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  • Coalition Lesson

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Community activist Karen Bass' victory in the 47th Assembly District's Democratic primary provides a valuable opening for coalition efforts between the Jewish community and a new generation of African American and Latino activists.

    Los Angeles has a long and distinguished history of...

  • Kerry Begins Jewish Outreach Effort

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Now that he's proven he's electable, John Kerry is ready to tell Americans why he should be elected.

    Only in recent days has the Massachusetts senator started to outline detailed policy positions. Some of these having to do with foreign policy and terrorism have been of particular...

  • Conservative Death Prophecy Draws Fire

    By Joe Berkofsky

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A top Reform rabbi is predicting the death of Conservative Judaism, drawing protests from the Conservative movement's leadership.

    The objections surfaced this week in response to an essay by Rabbi Paul Menitoff, executive vice president of the Reform movement's Central Conference of...

  • Under the Circumstances

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The great violinist, Itzhak Perlman, suffered from polio as a child and ever since has been in a wheelchair. On one occasion, while performing a violin concerto, one of the strings broke. It occurred in the very first movement with an audible ping. Everyone waited to see what he...

  • Sacramento Politics Take Strange Turn

    By Jill Stewart

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The radical outsiders in Sacramento are the moderates and pragmatists, a strange truth that was brought home dramatically this month, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature compromised on a ballot measure to refinance the state's huge debt and hem in future spending...

  • Dividing Lines

    By Rob Eshman

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    About two miles northwest of Bethlehem, Israel's much-discussed security fence comes to an end -- not with a bang but with a whimper.

    A massive pile of coiled razor wire lays in a tangled heap beside the completed portion of the fence, which here separates the newly built Jewish...

  • Israel Protests Hit Southland

    By David Finnigan

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Local activists protesting Israeli policies have expanded this month at various events that have attracted a range of pro-Palestinian activists, scholars and clergy from across Southern California.

    The growing pace of such gatherings reflects a trend among peace activists to...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    U.S.: Sept. 11, Pearl Death Linked

    The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks is believed to be the murderer of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who American authorities now believe is behind both incidents, is in U.S. custody. Pearl, the...

  • Pols Face Israel Litmus Test

    By James D. Besser

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What is the proper pro-Israel litmus test for presidential candidates? And who gets to decide?

    That recurring question has already had special relevance for former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, the surprise frontrunner in the 2004 Democratic presidential contest -- the kind of...

  • Education Briefs

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Breathing New Life Into Reform Curriculum

    For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Reform movement has introduced a new religious school curriculum. This fall, several religious schools around Los Angeles have incorporated Levels 3 and 4 of the CHAI: Learning for Jewish Life...

  • Arnold’s Post-Recall Bridge Building

    By Marc Ballon

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger has worked quickly to build bridges to the Jewish community and live up to his promise of including people of all races, religions and political views in his administration. Schwarzenegger, who some Jews have viewed with suspicion because of his...

  • The Cost of Latinization

    By Joel Kotkin

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For the most part, Jewish leadership in Los Angeles and elsewhere can be expected to oppose the recall of longtime "ally" Gov. Gray Davis and, in a pinch, support his Mini-Me proposed replacement, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante (see page 12). "Go along to get along" expediency and...

  • Israel’s Year of Strength

    By Yuval Rotem

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There are many ways to reflect on the year past and the year to come.

    This year, Israel is celebrating its 56th year of independence. Today's Israel -- a stronghold of democracy, freedom and Judaism -- is the ultimate proof of the triumph of the Jewish people. Israel is the...

  • Revitalizing the Core

    By John Fishel

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We live in an extraordinarily diverse and pluralistic city. It is in our Jewish DNA to want to participate in making the world a better place. It is also in our self-interest to live in a place where the societal needs are being adequately addressed. That is why The Jewish Federation...

  • Leaders Stay Silent as Israel Collapses

    By Avraham Burg

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Zionist revolution has always rested on two pillars: a just path and an ethical leadership. Neither of these is operative any longer.

    The Israeli nation today rests on a scaffolding of corruption and on foundations of oppression and injustice. As such, the end of the Zionist...

  • Oslo Timeline

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The following is a timeline of the most significant developments since the Oslo accords were signed 10 years ago this month.

    • On Sept. 13, 1993 -- After 18 months of secret meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Oslo, Norway, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO...

  • When Intelligence Falls Short

    By Dore Gold

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Intelligence errors usually are associated with military disasters like Pearl Harbor or the 1973 Yom Kippur War, not with diplomacy.

    Yet the last decade of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process may involve such an error of assessment. Looking back now, 10 years after the signing of...

  • A Rude Awakening in Spain

    By Amanda Susskind

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We are trekking through Toledo, Spain, happily reverting for a moment to a band of carefree tourists when we are halted in our tracks by a sight we had not expected. A series of stickers appended to street signs depicts a Jewish star with a slash through it -- the international sign...

  • A Voice of Democracy Where None Exists

    By Fakhr Ahmad

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Tashbih Sayyed believes in democracy as a way of life. He can be counted among the few Muslims in America who believe that modernism, free-thinking and education are keys to rid Muslims from the morass of extremism.

    Sayyed was the keynote speaker at a two-hour discussion on the...

  • Targeted Killings’ Other Casualties

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Killing Hamas leaders wounds the terrorist group, Israeli and Palestinian officials agree. At question is whether moderate Palestinians -- and U.S. influence in the region -- are also casualties of Israel's targeted strikes.

    Israel has killed at least 11 leaders of Hamas since the...

  • Center Responds to Critical News Story

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Since its beginning in 1977 as a one-man institution dedicated to Holocaust remembrance, the Simon Wiesenthal Center is now perhaps among the most visible and vocal Jewish voices in the United States.

    It bills itself as an international human rights organization, claims more than...

  • Terrorism Link in Davis Recall

    By Debbie Schlussel

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm a proud conservative Republican from Michigan, but I'm appealing to Californians of all political stripes not to support the recall of Gov. Gray Davis.

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) -- funder of the recall effort and the only announced candidate to replace Davis -- might be the...

  • Weil Delivers Bush Invocation

    By Adam Wills

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Friday-night fundraising dinner is the last place you'd expect to find an Orthodox rabbi. But Rabbi Steven Weil of Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills recently raced the clock in the hours before Shabbat to open for the president of the United States.

    Weil kicked off Bush's...

  • Pro-Israel: Solidarity or Retail Politics?

    By James D. Besser

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Pro-Israel lobbyists are patting themselves on the back these days for yet another congressional resolution declaring solidarity with the embattled State of Israel, and the kudos are justified.

    Pro-Israel resolutions these days are routinely passed with only token opposition;...

  • Rebels and Leaders

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One of my favorite Torah portions is the one that we will read this Shabbat. It reveals to us myriad recognizable human traits while transmitting to us some vital lessons.

    From this story, we see that some characteristics are bad while others are good; and, along the way, we observe...

  • Hamas and the Triple Standard

    By Edwin Black

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When it comes to Israel's fight against Hamas, a triple standard seems at work.

    Israel is now completely at war with Palestinian terror groups, no less than America is at war with Al Qaeda worldwide and Saddam loyalists in Iraq. Hence, Israel must escalate its rules of engagement,...

  • Boot Camp Hones Leadership Skills

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Boot camp for Jewish leaders? While typically only the wealthiest nonprofit organizations have adequate resources to professionally hone the skills of future volunteer leaders, last year the Jewish Federation of Orange County started the Jewish Leadership Network to season volunteer...

  • Educator CombinesTwo Passions in Life

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 26, 2003 | 7:59 pm

    Metuka Benjamin was sitting in a taxicab in a Tel Aviv traffic jam when the Israeli prime minister's limousine happened to pull up next to her. The driver recognized Benjamin and told her to ditch her cab and he would take her where she wanted to go -- and she did.

    While the Jewish...

  • Is America Ready for a Jewish President?

    By Mel Levine

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Is America ready for a Jewish president?

    According to a Gallup Poll released this month, as well as other polling data, the answer is a resounding yes.

    Despite this polling data, some Jews are fearful that "America is not ready" for a Jewish president. Or in a variation on that...

  • Your Letters

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Churchgoers

    I truly enjoyed the churchgoing Jews article ("Jewish Churchgoers on the Rise," June 6), for I have found myself to be among that group of people. I am affiliated with a Reform synagogue here in Los Angeles, the kids go to Sunday school and we even light candles...

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