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  • Hirschfeld Dismissal Shocks, Frustrates

    By Marc Ballon

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The recent layoff of Michael Hirschfeld, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), has set off a firestorm of criticism in the community and raised questions about the priorities of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    Federation President John...

  • Israel Reconsiders Peace Policies

    By Leslie Susser

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's massive bus bombing, which killed 21 people, most of them ultra-Orthodox Jews and some of them children, may turn out to be a defining moment in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    It signaled the collapse of the hudna (cease-fire) declared by Palestinian terrorist...

  • There’s No Alternative to Pursuing Peace

    By M.J. Rosenberg

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The bus bombing in Jerusalem demonstrates, as nothing else could, that there is no alternative to implementing President Bush's "road map" in all its parts. That means that the Palestinian Authority has to live up to its commitment to shut down the terror groups once and for all,...

  • Your Letters

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    New NPR Standards

    I have no reason to believe that Kevin Klose's new standards for fair coverage at NPR means anything ("New Standards for Fair Coverage at NPR," Aug. 15). For so long, NPR has been so biased against Israel and beholden to Arab/Muslim interests that it does not...

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  • How to Fundraise in the 21st Century

    By Marc Ballon

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    More than a century ago, Jewish federations served the needs of tightly knit Jewish communities around the country. Centralized, bureaucratic and occasionally paternalistic, these charitable organizations were highly efficient fundraising and money-dispensing machines in an era when...

  • British Writer Snubs Pro-Israel Letters

    By Richard Allen Greene

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A British newspaper columnist who admits that he ignores pro-Israel letters to the editor if the writer has a Jewish name will not be punished, the country's media watchdog has decided.

    Richard Ingrams, a columnist for the Observer newspaper, made the remark last month in a column...

  • Murky Borders

    By Rob Eshman

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For the great majority of Jews living in Los Angeles, anti-Semitism is a lot like clean air: We know it exists elsewhere, we just haven't encountered much of it ourselves.

    That inexperience is one reason why so many of us have a problem defining the border between anti-Zionism and...

  • Shinui Weighs in on Releasing Prisoners

    By Leslie Susser

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Even after Shinui became the third-largest party in Israel in last January's Knesset elections, shrewd political observers tended to dismiss its electoral success as a flash in the pan.

    Not anymore. After months of being derided as a passing fad with little substance, Shinui, whose...

  • Director Cooks Up Anarchy in Debut

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm a 'Marx Brothers anarchist,'" filmmaker Jordan Susman said. "It's the sense of having a flower squirt water into the eyes of authority."

    The tone pervades his debut feature, "The Anarchist Cookbook," which revolves around a "latter-day Marx brother," Susman said. Puck Gold...

  • Briefs

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Family Service Cuts Staff, Programs

    In an attempt to balance its budget, Jewish Family Service (JFS) has scaled back counseling and other programs that serve some of the region's most vulnerable people.

    JFS slashed three part-time positions at both its Conejo Valley and Metro...

  • When Bad Things Happen to Good Institutions

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When a University of Judaism (UJ) male administrator and a female student fell together from the second-story window of a Pico-Robertson apartment, hitting the concrete below and landing in the hospital, the story made the news and set community tongues wagging.

    At the time,...

  • ADD, ADHD—Life in the Fast Lane

    By Wendy Mogel

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    School is out and Ashley is breathless, begging to go to Disneyland. "Leora has ADD so she gets a special pass that allows her to skip all the lines," she says. "And she can bring her friends and they can skip all the lines, too!"

    A call to the Happiest Place on Earth confirms it....

  • ‘Map’ Won’t Play Key Election Role

    By James D. Besser

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Opponents of the recently released Mideast "road map" are reassuring themselves that presidential politics will keep the Bush administration from pressuring Israel too hard to accept the plan, which proposes a diplomatic sprint to the creation of a Palestinian state by 2005.

    They...

  • ‘California Eight’ Sue Italy’s Generali

    By Tom Tugend

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Suzanne Weiner-Zada was growing up in Hungary, her father, a wealthy lumber merchant, took out eight insurance policies with Assicurazioni Generali of Italy, one of the world's largest insurance companies, which operated extensively in the pre-World War II Jewish communities of...

  • Absence of ‘Justice’

    By Marilyn Henry

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II" by Stuart E. Eizenstat (Public Affairs, $30).


    "Holocaust Justice: The Battle for Restitution in America's Courts" by Michael Bazyler (New York University, $34.95).



    In the last moments of...

  • First Step in Removing Terror Regimes

    By Morton A. Klein

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The American war against Saddam Hussein represents a significant departure from the traditional U.S. posture of appeasing Arab terrorist regimes.

    Hopefully, it will be just the first step in a new approach to combating terrorism.

    In the past, the United States consistently...

  • Ignoring Opposition to War an Old Story

    By Leonard Fein

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What do Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boulder, Denver, New Haven, Atlanta, Chicago, Gary, Des Moines, Portland (Maine), Baltimore, Detroit, St. Paul, Newark, Jersey City, Santa Fe, New York City, Syracuse, Cleveland, Akron, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Austin, Burlington,...

  • Bracing for War

    By Matthew E. Berger

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Scud missiles fell on Tel Aviv at the beginning of the 1991 Gulf War, David Harris was there.

    "We did not want Israel to face Iraqi Scud missile attacks alone," said the executive director of the American Jewish Committee.

    Now, though he does not know what's in store for...

  • A Libel That Holds No Truth

    By Dennis Prager

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Some Americans apparently believe that we are going to war with Iraq "because of the Jews." Having written a book explaining anti-Semitism ("Why the Jews? The Reason for Anti-Semitism," Simon & Schuster, 1983), all I can do is marvel at the durability of anti-Semitism and the...

  • Is Hollywood Against the War?

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Across the country, Americans are wondering, "Why is Hollywood against the war?"

    On TV programs and TV and radio talk shows, in magazines and newspapers, they see actors and actresses opining, talking the talk and walking the anti-war walk. This has led to a separate thread of...

  • A Wish Is Granted

    By Marc Ballon

    February 27, 2003 | 7:01 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Jewish Family Service (JFS) have received the first federally funded grant in California for so-called naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs), places where a majority of the population is over 55.

    JFS, which collaborated...

  • How Not to Date

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Look, I'm not going to tell you how to find "the one," how to radiate that "I'm available" light, how to register for wine tasting seminars and join networking groups.

    I have no dating advice. None. I won't suggest clever phrasing for your personal ad or how to choose a photo to...

  • Sharon’s Election Brings Full Agenda

    By Steven L. Spiegel

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In the wake of the tragic death of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon on the Space Shuttle Columbia, there was Ariel Sharon, the prime minister and prime healer, providing solace on national television. Just five days earlier, Sharon had won a stunning election victory, and it is clear...

  • Danger Ahead for Europe’s Jews

    By James D. Besser

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    State Department officials in recent weeks have quietly urged their European counterparts to take preemptive action to prevent new anti-Semitic attacks in the wake of a United States-led military action against Iraq.

    European officials have listened -- but that's about all. Some...

  • Sharon Vows More Targeted Killings

    By Naomi Segal

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is vowing to step up targeted killings of suspected Palestinian terrorists. Israel's practice of targeted killings is not new, but Sharon's statements again threw a spotlight on the controversial policy.

    He made the comment following a terror attack Dec....

  • Planning Ahead Can Save on Health Care

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Eva, 74 and a widow, was a healthy and independent woman until she went shopping one day last December and was mugged. She was attacked with a screwdriver and thrown to ground, breaking her shoulder in four places.

    "I ended up on the sidewalk, totally helpless," said Eva, who lives...

  • ‘Dreamers’ Still Hold Hope for Peace

    By Gil Sedan

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Sometimes, they say, hope shines brightest in the darkest hours. Palestinians and Israelis have never been further apart in the past decade, with nearly 3,000 people killed in the two years of the Palestinian intifada.

    Yet "the dreamers," as some call them, are still busy preparing...

  • The Sadat Legacy: 25 Years Later

    By Yuval Rotem

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Throughout last month, the Israeli people commemorated the 25th anniversary of the historic visit to Israel by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and the resulting peace accord between Israel and Egypt. During that November in 1977, the physical distance traveled by Sadat from Cairo to...

  • Kenya Attacks Blur Lines of Terrorism

    By Matthew E. Berger

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The attacks on Israeli targets in Kenya are not expected to divert the United States from a possible war with Iraq -- or change U.S. limits on Israel's response to Palestinian terror. One immediate effect of the Nov. 28 attacks, thought to be the work of Al Qaeda, may be a subtle...

  • Safe in the Senate?

    By Matthew E. Berger

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A Republican Senate means Republican committee chairs, and for many Jewish organizational leaders, a step backward toward more defensive lobbying tactics.

    Jewish lobbyists say that when the Republicans take control of the full Congress in January, they will need to respond more to...

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