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  • Hawaii’s Jewish senator in limbo

    3 weeks ago

    Saturday night was arguably the biggest night in Brian Schatz’s political career, as the results of Hawaii’s Democratic primary would determine whether he would remain Hawaii’s senior United States senator, or whether he would go down in defeat after less than two years in office....

  • As candidates spar over Israel, Jewish L.A. watches on

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 23, 2012 | 12:41 am

    By the third or fourth time Mitt Romney called the Iranian nuclear threat “the greatest national security threat we face,” a good number of the few dozen youngish Jews who had gathered at Federation headquarters to watch Monday evening’s Presidential debate appeared to have stopped...

  • Egyptian military’s anti-democratic moves may benefit Israel

    June 18, 2012 | 10:55 am

    Egypt’s military coup is now nearly complete.

    That may be distressing for Egyptian democracy, but it could help the Israel-Egypt relationship.

    Sunday’s decision by military rulers in Egypt to rewrite the country’s constitution – a move that strips much of the power of the...

  • Democratic hopefuls talk Israel in bid for Harman’s seat

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 21, 2011 | 6:20 pm

    For politicians today, making it to Washington often requires them to explain their views about what should happen to Jerusalem.

    That was the case at the Hermosa Beach Community Center on April 20 when four of the 16 Democratic candidates running in a May 17 special election for...

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  • Kennedy seen as giant on domestic issues, Soviet Jewry

    August 26, 2009 | 1:26 pm

    U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) is being remembered in the Jewish community for his huge impact on domestic issues such as education and health care, but also as a giant in the Soviet Jewry movement.

    Kennedy “was one of the earliest, strongest champions on behalf of Soviet...

  • With the Republican base on the ropes, all eyes are on Florida —again

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 8, 2008 | 12:22 am

    Most Jews live in three states, two of which, New York and California, are already in the bank for Sen. Barack Obama.

    It's the third one, Florida, that has the presidential campaigns in a frenzy. There are roughly 650,000 Jews in Florida, out of 18 million residents. Concentrated in...

  • Democratic platform sticks close to Jewish positions

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 27, 2008 | 1:00 am

    DENVER (JTA) -- When it comes to the Middle East and Sen. Barack Obama's Democratic Party platform, things are staying pretty much the same -- which, in this case, is the kind of change pro-Israel activists can believe in.

    The platform committee appears to have heeded recommendations...

  • The L.A. Times ‘frames’ the Presidential race

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 16, 2008 | 11:08 pm

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    Last Sunday (July 13), the Los Angeles Times ran an article on the 2008 campaign that I feel bound to comment upon. It was in the right hand column, front page, prime location. It was a perfect example of something called framing. The title: "Obama, McCain agree on many...
  • Handicapping the 2008 Presidential Race

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Just one year after the congressional elections, we are nearing the first caucuses and primaries. California votes on Feb. 5. While Jews are expected to vote for the Democratic nominee in large numbers, Republicans hope to cut into that margin, and also to compete for campaign...
  • New approaches in Iraq could <I>help</I> Israel

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For Israel and its American supporters, the Iraq War has scrambled the Middle East in ways that are difficult to navigate.

    Once people hoped that the Iraq War would make Israel safer. The neocons, who cooked up the invasion and sold it to a president desperate for historic glory...

  • Letters to the Editor

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Chamberlain Ad

    I do not know if I can communicate how deeply offended I was by the Republican Jewish Coalition's (RJC) Neville Chamberlain ad on page 6 of the Sept. 8 Jewish Journal. Besides the complete lack of intellectual honesty, the appalling lack of logical reasoning fails...
  • Rabbi David Baron vs Mad Mel in Yom Kippur Pulpit Match

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When I initially heard that Rabbi David Baron had approached Mel Gibson to give him the opportunity to apologize for his anti-Semitic remarks, my immediate reaction was that Yom Kippur was a perfect occasion to bring him before his congregation to atone ("What I Really Asked Mel...

  • 10 Ideas For Creating Meaningful Volunteer Assignments

    By Susan J. Ellis

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Any organization's program and operational decisions should stem from the philosophy, beliefs and vision that are its reasons for being in the first place. These basic values, however, are often assumed, yet rarely articulated.



    It is a worthwhile exercise to identify the values...

  • Worst Fears Come to Pass for Foes of Gaza Pullout

    By Marc Ballon

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Librarian Stephanie Wells so opposed Israel's unilateral withdrawal from 21 Jewish settlements in Gaza last summer that she moved to the disputed territory just three weeks before troops moved in. She stayed to the bitter end.

    Among the most committed in the fight against the...

  • Jewish Voters to Play Key Primary Role

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In Democratic districts on Los Angeles' Westside and in the Valley, next week's primary will not only determine the Democratic winner but also the person who will almost certainly win in the fall's general election. And Jewish voters, who are overwhelmingly Democratic, will play a...

  • Trouble Mars Pope’s Trip to Auschwitz

    By Dinah Spritzer

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven years ago, at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, misunderstandings between Poles and Jews ran so deep that even a rabbi's desire to say the Mourner's Kaddish reportedly disturbed some Polish politicians.

    In fact, there were so...

  • Federation Support of Civic Group Wanes

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When former Democratic Congressman Mel Levine agreed to chair the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), he hoped to infuse it with the passion and purpose of its heyday in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

    In those days, the JCRC -- which is one of the major voices and faces of...

  • The Second American Jewish Revolution

    By Steven Windmueller

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The past 20 years have been marked by the single largest growth of new Jewish organizations -- well, at least since 1880, when the first defining period of American Judaism began.

    You can rightly call it a major American Jewish revolution that is now under way.

    This modern...

  • Pupils Vote Yes on Democratic School

    By Dina Kraft

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Under a classroom's fluorescent lights, students and teachers scramble to find seats. An important "Parliament session" is under way as together, they hammer out a plan for allocating the school's activities budget.

    The scene is the Hadera Democratic School in Israel, where students...

  • Lieberman War View Triggers Backlash

    By James D. Besser

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) has earned the appreciation of a Republican administration he has resolutely defended on the issue of the Iraq War. One prominent Jewish activist described Lieberman's "powerful sense of mission" in supporting the war.

    But that steadfastness also has...

  • Letters

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Katrina Efforts

    Since my return from Mississippi, I have been told that as a community we have done all there is to be done by offering new beginnings to evacuees who have left their homes in New Orleans ("Going in After Katrina," Sept. 16). We have sent lots of money to the ravaged...

  • Democrats’ Plans Must Factor in Israel

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As public support for the war in Iraq continues to deteriorate and as the Bush administration's political situation trembles on the precipice, Democrats are beginning to stir. Pushed by a party base that has long detested what it sees as timorous accommodation to Bush, national...

  • School Bond Measure Gets Failing Grade

    By Bob Hertzberg

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I have a picture on the wall of my office. It was taken at about 4 a.m. in 1998. I'm in the picture with a group of Democratic and Republican legislators. We look tired; we've been up late for a number of nights. But there's also a glint of celebration.

    That was a happy and proud...

  • Iraq Election May Mark Start of Change

    By Robert Kagan

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The day after the elections in Iraq, the London Independent commented that "in the long term, it is possible that yesterday's elections in Iraq may be seen as marking the start of a great change across the whole region."

    The editors hastened to add that it would be "utterly wrong...

  • Examining the Jewish Vote

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Like many Jews, Paul Kujawsky is a vociferous supporter of Sen. John Kerry. But at Shaarey Zedek Congregation in the Valley, he stands out as such an anomaly that his rabbi refers to him as "the one Democrat in the shul."

    The reason? Kujawsky is Orthodox. According to a recent poll...

  • DNC, ‘Daily Show’ and Davening

    By Janine Zacharia

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    So an Orthodox Jew is not the Democratic vice presidential nominee this year, like in 2000. And the wife of the vice presidential nominee is not named Hadassah. Yet, despite the absence of such central Jewish characters at the 2004 Democratic National Convention this week, Jews --...

  • Balancing Acts of Faith and Pork

    By Micah D. Halpern

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The question: How Jewish vs. how democratic should the Jewish State of Israel actually be?

    That was really the question before Israel's Supreme Court.

    More than a legal question, it led to serious and heated debate. The answer would be a defining factor in the very nature of the...

  • Simply Wrong

    By Bill Boyarsky

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Republicans are praying that President Bush's embrace of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan will sway the Jewish vote.

    It is a simplistic way of looking at things, although totally in line with the presidential campaign's simplistic discussion of Israel. For...

  • Kerry’s Lead Alters GOP Jewish Strategy

    By James D. Besser

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    More and more, it looks as though the precipitous plunge of former Vermont governor Howard Dean will deny the Republicans what they wanted most this year: a liberal Democratic patsy for President Bush to trounce on Nov. 2.

    The rise of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as the Democratic...

  • Two Cents Plain

    By Rob Eshman

    January 15, 2004 | 7:01 pm

    Have you ever sat down in restaurant, scanned both sides of the menu, then flipped to the back hoping there'd be another row of choices? That's how I've felt after watching every Democratic debate of Campaign 2004. I'm not particularly impressed with what's offered, but there's no...

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