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  • Letter to the Editor: It’s a demographic cliff; not a fiscal cliff

    December 3, 2012 | 4:34 pm

    Last week, (16-22 Kislev) Mark Pearlman wrote an erudite proposal for minding the Jewish communal coffers.  He asks how we can adequately fund an engaging and vibrant Jewish community.  Eight causes are given for the fiscal deterioration of the community.  Unfortunately he missed...

  • Will your great-grandchildren be Jewish?

    By Pini Herman

    June 27, 2012 | 2:39 pm

    The just-released Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 clearly shows that the Jewish population decline in New York has been stemmed by large numbers of babies born to Orthodox families in America.

    The heroic fertility and educational efforts of Orthodox Jews — sometimes to...

  • Fewer in the Pews: Implications for American Liberalism

    By Steven Windmueller

    March 18, 2012 | 7:07 pm

    Two leading political scientists, Robert Putnam and David Campbell, have recently released their findings related to the connection between religious affiliation and voting patterns. Their study released this month in Foreign Affairs magazine suggests that “church attendance has...

  • One Serious Problem Gone

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 1, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    Over the past few days, the press reported a welcomed reminder of how America has been transforming itself over recent decades. Not in the depressing trajectory that is often the subject of the blather of 24/7 news outlets and their self-proclaimed “pundits.” Rather, by virtue of...

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  • From Mulholland, to the freeway, to the ocean, white with foam—God bless the Valley Hills

    By Tom Tugend

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Which section of Greater Los Angeles has the densest concentration of Jewish residents? The urban core, including Fairfax and Pico-Robertson? Maybe Beverly Hills and the Westside?

    Try the Valley. More specifically, it's the area demographers designate as Valley Hills, stretching...

  • 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...

  • Friends Found a World Away

    By Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Every other year, our congregation travels to a different part of the Jewish world to meet and, if necessary, help our fellow Jews. Having traveled to Israel, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union many times, as well as Turkey, Morocco, Spain, Argentina and Brazil, our...

  • Olmert Withdrawal Plan Stirs Up Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In a single passionate interview recently, Ehud Olmert, Israel's deputy prime minister, managed to do what most politicians only dream about -- recast a nation's political and diplomatic agenda.

    Although Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been talking vaguely about "unilateral steps,"...

  • The Jewish Future

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I have seen the Jewish future and, to my surprise, it still belongs to the Baby Boomers. By now I'd guess that Boomers would happily cede attention and civic responsibility to Gen Xers and Gen J but nothing doing. One in three Jews today are between ages 35-53, and the needs and...
  • East Coast vs.West Coast

    By Tom Tugend

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Anyone from the Western part of the United States aspiring to national Jewish leadership has "got to be an 11 on a scale of one to 10," Burton Levinson says. "We've got a lot of eights and nines in Los Angeles and elsewhere, but that's not good enough."

    Put another way, "For American...

  • The Results Are In

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rumors of the imminent demise of theJewish population of Los Angeles are a little premature. For yearswe've been hearing that the rate of intermarriage in Los Angeles islikely among the worst in the nation -- probably more than 50percent, perhaps as high as 70 percent in some areas.

    ...