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  • Your Letters

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Revolution

    Your article on the "Rabbi Revolution" (May 30) omitted one very important Westside rabbi. Rabbi Asher Brander, 35, has led the Westwood Kehilla for nine years, inspiring a renaissance of Jewish learning and thought.

    During this last year, he single-handedly...

  • Bush at Auschwitz: Troubling Contradictions

    By Dr. Rafael Medoff

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On Sat., May 31, President Bush visited Auschwitz, and spoke about the horrors of that place where some 1.5-million Jews were gassed to death by the Nazis. On Wed., June 4, Bush will have embraced a Palestinian Arab leader who has written that the Nazis didn't murder millions of...

  • Finding a Role for Woznica

    By Marc Ballon

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    David Woznica was anything but a model Hebrew school student. At Congregation Adat Ari El in North Hollywood, his exasperated teachers often made him sit alone on "the bench" as punishment for interrupting them with jokes and whispers.

    Fast forward 35 years. On a recent Friday night,...

  • Rabbi Fields Passes Torch of Leadership

    By Julie G Fax

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Aside from being the oldest and most architecturally magnificent synagogue in Los Angeles, Wilshire Boulevard Temple may be remembered for another historic accomplishment: possibly the smoothest transition between a retiring rabbi and new rabbi in the annals of synagogue history.


  • Heschel’s ‘Visionary’ Principal Retiring

    By Jane Ulman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "You always have to wait for Shirley," the receptionist at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School announces to the people congregated in the office.

    Inside, Shirley Levine, the school's founder and head, confers with her assistant. She meets briefly with three teachers who have...

  • You Snooze, You Lose

    By Rob Eshman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This is the opposite of hypnosis. I am going to write a word, and you are not going to fall asleep. The word is, Sacramento.

    For most of us, state politics function as a kind of conversational snooze button. It's hard enough to get people involved in the police and pothole issues of...

  • Lieberman Candidacy Spotlights Fear Factor

    By Steve Berman

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman was in town the other day, raising money and support for his presidential quest. Since his stint as vice-presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the oh-so-close contest of 2000, Lieberman has become a national fixture in the political world.

    Throwing his...

  • U.S. Spending Ignores Domestic Deficits

    By Leonard Fein

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Write the word "fiscal" and know that a hefty proportion of your readers will find something else to read. So, let's talk about money instead.

    Specifically, about the money the states don't have.

    The only thing you need to know by way of background is that almost all states are...

  • Community Briefs

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Center Board Wants Member to Resign

    Pini Herman, an activist and outspoken critic of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA), has been asked to resign from the advisory board of the Westside Jewish Community Center (WJCC) by the group's president.


  • Labor Sinks to New Low as Mitzna Quits

    By Leslie Susser

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Amram Mitzna's decision to abdicate the leadership of the Labor Party after just months on the job seems to signal the lowest ebb for a party that dominated Israeli life for decades. But it might just herald a dramatic realignment of Israel's political map.

    After months of rebellion...

  • Peace Opportunities Facing Obstacles

    By Leslie Susser

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On the face of it, conditions are ripe for a new chapter in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

    The American victory in Iraq has changed the regional balance of power, and the "road map" plan drafted by the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia marks a new, widely...

  • ‘Map’ Puts Pressure on Bush and Sharon

    By James D. Besser

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With a new Palestinian government almost ready to roll, the Bush administration may be in the uncomfortable position of getting exactly what it asked for.

    But that's nothing compared to the potential conflicts facing Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon, who now may have to make the...

  • Roadblock Arises to Subvert ‘Road Map’

    By Leonard Fein

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What can account for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's recent assault on the State Department? Gingrich, just eight years ago Time magazine's Man of the Year, these days largely reduced to self-promotion (Check his Web site at newt.org.), is a senior fellow at the American...

  • Goodbye, Rabbi

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As posted on its Web site, part of Leo Baeck Temple's mission is to "develop an island of serenity within a complex, troubled world." This spring, the Reform synagogue says goodbye to a rabbi whose decades of calm, scholarly leadership is responsible for much of that serenity.


  • Holy Boundaries

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion includes the verse: "Do not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination" (Leviticus 18:22).

    The subject is particularly at issue because the Conservative movement is now revisiting Jewish laws around homosexuality and the ordination of openly gay...

  • Sharon Interview: Truth or Bluff?

    By Leslie Susser

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's customary for Israeli prime ministers to express their wishes for peace on the eve of the major Jewish holidays. But with speculation rife about how the war in Iraq will affect the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace, a mid-April interview with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon --...

  • Your Letters

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbis for Rent

    Miriam Garber refers to "Rabbis for Rent" (March 28) as a godsend because "they do God's work without putting a price tag on it, as it should be." After a quick review of the RabbiRentals.com Web site, however, I see that all of the rabbis on the site do, in fact,...

  • Stanley Hirsh, Journal Publisher, Dies at 76

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Stanley Hirsh, the imposing philanthropist, real estate investor and garment manufacturer as renown for his blunt-spoken style as his contributions to Jewish and political causes, died at his Studio City home March 22 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. He was 76.


  • Your Letters

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Fear Factor

    The content of Jane Ulman's article ("The Fear Factor," March 14) on the scary aspects of Purim was reasonable. However, I hope you will consider running a headline article titled, "Is Halloween Too Scary?" As Ulman points out, the dark side of Purim is balanced by...

  • Anti-Semitism Taints Anti-War Movement

    By Daniel Sokatch

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As Jews who question our nation's march to war in Iraq, we are deeply disturbed by events surrounding last month's massive protest demonstration in San Francisco.

    Allegations that Rabbi Michael Lerner, a prominent peace activist and editor of Tikkun magazine, was asked not to speak...

  • Moranic Statement

    By Matthew E. Berger

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A furor over comments by a U.S. lawmaker is highlighting the resurgent trend of blaming Israel and the Jewish community for the impending war against Iraq.

    Six rabbis from northern Virginia have asked for the resignation of Rep. James Moran (D-Va.), after he told constituents last...

  • Don’t Expect Arab Democracy Anytime Soon

    By Avi Davis

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Those expecting democracy to spring to life in Iraq soon after an allied invasion might wish to recall the fate of another Arab strongman from 36 years ago.

    In June, 1967, Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser was sitting in the darkened studios of Cairo Radio, with barely a candle...

  • New opportunity arises to Aid Jews in Former Soviet Union

    By Dr. Robert J. Meth

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Fifteen years after we stood together in Washington, D.C., to rally for Soviet Jewish emigration, we have a second opportunity to save hundreds of thousands of Jews.

    Through the National Council of Soviet Jewry's (NCSJ) efforts in the successor states of the former Soviet Union...

  • Giving to the Future

    By Joe Berkofsky

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Financial wizard Michael Steinhardt is blunt in assessing the future of North American Jewry.

    The next generation is "mostly Jewish ignoramuses," Steinhardt said. "We haven't convinced the general Jewish population of the value of a Jewish education."

    Steinhardt's bleak...

  • Your Letters

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Army of One

    In "An Army of One" (Jan. 24), The Jewish Journal states, "he can count the times he's missed a deadline on the fingers of one hand." It should have read, "Army Archerd has never missed a deadline in 50 years writing his column at Daily Variety."

    Army Archerd, Los...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. to Reduce Sinai Presence

    The United States has convinced Israel and Egypt to accept an immediate cut in the American presence in the Sinai, JTA has learned. According to an Israeli official, the United States will continue to lead the Multinational Force and Observers --...

  • ‘Dreamers’ Still Hold Hope for Peace

    By Gil Sedan

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sometimes, they say, hope shines brightest in the darkest hours. Palestinians and Israelis have never been further apart in the past decade, with nearly 3,000 people killed in the two years of the Palestinian intifada.

    Yet "the dreamers," as some call them, are still busy preparing...

  • Arab Accountability

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When people hear about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, they assume that Israelis are white, European oppressors and that Palestinians are indigenous people of color being taken over and kicked out of their native home. The familiar script of European racism and...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    U.N. Approves Six Anti-Israel Resolutions

    The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved six resolutions criticizing Israeli policies. Though such resolutions are passed annually, most noteworthy was the U.S. vote against a resolution condemning the Israeli law that...

  • Peace ‘Map’ Fears

    By Matthew E. Berger

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israel backers are raising numerous concerns about the latest version of the U.S. "road map" for Middle East peace.

    Analysts and Jewish leaders say the latest version, currently being hammered out in Washington, diverges from President Bush's June 24 speech, in which he called for...

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