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  • Promises, promises

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 2, 2012 | 10:10 am

    After a week of UN speeches, I had the urge to tell you about politicians from my point of view. For several days now my mind has been occupied with a rumble of thoughts and feelings, and I figured the only way I can make sense of it all is to write it down. So who are politicians?...

  • Community Profile: Gerald Bubis

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 12, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    Gerald B. Bubis is 88, and he knows there are things he’ll never do again.

    He’ll never travel to Israel again, for one, and after 46 trips, that’s a tough one to swallow. Then there’s the fact that this author and/or editor of 12 books and 200 articles on serving the Jewish...

  • Is condemnation enough for Syria and Iran?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 24, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    Looking at the situation in Iran and Syria always brings us back to the same question- how come the outside world doesn’t step in? Physically. The mass murder and slaughter, as well as the rapid process of building a nuclear weapon, are both issues considering not only the countries...

  • Frenemies?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 22, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    First, I would like to point out that what I’m about to write is something I never thought I would even think: a new Facebook campaign changed my perspective on mankind.

    Well, maybe not on mankind, but my perspective on several matters of my life has changed entirely, thanks to a...

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  • The business of spirituality

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 14, 2011 | 11:58 am

    When Eric J. Diamond wants to understand something, he’s very methodical in how he goes about it. So when he was elected president of Sinai Temple in June, one of the first things Diamond did was to ask Howard Lesner, the synagogue’s executive director, to arrange for a tour of...

  • Rob Eshman: Good Leaders

    By Rob Eshman

    August 2, 2011 | 6:21 pm

    If Republicans want a primer on how to keep losing the Jewish vote, all they have to do is look at what happened in Washington this past week.

    The go-to assumption of many people on the right is that American Jews follow a single, unthinking, liberal party line. This became clear to...

  • Where are the great American Jewish leaders?

    May 4, 2011 | 3:02 pm

    We are living in a troubling and dangerous time, a time when we need courageous and insightful leaders more than at any point since the Holocaust. We are facing a potentially existential crisis for Israel and ultimately, I believe, for Jewish people worldwide. Yet our leaders for the...

  • In the lions’ den: Federation women cap week in the Big Easy

    November 16, 2010 | 10:12 am

    Just down the road from where the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America had concluded a day earlier, more than a thousand of the federation system’s most generous women found a philanthropic sanctuary of their own.

    At the Hilton Hotel here, the International...

  • For the love of Israel, health care and ‘Power Rangers’

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 10, 2010 | 10:57 am

    Haim Saban is sitting at the head of the table in his conference room on the 26th floor of his Century City tower offices. Here, he is kingpin, an image strongly reinforced by where he sits, as well as the attentiveness of his traditionally dressed office butler, who ducks in and out...

  • Netherlands nixes visit by Israeli mayors

    September 20, 2010 | 2:57 pm

    The Netherlands canceled a visit by Israeli mayors because the group included the leaders of West Bank settlements.

    Participants in the delegation, sponsored by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, included the heads of 30 small local councils, including several Arab...

  • Israeli, Palestinian leaders pitch rare joint industrial project

    September 1, 2009 | 3:49 pm

    Even as Israeli and Palestinian leaders argue about the conditions that must be in place for a return to the negotiating table, they are striking similar tones on the need for economic development.

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad unveiled an economic plan last week...

  • Stop and smell the roses in Pakistan

    August 20, 2008 | 11:58 pm

    As an Egyptian whose country's military dictators are either taken by God or an assassin's bullet, I envy the Pakistani people's ability to now use the term, "former president."

    As former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf contemplates how his friends in the U.S. administration...

  • Bat mitzvahs in Israel run gamut from fancy to frum

    By Melody Amsel-Arieli

    January 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Aren't all bat mitzvahs alike?

    A couple years of Hebrew school, at best, followed by a gathering of the clan on the big day, a smattering of Hebrew blessings, the haftarah, a festive Oneg Shabbat and, finally, a party to beat all get out? To American Jews, it may seem that way. But...

  • Arnold stops at Jewish Home for Aging; Cal GOP says ad campaign worked; North Valley JCC shooting la

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    One Special Stop on the Campaign Trail

    Even when the gubernatorial election was just two days away, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger found time to talk to a large group of senior citizens at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda.

    After arriving nearly an hour late, the governor was met...

  • Federations and Israeli leaders converge on L.A.

    By Marc Ballon

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The 75th annual General Assembly (GA) of United Jewish Communities, which begins Sunday and continues through Wednesday, will feature prime ministers, award-winning journalists and celebrated academics, among the nearly 4,000 Jewish leaders expected to attend.

    But the event's biggest...

  • It’s hard to find good day school leaders these days

    By Jacob Berkman

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A dearth of leadership talent is affecting not only the likes of Yahoo! and Microsoft, it's also wreaking havoc on the Jewish day school system as schools find it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain qualified heads.

    Representatives from 11 Jewish educational organizations...

  • Would Iranian Nukes Only Kill Jews?

    By Jack Wheeler

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Will Iran's nukes only kill Jews?

    That's the question Palestinians should be asking themselves. Because the answer is no.

    There is no way to make a nuclear bomb that just kills Jews. There is no way to "wipe Israel off the map," as Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sworn to do...

  • Hier, Pope Talk at Vatican

    By Tom Tugend

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    During a private audience at the Vatican, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Pope Benedict XVI this week to lead a "coalition of the good" against international terrorism and threats from Iran.

    The pope did not respond directly to the plea by Rabbi Marvin Hier, the...

  • Kerry’s Heritage

    By Jennifer Anne Perez

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Seven years ago, then U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discovered that more than a dozen of her relatives had perished in the Nazi concentration camps because they, like Albright, were born Jewish.

    Albright's discovery raised an even larger question: How many other American...

  • A Few Jews Focus on Props, Too

    By David Finnigan

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With a few notable exceptions, Jewish politicians, activists and community leaders are getting into the controversies over Propositions 53 and 54 late and lackadaisically, having focused most of their attention and fundraising efforts on the recall election.

    Proposition 54, The...

  • Building the Future

    By Rachel Brand

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Jonathan Schulman went on a mission to Israel 1995, he said his life was forever changed, because he started getting involved. "I got engaged because there were opportunities for me to build on that experience," said Schulman, director of the recently established Young...

  • Pumping Up the Bottom Line

    By Marc Ballon

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On Sunday, Feb. 23, 800 volunteers from across the Southland will staff the phones from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. to raise money for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. They will try to coax extra money out of existing donors and recruit new ones to the cause of Jewish giving.

    ...
  • The Clergy of 1,000 ‘Faces’

    By Joe Berkofsky

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Rabbis: The Many Faces of Judaism," by George Kalinsky (Rizzoli International, $39.95).

    It was 1962, and Marilyn Monroe had just died. So George Kalinsky did what he always did when something important happened -- he visited a rabbi.

    Kalinsky, now 60, recalled listening to a...

  • Nobody Likes Saddam

    By Rob Eshman

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    So do you think America should go to war with Iraq?

    The question is not idle.

    This week, members of Congress and the Bush administration met with Jewish leaders in Washington to discuss President George W. Bush's resolution on Iraq. While administration officials did not ask...

  • Washington’s “What, Me Worry?” War

    By James D. Besser

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Finally, it's over: the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in Washington and New York was a media extravaganza that provided a blend of remembrance, healing and strong TV ratings.

    But there was a glaring gap. Despite the somber patriotism of the day, there were few...

  • Shifting Gears

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "It's not someone else's problem. It's our problem." The problem Devorah Shubowitz is talking about: poverty.

    Over the summer, Shubowitz worked with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) to study the Jewish working poor in Los Angeles.

    Through CLUE, more than 400...

  • Groups Weigh Stance on Iraq

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As the Bush administration seeks international support for an attack on Iraq, Jewish organizations are also crystallizing their positions.

    In the next few weeks, Jewish groups are expected to meet with foreign leaders arriving in New York for the opening session of the U.N. General...

  • Hopes Dashed for Release of ‘Iran 8’

    By Michael J. Jordan

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Another Jewish New Year has come and gone, and eight Iranian Jewish prisoners remain locked up in Iran on charges they spied for Israel.

    Some observers had tracked rumors last week that the Islamic regime, with its membership in President Bush's "axis of evil," might be rethinking...

  • Strange BRU

    By Mike Levy

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Who's taking a stand against Israel this week? Would you believe ... the Bus Riders Union (BRU)?

    On buses and trains, BRU leaders and members are distributing a two-page flyer with an essay titled "Let the Palestinian People Go!" that likens the BRU's stance to Dr. Martin Luther King...

  • Send in the Committees

    By Mike Levy

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As former Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks gears up for a City Council race, the campaign for his old job went into high gear last week with 47 candidates vying for the post.

    Ethnic and community politics have added a level of complexity to the already difficult job of...

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