Jewish Journal

Tag: Bill Boyarsky

View the most popular tags overall?

  • Jews should be wary of Trump’s rhetoric

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 22, 2016 | 9:00 am

    Delete the word “Muslim” from Donald Trump’s rants. Substitute Jew, Latino, African-American, Asian American or any other ethnicity or religion that has felt the oppression of racist governments.

    This would be a useful exercise for casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who, The New...

  • The danger of ignoring Donald Trump

    By Bill Boyarsky

    May 25, 2016 | 10:14 am

    Each presidential election, Republicans mount a campaign to increase their share of Jewish voters, who are, for the most part, a stiff-necked bunch perennially insisting on voting Democratic. This year, the effort is more difficult than ever because of their presumed nominee,...

  • Catching up with Brad Sherman

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 27, 2016 | 9:10 am

    Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) is renowned for his meticulous attention to his district’s concerns. On weekends, he often hosts town meetings and listens to many constituent complaints.  Now he’s one of the unhappy constituents, as well he should be.


  • Bernie’s Jewish questions

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 24, 2016 | 12:19 pm

    Bernie Sanders is Jewish, but is he Jewish enough?

    The question of Sanders’ Jewishness, interestingly, doesn’t come up much in the mainstream media’s coverage of his presidential campaign or in comments from him, his supporters or critics. But it’s a topic in the Jewish media.

  • Jews have unique obligation to help the homeless

    By Bill Boyarsky

    January 27, 2016 | 10:24 am

    As the number of homeless people in Los Angeles has grown to a level that is a civic disgrace, I’ve been wondering whether we Jews have a special obligation to help them.

    Statistics show the calamitous nature of the situation. The total of homeless people locally has increased by...

  • Letters to the editor: Syrian refugees, Beverly Hills Metro, L.A. Times and more

    December 2, 2015 | 10:03 am

    Syrian Refugees: Compassion or Common Sense?

    With regard to Rob Eshman’s column “#WeAreNext” (Nov. 27), there have been very strong views expressed in the Jewish Journal that for the U.S. to reject Syrian refugees because of their Islamic faith would be both un-Jewish and...

  • The once great Los Angeles Times

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 24, 2015 | 8:40 am

    Talented, experienced journalists are now leaving the Los Angeles Times, and we alums feel depressed about the toll their departures will take on their lives and on Southern California.

    Kevin Roderick reported on his LA Observed website (to which I am a contributor) that more...

  • Rabbi finds a higher calling in L.A.’s homeless population

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 24, 2015 | 9:14 am

    Rabbi Marvin Gross’ congregants include Los Angeles County’s poorest, most neglected and most scorned — the homeless.

    As chief executive officer of Union Station Homeless Services, Gross and his staff find housing, medical and psychological care, and help locate training programs...

  • LAUSD Mandarin immersion program expansion sparks backlash

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 24, 2015 | 2:36 pm

    "It’s really been an L.A. story,” said Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board member Steve Zimmer, who is in the middle of a classic Los Angeles conflict that reflects the city’s many cultures and tensions. 

    The dispute is taking place in West Los Angeles, in an area...

  • Schiff ponders the lure of the senate seat

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 25, 2015 | 11:28 am

    Rep. Adam Schiff is facing hard choices these days. As an influential Jewish congressman, he must decide what to do about Iran, Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the same time, he is making a career-wrenching decision on running for the U.S. Senate in 2016.


  • Why not support President Obama?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 25, 2015 | 10:29 am

    Why should I, a liberal in the bluest of cities in California, the bluest of states — where President Barack Obama now has a 57 percent approval rating — be subject to the whims of the pro-Republican prime minister of Israel? 

    And why should I or anyone else listen to Prime...

  • Improving the aging experience: completing life’s story

    By Bill Boyarsky

    January 28, 2015 | 11:41 am

    My interest in the active aged has been stimulated recently by hanging out with several of them and reading Dr. Atul Gawande’s powerful book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.” My curiosity was heightened, of course, by an event that occurred last October — my...

  • Congressional candidate Ted Lieu on fight against ISIS

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 29, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    When I sat down with Democratic Congressional candidate Ted Lieu to talk about Iraq, the situation hadn’t improved since I discussed it a month before with Lieu’s opponent, Republican Elan Carr. The militant terrorist group known as ISIS continues to advance, while the Iraqi army...

  • Elan Carr hesitant to support sending U.S. troops back to Iraq

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 23, 2014 | 10:20 am

    I happened to interview Elan Carr, a Republican congressional candidate with substantial Middle East experience, on a day that may be remembered as noteworthy in the latest American attempt to defeat terrorism in that tormented region.

    Carr, currently a deputy Los Angeles County...

  • Berman vs. Sherman: Evaluating their congressional records

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 27, 2012 | 2:20 pm

    Much of the debate in the San Fernando Valley contest between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman has revolved around their congressional records, but I’m having trouble deciphering them. And if it’s hard for me, after spending years writing about legislation, pity the...

  • Opinion: Iran an issue for valley’s 30th district voters

    By Bill Boyarsky

    January 25, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    No doubt Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman will be confronted with questions about Iran as they campaign in the new West San Fernando Valley 30th Congressional District.  Iran is likely to come up as they speak at meetings and debates and through the online messages and mailings...

  • Opinion: Boyarsky’s teachable moment

    January 9, 2012 | 1:22 pm

    Bill Boyarsky’s recent column discussing the Republican Presidential candidates’ support for Israel provides a stark example of the dangers of proffering an opinion founded on stereotypes.

    In an effort to delegitimize Christian Zionism, Boyarksy employs two methods to demonize...

  • School Is in Session for Villaraigosa’s Critics

    By Bill Boyarsky

    June 21, 2011 | 5:21 pm

    “A great school is an anchor for a neighborhood,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “A great school district is an anchor for a great city.”

    I was interviewing the mayor in his City Hall office last week about his heavy involvement in the Los Angeles public...

  • Yaroslavsky observes Nigeria’s democratic process

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 26, 2011 | 5:10 pm

    Zev Yaroslavsky’s latest nation-building assignment wasn’t easy.  Dispatched to Nigeria as part of an international corps of election observers, he checked on polling places during elections this month in a nation better known for ethnic violence and corruption than orderly...

  • Public libraries face crucial funding vote

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 22, 2011 | 6:50 pm

    When Susan Kent was a child in Westchester County, N.Y., she read her way through the public library children’s section and then headed over to the adult books.

    When the librarian told Kent they were for adults only, she called in her father. “My father came to the library and...

  • Pursuit of Justice

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 24, 2010 | 1:01 pm

    I’ve covered the ugly side of race relations in Los Angeles for many years. Among my memories are the Watts Riots, the 1992 riot, the public school desegregation
    fight and the breakup of the Tom Bradley black-Jewish political coalition.

    This may have been the reason for the...

  • Radical right resents judges and juries

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The right-wing effort to defeat independent-minded judges has reached the usually peaceful second floor of the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles, home of the 2nd District Court of Appeal.

    The justices' office suite is a quiet place, insulated from the noise of...

  • Democrats and Republicans again; Suissa’s Pico-Robertson ‘hood; A correction

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bill Boyarsky

    Bill Boyarsky's piece on public schools neglected to mention both Bob Hertzberg and Dr. Keith Richman's contribution to the movement to transform Los Angeles schools ("Mayor's Plan for Schools Gets 'E' for Effort," Sept. 22) Most importantly, teachers not politicians,...

  • Letters to the Editor

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bill Boyarsky

    Bill Boyarsky's article ("Needed: Rational Discussion," Aug. 18) was inaccurate and mean-spirited. He had the opportunity to dissent and speak up at the meeting of more than 400 attendees, but instead chose to vent to Journal readers who were not there and who could...

  • Think American, Not Mexican on Antonio

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    As Antonio Villaraigosa campaigns for mayor in the Jewish community, he will face the same big question asked by all non-Latino voters: Are you too Mexican?

    The question is especially important to Jews, because our community's long-time relationship with Latino and African American...

  • Tough Job

    By Bill Boyarsky

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    The faint of heart should not apply for this job: Needed, a sensitive but thick-skinned person who can get along with a combative mixture

    of Los Angeles' Jews, blacks, whites, Asians, Latinos, Catholics, Baptists, Muslims, students, retired people, lawyers, doctors, homeless and...

  • Letters to the Editor

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm


    Words can elevate and words can destroy. There was a time when the Jewish community too glibly and carelessly disregarded words of accusation of sexual abuse against clergy. That was clearly wrong, and Gary Rosenblatt of The Jewish Week helped to correct that. The...

  • Bang the Press Slowly

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I will concede that conservative Jewish Republicans like myself are in the minority, especially out here on the Left Coast," reader Gillee Sherman e-mailed me. "But we are growing in numbers every day, and this election should see a huge improvement for Bush in the Jewish...

  • Simply Wrong

    By Bill Boyarsky

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Republicans are praying that President Bush's embrace of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan will sway the Jewish vote.

    It is a simplistic way of looking at things, although totally in line with the presidential campaign's simplistic discussion of Israel. For...

  • Money Buys Control

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The angry man in the back of the room at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana was shaking his fist and calling us crooks.

    I made a big mistake -- eye contact. With me in his range, he raised his hand, and I think his middle finger, and yelled, "You!" Being a city ethics...

    Page 1     of 2 pages        1 2 >