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  • Obama?  Been there

    By Gina Nahai

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I've been a Democrat since I was 16 years old and couldn't vote because I was underage and not yet a U.S. citizen. I was a Democrat when most other Iranians considered that a dirty word -- because "Carter was a Democrat who lost Iran to the mullahs and Afghanistan to the Soviets. He...
  • Letter to Obama

    By David Suissa

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I am a right-wing Jew who doesn't trust "moderate" Palestinians, who believes the peace process is a charade orchestrated by weak leaders with personal and political agendas, and who is repulsed by the way the United Nations and a large part of the world unfairly singles out Israel...
  • Undressed up

    By Rob Eshman

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One day last month, Barack Obama was having dinner with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. Hillary Clinton was on the floor of the Senate. And Tom Vilsack? He was at a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Burbank, with me.

    That's when I knew his campaign was in trouble.

    Vilsack entered...

  • Choice of Seminary Leader a Bold Move

    By  Dr. Michael Berenbaum

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The selection of professor Arnold Eisen as the new chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) represents a bold move of unpredictable consequences for its leadership.

    Eisen is a distinguished scholar of modern Jewish thought and an insightful student of the American Jewish...

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  • Questions Emerge Over School Board Candidate

    By Howard Blume

    March 1, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A leading contender in next week's L.A. school board race is at odds with USC and UCLA over his academic standing, the latest in a series of uncomfortable disclosures for Christopher Arellano.

    Arellano, 33, the candidate endorsed by the powerful Los Angeles teachers union, did not...

  • Olmert’s Conversion From Pol to Leader

    By Larry Derfner

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As far as personality goes, Ehud Olmert is not my kind of guy. He comes off like he thinks he's God's gift to humanity, riffraff that we are.

    I remember several years ago when as mayor of Jerusalem, he came to view the damage to a local Conservative synagogue that had been...

  • Wolpe Leading Pick for Seminary Spot

    By Amy Klein

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The Forward newspaper has reported that Rabbi David Wolpe of Los Angeles has emerged as a top candidate to head the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York.

    The Nov. 18 article, "L.A. Rabbi Eyed as Conservative Seminary Head," asserted that "support is mounting for a prominent...

  • Conservative Jews Face Turning Point

    By Chanan Tigay

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It has become axiomatic in certain circles to say that the Conservative movement is at a crossroads as it considers its future.

    With the announcement this month of the upcoming retirement of Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, longtime chancellor of the movement's flagship Jewish Theological...

  • An Endorsement on Rye for Antonio

    By Idan Ivri

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    If you were aching for a sandwich on Fairfax Avenue last Monday, you might remember pushing through a crowd of reporters. That day, three prominent Jewish politicians, often yelling over passing traffic noise, gathered in front of Canter's Deli to publicly endorse City Councilman...

  • Kerry’s Flip-Flops on Israel Stir Concern

    By Rick Richman

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Earlier this year, Sen. John Kerry started shifting his position on Israel in hope of removing it as an issue of concern to Jewish voters.

    In February, just before the New York primary, Kerry met with prominent Jewish leaders and explained the naming of former President Jimmy Carter...

  • Kerry Begins Jewish Outreach Effort

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Now that he's proven he's electable, John Kerry is ready to tell Americans why he should be elected.

    Only in recent days has the Massachusetts senator started to outline detailed policy positions. Some of these having to do with foreign policy and terrorism have been of particular...

  • Dean’s Judaism Ties Span Decades

    By Matthew E. Berger

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In the middle of a rowdy rendition of "I Have a Little Dreidel" at the Sobelson family Chanukah party in Concord, N.H., Howard Dean walked in and declared himself the cantor. 

    The Democratic presidential candidate recited the blessings over the candles in near-perfect Hebrew in...

  • Schwarzenegger Retracts Waldheim Wedding Toast

    By Adam Wills

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he regrets his 1986 wedding toast to former U.N. Secretary Kurt Waldheim.

    "It was a mistake," Schwarzenegger told The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. "You can't go [back]. It's always easier to be smart in...

  • Recall Golus

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As recall fever is sweeping the state, a number of cars in the Pico-Robertson and Fairfax neighborhoods are sporting bumper stickers that say "Recall Golus." Who is Golus exactly, you ask? Is it Gray Davis' middle name? The name of the 136th candidate on the ballot?

    The stickers,...

  • Lieberman Raises Funds in Newport Beach

    By Journal Staff

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Joe Lieberman made an April visit to Newport Beach, Orange County's most Republican stronghold, he found an attentive group of about 100 people at a $1,000-a-person fundraiser at the private Pacific Club.

    With the first presidential primary...

  • Why Not Lieberman?

    By Paul Kujawsky

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What a difference two and a half years make. When Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore selected Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman as his running mate in 2000, there was a surge of Jewish pride and support. Now that Lieberman has announced his own candidacy in the 2004 presidential...

  • To Elected   Love

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Once in a while, when you lose in politics, you can still win. Even though Michael Wissot lost his bid for a seat in the state assembly last fall, he found his beshert along the campaign trail.

    Wissot, 28, recently announced his engagement to Stephen S. Wise Temple Cantor Alison...

  • Kerry’s Jewish Roots

    By Peter Ephross

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    First it was then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Next it was Gen. Wesley Clark, the supreme allied commander of NATO during the war in Kosovo. Now it's Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry whose Jewish roots are being reported.

    Kerry? The Massachusetts senator, the...

  • The Liebermans’ Tasty New Year

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This year, 5763, Rosh Hashana falls on Shabbat, the weekly observance that Sen. Joseph Lieberman calls "a sanctuary to put the outside world on hold and concentrate on what's really important -- your faith and your family." And although Lieberman, who was the Democratic candidate...

  • Winners and Losers

    By Tom Tugend

    June 7, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    While the Jewish vote apparently split down the middle in James K. Hahn's victory over Antonio Villaraigosa in the contest for mayor, there was bad news and good news for Jewish candidates in other races.

    Former City Councilman Michael Feuer, who had led in the polls and early...

  • Voter Revolt

    By Joyce Moed

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Alan David never gave his ballots a second thought after voting in dozens of presidential elections during the decades he lived in New York.

    Then, after moving here two years ago, he voted in Palm Beach County for the first time last week."I looked at the ballot and said, 'What the...

  • Butterfly Ballot Blues

    By David Evanier

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Politicos and machers who had given heart and soul (and a lot of cash, in some cases) to their respective candidates saw conspiracy, fraud or betrayal in the ballot crisis in Florida this week. Feeling ran strong, but no one was willing to predict whether Bush or Gore would turn out...

  • Humor

    By Burt Prelutsky

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As I see it, the big problem with the political debates isn't, as everybody contends, the candidates; rather, it's the format. It's too polite, too genteel. You wind up with two men, who have spent months accusing each other of being treacherous fools, suddenly having to put on...

  • They Like Joe

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A spring-like giddiness overcame Jewish L.A. Monday morning when news broke that Vice President Al Gore, the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, had picked Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) to be his running mate. "You're kidding, right?" was the inevitable first reaction....

  • ‘An Unusual Pride’

    By Rob Eshman

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A spring-like giddiness overcame Jewish L.A. Monday morning when news broke that Vice President Al Gore, the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, had picked Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) to be his running mate. "You're kidding, right?" was the inevitable first reaction....

  • Lieberman and the Jews

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The selection of Sen. Joseph Lieberman as the Democratic vice presidential candidate, while clearly a political tactic, has nevertheless managed to thrill most of us, Jewish Republicans as well as Democrats. Even those most at ease with their access to, and success within, mainstream...

  • Backing Gore

    By David Evanier

    August 10, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    What a difference a day makes. When Al Gore chose Joe Lieberman as his running mate on Monday morning, he transformed the Jewish community's attitude toward him from one of bemusement and perplexity to a clear affirmation. Gore had seemed distant and abstract. Overnight he changed...

  • Commemorating the Holocaust

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The mud being slung in the San Fernando Valley's most closely watched congressional race has a distinctive blue-and-white tinge. Their positions on issues from abortion to Social Security having failed to ignite much interest, the candidates for the 24th District seat have instead...
  • Knox vs. Kuehl

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Voters frequently complain about being forced to choose between the lesser of two evils when it comes to candidates for public office. But what's a voter supposed to do when given the choice between two good, solid politicians of virtually equal records?

    In the case of Assembly...

  • The Way(s) We Vote Now

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When Republican presidential candidate John McCain recently addressed an influential Jewish group in the East, he told them, in answer to a question about Jonathan Pollard, that he felt the man had betrayed his country and he, McCain, was not in favor of releasing him from prison....
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