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  • Egypt army seeks national unity as crisis mounts

    December 11, 2012 | 11:27 am

    Egypt's army chief called for talks on national unity to end the country's mounting political crisis after a vital loan from the IMF was delayed and thousands of pro- and anti-government demonstrators took to the streets.

    The meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was called...

  • PA says it’s facing ‘worst financial crisis’

    July 2, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    The Palestinian Authority is facing its “worst financial crisis” yet, according to a PA official, because of a foreign aid shortfall and the rejection of a $100 million loan by the International Monetary Fund.

    Unless the PA finds a way to close its budget gap, PA Labor Minister...

  • Beinart's 1% crisis

    By David Suissa

    May 23, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    A response by Lara Friedman, Americans for Peace Now Director of Policy and Government Relations, can be found here.

    One of the more brazen initiatives in the Jewish world today is Peter Beinart’s call, in his book “The Crisis of Zionism,” to boycott anything produced in the Jewish...

  • With debt crisis looming, Jewish service groups are on alert

    July 26, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    Jewish service groups are telling their constituents to be on guard for a possible government shutdown or slowdown after Aug. 2, when the United States is scheduled to hit its debt ceiling.

    What that means is not yet clear: The government isn’t saying what it will stop paying for or...

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  • Groups concerned about potential for flotilla violence

    June 29, 2011 | 12:12 pm

    J Street and Americans for Peace Now are expressing concerns about the possibility of violence between Israel and the latest Gaza flotilla.

    In separate statements, the two liberal groups said the flotilla, which is scheduled to reach the Gaza Strip this week, is a provocation for...

  • Flights resume from Israel’s airports, but fuel crisis continues

    May 6, 2011 | 11:32 am

    Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport resumed flights Friday after jet fuel contamination halted all outgoing flights Thursday afternoon.

    Friday morning, the airport was permitted to tap into emergency jet fuel supplies to enable grounded planes to fly to refueling stations in...

  • News Nincompoops Narrate Nuclear Nonsense

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 17, 2011 | 11:26 pm

    Images from Japan continue to sadden and shock us. Over 12,000 are confirmed dead or missing due to the earthquake and tsunami, and that number will likely rise. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced from their homes. I’m having a hard time finding recent numbers on those...

  • U.S.: “Gadhafi has lost the legitimacy to govern”

    March 1, 2011 | 8:09 am

    From Huffingtonpost.com:

    International pressure on Moammar Gadhafi to end a crackdown on opponents escalated Monday as his loyalists fought rebels holding the two cities closest to the capital and his warplanes bombed an ammunition depot in the east. The U.S. moved naval and air...
  • IDF to open internal flotilla investigation

    June 8, 2010 | 8:43 am

    The Israel Defense Forces will conduct an internal investigation into its interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla that ended in the death of nine activists.

    IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi on Monday appointed Gen. Giora Eiland, the former head of Israel’s National Security Council,...

  • The Gaza Flotilla Tragedy (NOT Just Another Opinion)

    By Misha Henckel

    June 3, 2010 | 9:25 pm

    Like so many others, I have been deeply disturbed and quite despondent over recent events in the waters off of Gaza. I wanted to write something here, but was loath to add to the wanton opining from a distance by many who seem so ready to add fuel to an already raging conflagration....

  • Obama: No ‘crisis’ in U.S.-Israel ties

    March 18, 2010 | 11:36 am

    In his first public remarks on the strain in U.S.-Israel ties, President Obama said there was no crisis in relations between the two countries.

    In an interview with Fox News aired Wednesday night, the U.S. leader said Israel’s announcement last week during Vice President Joe Biden’s...

  • Will recession fuel a return to public schools?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    December 23, 2008 | 10:41 pm

    Throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District, the recession is prompting middle-class parents to take a look at public middle and high schools they have long disdained. Private schools are just too expensive for many people.

    A large number of Jews, whose heritage and culture...

  • Panel discusses strategies for dealing with recession

    By Rachel Heller

    December 22, 2008 | 4:48 pm

    Talking investment strategy might not top everyone's agenda for a bright Sunday morning, but about 75 local residents gathered at Young Israel of Century City on Dec. 21 to do just that.

    The Pico Boulevard synagogue opened its doors to the community for a panel discussion on the...

  • Hope vs. slippery slope

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 18, 2008 | 3:34 am

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, it’s always Sunny in Hebron

    December 18, 2008 | 2:26 am

    2009

    I have but one question for Rob Eshman. It seems that in the economic hardships ahead, which will include loss of funds to send your children to college, loss of retirement IRAs, loss of homes, loss of jobs and other Depression or near-Depression hardships, Eshman finds comfort...
  • Is Bernie Madoff Jewish?  Very. Oy.

    By Rob Eshman

    December 12, 2008 | 5:02 pm


    Bernard Madoff at a 2007 roundtable discussion with Justin Fox, Ailsa Roell, Robert A. Schwartz, Muriel Seibert, and Josh Stampfli.

    "It's all just one big lie."

    With those words Bernard Madoff confessed to senior executives of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities that the $17...
  • 2009

    By Rob Eshman

    December 11, 2008 | 2:13 am

    I've been reading a lot of Ralph Waldo Emerson lately. I recommend him when times get tough.

    "People wish to be settled," Emerson wrote. "It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them."

    Well, there is hope for us. A lot of hope -- it's been a very unsettling...

  • Kadima cuts costs via Community Tuition Partnership

    By Rachel Heller

    December 11, 2008 | 12:16 am

    Kadima Hebrew Academy/Kadima Heschel West Middle School is confronting the economic crisis by reducing tuition school-wide for 2009-2010 by an average of 20 percent.

    Kadima hopes the move -- the first of its kind in the Los Angeles area -- will encourage struggling families to keep...

  • Thanks, Cal State —thanks a lot

    December 3, 2008 | 10:51 pm

    I am not applying to a Cal State University (CSU) system school. Let's just get that minor detail out of the way. I have never intended or wished to go to one. In fact, I've aggressively dismissed the notion, and yet I find myself saddened and concerned for my peers and Californian...
  • Don’t let the stress of ailing economy kill you

    November 26, 2008 | 6:12 pm

    Downtown Hospital is just a block from Wall Street. Walking through its beefed-up emergency room recently, I came upon Terry Jung, the hospital's very thoughtful head triage nurse. She told me that despite the financial crisis and roller-coaster stock market, the number of patients...
  • Don’t cut support to innovative nonprofits

    November 19, 2008 | 3:32 am

    From New York to Los Angeles to San Francisco, the impact of the global financial crisis feels like an eerie parallel to the days after Sept. 11. No one knows whether the acute phase is over or whether there will be further shocks. For some, little has changed; for others, life will...
  • Synagogues re-group as economic downturn challenges building campaigns

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 19, 2008 | 2:05 am

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    After a chunk of plaster fell from the ceiling last month, the main sanctuary at historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple was closed



    Julie Miller walked a fine line when she delivered her annual president's message to the congregation of Wilshire Boulevard Temple on Erev Rosh Hashanah.

    She...

  • Economic crisis affecting all strata in community

    By Lilly Fowler

    November 19, 2008 | 1:10 am

    Sabrina Bahir was never particularly well off, at least financially. Her loving, supportive parents still reside in a trailer park and live off disability.

    "I missed the Jewish American Princess boat," she joked.

    Bahir believed that gaining a graduate degree -- a master's in Jewish...

  • Pinched pocketbooks no bar to party planning

    November 13, 2008 | 6:14 pm

    Pinched Pocketbooks NoBar to Party Planning

    Have tough economic times forced you to scale back your child's bar or bat mitzvah party plans? With your 401(k) down, is the ice sculpture out? Is your resetting ARM making you reconsider that 18-piece orchestra?

    If so, you can still have...

  • ‘When there’s life, there’s hate’: Q & A with ADL’s Abe Foxman

    November 7, 2008 | 1:57 am

    Abe Foxman is director of the Anti-Defamation League. Born in Poland in 1940, he survived the Holocaust in Lithuania.

    Foxman joined the ADL in 1965 upon graduating from New York University Law School and was appointed director in 1987.

    Under his leadership the organization has gained...

  • Judaism teaches that the economy must rest on justice and righteousness

    October 30, 2008 | 1:21 am

    There is a scene from an old movie that has been playing in my mind recently, triggered by Alan Greenspan's testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last week.

    In that scene, the tough guy thug, who was a neighborhood hero, is about to be executed for...

  • Old traditions, new rules

    By Rob Eshman

    October 22, 2008 | 11:09 pm

    Topic No. 1 on the Sukkot circuit this year was the economy. How bad will it get? Who's pulling their kids out of day school? Where are you putting your money? What money?

    "I have a new word for my sukkah this year," a friend said as we walked into his simple bamboo-and-muslin hut:...

  • Alan shrugged

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 13, 2008 | 7:35 pm

    What went wrong?

    Greed is only part of it. Yes, the people who sold subprime loans to unqualified buyers were concerned about their cut, not about ARMs spiking and home prices falling. Yes, the Wall Street wizards who sliced and diced collateralized debt obligations were greedy for...

  • Sukkot on the streets—finding community amid temporary shelter

    October 10, 2008 | 3:01 pm

    When he woke up from a six-month coma, Al Sabo (photo) found his life unraveled. His wife had attempted suicide, and his three children were in foster care. He had lost his job as the managing editor of a trade publication. He couldn't walk.

    After several months of rehabilitation,...

  • Congregations help the homeless into homes—one family at a time

    By Julie G Fax

    October 10, 2008 | 2:56 pm

    Sharon (not her real name) and her 4 1/2-year-old son have been in and out of shelters and temporary housing for the past several years, sometimes living on the streets. A recovering drug addict, Sharon now has a steady job working at a bakery but is about to reach her time limit in...
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