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  • The big tent:  Jews, Muslims, Christians celebrate spirituality in a shared sacred space

    By Rachel Heller

    December 21, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Whirling Dervishes, an elaborate feast and a lecture by a prominent Muslim scholar – Musallah Tauhid’s joyous celebration of its move to a new home in 2008 heralded good times ahead for the Sufi Muslim worship group. As a friendly gesture, the group invited its new neighbors for...

  • Kosher BBQ competition is a hit among Jews—and some Muslims, too

    September 20, 2011 | 4:49 pm

    If there’s anything that can bring the Jews of Tennessee together, it would be barbecue.

    This past weekend, the 23rd annual Kosher BBQ Contest and Festival drew thousands of Jews from Tennessee and around the country.

    It attracted a group of Muslims, too. Turns out they’re not...

  • Pollsters probe depths of American fear at Museum of Tolerance’s pre-9/11 event

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 8, 2011 | 9:15 am

    A new national poll unveiled at the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) on Sep. 7 finds Americans are worried about a nuclear Iran, afraid that China presents a military threat to the United States and concerned about the possibility of Islamic terror attacks perpetrated by American-born...

  • For Israel’s Muslims, Ramadan a time to celebrate Islam in the Jewish state

    August 25, 2011 | 1:54 pm

    Last week, Muslim and Jewish soldiers gathered after a day’s training to eat a communal iftar, the traditional break-the-fast meal eaten after sunset during the month-long observance of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan.

    “Ramadan isn’t just one day like the 17th of Tammuz or...

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  • How to use Facebook to build friendships between French Muslims and Jews

    July 18, 2011 | 11:52 am

    At a glance, the Muslim-Jewish picnic at the peace fountain in Yitzhak Rabin Garden, in this city’s Bercy Park, looks like a reunion of old friends.

    Middle-aged men and women sit on blankets and laugh together, snacking on carrots and Middle Eastern pastries. A circle of women...

  • Jewish Dems blast GOP for singling out Muslims

    June 15, 2011 | 11:03 am

    The National Jewish Democratic Council blasted what it said was a Republican “obsession” with Muslims.

    An NJDC statement termed as “utterly unnecessary” a second hearing convened Wednesday by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland...

  • Holocaust’s untold heroes

    August 31, 2009 | 11:52 pm

    Shahzada Irfan was a Daniel Pearl Fellow for The Houston Chronicle and JewishJournal.com

    When no other European country dared to withstand the wrath of Nazi Germany, it was the Muslims of Albania who saved a large number of Jewish people from extermination.

    Albania, a Muslim majority country in Europe, opened its borders during World War II and took in thousands of Jews fleeing from different countries. They were treated like honored guests, and many were given fake names and even passports.

    Read the full story at The Houston Chronicle.

  • Bosnia genocide unrolls in scroll of shame

    August 6, 2008 | 11:31 pm

    Radovan Karadzic has been arrested. He faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity before the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. It's an occasion to recall the genocide in Bosnia and the shame of those who did not prevent it.

    When Yugoslavia...

  • It’s time to (re)open dialogue with Islam

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    I am a Jew of Islam. Not an Arab Jew, mind you, since that term makes as much sense as Slavic or Baltic or Arian Jew, but a Jew of Islam. It is not only because in my family's veins runs the blood of people who lived in Iraq, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey, nor because among my...
  • Paris and Rosie

    By Rob Eshman

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On Sunday, I was at the Islamic Center of Southern California on Vermont Avenue, participating in a panel discussion on the "The Image of Muslims in the Media."

    I didn't have to do much preparation - I just had to take the notes I use when I speak to Jewish audiences on the "The...
  • We must stand for victory In Iraq

    By Paul Kujawsky

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's gotten pretty lonely.

    A convention of Democrats who still support the Iraq war could be held, if not in a phone booth, then in a medium-sized walk-in closet.

    The argument among congressional Democrats now is just how fast to withdraw the troops. Even many Republicans have...

  • Muslims and Jews must move on and strengthen ties

    By Omar Ricci

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Muslim-Jewish relations in Los Angeles have undoubtedly undergone a test the past several weeks, the outcome of which is still unclear. But out of an acrimonious political battle, many Muslims would like to move on and attempt to re-establish discussion and dialogue with our fellow...
  • Rabbi Wolpe fights cancer battle; Terror victim becomes advocate for others

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Wolpe Fights Cancer Battle
     
    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple informed his congregation by letter this week that he was recently diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
     
    Although his doctors "have every expectation that the cancer will be put into extended...
  • Controversial Muslim leader Hathout gets award despite opposition

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At a meeting that featured catcalls, standing ovations and the ejection of a disruptive audience member, Los Angeles' County Human Relations Commission voted again Monday to give an award to Dr. Maher Hathout, a local Muslim leader whose harsh rhetoric on Israel generated...

  • Pearl, Ahmed Awarded $100K Prize for Fight Against Intolerance; Shin Bet Seeks High-Tech Experts

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Pearl, Ahmed Awarded $100K Prize for Fight Against Intolerance

    Judea Pearl and Akbar Ahmed, a Jew and a Muslim, are the joint recipients of a new $100,000 prize for their campaign against intolerance and the roots of terrorism.

    The Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. professors were...

  • Ex-Iran President’s U.S. Visit Is Slap in the Face

    By Pooya Dayanim

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The issuance of a U.S. visa to Mohammad Khatami, former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran until he was succeeded by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Khatami's presence this week on U.S. soil, is an insult to the American people, a slap in the face to Iran's pro-democracy movement, a...

  • Jewish, Muslim Filmmakers Team Up on Documentary

    By Robert David Jaffee

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    With all of the negative images about Jewish-Muslim clashes in the world, it is nice to see a documentary, directed and produced by a Jew and a Muslim, about a Muslim son taking over his father's slaughterhouse business in Queens, N.Y.

    "A Son's Sacrifice," which will be screened...

  • Communities on Alert After Seattle Shootings

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish communities are being urged to remain vigilant, be in touch with police and other law enforcement agencies and review their security arrangements after a fatal shooting at Seattle's Jewish federation offices. The alleged gunman, identified by police as Naveed Afzal Haq, said...

  • Iranian Muslims Can’t Forget Shoah

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For the Iranian Jews of Los Angeles, remembering the Shoah has taken on a new, sorrowful resonance in the wake of recent statements denying the Holocaust by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. At the same time, this year's observance will be buoyed by the presence of Iranian...

  • ‘State Department for Jews’ Hits 100

    By Dina Kraft

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In a meeting room with gold silk curtains and tiled walls, a delegation from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) takes their seats at a long, glass-topped table facing Tunisia's foreign minister and his aides.

    Soon the questions begin: When will Tunisia resume official relations...

  • When Faiths Jam

    By Rob Eshman

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At the Southern California Islamic Center last Saturday night, only Shawn Landres dared utter a four-letter word. That word was, "kumbaya."

    Yes, the evening brought together about 150 Jews, Muslims and Christians for a night of prayer and music at the center, which had never before...

  • French Rally Against Jew’s Torture Death

    By Brett Kline

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Paris -- The brutal murder of a young Jewish man in Paris is roiling the community and reviving questions over whether France is a safe place for Jews.

    In an incident that has dominated headlines across the country, Ilan Halimi, 23, was lured away from the store where he sold mobile...

  • Wiesenthal’s Project in Jerusalem on Hold Amid Dispute

    By Tom Tugend

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Since its beginning in 1977, with one phone and a very long extension cord, the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center has seemingly moved from one success to the next, with its shrewd, strategic planning and winning message of tolerance. Now it faces a daunting, unfamiliar and...

  • Shlomo’s World

    By Howard Blume

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shlomo Wollins begins his narration well before we reach Hebron, a city on the very fault line of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His tour, by car and by foot, on this late January day is an entry into a worldview of The Chosen and The Other, in which Jews, God's Good Guys, are the...

  • A Bitter Pill for Europe to Swallow

    By Dinah Spritzer

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A Danish employee of the European Union in Brussels confides that she is so fearful of Muslim anger over the now-infamous cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper that she is afraid to go home.

    Unnerved Danish members of the European Parliament refuse to comment on...

  • Don’t Ignore the Quiet Majority of Muslims

    By Salam Al-Marayati

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Most Muslims -- and especially American Muslims -- cannot fairly be accused of hypersensitivity when it comes to the Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. That's because most Muslims have not overreacted, despite the stereotypic images served up by the media. In fact, most...

  • Tommywood - Comedy Matters

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "After 9/11, all I did was sit around and be scared," Albert Brooks told me recently. "After a year and a half," Brooks now says, "I just got tired of it."

    He wondered, "Why isn't this being processed? Do we never mention it?" Looking at what Hollywood was releasing to the public,...

  • Iranian Muslims Brush Up on Shoah

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center hosted more than two-dozen representatives from local Iranian Muslim news outlets this month to provide them with information about the Holocaust that they can, in turn, use to educate their readers, listeners and viewers.

    "We are looking to introduce the...

  • ‘Fear of Unknown’ Enters Pop Culture

    By Tom Tugend

    September 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This Sunday, as America commemorates the fourth anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, films, television, plays and books are just beginning to grapple seriously with the phenomena of suicide bombings and terrorism.

    The lag time between a cataclysmic experience and its...

  • List, Muslim Gangs Prompt Terror Probe

    By Tom Tugend

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    An investigation into alleged home-grown Muslim extremists has yielded another arrest and prompted law-enforcement agencies and Jewish institutions to tighten security as the Jewish High Holidays approach.

    The probe by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force has apparently broadened...

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