The Brandeis University Hillel has rejected a second membership bid by the controversial Jewish student group Jewish Voice for Peace. Some 1,000 Brandeis students, nearly a third of the student body at the suburban Boston university, signed a petition circulated by JVP asking the Brandeis Hillel to reconsider its decision earlier this month not to admit JVP as a partner organization.
Israeli officials reportedly rejected the idea of a U.S.-conceived peace plan being applied to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Up to now, the New JCC at Milken has avoided closure and selling off its property, the fate of many former Los Angeles JCCs, because of its unique history.
Beggars apparently can be choosers -- or so the Iranian government seems to believe.
The Islamic fundamentalist regime in Iran, which is struggling to recover from the Dec. 26 earthquake that killed at least 20,000 people and damaged an entire region, has announced that it will not accept humanitarian aid from the "Zionist entity."
However, U.S. Jews and Israelis still are finding ways to help the victims. And one of the few U.S. nongovernmental organizations running relief on the ground is led by an Iranian American Jew.
The Los Angeles Police Commission's 4-1 decision to reject Chief Bernard C. Parks' bid for a second five-year term presents the organized Jewish community with an important opportunity to speak out forcefully in support of its historic agenda promoting police reform.
The leaders of Los Angeles-area Jewish organizations (including the Progressive Jewish Alliance) remained quiet amid the political firestorm that broke out when our city's top elected officials and prominent leaders within the African American community precipitously weighed in on the chief's fate. Though that silence reflected appropriate deference to the Police Commission's role in the reappointment process under our city's charter, the time has now come for the organized Jewish community to join this momentous civic debate in order to again demonstrate its long-standing understanding of, and concern for, issues of LAPD governance.