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  • 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...

  • Sotomayor or Cardozo: Supreme Court’s first Hispanic?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 26, 2009 | 9:33 pm

    There have been two major bits of news in the legal world today. One is straightforward but far from over: the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8. But the other, that Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s first pick for the U.S. Supreme Court will be the first Latino to...

  • Latino pastors journey to Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 30, 2008 | 6:51 pm

    Latino pastors visit Israel

    The Associated Press today followed the story I wrote in June about Latino pastors being taken to Israel by the American Jewish Committee, which was a follow-up to another story about them celebrating Sukkot in September. I wish I could point to something...

  • Crypto-Jews who believe in Jesus

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 9, 2008 | 4:45 pm

    The Orlando Sentinel published a story today about Aliyah Sefarad International (

    no Web site

    ), an organization reaching out to Latinos who may have had Jewish ancestry. The goal of the program, run by Rabbi Gary Fernandez, is to get descendants of Maranos to reconnect with their...

  • Latino pastors celebrate Sukkot and Israel in Westwood

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Wandering through a sukkah at Sinai Temple, Jesus Alfredo Alfonso, a Pentecostal Christian, wore a navy tie embroidered with the Star of David, a menorah and the words "Amigos de Israel."

    "Every day," Alfonso said, "me and my congregation pray three times for you. For Israel."...

  • Latinos who love Israel, maybe Jews too

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 27, 2007 | 4:51 pm

    Wandering through a sukkah at Sinai Temple, Jesus Alfredo Alfonso, a Pentecostal Christian, wore a navy tie embroidered with the Star of David, a menorah and the words “Amigos de Israel.”

    “Every day,” Alfonso said, “me and my congregation pray three times for you. For Israel.”

  • Living and Working [Il]legally in America—It’s Not Just for Latinos Anymore

    By Roberto Loiederman

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Hardly a day goes by without some news about them -- the undocumented. Congress debates the issue of how to handle them, and pundits argue even as the number of illegal immigrants grows. Supposedly, there are more than 12 million of them in the United States. Thinking about them, we...

  • Border Protests Not Fight for Civil Rights

    By Joe R. Hicks

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Speaker after speaker at the recent immigration march in Los Angeles told the 500,000-strong primarily Latino crowd that racism and anti-immigrant sentiments lie behind the debates on Capitol Hill about border enforcement. This was the focus at the march and subsequent student...

  • Pirates Plunder, Family Fumbles at Fest

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival runs April 1-6 at a variety of venues around town. Below are the reviews for two of the films.

    "Edelweiss Pirates"

    It may seem obligatory to show a Holocaust-themed film at a Jewish Film Festival, but "Edelweiss Pirates" is by no means standard...

  • Twice Upon a Time

    By Howard Blume

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    The adoring crowd, a beaming Antonio Villaraigosa, a message of inclusiveness and leadership -- the image could have been from four years ago, when Villaraigosa's campaign for mayor energized much of Los Angeles.

    But this time, Villaraigosa also got the more votes than the...

  • Blocs Play Key Role in Villaraigosa’s Win

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    With his election as mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa now has the chance to deliver on the coalition approach he offered to the voters in the recent campaign. If he succeeds, Los Angeles government may start to find solutions to problems that have previously seemed intractable. If he...

  • Orthodox Lobbyist in Eye of Ethics Storm

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Missions to Israel are a staple of Jewish organizations, but when Pepe Barreto leads a group tour there in August, it'll represent something new.

    Barreto is perhaps the most popular drive-time host on Spanish-language radio in Los Angeles and a major player in a new drive to...

  • Civil Rights Goes Beyond Ethnic Lines

    By Marc Ballon

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When the nation's largest and oldest Mexican American civil rights group selected a new leader recently, the committee that recruited her included the organization's chairman, a man who is neither a Mexican American nor an immigrant. Meet Joe Stern.

    For Stern, the immigrant...

  • The Same Boat

    By Rob Eshman

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros once gave a speech about the tremendous growth of the Latino population in the United States.

    "I hear what you're saying," a non-Latino woman in the audience said, her voice filled with anxiety. "But can't anybody do...

  • Coalition Lesson

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Community activist Karen Bass' victory in the 47th Assembly District's Democratic primary provides a valuable opening for coalition efforts between the Jewish community and a new generation of African American and Latino activists.

    Los Angeles has a long and distinguished history of...

  • The Cost of Latinization

    By Joel Kotkin

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For the most part, Jewish leadership in Los Angeles and elsewhere can be expected to oppose the recall of longtime "ally" Gov. Gray Davis and, in a pinch, support his Mini-Me proposed replacement, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante (see page 12). "Go along to get along" expediency and...

  • Immigrants and the Recall

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Who would have thought that a recall campaign built around the energy and budget crises might end up being decided by attitudes toward immigrants? Yet that may be what happens on Election Day. The controversy over a new law granting driver's licenses to undocumented residents may...

  • Selling Israel to Progressive Latinos

    By Gustavo Arellano

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Although progressives' cause-of-the-month is criticizing Israel's treatment of Palestinians, it has been endemic in the Latino left for years.

    These progressive Latinos claim solidarity between themselves and Palestinians based on their supposed shared experience of being "people of...

  • Is Demography Destiny?

    By Rob Eshman

    April 5, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    The new U.S. census figures have generated banner headlines this month, though no one seems to have a clue what those numbers portend. The big news, of course, is that America's Latino population has ballooned almost 60 percent in the past decade, surpassing 35 million. More than 43...

  • A Nanny’s Story

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    August 31, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There are a thousand stories in the naked city of Los Angeles, but when it comes to nannies, there are at least a million - nannies who have a free reign of the household, nannies who make good salaries, nannies who get help from their employers to buy cars or put a down payment on a...

  • Latinos and Jews

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Sunday, March 12. It's a warm, sunny day. A wonderful day to drive up to Malibu. So why am I sitting here in Wilshire Boulevard Temple/West listening to six earnest men? They seem intent on telling me (and others assembled here) how important and necessary it is for Jews and Latinos...