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  • Vote Confirms Westside, Valley Split

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    The mayoral primary on March 8 reconfirmed the existence of a political gap within the Los Angeles Jewish community between Jews who live on the Westside and those who live in the Valley.

    According to the Los Angeles Times exit poll, Bob Hertzberg carried Valley Jews (6 percent of...

  • New Allegations of Forged Hahn Support

    By Idan Ivri

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Several times over the course of this mayoral election season, acquaintances approached Yitzchok Bader, a Jewish studies teacher and volunteer for Hatzolah Los Angeles, and said they heard he endorsed Mayor James Hahn.

    The problem was, he hadn't.

    Bader's name was on an...

  • What’s Next for Shalhevet?

    By Julie G Fax

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Sitting at the back of a large multipurpose room packed full of students and staff at Shalhevet's weekly town hall meeting, Jerry Friedman is kvelling at a level usually reserved for grandparents at a bar mitzvah.

    Someone taps him on the shoulder, and Friedman reluctantly excuses...

  • 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...

  • You Are What You Eat

    By Howard Nemetz

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    I am a vegetarian. I know there was a big controversy brewing over kosher meat, but I'm not sure what the Jewish position

    on vegetarianism is. I suppose as long as the vegetables are pulled from the ground in a quick and humane manner, no one can object too strenuously to it. I...

  • Garbage Mouth

    By Rob Eshman

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When the controversy over Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" first erupted, Jewish leaders like Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League angered Christians by coming out forcefully against the movie.

    William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Civil and...

  • Tensions Rise Over U.N. Hamas Support

    By Michael J. Jordan

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A month after a U.N. official suggested that some Hamas members are on his payroll, the issue is still reverberating in Washington, D.C.

    So far some two dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter calling on Secretary of State Colin Powell "to suspend...

  • Wilshire: Boulevard of Sanctuaries

    By Kevin Roderick

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Wilshire Boulevard's stature as the grand concourse of Los Angeles is due in part to its many architecturally distinct synagogues and churches. Those located in the Wilshire Center district, between LaFayette Park and about Western Avenue, are some of the most notable and serve some...

  • Quiet Debut for ‘Passion’ DVD

    By David Finnigan

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Harold Shulweis learned that the DVD of "The Passion of the Christ," which debuted on Aug. 31, would be just a bare-bones, no-frills copy of Mel Gibson's controversial movie, the spiritual leader of Encino's Valley Beth Shalom said, "That's very good. I don't think the...

  • Jewish Senators

    By James D. Besser

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With control of the Senate hanging in the balance, 34 seats are up for grabs on Nov. 2. And while a few races feature intense campaigns with too-close-to-call outcomes, most resemble the reelection effort of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is so far in front of his Republican...


    By Gary Rosenblatt

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Is there a statute of limitations for rabbis accused of abuse -- and should there be? How does the community determine when someone has done teshuvah, or repentance, as claimed? Can rabbinic ordination be revoked? And when, if ever, do persistent rumors and allegations over a...

  • Wal-Mart Stops Selling Hate

    By Marc Ballon

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Bowing to mounting pressure from Jewish groups, Wal-Mart has decided to stop selling "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" at its Web site. The Sept. 21 announcement by the world's largest retailers came just days after the Simon Wiesenthal Center began publicizing that...

  • Community Briefs

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Allstate to Insure Travelers Visiting Israel

    Plaintiff Allen Estrin won a major victory in his lawsuit against 14 life insurance companies over their refusal to cover people who travel to Israel. The number of defendant insurers in the suit fell to 13 when The Allstate Corp....

  • For Heaven’s Sake

    By Rabbi Gershon Johnson

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Torah portion for this Shabbat is Korach, which details a disastrous mutiny led by Korach, a first cousin of Moses and Aaron. Korach says to Moses, who is leading the Jewish people through the Sinai desert on the way to Canaan: "You take too much upon you, seeing all the...

  • History Behind the Cross

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Once again, Jews are embroiled in a controversy about a cross. A Los Angeles Times article (June 9), about a demonstration in favor of keeping the cross on the L.A. County seal, noted a Jewish presence there and quoted a Jewish demonstrator as saying, "The cross ... reminds us, even...

  • Not Another Teen Movie

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Seventy-four percent of all evangelicals feel the mass media are hostile to their moral and spiritual values. -- Religion and Ethics Newsweekly/U.S. News and World Report Poll, April 2004.

    With its satiric take on the zeal of the Christian youth movement, and more broadly, religious...

  • Removing Theology

    By Daniel Bouskila

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Resisting History: Historicism and Its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought" by David N. Myers (Princeton University Press, $29.95).

    It is a rare exception to find a scholarly volume penned by an academic that speaks with such a resoundingly relevant message to the popular...

  • Educators Tackle Evangelical Passion

    By Adam Wills

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    David Neal didn't expect to get his nose broken when he tried to opt out of attending a production of "Godspell."

    Held at Bakersfield's Centennial High School in spring 2003, attendance for the musical -- based on the life of Jesus -- was mandatory, and David, a rabbi's son, was...

  • Gibson Film Doesn’t Star Anti-Semitism

    By David Klinghoffer

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Before saying what is wrong and what is right with Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," let's get out of the way the question that is on everyone's mind. Now that the film has opened, it will become clear to regular moviegoers who have heard of the controversy -- furiously...

  • The Goriest Story Ever Told

    By David Finnigan

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    USC film student Jennifer Tufaro left Wednesday's midnight screening of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" emotionally drained, her eyes red from tears. She stood in the lobby along with hundreds of the estimated 1,200 people who had just watched the movie on three screens at...

  • What Jews Need to Know About Jesus

    By Jack Miles

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Mel Gibson's Jesus movie, "The Passion of the Christ," became controversial long before its release when learned critics, Christians as well as Jews, who had been invited to read a draft of the script objected that the film was, if not actually anti-Semitic, then all too apt for...

  • Will Jesus Film Poison Christian-Jewish Ties?

    By Joe Berkofsky

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jesus will appear on the Christian holy day of Ash Wednesday -- thanks to Mel Gibson.

    The Hollywood star directed and financed the $25 million epic "The Passion of the Christ," which is emerging from a nearly yearlong media storm and is due to hit 2,000 screens nationwide Feb. 25.


  • No Local Plans to Quench ‘Passion’

    By David Finnigan

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish leaders are talking -- but also wary of talking too much -- about filmmaker Mel Gibson's controversial religious film, "The Passion of the Christ," opening Feb. 25.

    "My fear would be an overreaction on the part of the Jewish community. It raises, to high prominence, Gibson and...

  • Muslims Fumble on Team Names

    By David Finnigan

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Intifada." "Mujahadeen." "Soldiers of Allah."

    These names of teams in the all-Muslim flag football tournament in Irvine have upset Southern California Jewish leaders, but engendered varying reaction from local Muslim leaders.

    "You pick something shocking as a young football player,"...

  • Opinions Conflict on Ending Life Support

    By Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Florida case of a woman on life support for 13 years has put issues of how we die and when and how doctors and others should intervene on the front page. Whatever the courts say about that case, however, will only apply to federal and Florida law.

    What would Jewish law say about...

  • Actress Defends Gibson’s Jesus Film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Romanian actress Maia Morgenstern is Jewish, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and a resident of Bucharest, where she fields the occasional anti-Semitic remark. Which is why European reporters raised eyebrows when they learned the imposing actress was playing the Virgin Mary in...

  • A Few Jews Focus on Props, Too

    By David Finnigan

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With a few notable exceptions, Jewish politicians, activists and community leaders are getting into the controversies over Propositions 53 and 54 late and lackadaisically, having focused most of their attention and fundraising efforts on the recall election.

    Proposition 54, The...

  • Immigrants and the Recall

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Who would have thought that a recall campaign built around the energy and budget crises might end up being decided by attitudes toward immigrants? Yet that may be what happens on Election Day. The controversy over a new law granting driver's licenses to undocumented residents may...

  • An Experience Worth the Price of Admission

    By Eryn Brown

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When it came time to talk about the high price of High Holiday tickets, The Jewish Journal thought there would be no better person to chat with than Ron Wolfson. He's spent more than 28 years with the University of Judaism (UJ), both as dean of the school of education and director of...

  • An Experience Worth the Price of Admission

    By Eryn Brown

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When it came time to talk about the high price of High Holiday tickets, The Jewish Journal thought there would be no better person to chat with than Ron Wolfson. He's spent more than 15 years with the University of Judaism (UJ), both as dean of the school of education and director of...

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