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  • Eretz Garcetti

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 29, 2013 | 4:01 pm

  • Eric Garcetti: A new Jewish face for L.A.?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 7, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    This is one in a series of profiles of the five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates running in the March 5 election.  See below for a video analysis.

    During a recent candidates’ forum at Sinai Temple, Los Angeles City Councilman and mayoral hopeful Eric Garcetti began his...

  • Mexican cousin of Ben-Gurion is newest Jewish star

    August 29, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Mexican singer Adam Kleinberg, a distant cousin of David Ben-Gurion, became the Jewish world’s newest star.

    Kleinberg, 21, whose great-grandmother was Ben-Gurion’s first cousin, beat out 30 finalists from around the world to win the Hallelujah music contest. He sang the song “Zeh Lo...

  • Jury Duty!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 23, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    As much as I love to participate in any and all civic duties, being chosen for Jury Duty just wasn’t going to happen.  Believe it or not, this was the first time I had ever received a notification requiring me to fulfill my civil duty.  As I opened the letter, immediately I started...

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  • Poll: Latinos believe U.S. too supportive of Israel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 30, 2011 | 10:15 am

    A new poll by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) finds that nearly half of U.S. Latinos feel that their country is too supportive of Israel. The findings also suggest high levels of anti-Semitism exist in the U.S. Latino community.

    Of the 740 people from across the...

  • ‘Accidental Mexican’  Ilan Stavans probes cultural identity in first play

    By Rachel Heller

    October 10, 2008 | 1:40 am

    As an "accidental Mexican" born to an Eastern European family, author and essayist Ilan Stavans has hurdled critics to become one of the nation's foremost commentators on Latino culture. As a Mexican American, he has written widely on immigration, the clash and fusion of languages...
  • Oy Caramba! Serve a Simcha Fiesta

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Your special family simcha (celebration) is just around the corner and you aren't feeling enthusiastic -- the caterer's offerings feel predictable, and the room you've rented seems impersonal.

    Whether you're organizing a bris, congratulating a bar or bat mitzvah, welcoming a new...

  • What makes a ‘real’ Jew?

    By Rebecca Suchov

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After being alive for 16 years, I would think it would be easy to classify myself into a certain category, and that by now I would know what, who and why I am what I am. But as I grow older, it has become more complicated for me to label myself -- secular, religious, Jewish American...
  • How a Yid from Chicago became the Judio next door

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ron Cohen -- a tough-talking, barrel-chested, Chicago-born 57-year-old -- said that he regularly crosses the border from El Centro on Fridays to spend Shabbat with the Medrano family in Mexicali.

    "I was the one who got many of these people together," said Cohen, whose wife is...

  • Illegal aliens; Dems and Reps; Shocked, just shocked!

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Illegal Aliens
     
    Roberto Loiederman's article, "Living and Working [Il]legally in America" (Sept. 8), achieved its desired results. The Jewish guilt arose in me with each passing word like hot gases about to blow off the top of a volcano. How can I deny illegal Mexicans and others...
  • Living and Working [Il]legally in America—It’s Not Just for Latinos Anymore

    By Roberto Loiederman

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Hardly a day goes by without some news about them -- the undocumented. Congress debates the issue of how to handle them, and pundits argue even as the number of illegal immigrants grows. Supposedly, there are more than 12 million of them in the United States. Thinking about them, we...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Aaron Samson wrote and stars in "Not Dead Yet," a piece inspired by his grandfather's memoirs of his Russian past: working for Leon Trotsky, the consequent threat of execution by Russia's communist regime and his quick escape to the United States where he began a new...

  • Viva la Cinema!

    By Corrie MacLaggan

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In Veracruz, Mexico, there lived a group of people who for generations had avoided eating pork and lit candles on Friday night without knowing why. In the early 1980s, some members of the group discovered their Jewish roots and converted to Judaism, and now, 20 years later, are...

  • Latino Group Sues Over District Lines

    By Mike Levy

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) gets its way, state Senate elections scheduled for March will be postponed until June, and California's newly redrawn congressional districts will be re-redrawn.

    MALDEF has filed a lawsuit challenging congressional...

  • Locals’ Dreams for Breed Street

    By Gustavo Arellano

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Although East Los Angeles, and the bordering Boyle Heights, is now the heart of Mexican Los Angeles, vestiges of its diverse past still remain. The exterior of Self-Help Graphics, an art gallery and workshop, is covered with multicolored tiles in a visual tribute to the diversity...

  • Forging a New Vision

    By Gregory Rodriguez

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While visiting Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, Henry James wondered how the sweeping tide of immigrants would ultimately affect "the idea of" America. Comparing the incorporation of foreigners to sword- and fire-swallowing feats at a circus, James reflected on what it...

  • In Honor of Justice

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Despite his Italian surname, joked DistrictAttorney Gil Garcetti, "[My heritage] is Mexican-American and my wife is Jewish.So our kids ask, 'Well, what are we?'"

    Garcetti was praising our city's multiethnicpopulation as he spoke at last week's Anti-Defamation League SpringLuncheon,...