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  • Incoming councilwoman: Knockout attacks may be caused by black-Jewish tension

    December 5, 2013 | 10:50 am

    An incoming New York City councilwoman said the wave of so-called knockout attacks may be caused by tension between blacks and Jews.

    Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo, who was elected to represent the Crown Heights neighborhood and will take office next month, made the statement in...

  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes’” David Oyelowo Stars in “Who Do You Love” at L.A. Jewish Film Fest

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 11, 2011 | 11:22 pm

    The closing night film of the 2011 Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, “Who Do You Love”—starring Alessandro Nivola and David Oyelowo (of the upcoming “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”)—will screen on May 12 at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino. It’s a biopic about Leonard Chess...

  • Black students group slams ‘apartheid’ abuse

    April 8, 2011 | 10:22 am

    An African American students group took out ads in college newspapers blasting “Israel Apartheid week” organizers for abusing the term.

    In a full page entitled “words matter” and appearing in the newspapers on April 7, Vanguard Leadership Group accuses Students for Justice in...

  • Farrakhan appearance dividing Pittsburgh’s black, Jewish communities

    March 9, 2011 | 10:43 am

    A planned appearance by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in Pittsburgh has caused friction between the city’s Jewish and black communities.

    Farrakhan, who has stepped up his campaign of anti-Semitism in recent years, is scheduled to appear on a panel Friday on a live radio...

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  • Obama and the myth of the first black president

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    February 28, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    If Toni Morrison, the Nobel-prize winning African-American novelist, can refer to Bill Clinton, a white man, as America’s first black president, then surely the process can happen in reverse. Is it possible that Barack Obama is not the first black President but just another white...

  • First black female rabbi to leave congregation

    January 6, 2011 | 10:36 am

    The first African-American female rabbi will leave her congregation this summer.

    Rabbi Alysa Stanton’s contract with Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, S.C., was not renewed, the Forward reported Thursday.

    “We felt Rabbi Stanton has brought a lot of gifts to the congregation,...

  • Jackie Mason Calls Obama the ‘SCH’-word

    March 16, 2009 | 3:08 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Comedian Jackie Mason called President Obama a “schvartze” during a performance in New York, angering some audience members.

    The Web site TMZ reported Sunday that Mason used the term, which means “black” in Yiddish but is considered derogatory by some, during a...

  • It can’t happen here

    By Rob Eshman

    November 12, 2008 | 12:29 am

    A coalition of black and Mormon leaders have begun laying the groundwork for a 2012 California ballot initiative that would ban Jews from marrying Jews.

    Flush from the passage of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, the leaders say they want to extend the ban to...

  • Turning a page in the history books

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 5, 2008 | 1:07 am

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  • Rosh Hashanah means frank talk with family, not just apples and honey

    By The Web Guy

    September 24, 2008 | 1:19 am

    I'm happy to share this post from guest blogger Alissa Bader:


    The year 5769 is nearly upon us -- the time for apples and honey, new Hebrew calendars, and round challahs in the supermarket.

    It's a time for New Year's cards in the mail and frantically getting all of your work done in...
  • But he’s a Muslim!

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 25, 2008 | 7:06 pm

    It made me think of my own family.

    Having coined "O'Bama" for the Irish working-class values that Joe Biden brings to the Democratic ticket, MSNBC motormouth Chris Matthews called his family in Pennsylvania -- where Scranton-born Biden is known as the state's "third senator" in...

  • Newspaper: ‘Two Jews and a black man ...’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 13, 2008 | 5:07 pm

    Fortunately, that headline appeared in Ha’aretz and not Der Sturmer. It referred to the amazing victory Sunday by the American men’s 4x100 relay swimteam. It turns out that team was quite the multicultural melting pot.

    Cullen Jones was only the second African American to win a gold...

  • Final aliyah flight leaves Ethiopia for Israel, U.S. revokes Fulbright winners’ visas

    August 6, 2008 | 1:30 am

    Last Ethiopian Airlift Heads to Israel

    The last official airlift of Ethiopian Jews was scheduled to land in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, bringing to an end a state-organized campaign that began nearly 30 years ago and brought in some 120,000 immigrants from the east African nation.

    The...

  • Being an African American candidate is different

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 6, 2008 | 12:48 am

    I never imagined that there would be an African American presidential nominee of a major party in my lifetime. Now that the Democrats are on the verge of nominating Sen. Barack Obama, I'm only just beginning to absorb how different it is. Most of what we know about black candidates...
  • Student on track to become first black female rabbi

    By Sue Fishkoff

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Alysa Stanton-Ogulnick isn't particularly interested in being a standard-bearer.

    She's proud to be black, proud to be a woman and proud to be a 45-year-old single mother who raised her adopted child on her own.

    And when she says that next year, following her ordination as a Reform...

  • Spectator - A Sane Italian Jew? Fugedaboutit

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Historians have indicated there were roughly 50,000 Jews in Rome when Caesar reigned and the same number under Mussolini. Beyond the obvious assimilation, it's clear Jews and Italians know how to coexist. No wonder the two peoples lived in adjoining neighborhoods on the Lower East...

  • We Mourn ‘First Lady’ of Civil Rights

    By Rabbi Marc Schneier

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish community mourns the passing of the first lady of the civil rights movement.

    Coretta Scott King understood that a people who fight for their own rights are only as honorable as when they fight for the rights of all people. In this spirit, she championed the legacy of her...

  • Rosa Parks’ Message for Today

    By Leonard Fein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    There's been considerable coverage these last days of Rosa Parks, whose death a full half-century after the brief episode that rendered her an "icon" calls to mind a long-ago time. But there's been little evocation of the events and circumstances that earned Parks her iconic status,...

  • Jews Note Role in Historic School Case

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Esther Swirk Brown wasn't the Brown for whom the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case desegregating schools is named -- but she is the Jewish woman who helped find Oliver Brown, no relation, to be the lead plaintiff in the historic case.

    As a young woman in Kansas, Esther Brown was...

  • The Other Side of the South

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When director Warner Shook saw Alfred Uhry's "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" in 1997, he immediately recognized the story.

    Shook ("The Kentucky Cycle") was familiar with genteel Southern anti-Semitism and its repercussions -- but from the non-Jewish side. "I grew up a privileged WASP,"...

  • Men in Black

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The 74th Annual Academy Awards program will be remembered, at least by me, for women's gowns with faux see-through gauze fronts and men's suit jackets down to the knees.

    Sunday night. For my town, Malibu, Oscar night is a kind of Yom Kippur. Roads are deserted; the local restaurants...

  • Meanwhile, Back in Florida…

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    While the nation watched and waited as the battle over the presidency continued to unfold, two old friends met in Florida last week to try to bring a resolution to the dispute over the ballots in West Palm Beach. Rabbi Steven Jacobs of Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills and his longtime...

  • Coalition Politics That Work

    By David Evanier

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "It's almost magical," said Jon Friedman, a Democratic activist, of the effective coalition politics waged by the 47th Assembly District Committee. The committee, which covers a wide rectangular area including Culver City and the South Fairfax and Beverlywood neighborhoods, and...

  • Black and White

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I met Cliff Freeman the summer I was 16; it was the end of the 1940s. He was about a year older than me and was the first black person I ever knew well. We became friends in part because it was summer, and my parents, aunts and uncles, and their friends -- the family -- had begun to...
  • Death of a Patriarch

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Tom Bradley was buried Monday, hailed as Los Angeles' longtime mayor, statesman, leader and friend. His is a grand biography; a son of Texas sharecroppers and the grandson of slaves, Bradley broke down ethnic and class barriers and forged a new multiracial political base that...
  • A One Woman Show With a Vengeance

    By Charles Marowitz

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Allen and Stephen Smith in "Harriet'sReturn."
    Harriet Tubman, the fugitive-slave andabolitionist, was a kind of African-American Mata Hari. During theCivil War, she frequently conducted scouting parties and raids behindthe Confederate lines and was one of the North's most...

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