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  • Your Letters

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbis' Wives

    After 56 years of being a rabbi's wife, thanks to The Journal ("Rabbis' Wives," June 22) I now discover I am obsolete. I resent the implication that the old-fashioned rebbetzin is someone to disparage. Although I have never been a paid professional Jewish educator, I...

  • Age of Restoration

    By Gina Nahai

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I'm two hours late for a noon invitation, my eyes itching from the unfamiliar weight of mascara so early in the day, and as I drive through town I'm rehearsing the many excuses I think I'll have to offer my host. It's a Sunday in June, and I'm about to celebrate a cousin's high...

  • Sponsor Terror, Lose Business

    By Matthew E. Berger

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The House International Relations Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill this week that would continue to restrict foreign access to Iranian and Libyan oil resources as punishment for those countries' support of terrorism.

    The Committee voted 41-3 on Wednesday to...

  • Iranian Community Honors Katsav

    By Tom Tugend

    June 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On the last evening of Moshe Katsav's three-day visit to Los Angeles, it was the turn of the Iranian Jewish community to fete Israel's Iranian-born president, and the hosts made the most of it.

    Like a Jewish mother drawing pleasure from a favorite son, speaker after speaker during a...

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  • Jews Free Muslim

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 14, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    David Tabari's evening on April 29 started out as just another post-Shabbat night on the town. He and his wife were dining at a Malibu restaurant with 14 other Persian Jewish couples, among them Moize Benjamin.

    Benjamin told the group about Dariush Farshidian, an Iranian immigrant...

  • Coordinating Terrorism

    By Gil Sedan

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As the United States and other Western powers try to reduce Israeli-Palestinian tensions, Iran moved this week to fan the flames.

    In a bid to become the hub for anti-Israel activities, Iran invited Arab terror groups -- including Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad -- to a two-day...

  • Mideast Forecast

    By Tom Tugend

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Iraq and the United States will face off again within two years, while a likely confrontation between Israel and Syria is also on the horizon.

    The dour predictions were delivered last week at a small private luncheon by Kenneth R. Timmerman, an investigative reporter who has made the...

  • Purim in the Land of Esther

    By Julie G Fax

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Picture Queen Esther. Now, take those golden locks and replace them with thick black tresses, and instead of those big round baby blues, imagine almond shaped eyes the color of onyx. And that creamy white complexion? Try something a little tawnier, a little more olive.

    Now you have a...

  • Purim Story

    By Gina Nahai

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I have a picture of my daughter the first time she dressed up for Purim. She is 4 years old, her bangs too short as a result of a self-inflicted haircut, her face round and perfect as a green apple. She is standing between her two brothers, an arm around each boy's neck, a...

  • Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Iran Bans Jews From U.N. Forum

    An international Jewish human rights group said it was told by an Iranian official that Jewish groups "would not be welcome" at a U.N. conference on racism and discrimination.

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center said the forum should not be held this week...

  • Money That Matters

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On Sun., Feb. 25, a local institution turns 25. Not a physical institution, like a building or a memorial, but an idea -- a community-wide esprit de corps that, over the years, has inspired thousands of people.

    Super Sunday brings out the best in our community -- the roughly 5,000...

  • The Price of Freedom

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    To facilitate pidyon shvuyim (redeeming captive Jews from secular prisons) we are commanded to go so far as to sell a community's Torah scroll. Yet it is hard to rejoice that Bill Clinton pardoned four chassidim from the village of New Square, N.Y., along with an alleged tax evader...

  • Iranian TrialTimeline

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The following is a timeline of key events in the trial of the "Iran 13":

    • January-March 1999 - 13 Iranian Jews are arrested in the southern province of Fars.

    • June 7, 1999 - The Iranian government charges the 13 Iranian Jews with spying for the United States and Israel. Both countries...

  • Not Good Enough

    By Michael J

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Iran appears to have made a concession by reducing jail time for the "Iran 10," but American Jewish advocates insist it's not nearly enough.

    Decrying the "justice denied" in the appeals verdict announced in Iran Thursday, activists vowed that the fate of the prisoners will not be...

  • Angry Response

    By Tom Tugend

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi was met by more than 100 angry protesters Saturday evening as he wound up a four-day visit to Southern California with a reception in Orange County.

    Demonstrators threw eggs and plastic bottles at the luxury cars of guests arriving at the...

  • Global Gatherings

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It was perhaps the most emotionally potent moment of the evening, as the elderly Rabbi Yedidiah Shofet, addressing his audience in Farsi, broke down and cried, his voice trembling, his frail body shaking.Representing the Nessah Cultural Organization, Shofet was part of a lineup of...

  • Expressing Outrage

    By Tom Tugend

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Throughout Los Angeles, Iranian Jews stood by their phones and radios at 1 a.m. Saturday to hear the first news on the sentences imposed on the "Shiraz 13" Jews, charged with spying for Israel."My wife has been crying ever since," said Cyrus Javaherian some 15 hours later. His wife,...

  • Iran: Politics Gone Wrong

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is not a reader of this newspaper who does not believe - does not know - that the conviction of the 10 Iranian Jews last Saturday was wrong. Wrong and unjust in its violation of due process. Wrong in its disregard of human rights. And wrong in its basic allegation that the 10...

  • It Would Be Nice if We Did Something

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    July 6, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    Several years ago, before I became an attorney, the news of Iran's star-chamber proceedings and convictions of Jews would have sent me protesting in the streets. I would have joined - or organized - massive protests, including nonviolent sit-downs at major arteries, like Wilshire...

  • On the Edge

    By Julie G Fax

    June 8, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    A disquieting calm hovers over Kiryat Shemona. The Katyushas have stopped falling, for the time being, but with Hezbollah regrouping just two kilometers away across the newly re-marked Lebanese border, no one can be too confident the lull will last. That is the report from Rabbi...

  • Business

    By J.J. Goldberg

    June 1, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's just before Memorial Day, and Alan Baker, chief legal adviser of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, is leaving New York in surprisingly good spirits. He's spent the better part of two weeks at the United Nations, negotiating the details of Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon. Things...

  • Sharing the Joy

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    June 1, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Among the 300 to 400 Iranian Jews, Russians and Israelis who attend Shabbat services every week at the Eretz Cultural Center in Reseda, the congregation's young adults are conspicuously missing. After a lifetime in the United States, Farsi - the Persian language of their parents and...

  • Barak Under Fire

    By Naomi Segal

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak travels to the United States for meetings May 21-23, he'll leave behind faltering peace talks, a government in jeopardy and violent flare-ups with the Palestinians.

    Barak plans to meet with American Jewish leaders, many of whom are as confused...

  • Out of the Killing Fields

    By Eric Silver

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    This Tuesday, one day before Israel celebrated its 52nd Independence Day, it solemnly and collectively honored the 19,109 soldiers, sailors and airmen who have died in defense of the reborn state since the United Nations voted to partition British Palestine on November 29, 1947.

    At...

  • Breaking the Silence:

    By David Evanier

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Frank Nikbakht dates his decision to speak out about the realities of Jewish life in Iran to 1998. "The mainstream Jewish thinking both in Iran and in the American Jewish Iranian community in the U.S. was this," he recalls: "If you openly protest one killing of a Jew, then they will...
  • Israel Speaks Up

    By Eric Silver

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Israel this week came out of its shell and launched a public campaign against the trial of 13 Iranian Jews charged in Isfahan with spying for Israel and the United States.

    After one of the defendants, Danny Tefilin, was paraded on Iranian television to confess his "guilt," the Foreign...

  • Unknown fate awaits ‘Iran 13’

    By Michael J

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Iranian hard-liners are showing no signs of backing down in the trial of 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel.

    However, what remains unclear -- in light of a state-televised confession Monday of the alleged leader, Hamid "Dani" Tefileen -- is whether Tefileen will take the...

  • Israel Speaks Up

    By Eric Silver

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Israel this week came out of its shell and launched a public campaign against the trial of 13 Iranian Jews charged in Isfahan with spying for Israel and the United States.

    After one of the defendants, Danny Tefilin, was paraded on Iranian television to confess his "guilt," the Foreign...

  • Mixed Signals

    By Michael J

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Despite unofficial assurances to the contrary, it appeared that the trial of 13 Iranian Jews accused of espionage would go ahead this week as originally scheduled.

    Last week, American Jewish activists were led to believe the April 13 trial would be rescheduled to just before or after...

  • Praying for Justice

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A vigil for the Iran 13 -- the Iranian-Jews who were arrested by the Iranian government on spying charges and are in the center of a controversial trial that began on Thursday in Tehran -- will be held at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance on Sun., April 16. The Jewish...
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