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  • Ferguson is Yiddish for forget

    2 weeks ago

    Judaism frequently demands that we remember. The Torah tells us to remember the Sabbath Day; that we were slaves in Egypt; and that the Amalekites attacked us. Once a year, those who have lost a close relative say Yizkor, the prayer of remembrance. Remembering is one of the three...

  • Ferguson and Eric Garner are symptoms of a deeper problem

    2 weeks ago

    I sat down last week to write about what happened in Ferguson. As I began to write, there was no doubt in my mind that there would be a “next time” as soon as we hit the next news cycle, if not sooner.

    Then I heard the news that the New York City police officer responsible for...

  • What Ferguson can learn from LAPD’s rehabilitation

    3 weeks ago

    In recent weeks, race relations have dominated national news in the United States, carried by a wave of incidents of striking similarity: A white male police officer kills an unarmed black man; his community grieves over the injustice. Protests, and sometimes riots, ensue, but in...

  • Is Crime Caused by Poor Moral Character?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 4, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    Recently I was catching up on reading some back issues of the Jewish Journal, when I came across a column by Dennis Prager called, “Poverty Causes Crime?” He spends almost all of the article explaining why he thinks poverty does not, in fact, cause crime.

    Then, at the end, he...

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  • Enough Is Enough: Fighting For The Soul of Our Country

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 28, 2014 | 9:49 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I ponder the events of the past two weeks, I am scared for the future of our country and our world. Not scared that we will no longer exist, rather, that all we will do is exist! This fear comes from Ferguson, Har Nof, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Damascus,...

  • Let’s be thankful for our imperfect legal system

    By David Suissa

    November 26, 2014 | 5:19 pm

    Imagine being the mother of one of the 200,000 people murdered in Syria over the past few years. As you grieve for your lost child, you empathize with the countless others who have suffered untold massacres in your chaotic and lawless country.

    One day, in a rundown local café on...

  • More than 400 arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities

    November 26, 2014 | 3:27 pm

    National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an...

  • Missouri governor orders more troops to Ferguson after riots

    November 25, 2014 | 10:45 am

    Aiming to head off more looting and rioting, Missouri's governor on Tuesday ordered National Guard reinforcements into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson following overnight violence ignited by the clearing of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager....

  • U.N. chief urges peaceful Ferguson protests, rights protection

    November 25, 2014 | 10:04 am

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged protesters in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere in the United States to refrain from violence and called on law enforcement to protect the rights of people to demonstrate peacefully.

    A grand jury on Monday cleared a white...

  • Murder in Ferguson: Michael Brown Has Value

    By Ilana Angel

    November 25, 2014 | 8:12 am

    I watched the news last night from 6:00 pm until I finally fell asleep around 2:30 in the morning. I watched the announcement that the Grand Jury would not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. I then struggled to understand if it was  2014 or 1950. Last...

  • Gunshots ring out, tear gas fired as violence returns to Ferguson

    November 24, 2014 | 8:42 pm

    Gunshots rang out and police lobbed tear gas at an angry crowd that threw bottles outside the Ferguson Police Department in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury decided not to indict a white officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

    Outrage over the decision fueled...

  • Grand jury decides against charges in Ferguson shooting, unrest erupts

    November 24, 2014 | 6:06 pm

    Violence flared again in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Monday, with gunshots heard and tear gas fired, after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August.

    Angry crowds took to the streets...

  • Missouri grand jury has made decision in fatal shooting of Michael Brown

    November 24, 2014 | 12:39 pm

    A Missouri grand jury has made a decision on whether to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, a killing that sparked angry protests in the St. Louis suburb, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

    St. Louis County Prosecutor...

  • FBI arrests 2 suspected Ferguson bomb suspects; later charged with federal firearms offenses

    November 22, 2014 | 12:33 am

    Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters.

    Word of the...

  • Officials make preparations for Ferguson grand jury decision

    November 21, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    Prosecutors made preparations to announce the eventual decision by a grand jury on whether to charge a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager and some local schools said on Friday they would close next week in anticipation of unrest.

    U.S. Attorney General...

  • Can Ferguson’s black leaders gain power next April?

    November 10, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    This troubled suburb of St. Louis is warily awaiting the decision of a grand jury that could indict a white policeman for the killing of black teenager Michael Brown.

    But African-American leaders are casting one eye beyond the decision to an election next year that might,...

  • Rabbis bearing witness in Ferguson

    October 22, 2014 | 3:11 pm

    Early last week, national faith leaders called rabbis, pastors, priests and imams to Ferguson, Mo., a city rife with racial violence and pain. Along with my rabbinic colleagues from Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Justice, I responded to the call to the people of Ferguson that their...

  • Autopsy of slain Missouri teen shows close-range gunshot

    October 22, 2014 | 10:55 am

    A government autopsy of the unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer set off months of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he suffered a gunshot to the hand from close range, according to a copy of the autopsy published by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

    ...
  • Cops, race and violence

    September 12, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    The recent death of Michael Brown has elicited strong reactions across the political spectrum---from Bill O’Reilly to Louis Farrakhan---everyone seems to have an opinion on how law enforcement interacts with young black males and the likelihood of black males being shot by cops.

    ...
  • What Ferguson can learn from Los Angeles

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 3, 2014 | 11:34 am

    For students of Los Angeles history, the tragic saga of Ferguson, Mo., rings bells. A brutal police department, accountable to no one and backed by a hostile white mayor and police chief, faces off with a black community that seemingly has little recourse. A largely white City Hall...

  • What’s behind the rush to judgment in Ferguson Missouri?

    August 27, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police on Aug. 9, has finally been laid to rest, but the issues surrounding this tragic killing have not. The facts surrounding the shooting of the teenager remain largely unknown, with a Grand Jury hearing testimony and at...

  • Why it’s not about Ferguson

    August 27, 2014 | 11:28 am

    The Jewish community should be engaged and enraged over what’s happening in Ferguson, Mo., and the long-standing racial discrimination in America that Ferguson has thrust into the spotlight. But the current news cycle will inevitably end, and we will either be an allied force for...

  • What would Leonard Fein say?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 25, 2014 | 10:24 am

    I was hunting around for a writer who could dive into the chaos that is Ferguson, Mo., and emerge with a thoughtful column.

    That’s when I realized how much I miss Leonard Fein.

    I have no doubt that had Fein not died on Aug. 14 at the age of 80, I would have had an email in my...

  • In shadow of Ferguson, group builds ties across racial, cultural lines

    August 22, 2014 | 10:12 am

    On the evening of Aug. 12, after two consecutive nights of clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., Mikal Smith rose to address a community meeting in the neighboring city of Florissant. In front of Governor Jay Nixon, Obama administration officials and community...

  • Who is a Holocaust survivor — and does it matter?

    August 21, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    When she was arrested earlier this week during a peaceful St. Louis demonstration against police actions in Ferguson, Mo., Hedy Epstein grabbed national attention.

    That was partly because, as a 90-year-old white woman, Epstein was not the typical advocate for a young unarmed...

  • When Society Loses Its Balance

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 20, 2014 | 1:30 am

    For many of us, especially we privileged white folk, the world in which we conduct our lives may seem like a pretty solid, predictable, trustworthy place. It’s easy to forget that society only works when almost everyone believes they are better off when they follow society’s rules....

  • Egypt urges U.S. restraint over Missouri unrest

    August 19, 2014 | 5:56 pm

    Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri - echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year.

    U.S. foes Iran and Syria also lambasted the...

  • Never an excuse for shooting unarmed suspects, former police chief says

    August 19, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    I was the police chief in Kansas City, Missouri, when an unarmed African-American teenager was shot by a cop for a non-violent issue. The result was a peaceful and constructive public dialogue - the opposite of what is happening now in Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the...

  • Police come under gunfire, 31 arrested in Missouri racial unrest

    August 19, 2014 | 12:18 pm

    Police came under "heavy gunfire" and 31 people were arrested, authorities said on Tuesday, during racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman 10 days ago.

    "Not a single bullet was fired by...

  • Holocaust survivor activist arrested in Ferguson protests

    August 19, 2014 | 9:31 am

    A 90-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor was arrested in St. Louis during protests over the shooting death by police of Michael Brown.

    Hedy Epstein of St. Louis was one of nine protesters arrested Monday for blocking the entrance to the downtown state office building that houses...

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