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  • Sotloff family mourns, challenges Islamic State leader to Koran debate

    September 4, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    The family of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist beheaded by Islamic State militants, said on Wednesday he was "a gentle soul," and challenged the group's leader to a debate on the peaceful teachings of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

    The group, which has captured...

  • A community of arguers

    June 11, 2014 | 11:09 am

    Jewish day schools have a curious relationship with speech and debate programs. Argumentation is central to the Jewish tradition and to enduring stereotypes of the Jewish people — two Jews, three opinions — but speech and debate as an extracurricular activity has not been...

  • Front-runners differ in county supervisor debate

    By Ryan Torok

    April 9, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    Four candidates for the 3rd District seat of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors — Bobby Shriver, Sheila Kuehl, John Duran and Pamela Conley Ulich — sat on the bimah at Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) on the evening of April 6, grappling with the many challenges facing...

  • The debate of the year: David Suissa vs. Peter Beinart

    December 30, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    Jewish Journal President David Suissa debates political author Peter Beinart spar about Israel in the debate of the year.

    Moderated by Sinai Temple's Rabbi David Wolpe.

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  • Beinart, Suissa face off on Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    December 6, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Peter Beinart is no stranger to the accusation that for a self-proclaimed passionate supporter of Israel, he treats the Jewish state too harshly.

    Since the release of his book “The Crisis of Zionism” in 2012, he has traveled the country debating ardent Zionists such as Daniel...

  • The Conservative gay marriage debate

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 2, 2013 | 10:49 am

    On Rosh Hashanah in 1992, Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis stood before his Conservative congregation at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino and declared that despite the words of Leviticus, homosexuality is not an abomination. He argued that the same understanding and compassion Jews...

  • Greuel, Garcetti spar in L.A. mayoral debate at AJU

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 11, 2013 | 9:26 pm

    In the first debate between the two remaining candidates running to be the next mayor of Los Angeles, City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti attempted to convince voters that there were significant differences between them even as the two veteran politicians...

  • J Street, StandWithUs heads tangle at Temple Isaiah

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 13, 2013 | 8:43 am

    These are tough times for people hoping for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

    A recent cover story in The New Republic optimistically called the prospects for a two-state solution “not altogether hopeless.” President Barack Obama has made clear that he...

  • L.A. mayoral candidates keep things friendly at Sinai Temple

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 29, 2013 | 11:18 pm

    If the candidates alone got to select the next mayor of Los Angeles, City Councilwoman Jan Perry would win the city’s top job in a landslide.

    Asked by Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, who moderated a forum with the five leading candidates at his synagogue in Westwood on Jan....

  • Mayoral debate at Beth Jacob

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 9, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    On Jan. 3, in the first mayoral debate of 2013, Congregation Beth Jacob hosted five candidates seeking to become the next mayor of Los Angeles. 

    Speaking to a crowd of about 350, the candidates answered questions about how they would manage the city’s public safety services,...

  • Candidates for L.A Mayor face off in debate at Beth Jacob

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 3, 2013 | 11:24 pm

    At a debate held on Thursday evening at Congregation Beth Jacob in Beverly Hills, five candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles may have been addressing a Jewish audience in an Orthodox synagogue, but the subjects they covered were anything but sacred.

    Questions about economic...

  • Is cutting Big Bird kosher?

    October 29, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    When Governor Mitt Romney talked about ending funding for PBS – and Big Bird – during his first debate with President Obama, he was describing only one of the deep cuts in Romney-Ryan budget.

    But it’s not just Big Bird. And it hits us hard, at home, in the Jewish community.

    ...
  • The space between

    October 24, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Is it the individual citizen who is more important in a free society, or is it the government? It’s easy to see this as the philosophical choice during this election season: One side seems to favor the liberty of the individual, while the other favors the primacy of the government....

  • A week on the Florida campaign trail

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 24, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Day One: Departing Israel

    Spending a week in Florida on the eve of a presidential election has become a habit for me — one I cherish. Meeting the elderly women who suddenly become interested in politics; attending synagogues, to which the candidates flock in droves to speak;...

  • Israeli debate of political party heads waiting for Bibi’s answer

    October 23, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    Leaders of Israel's major political parties accepted an invitation to an American-style debate, except for Likud leader and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The debate sponsored by the Citizens' Empowerment Center is scheduled for Jan. 1 at Tel Aviv University, according to the...

  • At final debate, Israel and Iran take center stage—and the candidates find common ground

    October 23, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    Israel, a heated issue throughout the campaign, finally took center stage at the final presidential debate.

    It was mentioned a total of 29 times by President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney at Monday night's foreign policy debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla....

  • Once upon a time: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney agree on Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    October 23, 2012 | 11:18 am

    Israel had a starring role in the third and final presidential debate last Tuesday night. How big? China, a country of 1 billion people to which America owes $1 trillion and whose military and economic decisions will affect us for years to come, rated 32 mentions. Israel, a country...

  • Obama, Romney meet for final debate as race tightens

    October 22, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney face off in front of the cameras for a final time on Monday as opinion polls show their battle for the White House has tightened to a dead heat.

    With 15 days to go until the Nov. 6 election, the two candidates turn to...

  • What do (suburban) women want?

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 18, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    If you watched any of the debates on CNN, you saw two worms at the bottom of your screen. Well, they looked to me like worms, or maybe caterpillars, scrunching and stretching throughout the 90 minutes. Actually they were real-time graphs — with one color for men, another for women...

  • Sherman-Berman fracas

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 17, 2012 | 2:57 pm

    As far as policy matters go, Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman agree far more often than they differ. Over the course of their yearlong heated contest for re-election in the newly drawn district in the West San Fernando Valley, the few points of disagreement between...

  • The top foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    October 15, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    I concede that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama love Israel, are committed to its security and survival and they don’t want Iran to get nuclear weapons.

    We’ve heard them say that over and over again, ad nauseam. Literally. Ad nauseam. This pandering is becoming nauseating.

    I want...

  • Biden, Ryan spar on Iran

    October 12, 2012 | 9:43 am

    Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan clashed over Iran’s nuclear program during their televised debate.

    Ryan assailed President Obama’s approach to the issue in Thursday night's vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville,...

  • Obama, Romney and the Lakers

    By David Suissa

    October 10, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    One of the reasons I love sports is that I can indulge my primal instinct for combat without feeling any guilt. I’m a huge Lakers fan, and I can easily spend hours poring through analyses of how the team will clobber the competition this year with the addition of two fearless...

  • Bill O’Reilly recommends double date for Obama, Bibi in debate with Jon Stewart

    October 9, 2012 | 9:33 am

    Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, faced off against conservative pundit Bill O’Reilly, in a political debate.

    The debate, “Rumble In The Air-Conditioned Auditorium,” was held Oct. 6 at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

    Topics discussed at the...

  • Back to the 50’s

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 4, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    When I read the paper this morning, I found something rather disturbing, which grew worse when I noticed no one else addressed the issue: a magazine called Family Circle held a cookie contest between the incumbent First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the opposing candidate's spouse,...

  • How to lose the next debate

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 4, 2012 | 11:23 am

    President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate in Denver on Oct. 3. Photo by REUTERS/Michael Reynolds

    A couple of weeks ago, when I wrote a “Romney Wins First Debate” column, I didn’t think I was going out...

  • First presidential debate spotlights economy, health care

    October 4, 2012 | 9:02 am

    President Obama and Mitt Romney focused on revenue and spending, with an emphasis on health care, in their first presidential debate. 

    With the focus on the economy, foreign policy was mentioned only in passing as the candidates squared off Wednesday at the University of Denver.

    ...
  • Valley business group hosts Sherman-Berman debate

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 25, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    At a debate on Tuesday morning, Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman each put forward – yet again – the reasons why each feels they should be sent back to Washington, D.C., for another term in office.

    The debate, sponsored by the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA),...

  • Is Israel giving in to Jewish fundamentalism?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 15, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    The British Economist is conducting a public debate on the following: “Is Israel succumbing to Jewish fundamentalism?” You can vote (I’d expect Economist readers will largely vote yes), you can read the ongoing debate between Avraham Burg (the “left” — voting yes) and...

  • 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...

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