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  • Divining the supremes on race

    By  David A. Lehrer

    July 2, 2013 | 11:16 am

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the long-anticipated case of Fisher v. University of Texas. The thrust of the majority’s logic suggests that the advocates of race-conscious affirmative action will have a tough row to hoe from here on out.

    The...

  • World governments must work harder to fight hate crimes

    November 6, 2008 | 11:24 pm

    This month marks the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the infamous night of horror on Germany's Jews. "The Night of Broken Glass" served as a prelude to the Holocaust, during which an array of Europe's minorities -- Jews primary among them -- were brutally slaughtered en masse as a...
  • The debates won’t matter

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 29, 2008 | 1:01 am

    Let me hedge my bet.

    At the vice presidential debate, the talking points Sarah Palin's handlers have been stuffing her head with will come out of her mouth so butchered that even Republican voters will say, like Kurtz in "Heart of Darkness": "The horror, the horror!"

    Or, at one of...
  • Alito Would Erode Minority Protection

    By Phyllis Snyder

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "But is it good for the Jews?" That was the question many of our grandparents voiced when they perused the morning papers -- a question we may have dismissed, even with affection, as a narrow or parochial expression.

    Today, we know that what's "good for the Jews" extends beyond...

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  • Alito Protects Minority Rights

    By Jeffrey N. Wasserstein

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's axiomatic that Jews tend to view all news through the lens of "but is it good for the Jews?" It's therefore no surprise that this filter now is being brought to bear on my former boss and mentor, Judge Samuel Alito Jr., who has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Based...

  • Battle Lines Emerge on Marking Holiday

    By Matthew E. Berger

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The sound of angry Christians railing against the marginalization of Christmas has become the new tune of this holiday season.

    Across the country, from department stores to town halls, battle lines have been drawn over how to mark the winter holidays.

    Led by evangelical groups,...

  • Delegation: Improve Israeli Arabs’ Status

    By Gil Sedan

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A small group of American Jewish leaders that came to Israel recently is determined to put the issue of Israel's Arab minority higher on the American Jewish agenda.

    In an interview at a Haifa hotel, Rabbi Brian Lurie of San Francisco, the force behind the initiative, spoke calmly...

  • A Plan to Take Over Troubled School

    By Howard Blume

    August 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A successful charter school operator will launch a campaign to take over the Los Angeles high school where racial tensions erupted into campus brawls earlier this year. The Journal has learned that Steve Barr, who runs Green Dot Public Schools will announce, later this week, his bid...

  • Vote Confirms Westside, Valley Split

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The mayoral primary on March 8 reconfirmed the existence of a political gap within the Los Angeles Jewish community between Jews who live on the Westside and those who live in the Valley.

    According to the Los Angeles Times exit poll, Bob Hertzberg carried Valley Jews (6 percent of...

  • There’s No Santa, but Keep It Quiet

    By Julie M. Brown

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    It was in 1998 that my son, Sammy, broke out of his cocoon and started kindergarten at our neighborhood school. Up until then, he had spent his entire tiny life surrounded by Jews.

    Having left his Jewish preschool behind only a few months prior, he had little knowledge of his own...

  • Brown vs. Board of Ed.—50 Years Later

    By Amanda Susskind

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."

    To grasp the importance of this striking statement made in 1954 by a unanimous United States Supreme Court in Brown vs. Board...

  • Turn the Tide

    By Rob Eshman

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One of the best things about being the editor of a Jewish paper is I get to meet a lot of Jews.

    Looking back over the past year, I see it's a fascinating perk of the job.

    Just in the past two weeks, for instance, I danced (poorly) at the Chabad Telethon when the tote board hit $3.4...

  • Immigrants and the Recall

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Who would have thought that a recall campaign built around the energy and budget crises might end up being decided by attitudes toward immigrants? Yet that may be what happens on Election Day. The controversy over a new law granting driver's licenses to undocumented residents may...

  • Court’s Race Rulings Raises Deeper Issues

    By David A. Lehrer

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The United States Supreme Court has handed down its decisions on the issue of affirmative action. In the cases of Grutter vs. Bollinger and Gratz vs. Bollinger, the court has ruled on the constitutionality of race-conscious programs and their viability in educational institutions...

  • Home of the Free

    By Joseph Hanania

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The first floor of the building in downtown Paris was shielded by black-tinted glass. It wasn't the clandestine offices of some secret government agency or a gay bar. Rather, it was the synagogue in which my nephew was to be bar mitvahed, with anyone entering the building searched by...

  • Holocaust Programs Focus on Education

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What do the Kurds have to do with Holocaust? More than you might think.

    When Fran Lapides discusses the plight of this Middle Eastern minority group with her high school students, she notes the similarities to the way the Jews were persecuted during the Holocaust.

    "Why do some...

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