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  • Briefs

    By David Finnigan

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Sports Program for Disabled

    When Jeff Liss saw a group of developmentally challenged boys wearing kippot last year at the Third Street Promende, it gave him an idea.

    Liss, a coach with the Westside division of the Special Olympics, had trained and worked with mentally and...

  • Kadima Comes Home

    By Julie G Fax

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Like a young family relishing the newfound freedom of a first home, Kadima Hebrew Academy in West Hills has painted the walls of its new building whatever colors it wants.

    Kadima, a 34-year-old Solomon Schechter Conservative day school, had been renting a building from Los Angeles...

  • Abbas Gaining in Bid to Succeed Arafat

    By Dan Baron

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    With a patient realpolitik, not to mention the tacit approval of Israel and the United States, Mahmoud Abbas is inching toward the Palestinian leadership.

    A poll of West Bank and Gaza Strip residents released Sunday found that a plurality of Palestinians, 41 percent, support Abbas'...

  • Sharon Wins Key Likud Party Vote

    By Leslie Susser

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    After a string of embarrassing defeats in his own party, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's victory in the election of key Likud officers raises the chances that he will be able to broaden his government and push through a promised withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip -- though...

  • Stakes Loom Big in Future of High Court

    By James D. Besser

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) gets it and so does the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism. Both groups have made careful scrutiny of the Bush administration's judicial nominations a top priority in the past year.

    Groups on the religious right get it, as...

  • Israel Lays Plans for Post-Arafat Era

    By Leslie Susser

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As Israel looks ahead to the post-Arafat era, the government is considering a series of policy options: in the short term, easing conditions in the Palestinian territories to help a new leadership consolidate power and in the longer term, restarting peace talks based on the "road...

  • L.A. Jewish GOP Parties, Dems Despair

    By Marc Ballon

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Stress and disappointment gave way to jubilation at the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) of Los Angeles' election night party as President George W. Bush piled up the electoral votes and turned the map of the United States Republican red.

    The mood was far more somber at the...

  • Closing the Gap on Believers

    By Jack Miles

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Is religion more prominent or less today in American life? Is it fading away or roaring ahead? Articles about the conservative Christian influence in the Bush administration point -- often fearfully -- in one direction. Statistics about the disappearance of young adults in the 18-30...

  • Progress or Pressure If Arafat Goes?

    By Leslie Susser

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli officials are quietly confident that if Yasser Arafat's health forces him to leave office, new chances for Israeli-Palestinian accommodation will open up.

    But they are aware of a number of pitfalls. The most serious danger is that any successor to Arafat might not have the...

  • Why Kerry:  Bush Policies Endanger Israel

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Republicans are trying to woo traditionally Democratic Jewish voters to President Bush. Their argument is that the president's re-election is in

    the best interest of both the United States and Israel. We strongly disagree.

    The United States and Israel have long been bound by a strong...

  • Changing Tide of Jewish Expression

    By David Ellenson

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Judaism has a long, complicated, fascinating history, and no chapter offers developments more unique than those written in the 350 years since the Jews first arrived in America. There are a number of reasons for this, although the most illuminating is perhaps that offered by the late...

  • Kerry Offers Hope for Israel

    By Dahlia Scheindlin

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Many American Jews and Israeli Americans seem impressed by George W. Bush's putative support for Israel. As an Israeli, I implore responsible

    Jewish voters who care about Israel: Look at his record over his rhetoric, and you'll see the dangers of his leadership for this country....

  • Episcopal Church Mulls Divestment

    By David Finnigan

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish leaders are displeased with another mainline Protestant church's call for divestment of church funds from companies doing business with Israel, with Southern California clergy trying to quell what could be an interfaith nightmare.

    "Obviously one of our fears when the...

  • Happy Campers

    By Rob Eshman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We are driving to pick up our son from camp. He's been there three weeks, the longest stretch he's been away from us since his birth. In this age of e-mails and BlackBerrys and cell phones, the rule at Camp Alonim at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley is no e-mails,...

  • Jewish Senators

    By James D. Besser

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With control of the Senate hanging in the balance, 34 seats are up for grabs on Nov. 2. And while a few races feature intense campaigns with too-close-to-call outcomes, most resemble the reelection effort of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is so far in front of his Republican...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Gift of Life

    When the spring mission of the Men's Division for Israel Bonds went to Israel in June they made a pit stop at Magen David Adom (MDA)'s Blood Center in Ramat Gan so that all the mission participants could donate blood. That stop is now going to become a permanent part...

  • Love-Bombing of Jews Hitting Mark

    By Rachel Donadio

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania could hardly contain his delight as he addressed a packed ballroom at the Plaza Hotel while he was in New York for the Republican National Convention.

    "Just know I love you!" the GOP senator, a Catholic, shouted to the largely Jewish crowd...

  • Chabad: To Change But Not Be Changed

    By Michael Berenbaum

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Chabad telethon is an appropriate occasion to consider one of the anomalies of contemporary American Jewish religious life. Chabad will be appealing for funds by skillfully using television, a medium that fewer and fewer of their Chasidim officially have in their homes -- they...

  • Political Activism Inspires Iranians

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Iran's growing nuclear threat has activated members of Los Angeles' Iranian Jewish community to participate in this year's presidential campaigns and make their voices heard.

    Political activism is a unique phenomenon for Iranian Jews, who, for 2,500 years in Iran, had been barred...

  • South Bay Bids Adieu to Shulman

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Ronald Shulman of Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay wasn't seeking a new challenge when the leadership of Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore approached him a year ago about applying for a position as senior rabbi of the 1,400-member Conservative shul. Shulman was just...

  • 20-Somethings

    By Amy Klein

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Do you remember what it's like to be in your 20s?

    You've just finished college, or maybe you've had an entry-level job or two, or maybe you've put off entering "the real world" for another couple of years by going into grad school and into unbearable debt. You're wondering what it...

  • Racist Repeats Election Stratagem

    By Donald H. Harrison

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Republican primary victory on Aug. 5 of white supremacist James Hart in Tennessee's 8th Congressional District is eerily familiar to Southern Californians.

    It seems like a page out of the 1980 playbook of Tom Metzger, the Ku Klux Klan grand dragon who won the Democratic...

  • How to Win Leaders and Influence People

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Melina Gimal has been a Jewish community professional for most of her life. As a young girl she worked at Jewish Community Centers in Argentina, and later at Hillels in Washington and Miami. But most of her peers aren't doing the same.

    "They just have it in their minds that they are...

  • Q & A With Rabbi Isaac Jeret

    By Adam Wills

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) has had its share of crises in the last year -- from toxic well water to wildfires. But one of the more damaging forces the Simi Valley institution has had to weather recently is the pervasive rumor of discord within its leadership following the...

  • Record Gridlock Good for Liberals

    By James D. Besser

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Stalemate has become standard operating procedure for Congress in recent years, but this year's legislative gridlock could be headed for the record books. That's a source of frustration for Jewish activists across the political spectrum -- but also of guilty relief for some.


  • Community Briefs

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian Journalist Critical of Arafat to Speak Here

    "Arafat is a powerful symbol. But today it's very difficult to say that he has control over what's happening on the ground."

    Coming from an Israeli journalist, such a statement would hardly be surprising. However, these...

  • View on Mideast ‘Embarrassing’

    By Ira Forman

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Recently former President Jimmy Carter spoke out about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as he visited Texas. He spoke of U.S. bias toward Israel, of Arab animosity toward the United States, because of a lack of progress in the peace process and he focused his criticism on the Israeli...

  • Freedom Is at Root of Mideast Peace

    By Rep. Howard Berman

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I'm fond of saying my identity as a Jew formed well before my identity as a Democrat. And I have always believed that a significant part of my mission and role in Congress is to weigh in and provide leadership on issues of critical concern to the Jewish community here and in Israel....

  • Victor M. Carter Dies at 94

    By Tom Tugend

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Victor M. Carter, who rose from poor immigrant boy to become a creator and shaper of the post-World War II Jewish community in Los Angeles, died March 27, at the age of 94.

    Two of his longtime friends, Herbert Gelfand and Edward Sanders, described Carter in almost identical words:...

  • Bush or Kerry?

    By Joel Kotkin

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    America's Jews face a difficult choice in this year's election. For many, the Bush administration symbolizes the kind of yahoo Republicanism -- shaped by evangelical Christianity and the South -- that grates on the sensibilities of a highly urbanized and socially liberal community.


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