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  • Op-Ed: A miracle in Uganda

    2 weeks ago

    As we celebrate Passover, it is important to remember that as great as the miracle of the Exodus was, freedom was only the beginning. I know this from reading the Torah, but I also know from personal experience.

    I was born in Uganda to Jewish parents at a time when it was illegal...

  • ‘Boyle Heights Heroes’ remembers L.A.‘s Jewish roots

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    March 5, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    As the granddaughter of a rabbi who was also the first president of the Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights — the center of Los Angeles Jewish life in the first half of the 20th century — Annette Shapiro knows the importance of remembering your roots. 

    During a Feb. 23 event at...

  • Looking on the bright side of the Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations

    By Rob Eshman

    February 26, 2014 | 3:42 pm

    If you think of Israel as a football team and American Jews as its fans, the time has come to buy seats on the 50-yard line, paint your bare chest blue and white, and start screaming for the team.

    Why now?  Because Israel is weeks  away from facing a historic opportunity, and it...

  • This week in power: Outrage in Ukraine and The Onion article

    By Danny Groner

    October 23, 2013 | 8:12 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Beating fallout
    Week after police some police detectives in Ukraine to extort a Jewish businessman -- “One of them told me he’d do to me what Hitler did and beat me” -- and they then...

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  • This week in power: Portugal, Poland, NFL player, Tisha B’Av message

    By Danny Groner

    July 17, 2013 | 8:47 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Portugal law
    A bill passed in Portugal this week that allows Jewish descendants of expelled Jews to come back, making it the only country besides for Israel with a Jewish law of...

  • Why Sheryl Sandberg and Moses Maimonides are so alike

    By Rhoda Weisman

    April 5, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Who would dream that Sheryl Sandberg and Moses Maimonides could be so alike? And that in 21st century America, both of their messages couldn’t be more relevant?

    Whether Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook fame is talking about women aspiring to higher positions of power to make change,...

  • The Organized American Jewish Community’s Response to President Obama’s Jerusalem Speech

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 31, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    President Obama’s Jerusalem speech has been praised by most American Jewish Organizations for his eloquent support of Israel, its security, his respect for the historic Jewish attachment to the land of Israel, his tough stand against the Iranian nuclear threat, and his desire to...

  • Ron Wolfson and home teaching for Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    March 4, 2013 | 11:40 pm

    It’s been a good night so far. My lovely wife and I met a Mormon couple from Utah for dinner at Factor’s, my favorite LA Jewish deli. The philo-Semitic husband and I have been corresponding for some time after he saw a newspaper article on my blog, and it was nice to finally meet...

  • Danish Jews report record level of anti-Semitic attacks

    March 1, 2013 | 6:32 am

    The Jewish community of Denmark documented 40 anti-Semitic incidents in 2012, almost double those in 2009, a year that marked a sharp upturn in such attacks.

    A report released on Feb. 25 by AKVAH, the security unit of Denmark's Jewish community of 8,000, counted six physical...

  • Getting to Know You...

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 27, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    In 2000, an urban congregation of 1,000 families found itself at a crossroads. The synagogue had a balanced budget and a beloved rabbi who was retiring after three decades, but its building was badly in need of repairs and the congregation was aging. To survive, the leadership felt...

  • Melbourne sex abuse probes spread to Sydney Jewish community

    February 15, 2013 | 4:38 am

    Allegations of child sex abuse, rampant in Melbourne’s Jewish community, have spread to Sydney, with police mounting investigations into two individuals.

    Police in New South Wales state said at least one of the alleged perpetrators under investigation is believed to be a former...

  • ‘Brandeis-Bardin,’ on paper

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 7, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    From generation to generation, starting in 1950 and continuing today, one of the most important sites on the map of the Jewish community in Southern California was a stretch of rolling hills in Simi Valley.

    The story is richly told in the pages of “The Brandeis-Bardin Institute:...

  • Obama Taps Chief of Staff With Strong Ties to Jewish Community

    January 30, 2013 | 4:54 pm

    President Barack Obama named as his new chief of staff a security official, Denis McDonough, who has strong ties to the Jewish organizational community.

    McDonough, until now the deputy to National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, handled much of the National Security Council’s...

  • Jewish institutions remain closed due to Sandy

    October 30, 2012 | 8:04 am

    Jewish institutions throughout the eastern United States remained closed following the onslaught of superstorm Sandy.

    Sandy, which was downgraded from a hurricane late Monday night, made landfall near Atlantic City Monday, with hurricane-force winds of up to 85 miles per hour and...

  • Interfaith marriage, Rabbi Rosove, and Mormonism

    By Mark Paredes

    October 1, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    While I was single, I often found myself wondering whether it would be better to remain a faithful Mormon bachelor all of my life or to marry a wonderful non-Mormon girl. I had a few opportunities to do so, and in moments of frustration I almost regretted not having pursued them...

  • Once dreaming of a Hebrew charter school, now only Mandarin is offered

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 27, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    When the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences (AEA) opened in August 2010, part of the draw for parents was the chance for students at the Santa Clarita charter middle and high school to study Hebrew. 

    Since then, AEA backers have submitted petitions to set up...

  • Community Profile: Gerald Bubis

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 12, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    Gerald B. Bubis is 88, and he knows there are things he’ll never do again.

    He’ll never travel to Israel again, for one, and after 46 trips, that’s a tough one to swallow. Then there’s the fact that this author and/or editor of 12 books and 200 articles on serving the Jewish...

  • It Took Four Days

    By Robin Podolsky

    September 7, 2012 | 5:32 pm

    So what I really want to write about are the political party conventions.  However, I’m trying to sort my way through the issues around clergy and politics, what it means to be ‘partisan’ and not, and what are the practical how’s, when’s and where’s of it.


    So today I’ll...

  • This week in power: GOP convention, Tennen, Corrie, Edon’s got talent

    By Danny Groner

    August 30, 2012 | 4:39 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Convention convenes
    Mitt Romney will officially accept the Republican nomination on Thursday evening at the GOP convention in Tampa. For some, though, the spotlight is on the location as...

  • This week in power: Zion Square, skinnydipping Congressmen, Austria cartoon, Western Wall women

    By Danny Groner

    August 23, 2012 | 4:34 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Violence erupts
    Recently, a 17- year-old Palestinian boy was beaten unconscious by a group of Jewish teenagers, prompting denouncements from the Israeli government and outcries from...

  • This week in power: Paul Ryan, Hungary Jew, Temple Mount, Blurry glasses

    By Danny Groner

    August 16, 2012 | 4:27 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Ryan’s selection
    Like many American organizations, Jewish groups are figuring how how they feel about Mitt Romney’s VP choice, Congressman Paul Ryan. The National Jewish Democratic Jewish...

  • This week in power: Egypt, Romney and Israel, IOC, Lollapalooza

    By Danny Groner

    August 9, 2012 | 4:49 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Egypt attack
    New Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has a problem on his hands after a “deadly cross-border assault in the Sinai” that resulted in Israeli forces killing eight of the gunmen...

  • This week in power: Romney trip, Florida vote, Olympics moment, Raisman routine

    By Danny Groner

    August 2, 2012 | 4:08 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Romney in Israel
    “Though his remarks Monday morning later threatened to prove otherwise, it appeared that Mitt Romney got in and out of Israel with what he’d hoped for:  No gaffes, no...

  • This week in power: Bulgaria fallout, Jewish vote, Germany circumcision, Mindy Meyer

    By Danny Groner

    July 26, 2012 | 4:24 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Post-blast Bulgaria
    “We used to convene without a shred of fear in the Jewish community’s buildings,” said a Bulgarian in the aftermath of an attack on visiting Israelis last week....

  • This week in power: Bulgaria, Government disbanding, Adelson petition, Condi rumors

    By Danny Groner

    July 19, 2012 | 4:06 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Bulgaria bombing
    A bus full of Israelis exploded on Wednesday in a Bulgarian resort, killing at least eight people and wounded dozens more, according to reports. Israeli Prime Minister...

  • This week in power: Presbyterians, Olmert decision, Army duty, Arafat’s underwear

    By Danny Groner

    July 12, 2012 | 4:20 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Presbyterians mull boycott
    America’s largest Presbyterian group weighed whether to divest from three companies over the Israeli military use of their products in the Palestinian...

  • This week in power: Shamir, Jobbik, Romney trip, Survivor pageant

    By Danny Groner

    July 5, 2012 | 4:17 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Shamir’s death
    Yitzhak Shamir, an underground fighter and former prime minister of Israel, died at age 96 last weekend. How is he remembered? “In retrospect, Shamir’s cool, patient...

  • Birkenau and Krakov: Absolute horror, undeniable hope

    By Robin Podolsky

    June 29, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    BIRKENAU: So outrageously beautiful here in early summer.  Dana Schwartz, a child survivor of the ghetto and forest, now in her seventies, once told me what a friend, a former prisoner at Auschwitz, said in response to the common observation of first-time visitors to Auschwitz in the...

  • This week in power: Rahimi speech, Morsi, Circumcision law, Jewish prize

    By Danny Groner

    June 28, 2012 | 4:54 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Rahimi stirs the pot
    Iran’s Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi gave an anti-Semitic speech on Tuesday at a conference that stated, among other things, that the Talmud was connected to...

  • This week in power: Romney, Obama, Hebrew National, Alice Walker

    By Danny Groner

    June 21, 2012 | 4:43 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Romney, Jewish?
    Would it really matter if Romney were Jewish? asked Jeffrey Goldberg at Bloomberg. “Mormons’ equanimity in the face of derision is refreshing, and speaks to the...

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