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  • 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...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Upholds Contested Immigration Law

    Israeli Arabs are upset after Israel's top court upheld a controversial law that prevents Palestinians married to Israeli Arabs from living in Israel.

    By a vote of 6-5, the High Court of Justice on Sunday rejected petitions filed against the...

  • Search for Similarity in Aliyah Tales

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Aliya: Three Generations of American-Jewish Immigration to Israel" by Liel Leibovitz (St. Martin's Press, $24.95).

    When the Pilgrims were making their way to the land that would become America, Liel Leibovitz's German ancestors were moving to the Holy Land. A cultural writer for...

  • U.S. Immigration Issue Hits Israelis

    By Roberto Loiederman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    These days, so much depends upon language. One person's "civil war" is another's "random violence." Someone's "unlawful wiretapping" is someone else's "terrorist surveillance."

    In that sense, whether you use "illegal aliens" or "undocumented residents" partly depends on how you view...

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  • Mayor Stumbles to Left on Immigration

    By Jill Stewart

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's recent handling of protests by pro-illegal immigration crowds showed a man awkwardly straddling opposing sides of a political chasm that divides Angelenos who have all supported him. And his lack of deftness leaves doubt about whether he can...

  • Letters

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mixed on March

    The article in this week's Journal about Poland and the March of the Living was accurate, on target and, quite frankly, overdue ("March of the Living Dead?" April 21).

    For quite some time now I have been troubled by the misguided attempts of some in the Jewish...

  • This Week - The Silent Minority

    By Rob Eshman

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We'll march for Israel, we'll march for Darfur and we'll even march for the whales, but for the people who harvest our food and clean our toilets and watch our children -- for them we can't be bothered.

    I didn't join in any of the rallies held to protest the punitive immigration...

  • Letters

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Kobe Jewish?

    The story regarding Kobe Bryant saying that he "wouldn't mind" being Jewish was pointless and inane. An off-the-cuff remark all of a sudden becomes a possibility in the minds some people. In addition, the story was filled with inaccuracies as to the number of Jewish...

  • Jewish Groups Take Pro-Immigrant Stand

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    You didn't see many Jews amid the sea of Mexican and American flags during the recent pro-immigrant rallies that filled city streets, but Jews and Jewish groups, in largely liberal Los Angeles, have been advocating on behalf of immigrants, mostly outside the view of television...

  • Border Protests Not Fight for Civil Rights

    By Joe R. Hicks

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Speaker after speaker at the recent immigration march in Los Angeles told the 500,000-strong primarily Latino crowd that racism and anti-immigrant sentiments lie behind the debates on Capitol Hill about border enforcement. This was the focus at the march and subsequent student...

  • Sectarian Violence

    By Rob Eshman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Backstage at Monday night's debate between Ann Coulter and Al Franken, guests drank wine with their vitriol.

    Or vice versa.

    At a private dinner for major supporters of the University of Judaism's (UJ) Public Lecture Series, the guests of honor each rose to say a few words to the...

  • Exodus’ Trail of Woe

    By Uriel Heilman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Just outside the gates of the Jewish aid compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a shantytown of decrepit tin shacks, overcrowded homes and debris-filled byways beckon the reticent visitor.

    Barefoot children stumble amid the flotsam, part of the milieu of stray dogs, mule-drawn carts and...

  • Letters

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Mensches, Menschen

    The plural of "mensch" has always been "menschen" ("Mensches: Some Big-Hearted Angelenos You Would Be Proud to Know," Jan. 6). Come Purim, will we read about "hamentasches"?

    I was impressed, though, by the dedication of those featured in the accompanying article.

    ...

  • Letters

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Orthodoxy's Role

    I was disappointed but not surprised with Rabbi Tzvi Hersch Weinreb's and the Orthodox Union's flat rejection of Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky's suggestion that the Orthodox community move beyond "traditional parameters" in its discourse with other denominations (Letters,...

  • The Slop Sink

    By Rob Eshman

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    At the heart of the tenement kitchen was the slop sink, a metal basin maybe a foot shorter than a standard bathtub, but a few inches deeper. Here the woman of the house washed vegetables and clothes, and on occasion herself and her children. Before indoor plumbing, that water came...

  • ‘350’ Exhibit Spends Winter at the Skirball

    By David Finnigan

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In 1927, a popular duo called The Happiness Boys had a hit song called, "Since Henry Ford Apologized to Me," which lampooned the car magnet's supposed contrition for the anti-Semitic content of his newspaper, The Dearborn Independent.

    Its catchy lyrics proclaimed:

    "I was sad and...

  • A Rhythmic Spin on Boyle Heights’ History

    By Susan Josephs

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Choreographer Heidi Duckler drove around Boyle Heights one day, in search of her next project and "feeling that my heart was in this community." Suddenly, she saw a building with a striking dome and "I just knew it had to be a synagogue," she recalls.

    Sure enough, Duckler had...

  • Twenty-Nine Days to Make Mitzvot

    By Tzvi Kahn

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Aryeh Green and Yosef Abramowitz were sipping tea in a Bedouin tent last year in Sde Boker, a kibbutz in Israel's Negev desert, when they had an idea.

    Participants at a conference of Kol Dor, an organization that seeks to revitalize Jewish activism and unity across the globe, the two...

  • Smuggling Jicama

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Security measures enacted after 9/11 are impeding the inflow of scientific talent that helps energize American universities.... If the red tape is not untangled soon, it could cause long-term harm to universities and high-tech industries." -- (Visa Quagmire, The New York Times...

  • Immigrant Dreams

    By Rockard J. Delgadillo

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On a recent trip to Manhattan, I traveled to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, which I'd heard about from friends in Los Angeles.

    The core of the museum is a restored 19th- century tenement house, which was a second point of landing, after Ellis Island, for a mixture of Italians,...

  • Christianity Faltering in Muslim Europe

    By Daniel Pipes

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Europe becomes more and more a province of Islam, a colony of Islam." So declares Oriana Fallaci in her new book, "La Forza della Ragione"

    ("The Force of Reason"). And the famed Italian journalist is right: Christianity's ancient stronghold of Europe is rapidly giving way to Islam....

  • The Same Boat

    By Rob Eshman

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros once gave a speech about the tremendous growth of the Latino population in the United States.

    "I hear what you're saying," a non-Latino woman in the audience said, her voice filled with anxiety. "But can't anybody do...

  • French Jews

    By Philip Carmel

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    French Jewish leader Roger Cukierman has moderated his tone during the past 12 months -- but his message appears largely unaltered.

    Jews in France are living "in a time of malaise," Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella organization of French Jews, told more than 800 guests at...

  • Immigration Plan Poses Challenges

    By Ira Mehlman

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    President Bush's Jan. 7 proposal to dramatically expand immigration to the United States ignited a national debate about this highly emotional issue. While this is a critical policy that will profoundly affect all Americans, it is a policy that must be of particular concern to...

  • The Answer Isn’t…

    By Rob Eshman

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Aliyah is the oat bran of the Jewish people. We know it's good for us. We know we should be having more of it. But truth is, we just find it hard to swallow. And we certainly don't like it shoved down our throats.

    While in Israel last week, I heard several Israeli officials, from...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Lifts BBC Ban

    Israel said it would resume ties with the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), which recently named an ombudsman to oversee its Middle East coverage. Israeli officials long have charged pro-Palestinian bias in the BBC's coverage. Israel stopped cooperating with...

  • American Jewry By Numbers

    By Joe Berkofsky

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 2000-01, dubbed "Strength, Challenge and Diversity," offers key findings on demographics, intermarriage, Jewish "connections" -- that is, communal behavioral trends -- and such "special" topics as the elderly, immigration and poverty.

    ...

  • Making Dreams of Israel Come True

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the international terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport, the luggage carts sag under the weight of bulging suitcases, and it seems as if every family moving to Israel on this group flight is accompanied by a 10-person entourage to see them off.

    Despite the El Al security guards...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    California Tries To Help Survivors

    State Treasurer Phil Angelides has called on 170 of California's largest financial institutions to waive wire transfer fees charged Holocaust survivors and their families for restitution payments from abroad. During a news conference at Bet...

  • Rise in Aliyah Rates From Frum

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Transcription Company, started by Rich Brownstein 13 years ago, is the largest in the entertainment industry. Brownstein's business transcribes TV programs and radio shows from ABC, NBC,...

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