Seven years on, many Jews still have lingering questions about the addition to the pro-Israel lobbying scene of Christians United for Israel, the project of evangelical leader Rev. John Hagee.
It's graduation time and The Journal caught up with several high-achieving high school graduates from around the Southland. For many of these young leaders, Judaism will continue to play a role in their lives as they enter the world of college and beyond.
It was two years ago that Yocheved Rosenthal of Hancock Park heard that a family of young Orthodox children had been placed in a non-Jewish, Spanish-speaking foster home.
Inside a ballroom at the Washington Hilton, Rabbi Leonid Feldman, the Soviet-raised spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach, captivates thousands of young Jews with his moving, heartwrenching account of the long, treacherous road that led him to discover the Judaism that so many of us Americans take for granted. For him and his Russian Jewish brethren, just being Jewish -- let alone practicing Judaism -- was a life-jeopardizing reality.
For Jewish leaders, lobbying sometimes involves tough choices between winning and doing the right thing. That dynamic is very much in play this week as many Jewish groups, with a boost from President Bill Clinton, fight desperately to save a new hate crimes law that has become cannon fodder in the nation's culture wars.