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  • 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...

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  • 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'...

  • Edifice Rex

    By Rob Eshman

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The official dedication of the Jewish Federation headquarters at 6505 Wilshire Blvd. this weekend marks a new era in the history of Jewish Los Angeles.

    The structure near Wilshire's intersection with San Vicente Boulevard is stunning. From a distance it appears as a gleaming...

  • Monsters

    By Rob Eshman

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Ten years ago, intermarriage rose up as one of the great bogeymen of Jewish communal life. The National Jewish Population Survey, released in 1990, reported that some 52 percent of Jews marry outside their faith. You could hear the rending of garments from Maine to San Diego, as...

  • Joe

    By Rob Eshman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Whatever happens in this election, we'll always have Lieberman. It is easy to forget now, amid the post-election chaos, just how momentous a day Aug. 8, 2000, was. Al Gore stood before supporters in Nashville (little did we know those may have been his only supporters in Tennessee)...

  • Briefs

    By Rob Eshman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Go Israel

    The Israel Ministry of Tourism has added a new section to its North American Web site, designed to address travelers' concerns about the current situation in the Middle East. The new section is offered to visitors immediately as they enter the site. "We've instituted this...

  • Tourism in Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Ehud Barak has the hardest job in Israel these days, but Itai Eiges' is no walk in the park, either. As director general of the ministry of tourism, Eiges is in charge of promoting an industry that has been crippled by the recent conflict. Tour operators are reporting a 50 percent...

  • Required Reading

    By Rob Eshman

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    So now what? Does Israel dig in and prepare itself for a state of escalating, interminable siege? Does it try to get back to the negotiating table with Yasser Arafat? Does it do both?

    Among the millions of words pouring out over the conflict of late, I found two pieces uniquely...

  • This Week

    By Rob Eshman

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    This is a tough time for people who believe in Middle East peace. You might as well believe in the Tooth Fairy, or a flat earth. From L.A. to Tel Aviv, the mood among moderates has become grim. When a Woodland Hills rabbi asked congregants during his Yom Kippur sermon to say a...

  • Your Friends and Neighbors

    By Rob Eshman

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There are two ways of looking at the violence that wracks Israel and the Palestinian autonomous zones. One is that it proves the peace process must stop. The other is that it proves the process must continue.Which conclusion people reach no doubt depends on conclusions they reached...
  • Beginnings and Endings

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Every newspaper editor knows that one day he will have to step down. He may put the idea out of mind or revel in denial. But the thought is always there, loitering out of sight. Departure may come suddenly by way of death, illness or age. Or it may spring up with the changes that...

  • Jewish Angst

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Lieberman's Presence

    Recently, a Chinese-American doctor was monitoring my heart as the speed and incline were increased on the treadmill during a stress test. Perhaps he wanted me to relax; perhaps he was bored and was trying to make conversation. Apropos of nothing but my presence...

  • The Great Divide

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Who are your readers, a friend asked me recently. He is not Jewish, which perhaps explains the question.I gave a pat answer: Young and old; men and women; observant and secular; liberal and conservative; survivors and their offspring; families that often trace their history through...

  • With Power Comes Responsibility

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    From a Jewish perspective, this past week in Los Angeles was a tremendous success. Among other things, it tended to confirm the influential role of the Jewish community in L.A. From the parties that President Clinton attended to the panelists at the Shadow Convention who derided and...

  • ‘An Unusual Pride’

    By Rob Eshman

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A spring-like giddiness overcame Jewish L.A. Monday morning when news broke that Vice President Al Gore, the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, had picked Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) to be his running mate. "You're kidding, right?" was the inevitable first reaction....

  • New Year, New Changes

    By Rob Eshman

    November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Last week I was driving to a family celebration at Leisure World in Laguna Hills when I noticed something very odd about the weather: Fall was in the air.

    It's a subtle thing in Southern California, but those of us who have lived here long enough recognize the slight change in...

  • One Rabbi’s Book Tour

    By Rob Eshman

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I am watching my wife with Matt Lauer. She is on "The Today Show," sitting across from the handsome host, both of them locked on each other's eyes the way beautiful people lock eyes on, well, television.

    It's a strange thing, sitting on our couch alone watching Matt Lauer with my...

  • Faire Play

    By Rob Eshman

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For years, I stayed away from the Renaissance Pleasure Faire as if it were the Black Plague itself. First, there was the name: As Andy Rooney would be the first to grouch, things with the words "Fun" or "Pleasure" in their title rarely offer anything of the sort. Then there were the...
  • Good As Gold

    By Rob Eshman

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When the editors of Gourmet named Jonathan Gold the magazine's restaurant critic, an obvious question came to mind: Why don't they just stick a fork in our hearts? To his fans in Los Angeles, losing Jonathan Gold cannot hurt much less.

    Gold has been writing restaurant reviews in Los...

  • If Memory Serves…

    By Rob Eshman

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish-themed cookbooks appear in a frenzy about a month before Passover, then die off by May. Mainstream cookbooks also try to cash in on the warming weather's ability to make us imagine nectarine tarts and heirloom tomato salads, long before winter comes to the Chilean tomato...
  • Tom Friedman’s New World Order

    By Rob Eshman

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It was 1984. A tough, tight-lipped Israeli army colonel was leading a small group of journalists on a tour of southern Lebanon, where Israel was in the midst of a war. The journalists wore army-issue flak jackets. They listened and took notes, as if taking dictation. One...
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