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  • Shoah Denial Conference: Damage Assessment

    By Judea Pearl

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    While world Jewry recovers from the shock of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Holocaust conference in Tehran, emotions are slowly giving way to analysis.

    Why is Ahmadinejad pursuing this foolish crusade against the Holocaust? After all, even he must know that the Holocaust...

  • Kabbalah boom prompts meeting of mystical minds

    By Brigid Brett

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In Maui, at a New Age gift shop, a woman in a sarong pays for a candle in the shape of the Buddha, a bundle of sage used in Native American ceremonies and a copy of "Becoming Like God: Kabbalah and Our Ultimate Destiny," by Michael Berg. At a Baltimore bookstore, a young man...
  • Don’t dismiss Iran Holocaust conference as harmless fringe elements

    By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Even Borat, the bumblingly anti-Semitic comic character, could not have contrived a more absurd and utterly offensive assemblage: David Duke, erstwhile Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, alongside Robert Faurisson, the French pseudo-academic who argues that the Holocaust never...
  • Los Angeles mom pleads for life of son kidnapped in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Why is the world so silent -- why are Jews so silent about the plight of Jews being held captive in Iran?" Elana Tehrani, an Iranian-born Jewish woman now living in Los Angeles asked a crowd during a speech at the Nessah Cultural Center in Beverly Hills.

    Tehrani believes her son...

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  • 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...

  • U.S. Jewish Population Rising; California and Israel Join in Tourism Pact

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. Jewish Population Rising?

    The new American Jewish Yearbook reports that there are 6.4 million Jews in the United States. That's significantly more than the 5.2 million figure provided by the 2000-2001 National Jewish Population Study.

    The yearly survey, published by the...

  • GA taps into passion, will, power of the people

    By Julie G Fax

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Perhaps it was the civilian, Karnit Goldwasser, who said it most clearly: "There are so many powerful and important people gathered together here. Together, we must raise up our voices."

    Goldwasser's specific intent was to urge the thousands of Jewish leaders and a cadre of Israeli...

  • It happened one weekend ... at the Sisterhood

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Something happens," I was told across the "first timers" table Nov. 2 at BJ's Restaurant in Woodland Hills. "When these women get together. I can't explain it, but something happens."

    The get-together was the 46th annual Biennial Assembly of the Women of Reform Judaism's (WRJ)...

  • Battle of the sexes reaches Talmudic teachings—why can’t girls learn Gemara?

    By Amy Klein

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Sharon Stein Merkin attended a Modern Orthodox religious day school in Los Angeles, she didn't learn Mishna or Gemara, the Oral law, because her school, like most in the 1980s and '90s, didn't teach women Talmud.

    But it was only when she attended seminary in Israel after...

  • Promoting Jewish Learning

    By Carolyn Slutsky

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On a recent Friday afternoon, the chapel bells at Duke University chimed "Shalom Aleichem" as about 1,300 educators gathered for the 31st annual conference of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE).

    Billed as "Jewish Literacy: A Learned Community and a...

  • Competing Moments of Truth on Schools

    By Howard Blume

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Tuesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to lay the groundwork for the most defining initiative of his term in office: his attempt to take control of Los Angeles' schools. But the day before he does, opponents of his plan will beat him to the microphone. The L.A. teachers...

  • Rabbis, Imams Meet for Peace in Spain

    By Danny Wood

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's not often that the keynote speakers at a conference speak openly about the possibility that the meeting will fail.

    But speakers at the second World Congress of Rabbis and Imams for Peace, held last week in Seville, Spain, made it clear that if this year's event didn't lead to...

  • Wandering Jew - Inspiration for the Faithful

    By Daniel T. Gryczman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At the end of World War II, my grandparents had survived Hitler's failed final solution and left Europe for the Middle East where my grandfather joined the newly established Israel Defense Forces, on the front lines, defending the State of Israel in its infancy. In the wake of the...

  • Wandering Jew - Propaganda for the Insipid

    By Alice Ollstein

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I've been working as teacher's assistant at my temple's religious school for the past four years. I love teaching my second-graders their first Hebrew letters. I love watching my sixth-graders find Israel on a map. But what I love most is the connection my job gives me to Judaism and...

  • Out of My Comfort Zone

    By Benjamin Steiner

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Each morning at the Anti-Defamation League's Grosfeld National Youth Leadership Mission in Washington, D.C., which took place in November, about 20 students crowded into a hotel room for student-led Shacharit, or morning prayers.

    What was notable was that many of those students...

  • Choosing Pluralism

    By Ashley Reich

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    We were all seated in our respective minyanin when a large outburst sounded from the Orthodox group down the hall. Within a few moments, teenagers were running out from every direction, anxious to see what the excitement was about. As I edged closer, I realized it was not...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday 7

    Bruins and Trojans unite in the name of Jewish art. For the first time ever, the Hillels of UCLA and USC collaborate to present coinciding art exhibitions. Titled "Makor/Source," the two shows feature works by 23 contemporary Jewish artists reflecting their study of Jewish...

  • Still Strong in Westchester

    By Julie G Fax

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In a strong statement that the Jewish presence in Westchester has not disappeared, families of B'nai Tikvah's nursery school took to the streets in December for the annual Westchester Holiday Parade. Wearing homemade dreidel and menorah headbands, 30 children marched for one mile...

  • Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad AIPAC?

    By Ezra Klein

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Who's afraid of the big bad AIPAC?

    Andrew Silow-Carroll should have been.

    In 1991, Carroll was the acting editor of The Washington Jewish Week, a highly decorated and well-respected independent newspaper. In 1992, he wasn't. The reason? He went to a picnic.

    Generally,...

  • Class Notes - A Weekend of Ethics

    By Julie G Fax

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Scholars-in-residence Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi Steven Leder and Dr. Bruce Powell will address teaching children values and ethics at Brandeis-Bardin Institute's family weekend Nov. 19-21. Sponsored by The Jewish Journal, the weekend will explore how ethics interface with...

  • Class Notes

    By Julie G Fax

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Write Stuff

    From Nov. 13-15 in Toronto, college students are invited to attend Do the Write Thing, a conference on Jewish journalism held at the General Assembly, the annual gathering of machers in the Federation system and other Jewish organizations.

    Aside from participating...

  • Jews Forced to Flee Arabs Want Redress

    By Daniella Peled

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jews who fled Arab countries following the creation of the State of Israel are preparing to launch a new campaign for restitution.

    Meeting in London at a forum organized by the World Organization for Jews From Arab Countries and Justice for Jews From Arab Countries, Jewish...

  • Clash of Ideas Should Be Addressed

    By Judea Pearl

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The age of terror, it seems, has sprouted an era of dialogue. A host of conferences designed to bring together East and West are cropping up everywhere.

    Never before, perhaps, have so many talked so optimistically about so serious a problem. But behind all the words is one unspoken...

  • L.A. Hosts Debate on Israel Economy

    By Tom Tugend

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "It's the economy, stupid," was President Clinton's campaign mantra, and the same lesson was hammered home June 5-7 to 25 Israeli diplomats at a three-day conference at the Beverly Hilton.

    "Growing Israel's economy must be the priority of every Israeli representative abroad, and let...

  • AIPAC—Let the Sun Shine In

    By James D. Besser

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    By most measures, last week's policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was a success.

    The sessions were substantive and well-led; the speakers top-rank. The large number of under-40 delegates suggested the organization's future is strong.

    Despite...

  • AIPAC Will Focus on Policy at Gathering

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Inside the massive Washington Convention Center, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be talking about the Gaza Strip withdrawal and the Iranian nuclear threat.

    However, in the hallways and the social gatherings of the American Israel...

  • Young Adults Heed the Leadership Call

    By Marc Ballon

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Heather Greenberg has long known that she wanted to give back. Greenberg, 36, remembers well how Jewish charities helped her family as she grew up. There was the scholarship provided by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in North Hollywood when her parents, recent émigrés from...

  • Awareness Week at UCLA Hit by Apathy

    By Rona Ram

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Last week's anti-Semitism conference at UCLA had the potential to be powerful and mind-expanding -- except that almost no one showed up.

    It wasn't just the general student population who didn't show.

    Jews didn't show up either.

    The numbers speak for themselves. Some 4,000 UCLA...

  • Calendar

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    ...

    The Jewish Journal is no longer accepting mailed or faxed event listing information. Please e-mail event listings at least three weeks in advance to: calendar@jewishjournal.com .

    By Keren Engelberg

  • A Matter of Mindset

    By Stuart Schoffman

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    For an Israeli who lives in Jerusalem, it's strange being the only Jew in the room. Yet that's how it was on Jan. 10 as I gave a talk on the current political situation to an international conference of Catholic bishops at the elegant Knights Palace Hotel in the Old City.

    When I...

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