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  • Jimmy Carter Mideast book shows his anti-Israel bias

    By Alan Dershowitz

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I like Jimmy Carter. I have known him since he began his run for president in early 1976. I worked hard for his election, and I have admired the work of the Carter Center throughout the world. That's why it troubles me so much that this decent man has written such an indecent book...
  • News Briefs

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Villaraigosa Meets With Muslims

    L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met with Muslim leaders last week who accused him of favoring Israel. Muslim leaders say Villaraigosa has ignored their invitations to peace vigils, but attended a pro-Israel rally. Villaraigosa met with 10 Muslim...

  • Shedding Light on a Dark ‘Rising’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    August 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The film "City of God" shed light on a long-neglected subject, the Third World conditions and inescapable warfare existing in Rio de Janeiro's slums. Now comes "Favela Rising," a documentary that not only limns the tragedy of the favelas, the Brazilian ghettoes, but also tells the...
  • Communities on Alert After Seattle Shootings

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish communities are being urged to remain vigilant, be in touch with police and other law enforcement agencies and review their security arrangements after a fatal shooting at Seattle's Jewish federation offices. The alleged gunman, identified by police as Naveed Afzal Haq, said...

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  • A Side of L.A. the Tour Books Don’t Mention

    By Naomi Glauberman

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I'll admit to a bit of initial wariness about a bus tour through Inglewood, Lennox and Hawthorne, sponsored a couple of Sundays ago by the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA). The three communities just east of LAX have poverty and crime rates far exceeding the averages in L.A....

  • Arsonist Attacks Persian Synagogue in Tarzana

    By Adam Wills

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Police have labeled as an arson-related hate crime a fire ignited early Friday at the rear door of a yet-to-open Persian synagogue in Tarzana. Investigators found anti-Semitic graffiti at the scene, as well as a burnt door and trash.

    The attack came two days before the grand...

  • Crestview Residents Fear Shooting Related to Gangs

    By Lisa Hirschmann

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Members of the quiet, tight-knit Crestview neighborhood in Pico-Robertson gathered for a candlelight vigil Thursday evening to give voice to fears regarding recent violence that has rocked the area.

    The neighborhood was rattled on June 3 at about 10:15 p.m. when passengers of a black...

  • Defender of France

    By Rob Eshman

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jean David Levitte, France's ambassador to the United States, is arguably its most effective defender against charges of anti-Semitism, in no small part because he himself is Jewish.

    I met Levitte at the Beverly Hills residence of the French consul general, Phillipe Larrieu. It's a...

  • Jews in Poland Speak of Shoah Remembrance as a Curse

    By Jane Ulman

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    This tale is about two visions of Poland.

    In one, Poland is about pain and loss. It's the place where 3 million of a total population of 3.3 million Polish Jews perished in the Shoah, where Jews have nothing left, where indeed there are almost no Jews other than a few languishing,...

  • Community Briefs

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Five Klimt Paintings Arrive in L.A. -- After 68-Year Wait

    After waiting and hoping for 68 years, Maria Altmann last week celebrated the arrival in Los Angeles of a world-famous portrait of her aunt, which was stolen from her family by the Nazis. She was joined at the event by hordes...

  • Letters

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bigamist vs. Agunah

    It is with horror that I read the article, "The 'Bigamist' Versus the 'Agunah' (March 24), by Amy Klein. Given Rabbi [Avrohom] Union's devastating error, which he claims was unintentional, it is clear that this head of the beit din should resign immediately....

  • French Views Split on Halimi’s Murder

    By Brett Kline

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Some French remain convinced that the barbaric torture and murder of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Jew, was not an anti-Semitic hate crime.

    The kidnap murder has been declared an anti-Semitic act by Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy but also a violent crime whose motive was money....

  • French Rally Against Jew’s Torture Death

    By Brett Kline

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Paris -- The brutal murder of a young Jewish man in Paris is roiling the community and reviving questions over whether France is a safe place for Jews.

    In an incident that has dominated headlines across the country, Ilan Halimi, 23, was lured away from the store where he sold mobile...

  • Suit Filed Over Police Shooting of Israeli

    By Jim Crogan

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly 20 months after Assaf Deri, an Israeli national, was shot and killed by Burbank police in a North Hollywood alley, his parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in L.A. Federal Court against Burbank and Los Angeles, both cities' police departments, and officers involved in...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish Man's Murder Angers Parisians

    At least 1,200 people demonstrated in Paris on Sunday to show their anger at the murder of a Jewish man. Ilan Halimi, 23, was kidnapped, tortured and murdered. His body was found last week at a train station outside Paris. Halimi apparently was...

  • Community Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Gold Train Delivers to Local Agency

    The Hungarian Gold Train has finally pulled into the station, figuratively speaking, bearing $67,536 for Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Los Angeles.

    In the chaotic days following the end of World War II in Europe, 24 freight cars loaded with boxes...

  • Where Streets Were Paved With Sorrow

    By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced Into Prostitution in the Americas" by Isabel Vincent (William Morrow, $25.95).

    Memory is a central concept in Judaism. When someone dies, we say that he or she lives on in how he or she is remembered by others....

  • Violent Crime Rises in Israeli Society

    By Gil Sedan

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Suddenly, I receive a telephone call: My brother, Avinoam, is dead. 'Impossible,' I say to myself: 'Avinoam, my kid brother, murdered?'"

    It was a lovely April day when the young couple went down to the popular Nirvana beach in Haifa with their two dogs for a stroll and a cup of...

  • Vandals Destroy Large Menorah

    By Tom Tugend

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Vandals destroyed a large public menorah in Orange County last weekend, an act classified as a hate crime by authorities.

    The steel menorah, weighing 150 pounds and standing 15 feet high and 10 feet wide, was located in Ladera Ranch, a planned community near Mission Viejo.

    Sometime...

  • The Swastika in My Binder

    By Elizabeth Chase

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I am sitting in physiology class. The teacher assigns a lab report and I open my planner. I see something doodled on the page.

    I have a swastika in my planner.

    I turn the page, write down the assignment, and close the planner.

    And I forget about it until later that day.

    I do not know...

  • Rabbi Quits After Reported Sex Sting

    By Matthew E. Berger

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    An official with an educational program for Jewish high school students has resigned after allegedly searching the Internet for liaisons with underage boys and sending naked pictures of himself.

    Rabbi David Kaye resigned from Panim on Oct. 31, several days before being featured on...

  • In the eyes of American and Torah laws, Williams should die for his heinous crimes.

    By Larry Greenfield

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In the case of the People v. Williams, the facts are quite clear. A jury convicted Stanley Tookie Williams of the execution-style murder of 23-year-old Albert Owens during a robbery of a 7-Eleven store in Whittier. The jury also convicted him of murdering the owners of a Los Angeles...

  • Juvenile Offenders Taste Teshuvah

    By Sue Fishkoff

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The slightly built, 13-year-old Latino boy sitting in the Starbucks near downtown Los Angeles didn't know much about teshuvah, the Jewish notion of repentance.

    But it lies at the heart of L.A.'s Jewish Community Justice Project, and it kept this scared kid with the tremulous smile...

  • Spectator - Scene of the Shot

    By Susan Josephs

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In New York City of the 1930s and '40s, Arthur "Weegee" Fellig often worked all night, shooting the latest murder, fire or urban melee with his Speed Graphic camera. An unshaven, fedora-wearing, tough-talking, cigar-smoking loner, Weegee renamed himself after the popular Ouija board...

  • Krugel Gets 20 Years for Bomb Plot

    By Jim Crogan

    September 29, 2005 | 8:01 pm

    The former No. 2 man in the Jewish Defense League (JDL) had his day in court last week and the only suspense was over how much time he would remain in prison. Earl Krugel, 62, has already spent close to four years in lockup over alleged terrorism charges. And in court, he learned...

  • Channel Surf With the Tribe

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Welcome to fall: The time of High Holidays, contemplation, repentance and really, really long services.

    And did I mention TV?

    OK, we'll give you the benefit of the doubt. I'm sure your calendar is marked with things like "bake brisket, 350 F for five hours" and "bring challah to...

  • Katrina Touches Off School Voucher War

    By James D. Besser

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Hurricane Katrina recovery effort is turning into the latest front in the bitter war over government aid to parochial schools. And that fight is already putting Jewish church-state groups in an awkward position.

    "On its face, what the administration is proposing is an outrage,"...

  • Entrapment, Surrender and Silence

    By Michael Berenbaum

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    If recent press reports regarding the government case against two former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) employees are to be believed, then I am increasingly outraged at the government's case, AIPAC's response and the silence of the American Jewish community.

    A word...

  • Mayor Hahn Deserves Another Four Years

    By Carmen Warschaw

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    There is no doubt that Antonio Villaraigosa is flashy. But Los Angeles has enough movie stars. What our community and our city need is a mayor of accomplishment and whose values are in line with ours.

    We should especially appreciate Mayor James Hahn's efforts on behalf of the...

  • Weiss Support Strong Despite Challenge

    By Marc B. Haefele

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    For most L.A. City Council members, the March municipal election is less a race than a stroll in the park. Mayor Jim Hahn faces four serious challengers, but just before the December filing deadline, it seemed that the only serious council race was in the Westside's 11th District,...

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