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  • StandWithUs Hosts Second Conference

    By Rachel Brand

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When 14-year-olds Kobi Mandel and Yosef Ishran were found brutally stoned to death by Palestinian terrorists on May 9, 2001, Jews around the world mourned. For L.A. residents Roz and Jerry Rothstein, the tragedy was the last straw.

    The husband and wife team gathered nearly 50 Jewish...

  • Rabbinic Assembly Recharges Batteries

    By Julie G Fax

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    More than 300 rabbis from around the world -- along with spouses taking advantage of a warm California vacation -- gathered at the Sheraton Universal March 30-April 3 for the annual conference of the Rabbinic Assembly (RA), the Conservative movement's rabbinic umbrella group.

    It was...

  • ‘Forgotten’ Jews Address Injustice

    By Joshua Brandt

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Addressing a conference of Jews predominately from the Middle East and North Africa, keynote speaker Stan Urman delivered a quip that underscored the sentiments of many audience members.

    "When I first heard about your group, JIMENA [Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North...

  • Community Briefs

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    UCLA Hosts Conference on Italian Jews

    When Guido Fink was growing up in Ferrara in the late 1930s, the northern Italian city had 1,000 Jews and a German synagogue -- where his grandfather served as cantor -- an Italian one, a Spanish one and a fourth owned by a private family....

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  • Collaborating on Education

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "It may be on the smaller side, and we do have a long way to go, but we definitely have a day school movement," said Rabbi Josh Elkin, executive director of Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE).

    The audience of 600-plus day school advocates responded with thunderous...

  • Giving to the Future

    By Joe Berkofsky

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Financial wizard Michael Steinhardt is blunt in assessing the future of North American Jewry.

    The next generation is "mostly Jewish ignoramuses," Steinhardt said. "We haven't convinced the general Jewish population of the value of a Jewish education."

    Steinhardt's bleak...

  • Hidden Sensuality

    By Tamar Miller

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Earlier this month, visitors to the Grand Hyatt in New York City might have spotted an unusually stern warning sign on one wall: "The hair of a woman is considered ervah." Lewd, shameful, naked, unchaste. This inscription, from the Babylonian Talmud, was part of a photographic...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. to Reduce Sinai Presence

    The United States has convinced Israel and Egypt to accept an immediate cut in the American presence in the Sinai, JTA has learned. According to an Israeli official, the United States will continue to lead the Multinational Force and Observers --...

  • Peace ‘Map’ Fears

    By Matthew E. Berger

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israel backers are raising numerous concerns about the latest version of the U.S. "road map" for Middle East peace.

    Analysts and Jewish leaders say the latest version, currently being hammered out in Washington, diverges from President Bush's June 24 speech, in which he called for...

  • Fuel for the Fire

    By Rob Eshman

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Funny how a massive attack on American shores, the devastating loss of 3,000 innocent lives, the U.S. invasion of one country (Afghanistan), the incipient invasion of another (Iraq) and the continued threat of biological, nuclear and random terror in our own neighborhoods can get...

  • Safe in the Senate?

    By Matthew E. Berger

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A Republican Senate means Republican committee chairs, and for many Jewish organizational leaders, a step backward toward more defensive lobbying tactics.

    Jewish lobbyists say that when the Republicans take control of the full Congress in January, they will need to respond more to...

  • ‘Living’ in Chitown

    By Darlene Basch

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    From my seat on the stage of the ornate Grand Ballroom at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, I look out from behind a beautiful bouquet of purple and red flowers at the assembling audience of nearly 1,000 people. I study the faces of Shoah survivors, sitting with their sons,...

  • Web Helps Jews Trace Genes

    By Bill Gladstone

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Seven years ago, Montreal businessman Stan Diamond arranged to index the Jewish records of his ancestral town of Ostrow Mazowiecka, Poland, because he wanted to trace the path of a rare genetic condition within his family tree.

    Diamond's goal was medical as well as genealogical,...

  • Hollywood Dreams

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    They told this story at the recent Film and Television Writer's Conference and swore that it was true.

    Two young women, posing as survey researchers, stood outside Ralphs grocery store in Hollywood and asked shoppers, as they left, how their script was going. Sixty-five percent...

  • Got Teachers?

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Shirettes, five peppy women clad in jeans and T-shirts, sang a good morning song complete with hand motions, as one of them strummed along on a guitar. The audience applauded heartily -- only instead of the local singing group's usual nursery school audience, the crowd consisted...

  • Hate Israel, Not Jews

    By Michael J. Jordan

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It was on full display last year at the global anti-racism conference in Durban, South Africa, but the "demonization" of Israel has reached a fever pitch during the past month with the surging death toll in the Middle East, say Jewish observers.

    Even as Holocaust Remembrance Day is...

  • Mind, Body and Soul

    By Carin Davis

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What do women want? Happiness, family and to shed those last 10 pounds. Women can learn how to accomplish all this and more at an educational conference produced by women and designed to meet the needs and wants of women.

    "Exercising Your Mind; Minding Your Body," the fourth annual...

  • Youth Reinforcement

    By Amy Klein

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Russell Radwin came from Alabama to meet people, because there are so few Jews in Birmingham.

    Judy Feldman came from Beverly Hills to get ideas from other cities on how to plan Jewish leadership programs for Los Angeles in the wake of recent Federation cuts.

    For Claude Furman, a...

  • Your Letters

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Addiction Conference

    Hello, my name is successful professional, social activist, community leader, major UJF donor and Jewish alcoholic ("Dirty Little Secret," Oct. 12).

    Last week I attended The Jewish Federation's Addiction Conference. This week I arranged to enter a 30-day...

  • Dirty Little Secret

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "I am a recovering alcoholic."

    It's a stark way to open a conversation -- surprising, really, coming from Cheri Morgan, the vice chair of the United Jewish Fund Campaign (UJF) and wife of Todd Morgan, chairman of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    Even though her battle...

  • A statement by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Melchior

    By Michael Melchior

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The following is excerpted from a statement by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Melchior, read Monday at the World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa, by Ambassador Mordecai Yedid, the head of the Israeli delegation.

    Madame Chairperson,

    Why, when the world was...

  • Biased Forum Feared

    By James D. Besser

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish leaders are trying to spin a hopeful story about the fight to prevent the upcoming World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance from turning into an Israel bash-a-thon.

    But recent events offer little cause for optimism about the...

  • Fighting the Israel Bash-a-Thon

    By James D. Besser

    June 7, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Critics of the United Nations have been handed a big load of new ammunition as the international body careens toward a high-profile conference that could be the biggest Israel bash-a-thon ever.

    The Bush administration is working to thwart the hijacking of the World Conference against...

  • Coordinating Terrorism

    By Gil Sedan

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As the United States and other Western powers try to reduce Israeli-Palestinian tensions, Iran moved this week to fan the flames.

    In a bid to become the hub for anti-Israel activities, Iran invited Arab terror groups -- including Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad -- to a two-day...

  • Yiddishe Shvestern

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Women always have been the private voice of Yiddish, which is, after all, called the mameloshn (mother tongue). When we think of women and Yiddish, we hear Jewish mothers crooning lullabies, whispering prayers, gossiping over fences. With few exceptions, the public voice of Yiddish...

  • Partners in Profit

    By Mike Levy

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    While Israel searches for a reliable partner in peace, partners in business were in no short supply at last month's California-Israel Bio-Partnering & Investment Conference. The "Bio" is short for biotechnology, a collective term for the various medical and technical innovations...

  • Protecting the Net

    By Avi Machlis

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It is hard to take seriously a conference that provides free pizza and Coca-Cola to participants wearing tags with names like Nothingmuch, Cyphunk and Blacktiger. But for more than 350 computer geeks who came out of the cybershadows to participate in Y2hacK, an international hackers...
  • 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...

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