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  • A Local Witness to Darfur Tragedy

    By Marc Ballon

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    John Fishel has seen hell, and he wants to share his impressions with the Jewish community.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles recently visited refugee camps in the African country of Chad to bear witness to the pain and suffering of more than 250,000...

  • Letters

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Reversing Trend

    Amy Klein's article, "In Search of a Leader," (Oct. 7), paints a gloomy picture for the future of Conservative Judaism, which it dubs the "Conservative Crisis." While it is true that current statistics paint a dismal picture, the trend can be reversed.

    During four...

  • Exhibit Links Shoah, Cambodia Genocide

    By Robert David Jaffee

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Midway through Roland Joffé's 1984 film, "The Killing Fields," journalist Sidney Schanberg, played by Sam Waterston, visits the family of his friend, Dith Pran, who has been captured by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. The scene takes place in New York City, where Schanberg tries to...

  • The Darfur Genocide Is Still on

    By James D. Besser

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jews aren't among those being killed, raped and displaced in the Darfur region of Sudan, but the situation there is nonetheless a Jewish disaster.

    The slogan, "never again," the redeeming lesson of the Holocaust, is turning into a farce in the African nation, as world leaders...

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  • Nazi Hunter Wiesenthal Dies at 96

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    September 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust-survivor-turned-Nazi hunter who always spoke of justice, not vengeance, is dead at 96.

    Wiesenthal died in his sleep at his home in Vienna, his office announced Tuesday. Working with a small staff from his cramped three-room office, Wiesenthal sifted...

  • Community Brief

    By Bobbi Murray

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Discrimination Suit Tossed Out

    A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which tenants alleged a Jewish landlord evicted them for sharing their apartment with a non-Jew. U.S. District Court Judge Gary Allen Feess threw out the lawsuit on technical grounds, saying the tenants should...

  • Sudan Support Marks Memorial Day

    By David Finnigan

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Two events about two distinct crimes against humanity -- both in Sudan -- attracted strong Jewish community interest during the Memorial Day weekend.

    At least 600 Southern California Jews attended synagogue services around the Southland on Thursday evening, May 26, marking an end to...

  • Rabbis Call for Day of Fasting for Darfur

    By Julie G Fax

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Because the quintessential Jewish celebration -- of life, of survival, of victory -- always involves food, it only makes sense that a Jewish response to tragedy involves fasting.

    Rabbis from all denominations are calling upon Jews in Los Angeles to participate in a day of fasting,...

  • Pray for the Innocent of Darfur

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones." Shakespeare's comment remains pertinent in our times.

    Evil acts enjoy great publicity. Every inch of graffiti on the walls of schools is photographed, and every ethnic or racial outrage resonates...

  • Three Faces of Shoah Interpretation

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    “The Destruction of the European Jews” (Third Edition) by Raul Hilberg ( Yale University Press, 2003).

    “The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy September 1939-March 1942” by Christopher R. Browning, with contributions by Jurgen Matthaus (...

  • What Bergen-Belsen Taught Us

    By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    On Sunday, April 17, hundreds of Holocaust survivors from around the world, along with their children and grandchildren, gathered on the site of the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen to observe the 60th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. I was privileged to...

  • Jewish Split Marks Armenian Genocide

    By Larry Derfner

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    In the cemetery of the 1,500-year-old Armenian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem there rises a memorial to genocide -- the Armenian genocide. This horror set the stage for the Jewish Holocaust, but as a human calamity, it also stands alone.

    George Hintlian, a 58-year-old...

  • Call Me Shoshynsh

    By Jack L. Schwartz

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    One of the worst things to say about an American Indian is that he or she acts like they have no family. Every spring I go back 200

    years; I go upriver to see my American Indian family.

    Last Yom Kippur, Rabbi Ken Chasen of Leo Baeck Temple read the names of the past year's...

  • Torture, Genocide and Jewish Silence

    By James D. Besser

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Jews around the world have worked hard to give life to the slogan "never again," but there are painfully abundant signs the world isn't listening. And, worse, a number of our own organizations have been reluctant to speak out on some of the moral rationalizations that contribute to...

  • Briefs

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    700 Gather to Protest Suicide Bombings

    With the charred remains of Israeli Bus No. 19 as a backdrop, about 700 Angelenos gathered Jan. 30 at the Museum of Tolerance to take a stand against suicide bombings.

    In a show of support with the community, guest speakers such as Los Angeles...

  • ‘Never Again’—An Odd Thing to Say

    By Y.M. Hausman

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    How odd it was to hear Kofi Annan mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in an address before the United Nations.

    "The United Nations must never forget that it was created as a response to the evil of Nazism, or that the horror of the Holocaust helped to shape...

  • Living Torah

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Imagine yourself forgotten, without anyone to protect you. Ruling powers are oppressing you and killing your children. The purported

    "reason" is economic, but a deep hatred based on mere difference underlies this attempted genocide. Helpless, you cry out. Who, in heaven and on...

  • African Shoah Lives in ‘Hotel Rwanda’

    By David Finnigan

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    When British actress Sophie Okonedo portrayed the wife of a hotel manager who saved more than 1,200 people during Rwanda's 1994 genocide, she worked with 10,000 extras -- including Rwandan refugees living in Johannesburg. Some agreed to be in "Hotel Rwanda's" harrowing scene...

  • Yom Kippur in Chad: Fasting a Way of Life

    By Rabbi Lee Bycel

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I am sitting in Adam's living room -- a carpet on a dirt patio. On one side is a small tent for his five children, as well as two nephews and a niece who have been orphaned. On the other side is a small tent for Adam, his wife and all they could carry out of Darfur.

    Around us, the...

  • Sudan—Why We Can’t Give Up on the U.N.

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Over 30,000 people have been brutally murdered in the Darfur region of Sudan. At least 120,000 are living in tent camps, now being hammered by rains that turn the dust to mud. Diseases that thrive in the soggy ground continue, along with malnutrition, to drive the body count higher.

    ...

  • Sudan—Why We Can’t Give Up on the U.N.

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Over 30,000 people have been brutally murdered in the Darfur region of Sudan. At least 120,000 are living in tent camps, now being hammered by rains that turn the dust to mud. Diseases that thrive in the soggy ground continue, along with malnutrition, to drive the body count higher.

    ...

  • A Dollar a Day

    By Rob Eshman

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Those Sally Struthers Save the Children television ads always break down dollar-by-dollar how our donations work. Ten cents per day buys a starving child a meal. A quarter gets the child vaccines. Give a dollar and they put a roof over his or her head.

    Funny thing is that our...

  • Ethnic Cleansing in Sudan Is Still Genocide

    By Ruth W. Messinger

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As early as March of this year, humanitarian organizations were issuing warnings of ethnic cleansing in Darfur, Sudan. For a long time these warnings continued to be ignored by most of the mainstream and Jewish media, and Americans remain virtually unaware of the atrocities occurring...

  • Shoah Book Brings Museum Experience

    By Steve Lipman

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "A Promise to Remember: The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of Its Survivors," by Michael Berenbaum. (Bulfinch Press. $29.95.)

    You don't find an index or bibliography in a museum. You go there for images, for impressions, to be moved, as well as educated -- so, too, with "A...

  • Saddam Should Face Iraq ‘Nuremberg’ Trial

    By Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Smoked out of his rat hole by the U.S. Army, there was the Iraqi dictator, not spewing propaganda but having his heavily bearded mouth probed by a latex-gloved medic. The doctor may not only have been extracting a DNA sample but searching for a cyanide capsule -- the type used by...

  • Community Briefs

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Making Little Lobbyists

    Call it the "Mini-Me" Mission. When dozens of Jewish activists from the Jewish Public Affairs Committee (JPAC) of California descended on Sacramento last week to lobby state officials, their retinue included a handful of young observers -- very young...

  • Rabbis, Scholars OK CBS ‘Hitler’ Pic

    By Tom Tugend

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There were nights, CBS Television president and CEO Leslie Moonves remembered, "when I lay in bed looking up at the ceiling and asking myself, 'Is this the right thing to do? Will it open old wounds? Are we creating more anti-Semitism?'"

    Moonves had good cause for sleepless...

  • Community Briefs

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Mintz Sentenced on Porn Charge

    Rabbi Juda Mintz has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for viewing child pornography on the Internet. In February 2002, Mintz, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. After numerous delays, Trenton, N.J....

  • Hollywood, History and the Holocaust

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Two celebrations took place in Los Angeles recently, and "Max," a new film about the young Adolf Hitler, opens today.

    In a peculiar way, all three events are related.

    The first celebration seems straightforward enough -- at least on the surface. Sara and Charles Levin, who preferred...

  • Arab Accountability

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When people hear about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, they assume that Israelis are white, European oppressors and that Palestinians are indigenous people of color being taken over and kicked out of their native home. The familiar script of European racism and...

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