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  • Israel-Iran war talk blamed for oil price frenzy

    By Ron Kampeas

    July 7, 2008 | 5:40 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Even if the tough talk between Israel and Iran never comes to blows, it’s already hitting consumers where it hurts—at the gas pump.

    Experts say that talk of an Israeli strike on Iran is a key part of what’s unsettling already volatile oil markets.

    “It’s clearly...

  • Israeli invention could pave way for hydrogen cars

    By David Shamah

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Everyone's heard that old story about the scientist who invents a "magic pill" that turns water into gasoline -- with the invention eventually getting into the hands of the oil companies that bury it, fearing they will be driven out of business when word gets out about their...
  • The poisoning of Beverly Hills High

    By Amy Klein

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Joy Horowitz's "Parts Per Million: The Poisoning of Beverly Hills High School" (Viking) is a dense 350-page book detailing a four-year fight between 1,000 litigants who claimed oil wells at the school caused diseases, such as cancer, and defendants -- including the oil companies, the...
  • Smug Alert

    By Rob Eshman

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Click the BIG ARROW to see Rob Eshman's new
    bio diesel VW and watch him drink a bio diesel Martini

    Last week I bemoaned the fact that former Gov. Tom Vilsack, the only presidential candidate with the ideas and track record to wean America off foreign oil, dropped out of the race....

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  • That gas pump is a giant Saudi tzedakah box

    By Jon E. Drucker

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The 5767 High Holiday tallies are in from synagogues around the country, and it appears that U.S. Jewry has topped all previous pledge drive records. It is estimated that this year,

    American Jews will send approximately $660 million to Saudi Arabia.

    Yes, you read that correctly. You...

  • Prop. 87 fuels high octane fight on oil production tax

    By Idan Ivri

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In August 2006, the average price of gasoline in California was $3.20 per gallon. Today, with the summer demand faded, it still hovers at $2.60. Politicians and interest groups know that Californians want answers and solutions, and they also know that the election season is upon...
  • PASSOVER: 10 Contemporary Plagues

    By The Editors

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In the Passover haggadah, we read of the 10 Plagues that God sent to convince Pharoah to let the Hebrew slaves go free. The plagues -- bloody, violent, magical -- are a dramatic highpoint of the narrative. Mindful of the pain these plagues brought even to innocent Egyptians, Jews...

  • How the Maccabees Reshaped Jerusalem

    By Bill Gladstone

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Maccabees are celebrated throughout the Jewish world for recapturing Jerusalem for the Jews, rededicating the Temple and lighting lamps with a day's supply of oil that miraculously lasted for eight days.

    Less well-known, according to a leading Israeli archaeologist, is that...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Annan to Arafat: Shape Up

    The Palestinians have failed to meet their obligations to curb terrorism, Kofi Annan said. The U.N. secretary-general used unusually blunt language in a private reply to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, who had written Annan to complain...

  • Fill ‘Er Up With Guilt

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What do you think you're doing when you pump gallons of gas into your SUV?If you think that you are simply doing a necessary weekly chore of no great consequence, then Laurie David, a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council and wife of comedian Larry David, wants you to...

  • Another Oil Miracle

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is a time to recall the miracle that occurred more than 2,000 years ago, and celebrate the discovery of the small amount of oil that burned for eight days, the amount of time needed to prepare pure oil from the local olive trees to rekindle the...

  • Your Letters

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish War Vets

    I would like it to be known that the reality of my statement regarding Jews in combat was that I spent too much time experiencing WWII to make an insensitive comment that Jews were not on the front lines ("Jewish War Vets Remember," Nov. 8). I removed the dog tags...

  • Fuel for the Fire

    By Rob Eshman

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Funny how a massive attack on American shores, the devastating loss of 3,000 innocent lives, the U.S. invasion of one country (Afghanistan), the incipient invasion of another (Iraq) and the continued threat of biological, nuclear and random terror in our own neighborhoods can get...

  • Differing Views on European Anti-Semitism

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The talk here in Los Angeles -- about anti-Semitism and Europe -- is by turns angry and cynical. And not just from the proverbial "Jewish man on the street," so quick to respond both to real and imagined slights. It is almost as though the suspicion that Europeans could not be...

  • Aromatherapy Miracles

    By Carin Davis

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "American Pie" star Shannon Elizabeth may appear to have perfect skin. But Michelle Ornstein knows that everyone, even stars, have bad skin days. And when they do, they turn to this Israeli-born spa owner for help.

    "Everyone breaks out. Teens, movie stars, homemakers. People who...

  • Nothing’s Fishy

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Welcome home, Marlene. It's about time you joined my family," my father said.

    He was greeting the news that well into the age of wisdom, I've finally begun eating sardines.

    Dad eats sardines the way I once ate rugelah or eggplant parmigiana -- with gusto. It's a way of life for him....

  • Oil Loses Round

    By Julie G Fax

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Neighbors for a Safe Environment (NASE) won a round April 18 in its ongoing battle with an oil company that wants to expand operations at a site in the Pico-Robertson area.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Yaffe announced that he would issue an order that will force the City of...

  • Los Angeles 5760

    By Julie G Fax

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The city Zoning Administration last week approved a proposal to expand and modernize an oil drilling site in the heart of the heavily Jewish Pico-Robertson area, while attaching an extensive list of monitoring and construction conditions.

    Neighbors for a Safe Environment (NASE),the...

  • Fight Over Oil Continues To Burn

    By Julie G Fax

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A battle against an oil company ignited by a handful of Jewish mothers and grandmothers has grown into community-wide demand for more accountability and honesty from both Breitburn Energy, and city and state monitoring agencies.

    Breitburn remains confounded by the demonstrations and...

  • From Krakow to Pico

    By Mike Levy

    November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Pavel Vogler left Krakow for Southern California in 1992, he brought almost 100 of his favorite paintings. The darkly shaded oil works in blue, black and purple show Vogler's vision of his hometown and its medieval Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, filled with empty synagogues....

  • Neighbors Take On Pico Oil Drilling Site

    By Julie G Fax

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The day Mina Solomon's father lay dying of cancer in the bedroom in which he had lived for 25 years, she called Breitburn Energy, the company that owns the oil drilling site 80 feet from her property. She asked them to work a bit more quietly, to contain the noise of the...
  • Use It or Lose It

    By Amy Hendel

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The other day, an older client said to me, "I've reached that point in my life where the only thing I want to exercise is caution."

    Just because we're getting older doesn't mean we can slack off on exercise. You can choose to be 20-years-old or 50-years-young. The difference is often...

  • The Signature Dish of Chanukah, Potato Latkes, Hits the Big Time

    By Linda Morel

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Potato latkes are Chanukah's signature dish, not because of the potato -- but because of the oil. Potatoes did not exist in the Holy Land when the ancient Israelites triumphed over the Syrians.

    During what may have been the region's first oil crisis, a 24-hour supply of oil lasted...

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