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  • Zionist Group Seeks to Assert Relevance

    By Chanan Tigay

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Earlier this year, Yossi Beilin, leader of Israel's Meretz-Yahad Party, called for the establishment of an assembly of Jewish lawmakers from around the world to address issues of consequence to global Jewry.

    Beilin's call echoed an idea two years earlier from Israeli President...

  • A Manifesto for the Future

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In early November, I spoke at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. The topic was "The Future of Conservative Judaism." I prepared for the talk by asking colleagues, friends and congregants to define Conservative Judaism in one sentence. It was a dispiriting experience.

    Some...

  • Wolpe Leading Pick for Seminary Spot

    By Amy Klein

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The Forward newspaper has reported that Rabbi David Wolpe of Los Angeles has emerged as a top candidate to head the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York.

    The Nov. 18 article, "L.A. Rabbi Eyed as Conservative Seminary Head," asserted that "support is mounting for a prominent...

  • Synagogues Weigh Defibrillator Benefits

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    After spending the week visiting his family in Phoenix, 73-year-old Benjamin Boxerbaum stood at the airport ticket counter awaiting his flight home, when he suddenly collapsed. The paramedics were called, but Boxerbaum died soon after their arrival.

    "Even though there's a fire...

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  • Hier, Pope Talk at Vatican

    By Tom Tugend

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    During a private audience at the Vatican, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Pope Benedict XVI this week to lead a "coalition of the good" against international terrorism and threats from Iran.

    The pope did not respond directly to the plea by Rabbi Marvin Hier, the...

  • What’s So Special About the Special Election?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    On Nov. 8, the voters of California will have the chance to vote in a special election most of them did not want. That's no reason to stay home. After all, whether we like it or not, the election will take place, and all of California residents will have to live with the...

  • Chemistry and the Torah: The Limits of Understanding

    By Alison Silver

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    As teenagers living in America, we are often encouraged to take advantage of our natural capacity to question. Throughout a regular school day, I've heard that the average student asks 25 questions, which is 125 questions a week and 4,500 questions in a school year. It is...

  • Calendars Remove Anti-Israel Day

    By Toby Axelrod

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A campaign by Berlin-based activists has resulted in the erasure of "Al Quds Day" from some interfaith calendars in the United States and United Kingdom.

    As Iran's president was calling for Israel to be wiped off the map, members of Together Against Political Islam and...

  • There’s a New Deputy in Town

    By Tom Tugend

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Competition for postings to Los Angeles is fierce within the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and two young diplomats who made the grade, Yaron Gamburg and Gilad Millo, have joined the staff of the consulate general here.

    Gamburg, 34, has taken over the post of deputy consul general, the...

  • Shake-Up!

    By Bobbi Murray

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Rep. Howard Berman can work the J-circuit with the best of them. He knows who's who among synagogue presidents, what to wear at bar mitzvahs, what to say to which rabbis and which chicken-dinner fundraisers are can't miss. A smart Jewish politician in a heavily Jewish district...

  • Still Smarting

    By Amy Klein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    By Sunday evening, single women across America were trying to slit their wrists by inflicting a hundred little paper cuts from the Sunday New York Times Magazine, featuring an article by Maureen Dowd, "What's a Modern Girl to Do?"

    Feminism is over, Dowd writes, men only want to date...

  • Faith-Based Hurricane Relief

    By James Besser

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Bush administration is dramatically expanding funding for faith-based groups as part of its hurricane relief efforts, and some Jewish groups are warning that it could blow a big hole in the church-state wall.

    "It's like the levees; once the church-state wall is breached, it's...

  • Rhodesli Keep the Faith in L.A.

    By Beverly Gray

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a student at Cal State Northridge more than 30 years ago, Aron Hasson wrote a paper about the Sephardic synagogues of his ancestral homeland, the Greek island of Rhodes. His professor was so taken with Hasson's research that it ended up in a history journal.

    Hasson paid his first...

  • Where India Meets Neil Simon

    By Susan Josephs

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Michael Schlitt sees a definite connection between his type of Jewishness and his reasons for directing a Neil Simon play in India. Being drawn to India and all things Eastern is Jewish, he says. And so is asking a million questions about everything.

    "Basically, my work is very...

  • Face It:  Judaism Is Not Hip

    By Gary Wexler

    September 29, 2005 | 8:01 pm

    This Rosh Hashanah I am praying to escape the tyranny of hip. Hip is infiltrating Jewish life like a migrating plume of acrid smoke meandering its way through our collective body and soul.

    I know hip well. I know its insidious nature. I have seen its effect and its damage. I was...

  • Jordan King Courts U.S. Jews on Future

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jordan's king believes Jews can play a key role in his campaign to win back the Muslim street.

    "The Amman message," initiated by Abdullah II, brought together scholars from the eight main streams of Islam in July to issue edicts that marginalize terrorists who purport to act in the...

  • Young Jews Choose Offbeat Expression

    By Sue Fishkoff

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A new study of Jews in their 20s and 30s reveals that though these young people are underaffiliated with traditional institutions, many have a strongly defined Jewish identity that they express in creative new ways outside synagogues, Jewish Community Centers and the federation...

  • A Historic Event

    By Chanan Tigay

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It was a remarkable sight: the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan sitting on a New York dais alongside leaders of the American Jewish community and Israel's ambassador to the United Nations -- while eating a kosher dinner beneath a blue-and-white banner reading: "Council...

  • 525,600 Minutes

    By Wendy Jaffe

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I was sitting in the AMC theater in Woodland Hills, a captive of a dull series of pre-movie advertisements, when I started to think about my next column. I considered writing about fasting (argue that a tall Starbucks latte might be an acceptable fasting exception, compared to a...

  • Rehnquist’s Legacy: Church-State Rulings

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chief Justice William Rehnquist was often the sole dissenter on the separation of church and state after he joined the United States Supreme Court in the early 1970s, arguing that while religion did not deserve extra protection, it merited federal funding.

    But now, after leading...

  • Lucky Man

    By Daniel A. Olivas

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Two years ago, my wife and I proudly stood on the bimah as our son, Benjamin, became a bar mitzvah.

    He had worked so hard for this day and he looked as handsome as could be in his dark suit draped with a striking new tallit. All four grandparents were shepping nachas from this...

  • Is an Israel Brain Drain Nigh?

    By Dr. Aaron Ciechanover

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I was born in Haifa in 1947, the year Israel was recognized as an independent state by the United Nations, and grew up in the newly born country in the mid-1950s. There was little wealth in Israel at that time, and my family was not among the wealthy few. Nevertheless, I was...

  • Jewish Groups Lose on Three Judges

    By James Besser

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Senate didn't go nuclear this week, which was good news for those worried that a proposed rule changing barring filibusters on judicial nominations could produce congressional chaos. But the news wasn't as good for the handful of Jewish groups that have been fighting against some...

  • Reform’s Reforms

    By Micha Odenheimer

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Anyone looking as Melissa Simon, wearing a denim skirt and sweater, walks by on a Jerusalem street would automatically assume that she is one of the hundreds of young Orthodox women who have come to the Holy City to study Torah.

    They would be half right. Simon is in...

  • Will She Marry Him?

    By Seth Menachem

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In my last Singles column, "Change of Heart," I left off with one important question for my girlfriend, Carrie: "Will you marry me?"

    Did she say yes?

    Well, let me back up a bit.

    A few days before the column came out, I drove over to Carrie's parents to ask for their blessing. Carol...

  • People of the Blog

    By Rob Eshman

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Here's a theory of social change I'd like to float: Initial attempts by the established order to respond to sweeping changes are either murderous or ridiculous.

    The first part is obvious: the French Revolution, Kent State, Arab dictatorships.

    As for the second, Exhibit No. 1...

  • Advice From a Jew to Pope Benedict XVI

    By Rabbi John L. Rosove

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    We Jews number about 13 million souls worldwide, as opposed to the Roman Catholic Church's claim of 1.2 billion. One might argue that it is un-mitigated chutzpah for a rabbi to offer advice to the new pope as he begins his papacy. After all, what the church does is its own...

  • Will Successor Tread Pope’s Jewish Path?

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    As the College of Cardinals prepared to begin secret deliberations next week to choose a successor, the question remained to what extent John Paul's exceptionally proactive policy regarding Jews would endure.

    "It seems unlikely that the next pope will have the same interest in...

  • A Brave New High School

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Roberta Weintraub used to be a technophobe.

    But that was before she decided to launch High Tech High, a public charter school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that integrates technology and education. A fireball of unstoppable energy who served for 14 years on...

  • New Study Breaks Down 2004 Election

    By Matthew E. Berger

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Newly compiled information suggests that a few more Jews voted for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry last November than originally reported, and highlights several areas where Republicans are gaining momentum within the Jewish community.

    The analysis by the Solomon...

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