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  • Writer Displays Keen Eye for Israeli Life

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Israel that Donna Rosenthal depicts in her new book, "The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land" (Free Press) can sound like one very crowded apartment building, filled with interesting, passionate people from many backgrounds, often shouting in the hallways, sitting...

  • Irv “Kup” Kupcinet

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Irv Kupcinet, the legendary Chicago Sun-Times columnist for 60 years, died Monday, Nov. 10 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. With him were his son, Jerry Kupcinet, and grandchildren, Kari Kupcient Kriser and David Kupcinet. He was hospitalized Sunday after suffering from...

  • Community Divided Over Hillel Rabbi

    By Marc Ballon

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The UCLA Hillel rabbi who allegedly lost his temper and kicked a freelance journalist who called him a derogatory name could be required to undergo anger management training, counseling or worse for his reported actions.

    On Dec. 1, Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller and Rachel Neuwirth will...

  • Journalistic Fake-Out Before Blair

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In spring 1999, filmmaker Billy Ray asked Charles Lane to retrace one of the strangest treks in modern journalism.

    In May 1998, Lane -- then editor of The New Republic -- had made the same trip with Stephen Glass, a young rising star at the magazine. At 25, the Jewish Glass was...

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  • Pearl’s Life, Articles Inspire Jam Session

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The idea for the Daniel Pearl Music Day began about six months after terrorists murdered the Jewish Wall Street Journal reporter in Pakistan last year.

    When his decapitated body was discovered in a shallow grave in Karachi, his family was finally able to bury him at Mount Sinai...

  • Walk Your Dog

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The two suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Rishon LeZion occurred Tuesday, the day I was booking my flight to Israel for later this fall.

    I fear what I'll find when I get there is a country caught up once again in a crescendo of violence. The brief calm that offered the barest of...

  • Fervent Political

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    How does a Jewish community journalist cover such a non-Jewish election?

    Non-Jewish, I mean, in the sense that the recall battle isn't being fought over issues that are especially important to Jews. Nor does there seem to be many Jews involved, except as potential voters and as...

  • British Writer Snubs Pro-Israel Letters

    By Richard Allen Greene

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A British newspaper columnist who admits that he ignores pro-Israel letters to the editor if the writer has a Jewish name will not be punished, the country's media watchdog has decided.

    Richard Ingrams, a columnist for the Observer newspaper, made the remark last month in a column...

  • Community Briefs

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    6 Million Remembered Nun's the Word on Mother's Day

    It's not every day or even every year that a Jewish organization honors a Catholic nun -- but naming her Community Mother of the Year seems odd for a Jewish organization. This year, the Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA) is honoring...

  • Mazel Tov?

    By Rifka Rosenwein

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Step aside, gentlemen. You will have no interest in this column, I guarantee it.

    Okay, girls. It's about the wedding pages. Come on, admit it, how many of you turn to those pages in the Styles section of The New York Times every Sunday morning? No matter what else is going on in...

  • Beyond Miracles and Maccabees

    By Denise Berger

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    My mother was surprised when I said I was reviewing Chanukah books for kids. "Is there a lot out there?" she asked.

    I don't remember ever coming across a Chanukah book growing up. Now there are titles geared for all ages and interests -- historical accounts, folk tales, activities,...

  • Journalist ReturnsGestapo’s Booty

    By Tom Tugend

    September 19, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    It took close to 70 years, but the books that the Gestapo confiscated from Dr. Caesar Hirsch have been restored to his descendants and donated to the UCLA library, thanks largely to the persistence of a German journalist.

    Hirsch was a prominent otolaryngologist, a specialist in ear,...

  • Fighting Hate ‘Under Danny’s Banner’

    By Tom Tugend

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Professor Judea Pearl, an internationally recognized authority on machine intelligence, has discovered a great deal about human emotion -- both private and public -- since his son, journalist Daniel Pearl, was murdered by Islamic extremists in Pakistan eight months ago.

    He, his wife...

  • Truths in Pearl’s Final Words

    By Tom Tugend

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Did Daniel Pearl die as a martyr, proudly proclaiming his Jewishness, or did his abductors force a reluctant admission from him at gunpoint shortly before they killed him?

    Neither scenario fits the journalist's personality and the truth is more complex, said his father, Dr. Judea...

  • Eulogies:Peter Grant

    By Sid Skolnik

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Peter Grant, veteran Los Angeles reporter, editor, public relations executive and Jewish community activist who was the first journalist to enter Japan after its surrender in 1945, died June 4 in San Diego at age 86.

    Shortly after his arrival in Tokyo as a founding member of Pacific...

  • How the Times Distorted Jenin

    By Daniel Gordon

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When I write a screenplay, I start out with an agenda. I decide who my hero is first and who is the villain. Then I fashion scenes to build my dramatic case and make it believable. That is, I believe, exactly what occurred with regard to at least two reporters, Sheila MacVicar of CNN...

  • The Chosen One

    By Michael Kamber

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I believed Daniel Pearl was dead all along.

    Weeks before the U.S. government confirmed his death, I thought it unlikely he would return alive. I returned in December from reporting for the Village Voice from Pakistan, exhausted from being stoned, punched and chased by Islamic...

  • A Voice Silenced

    By Tom Tugend

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Up until the very last moment, the family of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl never lost hope that he would be released by his Pakistani kidnappers and return safely.

    Dr. Judea and Ruth Pearl simply could not believe that anyone could harm a son they described as "such a gentle soul...

  • A Working Girl Can Win

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "She was thinking about how, growing up, she'd force herself to look at the sun. Just because you weren't supposed to. Just to prove she could. Except she couldn't." -- Lucinda Rosenfeld, describing Phoebe Fine, protagonist of "What She Saw"

    Forgive Lucinda Rosenfeld if 2001 seems...

  • The Heritage Folds

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    After nearly a half-century run and years of financial difficulties, the Heritage Southwest Jewish Press called it quits with its Sept. 28 issue.

    Founding editor-in-chief and current publisher Herb Brin defined the Heritage through his firsthand, colloquial style of reporting. Across...

  • Mea Culpas

    By Amy Klein

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even for a journalist who tries to keep an open mind, it's hard to watch the world media equate the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis as a level playing field, tit for tat. They bomb, we retaliate; a war between equals, or worse, a war between unequals with Israel as the...

  • The Poetry of Lamentations

    By Dennis Gura

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "The Book of Lamentations: A Meditation and Translation" by David R. Slavitt (Johns Hopkins University Press. $15.95).

    David R. Slavitt's new translation of Eicha (Lamentations) demonstrates his masterful sensibilities and poetic fortitude. Avoiding the abstract and distant language...

  • A Father’s Loss

    By Dennis Gura

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Against the Dying of the Light: A Father's Journey through Loss" by Leonard Fein (Jewish Lights Publishing, $19.95)

    In January 1996, Leonard Fein's daughter Naomi, called Nomi, collapsed and died of cardiac arrest. A pacemaker had resolved a previously diagnosed heart problem, but...

  • Fred TV

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    He's interviewed Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis, Annette Bening, Snoop Dogg, Ron Howard, even President Clinton. Cameron Diaz flirted with him outrageously at the Directors Guild Awards. Pat Kingsley, Tom Cruise's famously difficult publicist, praised his work in an article in the L.A....

  • Junk Mail

    By Rob Eshman

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    There is no Editor of cyberspace, and that's too bad. The latest e-mail craze to spread like the Melissa virus through the cc: box of various e-mails is the report of a man named Joseph Farah.



    Farah is an Arab-American journalist who has cashed in on some Jewish Americans'...

  • Ask Wendy

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Wendy Belzberg is as comfortable swapping brisket recipes as she is discussing quantum physics. However, because of her strong Jewish background, many - but by no means all - of the questions she receives tend to have some Jewish content. Don't expect a traditional response; she can...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Mike Levy

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    30Saturday

    The 50th anniversary revival of Arthur Miller's classic "Death of a Salesman" won four Tony awards on Broadway last year, including Best Revival, and Best Actor for Brian Dennehy's portrayal of Willy Loman. Now that Broadway production has come to the Ahmanson Theatre for...

  • Seale on Syria

    By Eric Silver

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Patrick Seale, President Hafez al-Assad's official biographer, predicted this week that Syria and Israel would conclude a comprehensive peace agreement within one year. Since Ehud Barak was elected six months ago, the veteran British Middle-East journalist has played a key role as...
  • Two In Brief

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    On July 18, 1947, Dr. Ruth Gruber stood on a wharf in Haifa and watched the battered ship Exodus inch into the harbor. The ship had been rammed by British warships determined to keep the 4,554 Holocaust survivors aboard from reaching Palestine.

    Previously, Gruber was the only...

  • Jewish Influence, Coast to Coast

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The idea for our lead story on Jewish influence, "East Coast vs. West Coast" (see Tom Tugend's story), originated with our publisher, Stanley Hirsh. Those who know him can attest that his is not a shy personality; he is not someone reluctant to make his presence known or his voice...
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