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  • Yehuda Lev, Jewish journalist and columnist, 86

    By Tom Tugend

    August 5, 2013 | 11:20 am

    Yehuda Lev, an iconoclastic journalist and veteran of World War II and Israel’s War of Independence, who established a European underground route to smuggle Holocaust survivors to Palestine, died on Aug. 3 in Providence, R.I., after a prolonged illness. He was 86.

    With the...

  • The Lichtenstein Formula for a Jewish Paper

    By Tom Tugend

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "The role of a Jewish newspaper is to connect the Jewish community, not to unify it," said Gene Lichtenstein, founding editor of The Journal.

    During his nearly 15-year tenure, which ended in 2000, Lichtenstein's formula was to hire good, independent writers and columnists who could...

  • Believe It or Not

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "It's All True" (Simon & Schuster, 2004) by David Freeman offers us a portrait of an outsized Hollywood, so unbelievable that it must be dead on. It is, more precisely, a novel, lovingly unfolded about the movie business: How it works and how its players -- adults spoiled by too much...

  • Secession Question

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    USC recently hosted a panel discussion around this topic: Is secession good for the Jews?

    Secession, in this instance, referred to the referendum calling for the San Fernando Valley to separate from Los Angeles and become an independent city of 1.35 million.

    The panel's title was...

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  • Gathering for Peace

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday afternoon, I and about 30 other Angelenos accepted an invitation to gather at the Brentwood home of Joan and Rabbi Leonard Beerman to meet with Nafez and Laila Nazzal, two Palestinian professors who were visiting Los Angeles.

    Of course, we knew what to expect. Beerman,...

  • Differing Views on European Anti-Semitism

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The talk here in Los Angeles -- about anti-Semitism and Europe -- is by turns angry and cynical. And not just from the proverbial "Jewish man on the street," so quick to respond both to real and imagined slights. It is almost as though the suspicion that Europeans could not be...

  • An Affair to Remember: Hollywood and the Jews

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Oscar night is almost upon us, and there is considerable talk (and pride) about three of the chief contenders -- Halle Berry, Will Smith and Denzel Washington -- all of whom are black. But don't be fooled: Hollywood and the film industry is still primarily a Jewish story, no matter...

  • Well Versed

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The trouble with reading Judith Viorst's delightful new book of verse, "Suddenly Sixty, And Other Shocks of Later Life," is that you recognize another decade has gone by in her life and so, presumably, in yours as well. "Suddenly Sixty "follows on the high heels of those earlier...
  • Letters to the Editor

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Westside JCC

    The problems at the Westside Jewish Community Center (WJCC) have been a recurring theme over the past few years ("In the Center of Controversy," Sept. 22). It is very unfortunate that this prime resource in our community continues to be underutilized. These problems are...

  • Beginnings and Endings

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Every newspaper editor knows that one day he will have to step down. He may put the idea out of mind or revel in denial. But the thought is always there, loitering out of sight. Departure may come suddenly by way of death, illness or age. Or it may spring up with the changes that...

  • Jewish Angst

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Lieberman's Presence

    Recently, a Chinese-American doctor was monitoring my heart as the speed and incline were increased on the treadmill during a stress test. Perhaps he wanted me to relax; perhaps he was bored and was trying to make conversation. Apropos of nothing but my presence...

  • The Great Divide

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Who are your readers, a friend asked me recently. He is not Jewish, which perhaps explains the question.I gave a pat answer: Young and old; men and women; observant and secular; liberal and conservative; survivors and their offspring; families that often trace their history through...

  • With Power Comes Responsibility

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    From a Jewish perspective, this past week in Los Angeles was a tremendous success. Among other things, it tended to confirm the influential role of the Jewish community in L.A. From the parties that President Clinton attended to the panelists at the Shadow Convention who derided and...

  • Lieberman and the Jews

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The selection of Sen. Joseph Lieberman as the Democratic vice presidential candidate, while clearly a political tactic, has nevertheless managed to thrill most of us, Jewish Republicans as well as Democrats. Even those most at ease with their access to, and success within, mainstream...

  • Barak at Camp David

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is a sense at this moment that "time has stopped." That all political voices have become silent, in Israel no less than in the United States, while Messrs. Arafat, Barak and Clinton struggle over language, issues and principles in an effort to reach a peace agreement.

    It is, of...

  • Barak at Camp David

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is a sense at this moment that "time has stopped." That all political voices have become silent, in Israel no less than in the United States, while Messrs. Arafat, Barak and Clinton struggle over language, issues and principles in an effort to reach a peace agreement.

    It is, of...

  • Jewish Journalism

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Last week the American Jewish Press Association held its 19th annual conference in Washington DC. Part of the proceedings always include a closing night dinner where reporters and their newspapers are honored for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. These are known as the Simon Rockower...

  • A Letter From The Editor

    By James D

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I first thought of publishing an Orange County section of The Jewish Journal -- or better yet a separate edition -- about five years ago. When I took a closer look, though, our resources seemed too thin. We lacked the necessary funds and staff. And so we -- the publisher, the board...
  • Claiming Freud

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Freud exhibit opens at the Skirball Cultural Center Tues., April 4, and it has set my mind racing; free associating, if you will.

    American as Apple Pie

    Like it or not, we are all Freudians in America. We may not be as deterministic in the way we see the world. We may not even have...

  • Some Thoughts on My New Year

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Another year come and gone. Another one beginning. For me, an occasion more for recollection than repentance.

    So much seems connected to the past. My oldest son, Alexander, calls from Florida. There is talk about the summer gone by, plans for the future, a wish for the new year. I...

  • News of the Week

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Most of the people I know in Israel voted for Barak; a few preferred Netanyahu. But on the part of almost everyone, outcome aside, there was a tremendous sense of excitement, of participating in what felt like an intense moment of change.

    In Israel, after all, 80 percent of the...

  • UJ Stages ‘The Quarrel’

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    About 10 years ago, give or take a year, I was invited to director Arthur Hiller's home to attend a reading of a work in progress. About 80 to 100 people turned out and listened raptly as two wonderful actors, script in hand, read the work in progress. It was a play called "The...
  • The Editor’s Corner

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When the invitation to my 50th high school reunion in New York City arrived in the mail earlier this year, I knew I would attend. I just wasn't sure why. Friends in Los Angeles were amused. I did not seem the type. Was there a special girl I wanted to see after all these...

  • Politics, Israeli Style

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

    Photo by Peter Halmagyi

    Some of you may have caught last week's New Yorker (May 25) with journalist David Remnick's profile of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. If not, I urge you to call the...

  • The Editor’s Corner

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    April 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The good news about Passover in America circa 1998is that more Jews than ever are embracing the holiday. It has become,as Dr. Ron Wolfson tells us (in the Passover section), our mostpopular Jewish holiday. Even non-Jews seek an invitation to a sederat the home of Jewish friends.

    The...

  • The Editor’s Corner

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My problem with Dennis Prager, author, radio host,newsletter writer, is simple: I like the man, but I just can't readhis writing. In person, I find him open, engaging, serious. In print,he comes across to me as narrow-minded, ponderous and self-involved.I usually settle my conflict...

  • The Editor’s Corner

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My mother is87. Or is it 90? As long as I can remember, I thought that she hadbeen born in 1910, was named Miriam Euffa, and brought here from Kievas a 5-year-old by parents who were educated, and who had been partof what must have been a turn-of-the-century minority:...

  • A House Divided

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My grandparents were Orthodox Jews. They arrived on these shores shortly before the onset of the first world war and had four children, two sons and two daughters. Two of the children were artist-intellectuals, somewhat on the bohemian side (a musician and an artist) and quite...
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