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  • Passing The Bar… Again

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Some things are just better the second time around. For some, it's marriage. For others, it's childbirth or career. For Mel Guthman, a member of Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, this was the case with his bar mitzvah -- and well worth the 70-year wait.

    "One of the reasons I...

  • Open France’s Eyes to Hatred

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Although Shelley Ventura-Cohen had been to France several times before as a tourist with an interest in French culture,this visit -- on an American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) mission to counteract French anti-Semitism -- was unique.

    "The difference was, that this time I went with...

  • Be Careful With ‘Terrorism’

    By Salam Al-Marayati

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The LAX shooting on the Fourth of July was another test of Muslim-Jewish relations.

    Some Jewish leaders complained that Los Angeles Muslims did not denounce the shooting. That some people didn't hear it, and then accused Muslims of remaining silent, seems to be a common problem in...

  • Jewish Republicans in Orange County

    By Journal Staff

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Hoping to capitalize on President Bush's support of Israel, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) revived its local chapter. The group held its first organizational meeting last month at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach -- the county's most Republican-registered city and home of the...

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  • LAX Trail Cold

    By Tom Tugend

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As the families of Victoria Hen and Yaakov Aminov continued their mourning during the 30-day sheloshim period, the FBI continued its tight-lipped investigation into their July 4 murder at the Los Angeles International Airport.

    "There have been no new developments and we will not...

  • Give Peas a Chance

    By Rachel Brand

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    World leaders can't seem to arrive at a solution to violence in the Middle East, but just maybe because they didn't use a larger-than-life-sized corn on the cob. Kernel Corn, mascot for the vegetarian organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has set off on...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    L.A. resident Ralph Harpuder reports that he had a fantastic time at the 2002 Rickshaw Reunion in Foster City, Calif., which brought together 320 former refugees, including Harpuder, from around the world who were all part of the Shanghai Jewish Ghetto. During World War II, Shanghai...

  • Eulogies:Sivan Hamburger,

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Sivan Hamburger, one of the longstanding, staunch leaders of the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE), died June 3, at the age of 87.

    Hamburger was a passionate Labor Zionist, who as a young, idealistic high school student, spent a year in the Land of Israel, during the time it was still...

  • Sharonism vs. Building a Wall

    By Ron Unz

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Any attempt to resolve the crisis in the Middle East forces us -- the American people and American Jewry -- to appraise the motives and the ultimate goals of the leaders involved.

    Endless disputes have raged over whether Yasser Arafat and the other Arab leaders merely seek a...

  • An Appeal to the Clergy of All Faiths

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Colleagues in faith, we must act together now. We owe it to our respective faiths and our common calling. We cannot feign blindness or muteness while all about us the toxins of racial and religious hate and the anarchy of anthrax continue to poison our environment. Lethal libels...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    U.N. Workers Killed

    Two U.N. observers were shot and killed, reportedly by Palestinian gunmen, in the West Bank. The members of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron were using a road frequented by Israeli settlers when their car was shot at, according to Israeli military...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Arafat: No More Arms Smuggling

    The U.S. State Department praised a letter from Yasser Arafat promising that the Palestinians would not try to smuggle weapons again. "We find it to be a positive letter, and we now look for action along the lines that he indicated in his letter,"...

  • Saying Uncle?

    By Rob Eshman

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Let's not kid ourselves: Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) has been hurting for a long, long time. If some part of the system of centers and services are to be saved, as hundreds if not thousands of Jews are now trying to do, it will take surgery, not first...

  • Arafat’s Lack of Leadership

    By James Prince

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The recent resurgence in anti-Israel terror brings the issue of international support for Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority to the fore. President George W. Bush made clear that the Palestinian leader must join the global war on terrorism by cracking down on religious extremists...

  • Bush Backed—Finally

    By Michael J. Jordan

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    With the launch of the U.S.-led war on terrorism, American Jewish leaders are rallying behind Washington.

    At the same time, anxiety that Israel's interests may be shunted aside seems to be dissipating.

    In the weeks since Sept. 11, the administration appears to have acted upon the...

  • Linkage, Redux

    By James D. Besser

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Despite aggressive spin control by Jewish leaders in the United States, the battle against the worldwide terror network of Osama bin Laden is already churning U.S.-Israel relations and resulting in intensified pressure on Jerusalem to work out a cease-fire with the Palestinians.

    That...

  • Trying to Talk

    By Tom Tugend

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Relations between Southern California's 600,000 Jews and 500,000 Muslims, which have been marked by roller coaster-like ups and downs over a 50-year history, have hit near bottom in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    With more than 200 hate crimes against Arab Americans...

  • Echoes of History

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ecclesiastes was right: Even in a world clouded by international terrorism, there's nothing new under the sun.

    Since Sept. 11, I've taken comfort, however small, in the echoes of history. The attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, with an estimated 6,300 dead, using American...

  • Common Fears

    By Mike Levy

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As thousands raced from the office towers of Manhattan, Jewish leaders in Los Angeles scrambled in two directions at once.

    The safety of the Jewish community during the High Holy Days had to be reevaluated. At the same time, major Jewish organizations expressed the need to speak out...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Reading Is Fundamental

    Dustin Hoffman was one of many stars to kick off the third year of KOREH L.A. Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC)'s literacy program at the Downtown Central Library. The "Los Angeles Jewish Coalition for Literacy" program pairs volunteers with LAUSD...

  • Together for Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Thousands of Angelenos joined in a rally Sunday morning, July 22, to emotionally affirm their solidarity with Israel and her people.

    The crowd packed a two-block stretch of Wilshire Boulevard, which was closed by a massive police presence, anchored by the Jewish Federation's...

  • Shocked, Shocked

    By Rob Eshman

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    This Marc Rich story has legs and then some. Bill Clinton's last-moment pardon of the indicted billionaire commodities trader has, like so many of the former president's actions, created a cottage industry in sleazy revelation.

    The scandals change, but their essential elements...

  • Dear Bill: Thanks a Lot

    By James D. Besser

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Ex-President Clinton:

    We couldn't help but notice that some of your most controversial last-minute pardons and commutations went to our fellow Jews.

    Thanks a lot, boychik.

    Many of your actions seemed justified, but a few had the pungent aroma of political payoff, which badly...

  • Men and Martyrs

    By Rob Eshman

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The ghost of Yitzhak Rabin speaks to Ehud Barak, and the message isn't pretty. Ehud, one old soldier tells another, they never really miss you till you're gone.



    Will it take, God forbid, another assassination for American Jews to appreciate Ehud Barak? Will the man now being...

  • Scrambling for Access

    By James D. Besser

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Listen closely, and you can almost hear the sound of panic sweeping through the boardrooms of Jewish organizations around the country.



    A new administration is taking over in Washington, and Jewish machers are faced with the loss of their most treasured political commodity:...

  • Down to the Wire

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Jews agonized along with the rest of the country as the results from the Nov. 7 election trickled in. Hardly as split as the rest of the nation, Jews in California preferred Al Gore to George Bush 82 to 15 percent. Nationally, Gore received 79 percent of the Jewish vote,...

  • 6505: Home for the Next Generation

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    For Federation executives and board members, 6505 Wilshire is more than just another building. It is a monument to years of memories; an edifice awash in nostalgic value. But does the Miracle Mile area headquarters hold any meaning for the new generation of Federation leaders? And...

  • Coming Together Aboard Bus No. 2

    By Beverly Gray

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    I have never been a fan of group travel. Bernie and I like to headout for parts unknown, armed only with a guidebook and a rental car.So what were we doing on the mammoth Golden Anniversary CommunityMission sponsored by the Jewish Federation Council of Greater LosAngeles?

    Frankly, the...

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