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  • Tensions flare over Chanukah date for Westside election

    By Jared Sichel

    November 18, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    Former Culver City Mayor Christopher Armenta, who is running for a California state Assembly seat, sent a mailer to local residents last week accusing his opponent’s father, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, of using his influence to elect Sebastian Ridley-Thomas to...

  • My G-20 Jewish Homecoming

    By Jay Firestone

    September 24, 2009 | 12:23 pm

    This is my vacation…

    Visiting my parents in Pittsburgh, PA was the initial reason for taking such a long break between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  But when I realized my visit would coincide with the G-20 summit, I decided to act fast.

    Unfortunately I missed the deadline to...

  • State Assembly hopeful is a political and personal bridge builder

    By Tom Tugend

    July 23, 2008 | 3:58 pm

    When Robert J. Blumenfield was 12, he covered the 1980 Democratic and Republican conventions as a reporter for a youth-oriented magazine, and he has been hooked on politics since.

    In June, Blumenfield, 40, always addressed as Bob, won the Democratic primary to represent the 40th...

  • Briefs: The Milken JCC pool; Valley Cities JCC fundraiser; Iran divestment bill moving forward

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Federation Asks Milken JCC to Relinquish Property Rights

    With little notice, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles closed the Olympic-sized swimming pool at The New JCC at Milken on April 25, citing possible mold damage but having already been issued a permit on April 11 by...
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  • Collegians do the ‘Write Thing’ at GA

    By Leni Reiss

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    College students are not only attending the General Assembly, they are covering it as well.

    This will be the 17th year that a select group of Jewish collegians, as members of the Do the Write Thing team, will have its own prestigious place in the General Assembly.

    For this 40-member...

  • Brotherhood in a Sukkah ... in Iraq

    By Rabbi Gary Davidson

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Three long, narrow white boxes with Hebrew and English writing were laying on the chapel floor at my Air Force Base in the Persian Gulf.

    "What's this?" I wondered aloud. When I looked closer, I noticed the words "Sukkah" and "U.S. Government" stamped on each package.

    "A sukkah kit...

  • First Election Round Goes to Jews

    By David Finnigan

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While most Jewish politicians easily won Tuesday's primary election, four out of six Jewish candidates in Los Angeles County Superior Court judge races survived the primaries, with two Jewish women competing this fall in a tough judge's race.

    California's Jewish legislators who...

  • Jewish Candidates Fill County Ballot

    By Tom Tugend

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish candidates will be well represented in the March 2 election, with incumbents in Los Angeles County expected to sail through with no -- or token -- opposition in the Democratic and Republican primaries.

    At the top of the ballot -- after the presidential candidates, among whom...

  • Lawmaker Sees Plan to Cut Funds Failing

    By Marc Ballon

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    State Assemblyman Lloyd E. Levine (D-Van Nuys), 33, sits on the influential Assembly Budget Committee. He recently spoke with The Jewish Journal about the possible impacts of Gov. Gray Davis' proposed 15 percent cut in Medi-Cal reimbursements.

    Jewish Journal: What pain would the 15...

  • Simchat Torah

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When: Sundown on Sat., Oct. 21, to sundown Oct. 22.

    What:

    Simchat Torah ends the days beginning with Sukkot (which began last Friday night) that are known as Z'man simchateinu (season of our joy). The day before Simchat Torah (beginning sundown Oct. 20) is called Shemini...

  • State Races Get Hot

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As I made the rounds of endless cocktail parties and debates two weeks before March 7 primary day, I could see that the Jewish community has little reason to cheer term limits, just as it will not likely salute restrictions on campaign contributions, if that should ever come to pass....
  • Jewish Philanthropy, From A to C

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    There was a sort of informal poll conducted among the delegates who gathered in Atlanta last week for the annual assembly of America's Jewish welfare federations.

    The agency that convened them, the newly-designated United Jewish Communities, had scheduled a series of discussions for...

  • Invitation to a Showdown

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Readers' Quiz: Who was the unhappiest Jew in Indiana last week?Was it:

    A) Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who had to endurethe icy stares of 4,000 hostile delegates at the General Assembly ofthe Council of Jewish Federations, as he begged them to set asideinternal divisions...