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  • Los Angeles mom pleads for life of son kidnapped in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Why is the world so silent -- why are Jews so silent about the plight of Jews being held captive in Iran?" Elana Tehrani, an Iranian-born Jewish woman now living in Los Angeles asked a crowd during a speech at the Nessah Cultural Center in Beverly Hills.

    Tehrani believes her son...

  • Book Review: Tools to fight terror: big dreams, good friends

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," by Jeff Goldberg (Knopf, $25).
     
    The full title of Jeffrey Goldberg's new book, "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," immediately conjures up notions of a Pinteresque power struggle between two...
  • New Year brings new hope to inmates

    By Nick Street

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Daniel, a 24-year-old UCLA student, has gotten under my skin. I met him a month ago when I followed Rabbi Yossi Carron on his rounds through Men's Central Jail and Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles. Daniel had a few more days to serve on the six-month sentence...
  • Feds Indict Suspect in Prison Murder of JDL’s Krugel

    By Jim Crogan

    July 23, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Almost nine months after the brutal prison-yard slaying of Earl Krugel, the longtime No. 2 man in the Jewish Defense League (JDL), federal authorities have indicted an inmate with no apparent ties to Krugel.

    The suspect, David Frank Jennings, 30, allegedly attacked Krugel from...

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  • Sympathy for the Devil?

    By David Klinghoffer

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A rule in Jewish law holds that when all the judges on the Jewish high court unanimously condemned an accused criminal, he must be set free. The very unanimity was suspicious and called into question the justice of the proceedings.

    Talk about unanimity. By now thousands of published...

  • The Hit Man Who Came to Dinner

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Blood Relation" by Eric Konigsberg (HarperCollins, $25.95).

    Harold "Kayo" Konigsberg has been behind bars since 1963. He has served time in more than 15 prisons and is next up for parole in 2006, when he'll be 78. No one expects this Jewish hit man from New Jersey, who freelanced...

  • List, Muslim Gangs Prompt Terror Probe

    By Tom Tugend

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    An investigation into alleged home-grown Muslim extremists has yielded another arrest and prompted law-enforcement agencies and Jewish institutions to tighten security as the Jewish High Holidays approach.

    The probe by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force has apparently broadened...

  • Pollard Appeal Fails; Few Options Left

    By Matthew E. Berger

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There appear to be few legal options left for Jonathan Pollard, after a U.S. federal appeals court last Friday rejected the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst's claim that he had inadequate counsel when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for spying for Israel.

    The court...

  • After the Ashes

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On a rabbinic mission to Israel in 1998, Natan Sharansky, then Israel's minister of industry and trade, addressed our group.

    Sharansky recounted to us how he was invited to visit Russia a year after his election to the Knesset. It was the first time in history that a past prisoner...

  • High Court Hears Prison Religion Case

    By Matthew E. Berger

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

      

    The U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to side with American Jewish organizations advocating for religious minorities' rights in prison.

    While it's impossible to determine how the high court justices will rule later this year, Jewish organizational officials who listened to oral...

  • Learning to Breathe

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    For the last several years I have had a relationship with a man in prison, and I have seen how his soul has become anguished and diminished by sitting in that cell.

    I met William after he was released from prison the first time, and I helped him get back on his feet. Now I write...

  • Barghouti Release Would Reward Terror

    By Amira Schiff

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    In May 2004, Marwan Barghouti, one of the leaders of Fatah in the West Bank and head of the Tanzim organization, was sentenced to five consecutive life terms, plus another 40 years, by an Israeli civil court that found him guilty of five cases of murder of innocent citizens,...

  • Black Sheep

    By Ron Arons

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For better and for worse, my parents raised me to be a mensch. In the business world, sticking to the strong moral values they instilled in me hasn't always been easy, but I can safely say I'll never be the type who could stab a co-worker in the back. Little did I know that at least...

  • Redemption

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sixteen years ago, Mark Borovitz was in prison for the second time. A Cleveland native, he began selling stolen goods for the Cleveland mob out of his high school locker, then graduated to con games and hustles. In prison, he came under the influence of Rabbi Mel Silverman and began...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Judge Voids Krugel Plea Agreement

    Earl Krugel, a former leader of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), might face a longer than anticipated prison sentence, after a federal judge voided a previous plea agreement.

    Krugel, 61, pleaded guilty last year to conspiring with the late Irv...

  • How to Be Religious in Prison

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    California state prison inmate Raymond Morrison was forced to wear paper clothes, had his personal property taken from him, spent months in "the hole" (a.k.a. administrative segregation), was denied telephone calls and family visits, all because of his adherence to a halachic tenet....

  • Sisterhood in the Big House

    By Rachel Brand

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As she enters her 23rd year in prison, Doris Roldan realizes that she has two choices: she can wallow in self-pity or she can continue to have hope.

    On Tuesday evening, Sept. 30, while standing in front of her fellow inmates at the California Institution for Women (CIW), Roldan made...

  • No Decision From Pollard Day in Court

    By Edwin Black

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It didn't result in any decision, but just getting another day in court was a victory of sorts for Jonathan Pollard.

    Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1987 for spying for Israel, Pollard for years had tried to get a new hearing, arguing that his former counsel was inept and that the...

  • Pollard Lawyers Get Day in Federal Court

    By Edwin Black

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sept. 2 is going to be a big day for Jonathan Pollard: The American Jewish spy is going to get another day in court.

    Pollard's lawyers will have 40 minutes in a federal courtroom to explain why they should be permitted to continue efforts to rescind the life sentence he received 18...

  • Community Briefs

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Mintz Sentenced on Porn Charge

    Rabbi Juda Mintz has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for viewing child pornography on the Internet. In February 2002, Mintz, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography. After numerous delays, Trenton, N.J....

  • Future Uncertain for Five Iranian Jews

    By Michael J. Jordan

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The release from prison of five Iranian Jews last week was due not to a change of heart by the regime in Tehran, but to a political calculation that Iran's international image needs burnishing, observers say. And clouding the relief of the Jews' relatives and advocates is concern...

  • Child Molester Sent to Treatment Center

    By Julie G Fax

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    David Schwartz, a counselor for preschool boys at an Orthodox music and arts camp, was sentenced to one year in residential treatment and five years' probation for molesting a 4-year-old boy in his care at summer camp. A six-year prison sentence was suspended.

    The Jan. 21 sentencing...

  • Rubin Laid to Rest, But Not Controversy

    By Mike Levy

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Mourners filled the seats and crowded into the back room of Sholom Memorial Park on Sunday, Nov. 17, to lay to rest Jewish Defense League (JDL) leader Irving David Rubin, but the funeral did not lay to rest the questions surrounding the controversial activist's death or the 11 months...

  • JDL’s Questionable Future

    By Mike Levy

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Kelly Rubin will turn 13 on Nov. 20. His bar mitzvah, already postponed to December, is now on hold as his father, Irv Rubin, lies in critical condition at L.A. County-USC Medical Center.

    Prison and hospital officials say that Rubin, the leader of the Jewish Defense League (JDL),...

  • Why Jonathan Pollard is Still in Prison

    By Edwin Black

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On January 7, 2002, former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived without fanfare at the Federal Correction Center in Butner, North Carolina to visit America's most controversial Jewish prisoner. Now serving his 17th year of incarceration Jonathan Jay Pollard, prisoner...

  • Recovered Lives

    By Mike Levy

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    John Ostland spent 11 years, off and on in prison because of his drug addiction. He would steal anything of value to get money for his habit.

    Four years ago, he found Chabad's residential drug treatment center. Now, Ostland works at the center. Sober and self-confident, his work...

  • Anti-SemitesPlead Guilty to Firebombing

    By Tom Tugend

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Two brothers, both self-proclaimed anti-Semites and white supremacists, pleaded guilty Sept. 7 to firebombing three synagogues in the Sacramento area two years ago.

    Benjamin Matthew Williams, 33, considered the instigator in the attacks, faces 30 years in federal prison. His...

  • Up Front

    February 19, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    Rabbi MichaelBeals (above) was disturbed by press reports after arson fires at twolocal Orthodox synagogues. Left, a book damaged in the blaze.Photo at left by Peter Halmagyi

    Rabbi Michael Beals of B'nai Tikvah Congregation,a Conservative synagogue in Westchester, was disturbed when...

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