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  • Despite past sparks, Al-Marayati wants Jewish dialogue

    By Marc Ballon

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's a Saturday morning, and Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), is playing basketball with a group of friends. He pounces on loose balls, wrestles away rebounds and knows just when to feed a teammate a perfectly...
  • New faces and new places for Consuls General of Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A new Israeli consul general, Yaakov (Jacob) Dayan, will arrive in Los Angeles in November to succeed Ehud Danoch as his country's top diplomat in Southern California, five southwestern states and Hawaii.

    At the same time, it was announced in Jerusalem that two Los Angeles alumni of...

  • PBS: ‘Los Angeles—Dream of A Different City’

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Sick of traffic? Sick of smog? Sick of urban sprawl?

    Don't just complain about it. See what's being done to change it. On Jan. 11, KCET will air a Los Angeles-focused segment of its acclaimed series "Edens Lost & Found."

    This one-hour installment of the multipart series titled,...

  • ‘Yippee’—Paul Mazursky documents Chasids gone wild

    By Tom Tugend

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In all his 76 years, filmmaker Paul Mazursky had never seen anything like the 25,000 Chasidim singing, swaying, blowing shofars and dancing around a lake.

    "It's like the old days at the Apollo in Harlem, with the crowd going wild," the irreverent Mazursky said. "Can you dig it?"...

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  • Noah Bleich: A Man of Many Hats

    By Sarah Price Brown

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Noah Bleich
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Noah Bleich is standing at the entrance of an elementary school with a blue-and-white menorah on his head. Once again, he has...

  • New approaches in Iraq could <I>help</I> Israel

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For Israel and its American supporters, the Iraq War has scrambled the Middle East in ways that are difficult to navigate.

    Once people hoped that the Iraq War would make Israel safer. The neocons, who cooked up the invasion and sold it to a president desperate for historic glory...

  • Regime Change

    By Rob Eshman

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I'm at a stunning house in Beverly Hills. The hosts are pillars of the Persian Jewish community. The food is incredible. Milky raw almonds and walnuts floating in silver bowls of ice water. Candied kumquats on gilt platters. Fragrant rice pilafs beribboned with dried cherries and...
  • Iraq war conspiracy—you can’t blame the Jews

    By Greg Palast

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Did the Jews do it?

    I mean, after killing Jesus, did the Elders of Zion manipulate the government of the United States into invading Babylon as part of a scheme to abet the expansion of greater Israel?

    The question was first posed to me in 2004, when I was speaking at a meeting of...

  • Humbling Wisdom

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A number of years ago I had to fly from Los Angeles to Cleveland, with a stop in St. Louis. The plane was supposed to leave at 8:45 a.m. and arrive in Cleveland in the late afternoon. But due to a mechanical problem our flight didn't leave LAX until 1:30 p.m., which put our Cleveland...
  • A Festival of Lights—lite

    By Rachel Kantrowitz

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    How many Jews does it take to change a lightbulb?

    Here's a hint: Sing this song by Deborah Kornfield to the tune of "I Have a Little Dreidel":

    I have a brand new lightbulb,
    It's a miracle you see;
    It lights the room completely,
    Using half the energy.
    Oh compact fluorescent...

  • U.S., Israeli officials see conflicting Iraq study ideas

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    American and Israeli government officials agree on two things: Iraq has nothing at all to do with Israeli-Arab issues.

    Except when it does.

    From President Bush and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on down, the leadership of the Israeli and U.S. governments are simultaneously embracing...

  • The great (non) depression

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I overdid it yesterday. Perhaps I misjudged the line between exhaustion and sloth.

    Or perhaps my recuperation from the cancer treatment requires a slower return to fitness than yesterday's exertion.

    But this morning's desire to stay in bed needs to be honored, unlike yesterday's,...

  • There is God in this place

    By Rabbi Judith HaLevy

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jacob departed. Unlike his grandfather Abraham, who went forth, lech lecha, in response to God's command, Jacob departs, vayetze, from everything he knows to escape his angry brother and find a wife in Haran. He leaves a comfortable, established life to find himself in the chaos and...
  • Partners in Creation

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Roger Gottlieb makes the case in his book, "A Greener Faith," that we are in need of an ecotheology -- to view the Earth in a more divine and holy way. He writes that we have so separated ourselves from nature we don't actually feel our interconnectedness with it; rather, we value...
  • Democrats have no beitzim

    By Rob Eshman

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's not polite to say the English word for cojones in this paper, so I'll use the Hebrew: beitzim.
     
    Beitzim means eggs in Hebrew, but it is also slang for cojones.
     
    And as the midterm election draws near, any clear-eyed assessment of the Democratic Party would have to conclude:...
  • What did you say your name was?

    By Leisah Woldoff

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    After the ceremony and after the reception, when all the guests have gone and the tables are cleared, there you are: Mr. and Mrs.
     
    The next morning, the groom wakes up with his name intact. However, the bride wakes up with a different identity.
     
    Every few days during the wedding...
  • There’s A Message in the Sounds of the Shofar

    By Arnold M. Eisen

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The approach of Rosh Hashanah always takes me back in memory to my bar mitzvah, which took place on Shabbat Shuvah -- the Sabbath of Repentance that comes between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    Two weighty questions preoccupied me that day in 1964. One: what did it mean that God...

  • The Trailblazer’s Toolbox: Programs That Grab

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Here's a brief rundown of the national synagogue revitalization programs that have arisen since the early 1990s.

    • Billed as the first such initiative, the Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE) was created in 1992. It strives to popularize Jewish learning among congregants...

  • Students Draw on Movie for Tolerance Mural Inspiration

    By Lisa Hirschmann

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Oscar de la Hoyer Animo Charter High School

    In a hallway of Oscar de la Hoya Animo Charter High School in downtown Los Angeles, a three-part canvas mural covers a wall, portraying the transformation of society from one plagued by hate to one free of it.

    The mural's creators are at-risk Latino high school students who spent...

  • It May Be Time to Change Goals, Ideas on Philanthropy

    By Michael Steinhardt

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I have a dream in which Jewish early childhood educators in the United States, who currently receive an average salary of $9.66 an hour, can raise their own children without having to take out loans or marry rich. I have a dream in which Birthright Israel does not have to keep tens...

  • Converts’ Hardships Expose Truth

    By Laura Birnbaum

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "My father didn't survive the Holocaust to have his grandson marry a shiksa."

    Alison, my classmate from the University of Pennsylvania who is currently in the process of converting to Judaism, gasped at the harshness of the words delivered stoically by her boyfriend's mother.

    He...

  • NGOs Feel Sting of Hamas Ban

    By Uriel Heilman

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly three months since Hamas took control of the Palestinian Authority, Western governments aren't the only ones trying to figure out how to deliver aid to the increasingly needy Palestinian population without inadvertently supporting its extremist government.

    Nongovernmental...

  • Schools Give Prum-Hess High Marks

    By Julie G Fax

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last year, two Los Angeles schools applied for and won MATCH grants, which are awarded each year by a consortium of Jewish education foundations that reward day schools for cultivating new donors. The grants brought in more than $100,000.

    This spring, 13 day schools were awarded the...

  • Middle-Class Squeeze

    By Julie G Fax

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In the past six years, Diane Demetras and her husband, Marcel Indik, have taken one low-cost vacation and have dined out only on rare occasions. They don't buy themselves new clothes, they drive old cars and rent movies rather than go to them because weekend activities have been...

  • Jews-by-Choice: A Look 10 Years Later

    By Beverly Gray

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's a Shavuot tradition to read the biblical story of Ruth, whose marriage to a Jew -- and her bond with her mother-in-law -- led her to embrace wholeheartedly and inspirationally the Jewish faith.

    Even today, many, perhaps most, converts enter Judaism through a relationship with a...

  • Conservatives Focus on Intermarrieds

    By Sue Fishkoff

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Stephen Lachter didn't know what to expect when a friend dragged him to a men's club meeting at his Conservative synagogue five years ago.

    "My father was in a men's club, and to me, it was guys sitting around playing pinochle and volunteer ushering," he admitted.

    Instead, Lachter was...

  • John Fishel

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Feb. 26, more than 150 volunteers gathered early at the headquarters of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for the annual Super Sunday megafundraiser. Having filled up on conversation, coffee and bagels, the enthusiastic, well-dressed men and women sat side-by-side at...

  • Top 10 Things to Do Before the Change

    By Jennifer Pirtle

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    No matter where you are in the menopause transition, it's never too late (or early) to get your health act together to ensure the next 40 or so years are as terrific as or better than the first were. Here are 10 things you can do right now.

    1. Choose the right health-care provider

    ...
  • Tommywood - A Peace of Music

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    How does an idea come to life? How is it that someone has an idea -- an idea that he or she believes will help change the world -- and it actually takes flight? I'm not sure anyone really knows how that process occurs, only that it does.

    Just ask Zade.

    Zade Dirani, 26, is a...

  • The Second American Jewish Revolution

    By Steven Windmueller

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The past 20 years have been marked by the single largest growth of new Jewish organizations -- well, at least since 1880, when the first defining period of American Judaism began.

    You can rightly call it a major American Jewish revolution that is now under way.

    This modern...

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