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  • We Have an Obligation to Speak Out

    By M.J. Rosenberg

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The major reason many American supporters of Israel line up behind the policies of the Israeli government is that they do not want to be in the position of second guessing the Israelis. The feeling is that they live there and have to bear the consequences of whatever policy Israel...

  • An Examined Life During the Intifada

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For the epigraph of his new book, Israeli journalist David Horovitz chooses two quotes. One is: "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; those who love you shall prosper. Peace be within your walls" (Psalm 122). It is followed by the words on a refrigerator magnet sold in Orlando, Fla. --...

  • Members Rally to Save Centers

    By Marc Ballon

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In a forceful display of support for the beleaguered Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (JCC), an estimated 150 preschoolers, teachers and parents rallied March 23 in front of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to protest the possible closure of their thriving...

  • Uniting Among the Rabbis of Tomorrow

    By Leonard Fein

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Pigs and roosters, oxen and bulls, horses and dogs (and more dogs), a skunk and perhaps a possum -- someone says a monkey -- and children everywhere, and all the noises which thereunto pertain, plus a sun that is as glaring and hot as the Negev sun. This is Ciudad Romero in El...

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  • Educators Tackle Evangelical Passion

    By Adam Wills

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    David Neal didn't expect to get his nose broken when he tried to opt out of attending a production of "Godspell."

    Held at Bakersfield's Centennial High School in spring 2003, attendance for the musical -- based on the life of Jesus -- was mandatory, and David, a rabbi's son, was...

  • The Network of Terror

    By Micah D. Halpern

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The catastrophic simultaneous terror bombings that rocked Madrid and sent the United States, Israel and other freedom-loving and freedom-seeking countries reeling symbolized more than a small victory of evil over righteousness.

    It was the worse-case scenario for countries at the...

  • Michael and Bob

    By Karen Alexander

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It was not your typical wedding invitation -- a Monday morning phone call inquiring if my husband and I would be available that afternoon when our friends Michael and Bob were hoping to marry at San Francisco's City Hall. They decided to marry years ago, but instead of throwing an...

  • No Half Love!

    By Adam Gilad

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Will I fall in love again?

    After 17 years of marriage? At 42?

    Will I even recognize the feeling? How soon will I allow myself to feel that vulnerable? That trusting?

    Here's a shocker: I'm cynical. I tend to regard women who come into my life with the narrow-eyed acuity of a fact...

  • Kerry Begins Jewish Outreach Effort

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Now that he's proven he's electable, John Kerry is ready to tell Americans why he should be elected.

    Only in recent days has the Massachusetts senator started to outline detailed policy positions. Some of these having to do with foreign policy and terrorism have been of particular...

  • Israel Growing as Arms Dealer

    By Leslie Susser

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    To every black cloud, they say, there is a silver lining. Under constant threat from terrorists and hostile neighbors, Israel has become an expert in security -- and that expertise is generating huge profits.

    Israel has been one of the world's big arms sellers for more than a decade,...

  • Conservative Death Prophecy Draws Fire

    By Joe Berkofsky

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A top Reform rabbi is predicting the death of Conservative Judaism, drawing protests from the Conservative movement's leadership.

    The objections surfaced this week in response to an essay by Rabbi Paul Menitoff, executive vice president of the Reform movement's Central Conference of...

  • Vote No on 57, 58: They Erode Duty

    By Douglas Mirell

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    One of the central tenets of our Jewish political and ethical tradition is that cities and states are communities of obligation. Citizenship in these communities is defined by responsibility, and the most basic responsibility is to care for the neediest among us. Jewish philosopher...

  • Of Kerry and King

    By Rob Eshman

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    If I were John Kerry, I would spend every spare moment standing in front of a mirror, practicing the speech I'm going to give in October when U.S. soldiers capture Osama bin Laden.

    The 2000 presidential election was a referendum on the future -- who did Americans believe could lead...

  • Vote Yes on 57, 58: They Will Ease Crisis

    By Bruce L. Bialosky

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It certainly is an unusual situation, but we Republicans are encouraging you to vote to increase the debt of the state of California, and we are doing it with a straight face.

    As you know, Proposition 57 is asking Californians to commit to a bond issue of $15 billion. This commitment...

  • 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...

  • Project Re’ut Melds Optimism, Realism

    By Marc Ballon

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For many observers the "road map," which envisions creating a Palestinian state adjacent to Israel, looks increasingly like a dead end. As does the Geneva accord. With Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists blowing up innocent Israelis in bloody attacks and Israel building a security...

  • Predictions

    By Rob Eshman

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There was a moment there, from, say 1972-2001, when world events seemed if not consistently predictable, then at least not so consistently unsettling. The common wisdom is that Sept. 11, 2001, changed all that, replacing the Age of Torpor with the Era of Oh -- @'%&! -- Now What?!

    ...
  • Sacramento Politics Take Strange Turn

    By Jill Stewart

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The radical outsiders in Sacramento are the moderates and pragmatists, a strange truth that was brought home dramatically this month, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature compromised on a ballot measure to refinance the state's huge debt and hem in future spending...

  • Crystal Ball Sees

    By James Besser

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It seems like we've been on the verge of 2004 for ages -- presidential election years always seem to distort the space-time continuum -- but now it's really upon us, and a lively year it is certain to be.

    Congress and the White House are up for grabs, the war on terrorism is...

  • Q & A With Nadav Morag

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Nadav Morag has joined the University of Judaism (UJ) as the first director of its new Center for Israel Studies and chair of the political science department. Now 37, Morag was born in Israel, but came to the United States with his parents at age 2, and spent the next 20 years in...

  • Dividing Lines

    By Rob Eshman

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    About two miles northwest of Bethlehem, Israel's much-discussed security fence comes to an end -- not with a bang but with a whimper.

    A massive pile of coiled razor wire lays in a tangled heap beside the completed portion of the fence, which here separates the newly built Jewish...

  • The Ring

    By Greg Ross

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    My girlfriend wants a ring.

    To say that I didn't see this coming is the understatement of the century. In a way, there is not much to tell:

    Los Angeles boy meets Boston girl living in Los Angeles. Though we had some differences -- seems the East Coast Ivy-Leaguers up there can even...

  • Right-Wing Activists Unite in Jerusalem

    By Amy Klein

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As thousands of joyous Christian tourists danced through the streets of Jerusalem on their annual colorful Feast of Tabernacles parade, a group of well-funded neoconservatives gathered on the other side of the capital at the inaugural Jerusalem Summit.

    The exclusive Oct. 12-14...

  • Friendly Match-Ups

    By Lilla Zuckerman

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It was the perfect day for a wedding. As birds chirped, guests sniffled and the bride and groom exchanged vows, I sat in the back row and reflected on the wedding party, all dutifully standing at attention up front. The bridesmaids, decked out in periwinkle, were my former sorority...

  • Community Briefs

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Peres Pays Visit to Southland

    In addition to celebrating his 80th birthday, former Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Shimon Peres spoke with members of the Los Angeles Jewish community on two separate occasions this week.

    Peres' first speaking engagement took...

  • Cantor Turns Rabbi to Save Synagogue

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Cantor Mark Goodman was conducting prayers for Valley Beth Israel -- an ailing Conservative congregation that couldn't afford a rabbi -- when he decided that he could make things better.

    Goodman, 43, approached the board of the Sun Valley congregation with a proposition. He told...

  • Israel’s Year of Strength

    By Yuval Rotem

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There are many ways to reflect on the year past and the year to come.

    This year, Israel is celebrating its 56th year of independence. Today's Israel -- a stronghold of democracy, freedom and Judaism -- is the ultimate proof of the triumph of the Jewish people. Israel is the...

  • Just the Facts

    By David A. Lehrer

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jews in America are more favorably regarded than Catholics, barely less well liked than Protestants and far more highly viewed than Evangelical Christians. Facts you are not likely to have read in the direct mail you receive from solicitors of contributions.

    It's time for Jews,...

  • God, Prayers and Keeping the Faith

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Harold Kushner's son, Aaron, died two days before he turned 14 following a battle with a rare and horrific childhood disease. The experience led the 68-year-old Massachusetts rabbi to write, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," a comforting and deeply insightful book on the...

  • The DeLay Factor and the Jews

    By James D. Besser

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The recent clamor over Howard Dean's demand for U.S. "evenhandedness" in the Middle East was sweet music to the ears of Jewish Republicans, who hope 2004 will be a watershed in their long but frustrating effort to rally Jewish voters to their cause.

    But the Republicans could...

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