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  • Loyalty to Jews or to humanity? There is no ‘either-or’

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The question is whispered and must be answered in a forthright manner: Darfur or Israel? Is your loyalty to your people or to humanity? Is your loyalty to Judaism or to mankind? Are you essentially a Jew or a human being?

    Be wary of the framing of the question, because it forces a...

  • Candidates for U.N. Secretary-General post consult with U.S. Jewish leaders;

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Candidates for U.N. Secretary-General Post Consult With U.S. Jewish Leaders
     
    As the U.N. General Assembly opens, diplomats vying to be the world's top peacekeeper are taking time to consult with American Jewish leaders. At least three of the favored candidates to replace Kofi...
  • Genocide survivors turn into lobbyists for Darfur

    By Sarah Price Brown

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eli Wiesel and George Clooney have spoken out about it. Protesters have rallied against it. Even an online game seeks to draw attention to the ongoing genocide in Sudan's Darfur.
     
    Now, a local group is taking a different approach to turning the world's eyes toward the Sudanese...
  • Sky High Fundraiser

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    SKY HIGH FUNDRAISER

    Rod's Day 14 turned out to be a fun and spectacular event. The July 22 fundraiser is named for Rod Fasone, who died from a rare form of colon cancer at age 21, 14 years ago. Rod's Day kicked off with a skydiving exhibition by renowned skydiver Jumpin' Bill and...

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  • Nation World Briefs

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rebbe Commemorated at White House
    A commemoration of the death of the Lubavitch rebbe culminated in a White House briefing. Leaders of both parties in Congress, as well as top Bush administration officials, attended the two-day tribute to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who died...

  • Jewish World Watch Eyes National Stage

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Janice Kamenir-Reznik wasn't sure where Darfur was on the map when she heard a Rosh Hashanah sermon at Valley Beth Shalom some 18 months ago.

    During his sermon, Rabbi Harold Schulweis told the congregation that "Never Again" applies not only to the Holocaust but requires Jews to...

  • Darfur Horrors in Black and White

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What at first glance appears to be the most artless of photographs is also the most haunting.

    Two tall white garbage sacks lean against a brick church in Rwanda, below tattered posters and next to a frieze of "The Last Supper," as if waiting for the next pickup collection.

    A second...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, May 20

    High school teacher Eddie Friedman has made it his mission to take students on the March of the Living, as a way of teaching them about the Holocaust. Over the years, he accumulated a collection of photographs depicting the experience. UCLA Hillel's Dortort...

  • First Person - Will You Be at Peace?

    By Rabbi Ken Chasen

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I always knew that it would be very difficult to stop a genocide. I just never appreciated how difficult it would be merely to demonstrate against a genocide.

    I was among a group of nearly 100 Los Angeles Jews who traveled to San Francisco on Sunday, April 30, to participate in the...

  • Wandering Jew - We Shall Pursue

    By Rabbi Rebecca Yaël Schorr

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As I drove my children home after school last week, how many men, women and children were fleeing from their homes in Darfur? As I tucked my children snuggly into their beds, how many mothers crept out of their refugee camps at night to gather firewood to keep their children warm in...

  • At Save Darfur Rally: ‘Never Again, Again’

    By Rachel Silverman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Some, like Seattle resident Julie Margulies, 50, flew thousands of miles to the nation's capital to attend. Others, like high school student Adam Zuckerman, 18, from Portland, Maine, raised money to help bring friends -- both Darfuri and Jewish -- to Washington for the big day.

    ...
  • Community Briefs

    By Melissa Maroff

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Czech President Speaks at Yom HaShoah Service

    Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus spoke to about 700 Jewish schoolchildren, diplomats and Holocaust survivors at a Yom HaShoah service at the Museum of Tolerance April 25, at which Gilberto Bosques, a Mexican diplomat who saved...

  • Why the iPod Generation Cares About Darfur

    By Jeff Goodman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The car horns sounded like a shofar practice session, a cacophony of long blasts and short toots with no particular meaning or purpose. And, thankfully, there was no traffic accident to be found.

    The blaring noise was instead a response to scores of protesters at the Federal Building...

  • I’m Going to Jail Over Darfur Genocide

    By Rabbi Steve Gutow

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    (Editor's note: This article was written and published prior to Rabbi Steve Gutow's planned arrest.)

    I'm going to jail.

    Along with interfaith religious leaders, members of Congress and others, I am being arrested in Washington,

    D.C., Friday, April 28, outside the Embassy of Sudan...

  • Darfur Seder Raises Awareness, Funds

    By Amy Klein

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Alula Tsadik, a lithe black man in dreds, wearing a red-and-black-striped poncholike tallit, pounded his chest and moaned, "Mama," as he slowly circled the room at UCLA's Hillel.

    His tuneless melody, meant to capture the pain and horror of genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, was...

  • PASSOVER: 10 Contemporary Plagues

    By The Editors

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In the Passover haggadah, we read of the 10 Plagues that God sent to convince Pharoah to let the Hebrew slaves go free. The plagues -- bloody, violent, magical -- are a dramatic highpoint of the narrative. Mindful of the pain these plagues brought even to innocent Egyptians, Jews...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Built to Last

    Team Mortorq from Beverly Hills High School won two prestigious awards recently at a robotics competition: The Entrepreneurship Award and the Autodesk Visualization Award for animation.

    The Entrepreneurship Award recognizes a team which, since its inception, has...

  • Community Briefs

    By Melissa Maroff

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Westly Wants Pension Funds to Snub Iran

    California State Controller Steve Westly called on the state's two largest pensions to check whether they have holdings in companies that would be subject to Iran-related sanctions.

    "As fiduciaries protecting our retirees' benefits, we must...

  • This Week - Passover Prep

    By Rob Eshman

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shabbat dinner at the home of two doctors, north of Montana Avenue in Santa Monica: There's a terrific chicken with lemons and

    green olives, the lemons plucked from a tree in the yard. There's crisp roasted potatoes, salad and a 1998 Cabernet. The table is set with silver candelabras...

  • The Faces of War From Israel to Africa

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    If Steven Spielberg's "Munich" has shown that even Israeli commandos, some of the most battle-hardened warriors on the planet, ruminate over their roles, photographer Rachel Papo, a former member of the Israel Defense Forces, demonstrates in a new exhibition of her photographs that...

  • Poor, Darfur Lose in Budget, Israel Gains

    By James D. Besser

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish agencies around the country could have to ante up tens of millions of dollars in the next five years, thanks to a year-end budget package approved by Congress.

    That assessment from a top Jewish activist here could be just the tip of the fiscal iceberg, as activists try to...

  • Save Darfur - I Mean It

    By Laura Donney

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Do not stand idly by. Save Darfur."

    More than once a person has looked at this statement printed on the green wristband that I wear on my right arm. Usually, they read it unenthusiastically and then disregard it. But occasionally, someone asks what it means, and I am quick to...

  • My Gift List

    By Rob Eshman

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    My wife and I don't make a big deal out of Chanukah presents. Our family tradition stops far short of indulging in the orgy of getting and spending that overtakes America every holiday, I mean, Christmas, season.

    One look around our house reminds us that neither our closets nor...

  • Thanks for Everything

    By Rob Eshman

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Our holidays are as much about what we are bidden to remember as about what we are willing to forget.

    At Chanukah we celebrate the miraculous rededication of the Second Temple by Judah Maccabee. In so doing the festival's complex historical background fades to backstory. The part we...

  • Groups, Shuls Fundraise for Tsunami Aid

    By David Finnigan

    November 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Cantor Alison Wissot of Temple Judea felt the pull of the Asian tsunami at a Friday morning meeting of the women's group at her Tarzana Reform shul.

    "There was an outpouring of, 'This is so awful,' 'How do we deal with this event?' 'How do we not feel helpless?' 'How do we just do...

  • Visiting Darfur Camps Brings Home Need

    By Rabbi David Saperstein

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    It was Sukkot without a lulav or etrog, but with a vibrancy and authenticity etched into our memories.

    We stood on Sukkot amid the Darfur refugee camps in eastern Chad along the Sudanese border: two prominent Reform rabbis, Rabbi David Stern of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas and Rabbi...

  • A Local Witness to Darfur Tragedy

    By Marc Ballon

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    John Fishel has seen hell, and he wants to share his impressions with the Jewish community.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles recently visited refugee camps in the African country of Chad to bear witness to the pain and suffering of more than 250,000...

  • Letters

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Reversing Trend

    Amy Klein's article, "In Search of a Leader," (Oct. 7), paints a gloomy picture for the future of Conservative Judaism, which it dubs the "Conservative Crisis." While it is true that current statistics paint a dismal picture, the trend can be reversed.

    During four...

  • Yom Kippur: Day of Reality for Refugees

    By Rabbi Lee Bycel

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, we ask: Who shall live and who shall die? This year, I will observe Yom Kippur -- the holiest day of the Jewish year -- with refugees from Darfur in camps in Chad.

    These survivors have sought sanctuary hundreds of miles from home, in a harsh and...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    More Gaza Aid Seen

    The European Union offered to boost aid to the Palestinian Authority for rebuilding the Gaza Strip. E.U. official Benita Ferrero-Waldner said last week that the 25-nation bloc, already the Palestinians' biggest foreign donor, would be willing to increase aid...

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