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  • David Stav: the Naftali Bennett of the chief rabbi race?

    June 11, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    David Stav, the chief rabbi candidate, had to walk a fine line when he addressed a crowd of Tel Aviv immigrants in English on Sunday.

    Stav sent his usual message: Israel is in danger because of a growing divide between Israelis who are halachically Jewish and those who aren’t....

  • Greek police to investigate Golden Dawn threat to turn immigrants “into soap”

    March 6, 2013 | 11:27 am

    Greek police are investigating the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party after some of its members were filmed threatening to turn immigrants “into soap” and put them in “ovens.”

    The investigation announced Wednesday was prompted by the broadcast Tuesday of a program on Britain's Channel 4...

  • In a single day, Ethiopian immigrants make aliyah—and are thrust into a war zone

    November 19, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    The explosion occurred close enough to Stesyahu Alema to shake his apartment, where he sat with his wife and two of his five children.

    But he didn’t flinch. None of them did.

    “There are a lot of people with me, so I don’t need to worry,” Alema told JTA. “I don’t worry.”

    The...

  • From “Immigrant” to American

    By  Tom Tugend

    June 1, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    There is no more archetypical American story than that of the greenhorn immigrant, who first ekes out a living by the sweat of his brow, works his way up and kvells as his children and grandchildren become 100 percent American doctors or lawyers – or writers.

    Such is the story of...

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  • Israelis arrested, fined for working illegally in Canada

    December 26, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Eleven Israeli citizens were arrested in Canada for allegedly working illegally there.

    Their alleged ringleader, Iftash Jacob, was among 10 Israelis who were arrested Dec. 21 in a raid on a home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and on kiosks at three shopping malls in the region. Canada...

  • New approach in effort to bring Russian-speaking U.S. Jews into the fold

    August 23, 2011 | 4:52 pm

    When David Weinstein went to summer camp many years ago, the Jewish world was animated by the campaign to free Soviet Jewry.

    In his younger days, Weinstein even visited the Soviet Union once to meet members of the Jewish community there. When he left them, he recalls, he thought...

  • Israeli immigrant arrested in Bosnian massacre

    January 18, 2011 | 10:20 am

    An Israeli immigrant from the former Yugoslavia has been arrested for alleged involvement in Bosnian genocide.

    Aleksander Cvetkovic, 42, who moved to Israel and obtained citizenship in 2006 with his Jewish wife and their children, is accused of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenicia...

  • When Africa Comes to Israel

    January 5, 2011 | 5:12 pm

    There is a new threat to Israel, although the people raising it are entirely innocent. The threat is represented by a growing population of African refugees, mainly escapees from the hellish dictatorships of Eritrea and Sudan, who are pouring over the Egyptian border into Israel and...

  • Oldest Jewish Immigrant From Iran Arrives in L.A.

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 25, 2009 | 4:45 am

    After living in Iran for more than a century, witnessing the rise and fall of three kings and the upheaval of an Islamic revolution 30 years ago, 102-year-old Heshmat Elyasian arrived in Los Angeles two months ago with her immediate family to become the oldest Jewish immigrant from...

  • Despite diplomas, Ethiopian Israelis can’t find jobs

    By Dina Kraft

    December 26, 2008 | 12:15 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Asaf Negat, 29, made his way to Israel from Ethiopia as an 11-year-old boy and worked hard to find his way in a new land and learn to speak a new language. Eventually, Negat graduated with a business degree from one of the country's top universities.

    However, since...

  • Writer discovers California ‘Gold’ in banking ancestor Isaias Hellman

    December 10, 2008 | 10:35 pm

    "Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California" by Frances Dinkelspiel (St. Martin's Press, $29.95)

    Searching for ways to deal with the current economic crisis, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson could take a cue from Isaias Hellman, banker,...

  • Melancholy Russian soul flourishing in immigrants

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    October 22, 2008 | 9:57 pm

    The Russian soul, that hard to define, but deep and informed melancholy, is flourishing in Rego Park, Queens, N.Y.

    To the title character in Irina Reyn's new novel, "What Happened to Anna K" (Touchstone), the velikaia russkaia dusha, Russian soul, transplanted to America might be...

  • ‘Accidental Mexican’  Ilan Stavans probes cultural identity in first play

    By Rachel Heller

    October 10, 2008 | 1:40 am

    As an "accidental Mexican" born to an Eastern European family, author and essayist Ilan Stavans has hurdled critics to become one of the nation's foremost commentators on Latino culture. As a Mexican American, he has written widely on immigration, the clash and fusion of languages...
  • ‘Non-Jewish’ Jews endure challenges living in Israel

    By Dina Kraft

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In Israel, the "non-Jewish Jews," as some Israelis call them, are everywhere. They drive buses, teach university classes, patrol in army jeeps and follow the latest Israeli reality TV shows as avidly as their Jewish counterparts.

    For these people -- mostly immigrants from the former...

  • French philanthropist aid to Iranians comes full circle

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Philanthropist Hubert Leven, a French Ashkenazi Jew who recently visited Los Angeles, has ties to the close-knit Iranian Jewish community that go back four generations.

    More than 100 years ago, the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU), a nonprofit educational organization his...

  • Briefs: DREAM Act passage pushed, City clears Holocaust Museum hurdle, but one more remains

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    DREAM Act Passage Pushed

    The American Jewish Committee (AJC) joined last week in a mock graduation to urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act, which would enable the estimated 50,000 undocumented students who graduate high school each year to enter college and earn citizenship.

    "Abraham...

  • Holocaust remembrance—Exodus redux

    By Julie G Fax

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Sitting by an open screen door, Tante Surcha switches off the television when I walk in. I lean into her recliner to kiss her cheek, and ask how she is feeling after her hip surgery. She gives a shrug and an OK, and eyes the notebook and digital voice recorder I've just pulled from...
  • New Israel Fund renews local presence after four-year hiatus

    By Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "People in Israel are so overloaded by big problems, mainly security but also corruption, that it's easy to disconnect from dealing with social inequities," said Ronit Heyd, a young Israeli activist.

    Heyd, joined by Ilana Litvak, who came to Israel from the former Soviet Union, and...

  • Israeli American couples finesse fusion of cultures

    By Dikla Kadosh

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Thou art sanctified unto me with this ring, in the tradition of Moses and Israel," Eyal Giladi said in Hebrew as he slipped a smooth, unadorned ring onto the finger of his veiled bride, Orit Shachar.

    Guests crowding the chuppah on a warm evening in August erupted in vigorous...

  • ‘Live from Tehran’

    By Gina Nahai

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's 8 p.m. on a Wednesday, and I'm at the studios of KIRN -- a Persian-language AM radio station on Barham Boulevard near Universal Studios. I'm a guest on a program called "Live From Hollywood."

    The host/producer, Suzi Khatami, is an Iranian woman who, like me, left the old...

  • Briefs: Timerman says it’s not his father’s Argentina, Delshad backs off Beverly Hills Iranian dives

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A Different Argentina for Timerman and Jews

    Ambassador Hector Timerman assured a group of Los Angeles Jewish leaders at a black-tie dinner last month that the Argentina he represents is not his father's Argentina. For Timerman, now his country's consul general in New York, the...

  • The wrong Zionist response to refugees

    By Larry Derfner

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard to escape the impression that the Olmert government is being humane to the refugees from Sudan's Darfur region for appearance's sake only. I say this because the government is being amazingly cruel to the refugees from southern Sudan, who are far more numerous than the...
  • An inadvertent gift

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Maya Nahor learned she wasn't Jewish from an Israeli bureaucrat.

    Three years later, as she tells the story, she still cries.

    She was 19 years old and had just arrived in Tel Aviv from Spain, having left her family behind for the first time. She was alone in a country that she'd...
  • Israelis fear anti-Semitism imported from Russia

    By Dina Kraft

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ari Ackerman, a student from Switzerland, was walking home along the Tel Aviv beach after a late-night swim when he and a friend were jumped by a gang singing Nazi songs and displaying swastika tattoos.

    The perpetrators, a group of Russian-speaking teenagers, eventually ran off....
  • Sacco, Vanzetti and the Not-So-Great United States

    By Tom Tugend

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Every generation or so, America goes through emotional convulsions, when fear of foreign and domestic enemies erodes the nation's sense of tolerance and its respect for civil liberties.

    The 1950s witch hunts of the McCarthy era were preceded by the Red scare of the 1920s, when...

  • Scary ‘Monster House’ comes direct from the basement

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Gil Kenan received a call from Robert Zemeckis in 2002, "I freaked out. I kind of flailed my arms and legs," he said.

    This Sunday, Feb. 25, Kenan's feature directorial debut, "Monster House," a Zemeckis/Steven Spielberg production, will vie for Best Animated Feature Film at...

  • Russian Singer Goes From Defector to Cantor

    By Roberto Loiederman

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I was born in the 1960s into a typical Soviet Jewish family," says Svetlana Portnyansky. "We never went to synagogue, never were religious. At family events at home, we sang Jewish songs sometimes, but we'd close all the doors to make sure no one heard us."

    Given Portnyansky's...

  • Living and Working [Il]legally in America—It’s Not Just for Latinos Anymore

    By Roberto Loiederman

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Hardly a day goes by without some news about them -- the undocumented. Congress debates the issue of how to handle them, and pundits argue even as the number of illegal immigrants grows. Supposedly, there are more than 12 million of them in the United States. Thinking about them, we...

  • Jamie McCourt Proves She’s an Artful Dodger President

    By Robert David Jaffee

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bougainvillea and vines curl around a pergola at the Bel Air Hotel's outdoor patio restaurant, a lunch spot for Westside powerbrokers. It's 10:30 a.m., and powerbrokers are scarce at this hour, except for Jamie McCourt, vice chairman and president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who is...

  • ‘Superman’ Director Lives Out His Dream

    By Robert David Jaffee

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Whether you're an immigrant or you're born in the heartland, at some point we all feel like an alien."

    Those are not the words of an immigration rights attorney but rather of filmmaker Bryan Singer, whose last three films, the first two editions of "X-Men" and the upcoming...

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