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  • Bush should press China on cutting Sudan ties

    By Rabbi Or N. Rose

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Steven Spielberg announced recently that he had resigned as the artistic director of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, writing in a public statement, "I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue with business as usual."

    Later, the Hollywood mogul would add, "At this point,...

  • Briefs: JTN’s ‘Jewish Americans’ series gets big numbers; Darfur activists target China

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    'Jewish Americans' Miniseries Scores Big With Viewers

    Jay Sanderson always thought that the story of 350 years of Jewish life in America would resonate well beyond the Jewish community, but even he underestimated the impact.

    A look at the ratings of the six-hour PBS miniseries "The...

  • I found unity, friendship and tzedakah in Anaheim

    By Matt Sackman

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine walking into a room full of 1,000 Jewish teenagers from all over North America who are singing in unity and celebration of their Jewish heritage. This was the sight at the 2007 United Synagogue Youth (USY) International Convention. From Dec. 23-27, the Marriott Hotel in...
  • Trip highlights our duty to help worldwide

    By Jacob Goldberg

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Having grown up in and around Los Angeles my entire life, I am awe-stricken by the thriving Jewish community and the venerable reputation it has made for itself.

    Considering our history, the present situation of Jews in America is one that would have been coveted by any Jew from...

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  • No Teddy Bears’ Picnic in Sudan for English teacher

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 29, 2007 | 2:39 pm

    She was teaching them about voting and democracy, and her Sudanese pupils voted to name a Teddy Bear ‘Mohammed,’ and now teacher Gillian Gibbons is facing 15 days in jail for blasphemy.

    These are the same Arab Muslims that kill and torture African Muslim citizens of their country because of race.

    Where’s the Islamic court that will try those crimes?

  • Bearing witness a world away from L.A.

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Two weeks ago, The Journal published an essay by Janice Kamenir-Reznik, founding president of the nonprofit Jewish World Watch, as she and two other JWW leaders departed for a two-week trip to Chad to visit Darfur refugees. As a coalition of about 60 Los Angeles-area synagogues,...
  • Blogging under African skies

    October 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, Oct. 13, three leaders of Jewish World Watch flew from Los Angeles to Africa for a two-week trip, with their ultimate destination the Sudanese eastern border refugee camps, Iridimi and Touloum in Chad.

    Jewish World Watch's Solar Cooker Project, led by Board President...

  • Agahozo

    By Rob Eshman

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm



    Life at Agahozo Shalom

    If I wanted the kind of office where visitors shut the door and cry, I'd have become a rabbi. Or a therapist. Or an agent.

    That's why it caught me off guard when a woman named Anne Heyman sat down across from me and started, well, crying....

  • Six activists illuminate ‘Darfur Now’ documentary

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    'Darfur Now' trailer
    While the Darfur crisis enters its fifth year, the American Jewish Committee and Warner Independent Pictures have taken a lead in raising awareness of and combating the genocide in the Western Sudan region, where an estimated 200,000 people have been killed...
  • Darfur double standard

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Israel’s Darfur refugees require worthy action

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I was in Jerusalem in early July when a news story about Sudanese refuges demonstrating in front of the Knesset caught my eye. From the press accounts, it was difficult to fully understand who these refugees were or under what circumstances they had arrived in Israel. Some seemed to...
  • Jewish Olympians must shine light on genocide

    By Daniel Hemel

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the summer of 1936, a year after the enactment of the Nuremberg Laws, the world turned a blind eye to Nazi Germany's genocidal intentions as Hitler hosted the Olympics in Berlin. With next summer's games set to take place in Beijing, Jewish and Israeli athletes have a...
  • The wrong Zionist response to refugees

    By Larry Derfner

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard to escape the impression that the Olmert government is being humane to the refugees from Sudan's Darfur region for appearance's sake only. I say this because the government is being amazingly cruel to the refugees from southern Sudan, who are far more numerous than the...
  • Briefs: Spielberg to press Hu Jintao on Darfur; U of California vs. Shabbat; Weiss recall effort kicks off

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Spielberg Ready to Meet With Chinese President

    Steven Spielberg has notified Chinese President Hu Jintao that he is ready to meet with him in Beijing within the next 30 days to urge that China use its influence with the Sudanese government to halt the genocide in Darfur.

    The...
  • The time has come for action on Darfur

    By Leonard Fein

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Will it never end?

    The "it" refers to the cruelty, the meanness, the violence that so have characterized our times and do still. While Iraq and Afghanistan continue to leech -- blood, treasure, honor -- it is other things I have in mind just now.

    The haunting question is the...
  • Enough

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Briefs: Koufax and SLO power-hitter named draft IBL picks; Iran top terror sponsor

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Sandy Koufax on the mound. Click the BIG ARROW Koufax chosen in Israel Baseball League's (IBL) first-ever draft

    Power-hitting California outfielder Aaron Levin was the first player selected in the Israel Baseball League's inaugural draft. The Modi'in Miracles made Levin, 22,...
  • Schwarzenegger at Shoah ceremony:  ‘Today we must speak out’

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Excerpts from a speech by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at Yom Hashoah Ve'Hagvurah Community Wide Holocaust Remembrance Day at Pan Pacific Park:

    Well, thank you very much, Jona, for the wonderful introduction; I really appreciate that. And thank you very much, all of you, for...

  • We dare not murder memories of genocide

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Amnesia of the past foreshadows amnesia of the future. Forget yesterday's tragedy and the threat to tomorrow is denied. Forget the first genocide of the 20th century -- the murder of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 -- and the memory and atrocities of the first genocide of the 21st...
  • Israel Policy of Imprisoning Refugees Being Challenged

    By Yosef Israel Abramowitz

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli activists and lawmakers are challenging in court the current policy of incarcerating Sudanese refugees who illegally enter the country under a law dealing with "enemy nationals" that allows them to be detained indefinitely.

    The majority of the refugees made the trek across...

  • From Darfur to Israel: A Family’s Perilous Exodus

    By Yosef Israel Abramowitz

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "We left Sudan, took a boat on the Nile to Aswan and went to Cairo to seek protection at the United Nations office," said Ahmed, sitting in Ketziot, a maximum-security Israeli prison near the Egyptian border.

    Some 150 miles away, sitting in the office of a women's crisis center in...

  • Sudanese Discover Parallels in Visit to Yad Vashem

    By Dina Kraft

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A group of refugees from Darfur on a visit to Yad Vashem lingered next to a model of the crematorium at Auschwitz, taking in the ghastly sight of bodies carried on cots and pushed into ovens.

    They walked through the museum in silence, listening to the words of the guide and trying to...

  • A Troubled Exodus

    By Yosef Israel Abramowitz

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With two miles of bare footprints behind them, Ahmed and Fatima and their three children approached the border with Israel in the middle of a cold winter night. Snow was falling in the Sinai.

    Avoid the Egyptian military patrols, they were warned by their Bedouin smugglers, whom they...

  • Films: Truth is key to unlocking genocide silence in ‘Gates’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The International Court of Justice recently handed down two rulings refusing to characterize the atrocities in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Darfur as genocide. While The Hague is reluctant to use the G-word, filmmakers around the world are not.

    "Beyond the Gates," a BBC production about...

  • Interfaith and intercultural festival to benefit Darfur

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Craig Taubman hoped to draw maybe 5,000 people to last year's inaugural "Let My People Sing," a festival that featured basketball games, musical acts, stand-up comedy and a seder to benefit those living in Darfur. Much to his surprise, it attracted roughly 15,000 attendees and raised...
  • Darfur becomes part of Israeli vocabulary

    By Jenny Hazan

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When 18-year-olds Seraphya Berrin from New York, and Arielle Perlow from Melbourne, Australia, arrived in Israel last fall after spending a week in Poland as part of their B'nei Akiva year abroad program, they were inspired to take action on the world's current genocide, taking place...
  • Good to be the Chief; Get Your Challah On

    By Norma Zager

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Good to be the Chief

    Health care veteran Tim McGlew has been named chief operating officer and vice president of operations for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. The Jewish Home is the largest single-source provider of senior housing in Los Angeles.

    "With the recent...

  • Noteworthy sessions and events at the G.A.

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    SUNDAY, NOV. 12
    10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Tour of the Skirball Cultural Center
    Note: Tour leaves from Westin Bonaventure and returns to the L.A. Convention Center.

    2:30 p.m.
    Opening Plenary: "One People, One Destiny, One Great Day in November"
    Greetings: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...

  • Israeli Security Offers Pointers to LAX; Education Programs Get Multimillion Dollar Boost

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Security Offers Pointers to LAX

    Three Israeli security experts received warm praise from local city officials after concluding a four-day recent inspection tour of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) recently.

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued a statement during his Asia...

  • State of Humanity Forum: ‘Darfur silence is lethal’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In opening the inaugural State of Humanity Forum, held Oct. 17 at Valley Beth Shalom, Marcy Rainey, VBS chair of Jewish World Watch (JWW), spoke of the atrocities in Darfur, proclaiming: "Silence is lethal, and meekness is inexcusable."
     
    Despite the brutality of the genocide, in...
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