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  • Hispanic Coverage of Israel Mixed

    By Julie Drucker

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "What are they saying about us?" many Jews wonder about Spanish-language media, which have increased in number and influence.

    The spectacular growth of the Latino population in the United States has brought about a boom in Spanish-language media. In particular, television news...

  • Battle for the Truth

    By Julie G Fax

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A prominent rabbi in Jerusalem's Old City, who was rumored to have sexually abused students at a California yeshiva 20 years ago, is fighting new innuendoes that he wields inappropriate influence over students at a Jerusalem yeshiva with which he is loosely affiliated.

    Rabbi Mattis...

  • Persian Jews Divided on War

    By Mojdeh Sionit

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "I am all for this war, all humanity should be for it," said Ramin Shookhtim, a Persian Jew who left Iran in 1987 to study in the United States.

    "Although there is no single solution against terrorism and terrorism will always be there, I think this war would help the fight...

  • Support of Troops Prevails in L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Jews reacted to the imminence of war against Iraq with strong support, muted opposition and some ambivalence about the wisdom of President Bush's course of action.

    Across the spectrum, however, the predominant feeling was to back U.S. troops, now that the die has...

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  • In Harm’s Way

    By Marc Ballon

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For Rabbi Alan Henkin, the next few weeks might be the most difficult of his life.

    His son, Michael Henkin, is one of the more than 200,000 American military personnel deployed in the Persian Gulf area. The 21-year-old Army specialist, now in Kuwait, could quickly find himself near...

  • New opportunity arises to Aid Jews in Former Soviet Union

    By Dr. Robert J. Meth

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Fifteen years after we stood together in Washington, D.C., to rally for Soviet Jewish emigration, we have a second opportunity to save hundreds of thousands of Jews.

    Through the National Council of Soviet Jewry's (NCSJ) efforts in the successor states of the former Soviet Union...

  • Iraq War Not Just Means to Just End

    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Two profound teachings of Jewish tradition should be guiding the actions of Jews today in regard to Iraq.

    The first is, "Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof," or "Justice, justice, shall you pursue." The ancient rabbis asked, "Why 'justice' twice?

    They answered: "Seek just ends by just means;...

  • War necessary and just under Jewish Law

    By Rabbi Irving Greenberg

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One cannot answer the question of whether going to war with Iraq is morally justified without first establishing what state we are in now.

    The truth, which many American Jews find too bitter to swallow, is that we are in a state of total war already. We face an implacable enemy who...

  • Kicking it Old World

    By Marcus Moraes

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Guib a click, dos is YidishMusic."

    This sentence can be heard several times a day from Brazilian electronic engineer Carlos Daniel Kibrit, 46, founder and producer of the 24-hour Webcast called YidishMusic.

    "Give a click, this is JewishMusic," translated Kibrit, who also is...

  • A Single Problem

    By Amy Klein

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Look, I know you're busy. What with the spouse, the children, the job, the synagogue, the gym, the board meetings, the dinners -- it's hard to find a moment in your day, your week, your month, your life.  But allow me a moment of your time to point your attention to an issue...

  • The Need for Campus Activism

    By Roz Rothstein

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The level of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiments on our campuses has been hotly debated in recent months. Some see an alarming surge of pro-Palestinian prejudices that drown out and intimidate supporters of Israel -- and too often cross the line into anti-Semitism....

  • Ethical Considerations

    By Tom Tugend

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "We will study death, but in the service of the Jewish future," said Dr. Michael Berenbaum, explaining the primary mission of a newly created institute at the University of Judaism.

    The mission is also implicit in the name of the Sigi Ziering Institute for the Study of Ethics and...

  • Giving to the Future

    By Joe Berkofsky

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Financial wizard Michael Steinhardt is blunt in assessing the future of North American Jewry.

    The next generation is "mostly Jewish ignoramuses," Steinhardt said. "We haven't convinced the general Jewish population of the value of a Jewish education."

    Steinhardt's bleak...

  • Russia’s Jews Rediscover Roots

    By Lev Krichevsky

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Lev Entin, a 90-year-old resident of St. Petersburg, has spent the past year relearning something he spent most of his life trying to forget: his Judaism.

    Entin's father was a shochet (ritual slaughterer), and until Entin was 12, he attended a cheder (Jewish school). But after that,...

  • Israeli Surfs New Turf

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Windsurfer Gal Friedman became the first Israeli to win the gold medal at the World Mistral Sailboard Championships, held in Pattaya, Thailand, on Sunday, Dec. 15. Out of the 11 races in the regatta, Friedman won four and in two more he placed second, making it the best-ever...

  • Reality For Campus Ills

    By Chaim Seidler-Feller

    December 19, 2002 | 7:01 pm

    During the past year, if you were to mention the campus to anyone involved in Jewish life, you would surely elicit a response that was a mixture of anxiety, contempt and anger.

    Headlines screamed with assertions that our universities were hotbeds of anti-Semitism and that Jewish...

  • The Ground Floor

    By Rob Eshman

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A lot of the problems and promise of Los Angeles Jewish life were on display last Tuesday evening in Bob and Marcia Gold's living room.

    The Golds live in a envy-inspiring home high upon a bluff in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The greater Los Angeles Jewish community, all 4,000 square...

  • Q & A With Steven Spielberg

    By Tom Tugend

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Prior to the Shoah Foundation's annual banquet on Dec. 5, Contributing Editor Tom Tugend conducted an e-mail interview with its founder, director Steven Spielberg.

    Tom Tugend: Why have there been so many Holocaust-themed books and films in recent years?

    Steven Spielberg: I think...

  • A Taxing Double Dip

    By Jessica Steinberg

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It took Herb and Barbara Greenberg 10 years to realize their dream of making aliyah so they could live near their children and grandchildren.

    But when a long-debated tax reform goes into effect in Israel on Jan. 1, they may have to consider leaving.

    Many immigrants like the...

  • Samuel Neaman

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Samuel Neaman, philanthropist and former department store chain retailing manager, died in Oceanside on Nov. 13. He was 89.

    The Israeli-born Neaman, who grew up in London and served in the British Army during World War II, ran such store chains as McCrory's, J.J. Newberry, S. Klein,...

  • Wingman Wanted

    By Carin Davis

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Let's talk about Ruth and Naomi, two smokin' hot babes who Thelma and Louised it from Moab.

    Ruth could have ditched her friend to find a new dude. But instead, she played her "where you go I go, where you stay I stay" wingman card and schlepped across the desert with Naomi. My...

  • JDL’s Questionable Future

    By Mike Levy

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Kelly Rubin will turn 13 on Nov. 20. His bar mitzvah, already postponed to December, is now on hold as his father, Irv Rubin, lies in critical condition at L.A. County-USC Medical Center.

    Prison and hospital officials say that Rubin, the leader of the Jewish Defense League (JDL),...

  • Do Jewish Schools Make Good Neighbors?

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every Jewish school should have a neighbor like Scott Meller of Feldmar Watch & Clock Center.

    The Pico-Robertson business, which has been around for over 40 years, is located directly across from the Chabad educational institutions on Pico Boulevard (Bais Chana School for Girls,...

  • Cal Keeps Class, Yanks Description

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Since the inception of the Intifada in September of 2000, Palestinians have been fighting for their right to exist. The brutal Israeli military occupation of Palestine ... has systematically displaced, killed and maimed millions of Palestinian people. This class takes as its...

  • The Unexpected

    By Elyce Wakerman

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It was Sept. 11, 2002, and there was no reason on earth to feel anything but somber. That pervasive sense of doubt and vulnerability that had been thrust upon us a year ago would probably have been reawakened anyway, but certainly, with all the media replays, ceremonies and...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This year Rosh Hashana was on Sept. 6 and Yom Kippur will start Sunday night, Sept. 15. In between them, during the 10 Days of Repentance, was Sept. 11. It was a day of sadness when we remembered the 3,000 people who died, and it was a day of looking toward the future. The ruins are...

  • Reflections at the New Year

    By Yuval Rotem

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On behalf of the State of Israel, it is my honor to commend this community for all the magnificent work you have done with and on behalf of the Israeli people during this most painful year. Your outpouring of love and support constitutes a source of invaluable encouragement to us....

  • Community Celebration

    By Rob Eshman

    September 5, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    A massive gathering on a construction site overlooking Orange County didn't celebrate the Jewish community's newest school, community center, office building, art gallery, fitness center, swimming pool or theater.

    It celebrated all those things.

    Some 1,000 Orange County Jews came...

  • A Confident Failure

    By Larry Derfner

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Talk about cognitive dissonance. The mood in Israel may never have been so hopeless, the indices of quality of life may never have pointed so sharply downward, and yet the calmest, most content person in the country appears to be Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Politically, at least,...

  • Caveat Emptor

    By J.D. Smith

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When you meet someone new, you start with a clean slate. Tabula rasa. There's such a wonderful sense of mystery and discovery in the air. You gradually fill in all the pertinent information, like on a credit application: name, date of birth, address, whom do we call in case of an...

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