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  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ramon Memorial Service Held

    A state memorial service for Israel's first astronaut was held at an air force base near Ben-Gurion Airport. A plane carrying Col. Ilan Ramon's remains from the United States landed Monday and was taken to the base for the ceremony. Israeli President...

  • Child Molester Sent to Treatment Center

    By Julie G Fax

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    David Schwartz, a counselor for preschool boys at an Orthodox music and arts camp, was sentenced to one year in residential treatment and five years' probation for molesting a 4-year-old boy in his care at summer camp. A six-year prison sentence was suspended.

    The Jan. 21 sentencing...

  • Ninth Circuit Misses on Iran

    By Nathan D. Wirtschafter

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I once appeared in court to ask that three additional defendants be held liable on a judgment.

    The judge was skeptical -- until I showed him that the additional defendants had forged both a set of articles of incorporation and a doctor's business license.

    The judge looked at the...

  • JDL’s Questionable Future

    By Mike Levy

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Kelly Rubin will turn 13 on Nov. 20. His bar mitzvah, already postponed to December, is now on hold as his father, Irv Rubin, lies in critical condition at L.A. County-USC Medical Center.

    Prison and hospital officials say that Rubin, the leader of the Jewish Defense League (JDL),...

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  • The Battle Over Mesivta

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At a shabby, deserted golf course in an isolated area of Calabasas, a half-started construction site sits idle, and some 31 yeshiva bocherim learn Talmud at the makeshift campus of Mesivta of Greater Los Angeles.

    Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman had opened the high school with nine students in...

  • Milosevic in The Hague

    By Lawrence Douglas

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "A triumph for the civilized world." So characterized The New York Times about the war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic that started this past week in The Hague.

    Certainly there is cause in the international legal community for such triumphalist sentiment. When the United Nations...

  • Israeli Court: Liberal Conversions OK

    By Jessica Steinberg

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Non-Orthodox Jews both inside and outside Israel are celebrating a historic court ruling recognizing Reform and Conservative conversions as valid and binding upon the Jewish state.

    Given the complexity of Israeli society, however, Wednesday's ruling by Israel's High Court of Justice...

  • Ex Marks the Spots

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Let the courts decide who gets custody of kids. What I want to know is, who gets custody of the coffee shop? The grocery store? The brunch place?

    It's been seven months since I broke up with Z, and I miss our old haunts, the places we used to go together, the places I relinquished...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Anti-Arafat Complaint Filed in Belgium

    A group of Israelis filed a complaint against Yasser Arafat in Belgium. The group, called the Terror Victims Association, said the complaint against Arafat and several Palestinian groups, including the Palestinian Authority and the PLO,...

  • Israel-Bashing Feared at Racism Conference

    By James D. Besser

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel-Bashing Feared at Racism Conference

    Jewish groups and Israeli diplomats met in London last week to map out strategies for fighting Arab and Muslim efforts to hijack an upcoming international conference on racism that is shaping up as the biggest bash-Israel session ever.

    ...

  • Oil Loses Round

    By Julie G Fax

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Neighbors for a Safe Environment (NASE) won a round April 18 in its ongoing battle with an oil company that wants to expand operations at a site in the Pico-Robertson area.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Yaffe announced that he would issue an order that will force the City of...

  • Fighting Exclusion

    By Steve Feldman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In a Philadelphia suburb, a Reform congregation has fought for more than a year to create a synagogue on a parcel of land that for many years had been the site of a Roman Catholic novitiate. An Orthodox congregation in Los Angeles has been in court for years over their use of a...

  • Careless Construction

    By Naomi Segal

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    An Israeli court has convicted five people in the collapse of a bridge at the Maccabiah Games in 1997 that left four Australian athletes dead and scores of others injured.

    Following a trial that lasted more than two years, at which more than 80 witnesses testified about the disaster...

  • Climbing the Mountain

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Back in 1991, David Brenner was king of the comedy mountain.

    The comic had appeared well over 100 times on the "Tonight Show," which he often guest-hosted in the 1970's and '80's. He enjoyed lucrative Las Vegas appearances and was a perennial guest on TV shows like "Letterman."

    Then...

  • Rough Justice

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Some advice for the new year: Don't get into trouble in New Jersey. The judges there are really tough.

    How tough? Well, they've got Barry Fisher rattled, and that isn't easy. A Los Angeles human-rights lawyer, Fisher has tussled with some of the toughest of the tough. But those New...

  • Trafficking in Futility

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Trafficking in Futility

    I was caught in the cruel cogs of a heartless machine. I was stripped of my humanity and dignity. I was without representation or recourse.

    I was in traffic court.

    Before my little run-in...

  • Weighing a World Court

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Weighing a World Court

    Some 5,000 diplomats, journalists and human rights activists from 150 countries are gathered in Rome this month to complete negotiations on a decades-long project that could be the fulfillment of an age-old Jewish...

  • The Meaning of Religious Freedom in Utah

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Much of the school was outraged. All spring, Bauchman was subjected to ridicule and abuse from students -- and, allegedly, from the music teacher. Graduation day became an impromptu anti-Bauchman protest. Parents and students joined hands to sing the...

  • Beth Olam Cemetery

    By Shlomit Levy

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Beth Olam Cemetery in Hollywood, one of the most venerable and historical Jewish cemeteries in Southern California, is in danger of being abandoned and padlocked.

    Beth Olam is the Jewish section of Hollywood Memorial Park at Santa Monica Blvd. and Gower St. It is in bankruptcy and...

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