December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pmPatrick 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...
November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pmOn 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...
September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pmThe 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...
September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm
Joshua Hammer's book is called "Chosen by God: A Brother's Journey" (Hyperion Press), and while the titular journey refers to his brother, it may very well apply to Hammer himself.
In Newsweek's Nov. 8th issue, Hammer -- a foreign correspondent who will become the magazine's Berlin...
September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm
A rush of stories in the press this week about the past.
First, innocuously enough, music. Zubin Mehta, I read, brings the Israeli Philharmonic to Weimar, Germany to join forces with the Bavarian State Orchestra in a concert that clearly is about something more than music. Just before...
August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm
The sound of a guitar playing and children singing drifts out past the hotel pool. "Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh," they sing, "Holy, holy, holy unto me."
They are singing about Jesus.
I am at the Warner Center Marriot in Woodland Hills, where 1,200 Jews and non-Jews have gathered for the...
May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pmLos Angeles, as always, attracted a variety of interesting visitors in recent days. The Jewish Journal couldn't meet all of them, but we made contact with a group of German journalists and government officials, the former executive editor of The New York Times, and the Israeli...
April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pmIt was 1984. A tough, tight-lipped Israeli army colonel was leading a small group of journalists on a tour of southern Lebanon, where Israel was in the midst of a war. The journalists wore army-issue flak jackets. They listened and took notes, as if taking dictation. One...
May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Photo by Peter Halmagyi
Some of you may have caught last week's New Yorker (May 25) with journalist David Remnick's profile of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. If not, I urge you to call the...
April 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm
When the editors of The Jewish Journal, along withpublisher Stanley Hirsh, started planning an issue to commemorateIsrael's 50th anniversary, we were committed to something other thana "coffee-table" paper. We wanted it to be highly readable andentertaining, definitely, but also...
November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm
Retired Maj. Gen. Oren Shachor
Retired Maj. Gen. Oren Shachor, former Israel Defense Forces chiefintelligence officer, held a field briefing for his subordinateofficers and field operatives last week at Cava restaurant on westThird Street.
Actually, it was just an interview with a...
September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Melvin Salberg, national president of the AZM and chairman ofthe Conference of Presidents of Major American JewishOrganizations.
More than a century ago, Theodor Herzl was a prominent Europeanjournalist who lived in Vienna and was essentially a Jewishassimilationist. He wasn't much...
August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Linda Deutsch and Theo Wilson livedacross the street from each other for most of the past 21 years. Theywere trial reporters who met in the Charles Manson courtroom,competitors and best friends. On Jan. 17, Wilson called Deutsch fourtimes while anxiously awaiting the limo that was to...