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  • Olmert goes to China; Hezbollah is back; Euro righties caucus; Jews get blamed again

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Olmert Goes to China

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert traveled to China for talks on the Iranian nuclear threat. Monday's trip also marks 15 years of relations between the countries and seeks to expand Israel's current trade relations. Olmert's family has historic ties to China:...

  • PBS ‘Resurgence’ documentary explores reappearance of anti-Semitism

    By Tom Tugend

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The PBS documentary, "Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence," will discomfit viewers of all stripes.

    Airing Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. on KCET, the film will annoy those who believe that rising anti-Semitism is a myth fueled by Jewish paranoia and self-serving Jewish defense...

  • Boycott Borat?

    By Adam Deutsch

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Does comedy nullify hatred? Does comedy grant allowance to bigotry, racism and, most of all, anti-Semitism?

    Nov. 3 began the opening weekend of the acclaimed "most hilarious movie ever": "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Khazakstan." After...

  • Prager; CAIR; Gibson; The Boot!

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm


    It is getting somewhat boring to read yet another letter in The Jewish Journal from such a disingenuous character as Hussam Ayloush (Letters, Dec. 1). Typical of Ayloush and other CAIR officials, he engages only in ad hominem smears and refuses to deal with the substantive...

  • Borat, Seriously

    By Rob Eshman

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Following the massive success of the movie "Borat," there is bound to be an equally massive deluge of punditry on what it all means.

    I defy you to watch the movie and not cramp up from laughter. And by all means, continue laughing when the pundits say "Borat" reveals something dark,...

  • Pharmacy under attack after anti-Semitism charges

    By Jane Ulman

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    An anti-Semitic pharmacy in Beverly Hills?

    The notion may sound unlikely, but a widely circulated e-mail bearing the subject heading "Druggist won't do business with 'Jews or Jew Doctors'" sparked concern and outrage in recent weeks as it landed in hundreds of computer mailboxes...

  • Local Couple Secures Pope’s Personal Blessing of Crucifix for Ailing Catholic Friend

    By Norma Zager

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Local Couple Secures Pope's Personal Blessing of Crucifix for Ailing Catholic Friend

    Civic activists and philanthropists Faith and Jonathan Cookler recently returned from an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Leadership Mission led by Abraham Foxman, ADL national director, to...

  • European anti-Semitism up since Hezbollah war

    By Dinah Spritzer

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel's recent war with Hezbollah resulted in a new wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe -- almost all in Western Europe, a new report finds.

    The European Jewish Congress' (EJC) 53-page report, presented Sunday at a World Jewish Congress meeting in Paris, reveals that the...

  • David Mamet has one question—for the wicked son

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    David Mamet has written a book, "The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-Hatred and the Jews" (Shocken/Nextbook), that is by turns bold, courageous, and outrageous -- it is a book that calls Diaspora Jews to the table and asks: "In or Out?" "The underlying premise of the book," Mamet...
  • Noteworthy sessions and events at the G.A.

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    SUNDAY, NOV. 12
    10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Tour of the Skirball Cultural Center
    Note: Tour leaves from Westin Bonaventure and returns to the L.A. Convention Center.

    2:30 p.m.
    Opening Plenary: "One People, One Destiny, One Great Day in November"
    Greetings: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...

  • Israeli police want to charge Katsav for rape; U.S. funding Hamas opponents

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli police want to charge Katsav for rape Israeli police recommended indicting President Moshe Katsav on charges of rape and sexual harassment. Katsav rejected calls to resign, and his attorney said Monday morning that he will quit only if an indictment is submitted....
  • Area synagogues weigh benefits, pitfalls of High Holidays security

    By Marc Ballon

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi David Eliezrie has peyos, a beard and wears a black hat and a long black coat. "I look pretty Jewish," quips Eliezrie, senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Meir HaCohen/North County Chabad Center in Yorba Linda.
    If an anti-Semite were intent on lashing out at Jews, Eliezrie...
  • Controversial Muslim leader Hathout gets award despite opposition

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At a meeting that featured catcalls, standing ovations and the ejection of a disruptive audience member, Los Angeles' County Human Relations Commission voted again Monday to give an award to Dr. Maher Hathout, a local Muslim leader whose harsh rhetoric on Israel generated...

  • Ex-Iran President’s U.S. Visit Is Slap in the Face

    By Pooya Dayanim

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The issuance of a U.S. visa to Mohammad Khatami, former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran until he was succeeded by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Khatami's presence this week on U.S. soil, is an insult to the American people, a slap in the face to Iran's pro-democracy movement, a...

  • Conspiracy Theories Continue to Blame Jews and Israel Five Years After 9/11

    By Richard Greenberg

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, approaches, the date has become synonymous with the image of wanton destruction. And in addition to the massive loss caused by the attacks, they spawned another form of unrelenting damage -- a host of anti-Semitic...
  • What I Really Asked Mel Gibson

    By Rabbi David Baron

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Can an alcoholic who was poisoned with his father's anti-Semitism use a moment of naked exposure to confront his bigotry? Can he ever hope to cleanse himself of this deeply-seated hatred or is he forever doomed?

    Will he turn his life around and begin using his celebrity and wealth...

  • Fighting Fire With Satire

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The anti-Semitic fallout from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks so appalled alternative journalists Joshua Neuman and David Deutsch that they went scurrying to their keyboards.

    They didn't fire off letters to the editor or pen learned treatises documenting that the Jews in fact were...

  • High Holiday Invite Continues the Passion of Mel

    By Tom Tugend

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mel Gibson has easily disposed of his legal problems, but whether, when and how he will personally appear before a Jewish audience is very much up in the air.

    When the actor-director was stopped on suspicion of drunk driving by a Jewish sheriff's deputy in the early hours of July...

  • Circuit

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Reagan Library was the setting when more than 500 Jewish Republicans gathered to pay tribute to U.S. and Israeli armed forces. RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, and Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) set a powerful model of the necessity for firm resolve at this time of international crises....

  • Lowcountry Leisure—Southern Escape Steeped in History

    By Roslyn Farhi

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    So you've seen "Big Fish," "Forrest Gump" and "Driving Miss Daisy," and now you think you know what the South is all about -- old mansions, moss-draped oaks, steamy swamps. Think again.

    The South is a vibrant tapestry of culture, and its Jewish communities are important threads....

  • Local Christian Leaders Maintain Support for Israel

    By Marc Ballon

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Even in the face of recent international criticism of Israel's war tactics, American Christians, especially Evangelicals, have remained steadfast in support of Jews and the Jewish state. Whereas vicious anti-Zionist attacks in much of Europe and the Arab world have lately bled into...
  • Worldwide Anti-Semitism Rises With Mideast Conflict

    By Jennifer Jacobson

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Since the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah began in mid-July, a form of hate older than the Jewish state increasingly is rearing its ugly head: anti-Semitism. July saw an attack against a synagogue in Sydney, Australia; vandalism of synagogues and Jewish businesses in Miami; and...
  • Three Groups Respond to Gibson’s Request for Meeting

    By Tom Tugend

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The race to become the first Jewish group to land an appearance by Mel Gibson is on, with three already entered and more waiting in the wings.

    The alert reader might have heard that the actor-director, after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, allowed that, uh, sexually...

  • The Mad Adventures of Gerard Oury

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "The King of popular comedy is dead," proclaimed Le Figaro after Gerard Oury, one of France's most successful directors (if not its most successful) died on Thursday, July 20, at his home in St. Tropez.

    I know Oury's work because as a teenager I went with my mother to New York's...

  • Communities on Alert After Seattle Shootings

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish communities are being urged to remain vigilant, be in touch with police and other law enforcement agencies and review their security arrangements after a fatal shooting at Seattle's Jewish federation offices. The alleged gunman, identified by police as Naveed Afzal Haq, said...

  • How South America’s Left Turn Impacts Its Jews

    By Joe Goldman

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    South American Jewish communities are surveying their surroundings anew after elections across the continent in recent years have been dominated by left-wing or center-left parties.

    Among the changes:

    • In 2002, Luis Ignacio "Lula" DaSilva, a union leader from a poor background,...

  • City Officials Vow Justice for Vandalized Synagogue

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    City officials have vowed to aid a Persian congregation in Tarzana whose new synagogue was vandalized last Friday by an arson attack and anti-Semitic graffiti. Two days before the scheduled July 9 ceremonial moving of Beith David Education Center's Torahs to its new facility,...

  • Letters, we get letters!  And email!

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Converts' Hardships

    I was impressed and saddened by Laura Birnbaum's essay in your July 7 issue regarding the converts to Judaism whom she has met ("Converts' Hardships Expose Truth".)

    She describes the scorn, hostility and rejection they felt they had received from the...

  • A Brutal Awakening

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It is a hot August day, a steamy morning among the tree-lined streets in Granada Hills. I could be looking at the trees or the friendly rows of houses, but all I see is the parents.

    About 100 or so men and women are being held back by the police line that has been set up around the...

  • Different Tack on Campus Challenge

    By Chaim Seidler-Feller

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Speeches about "holocaust in Israel." Academic boycotts. Divestiture campaigns. Professors who intimidate their students. Jewish speakers whose rhetoric is anti-Israel.

    These program initiatives and phenomena that have seemingly overwhelmed our universities during the past few...

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