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  • The Good Fence

    By Rob Eshman

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Secretary of State Colin Powell spent a week in the Middle East and managed to extract from Israeli and Arab leaders concessions that were promising and far-reaching -- for 1991.

    That was when another Republican secretary of state, James Baker, flexed the muscle that another...

  • A Hero

    By Rob Eshman

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A Hero

    As The Journal went to press last week, word came that terrorist kidnappers in Pakistan had brutally murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

    The news broke upon us with a special sting. Even as I write this, almost a week later, the sadness is acute,...

  • Guns and Butterfat

    By Rob Eshman

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Here's an idea for a potentially disastrous event: invite young Industry hotshots to your home on one of the coldest nights of the year to discuss the federal budget.

    But Dan and Jenna Adler did exactly that last week. And partly because the Adlers are well-connected and...

  • Alarmists and Alarms

    By Rob Eshman

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The crowd that turned out in a driving rain last Sunday evening to hear experts discuss the terrorist threat was testament to at least one ongoing fact of life since Sept. 11: we're still scared.

    The question is, are we scared enough to do something besides act scared? We know...

  • A Beautiful Mind

    By Rob Eshman

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Acuity, passion, the ability to hold several conflicting ideas at the same time, a wide-ranging and detailed understanding of the world we live in, and an ability to articulate a broad intellectual and moral vision -- watching Bill Clinton last Monday night at the Universal...

  • Resolutions

    By Rob Eshman

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Fittingly, the ailing Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) ended 2001 by adopting a set of resolutions that its leaders hope will brighten prospects for 2002.

    That was Step One toward resolving a crisis that could have spelled disaster for this community. Now,...

  • Real Leaders

    By Rob Eshman

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I sure hope Abe Foxman knows what he's doing, because no one else can seem to figure it out.

    By summarily dismissing David Lehrer from his position as regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) here, Foxman has managed to unite a good portion of this often divided...

  • Year in Review

    By Rob Eshman

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Remember the fear and trepidation that accompanied the coming of the year 2000? Millennialists ran around like Chicken Little, selling us on bottled water and canned tuna, promising disaster.

    It turns out they were off by a year.

    As it happened, 2001 was Hell Week. Leading up to...

  • Follies

    By Rob Eshman

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the solar system of Jewish life, Irv Rubin is Pluto.

    The man accused of conspiring to plant a pipe bomb at a mosque and at the office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-48) has long operated at the distant edges of greater Los Angeles' Jewish population that numbers some 600,000.

    If you...

  • Flourish, Not Fail

    By Rob Eshman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The financial crisis facing Jewish Community Center (JCC) programs and locations this week will come as an awful shock to tens of thousands of area Jews, and it should (see story, page 14).

    JCC officials and Federation lay leaders and staff stress there is no cause for panic. They...

  • Your Letters

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinian Statehood

    It is hard to believe that thoughtful people in the Jewish community can still oppose a Palestinian state and think that moral, political and economic catastrophe can be avoided while Israel continues to occupy 1.5 million people ("The Dangers of a Palestinian...

  • Do-it-Yourselfers

    By Rob Eshman

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    At my college newspaper, new writers all received the same encouraging spiel. "We want you to start writing for us immediately," the editor would say. "We're not like the Harvard Crimson, where you have to scrub floors all semester before anyone even talks to you."

    I doubt the...

  • The Global Minute

    By Rob Eshman

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Suddenly, we find that an alternate universe shadows our world. Its inhabitants see our culture as their poison, our politics as their oppression, our freedom as their threat -- The question is how we could have been so blind. Only now is most of America learning about...

  • Armageddon

    By Rob Eshman

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Early Tuesday morning, my wife and I stared dumbly at the television, mumbling words like hijacked, explosion, collapse. My daughter, 5, looked up from her cereal, confused and frustrated. What language are you speaking? she asked. They were words almost unspoken in American living...

  • War or Pieces

    By Rob Eshman

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israelis voted Ehud Barak into office as prime minister because he promised to bring them peace. He failed, in large part because his negotiating partner Yasser Arafat was unwilling to make the difficult choices peace demands. Israelis then voted Ariel Sharon into the prime...

  • Deaths in the Family

    By Rob Eshman

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Whenever one of our writers or contributors -- or I myself -- use the term "Jewish community," I think of Lew Wasserman. An interviewer once asked the former MCA chairman and power broker about the Jewish community here. Wasserman shot back: "I don't know of a Jewish community. It is...

  • Slippery Slope

    By Rob Eshman

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The all-new, completely updated "Joys of Yiddish" (Crown, 2001) by Leo Rosten will be released soon, and thumbing through an advance copy yesterday I couldn't stop smiling at the language's ability to capture an action, an emotion and a worldview -- all in one word.

    Glitch, Rosten...

  • Together

    By Rob Eshman

    July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Let us now praise Jewish disunity.

    The com-munity-wide rally in solidarity with the people of Israel, this Sunday, is proof that there is power in what many people consider our communal weakness.

    The 40-odd groups that have come together to support the July 22 rally have very...

  • In Country

    By Rob Eshman

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel may suffer from a lot of shortages -- oil, water, new immigrants -- but it has an astounding abundance, an endless supply, of opinions.

    I began hearing them on my Delta flight to Ben-Gurion Airport. I heard more standing in the passport-control line -- and I hadn't even...

  • Westside Renewal

    By Rob Eshman

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Believe in the Exodus story or not, believe in the Oslo peace process or not, but you have to believe in Jewish Community Centers.

    Synagogues are mostly directed at our minds and souls, but JCCs are the flesh-and-blood of Jewish life. They are where we meet, sweat, play, talk and...

  • A Bloody Wait

    By Rob Eshman

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    With the Palestinian murder of two 14-year-old Jews, Yaakov Nathan Mandell and Yosef Ishran, and the killing by Israeli fire of 4-month-old Iman Hejjo, the cycle of violence in Israel seems primal and unstoppable. Blood cries out for blood, the wails of parents drown the speeches...

  • They’re Heeeeere

    By Rob Eshman

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    According to a recently released Shaw University study, there are now between 6 and 7 million Muslims living in America. The study's figures may be a bit inflated, but few doubt their larger meaning: either Muslims now outnumber Jews in America, or they soon will.

    The Journal...

  • Happy 53

    By Rob Eshman

    April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Some birthdays are better than others, and number 53 is especially tough for Israel.

    Whether or not we in America see it this way, Israel is at war. A recent fax from the office of the mayor of Efrat in Gush Etzion reported, "the current PLO war has taken a tragic toll."

    That's only...

  • The Jewish Tax

    By Rob Eshman

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Every April 15, we are reminded that many of the things we hold dear literally don't come cheap. Democracy demands its pound of flesh, or its 30 percent, and on Tax Day the bill comes due.

    According to demographer Pini Herman, the median Jewish household income in the greater Los...

  • Is Demography Destiny?

    By Rob Eshman

    April 5, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    The new U.S. census figures have generated banner headlines this month, though no one seems to have a clue what those numbers portend. The big news, of course, is that America's Latino population has ballooned almost 60 percent in the past decade, surpassing 35 million. More than 43...

  • Problems and Promise

    By Rob Eshman

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Just off Motor Avenue in West Los Angeles, about where cars shoot out from under the 10, a simple sign points the way onto the campus of Vista del Mar Child and Family Services. Go fast and you'll miss the sign and the 17.5 acres beyond it of bungalows, recreation areas and service...

  • Giving

    By Rob Eshman

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is one of our city's most successful philanthropies. Yet, nationwide, it ranks behind New York, Chicago, Detroit, the Bay Area, Philadelphia and Baltimore in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual listing of the 400 not-for-profit...

  • A New Masthead

    By Rob Eshman

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    We hope you've noticed by now that The Jewish Journal has a new masthead outside and a new look inside. The masthead, designed by Carvin Knowles, our digitographer, is bolder, louder and bigger than our previous ones. This isn't by accident. Through the practice of journalism, The...

  • Human Sacrifice

    By Rob Eshman

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The government of Israel has wisely chosen to cooperate with a U.S.-led international commission that began investigating Israeli-Palestinian violence this week. Led by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, the commission hopes its work will reduce the violence in the region and lead...

  • Junk Mail

    By Rob Eshman

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    There is no Editor of cyberspace, and that's too bad. The latest e-mail craze to spread like the Melissa virus through the cc: box of various e-mails is the report of a man named Joseph Farah.

    Farah is an Arab-American journalist who has cashed in on some Jewish Americans'...

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