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  • Moving and shaking: American Technion Society, Jewish Educator Awards, LAMOTH and more

    By Ryan Torok

    November 6, 2014 | 10:49 am

    Audience members at the American Technion Society’s (ATS) “An Evening of Innovation and Inspiration” were presented with a moving sight on Oct. 29 as U.S. Marines Capt. Derek Herrera walked across the Museum of Tolerance stage wearing an Israeli-designed-and-built ReWalk robotic...

  • The Khazars and the Mountain Jews: Tales from Jewish Azerbaijan

    November 4, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    Buried deep beneath Azerbaijan’s bucolic landscape lie secrets behind the ancient Muslim-Jewish friendship that prevails in this South Caucasus largely Shiite country. The 8th-century leaders of the Khazar Empire, famously, converted from their shamanistic religion and worship of a...

  • Letters to the editor: Khuzaa, Steven Sotloff, Azerbaijan and firing ranges

    September 23, 2014 | 9:25 am

    The Fog of Narrative

    With the article “Inside the Fog of War” (Sept. 12), the Jewish Journal joins many other media outlets in publicizing Palestinian suffering. It’s an easy story to write. The photos and witness accounts are plentiful and sympathetic. It’s truthful,...

  • Israel’s most valuable Muslim ally

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    September 17, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Jews worldwide will soon mark the onset of a Jewish New Year with the specter of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East. Amid the preponderance of daily bad news, it is uplifting to celebrate narratives of tolerance and respect. Earlier this month, I was one of 12...

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  • Letters to the editor: Jordan Belfort, Azerbaijan and defending Israel

    January 8, 2014 | 2:39 pm

    Treating the Moral, Ethical Sickness Spread by MoneyÏ

    As a state and federal criminal prosecutor, I can tell you that for every Bernard Madoff or Jordan Belfort, there are dozens of Jewish white-collar criminals you will never read about (“ ‘The Wolf’ and the Jewish Problem,”...

  • The mysteries of Azerbaijan: A Shiite nation embraces its Jews

    By Rob Eshman

    December 18, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    Red Village rises up along the Qudiyal River like a Jewish Brigadoon.

    To get there, you fly 13 hours from Los Angeles to Istanbul, then catch a three-hour flight to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan — a former Soviet country of some 9 million people on the Caspian Sea. From Baku,...

  • Iranian denies plan to attack Israeli embassy in Azerbaijan

    November 21, 2013 | 11:29 am

    An Iranian man arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on the Israeli embassy in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan denies the allegation, an Iranian diplomat said on Thursday.

    Hassan Faraji, 31, is the latest in a number of Iranians to be accused of criminal plots in...

  • The Food of Azerbaijan

    By Rob Eshman

    November 7, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    I just returned from a week-long trip to Azerbaijan, a country on the Caspian Sea.   I was there for an international conference and to see the remarkable Jewish community that has thrived there for centuries-- that's a whole other story, to come-- but of course, a person has to...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks:

    By Laura Donney

    September 3, 2013 | 5:31 pm

    SAT SEPT 7

    GOOD FOOD PIE CONTEST

    It’s pie. Pie! Join KCRW and the upper crust of L.A.’s baking scene as pies are imagined, created and then deliciously devoured. “Good Food’s” Evan Kleinman hosts an afternoon of fruit, nut, cream, silk, savory, vegan and LACMA art-inspired...

  • How an L.A. man named Macabi helped bring 21 new countries to Maccabiah Games

    July 10, 2013 | 10:18 am

    The first arrows Roxana and Rafael Gonzalez launch at the upcoming 19th Maccabiah Games will take flight from their fingertips, but also from Jeffrey Sudikoff’s imagination.

    Roxana, 25, and Rafael, 24, are part of the first Cuban delegation to participate in the Maccabiah, a...

  • June 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 6, 2012 | 2:18 am

    Noteworthy

    Mideast game-changer

    Marking 30th anniversary of the start of the first Lebanon War, Amir Taheri ‎writes in the New York Post that the Israel’s defeat of Arafat ‎and the PLO in Lebanon served to give rise to darker powers in the country, thanks to ‎Syria and Iran....

  • May 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 13, 2012 | 1:54 am

    Erdogan’s Next Move

    The Turkish prime minister is apparently trying to consolidate his power, writes ‎Andrew Finkel in the New York Times, but is it the right move for Turkey? ‎

    This week, Erdogan said that Turks should begin debating a move from the current ‎parliamentary...

  • April 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 29, 2012 | 3:19 am

    Going the Distance

    ‎(Seizing the opportunity to recommend an article that features on my own ‎work) Yehudah Mirsky in Jewish Ideas Daily looks at the connection American ‎Jewry has to Israel, and whether it is really diminishing. ‎

    The research studies agree on several...

  • Lieberman denies Israel has access to Azerbaijan air bases

    April 23, 2012 | 3:14 pm

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman denied a report that Israel was granted access to air bases in Azerbaijan.

    Lieberman made the remarks to reporters Monday in Baku, where he is meeting with high-ranking government officials.

    “Such reports are from the sphere of science...

  • April 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 2, 2012 | 2:54 am

    Maikel Nabil Sanad draws back the curtain on Egypt’s military

    Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post meets the Egyptian blogger who maintains that the changes in his country have been purely cosmetic.

    Nabil turned out to be right about where the Egyptian generals were headed. In...

  • Azerbaijan denies report it gave Israel access to airfields

    March 29, 2012 | 10:55 am

    Azerbaijan officials denied a claim in an American magazine that Israel was granted access to airbases in Azerbaijan.

    Foreign Policy Magazine reported Wednesday that Israel was granted access to the airbases in the Caucasus nation, raising the fears of U.S. officials that it is...

  • Azerbaijan makes arrests in planned attack on U.S., Israeli embassies

    March 14, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Twenty-two people were arrested in Azerbaijan on suspicion of planning to attack the American and Israeli embassies.

    The arrests Wednesday were announced by the national security ministry, which said the attacks were to be undertaken on behalf of Iran, the French news agency AFP...

  • Israel, Azerbaijan ink $1.6 billion military deal

    February 27, 2012 | 10:32 am

    A state-run Israeli company will has inked a $1.6 billion deal to sell sophisticated military technology to Azerbaijan.

    Under the deal, Israel Aerospace Industries will sell drones, anti-aircraft and missile defense systems to Azerbaijan, Iran’s neighbor to the north.

    Israeli defense officials told international news services that the deal has been in process for a long time and is not a response to recent allegedly Iranian attempts to kill Israeli diplomats or any potential Israeli plans to strike Iranian nuclear sites.

  • Azerbaijan arrests terror suspects

    February 22, 2012 | 10:37 am

    Suspected terrorists with links to Iran and Hezbollah were arrested in Azerbaijan, while bombs intended for use against Israeli targets in Thailand’s capital were discovered hidden in inexpensive portable radios.

    The suspects in Azerbaijan are accused of planning terrorist attacks...

  • Muslim President: “Shana Tova”

    By Rob Eshman

    September 21, 2009 | 5:40 pm

    This doesn’t happen often.

    And by “often,” I mean, “never.”

    The president of a Shi’ite Muslim nation reached out to his country’s and the world’s Jews to wish them a happy new year, or “shana tova” in Hebrew.

    President Ilham Aliyev sent a message of greetings to the Jewish...

  • Azeri Jews: Centuries of coexistence in Azerbaijan

    By Gabriel Lerner

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    "This," says the guide, a man in his 20s with a round face, a hint of a mustache, beard and very short hair -- "this below us is the city of Quba."

    We are standing at the top of a cliff, overlooking an urban development that at first sight looks like any other in this country --...

  • But what about Azerbaijan?

    By Rob Eshman

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, in that Hollywood purgatory just before the announcement of the Oscar nominations, I found myself at a party in honor of Borat.

    I fully expected Borat to appear, dingy brown suit and post-modern Groucho mustache and all. Instead, as I walked through the door of the...

  • A Young Violinist With a Lot of Pluck

    By Beverly Gray

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Her name is Camilla Tsiperovich. But, growing up in Azerbaijan, there were times she wasn't allowed to use it. As a 9-year-old violinist performing for world-renowned cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, she was told to call herself Camilla Gadjieva. Her headmaster at the Azerbaijan...

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