the weekend with an oft-repeated tale of how Jewish voters, concerned about terrorism and Israel, are about to migrate to the greener pastures of the GOP.

    Jewish Democrats reacted angrily, saying it was...

  • In 2003, We Are STRONG

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Item 1: I received a call the other day from a journalist employed by a respected Jewish magazine working on a story titled, "Is a Second Holocaust Brewing?"

    Item 2: Arthur Cohn, a well-respected and talented filmmaker repeated in The Jewish Journal and The Forward the canard first...

  • ADL Marks 90 Years

    By Amanda Susskind

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League is celebrating its 90th anniversary this week, marking its beginnings in Chicago when Sigmund Livingston, a young Jewish lawyer, watched a vaudeville show portraying Jews as greedy, dishonest characters with hooked noses and thick accents.

    Knowing that such...

  • The Top 10 Reasons Why Today Is Different

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The top 10 reasons why the vulnerability of the 1930s cannot be compared with contemporary Jewish vulnerability:

    10. Hitler ruled most of Europe; Arafat can't move beyond the rubble of his compound.

    9. In the 1930s, Jews were without adequate power to defend themselves. Those with...

  • Main Findings in Suppressed Report

    By Toby Axelrod

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The study that the European Union's Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia commissioned was prompted by a wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe that intensified in the spring of 2002. The report was suppressed, allegedly to avoid offending Europe's large Muslim communities....

  • Yoffie Emphasizes Need to Forge Links

    By Joe Berkofsky

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Reform Jews cannot go it alone.

    That was the message at the Reform movement's 67th biennial in Minneapolis last week.

    Despite numerically dominating the North American Jewish landscape, Reform Jews must reach out to other Reform Jews in Israel and Eastern Europe and fight...

  • Lieberman, Easterbrook and Dearborn

    By Jack Weiss

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sound bites from last week:

    "I am Joseph, your brother." -- Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), speaking before the Arab-American Institute in Dearborn, Mich.

    "Disney's CEO, Michael Eisner, is Jewish; the chief of Miramax, Harvey Weinstein, is Jewish. Yes, there are plenty of Christian...

  • Harvard Campaign Against Hate

    By Rachel Fish

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Feeling frustrated about Arab anti-Semitism? Upset by people's insensitivity toward Jewish concerns? Think you're powerless to influence your school or community? Think again.

    A group of Harvard students spoke out against hate speech in the Middle East, and, thanks to the support of...

  • Just a Peace Rally? Read the Fine Print

    By David Finnigan

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This Sunday's "End Occupation" rally in Hollywood has led Jewish watchdog groups to be concerned about the increasing anti-Semitism of the antiwar movement.

    "How did the antiwar movement become anti-Semitic?" asked Amanda Susskind, regional director of the Pacific Southwest Region...

  • New Books: World Hates Us, Let’s Eat

    By David Finnigan

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Solid proof that Jew-hating is on the rise is the number of nonfiction titles publishers are releasing on the subject.

    The human fever called anti-Semitism finds the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) borrowing from the Jewish Defense League (JDL), with the JDL's mantra "Never Again!"...

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