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  • Rabbi Juan Mejia: From Catholicism to Judaism

    August 6, 2014 | 11:42 am

    Recently, Temple Ner Tamid in Downey hosted Juan Mejia, a rabbi who has been profiled in the New York Daily News and Israel’s Haaretz; the Jewish Daily Forward called him one of “America’s most inspirational rabbis.” 

    At 36, Mejia comes across a bit like a young Jewish Santa...

  • Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: Religious liberty’s under threat — on both sides of the pond

    May 21, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was praised by a Catholic cardinal and then blessed by a Mormon apostle.

    The former British chief rabbi was being honored by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Washington-based public interest law firm that’s been busy representing clients —...

  • Netanyahu-pope meeting at Vatican explores Middle East, papal trip to Israel

    December 2, 2013 | 10:44 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Pope Francis in their first face-to-face meeting talked about the Middle East and plans for a papal trip to Israel, among other issues.

    Also at Monday’s closed-door, 25-minute audience at the Vatican, Netanyahu presented the pope with...

  • Federation project helps educators teach about Israel

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    November 13, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    For the past 10 years, the Holy Land Democracy Project, sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, has been taking educators from Catholic, charter and Protestant high schools throughout the Los Angeles region to Israel. While there, teachers and members of the group see,...

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  • Francis pledges to further Jewish-Catholic dialogue

    October 25, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Pope Francis reaffirmed his commitment to fighting discrimination and furthering Jewish-Catholic dialogue.

    During an audience at the Vatican Thursday with a 60-member delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Francis said that he has “repeated many times, in recent weeks, the...

  • Conversion: Erica Hooper

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    October 9, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Falling in love with a Jewish man was Erica Hooper’s introduction to Judaism, but the religion’s ideals were ultimately what made her want to embrace it for life. 

    Hooper, 30, grew up in East Los Angeles in a Catholic home. She attended Catholic school and considered herself...

  • Andrew Greeley - A Demographer of His Religion and of Ours

    By Pini Herman

    May 31, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    There are many non-Catholics, Jews perhaps foremost, who should be grateful to Andrew Greeley for helping to paint a religious landscape of America.

    Sociologist and priest, Andrew Greeley passed away yesterday at age 85.  In addition to his many accomplishments, Greeley was a...

  • Venezuelan president: My grandparents were Jewish

    May 14, 2013 | 1:19 pm

    Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, denying that his government has an anti-Semitic bent, said his grandparents were of Sephardic Jewish descent.

    “My grandparents were Jewish, so many of the Maduros, same as the Moors [Muslims], converted to Catholicism in Venezuela,” Maduro...

  • Pope accepts Peres’ invitation to Israel

    April 30, 2013 | 7:10 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Pope Francis on Tuesday to visit Israel, at his first meeting with the new pontiff who has appealed for peace in the Middle East.

    The pope accepted the invitation "with willingness and joy," a Vatican spokesman said, but there was no...

  • Food, inspired by Israel

    April 19, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Sandy Leon, 42, grew up Catholic, but she never connected with the religion. Three years ago, she took a trip to Israel to see if, perhaps, Judaism was right for her. 

    “When I got there, I wanted to embrace everything in Israel, like the food, the culture and the people,” she...

  • At last, Warsaw’s Museum of the History of Polish Jews is dedicated

    April 18, 2013 | 10:32 am

    Krzysztof Sliwinski, a longtime Catholic activist in Jewish-Polish relations, gazed wide-eyed at the swooping interior of this city's Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

    Nearly two decades in the making, the more than $100 million institution officially opens to the public this...

  • Pope at installation gives shout-out to Jews

    March 19, 2013 | 8:46 am

    Pope Francis gave a shout-out to Jews during the open-air Mass that formally installed him as pontiff.

    Francis began his homily Tuesday by greeting the Catholic dignitaries and faithful in the huge crowd that crammed St. Peter’s Square and the surrounding area. He thanked...

  • Argentinian Pope Bergoglio a moderate focused on the poor

    March 13, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    The first Latin American pope, Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio is a moderate known for his strong negotiating skills as well as a readiness to challenge powerful interests.

    He is a modest man from a middle class family who is content to travel by bus.

    Described by his biographer as...

  • Tennis scandal

    Michał Zajda

    March 10, 2013 | 5:26 am

    I was intrigued by the recent commotion regarding the alleged insults thrown at the Radwański sisters by tennis pseudo-fans in Israel. Obviously, we are not talking about real fans here, only plain „rebelious boors” of the sort that are beloved by the fatherly figure of the...

  • The Pope and Jewish Communal Professionals: Staying in a Job too Long? The Need for Term Limits!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 27, 2013 | 8:57 am

    I have been involved with many institutions where someone clearly overstayed his or her welcome in a certain position. That person should have retired, transitioned, or resigned years (maybe even decades) earlier, but found ways to maneuver such that he or she could stick around,...

  • Dershowitz says reported contender for papacy is an anti-Semite

    February 18, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    Alan Dershowitz wrote in a letter to the editor of the Miami Herald that one of the leading candidates to replace Pope Benedict XVI is an anti-Semite.

    Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and Israel activist, was responding to a list published last week after the resignation of...

  • Exit Benedict, pray for another European pope

    By Mark Paredes

    February 11, 2013 | 10:46 pm

    Like most people around the world, I was rather surprised to hear that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to become former Pope Benedict XVI. He’s the first pope in 600 years to resign, and it will be interesting to see whom the cardinal electors elect to succeed him (let us pray it’s...

  • Benedict’s papacy: a period of close Jewish relations with occasional bumps

    February 11, 2013 | 3:41 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI’s eight-year reign as head of the world’s 1 billion Catholics sometimes was a bumpy one for the Vatican’s relations with Israel and the wider Jewish community. But it was also a period in which relations where consolidated and fervent pledges made to continue...

  • Reform, Conservative, Orthodox leaders join gun control call

    December 21, 2012 | 9:19 am

    Top figures from the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements joined an interfaith call for greater gun controls in the wake of last week's school massacre in Connecticut.

    Rabbi David Saperstein, who directs the Reform movement's Religious Action Center, and Rabbi Julie...

  • Kristallnacht family Torah reaches new generation

    November 8, 2012 | 11:55 am

    It was the “Night of Broken Glass” in Germany, Kristallnacht — a national pogrom of death and destruction of Jewish property and the rounding up of Jews — and Dietrich (David) Hamburger was in hiding.

    Hamburger was the leader of a small congregation that met in his home in...

  • Holocaust-denying bishop expelled from radical Catholic sect

    October 24, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Bishop Richard Williamson, who has denied the Holocaust, was expelled from a radical Catholic sect for disobeying his superiors.

    Williamson was expelled from the Society of Saint Pius X, which opposes Church reforms decided by the second Vatican Council, the society said...

  • Kidsave changes lives for orphaned children, adoptive parents

    July 19, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    Santiago Brown calls himself a “cashew.” It’s his way of combining the words “Catholic” and “Jew,” to refer to his unusual religious background. He lived in Colombia in a Catholic orphanage until being adopted into a Jewish family a year ago, at the age of 12. His...

  • SNAP: Catholic sex abuse cover-up continues

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 13, 2012 | 6:03 pm

    I’ve been meaning to mention an ad that the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ran an ad in the New York Times this week. The full-page ad went to great lengths to document the on-going cover-up of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

    The full ad is after the jump,...

  • Brooke Shields, Richard Chamberlain and Teller on “Exorcist’s” demon [SLIDESHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2012 | 11:04 am

    What’s the character of the demon like in John Pielmeier’s “The Exorcist,” adapted from William Peter Blatty’s novel, opening July 11 at the Geffen Playhouse? “He’s actually rather inventive and playful, in the sense that he likes to play with people’s lives,” said...

  • ‘The Exorcist’ at the Geffen: No green vomit, but plenty of evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 27, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    William Peter Blatty was a Georgetown University student in August 1949 when he came across a front-page story in the Washington Post titled “Priest Frees Mt. Rainier Boy Reported Held in Devil’s Grip.” Blatty, a devout Catholic, was fascinated by the accounts of the...

  • Saperstein: Remark by Catholic League’s Donohue could be seen as ‘threatening’ to Jews

    June 25, 2012 | 10:18 am

    A Reform movement leader, Rabbi David Saperstein, said a statement to a rabbi by Catholic League chief Bill Donohue could be construed as “threatening to American Jews who differ with the Church.”

    Donohue had a heated email exchange with Rabbi Arthur Waskow, the founder of the...

  • Obama’s same-sex marriage nod echoes historic Catholic-Jewish debate

    May 24, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    When President Obama publicly endorsed same-sex marriage two weeks ago, most secular Jewish leaders applauded while some religious ones disagreed—the latter group joining their Catholic counterparts.

    In doing so, these representatives echoed sentiments thrust into the public sphere...

  • Church pastor: ‘In Christianity, it’s the Pope and Tebow right now’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 8, 2012 | 8:30 pm

    Speaking of Easter, the Jets new backup (?) quarterback—that would be Tim Tebow—spoke to about 15,000 at an Easter service in Texas today. Check out the quote from the church’s pastor. Talk about an intro:

    “In Christianity, it’s the Pope and Tebow right now,” Celebration Church...

  • TAPPS head: Beren Academy should never have been accepted to association

    April 2, 2012 | 7:58 am

    The Beren Academy Orthodox Jewish day school should never have been accepted to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, the association’s director told a Texas newspaper.

    “We shouldn’t have accepted them in the first place,”  Edd Burleson, director of the Texas...

  • Trial opens against Catholic official tasked with oversight of pedophile priests

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 27, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The first criminal trial against a Catholic official for his oversight of pedophile priests opened yesterday in Philadelphia. The case against Monsignor William Lynn, who handled priest assignments as the archdiocese’s secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, centers around charges of...

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