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  • Shalom Y’All

    By Anthea Gerrie

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Shalom Y'all" sounds suspiciously like a slogan designed to sell souvenirs to Jewish visitors in the American South, and indeed the phrase adorns T-shirts, mugs and other paraphernalia in the gift shop of Charleston's Beth Elohim Synagogue.

    But the drawled greeting is also common...

  • Avi Chai Grant Saves Birthright

    By Dina Kraft

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A new grant of $7 million to Birthright Israel is breathing new life into the cash-strapped program, allowing Birthright to more than double the number of slots available for this summer's tours.

    The future of Birthright -- which provides free trips to Israel for Diaspora young...

  • Ethiopian Pied Piper Rocks Heartstrings

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Flamethrowers, breakdancers, mimes and musicians all perform on the Third Street Promenade, but when Saturday night rolls around, the biggest draw seems to be coming from a gaggle of bearded Chabadniks dancing to Hebrew tunes.

    And the pied piper playing the keyboard is an Ethiopian...

  • Kitaj the ‘Diasporist’

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Six years have passed since painter R.B. Kitaj moved from London to Los Angeles, following a hail of criticism and counterattacks (more on that later). Recently, I visited the artist at his home and studio on the occasion of "Los Angeles Pictures," a breathtaking exhibit at Venice's...

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  • Whose Loss Is it Anyway?

    By Amy Klein

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    JERUSALEM -- Have you heard of virtual tourism? It's the latest thing from America, where people who can't go to Israel -- because of security fears, economic constraints, parental prohibition, etc. -- give money to other people who are going. The tourists are then supposed to give...

  • Anxiety and Hope

    By Tom Tugend

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph Dabby, who was jailed three times in Baghdad for the crime of being a Jew, did not wish for war, but he fervently hopes that U.S. troops will free his native land.

    Now the president of Kahal Joseph Congregation, Dabby is among approximately 3,000 Jews of Iraqi origin and...

  • Memories of Iraq

    By Joel Kotkin

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    His Hebrew name is David, but he still goes by his Arabic nickname of Naji. At 82, he sits at a table at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles and recalls a life and a civilization now gone, an Iraq that will never be again.

    "When I left Baghdad in 1951," Naji Harkham recalled of the day he...

  • Flourish, Not Fail

    By Rob Eshman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The financial crisis facing Jewish Community Center (JCC) programs and locations this week will come as an awful shock to tens of thousands of area Jews, and it should (see story, page 14).

    JCC officials and Federation lay leaders and staff stress there is no cause for panic. They...

  • Symbol of All Hopes

    By Stuart Schoffman

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    About 20 years ago the Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua wrote an essay called "Exile as a Neurotic Solution," in which he endeavored to explain why so many Diaspora Jews, for many centuries and in our own day, have avoided coming to live in the Land of Israel.

    In 537 B.C.E., wrote...

  • The Melting Wok

    By Anthea Gerrie

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It was Friday night in Shanghai, a major linchpin of the Jewish Diaspora, and folks from all over the world were dropping in to wish Rabbi Greenberg "Shabbat shalom." But in the fastest-changing city in the world, we were gathered for worship in a skyscraper instead of one of the...

  • Traveling Salesman

    By Tom Tugend

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Gerald "Jerry" C. Lasensky describes himself as the Jewish community's traveling salesman, road warrior and itinerant emissary.

    For a more formal title, Lasensky, whose round face and white beard lend him a touch of the leprechaun, is the Western regional director of the United Jewish...

  • Renewed Hope

    By Tom Tugend

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Despite protest demonstrations, Israelis will overwhelmingly endorse any agreement forged by Prime Minister Ehud Barak at the Camp David negotiations, Israel's minister for Diaspora affairs assured the national convention of Hadassah on Sunday evening.

    Rabbi Michael Melchior noted...

  • Israel and America

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Stuart Schoffman's cover story, Israel at 52, crossed my desk, I found myself surprised at one significant -- for me -- omission. There was no mention of American Jewry. My feelings were hurt even though I realized it was foolish of me. This was no deliberate slight on his part;...
  • Embracing Diaspora

    By Tom Tugend

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The old-time Zionist religion had it that the only good Diaspora Jew was the one who made aliyah and settled in the ancestral land.

    Now, after decades of inner-focused effort to build up the new land and survive, the Jewish state is rediscovering its distant relatives and, what's...

  • The Man in the Middle

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Michael Melchior of Jerusalem has one heck of a job ahead of him.

    Newly appointed to Ehud Barak's Cabinet, he's got the unenviable assignment of trying to make Jews get along with each other. His official title, minister for social and world Jewish affairs, says it all. "Social"...

  • Jewish Covenant

    By John R. Fishel

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    As we approach the new millennium, we often discuss the unity of the Jewish people, seeking those aspects of Jewish life that will hold our diverse communal elements together after the year 2000. Rabbi Joseph Soleveitchek has referred to our Jewish covenant as including our shared...
  • The Arts

    By Skip Heller

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    As Israel nears its 50th birthday, events have shifted attentionaway from the stalled peace talks. What dominates the headlines nowis the warlike rhetoric among Jewish factions -- both within Israeland in the Diaspora -- as they clash over the issue of religiouspluralism.

    Gideon Patt...

  • Editorial

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Last weekend, I was at a gathering of maybe 80people, brought together to listen to a prominent Israeliintellectual who proceeded to dazzle us with his accounts ofpolitical, military and religious life in the Mideast. Actually, itwas more than dazzling. He was informative; he was...

  • Marco Polo Redux

    By Rob Eshman

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Travelers Meiand John Krich

    The affinity of Jews to Chinese food reaches its apotheosis inJohn Krich's "Won Ton Lust: Adventures in Search of the World's BestChinese Restaurant" (Kodansha, $24). It's no outrageous stereotype tostate that, as a people, American Jews seem to need a good...

  • Since the Partition

    By Yehuda Lev

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Nov. 29, 1947: A joyous day in Israel. Photo from"Jerusalem in 3000 Years," Konemann, 1995.


    Fifty years ago this week, on Nov. 29, 1947, the General Assembly ofthe United Nations voted to partition British-held Palestine into aJewish state, an Arab state, and a corpus separatum,...

  • On What It Means To Be Armenian in America

    By Tom Tugend

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    About a decade ago, I was interviewing Professor Richard Hovannisian, the eminent UCLA authority on modern Armenian history.

    He lamented the state of the Armenian Diaspora in Los Angeles, with its infighting and confrontations between church leaders, and its American-born generations...

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