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  • UCLA Jews, Muslims Alter Protest Tactics

    By Tom Tugend

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Like Moses upholding the Tablets of the Law, Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller stood on the steps of UCLA's Ackerman Union last week, his outstretched arms grasping a large, hand-lettered cardboard sign, which proclaimed:

    Peace for Israel
    Peace for Palestine
    Share the Hope

    Milling near...

  • Federation Support of Civic Group Wanes

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When former Democratic Congressman Mel Levine agreed to chair the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), he hoped to infuse it with the passion and purpose of its heyday in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

    In those days, the JCRC -- which is one of the major voices and faces of...

  • Iranian Colored Band Report Discredited

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When the renowned exiled Iranian journalist Amir Taheri reported in a Canadian newspaper last week that Iran had just passed a law requiring Jews to wear yellow bands on their clothing, the world reacted with shock. The story, which also outlined required colored bands for Christians...

  • I’m Going to Jail Over Darfur Genocide

    By Rabbi Steve Gutow

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    (Editor's note: This article was written and published prior to Rabbi Steve Gutow's planned arrest.)

    I'm going to jail.

    Along with interfaith religious leaders, members of Congress and others, I am being arrested in Washington,

    D.C., Friday, April 28, outside the Embassy of Sudan...

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  • Video Takes Bite Out of Kosher Slaughter

    By Gabriel Sanders

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan Safran Foer, author of the best-selling novel, "Everything Is Illuminated" (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and last year's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (Houghton Mifflin) released a video earlier this month in which he argues that the slaughtering practices employed by...

  • ‘State Department for Jews’ Hits 100

    By Dina Kraft

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In a meeting room with gold silk curtains and tiled walls, a delegation from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) takes their seats at a long, glass-topped table facing Tunisia's foreign minister and his aides.

    Soon the questions begin: When will Tunisia resume official relations...

  • Jewish Groups Take Pro-Immigrant Stand

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    You didn't see many Jews amid the sea of Mexican and American flags during the recent pro-immigrant rallies that filled city streets, but Jews and Jewish groups, in largely liberal Los Angeles, have been advocating on behalf of immigrants, mostly outside the view of television...

  • Letters

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bigamist vs. Agunah

    It is with horror that I read the article, "The 'Bigamist' Versus the 'Agunah' (March 24), by Amy Klein. Given Rabbi [Avrohom] Union's devastating error, which he claims was unintentional, it is clear that this head of the beit din should resign immediately....

  • The View From L.A.: Hoping for the Best

    By Tom Tugend

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles supporters of Israel's political parties praised or mourned the results of the Knesset election, but even the winners weren't entirely in a mood to celebrate.

    Shimon Erem, a former high-ranking officer in the Israeli army, said he had planned to fly to Israel to cast his...

  • Good for the Jews

    By Larry Derfner

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Although it's easy to write off the ideological integrity of a party whose leaders include both Shimon Peres and Tsachi Hanegbi -- along with about everyone in between -- Kadima happens to be the real thing.

    That conclusion was firmly ratified this week by voters in Israeli, who...

  • The New Face of the Israeli Right

    By Dina Kraft

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Avigdor Lieberman, a stern-mannered immigrant from Moldova, has become the new face of the Israeli right.

    Lieberman's party, Yisrael Beiteinu, became the fourth-largest party in Israeli politics Tuesday, winning seats in the next Knesset from a strong base of Russian-speaking...

  • Conservative Minyan OKs Gay Blessing

    By Julie G Fax

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Members of Temple Beth Am's Library Minyan voted on March 15 to allow a gay couple to receive a special blessing on Shabbat in anticipation of the couple's commitment ceremony, marking the first time the Westside Conservative congregation has officially addressed how to handle a gay...

  • This Week - Passover Prep

    By Rob Eshman

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shabbat dinner at the home of two doctors, north of Montana Avenue in Santa Monica: There's a terrific chicken with lemons and

    green olives, the lemons plucked from a tree in the yard. There's crisp roasted potatoes, salad and a 1998 Cabernet. The table is set with silver candelabras...

  • 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...

  • Letters

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    GOP 'Munich' Event

    In his review of the Republican Jewish Coalition's "Munich" event ("'Munich' Still Topic of Debate," Briefs, Feb. 24), Robert Jaffee feigns surprise when he states, "Even with Republican sponsors and a largely Republican audience, the panelists at a recent...

  • Suit Filed Over Police Shooting of Israeli

    By Jim Crogan

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly 20 months after Assaf Deri, an Israeli national, was shot and killed by Burbank police in a North Hollywood alley, his parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in L.A. Federal Court against Burbank and Los Angeles, both cities' police departments, and officers involved in...

  • ADL Youth DREAM of Promoting Tolerance

    By Laureen Lazarovici

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At Claremont High School, there is a boy named Matthew Shepard -- the same name as the Wyoming college student killed seven years ago in a brutal anti-gay hate crime. Senior Adam Primack often saw his schoolmate get teased, and he also witnessed students chant homophobic slurs during...

  • AF Academy’s New Religion Rules Hit

    By Matthew E. Berger

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The U.S. Air Force last week introduced revised guidelines on religious tolerance and practices at its training academy, and they are widely regarded as a step backward.

    A number of Jewish leaders say their efforts to change the Air Force Academy's position on Christian proselytizing...

  • Friedan: Universal Woman, Particular Jew

    By Blu Greenberg

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Betty Friedan was, like most ordinary mortals, a mass of contradictions.

    She was loud and sometimes imperious, yet she could be charming, funny, gentle, kind and winsome. A public persona, at times her ego needed massaging, but she remained surprisingly unassuming and...

  • Parent Wins School Pesticide Battle

    By Idan Ivri

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A new law that bans that use of experimental pesticides in schools is the latest achievement of Robina Suwol, a Jewish anti-pesticide activist.

    The law, which took effect last month, grew out of a presentation two years ago before an L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) advisory...

  • Disputed Film Draws Muted Response

    By Marc Ballon

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For Rabbi Marvin Hier, suicide bombings are the modern-day plague. The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center so condemns these acts of terror that he spoke to the late Pope John Paul II, Jordan's King Abdullah II and the chancellor of Austria to enlist their support in...

  • Out of My Comfort Zone

    By Benjamin Steiner

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Each morning at the Anti-Defamation League's Grosfeld National Youth Leadership Mission in Washington, D.C., which took place in November, about 20 students crowded into a hotel room for student-led Shacharit, or morning prayers.

    What was notable was that many of those students...

  • What Now?

    By Leslie Susser

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When the militant group Hamas swept to victory in last week's Palestinian elections, it forced all key players to reassess their positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, creating widespread uncertainty about the future. A number of fundamental questions have emerged:

    Will...

  • Austria Makes Reparations for Nazi Past

    By Tom Tugend

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The expulsion and extermination of 182,000 Austrian Jews during the Nazi era is a wound that will never heal completely, but two important decisions during recent weeks at least point to a symbolic closure for the dwindling number of survivors and the Austrian government.

    In a...

  • Lesson in Tolerance Seeks to Aid School

    By Sarah Price Brown

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A group of students from Jefferson High School gathers around the tour guide, Jewish grandmother Diane Treister, at the Museum of Tolerance on a recent Friday morning.

    While Treister talks about personal responsibility and respect, the students, many in jeans and T-shirts and...

  • IRS Errs on Endorsing Candidate Charge

    By Rabbi John L. Rosove

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I am very careful not to officially endorse or oppose candidates for political office from the bima, on temple stationery or temple e-mail. In

    26 years as a congregational rabbi, I have only lent my name formally in support of candidates four times (I am disinclined to ever do so...

  • Court Nominee Alito Through Jewish Lens

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The long paper trail of hard-hitting conservative opinions that Judge Samuel Alito has left in his wake is perfect fodder for the kind of left vs. right, black-and-white confirmation battle that this town relishes.

    For Jewish groups, however, the clarity of Alito's record fades to...

  • Shake-Up!

    By Bobbi Murray

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Rep. Howard Berman can work the J-circuit with the best of them. He knows who's who among synagogue presidents, what to wear at bar mitzvahs, what to say to which rabbis and which chicken-dinner fundraisers are can't miss. A smart Jewish politician in a heavily Jewish district...

  • The Legacy of a Folk Hero

    By Carolyn Hester

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As fate would have it, back in 1961, while at Columbia Records making my third folk music album, I invited my friend, Bob Dylan, to play harmonica on the LP. It was I who introduced Dylan to John Hammond. The influential Columbia Records executive produced albums for legendary jazz...

  • Teacher Class on Mideast Stirs Doubt

    By Tom Tugend

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    An upcoming course on the Middle East for public school teachers has gotten the attention of Jewish organizations for its allegedly unfair tilt toward a pro-Palestinian viewpoint.

    Titled "Teaching About the Middle East," the professional development course, which earns participants...

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