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  • Books: Part history, part mystery—the passengers of the S. S. St. Louis

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust" by Sarah A. Ogilvie and Scott Miller (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006).

    Sarah Ogilvie and Scott Miller set a difficult task for themselves. Writing their book was easy. So, too, was researching what happened on the...
  • Desperate times forged painter’s creative legacy

    By Tom Tugend

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Charlotte Salomon perished in Auschwitz at the age of 26, but the astonishing legacy she left behind will be celebrated this month in an exhibition and on stage.

    In her short life, Salomon was a prolific painter, but her style and sensibility were so unique that critics still have...
  • Building a matzah pyramid for fun and Pesach

    By  Orit Arfa

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    By the sixth day of Passover, some devoted matzah eaters might look at the bread of affliction as just that -- an affliction of their taste buds and digestion.

    Members of the Moveable Minyan, a Westside lay-led, egalitarian congregation, freed themselves from enslavement to matzah...
  • Closing the curtain

    By  Orit Arfa

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In March, I had the privilege of co-starring in the Jerusalem premiere of Neil LaBute's play "Some Girl(s)" at the Center Stage Theater at Merkaz Hamagshimim Hadassah. The play follows Guy, an about-to-be-married 33-year-old American writer, as he tracks down his ex-flames to "right...
  • Pesach—in your own words

    By David Suissa

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A Jewish American soldier finds himself in the Iraqi desert on the first night of Passover and improvises a seder with another soldier by drawing a seder plate in the sand.

    Meanwhile, a Jewish lawyer from Menlo Park discovers that our centuries-old haggadah does not actually tell...
  • Pelosi-Palooza

    By Rob Eshman

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One of the first things Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) did on her controversial trip to the Middle East was meet with the families of the three Israeli soldiers held captive by Hamas and Hezbollah. The families gave Pelosi dog tags printed with their loved ones' names.

  • Remember the Days of Remembrance

    By Joel Geiderman

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    At the ground level of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., is a brass marker that delineates the physical center of the District of Columbia. From this point emanates the quadrants that divide our capital city into the familiar NW, NE, SE and SW.

    Arguably, this is also the...
  • Sam Zell is one tough Jew

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Happily for them, most of the old-time Los Angeles anti-Semites who used to hang out at the downtown California Club are either dead or too old to care that a Jew is on the verge of owning the L.A. Times.

    Not just any Jew. Sam Zell looks as though he's one tough Jew, probably even...
  • Sin City is a nice place to visit, but not a Jewish oasis—yet

    By Ira M. Sheskin

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Jews were in Las Vegas when it emerged as the gambling capital of the country, and Jews have been coming to Las Vegas ever since.

    Many of Las Vegas' most important developers have been Jewish, as is the current mayor. However, despite previous "guesses" by various community leaders,...
  • Briefs: Carter condemns, Ban meets, students protest

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Carter: Israel backers demand 'subservience'

    Mideast peace is possible only with forceful U.S. engagement, former President Jimmy Carter said as he received the Ridenhour Courage Prize for speaking out on controversial topics. Carter -- whose recent book, "Palestine: Peace Not...
  • Religious Fire

    By Rabbi Joel Rembaum

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Religious zeal is on the rise around the world. It can be a wonderful blessing, and it can be a horrible curse. It all depends on how humans with free will manage it.

    When God allows a Divine Flame to be ignited within the soul of an individual or within the collective soul of a...
  • Pledge to survivors—we will carry the torch

    By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Growing up, we whose parents had emerged out of the Shoah believed that they were indestructible. After all, they overcame the German efforts to murder them, survived ghettos and death camps, and rebuilt their lives after the war. They also had a special appreciation and zest for...
  • Obituaries

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Nelly Rosenfeld, Oneg Shabbat Queen, Dies at 97

    Nelly Rosenfeld died in her home on April 2 at 97 -- just prior to Pesach. Nelly organized the oneg Shabbat for Temple Israel of Hollywood for 18 years, never missing a week.

    Her history is an extraordinary one that mirrors the...

  • Briefs: Coalition protests modern-day plague of poverty, BBI branches out

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Coalition protests modern-day plague of poverty

    It wasn't quite the Red Sea, but the red undulating banners in front of the LAX Hilton did evoke the image of the Exodus as more than 200 people -- including Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders -- made their way across Century...
  • L.A. punk rock poet Rollins tours Israel—on TV

    By Karla S. Blume

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Before Henry Rollins returns to the Independent Film Channel on April 13 with his alternative brand of celebrity interviews, the late-night host will precede the second season premier of "The Henry Rollins Show" with a half-hour special on the Jewish state. "Henry Rollins: Uncut From...
  • More e-mail

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 12, 2007 | 6:01 pm

    I’ve been getting a lot of response to my article in today’s Daily News about Islamophobia. Here is another gem, with added emphasis in bold:

    Why do so many Jews in the U.S., continue to apologize and making excuses for radical Islam. Here’s a group of people who want to marginalize...

  • Islamophobia

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 12, 2007 | 12:20 pm

    Snuke.jpgAn episode of “South Park” last month (a clip is available here and the entire episode here) offered a true pearl of religious-persecution wisdom. The premise of the entire show, in which a rally for Hillary “Hildog” Clinton is disrupted by a dirty bomb that has been slipped inside...

  • Dodger faithful

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 10, 2007 | 5:43 pm

    For the past 50 years, Nettie Berkson, 91, has attended Dodger home openers religiously. For her grandson Glen Greenberg (no relation to me), the Dodgers have been as much a part of his life as Moses’ law. “When I was born,” Greenberg said while sitting in the family seats a few...

  • Won’t spell on Sunday

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 10, 2007 | 4:21 pm

    Huck.jpgRemember when the Dodgers were battling the Giants for a spot in the 2001 playoffs and slugger Shawn Green announced he wouldn’t play on Yom Kippur? Well, this story out of America’s heartland is similar, except the superstar is a Christian, and the sport is spelling. From the...

  • ‘Hotbeds of Anti-Israel Rhetoric’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 10, 2007 | 11:20 am

    Ali.jpg The Forward published a lengthy article last week titled, “California Campuses Gain a Reputation as Hotbeds of Anti-Israel Rhetoric.”

    It opens with a January protest in Irvine sparked by a lecture from Daniel Pipes, a polarizing Middle East expert and a visiting professor at...

  • True Blue Jew

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 9, 2007 | 5:42 pm

    I left religion out of today’s story about a 91-year-old Dodger devotee because it really wasn’t germane. But it is worth a mention.

    Of course, to many Americans, sports are religion. But Nettie Berkson’s Westside apartment isn’t decorated like it belongs to someone who will attend...

  • Catholic irony

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 8, 2007 | 10:35 pm


    CardinalGeorge.jpgEnding up in the hospital certainly wasn’t what Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago had in mind when he decided he would bless Easter meals with holy water.

    George, 70, was hospitalized after he slipped on a patch of marble floor...

  • One, Jew, three

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 7, 2007 | 8:01 pm

    Tab.jpgQuestion: How many Jewish-American princesses does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    If you’ve heard the joke, that answer is pretty easy. But what is more difficult is determining how many Jewish-American princesses there are, or how many Jewish Americans for that matter.

    A new...

  • MUSIC VIDEO: ‘God Almighty When Will It End?’ Subliminal and Miri Ben-Ari

    April 6, 2007 | 10:38 pm

    Subliminal and Israeli hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari:“Adon Olam, Ad Matai?—God Almighty, how much longer?”

    (Hebrew with English subtitles)

    Yes, we know we have two translations here.

  • Is Pot Kosher for Pesach?

    By Jacob Berkman

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Here's a fifth question for the seder: What makes this herb different from all others?

    The Green Leaf Party, a small Israeli political party that supports legalizing pot, announced March 27 that marijuana might not be kosher for Passover.

    The reason, they say, is that marijuana...

  • Briefs

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kollek a British Spy?
    The late Teddy Kollek reportedly spied for Britain against the hard-line Jewish underground in British Mandate Palestine. Citing declassified documents, the Israeli newspaper, Yediot Achronot, reported last week that Kollek, who is best remembered as Jerusalem's...
  • Road to Freedom Is Paved With Relationships

    By Rabbi Daniel Mehlman

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    My father grew up in Buenos Aires, and he maintained close ties with a circle of friends from his Jewish neighborhood until his death a few years ago. His name was Marcos, but to his friends he was Mote.

    Around 1960 he entered into an appliance import business with a friend from the...

  • Mideast Conflict Displays Parallels to N. Ireland

    By Niall Stanage

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Middle East peace process, frozen to the point of lifelessness, may be starting to thaw.

    After the swearing in of a new Palestinian unity government, cracks quickly began to appear in the Western diplomatic boycott to which the Palestinians have been subjected since Hamas'...

  • At Odds

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • For German Teens, Shame Stirred Action

    By Adam Deutsch

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When six German teenagers entered the beit midrash at YULA boys high school, there was an indescribable sense of tension in the air. The four girls and two boys seemed hesitant and slightly anxious as they faced 60 Jewish boys eager for discussion. As a natural skeptic, my personal...
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