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  • We Soared With Ilan

    By Yuval Rotem

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Yuval Rotem, Israeli consul general for the Western United States, delivered these remarks at a Feb. 1 dinner for Pressman Academy, honoring him and his wife, Miri, at the Airport Westin Hotel.

    A verse in the Bible reads, "I am ready to stop, and my pain is continually before me."...

  • ‘Finding Ourselves’ Through Genealogy

    By Tom Tugend

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "In this fast-food, fast-fame world, we are like single blades of grass," says Dr. Maya Angelou, the poet, author and historian. "But when we know our roots, we are like trees and we stand a little more erect."

    The pithy remark can serve as both introduction and summation of...

  • A Taxing Double Dip

    By Jessica Steinberg

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It took Herb and Barbara Greenberg 10 years to realize their dream of making aliyah so they could live near their children and grandchildren.

    But when a long-debated tax reform goes into effect in Israel on Jan. 1, they may have to consider leaving.

    Many immigrants like the...

  • Jewish Gem Shines on the Emerald Isle

    By Renata Polt

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It takes a certain amount of chutzpah for a Jewish population numbering less than 1,000 to field a Jewish museum. But if anyone has chutzpah, it's Ireland's tiny Jewish -- mostly Orthodox -- community. The Irish Jewish Museum, founded in 1985 by Dr. Chaim Herzog, then president of...

  • The Russian Club

    By Si Frumkin

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    What the Russian Jewish immigrants of Orange County lack in numbers they make up for in passion.

    There are between 3,000-10,000 Russian Jewish immigrants in Orange County -- no one is quite sure of the exact number.

    Most of these newcomers have only a slight connection to the...

  • Negev: Full of Adventures

    By Tom Tugend

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Amid the gloomy statistics of declining tourism to Israel, there are a couple bright spots for the foreign visitor willing to explore beyond the beaten track and eager to save some serious money.

    For one, there are few places in the world where the ancient and the modern meet and...

  • Funny ‘Guys’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In between schmoozing with kids for his acclaimed Fairfax High documentary "Senior Year" in 1998, filmmaker David Zeiger hung out with the funny old guys who did lunch with his dad on Tuesdays at the Mulholland Tennis Club.

    The result is his new doc, "Funny Old Guys," which captures...

  • Born in East L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The East L.A. community of Boyle Heights has always been a neighborhood dominated by immigrants. Today, it's a poor Hispanic neighborhood. But Hershey Eisenberg, 75, remembers a different Boyle Heights: It was during the Great Depression, when the community was poor and Jewish, but...

  • Honor Thy Butcher

    By Si Frumkin

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Stalin is our fighting strength, Stalin is our youth.... Singing, struggling and victorious, our people go with Stalin." -- from a popular Soviet song.

    Would you market a Castro sandwich in Miami? Would a Hitler hot dog sell in Israel? How about selling a Ho Chi Minh burger to the...

  • From Russia with Love

    By Mike Levy

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Russian-speaking Jewish community in Los Angeles has come together for Israel in ways community leaders could not have imagined even a year ago.

    Though the Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union have always been outspoken in their love for the Jewish state, a variety of...

  • Volunteer of Hope

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Anna Krakovich's kind eyes and bright smile don't express the horror she experienced that tragic day eight years ago. Her small facial scars, however, are a permanent reminder of when "my hopes for a better future and a new life were turned into a nightmare."

    The 44-year-old bombing...

  • The New Melones Murders

    By Si Frumkin

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The New Melones Lake, a reservoir near the city of Modesto, is in a quiet, rural area in central California. The reservoir resembles a river more than a lake as it winds its way among the hills of Calaveras and Tuolumne counties.

    The reservoir is a popular fishing area, but in the...

  • Now Hear This

    By Tom Tugend

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish (and other) radio listeners will be able to time travel back to the world of their immigrant ancestors when "The Yiddish Radio Project" debuts March 19 on stations coast-to-coast.

    The 10-part National Public Radio (NPR) series will resurrect the golden age of the Yiddish...

  • Golan Under Development

    By Tom Tugend

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What is the safest place in Israel?

    The answer, according to Ronnie Lotan, is the Golan, which hasn't had a single terrorist incident since the Heights, captured in 1967, were formally annexed to Israel 20 years ago.

    Lotan, an avuncular looking man of 55, was in town to help organize...

  • Bagels and Beignets

    By Tom Tugend

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The theme of this year's Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans was "2001: A Space Fallacy," and the Jewish contingent, masked as the Cohenheads, hora-ed its way through the French Quarter behind the Mothership Yentaprise, tossing out a thousand Star of David-emblazoned bagels to the...

  • New Route for Roots

    By Michael J. Jordan

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It's virtually "genealogy for dummies."

    In a nation of immigrants where more than 35 percent of the population -- or 100 million Americans -- have at least one relative who passed through Ellis Island, officials at that historic entry point to New York have unveiled a new Web site...

  • A ‘New Germany’

    By Debra Isaacs

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish leaders in the United States and in Israel are encouraging an openness to what they describe as a "new Germany," a place they say is truly atoning for its past. At the very least, they argue, it deserves the support of the American Jewish community because of its strong...

  • Forging a New Vision

    By Gregory Rodriguez

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While visiting Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, Henry James wondered how the sweeping tide of immigrants would ultimately affect "the idea of" America. Comparing the incorporation of foreigners to sword- and fire-swallowing feats at a circus, James reflected on what it...

  • Jewish Germany’s Growth

    By Tom Tugend

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "My message to American Jews visiting Berlin is: We're not the last Jewish remnant but a vital, growing community. Help us develop."

    The exhortation and plea comes from Dr. Andreas Nachama, president of the Berlin Jewish Community, as he spoke last week at a breakfast meeting...

  • From Russia, With Gold

    By Avi Machlis

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Athletes from the former Soviet Union have transformed the Israeli Olympics sports scene. About one-third of the Israeli team in the upcoming Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia - and five of the six strongest Israeli contenders - are originally from the former Soviet Union.

    The team,...

  • Remembering Our Moral Roots

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    These days, many people seem to be threatened by immigration as though it were a mysterious virus. But immigration is a phenomenon interwoven with the history of humankind. No human being anywhere in the world lacks an immigrant inheritance. The "virus" infects every one of us.


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