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  • Letters to the Editor

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Conflict in Israel

    I was touched by Helen Schary Motro's story ("Our Jamal," Oct. 13). However, there is a slight discrepancy between her article, your photo caption and Israeli news reports. The reader is given the impression that child was killed by a stray or errant bullet....

  • Letters to the Editor

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Westside JCC

    The problems at the Westside Jewish Community Center (WJCC) have been a recurring theme over the past few years ("In the Center of Controversy," Sept. 22). It is very unfortunate that this prime resource in our community continues to be underutilized. These problems are...

  • Letters

    June 1, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Without Notice

    Shortly after my article "Reform Judaism Needs Standards" was published in the New York Jewish Week, Gene Lichtenstein called me and asked if The Jewish Journal could publish it. I figured - why not? What could go wrong?I was wrong. In 30 years of writing articles, The...

  • Letters

    By James D

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Re: "Our Birthright," by Gene Lichtenstein (Jan. 15):

    A Jewish tour of Europe certainly would be enlightening for some, but clearly an Israel experience is more fundamental and transformative, appealing to Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews alike.

    An Israel program is a "whole body" Jewish...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Nice, Decent and But

    Dear Deborah,

    The three worst words in the English language for a single man are "nice," "decent" and "but," as in "You're a nice, decent man, but let's just be friends."

    A single...

  • Letters

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    What if you discovered a modern-day genocide plot? What if you discovered that the perpetrators had killed over 1 million people on the way to their goal of the destruction of an entire race of 6 million people? Would you have the courage to act?


  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Deborah,

    I read your column in The Jewish Journal and waswondering if you have any good advice on sibling relationships. Yousee, my three sons are always at war. Since they were small, myhusband and I had to pull them apart, and now that they are adults ithas only gotten...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Your resounding replies to Headin' for the Exit("Renounces Jewish Women," April 17) and all the subsequent salvoscontinue to bounce off the walls of my P.O. Box. Although we are allundoubtedly weary from the sexism, anti-Semitism and plainpigheadedness the man-vs.-woman tug-of-war...

  • Letters

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Regarding your June 5 cover story: If Jews are so special -- and I believe we are -- when are we going to find or create visual images of ourselves other than those from 18th century Eastern Europe that can inspire us today?


  • Letters

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I agree with Joel Kotkin that any politicalactions that serve to further divide Californians along racial linesare hurtful to all of us ("The Racialization of L.A. Politics," May8). However, I take issue at his support of Proposition 227 and itsco-author Ron Unz.

    As a teacher in...

  • Letters

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I found your article "Weathering the Crisis"(March 13) little more than loshonhora (gossip). I have been in a fewmedical institutions in my 20 years as a registered nurse, but nonesuch as the City of Hope, until seven years ago when I was diagnosedwith acute leukemia and required a...
  • Letters

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Thank you very much for your articles about the state of Beth OlamCemetery. Nobody was aware that it was in danger of being padlocked,abandoned, and subsequently available for vandalism and scavengers.To those many of us who have close relatives interred there and havepaid for graves...
  • Letters

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Just to clarify Tom Tugend's "Strain in the Relationship" (Aug.22):

    Hollywood's power brokers of Jewish ancestry met on Tisha B'Av atthe Hillcrest Country Club (over shrimp cocktails, perhaps?) todiscuss their "genuine quest for a 'new identity' in theirrelationship to Israel."

    Are we...

  • LettersThe Real Steven

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Unauthorized biographies are just that, and even a little less!Joseph McBride's error-laden tome which Robert Eshman reviewed("Beach Bio Bingo," July 18), is so typical of that genre that I amcompelled to comment. I feel I have a right and a duty to do so sinceI am one of the...
  • LettersPublic vs. Day Schools

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It was with dismay and embarrassment that I read
    your cover story "Beyond Their Means" (July 18). As a
    committed Jew, I am appalled at the attitude of the
    people quoted in the article who seem to think that their
    children have the "right" to a Jewish day school
    education. It astounds...
  • LettersDefending Dad

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A copy of the Jewish Journal of March 21 has just come to my possession with an article entitled "An Unfashionable Opinion" by Sally Ogle Davis. This is based on the film "Shine" and an interview with Gillian and David Helfgott.

    Davis describes David's father's depiction in the film...

  • LettersBilingual Blues

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I have just read the article "Bilingual Blues," by Joel Kotkin in the June 20 issue, and agree with him in supporting the initiative "English for Children," provided the assimilationist ideology of the "one nation" concept is deleted from the measure.

    I am a credentialed elementary...

  • Address Special Needs

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    We read Beverly Gray's "Neglecting Those with Special Needs," (June 6) with great interest. We have one of those special needs children. We have utilized educational, psychological, physiological testing and developed an IEP (individual educational plan) for our son. He is currently...
  • LettersConsider Jewish Officers

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The article entitled "LAPD Black and Blue" by Xandra Kayden (May 23) disturbed me. The tone of the article implied that Los Angeles police officers are not only brutal, but they routinely lie. As a police officer in the LAPD, I know that nothing is farther from the truth. I hold...
  • LettersA Soaring Father

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    After reading Sally Ogle Davis' review of my father's work, "In the Presence of Mine Enemies"("Submitted for Your Approval," Apr. 18), I must take exception to her presumption that my father "abandoned his Judaism." I am curious as to when Davis had the opportunity to sit and talk...
  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Deborah,

    My husband and I were very depressed this past Mother's Day. Both of our mothers passed away years ago, my husband's by suicide. Also, both of us came from parents who divorced when we were young, and neither of us had very good relationships with our mothers.

    We do not...

  • LettersJewish Education

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    We were pleased to read Beverly Gray's column entitled "Congregation of Learners" (May 16). The column on the Experiment in Congregational Education, sponsored by the Hebrew Union College Rhea Hirsch School of Education, pointed to the important work in enhancing congregational...
  • LettersNo Respect

    May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Your giving front-page coverage and a review of "Harlot by the Side of the Road," a biblical evaluation by a lawyer, Jonathan Kirsch, was a sad reflection of The Journal's viewpoint of Judaism ("Taking on the Bible," May 9).

    Let us ignore for a moment that the book reflects the...

  • LettersNo to Peace Now

    May 15, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Regarding "Opposing Har Homa" by Richard Gunther (March 28), I believe that people like Richard Gunther hinder a peace process. They make true compromise more difficult as it is seen as a sign of internal strife and weakness. Unfortunately, Mr. Gunther would not be in Israel to...
  • LETTERSUJ Layoffs

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It appears that The Jewish Journal, in its haste to publish an article about "doings" at the University of Judaism, was prepared to forgo a great deal of accuracy. Most of the information reported in "UJ Layoffs" (May 2) was incorrect, including the actual number of layoffs (fewer...
  • LettersPeace Now

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rob Eshman caught the mood of frustration and concern that was evident at Jerry Bubis' home at a recent meeting of our local Peace Now leadership. This concern is born of the destructive strategies and tactics of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. With the change in election laws it...
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