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  • 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...

  • East of Western— a Kosher Cornucopia

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    President Bush is declaring his hope for a Palestinian state loud and clear, and no wonder -- it's almost the price of entry to the alliance with Europe that he urgently wants to revive.

    Some in the American Jewish community at first were uneasy about Bush's push for the...

  • Bush Touts Palestine in Europe

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    President Bush is declaring his hope for a Palestinian state loud and clear, and no wonder -- it's almost the price of entry to the alliance with Europe that he urgently wants to revive.

    Some in the American Jewish community at first were uneasy about Bush's push for the...

  • It’s a Kosher World After All

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Kosher. The word evokes pictures of kugel, kishka and caviar.

    But forget the herring -- it's fish egg time. For two days, the second annual Kosher World Conference and Expo at the L.A. Convention Center plans to take conventioneers down an uncharted course into a yummy world of...

  • Rabbis, Imams Find Common Ground

    By Rabbi Reuven Firestone

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    I recently returned from an extraordinary meeting that took place last month in Brussels. One hundred imams and rabbis from 20 different countries came together for four days of discussion about religion, peace, justice and dignity. Meeting in plenary sessions and breakout groups,...

  • Letters to the Editor

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Jewish-Black Ties

    The outrageous assertion that blacks and Jews have "passed through a period of hostility and animosity" and come together for "issues ranging from civil rights legislation to Israel" is absurd ("Jewish-Black Ties Loosen Over Years," Jan. 14).

    If it takes "a...

  • Closing the Gap on Believers

    By Jack Miles

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Is religion more prominent or less today in American life? Is it fading away or roaring ahead? Articles about the conservative Christian influence in the Bush administration point -- often fearfully -- in one direction. Statistics about the disappearance of young adults in the 18-30...

  • UCLA Forming Israel Studies Program

    By Tom Tugend

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Everybody talks about Israel, but, surprisingly, there is no teaching, research and community program at an American university that focuses solely on the Jewish state in all its multiple facets.

    The gap is beginning to be filled at UCLA, and if all works as planned, the Israel...

  • Passion to Help Sick Spawns Wider Effort

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Lori Marx-Rubiner underwent a bilateral mastectomy two years ago, she lost the use of her arms for a few weeks. She couldn't brush her teeth, let alone tackle cooking dinner or driving her son to school.

    The Adat Ari El community came to her rescue, bringing approximately 60...

  • Duke Hillel Fights Pro-Palestinian Forum

    By Rachel Pomerance

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Israeli-Palestinian issue is intensifying the fall-semester buzz at Duke University this year.

    In advance of the fourth annual Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, chatter on the limits of free speech and the contours of the Israel-Palestinian conflict have filled...

  • From Durban to Beersheba

    By Harold Brackman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The horrid bus bombings in Beersheba on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 16 Israelis, including a 3-year-old boy, are grim reminders that the war onterror continues to rage in Israel.

    Indeed, in 2004, the month of September has klal Yisrael reeling from this brutal attack and...

  • Briefs

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Conejo Anti-Semitism Suit in Courts

    Attorneys representing the Jewish teenager who has sued the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CSUSD) over alleged anti-Semitic behavior will meet on Oct. 22 in state court, while a lawyer for the boy's former coach meets next month in federal...

  • How to Win Leaders and Influence People

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Melina Gimal has been a Jewish community professional for most of her life. As a young girl she worked at Jewish Community Centers in Argentina, and later at Hillels in Washington and Miami. But most of her peers aren't doing the same.

    "They just have it in their minds that they are...

  • Israel Backs Tough U.N. Line on Iran

    By Ron Kampeas

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    These days, it's unusual to get the United States and Britain to agree with France and Germany on any Middle East-related U.N. resolution.

    When Israel also is on board, it's downright extraordinary.

    Israeli officials are elated at the tough language in a resolution passed last week...

  • Angelenos Lobby for Israel in D.C.

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "You have tears in your eyes at one moment; you are angry the next -- the emotional swing is enormous," said Michael Tuchin, a Los Angeles lawyer who was in Washington, D.C., this week for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference. "It is an unmatched...

  • Are Muslims Endangered?

    By Idan Ivri

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Heightened ethnic and religious hatred might be rearing its ugly head in California -- but some politicians are eager to stand in its way.

    State Assemblymember Judy Chu introduced and saw passage of Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 64 in early April. The resolution condemns hate...

  • Tikkun Alone

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tikkun and its founder-leader Rabbi Michael Lerner came to Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8 to run an area-wide conference, which proved both heartening and disappointing.

    It was heartening because, on one level, Lerner and his progressive San Francisco-based organization have remained...

  • Summit Focuses on Recruiting Teachers

    By Joe Berkofsky

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph Kanfer deftly wrapped wires and affixed pieces of material to a truncated test tube. Then he glued the Hebrew letter "shin" to the creation, producing a mezuzah.

    While the scene resembled a preschool project, it signified much more. Kanfer, former chairman of the Jewish...

  • Learning Reshaped at Europe’s Limmud

    By Andrew Morris

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Two Jews, three opinions. That old adage may explain a lot about communal strife, but for a precious few days in the English Midlands, a multitude of Jewish opinions were welcomed at an educational conference that is a paragon of communal harmony.

    Now in its 23rd year, the Limmud...

  • Sharon Plan Raises Myriad Questions

    By Leslie Susser

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ariel Sharon's major policy statement at the Herzliya security conference last week might have made world headlines, but it's far from clear what the Israeli prime minister has in mind. Sharon called on Palestinian leaders to open negotiations with Israel and threatened...

  • Awaken Your Inner J.K. Rowling

    By Beverly Gray

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Scratch away at any Jew and you'll find a storyteller. The people of the book dream of spinning out personal memories and Old Country stories to a rapt circle of children. That's why the first-ever Jewish Children's Literature Conference, held in the fall at Sinai Temple through the...

  • Grappling With Competing Needs

    By Rachel Pomerance

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While most participants at the North American Jewish federation system's annual conference were happy just to be in Israel this week, the network's decision makers were grappling with another matter -- funding for overseas partners.

    The issue has become so contentious, in fact, that...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Lifts BBC Ban

    Israel said it would resume ties with the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), which recently named an ombudsman to oversee its Middle East coverage. Israeli officials long have charged pro-Palestinian bias in the BBC's coverage. Israel stopped cooperating with...

  • Delegates at UJC Assembly Show Solidarity

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Waving Israeli, American and Canadian flags and hoisting signs naming their hometowns, thousands of delegates at the Jewish federation system's General Assembly (GA) wound their way through the back alleys, markets and main streets of Jerusalem, vowing to stand by Israel.

    A mission...

  • Journalistic Fake-Out Before Blair

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In spring 1999, filmmaker Billy Ray asked Charles Lane to retrace one of the strangest treks in modern journalism.

    In May 1998, Lane -- then editor of The New Republic -- had made the same trip with Stephen Glass, a young rising star at the magazine. At 25, the Jewish Glass was...

  • Right-Wing Activists Unite in Jerusalem

    By Amy Klein

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As thousands of joyous Christian tourists danced through the streets of Jerusalem on their annual colorful Feast of Tabernacles parade, a group of well-funded neoconservatives gathered on the other side of the capital at the inaugural Jerusalem Summit.

    The exclusive Oct. 12-14...

  • Ford Funded Durbin Anti-Israel Activists

    By Edwin Black

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In August 2001, thousands of human rights activists from around the globe gathered in Durban, South Africa, for a United Nations conference that participants hoped would address racial injustice plaguing humanity, from Rwanda to Sri Lanka to the United States.

    But after more than a...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Gee Force

    Community members turned out in full force when Geoffrey Gee, former Israel Humanitarian Foundation Chair and University Synagogue president, was honored at a Cure Familial Dysautonomia fundraiser at University Synagogue in Westwood. The luncheon event was graced by a...

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