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  • A Voice of Democracy Where None Exists

    By Fakhr Ahmad

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Tashbih Sayyed believes in democracy as a way of life. He can be counted among the few Muslims in America who believe that modernism, free-thinking and education are keys to rid Muslims from the morass of extremism.

    Sayyed was the keynote speaker at a two-hour discussion on the...

  • Sharon’s Dilemma: Which Peace Move?

    By Leslie Susser

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It has become a familiar equation: Hope for progress toward peace leads not to a drop in Palestinian terror attacks but to their acceleration. Throughout the 1990s, Palestinian terrorists often tried to sabotage the peace process by stepping up their attacks whenever progress seemed...

  • Jews Embrace Life in the Conejo Valley

    By Peter Fehler

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It took me 15 years of living on the Westside and in the San Fernando Valley to find what I was looking for -- a Jewish lifestyle in Los Angeles fit for my family.

    It has been seven years -- although it seems a lot longer -- since my family and I moved from the San Fernando Valley to...

  • Kosher Pig-Out

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine if hitting the restaurants was a mitzvah. For one day, at least, it will be. Finally, the guilt-free excuse to overeat you've been looking for. On May 4, the Sunday before Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day), Eat-4-Israel, a campaign created by yeshiva high schoolers,...

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  • IDF at Odds With Militant Activists

    By Matthew Gutman

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The bad blood between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and a group of international pro-Palestinian activists continues to grow as more members of the group are injured in Israeli anti-terror operations.

    A British activist was shot in the head last Friday as a group of foreign and...

  • Crisis Manager

    By Marc Ballon

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On March 11, Paul S. Nussbaum trudged down the driveway in his bathrobe, picked up the Los Angeles Times and headed back into his house -- part of his early morning routine. Moments later his wife handed him a fruit protein shake, he cracked open the paper and pulled out the business...

  • Match Lights Way for Terror Victim Aid

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli soldier Monique Goldwasser was not expected to live after a Palestinian bus driver deliberately struck her and other soldiers while they waited at a bus stop on Feb. 14, 2001.

    "I thought, 'If Monique lives, I'll become the voice and face of all victims of terror in...

  • A Single Problem

    By Amy Klein

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Look, I know you're busy. What with the spouse, the children, the job, the synagogue, the gym, the board meetings, the dinners -- it's hard to find a moment in your day, your week, your month, your life.  But allow me a moment of your time to point your attention to an issue...

  • Real Peace Moves, or Just Politics?

    By Leslie Susser

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After more than two years of a downward spiral in Israeli-Palestinian relations, the prospect of a new regional balance after an anticipated American war on Iraq is concentrating Israeli and Palestinian minds.

    Both sides want to be ready for any new American demands after the dust...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    From Russia With Love

    In an unprecedented event, 650 of the most successful members of Los Angeles' Russian Jewish community gathered under the banner of Judaism and Israel. The American Russian Medical and Dental Association and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles joined...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. to Reduce Sinai Presence

    The United States has convinced Israel and Egypt to accept an immediate cut in the American presence in the Sinai, JTA has learned. According to an Israeli official, the United States will continue to lead the Multinational Force and Observers --...

  • A ‘Final’ Decision Courts Trouble

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A religious court ruled in favor of Chabad of California late last month, awarding it ownership of Marina del Rey properties contested by the Living Judaism Center (LJC), but the ruling has only exacerbated the battle between the two organizations.

    The crux of the highly charged...

  • Light and Thanks

    By Rob Eshman

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I spent most of this past week at the United Jewish Communities (UJC) General Assembly (GA), the annual gathering which, this year, brought nearly 4,000 Jewish communal representatives (and journalists) from North America, Israel and elsewhere overseas.

    The GA is part sales...

  • Support Groups Spur On Hospital

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, approximately 40 support groups raise millions of dollars for research, wards, departments, buildings and other medical and physical needs. These groups include the Women's Guild, Thalians, Teen Line and F.R.I.E.N.D.S. of Neurology. Some of the...

  • Just Say No to NPR

    By Andrea Levin

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Recent boycotts of media outlets, launched mostly by grass-roots groups concerned about anti-Israel bias, have prompted criticism from a few establishment Jewish organizations that have argued that because the Jews and Israel have been the victims of boycotts, the tactic is...

  • 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...

  • Groups Weigh Stance on Iraq

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As the Bush administration seeks international support for an attack on Iraq, Jewish organizations are also crystallizing their positions.

    In the next few weeks, Jewish groups are expected to meet with foreign leaders arriving in New York for the opening session of the U.N. General...

  • Why Be Jewish?

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    What is the nature of the struggle for Jewish continuity? What is it that the Jewish community is trying to sustain, and why should we bother?

    Part of the difficulty, part of what I think has gotten us to this place, is the radical transformation of who is part of the Jewish...

  • The New Middle East Battleground: College Campuses

    By Mike Levy

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The signs on campus read, "Zionism equals Nazism" and "Why do Israelis love to kill Palestinian children?" One simply showed an Israeli flag dripping blood.

    When Sarah Tolkoff returned to UC Irvine from her Birthright Israel trip last year, she says, "I realized the anti-Israel...

  • Homeland Insecurity

    By Boaz Ganor

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us," by Steven Emerson. (Simon and Schuster, $26).

    In November of 1994, PBS aired nationwide an unforgettable documentary titled, "Jihad in America." Recognizing as it did -- a year after the first attack on the World Trade Center --...

  • Web ‘Guerrilla’

    By Adam Wills

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish organizations are increasingly relying on the Internet as a way to augment or even launch fundraising and publicity efforts.

    Updates about the situation in Israel fill e-mail inboxes on a daily basis and financial appeals line the homepages of Federation Web sites across the...

  • SomethingBorrowed

    By Pearl Salkin

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My wedding gown hangs on the rod in the corner of my closet. Although it's sealed in cellophane, the once winter-white dress has lost its luster. After multiple moves and 28 years in cramped quarters, its previously pristine layers of bright lace have turned dingy and dim.

    I...

  • Students Prepare for War of Words organizations.

    By David Margolis

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The long-term forecast predicts a very hot autumn on American college campuses, as Israel advocates challenge a well-organized, well-financed anti-Israel campaign by pro-Palestinian activists.

    Not needing a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing, the national Hillel...

  • Who’s Who in the Valley Secession Fight

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This is the first in a multipart series looking at the Jewish community and Valley secession. Let us know what you think about secession by taking part in our secession forum at www.jewishjournal.com/forum.

    The acronyms and titles relating to the Valley secession movement have been...

  • Common Fears

    By Mike Levy

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As thousands raced from the office towers of Manhattan, Jewish leaders in Los Angeles scrambled in two directions at once.

    The safety of the Jewish community during the High Holy Days had to be reevaluated. At the same time, major Jewish organizations expressed the need to speak out...

  • Mistaken for Muslim

    By Tom Tugend

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Two days after the devastating attack on the World Trade Center, Jimmy Delshad was driving toward the Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale to attend a funeral, when he stopped to ask an elderly man for directions.

    The man took one look at Delshad's face, then angrily waved him off,...

  • We’re in the Money

    By Anita Chabria

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Despite a tough economic year that prompted more than $550 million in line-item vetoes by Governor Gray Davis, the new California state budget allocates almost $10 million dollars to Jewish organizations.

    With a range of programs from pediatric immunizations to materials for...

  • World Brifs

    By JTA Staff

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Beit Jalla Action Postponed

    Israeli military sources were quoted as saying the army had postponed a planned action in Beit Jalla by a day. The media reports said the operation, aimed at stopping Palestinian gunfire in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, was delayed in part because...

  • Cloning Controversy Multiplies

    By Sharon Samber

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the Brave New World of cloning, most Jewish ethicists and organizations are staking out the middle ground.

    A general consensus appears to be emerging in the Jewish community that therapeutic cloning -- using cloning technology for medical research -- is acceptable, but...

  • Shining Examples

    By Julie Wiener

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A physician might be queen of the operating room, or a lawyer king of the courtroom, but put them up on a bimah, and without some serious background, they'll feel fumbling, foreign and clueless.

    And if that's the case, chances are they'll avoid feeling stupid by avoiding the bimah,...

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