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  • Reform movement backing Israeli protests

    August 8, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    The Reform movement’s international arm is supporting social justice protesters in Israel.

    The World Union for Progressive Judaism in a statement Monday said it “stands with all in the streets of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and every tent city established to say that the Israel for which we...

  • Knesset to meet during recess over protests

    August 8, 2011 | 10:27 am

    Israel’s Knesset will meet in a special session on the rash of protests sweeping the nation despite being on summer recess.

    The debate scheduled for next week was announced Monday, after 50 opposition lawmakers signed a petition calling for the session titled “Netanyahu’s tax...

  • Committee to review protesters’ demands set up after mass demonstration

    August 7, 2011 | 11:27 am

    Israel’s prime minister established a committee to examine the demands of leaders of the social justice protest movement following one of the largest demonstrations in Israel’s history.

    An estimated 300,000 demonstrators protesting the rising costs of living gathered in Tel Aviv...

  • With protests, Israelis are seeking the revival of welfare state

    August 2, 2011 | 10:45 am

    The wave of protests sweeping Israel is about much more than the lack of affordable housing: It’s a grass-roots demand for the major redistribution of the nation’s wealth.

    In social terms, protesters are calling for a more caring government attuned to the needs of young,...

  • Housing protests roil Israel as tent cities pop up

    July 26, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    On Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Aviv’s version of Park Avenue, a burgeoning tent city has sprung up amid crowded cafes and its canopy of ficus trees.

    The squatters are protesting soaring housing prices in the country, and they have galvanized a sudden full-scale national protest,...

  • Over half of Israelis unsatisfied with Netanyahu’s response to housing protest

    July 25, 2011 | 5:08 pm

    More than half the population is unhappy with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the tent protest, according to a Haaretz poll conducted yesterday. The poll also shows that an overwhelming majority of the public supports the protest and believes it stems from real...

  • Netanyahu responds to housing protests

    July 24, 2011 | 6:11 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to further free up the housing market after thousands of Israelis demonstrated against high living costs.

    Netanyahu opened his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday by defending government economic policies in the face of mounting criticism from...

  • Israel plans West Bank housing construction

    July 19, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Israel’s Construction and Housing Ministry said it would build more than 300 homes in two West Bank settlements.

    Monday’s call for bids to build the new housing came as part of plans by the ministry to build 6,900 new homes in 38 Israeli cities.

    The plans call for 294 apartments in...

  • EU policy chief joins U.S., U.N. in rapping Gilo housing approval

    April 6, 2011 | 10:14 am

    European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton joined the United States and the United Nations in condemning a Jerusalem committee’s approval of new housing in Gilo.

    Ashton said Wednesday that she was “deeply disappointed” in the initial approval Monday by the Jerusalem...

  • Booming housing market in Israel stokes fears of bubble

    February 22, 2011 | 4:25 pm

    Soon after Leora’s second child was born and she and her husband began looking for a larger home, Israel’s new real estate reality smacked them in the face.

    Though the couple had bought a two-bedroom apartment in Tel Aviv six years earlier that had appreciated to $650,000, more...

  • Jewish housing approved for E. Jerusalem

    February 7, 2011 | 10:29 am

    A Jerusalem committee approved construction plans for 13 new apartments for Jewish residents in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

    The city’s municipal planning and construction committee approved private plans for two apartment buildings to be constructed near the...

  • Housing construction announced for eastern Jerusalem

    November 8, 2010 | 10:21 pm

    A Jerusalem municipal committee has approved the construction of more than 1,000 Jewish homes in eastern Jerusalem.

    The announcement of the program’s details came Monday, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in the United States to speak at a gathering of Jewish leaders and...

  • David Myers v. Gary Ratner

    By Rob Eshman

    September 1, 2009 | 5:17 pm

    First Prof. David Myers at UCLA wrote an Op-Ed piece for The Jewish Journal decrying the treatment of a Palestinian family he encountered in East Jerusalem:

    And yet, the thrilling sense I had on Mount Scopus’ heights was quickly dissipated after traveling a few miles down the hill...

  • Hitler falls victim to sub-prime lending, housing collapse

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 29, 2008 | 1:40 pm

    I’ve seen a few re-scriptings of this Hitler explosion. But watching him erupt after learning that the housing bubble popped and he’s stuck with a home he can’t afford is pretty, well, priceless.

  • Prosperity gospel may precede megachurch’s foreclosure

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 10, 2008 | 12:29 pm

    Last year, I spoke with a number of Christian credit unions about the mortgage-lending crisis. I was assured by the head of America’s Christian Credit Union that “thankfully, we don’t have the house of the Lord in sub-prime loans.”

    The Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU), the...

  • Sukkot on Skid Row

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 14, 2008 | 1:41 pm

    Today is Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Booths, an eight-day extravaganza when Jews build godly forts in their yards and dine under the heavens. Last year, I went to a celebration with Latino Christians at Sinai Temple for Sukkot and also wrote about a porn star’s not-so-religious...

  • Congregations help the homeless into homes—one family at a time

    By Julie G Fax

    October 10, 2008 | 2:56 pm

    Sharon (not her real name) and her 4 1/2-year-old son have been in and out of shelters and temporary housing for the past several years, sometimes living on the streets. A recovering drug addict, Sharon now has a steady job working at a bakery but is about to reach her time limit in...
  • Condo conversions gone crazy, targeting churches

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 4, 2008 | 1:13 pm

    I seem to have missed this ongoing story of churches in big cities being sold and converted into luxury condos. As far as I know, this phenomenon has not made its way to Los Angeles, where condo conversions were once going bonkers and have shriveled since the declines of the economy...

  • It will take a miracle to sell your home

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 5, 2008 | 9:46 am

    For more than 500 years, home sellers have turned to Jesus’ earthly father for help locating a buyer. Like a litmus test, sales of his 4-inch statues—which sellers plant head down on their property—ebb and flow with the tides of the real estate market.

    Lately, they’ve been flying...

  • Ave Maria and the pizza man’s unanswered prayers

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 21, 2007 | 11:05 am

    Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino’s Pizza, has been receiving a lot of attention for his ambitious—and pious—community-building project in Florida. One of my favorite writers at The New Yorker penned this piece last February about Monaghan’s plans to build a Catholic seminary and...

  • ‘Don’t have the house of the Lord in sub-prime loans’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 16, 2007 | 3:26 pm

    When my wife and I sold our condo two years ago and returned to LA, we looked at homes but decided to sit on the sidelines and wait for the market to settle. Good decision. What a mess that beautiful bubble has become. The median-priced home sold in Los Angeles in September was...

  • City Voice: Will condo threat inspire unity among seniors?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    More than 25 years ago, Los Angeles' senior Jewish renters joined with young progressives and persuaded a reluctant city government to adopt rent control.

    With condos rapidly replacing apartment units, a new crisis in affordable rentals confronts Los Angeles. But is this...
  • American-style retirement for Israel’s seniors

    By Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The photos in the brochures and on Web sites are all different yet somehow similar: A group or a pair of elegantly dressed older men and women sit or stand against a backdrop of flowers or greenery, their graying hair carefully coiffed, their faces clear-eyed and smiling, their teeth...
  • Mayor implores people of faith to fight homelessness

    By Naomi Glauberman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Local communities have to provide services and supportive housing. We can't be a city that grows in one part and leaves people destitute in another," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told a crowd of more than 300 at Leo Baeck Temple on Sunday.

    Teachings from the Torah, as well as triumphs...

  • Yes on Measure H: a measure of humanity

    By Rob Eshman

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Has anyone else noticed that the only difference between your local Starbucks and your local homeless shelter is the shelter has a faster turnover?

    Every Starbucks I visit these days, from Koreatown to Santa Monica, has its own homeless population. Calling these men and women...
  • Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha; Sukkot huts inspires home building for homeless

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha
    After the brouhaha surrounding Maher Hathout, the Muslim spokesman who received a human relations prize last month amid protests by some Jewish groups, the state of interfaith relations in Los Angeles may appear to be...
  • R.E. Hard Crash? Soft Landing? Bursting Balloon? Leaking Balloon?

    By Marc Ballon

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mark Cohen thinks those doomsday scenarios about an impending Southland housing crash miss the mark. And the founder and president of Beverly Hills-based Cohen Financial Group has learned a thing or two about real estate over the last 20 years.

    With an MBA from USC and a law...

  • Welcome to the Neighborhood

    By Avi Schnurr

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Like most L.A. residents, we've moved many times over the years. From Santa Monica to Culver City, Marina del Rey and then Westwood, it's not easy to pick up and move 10 or 20 miles with everything you own. At least, that's how we felt until a little over a year ago, when we made the...

  • Post-Katrina, Jews Raised Funds Fast

    By Larry Luxner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Major Jewish organizations have raised more than $30 million to house, feed, educate and relocate thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi.

    The biggest chunk of money has come from the United Jewish Communities (UJC), which represents 155 Jewish...

  • Program Tries to Sell Youth on Negev

    By Dina Kraft

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Endless stretches of sand and sky surround the teenagers as they tumble off buses in the Negev Desert.

    "It's really pretty here. It's very different from the Ukraine," said Larisa Protasova, 17, as she posed for a photo on the edge of a sand dune. A recent immigrant to Israel, it was...

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