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  • Olmert’s Conversion From Pol to Leader

    By Larry Derfner

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As far as personality goes, Ehud Olmert is not my kind of guy. He comes off like he thinks he's God's gift to humanity, riffraff that we are.

    I remember several years ago when as mayor of Jerusalem, he came to view the damage to a local Conservative synagogue that had been...

  • Scheinerman/Sharon

    By Rob Eshman

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The pre-mortem eulogies, the stream of editorials, the international expressions of sympathy -- what you are witnessing is Ariel

    Sharon's ascension to the Jewish pantheon.

    It is a remarkable aliyah. Once anathema to a majority of American Jews, Sharon is now a crossover hit among...

  • Uncertain Time for Likud in America

    By Tom Tugend

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ariel Sharon and his Likud party used to be the safest of bets for American supporters of Israel who are conservative, hawkish or focused foremost on security. And Sharon's Likud could rely on its American tribe for financial and political support.

    But times have changed -- and...

  • Clear Ideological Focus Marks Olmert

    By Leslie Susser

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ehud Olmert, who took over as acting Israeli prime minister following Ariel Sharon's debilitating stroke, is a career politician with a clear ideological focus. If he becomes prime minister in his own right, Olmert can be expected to carry on peacemaking efforts with the Palestinians...


    By Gidi Grinstein

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    History will note the premiership of Ariel Sharon as the pivotal moment when Israel decided that ending control over the Palestinians was in its own, crucial interest. And it was the time that Israel took dramatic unilateral action to pursue that course. Disengagement, defeating...

  • Brandeis-Bardin’s Changing Face

    By Jane Ulman

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm


    Drive into The Brandeis-Bardin Institute, up the pepper tree-lined main thoroughfare and through the gates leading to 3,000 acres of rolling hills in the Santa Susana Mountains. Enter a setting so magnificent that it's easy to believe, as Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley...

  • Bibi Up,  Sharon Down —for Now

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Former prime minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is back in control of Israel's Conservative Likud Party as his onetime ally and current rival, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, recovers from a mild stroke.

    Exit polls showed Netanyahu winning Monday's Likud Party leadership primary with 47...

  • Fifty Nifty Tribemembers

    By Gaby Friedman

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The weather may be warmer, the people more laid-back, and it may be several-thousand miles away from the larger Jewish communities of New York and Chicago, but that apparently doesn't stop Los Angeles from having a big toothy influence on national Jewish affairs.

    There are,...

  • A Surprise Might Attract More To Shuls

    By David Suissa

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In many synagogues across the country today, the $64,000 question is the same: How can we get more people to come more often?

    Unlike the old days of quaint ghettos and neighborhoods, Judaism has become a choice. Synagogues today compete against Starbucks and other distractions, as...

  • Sharon Emerges as Rabin’s Heir

    By Leslie Susser

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    As world leaders gathered in Israel to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, Israelis are asking to what extent the killer's bullet changed the course of Israeli-Palestinian history.

    An Israeli assassin, a right-wing extremist, killed Rabin on Nov. 4,...

  • Dueling Ukranian Rabbis

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's nice to see Judaism make a comeback in the former Soviet Union, but this is ridiculous. Ukraine now has three dueling chief rabbis amid a hopelessly divided Jewish community -- creating a spiritual bottleneck that also is filled with political intrigue.

    Who do they think they...

  • Rabbi David Shofet to Serve as Iranians’ Spiritual Leader

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 90 religious and social leaders from Southern California's Iranian Jewish community have formally and unanimously recognized Rabbi David Shofet of the Nessah Cultural Center as the community's new spiritual head.

    While Shofet was not elected, the leadership from leading...

  • A Historic Event

    By Chanan Tigay

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It was a remarkable sight: the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan sitting on a New York dais alongside leaders of the American Jewish community and Israel's ambassador to the United Nations -- while eating a kosher dinner beneath a blue-and-white banner reading: "Council...

  • Specter Trademark: Taking on Big Fights

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Soon after the late ABC News anchor Peter Jennings was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), himself fighting Hodgkin's disease, wrote to the journalist. Work is the best antidote for cancer, Specter told him.

    Specter may be trying to prove the...

  • Religion Briefs: All Are Welcome

    By Amy Klein

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Religion. Within the parameters of Judaism it can mean many things.

    From the usual labels we use to cover the gamut of observance -- Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist -- there are whole worlds in between: Orthodox can be affiliated with Chasidic, black hat, Chabad,...

  • Can Jewish Groups Get Back on Track?

    By Rachel Pomerance

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A Jewish conference focused on a looming crisis might strike some as more of the same.

    But a wave of recent gatherings has tackled the existential questions facing world Jewry, and many are aimed at or driven by new actors.

    The slew of new forums focusing on the future of the Jewish...

  • Mayor Should Foster Economic Growth

    By Rockard J. Delgadillo

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The hopes and expectations carried by Antonio Villaraigosa as he takes the helm of the city could at first appear to be monumentally daunting. After all, the diversity of our population, our geography, our economy seem in so many ways to be unmanageable.

    And while the new mayor won...

  • Jewish Interns Get Peers to ‘Come Out’

    By Marc Ballon

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender UCLA students recently gave Queen Esther, Haman and Queen Vashti a radical makeover.

    To jazz up the deliverance of the Jews from evil Haman, 10 LGBT undergrads staged "Purim for Divas." A bisexual woman donning a black cape, Mardi...

  • Villaraigosa Would Make a Great Mayor

    By Jack Weiss

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    On the morning of Rosh Hashanah last fall, Antonio Villaraigosa accompanied my family and me to services. He had a busy schedule that day, and as the promised hour for the conclusion of services came and went, I told Antonio

    I would understand if he left.

    "I'm staying," he...

  • Presbyterians Won’t Budge on Divesting

    By James D. Besser

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    You have to hand it to those Presbyterians. Their leaders know what they want, and they won't be deflected by things like logic, fairness or the well-being of people in the Middle East.

    Church leaders in Louisville, Ky., appear determined to single out Israel for corporate...

  • Republicans Kvell Over Orthodox Lobbyist

    By Ben Smith

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    In a rapid, confidential near-whisper, Jeff Ballabon was offering his counterintuitive take on former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

    "If you go to his house today, he has a mezuzah on the door," Ballabon said. And when they went to a Baltimore Orioles baseball game together,...

  • Letters to the Editor

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Anti-Semitism Awareness
    Rona Ram missed the point (“Awareness Week at UCLA Hit by Apathy,” March 18). In her article, she asserts that apathy and indifference among Jewish students with regard to anti-Semitism threatens Jewish continuity and resulted in disappointment among the...
  • Artists Converge After ‘The Passion’

    By David Finnigan

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Christian children wearing their Sunday best for last week's Easter services understandably could forget, amidst their Easter egg hunts, that the Last Supper of Jesus was a Passover seder.

    But in this season of Easter and Passover, connections between the holidays has inspired...

  • Young Adults Heed the Leadership Call

    By Marc Ballon

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Heather Greenberg has long known that she wanted to give back. Greenberg, 36, remembers well how Jewish charities helped her family as she grew up. There was the scholarship provided by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in North Hollywood when her parents, recent émigrés from...

  • Cure Found for the Summertime Blues

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    When Sarah Winchell needs motivation or encouragement, during her daily prayers she visualizes Chimney Rock, a landmark in the Rocky Mountains surrounded by frozen lakes, a plunging cliff and a blanket of snow. The image has been imprinted in the 15-year-old's mind since she saw...

  • Letters to the Editor

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Jewish-Black Ties

    The outrageous assertion that blacks and Jews have "passed through a period of hostility and animosity" and come together for "issues ranging from civil rights legislation to Israel" is absurd ("Jewish-Black Ties Loosen Over Years," Jan. 14).

    If it takes "a...

  • Awards Appreciate the Unappreciated

    By Julie G Fax

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Sitting in a roomful of teachers and the people who love them in a Bel Air hotel on a recent Thursday afternoon, you could almost forget that Jewish educators are inexcusably underappreciated, underhonored and underpaid.

    The Jewish Educator Awards luncheon, hosted by award sponsors...

  • See Change

    By Rob Eshman

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    About 6,000 people pass through the doors of the University of Judaism (UJ) each year, 13,000 if you include the people who catch its high-profile public lecture series at the Universal Amphitheatre. Significant as that number is, it means tens of thousands of other Los...

  • Charities Seek Ties to MTV Generation

    By Marc Ballon

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Jewish charities, already having a hard time because of intermarriage, assimilation and growing competition from non-Jewish nonprofits, face what could be their biggest challenge yet: finding a way to appeal to legions of young Jews who stand to inherit billions over the...

  • Making 2005 a Year of Peace in Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon predicts 2005 will be the year of peace -- and Israelis, Palestinians and key members of the international community are taking steps to make it happen.

    In a keynote speech last week at the Herzliya Conference on Israel's National Security, Sharon...

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