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  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • Bedouins in Negev Face Demolition of Communities, Forced Urbanization

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 25, 2014 | 6:15 am

    The story of the Bedouin village of Al-Arakib is one of tragedy and loss. Since 2010, the government has demolished the village more than 70 times to displace the Bedouin families living there, who are not recognized by the State, and to plant the Ambassadors Forest on the land. On...

  • Court upholds conviction of Irvine protesters

    March 4, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    A California state appeals court has upheld the conviction of 10 students at the University of California, Irvine, who disrupted a 2010 speech by then-Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.

    During the speech, the protesters interrupted Oren repeatedly, calling him...

  • Stop Prawer-Begin plan for Bedouin resettlement

    December 14, 2013 | 10:26 am

    The Negev Bedouin village of Umm el-Hiran is where I first learned about what it means to be rooted, to be devoted to something with steadfastness. It is here that I learned the true impact of Jewish National Fund (JNF) afforestation on the Bedouin, which is far from JNF’s...

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  • Israeli UN ambassador sees opportunities

    By Jared Sichel

    December 12, 2013 | 11:09 am

    For Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, the Iranian nuclear threat is real, the hostility coming from the United Nations is enduring, and Palestinian calls for two states are disingenuous.

    Yet, he said at a Dec. 11 breakfast hosted by the Jewish National Fund...

  • Hunting for the perfect (JNF) Christmas tree—in Israel

    December 17, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    Winding up and down the rows of Arizona brush trees, Jason Heeney sees slim pickings for Christmas.

    “This tree would be hard to put the star on," Heeney says. "It’s totally flat, like a smushed nose.”

    The Michigan native and his friend, native Parisian Emie Genty, have driven...

  • JNF should plant trees, not uproot families

    March 1, 2012 | 4:03 pm

    As a child, I proudly brought my spare change to Hebrew school to drop in the little blue boxes. With this money, my teachers told me, the Jewish National Fund would plant trees in Israel. I never imagined that these nickels and dimes would also help to evict Palestinians from their...

  • Deadly Israeli wildfire draws U.S., Los Angeles support

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 2, 2010 | 4:24 pm

    The Jewish National Fund (JNF) and its partner, the Friends of Israel Firefighters (FIF), are leading efforts to raise funds to supply Israel’s beleaguered and aging firefighting force with the equipment it needs to battle the out-of-control brushfire consuming Israel’s Carmel...

  • Briefs: Olmert vows to solve conversion crisis, Israel names first female U.N. envoy

    July 23, 2008 | 4:20 pm

    Ehud Olmert pledged to solve an Israeli conversion crisis prompted by a rabbinical dispute. The prime minister on Monday gave the government four months to address a recent decision by Israel's Rabbinical High Court to fire Rabbi Haim Druckman as head of a state-sponsored conversion...
  • Israeli Arabs prove to be part of the problem, not part of the solution

    By Amotz Asa-El

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Like the rest of my circle of Israelis, who have seen war as kids and soldiers and then, as undergraduates, attended peace rallies before establishing families and joining the middle class, I also assumed that Israel's Arabs were part of the solution.

    We met them on campus, in...

  • ‘Jews Only’ JNF land plan counters Israel’s values

    By Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine the following scenario: Italy's Parliament passes a law that restricts the sale of public lands to Christians. Government officials rush to justify the measure, citing historic ties between Italy and the Roman Catholic Church. Nonetheless, the consequences of the legislation...
  • Jewish Getaways

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Looking for a getaway with a Jewish twist? With Passover approaching and summer down the road, there are many opportunities for such travel. Here are a few options:

    Seders Far and Near

    When it comes to celebrating Passover, you can truly be a wandering Jew, thanks to an abundance...

  • Federation Dinner Honors Solicitor

    By Kerri Zerlin

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation/Valley Alliance awarded Hy Freedman the 1999 Solicitor of the Year award last week in honor of his 40 years of service and dedication.

    Freedman, of the San Fernando Valley, received the award at the Federation/Valley Alliance's 1999 Campaign Volunteer Thank You...

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