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  • Tracks of an Ethiopian Exodus

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Until the late 1970s, very few Ethiopian Jews had ever wandered beyond the borders of their country and made it to Israel.

    But in 1979, an insurgency in northern Ethiopia opened an exit route to Sudan, and thousands of Ethiopian Jews -- who called themselves Beta Israel but were...

  • Super Sunday Aims at Aiding Programs

    By Marc Ballon

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In 1999, Alexander Khananashvili left behind his prosperous life as a Moscow doctor to immigrate to the United States with his wife and two daughters, hoping for a better future. He came with little money, no job prospects and no knowledge of English.

    With the help of The Jewish...

  • U.S Must Defend U.N. Terror Definition

    By Paul Kujawsky

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Should the United States try to reform the United Nations, or give up on it? Tough choice.

    On the one hand, the United Nations is the only club that every nation can join. It has become the principal source of international law. It embodies humanity's hopes for international...

  • Safe Harbor From Shoah in ‘Shanghai’

    By David Finnigan

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Boys can be squirrely when any adult visits a classroom to lecture. That's why when Ursula Bacon comes in to talk about her Holocaust experience, she tells stories about how she once had a cockroach for a pet, and that she didn't have use of a toilet for eight years.


  • Writer Confronts Intifada Lethargy

    By Michal Lemberger

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm just so tired," Israeli author Orly Castel-Bloom says. She's not speaking about the effects of her recent flight into Paris, where she has come to deliver some lectures. Nor is it the interviews she has given since landing earlier in the day, although that has zapped her, too....

  • Yom Kippur in Chad: Fasting a Way of Life

    By Rabbi Lee Bycel

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I am sitting in Adam's living room -- a carpet on a dirt patio. On one side is a small tent for his five children, as well as two nephews and a niece who have been orphaned. On the other side is a small tent for Adam, his wife and all they could carry out of Darfur.

    Around us, the...

  • World Briefs

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Settlement in Reburying Case

    The largest funeral company in the United States settled a class-action lawsuit brought by Jewish families in Florida. Service Corporation International agreed to pay $100 million to Jewish families in Broward County in a lawsuit that included...

  • First Israeli Arab Wins Asylum in U.S.

    By Tom Tugend

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    An Israeli Arab is eligible for asylum in the United States based on a long history of persecution in Israel, a U.S. appeals court in San Francisco ruled on July 11.

    The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel spells apparent success for an 11-year legal fight by Abrahim Baballah,...

  • Bush, Sharon to HoldKey Mideast Talks

    By Leslie Susser

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With a new strategic balance in the Middle East and pressure building to implement a U.S.-backed peace plan, next week's meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Bush could be their most important to date.

    Neither Israelis nor Palestinians came away entirely...

  • World Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Variety Comes Down on Egyptian Television

    Variety, the daily newspaper covering the entertainment industry, admonished Egyptian television in a Nov. 13 editorial for running its 41-part series called "Horseman Without a Horse," a series which is based on the anti-Semitic tract...

  • The Hunger Question

    By Gil Sedan

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "We will never go hungry," Ahmad Zughayer boasted as a truck from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) unloaded sacks of flour, sugar, oil, rice and milk powder in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus.

    "We will never go hungry, but not for the reason you think," he...

  • Madeleine’s War

    By Rob Eshman

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic got underway at the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague this week. Milosevic reportedly plans to call 35 witnesses in his defense, including former President Bill Clinton; British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and...

  • A Boy and His Golem

    By Tom Tugend

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Snow in August" is an offbeat TV movie, part gritty reality and part fantasy, at the center of which is the curious friendship between an Irish Catholic altar boy and a refugee rabbi in post-World War II Brooklyn.

    The two-hour production, based on the 1997 best-seller by Pete...

  • Liaison to the Past

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Since she fled the former Soviet Union more than a decade ago, Anya Verkhovskaya has come more than full circle. As an assistant to the director of outreach and notification for the International Commission on Holocaust-Era Insurance Claims, she travels frequently to her birthplace...

  • Oscar ! Oscar !

    By Tom Tugend

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A film on the Nazi-era rescue of refugee children, most of them Jewish, has been nominated for an Oscar in the documentary feature category.

    "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport" chronicles the rescue of some 10,000 children from Nazi-dominated Germany, Austria...

  • ‘Haven’ for Sweeps

    By Tom Tugend

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Haven" is an intriguing but seriously flawed depiction of how nearly 1,000 European refugees were transported and admitted to the United States in 1944, which CBS-TV will present as a four-hour miniseries on Feb. 11 and 14 at 9 p.m.

    The film is based on the remarkable...

  • Experiencing Exile

    By Tom Tugend

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There are some 39 million refugees and displaced persons in the world today, and Angelenos can get a hint of how they live and survive at "A Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City" exhibition, now in Exposition Park through Oct. 22.

    The exhibit will continue at the Santa Monica...

  • Barak at Camp David

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is a sense at this moment that "time has stopped." That all political voices have become silent, in Israel no less than in the United States, while Messrs. Arafat, Barak and Clinton struggle over language, issues and principles in an effort to reach a peace agreement.

    It is, of...

  • Enrico Suavé

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In 1961, a saddened and disheartened 23-year-old Algerian school teacher and musician named Gaston Ghenassia was merely one of the thousands of refugees on a ship bound for France, leaving his homeland in the aftermath of the Algerian Revolution. Little did he know at the time how...
  • Thankful Kosovar Refugees Leave Israel for Home

    By Gil Sedan

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Never in his wildest dreams did Astrid Kuci believe that he would fall in love with Israel. In fact, he hardly knew anything about Israel.

    "I used to know that you are a country in the Middle East which is constantly in a state of war with its neighbors. I used to think of you in...

  • Director Comes Full Circle with ‘The Envoy’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In 1961, a saddened and disheartened 23-year-old Algerian school teacher and musician named Gaston Ghenassia was merely one of the thousands of refugees on a ship bound for France, leaving his homeland in the aftermath of the Algerian Revolution. Little did he know at the time how...
  • Hungarian Haven

    By Michael J

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In other circumstances, there would be nothing unusual about busloads of Yugoslavs visiting the capital of their northern neighbor, Hungary.

    But with NATO's daily assault on Kosovo and other locations throughout Yugoslavia, these are no ordinary "tourists." Roughly 200 Yugoslav Jews...

  • Echoes from the Killing Fields

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It's the festival of freedom, and, once again, Allied warplanes are flying the skies of Europe to stop tyranny and protect the oppressed. The bombers that failed to arrive in time to save the doomed Jews of Europe a half-century ago are now speeding hope to the threatened Albanians...

  • 50th Anniversary of ‘Calamity’

    By Larry Derfner

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinians have an official term for whathappened to them when Israel gained its independence 50 years ago:"Nakba," or, in English, "Calamity." In the failed Arab attack on theJews in 1948, some 600,000 Arabs fled the land or, in tens ofthousands of cases, were expelled.

    The Nakba...

  • Jerusalem, 30 Years Later

    By Eric Silver

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I first visited Jerusalem with an invited party of foreign journalists in 1966, when it was still a divided city at the end of the line. The nearest we got to a holy or historic site was Mount Zion, an Israeli outpost on the fringe of the Old City, and a scale model of the Second...
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