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  • Israelis, Palestinians vie for Latino support during Pope’s visit

    By Simone Wilson

    May 27, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    The first Latin American pope brought a wave of Latino love with him on his trip to the Holy Land last weekend.

    At Pope Francis’ public prayer at Manger Square on May 25 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, near the site where Jesus is believed to have been born, Spanish was being...

  • Israeli-Latino renaissance

    November 20, 2013 | 3:00 pm

    Read the Spanish translation below.

    One day this week, you’ll find me on a yacht in Marina del Rey along with dozens of Jewish and Latino activists, celebrities and politicians from across the Southland. Fiesta Shalom at Sea, an initiative of the Israeli Consulate, aims to...

  • Read this article, bubala!

    May 15, 2013 | 1:44 pm

    Back in the 1970s, when I attended the freshly integrated Fairfax High School, black and Chicano gangs would spar in the lunch yard. I used to joke that we Jews should also form a gang. We’d hire a locksmith to break into stores, doctor the books and write ourselves a few checks....

  • A voter's-eye view of the city election

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 14, 2013 | 11:48 am

    This year, for the first time, the nonpartisan Pat Brown Institute at CSU Los Angeles went into the polling field.  As poll director, I wanted our poll to illuminate broader trends in the local electorate, and to conduct it we retained Susan Pinkus, who for many years ran the Los...

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  • AJC survey of Latinos finds positive views, limited contact with Jews

    April 20, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    A survey commissioned by the American Jewish Committee found that Latinos held positive views about Jews, but have had limited contact with them.

    “Latino opinions are hampered by limited contact and general unfamiliarity with Jews,” according to Latino Decisions, the company that...

  • Jewish, Latino leaders gather for summit

    By Ryan Torok

    October 5, 2011 | 6:17 pm

    Local Jewish and Latino community leaders convened at UCLA on Sept. 22 for “Common History, Shared Future: A Summit for Leaders of the Latino and Jewish Communities in Los Angeles,” a meeting that featured closed-door discussions on topics such as “Israel,” “The Impact of...

  • AJC launches Latino-Jewish congressional caucus

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 14, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    The ongoing development of ties between the Latino and Jewish communities took a new turn this week with the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) establishment of a new Latino-Jewish Congressional Caucus. At press time, a group of mostly Latino and Jewish lawmakers were set to meet at...

  • Poll: Latinos believe U.S. too supportive of Israel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 30, 2011 | 10:15 am

    A new poll by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) finds that nearly half of U.S. Latinos feel that their country is too supportive of Israel. The findings also suggest high levels of anti-Semitism exist in the U.S. Latino community.

    Of the 740 people from across the...

  • Letters to the Editor: Gibson Scale, Glenn Beck, Aaron Liberman and Latino-Jewish Coalition

    March 15, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    Great Americans vs.‘Slimebags’

    The best reasons that I read The Jewish Journal are because of great Americans like Dennis Prager and David Suissa. It is nauseating to see columns by leftist slimebags like Marty Kaplan and Rachel Roberts (the doctoral student — OMG) (“Muslim...

  • The new power of a Latino-Jewish coalition in L.A.

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 9, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    On a Shabbat afternoon in February, state Sen. Alex Padilla spoke on a panel at Young Israel of Century City (YICC), a large Modern Orthodox synagogue in Pico-Robertson. The event was co-organized by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and Padilla knew what message...

  • Latinos, Jews to Join in Historic Boyle Heights Celebration

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 12, 2009 | 6:11 pm

    The Jewish and Latino communities will join Sunday at Fiesta Shalom, celebrating their joint past, present and future ties and the achievements of the State of Israel since its independence.

    A combination of street fair, live music and dance, food booths, interactive workshops,...

  • Latino Radio Show Stirs Concern Over Views on Jews

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 18, 2009 | 5:33 pm

    On a Los Angeles FM radio talk show, the following aired recently:

    A caller identifying himself as Mohammed said, “I believe that so-called Israel should be annihilated totally, wiped off the map ... I hope that Iran has the gall to nuke and exterminate them so they go back to...

  • ¡Ask a Mexican! Gustavo Arellano gets it right—Aztlan != Israel

    By The Web Guy

    November 13, 2008 | 8:30 pm

    I have to quote the entire thing to give you the flavor:

    Dear Mexican: In a column some time ago, you mentioned the Aztec prophecy claiming that “their descendants would reclaim ancestral lands in the Southwest U.S., and guess what?” I’d appreciate it if you shed a little light...

  • Latino clergy get firsthand look at Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 19, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    Tony Solorzano had dreamed of seeing Israel. At 54, he'd spent countless Sundays at the pulpit and weekdays on Radio Zion talking about the land of Abraham and Jacob and David -- and Jesus.

    A pastor at Llamada Final, a Pentecostal church in Downey and Inglewood, Solorzano got his...

  • City Voice: Yaroslavsky takes on developers in push for affordable housing

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In defending middle-class neighborhoods, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky is taking on an issue that reaches to the heart of Los Angeles' ethnic, political and class divide.

    All those matters are involved in a dispute over a new city development ordinance that eases...

  • Immigration: Time to share the heavy lifting

    By Rob Eshman

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Three years ago I was unloading some 50-pound bags of landscape pebbles from the trunk of my car when I felt a four-inch blade of molten steel jab into my lower

    back. Middle age had officially arrived, and my doctor ordered the permanent closure of Eshman Lifting and Schlepping, Inc....

  • Rep. Berman in line to chair House foreign affairs panel

    By Tom Tugend

    January 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Rep. Howard L. Berman recalls that when he first ran for Congress in 1982, "one major reason was to strengthen our relationship with Israel and oppose the threat of radical Islam."

    Now the veteran legislator will be in an even stronger position to pursue his agenda as the likely...

  • Better late than never, Theodor Herzl, children reunited in death; Ex-N.J. Governor McGreevey’s Isra

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Theodor Herzl, Children Reunited in Death
     
    Two of Theodor Herzl's children were reinterred in Jerusalem after decades of debate. Hans and Pauline Herzl, who died in 1930 and were buried in France, were laid to final rest alongside the Zionist visionary at the cemetery that carries...
  • More West Los Angeles Shootings Leave Residents Outraged

    By Lisa Hirschmann

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Dotted by temples, community centers and parks, the largely Orthodox Jewish Crestview neighborhood and its adjacent areas in West L.A. don't seem to be a typical battleground for gang bangers. But residents say that is exactly what it's become.

    Little more than a month ago,...

  • ‘Little Flower’ Could Help Antonio Bloom

    By Joel Kotkin

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Antonio,

    I imagine you are enjoying the hoopla surrounding your election. As the first Latino chief executive in more than 130 years, it may be tempting to bask in the warmth of a great ethnic triumph.

    But don't enjoy it too much. Los Angeles does not need a symbol or an icon;...

  • Back to Breed Street

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Boyle Heights was the Ellis Island of Los Angeles," said City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa at the Breed Street Shul Open Day on Sunday, Aug. 22. "And this shul was the mother of all synagogues."

    But the "mother of all synagogues," which opened in 1923, was abandoned by its few...

  • Latino Group Sues Over District Lines

    By Mike Levy

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) gets its way, state Senate elections scheduled for March will be postponed until June, and California's newly redrawn congressional districts will be re-redrawn.

    MALDEF has filed a lawsuit challenging congressional...

  • Television Jews: How Jewish Is Too Jewish?

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The new television season is upon us. African American and Latino groups are making the expected protests about the lack of people who look like them before and aft of the camera, and the Jews are -- as usual -- adding up their TV IQ on the fingers of one hand.

    If there aren't many...

  • Buenos Di­as and Shalom

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The moment Naomi Rodriguez entered Caffe Latte on Monday morning, she encountered a woman in distress -- an elderly Jewish woman overwhelmed by the realization that she had missed a doctor's appointment. A concerned Rodriguez took a moment to reassure her.

    "It's going to be okay,"...

  • Diversity of Dizzying Dimensions

    By Tom Tugend

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When voters cast their ballots for mayor in next week's primary, they may be electing to that office the first Jew, the first Latino or the first woman.

    There are 15 candidates on the April 10 ballot, but only six are considered serious contenders. In a reflection of Los Angeles'...

  • Building Bonds

    By Sharon Samber

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Think of the American Jewish and Latino communities as two longtime friends who have just decided to get more serious.

    After years of dialogue -- mostly at the local level -- top organizations and leaders met in Washington, D.C., last week at the first national Jewish-Latino summit...

  • Protest for Labor Rights

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For the past four years, the predominantly Latino hospitality and housing employees at the University of Southern California have been fighting for a written guarantee of job security. Now, union leaders representing the workers have turned to Jewish leaders to support what they...
  • Forging a Common Future

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Allies or adversaries? That is the question confronting Jewish and Latino political leaders as they assess the current and future relations of their communities.

    Some legislators, such as Assemblyman Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, disagree that Jews and Latinos are at cross purposes...

  • Heartbreak Hotel?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left, an anti-union poster evoking Nazism that upset labor andJewish communal leaders, such as Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels (above)who spoke at a pro-union press conference at the hotel. Also picturedis state Sen. Tom Hayden, just left of the podium.

    The Miramar Sheraton Hotel is one of...

  • Revitalizing Our Past and Future in Pico-Union

    By Joel Kotkin

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Among these earlier settlers were many Jewish families, who, notinterested in joining the growing ersatz shtetl up in Boyle Heights,built their graceful homes in the tony new district.

    "That area was for the more affluent families -- it wasn'tworking-class like Boyle Heights," says...

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