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  • Vote Yes on 57, 58: They Will Ease Crisis

    By Bruce L. Bialosky

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It certainly is an unusual situation, but we Republicans are encouraging you to vote to increase the debt of the state of California, and we are doing it with a straight face.

    As you know, Proposition 57 is asking Californians to commit to a bond issue of $15 billion. This commitment...

  • Avi Chai Grant Saves Birthright

    By Dina Kraft

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A new grant of $7 million to Birthright Israel is breathing new life into the cash-strapped program, allowing Birthright to more than double the number of slots available for this summer's tours.

    The future of Birthright -- which provides free trips to Israel for Diaspora young...

  • Budget Woes

    By Jill Stewart

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    One year ago, Gov. Gray Davis was calling for across-the-board cuts in every state department except the prisons, mass layoffs of workers and huge bites out of most programs for the disadvantaged.

    Davis' budget-slashing plan of January 2003 was ignored by the legislature and...

  • Against the Tide—Again

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Can California's new Republican governor make inroads among traditionally Democratic Jews? Jewish voters aren't likely to abandon the Democratic party anytime soon, but will likely give Arnold Schwarzenegger a chance to prove that he can govern in a bipartisan, moderate manner.

    Every...

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  • Cantor Turns Rabbi to Save Synagogue

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Cantor Mark Goodman was conducting prayers for Valley Beth Israel -- an ailing Conservative congregation that couldn't afford a rabbi -- when he decided that he could make things better.

    Goodman, 43, approached the board of the Sun Valley congregation with a proposition. He told...

  • Immigrants and the Recall

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Who would have thought that a recall campaign built around the energy and budget crises might end up being decided by attitudes toward immigrants? Yet that may be what happens on Election Day. The controversy over a new law granting driver's licenses to undocumented residents may...

  • JCC Director to Leave Before Project Finish

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Part of the team readying O.C.'s Jewish Community Center for its planned relocation and expansion next year in Irvine is not staying to see the result.

    Gerry Buncher, 53, the JCC's executive director since 1999, is resigning at the end of his current contract, effective Dec. 31.

    "I...

  • Most State Aid Goes for Public Programs

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Over the years, the state government has been good to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    George Deukmejian, whose Armenian heritage made him sensitive to the genocide of minorities, took the initial step in 1985 by allocating $5 million for the creation of the Museum of Tolerance when he...

  • California Jews Lobby for Medi-Cal

    By Marc Ballon

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 200 Jews descended on Sacramento this week to lobby California's most powerful politicians to protect major programs that serve the poorest and frailest Jews and other Californians from the budget ax.

    Jews from throughout the state, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San...

  • U.S. Spending Ignores Domestic Deficits

    By Leonard Fein

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Write the word "fiscal" and know that a hefty proportion of your readers will find something else to read. So, let's talk about money instead.

    Specifically, about the money the states don't have.

    The only thing you need to know by way of background is that almost all states are...

  • Clash Over Council, School Board Seats

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the North San Fernando Valley lies District 12, which has been represented by Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson for 24 years. Bernson, 72, is retiring because of term limits, and the battle for his seat has resulted in the nastiest fight in years.

    Not since "the Richards"...

  • 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...

  • Press Fight for Care Funds

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I had never thought of Medi-Cal as a Jewish issue. I've written about the program of medical aid for the poor, but my subjects were usually African Americans and Latinos, who comprise the largest number of the state's needy.

    I discovered how wrong I was recently, after learning that...

  • Health Care Requires Resuscitation

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Eric Moore is frustrated. Within weeks after losing his computer consulting job, the 30-year-old UCLA graduate collapsed from a pulmonary embolism. He has since recovered, but faces a $14,000 hospital bill.

    Dr. Alexandra Levine is frustrated. The head of the USC-Norris Cancer Center...

  • Joining ‘Gangs’ to Work With the Best

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When the now-legendary film director Martin Scorsese first discovered Herbert Asbury's book, "Gangs of New York," in 1970 and decided to make it into a film, Rick Schwartz was a 2-year-old growing up in a modern Orthodox home in Teaneck, N.J.

    It took three decades for Scorsese to...

  • Severe Financial Crisis Hits Metivta

    By Julie G Fax

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Metivta, A Center for Contemplative Judaism, went into emergency survival mode late last month after the board discovered the organization was out of funds.

    "The board is looking intensely at our budget and trying to pare down costs to the absolute minimum to give us a chance to...

  • ‘Justice’ for All

    By Tom Tugend

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This is the second of two articles examining the status of Holocaust restitution and reparations as The Journal observes the 64th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Nov. 9). The first article dealt with the history, problems and future impact of the topic. This article deals with how the...

  • Turning a New Page

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When is a city's Jewish book festival not actually located in that city? When it's based in Los Angeles. For the first time in five years, Los Angeles' Jewish Book Festival will not take place in L.A. proper, even as Jewish book fairs in smaller communities nationwide attract...

  • Agencies Survive Budget Battle

    By Mike Levy

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For Jewish community-affiliated agencies that receive money from the state, the last two months of past-deadline legislative wrangling over the budget has been a nail-biting time, with some organizations awaiting word on half or more of their annual funding.

    "We've gotten by without...

  • Your Letters

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Cunin

    "You can either like him or not like him, but you cannot dismiss him" ("How the West Was Won," Aug. 16). Yes, I can. I not only can, I do. To me, the one and only outstanding characteristic of Judaism (besides the belief in only one God) is that there is no...

  • Budget Danger Ahead

    By James D. Besser

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In Jewish communal boardrooms in New York and Washington, all eyes are focused on the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the tricky matter of U.S.-Israeli relations in a changing era.

    But in communities around the country, many Jewish leaders have another big worry: the...

  • Budget Danger Ahead

    By James D. Besser

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In Jewish communal boardrooms in New York and Washington, all eyes are focused on the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the tricky matter of U.S.-Israeli relations in a changing era.

    But in communities around the country, many Jewish leaders have another big worry: the...

  • Secession: Rolling the Dice With Public Safety

    By Jack Weiss

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Any experienced law-enforcement professional knows that coordination and communication make all the difference in a complex case or threat situation.

    During my final trial as a federal prosecutor, my co-counsel and I coordinated the efforts of five federal law-enforcement agencies...

  • The ‘Uglification’

    By Jane Ulman

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "So, how's the 'uglification' of the house coming along?" Gabe asks as he walks in the front door.

    By uglification, he means that we have removed the dirty, shredding wallpaper that adorned many of our walls.

    By uglification, he means that we have replaced the cracked and peeling...

  • Growing Apart

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A rift between the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) and its primary benefactor, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, over the direction of Los Angeles' JCCs has prompted JCCGLA to sever its ties with The Federation.

    Each party claims that the other...

  • Budget Worries

    By Mike Levy

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. Gray Davis' proposed state budget for 2002-2003 has local Jewish organizations worried.

    With the state's approximately $12 billion deficit (in a proposed $98 billion budget) covered by program cuts, along with loans and spending deferrals, local agencies such as Jewish Family...

  • We’re in the Money

    By Anita Chabria

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Despite a tough economic year that prompted more than $550 million in line-item vetoes by Governor Gray Davis, the new California state budget allocates almost $10 million dollars to Jewish organizations.

    With a range of programs from pediatric immunizations to materials for...

  • Israel: Land of Sustainable Growth?

    By Avi Machlis

    November 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The captains of Israel's economy told world economic leaders at the annual conference of the International Monetary Fund last month that Israel's sluggish economy is set for a revival after a three-year slowdown.

    Rosy government forecasts have been backed by a series of recent...

  • Partisan Bickering

    By Michael Shapiro

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's backers in Washington have long sought to ensure that foreign aid to the Jewish state remains above the partisan fray. This year, however, that has not happened.

    With Congress and the White House battling over the budget, Israel's nearly $3 billion in annual aid as well as...

  • Pollsters in a Pickle

    June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The good news is that it's not really your donations paying for the new survey. Funds will come from donors specially interested in the project.

    There's going to be a national Jewish population survey in the year 2000, and it's got researchers...

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