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  • Briefs: Irvine school receives $10 million gift, Orthodox schools get federal funding

    August 27, 2008 | 11:16 pm

    Irvine School Receives $10 Million Gift

    Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School (TVT) in Irvine received a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor to be used for student scholarships, beginning this fall.

    The grant, to be paid at the rate of $1 million a year, is available to new and...

  • Briefs: Methodists don’t ‘divest,’ Jewish groups mobilize for Myanmar, Reno TV anchor sues

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Methodists Reject Divestment Proposals

    Methodists overwhelmingly defeated measures calling for divestment from companies that allegedly enable Israel's "occupation" of the West Bank. The resolutions, targeting companies like Caterpillar, which manufactures tractors, and Motorola,...

  • Briefs: CIA lifts lid on Israeli raid on Syrian reactor; Iranians raze Tehran shuls

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    CIA: Syria Could Have Made Two Nukes

    Israel destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor that was nearly ready to produce two bombs, the CIA chief said.

    Michael Hayden said Monday that the secret, unfinished reactor that the United States believes Israel bombed Sept. 6 in northeastern Syria...

  • Theo for Jews in Poland, Italian seder, HIBM awareness

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Theodore Bikel Plugs Jewish Life in Poland

    Passionately devoted to the resurgence of Jewish life in Poland, entertainer Theodore Bikel, accompanied by Tamara Brooks, performed an hour-long private concert of Yiddish, English and Hebrew songs to benefit the nonprofit Friends of Jewish...

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  • Briefs: Israel apologizes to the Beatles, Europe commemorates the Holocaust

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm


    Beatles, Shea Stadium, 1965
    Israel Apologizes to the Beatles

    Israel is trying to atone for a decision to bar a tour by the Beatles 43 years ago. Israel's ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, has written a letter to relatives of the late Beatles singer John Lennon and guitarist George...

  • Briefs: Groundbreaking for Holocaust Museum, finally

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Groundbreaking on Holocaust Museum

    After 47 years of waiting for a permanent home, everything seems to be moving quickly now for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Museum officials and an impressive list of L.A. politicos broke ground Jan. 25 on the museum's future home at Pan...

  • Briefs: Jewish Dems slam Huckabee; ‘Settlement’ crackdown expected

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Outpost Crackdown Seen This Week

    Vice Premier Haim Ramon said last week that troops and police could be deployed as early as this week for a mass-removal of outposts erected in the West Bank without state approval. He indicated that the operation could be timed to coincide with...

  • Briefs:  100th birthday for Workmen’s Circle; ‘Kosher’ is numero uno

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    A Century of the Workmen's Circle

    Under the banner of "For a more beautiful and better world," the Workmen's Circle in California will mark its centennial with Yiddish songs, historical anecdotes and tributes to noted community members.

    Actor and social activist Ed Asner will...

  • Briefs: Kosher grasshoppers and eco-Torah

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kosher Animal Kingdom

    Is giraffe kosher? What about peacock? Or bison? (What is bison anyway?) Find answers to these mysteries of the edible animal kingdom next week at the Orthodox Union's (OU) "Halachic Adventure" in Los Angeles, which will present the traditional perspective on...
  • U.K. Jews in danger; Olmert in Jordan; Israel in British Commonwealth?

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Olmert visits Jordan

    The Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem announced Tuesday that Ehud Olmert had made an unpublicized visit to Jordan for talks with King Abdullah II, a key regional power-broker. The two leaders discussed bilateral issues and developments in the Palestinian...

  • U.S. Jewish Population Rising; California and Israel Join in Tourism Pact

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. Jewish Population Rising?

    The new American Jewish Yearbook reports that there are 6.4 million Jews in the United States. That's significantly more than the 5.2 million figure provided by the 2000-2001 National Jewish Population Study.

    The yearly survey, published by the...

  • Conservative Movement to vote on gay marriage

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, the movement's highest legal authority, is expected to vote next week on five separate teshuvot, or responsa, that range from a complete overturn of the traditional prohibition on homosexual intercourse to a restatement of the committee's...
  • Jewish Woman Is European Beauty Queen; Katsav Urged to Temporarily Quit

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish Woman Is European Beauty Queen

    Alexandra Rosenfeld, 19, won the Miss Europe 2006 title in Kiev last Friday. Rosenfeld, a student who is also Miss France, walked away with $130,000 in prize money and a diamond-studded crown. According to media reports, the Web sites covering...

  • Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha; Sukkot huts inspires home building for homeless

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha
     
    After the brouhaha surrounding Maher Hathout, the Muslim spokesman who received a human relations prize last month amid protests by some Jewish groups, the state of interfaith relations in Los Angeles may appear to be...
  • News Briefs

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Villaraigosa Meets With Muslims

    L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met with Muslim leaders last week who accused him of favoring Israel. Muslim leaders say Villaraigosa has ignored their invitations to peace vigils, but attended a pro-Israel rally. Villaraigosa met with 10 Muslim...

  • Briefs

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Presbyterian Church Fixes Divestment Damage
    Two years after it angered Jews by passing a resolution calling for divestment from Israel, the Presbyterian Church (USA) is trying to undo the damage.

    At this year's General Assembly in Birmingham, a church committee agreed Saturday...

  • Nation-World Briefs

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    U.N. Asks Israel to Stop Making Nukes
    A U.N. commission recommended that Israel refrain from manufacturing any more nuclear weapons as a step to a nuclear-free Middle East. The United Nation's Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, chaired by weapons inspector Hans Blix, released...

  • Community Briefs

    By Amy Klein

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rocking Passover

    Israeli hip-hop act "Hadag Nachash" (Snakefish) thrills the audience at "Let My People Rock," an all-day Passover festival held Sunday, April 16, on the grounds of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley. More than 2,000 people attended Sunday's event, said...

  • Community Briefs

    By David Finnigan

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Reclaimed Art to Be Shown at LACMA

    Five paintings by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt will be exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from April 4 to June 30, following a seven-year battle to return the Nazi-looted art to its legal owner, Maria Altmann, a Cheviot Hills...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Ambulances Services Seal Deal

    Israeli and Palestinian ambulance services signed an agreement they hope will ease Israel's accession to the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. Under Monday's pact signed between Magen David Adom and the Palestinian Red Crescent in Geneva, Palestinian...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Church Condemns Israel's Barrier

    A Protestant church has condemned Israel's West Bank security barrier. The proposal, passed Saturday by the Evangelical Lutheran Church's assembly, denounced the barrier for causing hardships for Palestinians, and also called on the denomination to...

  • Briefs

    By David Finnigan

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    An Arrest, a Verdict, a Settlement

    FBI agents and U.S. postal inspectors this week arrested a man for allegedly mailing out at least 52 manila envelopes containing syringes to a handful of Jewish residents, a hospital and a congressional office.

    Federal agents took Stanley C....

  • Nation & World Briefs

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    High Flier Takes Over

    Dan Halutz, a former air force commander, replaced Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon as chief of the Israel Defense Forces' General Staff at a blue-ribbon ceremony Wednesday. Considered a confidant of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Halutz's immediate challenge is...

  • Briefs

    By David Finnigan

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    PETA Apologizes for Shoah Comparison

    The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has apologized for its eyebrow-raising, 2-year-old "Holocaust on Your Plate" campaign, with PETA's leader stating, "it was never our goal to humiliate the victims" of the...

  • Briefs

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    D.C. Envoy Apparently to Stay

    Israel's ambassador to Washington apparently has received assurances from Ariel Sharon that he can continue in his post. Daniel Ayalon has been engaged in a public feud with Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, and some media reported over the...

  • Community Briefs

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Yellow Star's Powerful Makeover

    The dreaded yellow Star of David, which the Nazis forced Jews to wear as a badge of humiliation, is getting a makeover.

    In an interesting twist, two Jewish activists hope to denude the yellow star of its anti-Jewish connotations and make it a...

  • Community Briefs

    By Julie M. Brown

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Temple Museum Marks 350 Years of Jews in America

    A Rancho Palos Verdes congregation has built a museum inside its temple to celebrate 350 years of Jewish life in America. The exhibit at Congregation Ner Tamid covers various topics related to Jewish life, ranging from early...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    This month's Political Journal is a tale of two labor disputes. One is dragging on and on; the other has come to a peaceful conclusion just when it seemed there might be a strike ahead.

    Hotels Battle Continues

    A protracted 11-month debacle continues between UNITE HERE, Local 11,...

  • Briefs

    By Julie G Fax

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Eat for Israel

    Anyone who likes to eat and likes to support Israel can do both on Monday, March 21 at "America Eats for Israel." Students from more than 50 high schools across the country – including Yeshiva University of Los Angeles – have solicited local kosher restaurants to...

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