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  • Jews Welcome Choice of Pope

    By Chanan Tigay

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    As the regal red curtains were pulled aside, clearing the way for the still-unidentified new pope to emerge on the balcony of the Vatican Basilica and offer a blessing to church faithful, many Jews joined the world's 1 billion Catholics in holding their collective breath.

    The...

  • Presbyterians Won’t Budge on Divesting

    By James D. Besser

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    You have to hand it to those Presbyterians. Their leaders know what they want, and they won't be deflected by things like logic, fairness or the well-being of people in the Middle East.

    Church leaders in Louisville, Ky., appear determined to single out Israel for corporate...

  • The Interpreter

    By Rob Eshman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    The first thing I noticed when entering Noam Neusner's office in Washington, D.C. was the president's dog. A framed photo of the first canine, Barney, hangs by the door. It's a big color print, and I pointed to it and offered an approving laugh.

    "That's funny," I said.

    Neusner,...

  • Pope’s Jewish Legacy

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm



    Though a staunch conservative on most Catholic issues, Pope John Paul II made bettering Jewish-Catholic relations a centerpiece of his policy and took revolutionary strides toward this goal during his more than 26-year reign. The pope repeatedly condemned anti-Semitism,...

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  • Rabbi Expelled Over Sex Abuse Claims

    By Chanan Tigay

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The decision of a leading association of centrist Orthodox rabbis to expel one of its members has highlighted for some in the community the difficulties of addressing sexual abuse in the Orthodox world.

    Following an investigation into allegations from several women of sexual...

  • Israel Foresees Pullout Headaches

    By Leslie Susser

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On the face of it, nothing illustrates Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's political odyssey from settlement builder to settlement dismantler better than a recently published report on West Bank outposts.

    The report details how government ministers and officials broke the law and...

  • The Optimist

    By Rob Eshman

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I needed two forms of picture ID to enter the Pentagon, but I only brought one. The journalism students I accompanied last week -- participants in Hillel's Spitzer Conference J-Track program -- all had driver's licenses and university identification. I faced multiple security...

  • Q & A With L.A.‘s Next Mayor

    By Howard Blume

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Four major contenders are vying to unseat 54-year-old incumbent Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn in next week's primary election. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote, then the top two finishers will meet in a May runoff.

    The challenger leading most polls is...

  • Bush Touts Palestine in Europe

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    President Bush is declaring his hope for a Palestinian state loud and clear, and no wonder -- it's almost the price of entry to the alliance with Europe that he urgently wants to revive.

    Some in the American Jewish community at first were uneasy about Bush's push for the...

  • U.S. Hedges Stand on Abbas Victory

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It was an invitation without an R.S.V.P.

    Come on over, President Bush told his newly elected Palestinian Authority counterpart -- but let's wait to set a date. The check is in the mail, I'm just not sure how much.

    The decisive election Sunday of Mahmoud Abbas, the moderate favored...

  • A fashion ‘do’

    By Idan Ivri

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Somehow within the creaking behemoth of the California garment industry, facing fierce competition from across the Pacific Rim, a Montreal-born, Jewish businessman with a handlebar mustache is expecting $150 million in 2004 sales.

    Dov Charney, founder of American Apparel,...

  • FBI Delay Raises AIPAC Case Issues

    By Edwin Black

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The FBI's investigation of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) did not go into high gear until more than a year after the Pentagon's top Iran analyst allegedly passed foreign policy strategy information to two AIPAC officials.

    The investigation only intensified in...

  • Stakes Loom Big in Future of High Court

    By James D. Besser

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) gets it and so does the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism. Both groups have made careful scrutiny of the Bush administration's judicial nominations a top priority in the past year.

    Groups on the religious right get it, as...

  • Israel Lays Plans for Post-Arafat Era

    By Leslie Susser

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As Israel looks ahead to the post-Arafat era, the government is considering a series of policy options: in the short term, easing conditions in the Palestinian territories to help a new leadership consolidate power and in the longer term, restarting peace talks based on the "road...

  • Will Bush Change Course on Israel?

    By Leslie Susser

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Israeli establishment is delighted by the re-election of President Bush.

    His Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, may have been seen as a good friend of Israel, but Israeli officials speak of an ideological meeting of minds between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud-led...

  • Progress or Pressure If Arafat Goes?

    By Leslie Susser

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli officials are quietly confident that if Yasser Arafat's health forces him to leave office, new chances for Israeli-Palestinian accommodation will open up.

    But they are aware of a number of pitfalls. The most serious danger is that any successor to Arafat might not have the...

  • Why Kerry:  Bush Policies Endanger Israel

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Republicans are trying to woo traditionally Democratic Jewish voters to President Bush. Their argument is that the president's re-election is in

    the best interest of both the United States and Israel. We strongly disagree.

    The United States and Israel have long been bound by a strong...

  • Why Bush: Kerry Could Harm Israel

    By Sen. Norm Coleman

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Debates are a chance for the candidates to speak without scripts and show what they truly believe. And in the first presidential debate, Sen. John

    Kerry (D-Mass.) made a revealing comment. While making a point about the war in Iraq, Kerry said that as president, he would make sure...

  • Condi vs. Holbrooke on Foreign Policy

    By Matthew E. Berger

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Just days before the U.S. elections, the presidential candidates are sending the same broad messages about their approaches to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the greater Middle East, but they differ sharply on the details.

    In exclusive interviews with the Jewish Telegraphic...

  • Israeli Expats Solidly Back Bush

    By Tom Tugend

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    If it were up to the Israeli expatriate community in Los Angeles, President Bush would win re-election not just by a landslide but by an earthquake.

    Take the middle-aged Israeli waiting for his order of falafel and humus at the Pita Kitchen in Sherman Oaks. Asked about his political...

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    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Tuesday after Labor Day found many kids returning to school from summer vacation. While those at Beverly High showed up in summer tan-revealing tanks and short shorts, at Milken Community High School, neither tank top, nor short shorts, nor T-shirt could be seen.

    Milken has...

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    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Tuesday after Labor Day found many kids returning to school from summer vacation. While those at Beverly High showed up in summer tan-revealing tanks and short shorts, at Milken Community High School, neither tank top, nor short shorts, nor T-shirt could be seen.

    Milken has...

  • Milken Dress Code

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Tuesday after Labor Day found many kids returning to school from summer vacation. While those at Beverly High showed up in summer tan-revealing tanks and short shorts, at Milken Community High School, neither tank top, nor short shorts, nor T-shirt could be seen.

    Milken has...

  • Love-Bombing of Jews Hitting Mark

    By Rachel Donadio

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania could hardly contain his delight as he addressed a packed ballroom at the Plaza Hotel while he was in New York for the Republican National Convention.

    "Just know I love you!" the GOP senator, a Catholic, shouted to the largely Jewish crowd...

  • Bush Says Magic Word: Israel

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What's in a word?

    President Bush one-upped John Kerry by uttering the word "Israel" in his speech Sept. 2 accepting the Republican presidential nomination, but it's unclear whether the simple mention of the Jewish state will have any effect on Jewish voters.

    "Palestinians will hear...

  • Political Activism Inspires Iranians

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Iran's growing nuclear threat has activated members of Los Angeles' Iranian Jewish community to participate in this year's presidential campaigns and make their voices heard.

    Political activism is a unique phenomenon for Iranian Jews, who, for 2,500 years in Iran, had been barred...

  • Evangelicals Back Israel at RNC

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Well, umm, it's interesting," Air America radio talk show star Al Franken opined on the future of the growing coalition between Jews and evangelical Christians who support Israel.

    We're at the Republican National Convention, walking across the overhead bridge linking Madison Square...

  • Did Feith Cross the Pro-Israel Line?

    By Leonard Fein

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    However the sordid facts play out in the current FBI investigation of a senior Pentagon analyst's alleged spying on Israel's behalf, they raise a raft of nettlesome questions -- and memories.

    Recall, for example, that the heart of Jonathan Pollard's self-justification was that he...

  • Dialogue of Truth

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For many, perhaps most, American Jews today, the words that open this week's Torah portion stand at the center of the their understanding of Judaism. "You shall judge the people with righteous judgment" we are taught; "Justice, justice, you shall pursue." If one pursues how these...

  • What about Iran?

    By Janine Zacharia

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last week in Baghdad, 30 Iranians were captured fighting for the militant Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. A few days earlier, two trucks transporting weapons for Sadr's fighters were caught trying to drive into Iraq from Iran.

    NBC reported recently that "thousands" of Iranian-funded...

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