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  • Dollars and Sense of Jesus Films

    By David Finnigan

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Despite Mel Gibson's solid box office reputation, a major Hollywood studio stepping forward to distribute his $25 million Jesus film "The Passion" is not a certainty. The film falls long after Hollywood's era of Bible epics and outside the trend of Jesus movies finding safe homes on...

  • ‘The Passion’ Over Jesus

    By David Finnigan

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "It's a headache that we don't need," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, articulating a central complaint about Mel Gibson's upcoming film "The Passion" and its resurrection of ancient images of Jews and the death of Jesus.

    "I wish the movie...

  • Most State Aid Goes for Public Programs

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Over the years, the state government has been good to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    George Deukmejian, whose Armenian heritage made him sensitive to the genocide of minorities, took the initial step in 1985 by allocating $5 million for the creation of the Museum of Tolerance when he...

  • Literary Look at the ‘Jewish Experience’

    By Denise Berger

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This Shavuot, as we read about Ruth's decision to convert, we should examine our own religious connection: To what extent do we (and would we) internalize the essence of the Torah?

    In fact this question touches upon the much larger issue of what it means to be a Jew. "The Jewish...

  • Exhibit to Detail Nazi Persecution of Gays

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Dr. Edward Phillips set out to create the first English-language exhibit on the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, opening Sunday at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, information proved elusive.

    Crucial records had vanished when the Allies bombed the Reich's Central Office...

  • Exhibit to Detail Nazi Persecution of Gays

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Dr. Edward Phillips set out to create the first English-language exhibit on the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, opening Sunday at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, information proved elusive.

    Crucial records had vanished when the Allies bombed the Reich's Central Office...

  • Rabbis, Scholars OK CBS ‘Hitler’ Pic

    By Tom Tugend

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There were nights, CBS Television president and CEO Leslie Moonves remembered, "when I lay in bed looking up at the ceiling and asking myself, 'Is this the right thing to do? Will it open old wounds? Are we creating more anti-Semitism?'"

    Moonves had good cause for sleepless...

  • Silence on Tolerance Issue Stirs Concern

    By James D. Besser

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish leaders were uncharacteristically silent last week as Islamic groups raged against a Department of Defense decision to allow a notorious Islam basher to deliver a Good Friday sermon at the Pentagon.

    Part of that silence was an accident of timing: the controversy erupted at...

  • Conejo Valley Hit by Growing Pains

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Gary Johnson is overjoyed. There's no other way to describe it.

    His bliss over the new home for his congregation, Temple Beth Haverim, is so obvious that he practically dances around the building as he takes a visitor on a tour of the site. Not surprising for a man who for the...

  • Our Legacy

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As I wheeled my shopping cart down the aisle of the local market on my weekly grocery run, a toddler riding in his mother's cart came up the other side. He was one of the students in the nursery school, and when he recognized me, his mouth dropped open. He pointed and shouted, "Mom,...

  • MOTs Go Mainstream

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One evening while Steve Schub was studying at Hebrew University in 1990, his punk rock band had an unlikely guest: Artimus Pyle, drummer for classic Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd. A year later, Schub was working as a bellboy Park Central Hotel in New York, when the Lynyrd...

  • Your Letters

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Columbia Tragedy

    Your cover picture on Feb. 7 showing the breakup of the Columbia accompanied by the quote from Psalms 68 is the most beautiful, touching cover I have ever seen. It took my breath away. The scripture is a comfort for the tragedy and uplifting when thinking of the...

  • Playing at Pollard

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Playwright Martin Blank confesses he has an affinity for spy stories. It was this attraction that drew him to a book about great American espionage cases a few years ago -- and to the story of Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew who received a life sentence in 1987 for passing...

  • Funds Combat ‘Who Is a Jew’ Wars

    By Journal Staff

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In 1997, stimulated by the controversy over whether non-Orthodox converts would be registered as Jews by the Israeli government -- the latest battle in the "who is a Jew?" wars -- The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles began making funds available to what it calls "pluralism"...

  • Many Angry Voices

    By Mike Levy

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The old joke says, "For every two Jews, you have three opinions." So is it possible that, as members of the Jewish political left complained in an ad on the back page of this newspaper on Nov. 22, "In the name of unity in a time of crisis, the great Jewish tradition of vibrant and...

  • Rubin Laid to Rest, But Not Controversy

    By Mike Levy

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Mourners filled the seats and crowded into the back room of Sholom Memorial Park on Sunday, Nov. 17, to lay to rest Jewish Defense League (JDL) leader Irving David Rubin, but the funeral did not lay to rest the questions surrounding the controversial activist's death or the 11 months...

  • Man of Mystery

    By Tom Tugend

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Lucian Ludwig Kozminski was -- or maybe is -- a man convicted of swindling some 3,000 of his fellow Holocaust survivors. Kozminski did time in federal prison and died, according to his death certificate, on Jan. 19, 1993, in Los Angeles County.

    Ordinarily, this would be the end...

  • Jerusalem of Gehry

    By Tom Tugend

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "It will be the most outstanding building in the State of Israel and will draw worldwide attention," says Rabbi Marvin Hier.

    The dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center is referring to the new Museum of Tolerance -- to be known as the Winnick Institute -- that will rise in...

  • An Assault on the Jewish Liberal Consensus

    By Ami Eden

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Daniel Lapin wants to bring America's liberal Jewish establishment to its jerking knees.

    He's been trying for the last decade -- ever since he founded Toward Tradition, a small conservative group based in the Seattle suburb of Mercer Island, Wash. -- to oppose what he...

  • It Pays the Bills

    By Richard Allen Greene

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A controversy has erupted after reports that a British charity set up to aid German Jewish refugees accepted royalties from the sale of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" -- even though the group no longer accepts the royalties.

    The public announcement that the German Welfare Council no longer...

  • A Link to Hatred

    By Gustavo Arellano

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At first glance, La Voz de Aztlán (The Voice of Aztlán, www.aztlan.net ), a Chicano Web site based in Los Angeles, seems like any other minority-geared, politically progressive Web site. The site posts editorials and news reports on events relevant to the Los Angeles...

  • Uncovering Rampart

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    By now there is no need to recap all the details of the Rampart Division police scandal. The newspapers have been on top of it, albeit late in the day. We have read about corruption by some policemen; lying and cover-ups by police administrators; planting of evidence; and even the...
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