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  • World Leaders- stop condemning, start taking action!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 23, 2013 | 10:25 am

    International relations- this small expression unfolds to a complex network of co-dependence based relations between the countries of the world. This means individual gain from economic or technological cooperation, but also obligations and commitments for other countries. There...

  • Arthur Stern, scientist, humanitarian, peace activist, dies at 87

    May 30, 2012 | 10:53 am

    The Los Angeles Jewish community lost one of its most distinctive and distinguished members on May 24. Arthur Stern, award-winning engineer, visionary leader, and beloved family member and friend, died at 87. In his professional life, Arthur was responsible for a stunning range of...

  • Bearing witness a world away from L.A.

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Two weeks ago, The Journal published an essay by Janice Kamenir-Reznik, founding president of the nonprofit Jewish World Watch, as she and two other JWW leaders departed for a two-week trip to Chad to visit Darfur refugees. As a coalition of about 60 Los Angeles-area synagogues,...
  • Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 12, 2007 | 12:23 pm

    Well, it looks like Al Gore did what many people expected he would: Today he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on raising awareness of climate change. Is it time he runs for president again? I hope not. I’m still holding out for that “short, Jewish billionaire from New York.”

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  • Olga Bitterman’s story: Survivors helping survivors

    By Sarah Price Brown

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Olga Bitterman, an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor, found out that another survivor needed help, she knew what to do. For a year, Bitterman left money in the other survivor's mailbox without leaving a trace of its origins.

    Only later, after watching for the anonymous donor, did...

  • Spirit and Chocolate Top Temple Emanuel Installation

    By Norma Zager

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There was chocolate and music last week when Sue Brucker was installed as president of Temple Emanuel's board of directors at Shabbat Unplugged. Amid the singing and Shabbat rituals, Brucker was applauded for her talents as a leader, and her commitment and dedication to getting any...

  • Spectator - A ‘Return’ With Echoes

    By Robert D. Jaffee

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sonia Levitin's musical, "The Return," based on her novel of that name, revolves around Operation Moses, the mid-1980s airlift that brought most of Ethiopia's Falasha Jews to Israel. But in many ways, this tale of escape echoes the Holocaust in its descriptions of prejudice and...

  • Why the iPod Generation Cares About Darfur

    By Jeff Goodman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The car horns sounded like a shofar practice session, a cacophony of long blasts and short toots with no particular meaning or purpose. And, thankfully, there was no traffic accident to be found.

    The blaring noise was instead a response to scores of protesters at the Federal Building...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Victory Call

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayal met recently and placed a call to congratulate new Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. They, along with Ayal's wife, Anne, extended congratulations on the Kadima Party victory. Photo by Duncan McIntosh.

    A...

  • Come Fill Fatima’s Cup With Hope

    By Rabbi Lee Bycel

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Ten days ago, I was in the Al Serif Camp in Darfur, Sudan, with Fatima, the girl you see in the photograph. She lives there with 15,000 other refugees.

    Not only has she lost her home and much of her family, she has seen horrors no child should ever imagine, let alone endure....

  • The Graves Of Sudan

    By Ruth W. Messinger

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    With Thanksgiving here and Chanukah just around the corner, most of us are reflecting on all there is to be thankful for, embracing our freedom as Jews and Americans. As we share our thanks this year and celebrate the holidays, it is my hope that more American Jews will think of...

  • Jews Aid in Quake Despite Iran Rebuff

    By Rachel Pomerance

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Beggars apparently can be choosers -- or so the Iranian government seems to believe.

    The Islamic fundamentalist regime in Iran, which is struggling to recover from the Dec. 26 earthquake that killed at least 20,000 people and damaged an entire region, has announced that it will not...

  • Kosher Pig-Out

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine if hitting the restaurants was a mitzvah. For one day, at least, it will be. Finally, the guilt-free excuse to overeat you've been looking for. On May 4, the Sunday before Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day), Eat-4-Israel, a campaign created by yeshiva high schoolers,...

  • by Eric Silver Jerusalem Correspondent

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If there is one thing Israelis have learned -- from the two and a half years of the present intifada and from all the battles that preceded it over 54 years -- it is that there are no surgical wars.

    You can't wage war without killing and maiming people, soldiers and civilians,...

  • Bringing Tolerance to the World

    By Tom Tugend

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    French multimedia mogul Jean-Marie Messier will spearhead a five-year project to build a European Museum of Mutual Respect in Paris, modeled largely on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance.

    The chairman and CEO of Vivendi Universal announced plans for the museum while...

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