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  • Musician Finds Salvation in Hip-Hop

    By Dan Pine

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Oakland-based singer/songwriter Hyim has a Middle East peace proposal he'd like to float: Send 10,000 kids to the region, have a heart-to-heart with their Arab and Israeli counterparts and then get 'em all singing.

    "Kumbaya"-flavored pie in the sky? Hyim doesn't think so, and the...

  • Arab Groups Assail Bush Appointment

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish and Arab leaders say President Bush's appointment of Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes to a federal think tank -- despite the objections of Arab groups and some congressional Democrats -- offers a window into White House thinking on Middle East issues.

    Bush's Aug. 22...

  • New Standards for Fair Coverage at NPR

    By Kevin Klose

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As the world turns its focus once again to events in the Middle East, this is an opportune time for National Public Radio (NPR) and all media outlets to examine the way in which we cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to talk to our listeners about the steps we take to ensure...

  • Chance for Peace Gains Wary Support

    By James D. Besser

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With the Mideast "road map" inching forward and a new Palestinian leadership gaining traction both at home and in Washington, Jewish leaders here -- with the usual exceptions -- are ready to give peace a chance.

    That was evident at last week's meeting between Palestinian Prime...

  • Aid to Israeli Families Serves Dual Role

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Good can come from every situation, Judaism holds, and so does Irvine's Rabbi Joel Landau. The Beth Jacob Congregation leader has searched for good amid the unceasing bloodshed in the Middle East and found that empathy for victims of violence could be the sympathetic lifeline that...

  • Air Strikes Gives ‘Road Map’ a Push

    By Leslie Susser

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The violence that threatened to scuttle the nascent "road map" peace plan last week seems to have had quite a different result.

    It has redoubled the resolve of American, Israeli and Palestinian leaders to prevent terrorism from wrecking the reconciliation process launched in Aqaba,...

  • After 1,000 Days

    By William Safire

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "We will not allow anyone to drag us into a civil war," declared Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas on June 8.

    His disloyal opposition -- Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Yasser Arafat's Al Aqsa suicide brigades -- sent a different message to Abbas and other Arab leaders who had just...

  • Regally Blonde

    By Rob Eshman

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life" (Miramax, 2003), the autobiography of Noor Al Hussein, Queen of Jordan, has been on The New York Times Best-Seller List for six weeks now. This week it was number one. More Americans might get their news from ABC, but these days many...

  • The Modern Exodus Should Not Be Forgotten

    By Joseph Abdel Wahed

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As an Egyptian Jewish refugee, I celebrated Passover with special meaning. Passover is a time to commemorate the Jews' liberation from slavery in Egypt in 1300 B.C.E. and return to freedom in Israel.

    At my family seders in Cairo in the 1940s, we felt as if we represented the...

  • The Aftermath

    By Rob Eshman

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As I write these words, with our nation just over the brink of war, it is clear that once again the country is color-coded. Think back to the night of 2000 presidential election, when the network maps showed the states voting for Al Gore in blue and those for George W. Bush in red....

  • Plan in Motion

    By Matthew E. Berger

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Neither the United States nor Israel wants the Jewish State involved in an anticipated war against Iraq. To minimize the chances of that happening, however, Israel has become very involved in planning an attack.

    U.S.-Israel coordination becomes ever more crucial after U.S....

  • Iran: The Other Big Middle East Danger

    By Rep. Brad Sherman

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Over the past several months, the world has rightly focused attention on disarming Saddam's Iraq. Thanks to American leadership, the danger that Saddam's regime poses to the Middle East and to much of the world is again being addressed -- this time, we can only hope, decisively. But...

  • Polls Find U.S. Jews Worried but Calm

    By James D. Besser

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's been a busy few weeks for pollsters who study the Jewish community -- and for the politicians who turn each new survey into partisan fodder. At least three major surveys focused on different issues, but beneath the statistical mumbo jumbo, they pointed to the same thing: the...

  • Now Hear This!

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The radio station plays hits by Jennifer Lopez and Madonna, and invites listeners to comment on issues such as what they'd do if they discovered a friend was taking drugs.

    It's the type of fare broadcast to young adults from Malibu to Miami. Except the disc jockey is speaking...

  • A Year to Remember

    By Rob Eshman

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I once had a history teacher who was ambivalent about dates. Before a test, an anxious student would invariably ask whether we'd need to remember what year an event happened.

    He'd wave off the question, "Just remember the big ones."

    Don't you get the feeling 2003 will be a Big One?...

  • Peace ‘Map’ Fears

    By Matthew E. Berger

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israel backers are raising numerous concerns about the latest version of the U.S. "road map" for Middle East peace.

    Analysts and Jewish leaders say the latest version, currently being hammered out in Washington, diverges from President Bush's June 24 speech, in which he called for...

  • The Bloody Lesson of Hebron

    By Avi Davis

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There are few locations in the Middle East that excite fiercer debate than the Jewish community of Hebron. The issue bubbles to a scalding heat whenever atrocities, such as that which occurred on Prayers Walk on Nov. 13, rip into the heart of the community.

    Hebron is all too well...

  • Learning to Live on the Knife-Edge

    By David Silverberg

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    What's it like to be a citizen of a country that preempts its enemies -- now that this is the official national security doctrine of the United States? Americans might look to the Israeli experience.

    Preemption has guided that Middle Eastern state since its founding in 1948. Israeli...

  • Law and Order

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a Sept. 11 New York Times Op-Ed piece by Thomas L. Friedman on the feelings of angst that linger a year after Sept. 11, 2001, the distinguished columnist reports that he turned to Rabbi Tzvi Marx, a teacher in the Netherlands. Here's what Marx told Friedman:

    "To some extent, we...

  • Where to Draw the Line

    By Cathy Young

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Is condemnation of Israel in the current Middle East conflict often tainted with anti-Semitism? The discussion of this sensitive issue has generally focused on anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe. Recently, it was brought close to home by Harvard University President Lawrence Summers,...

  • The Self-Denying Prophecy

    By Lawrence H. Summers

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This address was given Sept. 17, 2002, at morning prayers at Harvard University's Memorial Church in Cambridge, Mass.

    I speak with you today, not as president of [Harvard] University, but as a concerned member of our community, about something that I never thought I would become...

  • All by Himself

    By Janine Robinson

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Few performers have the talent and magnetism to carry a one-person show by singing old Broadway show tunes, sentimental ballads and Yiddish classics.

    But Mandy Patinkin, the Tony and Emmy Award-winning showman, consistently entertains, even electrifies, the most urbane audiences...

  • The Silencing of the Left?

    By Julie G Fax

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    No one -- neither Rabbi Paula Reimers nor board members who voted not to renew her contract -- believes that she was let go just because of the Israeli flag incident. After all, the decision about the woman who had led Temple Emanu El in Burbank for seven years was surely more...

  • Community Briefs

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Birthright Plans to Send 1,000 to Israel

    Birthright Israel hopes to send 1,000 participants this winter despite violence in the Middle East. The program has sent 300,000 students to Israel in the past 21¼2 years. In a media conference call with the North American Jewish...

  • What a Year it Was

    By Michael J. Jordan

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Two years ago, American Jewry buzzed with talk of Jewish continuity and renaissance, and fretted over intermarriage and assimilation.

    Last year -- already a year into the Palestinian intifada -- the community wondered whether solidarity visits, street rallies or good old-fashioned...

  • Israel Maintains Hope Through Despair

    By Steven L. Spiegel

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As we enter the year 5763, the mood of the Jewish people is justifiably dark indeed.

    It has been a year of increasing violence in the Middle East, growing anti-Semitism in Europe, hostility toward Israel, and a general air of crisis and ominous headlines -- a shared misery of...

  • Gathering for Peace

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday afternoon, I and about 30 other Angelenos accepted an invitation to gather at the Brentwood home of Joan and Rabbi Leonard Beerman to meet with Nafez and Laila Nazzal, two Palestinian professors who were visiting Los Angeles.

    Of course, we knew what to expect. Beerman,...

  • Your Letters

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Time for Hitler

    Well, Hitler, has made it to prime time ("Prime Time for Hitler," Aug. 2). How about a joint project about the life and times of Yasser Arafat? However, we will need to determine his true story, or should we just file his under TV fiction? Why not do a...

  • ‘Affair’ With Christian Right Misguided

    By Arlene Stein

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Six years ago, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a scathing report titled, "The Religious Right: The Assault on Pluralism and Tolerance in America." But in a stunning reversal in May, it ran full-page ads in The New York Times and other publications, reprinting a strongly...

  • Alert the Media

    By Rob Eshman

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last Friday, Walter Isaacson, the chairman and CEO of Cable News Network (CNN), dropped by The Jewish Journal's offices.

    Such visits are not the natural order of things along the Great Media Chain of Being, unless someone's got a book to promote. But these are unusual times. There's...

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