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  • The Optimist

    By Rob Eshman

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    I needed two forms of picture ID to enter the Pentagon, but I only brought one. The journalism students I accompanied last week -- participants in Hillel's Spitzer Conference J-Track program -- all had driver's licenses and university identification. I faced multiple security...

  • Stay Tuned

    By Rob Eshman

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Last October, a man called with a complaint. Before I could ask what was the matter, he launched into a tirade about a biased and

    inaccurate article. He said he couldn't believe a serious newspaper would print such lies. He was so angry, he was this close to canceling his...

  • Patriot Paranoia?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    By chance, Bet Tzedek Legal Services sponsored a program on the American Patriot Act just about the

    same time readers were beginning to get their copies of Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America."

    It was a perfect combination. The Patriot Act, hurriedly passed by Congress and...

  • Wandering BackInto the Fold

    By Lori Gottlieb

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Shanda: The Making and Breaking of a Self-Loathing Jew" by Neal Karlen (Touchstone, $23).

    Like Bob Dylan a decade before him, writer Neal Karlen turned up on Rabbi Manis Friedman's doorstep in St. Paul, Minn., in desperate search of his soul. It was three years ago that Karlen...

  • Intrusion Alarm

    By Arthur J. Magida

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Kobe Bryant. OJ Simpson. Robert Blake. Scott Peterson. Michael Jackson.

    The list goes on -- a roll call of the disgraced.

    Rapists and murderers and molesters, oh my! What hath California wrought. (I can safely say this because I'm writing from the smug and secure East Coast.)


  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    HEEB Goes Deep

    Call it the "Brooklyn Invasion."

    All traces of the solemnity and sadness of Holocaust Remembrance Day were gone by nightfall when the gang from New York-based Heeb Magazine threw their first West Coast party at the Hollywood-and-Vine hotspot Deep. Palm Pictures,...

  • NPR Israel Coverage Sparks Protests

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The Palestinian uprising and subsequent Israeli offensive in the West Bank stirred enormous sympathy for the Palestinians throughout the Arab world.... Over the past year, scores of Egypt's top singers have come out with songs about the Palestinian uprising. Most are accompanied by...

  • Herb Brin

    By Tom Tugend

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Herb Brin, one of the most colorful writers and editors in the annals of Los Angeles Jewish journalism, died of congestive heart failure on Feb. 6 at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda.

    His death came 11 days before his 88th birthday and shortly after he completed his...

  • One American Muslim

    By Rob Eshman

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Tashbih Sayyed told me he has cried three times in his adult life: once when his father died, once when his mother died and once when he had to sell his house.

    Sayyed was born in India in 1941 into a Shiite Muslim family. After the 1948 partition, his family, feeling persecuted by...

  • Your Letters

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm


    Congratulations to The Jewish Journal on winning 10 Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism ("No, Thank You," June 14). We read The Journal from cover to cover every week because you include all shades of opinion and are not afraid to tackle controversial...

  • A Charmed Existence

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Amy Gerstler lights up as she describes the physical rush it gives her.

    "It fills you with energy, it sets your mind on fire," Gerstler said. "The lines get in your head, in your bloodstream."

    If Gerstler sounds like a woman in desperate need of rehab, it wouldn't be for drugs -- her...

  • Where Were the Journalists?

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I read Gary Rosenblatt's indictment of Los Angeles' rabbinate with some unease. It did not square with my understanding of what had occurred in the aftermath of the shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills. Accounts from our reporter, Julie Gruenbaum...
  • The Idiot Box

    By Charles Marowitz

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most common complaints against television journalism is that it has deteriorated into entertainment. The cause, as always, is attributed to the rating wars -- the need to capture the greatest number of viewers by the most dramatic and theatrical means possible....

  • Finding Gould in L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In 1992, Jennifer Gould was 24, fresh out of Columbia's graduatejournalism school, with a dream job at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Yetthe Toronto native was restless. She was eager to make a name forherself overseas and unwilling to wait the years necessary to earn aforeign post. And...

  • Conspiracy of Censorship

    By Eric Silver

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    An alien invader dropping into the Middle East in the first week of October would have assumed that Israeli political and defense correspondents have no sources of their own and are wholly dependent on award-winning international journalists with an inside track.

    Every story on the...

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