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  • Higher Ground

    By Melissa Minkin

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Take nearly 100 people training to be rabbis, priests, pastors, ministers, nuns and religious educators. Put them together for 24 hours at a Jewish summer camp. Add a torrent of rain, and stir in several inches of thick mud. What do you get? You never know.

    For 25 years, the National...

  • The Reappearing Jew

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "Are you really so optimistic about the Jewish future?" my friend, the rabbi, asked me. Yes I am, but more importantly, finally I am not alone.

    The rabbi and I were among more than 400 people -- most of them just garden-variety Jews-on-the-Street -- who attended last weekend's historic two-day conference, entitled "The Reappearing American Jew: Identity and Continuity," sponsored by Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and the University of Southern California's Institute for the Study of Jews in the West.

  • Lost in America

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's new government had a rough week diplomatically in New York late last month, when Foreign Minister David Levy flew in to address the United Nations General Assembly.

    The problems weren't at the United Nations. Levy aced the world body. He met with an impressive array of world...

  • A Day with Jews for Jesus

    By Julie G Fax

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The sound of a guitar playing and children singing drifts out past the hotel pool. "Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh," they sing, "Holy, holy, holy unto me."

    They are singing about Jesus.

    I am at the Warner Center Marriot in Woodland Hills, where 1,200 Jews and non-Jews have gathered for the...

  • Taking the Middle Road

    By Julie Wiener

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Reform movement's much-anticipated "Statement of Principles" may rival the Torah for most carefully scrutinized text in Jewish history.

    The two-page statement, which seeks to spell out just exactly what Reform Judaism is about, was discussed for close to two years, underwent six...

  • Mixed Reviews

    By Julie G Fax

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles' Reform rabbis returned to their pulpits from last week's Central Conference of American Rabbis convention in Pittsburgh, some of them delighted with the Statement of Principles, some of them disappointed, but all of them primed to revisit the definition of their...
  • European Jews Debate Identity

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 600 Jewish community leaders and representatives from 39 countries gathered here over the weekend for what they described as a major step toward the goal of creating a new European Jewish identity.

    Organizers and participants at the first General Assembly of the European...

  • Open Discussions

    By Tom Tugend

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles, as always, attracted a variety of interesting visitors in recent days. The Jewish Journal couldn't meet all of them, but we made contact with a group of German journalists and government officials, the former executive editor of The New York Times, and the Israeli...
  • Unity 101

    By Beverly Gray

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Building Jewish unity in one afternoon is a tall order. And the organizers of Teen Clal's "One People" conference knew better than to expect miracles. Still, it was little short of miraculous that, on a recent Sunday, 75 teens from a wide range of Jewish denominations were able to...
  • A Reminder: Slavery Still Exists

    By Lori Schneide

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Hundreds of people turned out for the Simon Weisenthal Center Museum of Tolerance's one-day symposium, "A Call to Freedom." The conference, held last month, highlighted the plight of black slaves in Sudan and Mauritania, where today, "tens of thousands of blacks are sold into...
  • Debating the Future

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The rampant factionalism and firecracker unpredictability that marks Israeli politics these days came visiting Los Angeles last weekend.

    More than 300 people left their cozy Sunday morning behind to participate in the all-day conference, "Israel: 1999 and Beyond," sponsored by the...

  • Conference Explores Peace Through Education

    By Beverly Gray

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli-Palestinian coexistence and how to achieve it: That was the topic on everybody's lips when the 24th Annual Academic Conference convened at the Century Plaza Hotel last weekend. The panel, sponsored by American Friends of the Hebrew University, was followed by a luncheon...
  • Is Youth Served?

    By Rob Eshman

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    As Zionism turns 100 and Israel approaches 50, a Sept. 14 conference re-examines our affection for the Jewish State.

    Photo from Jerusalem in 3000 Years, Konemann, 1995.

    To many American Jews in their 20s, 30s and 40s, Zionism, the ancient dream of a Jewish homeland that spawned a...

  • Other Voices

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The evening following the final session of theSecond International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy, I attendeda small family dinner and celebrated the wedding of a SatmarChassidic couple. Among the guests were men with long curledpayot (it'spronounced "payyes" there), and some...

  • The GA: Missing Out

    By Rob Eshman

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Council of Jewish Federations President Dr. Conrad L. Giles(left) and GA Co-Chair Joel Tauber, both of Detroit, greeted PrimeMinister Netanyahu at Indianapolis Airport. Photo by Robert A.Cumins

    If a Jew yells in Indiana, will a Jew in Los Angeles pay attention?

    For six days in...

  • One People: Religious Christians and Jews?

    By Judy Gruen

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Most of the mainstream secular Jewishorganizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and the AmericanJewish Congress would like us to think so. But a recent gathering inWashington proved that a grass-roots movement is taking hold amongJews -- not only the Orthodox -- whose views are...
  • L.A.‘s Own Zionist Conference

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As Zionism turns 100 and Israel approaches 50, a Sept. 14 conference re-examines our affection for the Jewish State.

    Photo from Jerusalem in 3000 Years, Konemann, 1995.

    To many American Jews in their 20s, 30s and 40s, Zionism, the ancient dream of a Jewish homeland that spawned a...

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