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  • Palestinian non-profit belatedly apologizes for blood libel article

    April 2, 2013 | 8:22 am

    A Palestinian non-profit organization has removed an article from its website that accused Jews of using "the blood of Christians in the Jewish Passover.”

    The Miftah organization, founded by Palestinian lawmaker Hanan Ashrawi and funded by European and Western governments,...

  • A Timeline of Myself and Judaism

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 20, 2013 | 1:44 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

    Age .2: I have just been circumcised for no apparent reason. A bearded man prayed to me. I cried throughout the night.

    Age 4: I have begun to notice that there are other people in this world known as “Christians.” My favorite television shows all have specials...

  • Study: Jews are world’s most migratory religious group

    March 9, 2012 | 10:20 am

    A new study found that Jews are the most internationally migratory of all the world’s major religious groups.

    “Faith on the Move,” a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, found that a quarter of Jews are international migrants,...

  • Israel to increase number of Ethiopian immigrants

    February 28, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Israel will increase the number of immigrants from Ethiopia for the next several months after bringing in many fewer than it had promised.

    Some 1,000 Falash Mura, Ethiopians whose ancestors converted from Judaism to Christianity, will be brought to Israel over the next four months,...

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  • Seventh-day Adventists celebrate 9th Circuit ruling on Prop. 8

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 8, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    Look at all those numbers in the headline. Better yet, look at my classmate and the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review, Julius Nam, featured in this Patch article about why Seventh-day Adventists opposed Proposition 8 and are celebrating the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’s...

  • The big tent:  Jews, Muslims, Christians celebrate spirituality in a shared sacred space

    By Rachel Heller

    December 21, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Whirling Dervishes, an elaborate feast and a lecture by a prominent Muslim scholar – Musallah Tauhid’s joyous celebration of its move to a new home in 2008 heralded good times ahead for the Sufi Muslim worship group. As a friendly gesture, the group invited its new neighbors for...

  • Christians, Jews gather for pro-Israel rally at U.N.

    September 21, 2011 | 6:50 pm

    Several hundred supporters of Israel gathered near the United Nations to protest the Durban III meeting and oppose the Palestinian statehood bid.

    Wednesday’s rally was organized by the pro-Israel Christian group Eagles’ Wings.

    Many leading Jewish groups have decided not to mount...

  • Why Chaz Bono Just Might Win Dancing With The Stars

    By Ilana Angel

    September 3, 2011 | 10:57 am

    I love watching Dancing With The Stars.  It is entertaining, mindless fun, plus Tom Bergeron is brilliant.  I could do without the judges most of the time, but with the help of my remote, I look forward to this show each year and the excitement begins with the announcement of the...

  • A Creepy Actor + A Good Christian Girl = An Unfit Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    June 22, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    By now you’ve probably all heard that 51 year old actor Doug Hutchison has married a 16 year old girl named Courtney Stodden.  I thought he was a great actor because he plays creepy so well.  From Lost to The Green Mile, his characters have been disturbing.  Turns out maybe he’s...

  • Christians arriving in Israel for Tabernacles event

    September 21, 2010 | 2:56 pm

    About 7,000 Christian tourists are arriving in Israel for the Feast of Tabernacles celebration.

    The visitors, including the heads of Evangelical Christian communities, will participate in a program of seminars and teaching beginning Sept. 23. The program is sponsored by the...

  • Different Faiths Ignore Differences in Holiday Sharing

    March 23, 2010 | 6:54 pm

    When Jewish and Christian holidays converge — like Passover and Easter or Chanukah and Christmas — Southland communities with large Jewish populations often witness a competition between the celebrations, from public schools to shopping centers.

    Many Southern California malls...

  • VIDEO: Christian Arabs celebrate Christmas in Nazareth, Israel

    By The Web Guy

    December 23, 2008 | 7:17 pm


    Cool video includes ‘Winter Wonderland’ in Arabic! 

    And yet, in U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, Christians can’t worship openly.

  • Kassams land near mayor of Sderot’s house; Interfaith fellowship group denies missionary ties

    September 17, 2008 | 9:15 pm

    Qassam Lands Near Sderot Mayor's Home

    A Qassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in a residential neighborhood of Sderot.

    The rocket landed Sunday not far from the home of Mayor Eli Moyal, Ynet reported, and started a fire that was extinguished quickly by firefighters. No...

  • Pope in Paris: ‘To be anti-Semitic is to be anti-Christian’ [VIDEO]

    September 15, 2008 | 12:59 am

    PARIS (JTA) - Jews and Christians should get to know each other better, Pope Benedict XVI said at a meeting with French Jewish leaders.

    On the first day of his four-day visit to Paris, the pope condemned fanatics and anti-Semitism, called for a strengthening of bonds between...

  • Our image problem: Jews have no ‘big picture’

    By David Klinghoffer

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Christianity has an image problem, and Christians ought to pay earnest attention to it, rather than dismissing it as the product of media bias. That's the message of a new book that should be of interest to Jews, because it shows the kind of questions that Christians have started...
  • Briefs: ‘Christian Nation’ vote; Aid to P.A.

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Xmas Resolution Renews 'Christian Nation' Debate

    A seemingly benign U.S. congressional resolution supporting Christmas has become the latest fodder in the debate over whether America is a "Christian nation."

    Nearly all the members of the House of Representatives, including a majority...

  • When Faiths Jam

    By Rob Eshman

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At the Southern California Islamic Center last Saturday night, only Shawn Landres dared utter a four-letter word. That word was, "kumbaya."

    Yes, the evening brought together about 150 Jews, Muslims and Christians for a night of prayer and music at the center, which had never before...

  • Battle Lines Emerge on Marking Holiday

    By Matthew E. Berger

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The sound of angry Christians railing against the marginalization of Christmas has become the new tune of this holiday season.

    Across the country, from department stores to town halls, battle lines have been drawn over how to mark the winter holidays.

    Led by evangelical groups,...

  • Three Faiths Unite in Pilgrimage

    By Mahmoud Abdel-Baset

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On Feb. 10, 40 Jews, Christians and Muslims will embark on a joint "spiritual pilgrimage" to Israel and Jordan. The trip will focus solely on religious themes common to all three faiths. The author, an Egyptian-born engineer, is one of the trip's organizers. You can learn more...

  • Garbage Mouth

    By Rob Eshman

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When the controversy over Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" first erupted, Jewish leaders like Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League angered Christians by coming out forcefully against the movie.

    William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Civil and...

  • Prolific Neusner Takes on Mishnah

    By David Klinghoffer

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Making God's Word Work: A Guide to the Mishnah," by Jacob Neusner (Continuum, $29.95).

    I don't know how many times I've been in a conversation with a Christian who suddenly out of nowhere asked, "What do you think of Neusner?" They don't even feel a need to mention the man's...

  • Letters to the Editor

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In late May 1948, when faced with an embargo on weaponry in defending the new born State of Israel, Provisional prime-minister David Ben-Gurion received an offer of assistance from an unlikely source. Czechoslovakia, then under the firm control of Soviet Russia, offered the...

  • Quiet Debut for ‘Passion’ DVD

    By David Finnigan

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Harold Shulweis learned that the DVD of "The Passion of the Christ," which debuted on Aug. 31, would be just a bare-bones, no-frills copy of Mel Gibson's controversial movie, the spiritual leader of Encino's Valley Beth Shalom said, "That's very good. I don't think the...

  • Melting Pot for Peace

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard to imagine a period when Jews and Arabs got along -- but that's apparently what they did from 800-1400 B.C.E., in the historical Al-Andalus period. In Spain and North Africa, Jews, Christians and Muslims got together and collaborated on arts and sciences to create one of...

  • Community Briefs

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Opera Collaboration Continues to 2005

    The New Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv and the Los Angeles Opera will extend their ongoing collaboration with a production of Camille Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila" during the 2005 season.

    Academy Award-winning film director William Friedkin...

  • Passion of Pesach

    By Rabbi Michael Beals

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In my junior year at UC Berkeley, I brought an Egyptian co-resident from International House named Khalid to Purim services.

    This was my gesture toward international understanding and cultural appreciation between Muslim and Jew. What a disaster!

    As my co-religionists carryied on...

  • The Simple Son

    By Rob Eshman

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When I was in college in New Hampshire, the pastor of a nearby church asked our Hillel rabbi to send over a Jewish student who could help his parishioners learn about Passover. I volunteered. For all the fuzzy, feel-good reasons that a liberal arts education supplies in abundance, I...

  • Evangelical Media Gather Around Israel

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "FIree soup's on us!" That was the invitation David Suissa's Los Angeles-based charity Meals 4 Israel extended to all 5,000 participants of the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Charlotte, N.C. last month -- and it was pastors and ministers who made...

  • We Should Not Reject Evangelical Alliance

    By Abraham H. Foxman

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The lesson to be learned from recent differences between many American Jews and conservative Christians -- on Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion of the Christ," and on equal rights for gays -- is not to walk away from relationships with evangelicals.

    It is not to reject evangelical...

  • Gibson Film Is a Frontal Assault on Jews

    By Marvin Hier

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Mel Gibson's film is nothing less then a frontal assault and a collective indictment of the entire Jewish community during the time of Jesus.

    For two hours during "The Passion of the Christ," not a single Jew opposed to Jesus utters an intelligent sentence. Gibson's Jews are...

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