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  • Jordan’s nuclear chief faces personal meltdown

    May 30, 2012 | 10:57 am

    The chief of Jordan’s nuclear commission and godfather of the kingdom’s nuclear program has come under increasing pressure to resign for allegedly making an insulting reference to local tribes, putting at risk the multi-billion dollar undertaking to solve the country’s energy...

  • Israel reconsidering nuclear power plans in light of Japan crisis

    March 17, 2011 | 11:20 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview with CNN that Israel is reconsidering its plans for a nuclear energy facility in light of what happened in Japan. The interview is set to be aired later on Thursday.

    Japan is facing a nuclear crisis after a major earthquake and...

  • Third explosion rocks earthquake-damaged Japan nuclear plant

    March 14, 2011 | 6:12 pm

    A third explosion in four days rocked the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan early Tuesday, the country’s nuclear safety agency said.

    The blast at Dai-ichi Unit 2 followed two hydrogen explosions at the plant - the latest on Monday - as...

  • Iranian Jewish community split as creditors force Ezri Namvar into bankruptcy

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 30, 2008 | 4:46 pm

    Businessman and philanthropist Ezri Namvar was once a pillar of the local Iranian Jewish community, a trusted friend to whom many in the community loaned freely and without fear.

    Now Namvar and his investment company, Namco Capital Group, Inc., are accused of losing as much as $400...

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  • Mergers and consolidations for congregations—it’s the economy, stupid [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 28, 2008 | 4:03 pm

    Friend of Bloggish Anita Susan Brenner writes:

    This week, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the leader of the Union for Reform Judaism, suggested that due to the post-Madoff economic crisis, some communities "may no longer be able to afford multiple synagogues." The solution is to merge Reform and...
  • Will recession fuel a return to public schools?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    December 23, 2008 | 10:41 pm

    Throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District, the recession is prompting middle-class parents to take a look at public middle and high schools they have long disdained. Private schools are just too expensive for many people.

    A large number of Jews, whose heritage and culture...

  • Hope vs. slippery slope

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 18, 2008 | 3:34 am

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  • Scholarships help keep middle-income kids in Jewish schools

    By Julie G Fax

    December 18, 2008 | 2:11 am

    Amid the cascade of bad economic news of the past few months, five Jewish high schools in Los Angeles received some good news last week.

    The Jim Joseph Foundation, based in San Francisco, awarded the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles a...

  • Is Bernie Madoff Jewish?  Very. Oy.

    By Rob Eshman

    December 12, 2008 | 5:02 pm


    Bernard Madoff at a 2007 roundtable discussion with Justin Fox, Ailsa Roell, Robert A. Schwartz, Muriel Seibert, and Josh Stampfli.

    "It's all just one big lie."

    With those words Bernard Madoff confessed to senior executives of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities that the $17...
  • 2009

    By Rob Eshman

    December 11, 2008 | 2:13 am

    I've been reading a lot of Ralph Waldo Emerson lately. I recommend him when times get tough.

    "People wish to be settled," Emerson wrote. "It is only as far as they are unsettled that there is any hope for them."

    Well, there is hope for us. A lot of hope -- it's been a very unsettling...

  • Kadima cuts costs via Community Tuition Partnership

    By Rachel Heller

    December 11, 2008 | 12:16 am

    Kadima Hebrew Academy/Kadima Heschel West Middle School is confronting the economic crisis by reducing tuition school-wide for 2009-2010 by an average of 20 percent.

    Kadima hopes the move -- the first of its kind in the Los Angeles area -- will encourage struggling families to keep...

  • Don’t let the stress of ailing economy kill you

    November 26, 2008 | 6:12 pm

    Downtown Hospital is just a block from Wall Street. Walking through its beefed-up emergency room recently, I came upon Terry Jung, the hospital's very thoughtful head triage nurse. She told me that despite the financial crisis and roller-coaster stock market, the number of patients...
  • Don’t cut support to innovative nonprofits

    November 19, 2008 | 3:32 am

    From New York to Los Angeles to San Francisco, the impact of the global financial crisis feels like an eerie parallel to the days after Sept. 11. No one knows whether the acute phase is over or whether there will be further shocks. For some, little has changed; for others, life will...
  • Perfect storm for charities— contributions go down and requests go up

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 19, 2008 | 2:50 am

    Rachel Bookstein didn't realize just how anxious she'd become wondering whether Beach Hillel in Long Beach would be able to raise the funds it needs this year.

    Contributions had declined -- $500 here, $100 there. Folks had been hard hit by the economic crisis and were paring down...

  • Synagogues re-group as economic downturn challenges building campaigns

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 19, 2008 | 2:05 am

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    After a chunk of plaster fell from the ceiling last month, the main sanctuary at historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple was closed



    Julie Miller walked a fine line when she delivered her annual president's message to the congregation of Wilshire Boulevard Temple on Erev Rosh Hashanah.

    She...

  • Economic crisis affecting all strata in community

    By Lilly Fowler

    November 19, 2008 | 1:10 am

    Sabrina Bahir was never particularly well off, at least financially. Her loving, supportive parents still reside in a trailer park and live off disability.

    "I missed the Jewish American Princess boat," she joked.

    Bahir believed that gaining a graduate degree -- a master's in Jewish...

  • Pinched pocketbooks no bar to party planning

    November 13, 2008 | 6:14 pm

    Pinched Pocketbooks NoBar to Party Planning

    Have tough economic times forced you to scale back your child's bar or bat mitzvah party plans? With your 401(k) down, is the ice sculpture out? Is your resetting ARM making you reconsider that 18-piece orchestra?

    If so, you can still have...

  • Judaism teaches that the economy must rest on justice and righteousness

    October 30, 2008 | 1:21 am

    There is a scene from an old movie that has been playing in my mind recently, triggered by Alan Greenspan's testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last week.

    In that scene, the tough guy thug, who was a neighborhood hero, is about to be executed for...

  • VIDEOS: Wassup 2008 meets Jewish Wassup

    By The Web Guy

    October 27, 2008 | 11:21 pm

    Its been eight long years since the boys said wassup to each other. Even with the effects of a down economy and imminent change in the White House, the boys are still able to come together and stay true to what really matters.

     

    This is not the first parody of the Budweiser beer commercial, of course.  There’s this ‘Jewish Wassup’ from a few years back:

     

  • Old traditions, new rules

    By Rob Eshman

    October 22, 2008 | 11:09 pm

    Topic No. 1 on the Sukkot circuit this year was the economy. How bad will it get? Who's pulling their kids out of day school? Where are you putting your money? What money?

    "I have a new word for my sukkah this year," a friend said as we walked into his simple bamboo-and-muslin hut:...

  • Alan shrugged

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 13, 2008 | 7:35 pm

    What went wrong?

    Greed is only part of it. Yes, the people who sold subprime loans to unqualified buyers were concerned about their cut, not about ARMs spiking and home prices falling. Yes, the Wall Street wizards who sliced and diced collateralized debt obligations were greedy for...

  • Could economic slump—which means less giving— kill Jewish community innovation?

    By Jacob Berkman

    October 10, 2008 | 12:39 am

    The past decade has seen a groundswell of innovative Jewish nonprofits -- from the birth of a Jewish pop culture magazine, Heeb, to the creation of a slew of trailblazing Jewish social service organizations, to an array of projects that allow Jews to express their Judaism through...
  • I hear you knocking

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 9, 2008 | 11:28 pm

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  • Wall Street, Main Street, Jew Street

    By Rob Eshman

    October 8, 2008 | 1:10 am

    I like to believe that as a 21st century American Jew, I'm no more paranoid than necessary.

    But if I hear one more politician extol the virtues of "small towns," I am fixing up a hiding place in my attic.

    If I hear one more pundit bash Wall Street and grow misty over Main Street, I...

  • Will Wall Street crisis spur anti-Semitism?

    By Ben Harris

    October 7, 2008 | 5:35 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—In the world according to the comedy writers at “Saturday Night Live,” the pyramid of complicity in the current financial crisis runs like this:

    On the bottom are poor and minority homeowners victimized by predatory lending. Next come condo-flipping yuppies out...

  • Gotcha? You betcha!

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 6, 2008 | 1:44 pm

    John McCain and Sara Palin have been complaining that there's too much "gotcha journalism" going around.

    If only.

    When they say "gotcha journalism," what they're really trying to do, of course, is to demonize journalism itself -- to de-legitimize asking tough questions, and...
  • Dear Mr. Bloggish, send me some dough

    By The Web Guy

    September 26, 2008 | 4:27 am

    Dear Mr. Bloggish:

    I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

    I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800...

  • The Guy Clock

    By Carin Davis

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ryan and I did the L.A. supercasual thing for six or seven months. When I tried to rev up our relationship from supercasual to just plain casual, he freaked. I'm talking full-on, take-it-to-Dr. Phil meltdown:

    "I haven't dated enough women."

    "I haven't seen enough of the world."

    "I...

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