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  • Jewish Groups Take Pro-Immigrant Stand

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    You didn't see many Jews amid the sea of Mexican and American flags during the recent pro-immigrant rallies that filled city streets, but Jews and Jewish groups, in largely liberal Los Angeles, have been advocating on behalf of immigrants, mostly outside the view of television...

  • Just Joking Around

    By Ed Rampell

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Being a right-winger nowadays may seem like no laughing matter, but there really are conservatives with a sense of humor. Even ones who tell jokes professionally. Even Jewish ones. And some of them appear at "Right to Laugh," a comic showcase staged most recently at the Friars Club...

  • Did the Jews Kill Christmas?

    By Andrew Silow-Carroll

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Last year's big holiday debate was whether the Jews had ruined Christmas. This year, with erev Chanukah coinciding with Christmas Day, people have begun asking how we can save it. The Wall Street Journal reports that retailers hope an unusually late Chanukah can boost holiday sales...

  • Wal-Mart as a Low-Price Villain

    By Robert David Jaffee

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When asked how he differs from documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, Robert Greenwald deadpans, "He's taller than me. He has a beard."

    For his part, Greenwald is not backed by major studios. His films receive next to no traditional advertising. And he resorts to no gimmicks or...

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  • U.S. Left May Be Turning Against Israel

    By Joel Kotkin

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    For years, American Jews, including liberals, have watched in astonishment as Europe's left-wing media, academic and political elites have turned decisively against Israel and, to some extent, Jews, as well.

    Now it may well be America's turn, at least according to a recent survey by...

  • SWF Rabbi

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It begins typically. I am sitting at the bar with some friends drinking a beer out of the bottle. I peel the soggy label off with my freshly painted nails; an odd ritual I took up back in college that has infuriated bartenders all over the world. I scope the scene out of mascaraed...

  • When Jews Lose

    By Joel Kotkin

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The narrow defeat of mayoral candidate Robert Hertzberg marked a signal defeat not only for Los Angeles but for the future of Jewish influence in Los Angeles. For the second time in four years, Los Angeles voters turned down a smart, moderate Jewish candidate -- last time it was...

  • Liberal Academics Blind to Terror Threat

    By Avi Davis

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The professor narrowed his eyes, leaned back in his chair and yawned.

    "You don't really believe that do you?"

    I stared back perplexed.

    "What?"

    "That there is really some terrorist conspiracy poised against the United States."

    There was a short silence. I took a deep breath, not...

  • Candidates Eye the Jewish Vote

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Now that it's down to John Kerry versus George W. Bush, American Jews -- prominent in swing states in what could be a close election -- can expect plenty of attention.

    "Anything that moves a few hundred or a few thousand voters one way or another in any state can cause a seismic...

  • Truthbusters

    By Rob Eshman

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In the checkout line of any Whole Foods Market, you can pick up a copy of a magazine called Adbusters. It's a 120,00-circulation leftist journal, published in Vancouver, with a corresponding Web site that prides itself on deconstructing the commercial forces its editors believe erode...

  • Fervent Political

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    How does a Jewish community journalist cover such a non-Jewish election?

    Non-Jewish, I mean, in the sense that the recall battle isn't being fought over issues that are especially important to Jews. Nor does there seem to be many Jews involved, except as potential voters and as...

  • Recall Quandaries

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    How will California's Jews vote in the Gray Davis recall? Will this long-standing Democratic community stay with the incumbent, support a Democratic alternative or be drawn to Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger? What are the political orientations of California's Jews?

    The Jewish...

  • Times’ Shalhevet Article Is Not News

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I have tried explaining it to friends outside Los Angeles. But the Los Angles Times of Sunday, Aug. 3, cannot be explained in words alone. One must have held the paper in hand to appreciate what appeared that day.

    A dear friend from the East, who that morning had e-mailed me the...

  • New Shot Fired in Media Bias War

    By Cathy Young

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The never-ending debate over the existence of left-wing bias in the media got a boost a few days ago with the revelation that the editor of one of America's top daily newspapers had evidently joined the ranks of critics of the "liberal media." A leaked memo from Los Angeles Times...

  • Israelis Shun Terror as Sole Issue of Life

    By Tom Tugend

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Even in the face of terrorist attacks and the likely fallout from a war in Iraq, Israelis refuse to become a "single-issue society."

    "We continue to care passionately about religious pluralism and equality," said Rabbi Uri Regev, executive director of the World Union...

  • Making Marriage Work

    By Amy Klein

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Like marijuana?

    Believe in men's rights?

    Want a secular state?

    If you happen to have an offbeat or nonmainstream platform for Israel, now is the time to run in the Jan. 28 parliamentary elections. One lesson to be learned from the list of the 30 parties vying for Knesset is...

  • Fighter for Justice

    By Tom Tugend

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Arthur P. Stern's life is the stuff of young immigrant-makes-good legend. At 77, the white-thatched grandfather can look back on a brilliant engineering and business career, highlighted by path-breaking inventions and the plaudits of American and Israeli generals for his...

  • Cape Town Clash

    By Moira Schneider

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A controversial conversion has reignited a dispute over Orthodox Jewish standards between South Africa's Orthodox establishment and one of the largest Orthodox congregations in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Attempts to paper over the cracks between the beit din, or the Jewish law court,...

  • Increasing Political Isolation for Jews

    By James D. Besser

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If all those statistics are true about Jews still being one of the most liberal voting blocs in the nation, why are they increasingly estranged from the American left?

    Easy: The left, ranging from the anti-globalism fringes to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to some segments of...

  • The New Jewish Politic

    By Journal Staff

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Combative and fiesty, Larry Sternberg relishes the impact of his Libertarian views. When running in a congressional primary for Rep. Robert Badham's vacated District 47 seat, Sternberg advocated decriminalizing illegal drugs. Despite a lack of campaign resources, he stood out in a...

  • Your Letters

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Daniel Pearl

    "Yes I am a Jew and my father is a Jew and my mother is a Jew."God Bless Daniel Pearl and his family ("A Voice Silenced," March 1).

    Dr. Leland S. Shapiro, Simi Valley



    Abe Foxman

    As the present and past national chairmen of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), we are...

  • Back on Track

    By Tom Tugend

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) has reestablished its Los Angeles-based regional office with the appointment of a new president and a new executive director.

    AJCongress national president Jack Rosen named Dr. Steven A. Teitelbaum as president of the Pacific Southwest Region,...

  • Spreading the Word

    By Julie Wiener

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Shirley Kotler of Los Angeles said her commitment to day schools stems from her interest in "perpetuating Judaism."

    "I'm frightened about assimilation," said Kotler, who funds the modern Orthodox Shalhevet school, which her grandchildren attend, and created an endowed faculty position...

  • The Liberal Revival

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    What a great week this has been for liberals. If it does nothing else, Election '98 makes it OK to use "L" word again. I love it -- it is so much more descriptive of hope and dream than the neutered word "moderate." Liberals have been abused on both the left (by multiculturalists)...
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