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  • Arrested development: Young Jewish activists voluntarily go to jail in support of union rights

    By Alex Collins-Shotwell

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sarah Leiber Church and Laura Podolsky had big plans for the evening of Sept. 28 -- getting arrested.
     
    They were part of a protest march that took place along Century Boulevard near Los Angeles International Airport aimed at hotels that allegedly have been preventing employees from...
  • Local minister, dressed as High Priest, stages Yom Kippur service for evangelicals

    By Sarah Price Brown

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Sunday morning, while Jews are preparing for Kol Nidre, a group of Christians in Simi Valley will be participating in a Yom Kippur service of their own.
     
    For the fifth year in a row, Kevin Dieckilman, senior pastor of the evangelical Simi Hills Christian Church, will lead a High...
  • JewsOnFirst.org Continues Fight Against Aggressive Christian Activities

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Several months ago, activist Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak learned of a Jewish family allegedly forced to flee its Delaware town after protesting aggressive Christian activities in the public schools.

    The Los Angeles rabbi is co-founder of JewsOnFirst.org, perhaps the only Web site...

  • Jesus’ Man Has a Plan

    By Rob Eshman

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Are there any Jewish Rick Warrens?

    That's not a fair question.

    There are few people of any faith like Warren.

    As I sat listening to him speak at Sinai Temple's Friday Night Live Shabbat services last week, I thought of the only other person I'd met with Warren's eloquence, charisma,...

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  • All Saints’ IRS Fight Gets Jewish Support

    By Eric Berkowitz

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For a church facing an assault from the Internal Revenue Service, the outspoken clergy of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena acted neither fearful nor repentant Sunday.

    The IRS is "welcome in our pews," said Rector J. Edwin Bacon to loud applause, but "not welcome in our...

  • Rehnquist’s Legacy: Church-State Rulings

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chief Justice William Rehnquist was often the sole dissenter on the separation of church and state after he joined the United States Supreme Court in the early 1970s, arguing that while religion did not deserve extra protection, it merited federal funding.

    But now, after leading...

  • The Inner Sanctum

    By Rob Eshman

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I had just finished up with a tour of the new Mormon Temple in Newport Beach when I came face to face with Kathleen. Forthright, with a shining smile, straight shiny hair and the physique of a beach volleyballer, she seemed to embody the ideal of young Mormon womanhood.

    Kathleen grew...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Expatriates' Vote

    It's long been more socially acceptable for Jews to immigrate to Israel than to emigrate out of it. Some Israelis feel that they're abandoning the project of the Jewish state, not doing their part, not facing the same risks as those they leave behind.

    So it's...

  • The Jewish Seat

    By Rob Eshman

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Seven American Jews have served on the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

    Make that eight -- if you include Sandra Day O'Connor.

    O'Connor, who announced her retirement from the bench last week, isn't Jewish (you read it here first). But her legal opinions have had a...

  • O’Connor Played Key Church-State Role

    By Matthew E. Berger

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The modern-day legal guidelines on how religion fits into the American public square have largely been the creation of one woman: Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

    The U.S. Supreme Court has been fiercely divided for a quarter-century, with four justices opposing religious...

  • Orthodox Lobbyist in Eye of Ethics Storm

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Missions to Israel are a staple of Jewish organizations, but when Pepe Barreto leads a group tour there in August, it'll represent something new.

    Barreto is perhaps the most popular drive-time host on Spanish-language radio in Los Angeles and a major player in a new drive to...

  • Episcopal Church Saves Silver Lake JCC

    By Marc Ballon

    April 21, 2005 | 8:01 pm

     

    Just two months before its probable closure, the Silver Lake Independent Jewish Community Center has gained a new lease on life thanks to the efforts of a benevolent high-ranking member of the Episcopal Church.

    In a bid to save the center, Bishop Jon Bruno of the Episcopal Diocese...

  • Episcopal Church Mulls Divestment

    By David Finnigan

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish leaders are displeased with another mainline Protestant church's call for divestment of church funds from companies doing business with Israel, with Southern California clergy trying to quell what could be an interfaith nightmare.

    "Obviously one of our fears when the...

  • Membership Briefs

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Humanistic High Holidays

    Three secular humanist groups -- Adat Chaverim, Society for Humanistic Judaism and The Sholem Community -- will hold High Holidays services in the Los Angeles area.

    Adat Chaverim, whose "celebrations" have been led by a madrich, or trained lay leader, since...

  • We Must Renew Presbyterian Dialogues

    By Mark J. Pelavin

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Late last month, the 493 delegates to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PC-U.S.A.) adopted a series of deeply troubling "overtures" (their term for policy statements).

    The General Assembly defeated an attempt to cut off funding for "messianic" congregations,...

  • Say Hello Before They Say Goodbye

    By Alan Fisher

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jews for Jesus, Jews attending churches, low synagogue membership, astronomical rates of intermarriage -- as complex as these issues are, there is at least one remarkably simple and inexpensive solution to encouraging Jewish participation. It's called a warm greeting.

    A friendly...

  • Dr. Laura Loses Her Religion

    By Lisa Keys

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Controversial syndicated radio-show host and public advocate of Orthodox Judaism Laura Schlessinger -- "Dr. Laura," as she is known to her 12 million daily listeners -- confessed on air this month that she will no longer practice Judaism.

    Although Schlessinger -- who very publicly...

  • Your Letters

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    David Woznica

    The June 6 report that The Federation has taken a gambit -- re: bringing Rabbi David Woznica to Los Angeles from the 92nd Street Y in the hope his passion for Judaism lectures and teaching will "spark" a flow of dollars to the community's United Jewish Fund campaign...

  • Your Letters

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Churchgoers

    I truly enjoyed the churchgoing Jews article ("Jewish Churchgoers on the Rise," June 6), for I have found myself to be among that group of people. I am affiliated with a Reform synagogue here in Los Angeles, the kids go to Sunday school and we even light candles...

  • Jewish Churchgoers on the Rise

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's Sunday morning at the Church of Ocean Park, a Methodist church in Santa Monica that strangely lacks overt Christian insignia: there are no crosses or crucified Jesuses decorating the walls, but the stained-glass windows do picture a bearded figure tending to a flock of sheep,...

  • Eternal Treblinka

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust" by Charles Patterson. (Lantern Books, $20).

    In the forward to "Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust," animal rights activist and daughter of Holocaust survivors, Lucy Rosen Kaplan, states: "I...

  • Facing Each Other

    By Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I am sitting in my old seat in the study hall of Yeshivat Har Etzion, tucked away in the Judean hills, having completed a week of solidarity visits, catching up with old friends and attending inspiring and enlightening lectures. As a Bible teacher, I could not resist the opportunity...

  • Briefs

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bay Cities JCC Emergency Meeting

    Twenty-five parents gathered at Bay Cities Jewish Community Center on Monday night to discuss emergency strategies to try to save their center. Bay Cities JCC is one of four community centers set to close by the summer because of insufficient...

  • New York Miracle

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There's a storefront church next door to my friend Bill's apartment in New York City's East Village. I'm staying with him for a week, so I pass the church a lot, and the sign in the window becomes like a refrain.

    "Free: hugs, foot washing, Band-Aids & money. While $upplies last."

    You...

  • Senate Shocker

    By James D. Besser

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The stunning change in the U.S. Senate triggered by Sen. James Jeffords' switch from GOP to independent status means a seismic shift in the war over a host of domestic issues, including the church-state skirmishes that have preoccupied Jewish groups.

    The change is less likely to...

  • Hollywood Mitzvahs

    By Mike Levy

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When one person helps another person, it's a mitzvah. When 1,500 people from 30 different organizations join together to help out in over 50 volunteering projects, it's Temple Israel of Hollywood's (TIOH) Mitzvah Day.

    The April 29 event attracted volunteers of all ages from both...

  • Letters to the Editor

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Orthodox Numbers

    As a sociologist of American Jews, I read the three articles ("Setting the Record Straight," "Flawed Methodology" and "Standing by the Data," Sept. 15) with great interest. Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, along with Anthony Gordon and Richard M. Horowitz, raised important...

  • Dialogue in Distress

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There's good news and bad news in Catholic-Jewish relations. The good news is, relations between Catholics and Jews have never been better. The bad news is, relations between the Vatican and world Jewry have gotten so bad that the Vatican has severed its formal diplomatic link to the...

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