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  • Breaking new ground: Jewish, Muslim groups’ program encourages leaders to see the ‘other’ as friend

    By Marc Ballon

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Is it possible for Los Angeles Jews and Muslims to talk to one another, to share peacefully at the table?

    This is the question that some leaders of both groups locally are asking themselves.

    These are the ones who are willing to keep trying, despite the enmity in the Middle East...

  • Rep. Berman in line to chair House foreign affairs panel

    By Tom Tugend

    January 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Rep. Howard L. Berman recalls that when he first ran for Congress in 1982, "one major reason was to strengthen our relationship with Israel and oppose the threat of radical Islam."

    Now the veteran legislator will be in an even stronger position to pursue his agenda as the likely...

  • The Importance of Accessibility

    By Dr. Robert Wexler

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Although this was my third visit to the White House, the novelty does not easily wear off. My first invitation was to a prayer breakfast toward the end of the Clinton administration.

    The second time, I wasn't actually invited. I just hitched a ride as the guest of my close friend,...

  • The promise of ‘Peace in our Time’

    By Dan Gordon

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Iraq Study Group on the face of it seems to be a well-meaning enough document put together buy a well-meaning enough group of elder statespersons.

    One of the Study Group's co-chairs, Lee Hamilton, is a good, decent and principled man. The other co-chair is James Baker, who is...

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  • Sex and God

    By Rob Eshman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Libido. Can't live with it, can't live without it.

    Of the three major monotheistic traditions, Judaism has arguably done the most admirable job of micromanaging our lust. Our tradition teaches us that while the sex drive can wreck us, it can also, if channeled correctly, lead to...

  • Noteworthy sessions and events at the G.A.

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    SUNDAY, NOV. 12
    10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Tour of the Skirball Cultural Center
    Note: Tour leaves from Westin Bonaventure and returns to the L.A. Convention Center.

    2:30 p.m.
    Opening Plenary: "One People, One Destiny, One Great Day in November"
    Greetings: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...

  • The Maher Hathout brouhaha—what’s the end game?

    By Rob Eshman

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Even a resolutely mediocre chess player like me knows it's not enough to have some good opening moves.
     
    To win, you need an end game.
     
    That's why this month's protest by some Jewish groups against the selection of a Muslim spokesman for a county human relations prize baffled...
  • Rabbi Wolpe fights cancer battle; Terror victim becomes advocate for others

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Wolpe Fights Cancer Battle
     
    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple informed his congregation by letter this week that he was recently diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
     
    Although his doctors "have every expectation that the cancer will be put into extended...
  • Iconic Italian journalist, Oriana Fallaci, 77

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The crusading Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci spent the last years of her life issuing fiery warnings against a Muslim world that she saw poised to overrun the West.
     
    Critics accused Fallaci of sowing racial and religious hatred, but she became a heroine to many Jews and...
  • Controversial Muslim leader Hathout gets award despite opposition

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At a meeting that featured catcalls, standing ovations and the ejection of a disruptive audience member, Los Angeles' County Human Relations Commission voted again Monday to give an award to Dr. Maher Hathout, a local Muslim leader whose harsh rhetoric on Israel generated...

  • Israeli Diplomats Reach Out to L.A. Iranian Media

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Representatives from Southern California-based Persian-language satellite radio stations and television shows attended a special press conference on Aug. 28, held for them at Los Angeles' Israeli consulate, the first public interaction between the Israeli government and local...

  • Letters to the Editor

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mel Gibson Arrest

    I am canceling my summer rental in Malibu. Why? Well, I'm a Jew, a f---ing Jew at that, and he owns that town ("Hush Falls Over Jewish Hollywood Post-'Mad Mel,'" Aug. 4).

    I've also burned my special edition of "Braveheart." I'll never enjoy it again. And I must...

  • Letters 06-16-2006

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Is It Kosher?
    I applaud and appreciate that you were ready to take off the gloves and attack what merits attack, but I fear you left one on ("But Is It Kosher?" June 9). You were too much of a gentleman.

    I understand that you were courageously tilting against the strongest and...

  • Letters

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ordinary Child
    Dear Rabbi Feinstein: Thank you for your article on "Perfectly Imperfect" (May 5). As educators, we wholeheartedly appreciate your position on making space for the ordinary child.

    In our experience as day school educators, we struggle with balancing the parents'...

  • Seeing Red Over Green’s Israel Policy

    By Robert David Jaffee

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Local leaders of the Green Party are working to overturn an anti-Israel resolution that has become official party policy. Resolution 190, which passed in November, calls for a boycott of and divestment from Israel until "the full individual and collective rights of the Palestinian...

  • Cartoon Tension at UC Irvine

    By Marc Ballon

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The showing of three cartoons of the prophet Muhammad at a conference last week on radical Islam at UC Irvine attracted a near-capacity crowd of about 400, including leaders of some local Jewish groups, while protesters demonstrated outside.

    A palpable tension descended on the...

  • Letters

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Cartoons

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments on the cartoon episode ("Drawn to Controversy," Feb. 10). My one area of disagreement is with the quote from Rabbi [Abraham] Cooper: "We live in a world based on freedom of expression."

    No we don't. We live in a culture with those...

  • Cowboys & Indians

    By Rob Eshman

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    One of the bizarre effects of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 is better holiday movies. I realize that sounds coarse and facile at the same time, but it's demonstrably true.

    The major Christmas releases in the 2000 holiday season -- the year before Sept. 11 -- were "Dr. Seuss' How...

  • ADL Stokes Fear as Ploy to Raise Funds

    By David Klinghoffer

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Devoted to fighting anti-Jewish bigotry, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is America's most influential Jewish group. So what are we to make of the weird air of unreality in the ADL's public statements about Christians?

    Consider the recent address by Abraham Foxman, the ADL's...

  • Thanks for Everything

    By Rob Eshman

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Our holidays are as much about what we are bidden to remember as about what we are willing to forget.

    At Chanukah we celebrate the miraculous rededication of the Second Temple by Judah Maccabee. In so doing the festival's complex historical background fades to backstory. The part we...

  • Calendars Remove Anti-Israel Day

    By Toby Axelrod

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A campaign by Berlin-based activists has resulted in the erasure of "Al Quds Day" from some interfaith calendars in the United States and United Kingdom.

    As Iran's president was calling for Israel to be wiped off the map, members of Together Against Political Islam and...

  • Sowing Islamic Seeds in Students

    By JTA Staff

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Chairs are lined up in neat rows. Coffee is brewing, muffins arrayed. The table is thick with handouts.

    One of them is Saudi Aramco World, a magazine published by Aramco, the Saudi government-owned outfit that is the largest oil company in the world.

    "The Arab World...

  • What your kids are learning about Israel, America and Islam

    By JTA Staff

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    With the school year back in full swing, do you know what your children are learning?

    In thousands of public school districts across the United States, without ever knowing it, taxpayers pay to disseminate pro-Islamic materials that are anti-American, anti-Israel and...

  • Community Briefs

    By Idan Ivri

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Travel Penalty Ends

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that seeks to bar life insurance companies from penalizing travelers who visit Israel and other countries commonly perceived as dangerous.

    The states of Washington, New York and Illinois have similar legislation...

  • Textbook Battle Hits California

    By JTA Staff

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The state of California is on the brink of a major election that involves neither Arnold Schwarzenegger nor Clint Eastwood.

    The candidates are textbooks and other teaching materials that will influence what schoolchildren across the state -- and across the United States --...

  • Jordan King Courts U.S. Jews on Future

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jordan's king believes Jews can play a key role in his campaign to win back the Muslim street.

    "The Amman message," initiated by Abdullah II, brought together scholars from the eight main streams of Islam in July to issue edicts that marginalize terrorists who purport to act in the...

  • A Historic Event

    By Chanan Tigay

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It was a remarkable sight: the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan sitting on a New York dais alongside leaders of the American Jewish community and Israel's ambassador to the United Nations -- while eating a kosher dinner beneath a blue-and-white banner reading: "Council...

  • Israel’s Stem Cell Pioneers

    By Adam Wills

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Under a microscope in a research lab at the Technion's Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in Haifa, a colony of embryonic stem cells floats in a brilliant ochre-colored universe of fetal mouse tissue, which nourishes the cells. Years from now, this tiny sample could very well be a key to...

  • Abraham’s ‘Children’ Connect at Seder

    By David Finnigan

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Rare is the Passover seder that includes an Islamic call to prayer. But in the middle of this interfaith celebration, Muslim guests excused themselves momentarily from the third-floor banquet hall of Wilshire Boulevard Temple to pray in the hallway outside.

    Jews in attendance...

  • Time to Wake Up

    By Rob Eshman

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Ahmed Nassef didn't hug me, but I would have let him. I'd heard of him, had read stories about him and had tried unsuccessfully to contact him several months ago.

    Last weekend, I was in Washington, D.C., to speak at a Hillel Conference, and guess whose name was also on the...

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