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  • Man rips down swastika display in Sacramento

    March 11, 2015 | 10:44 am

    A non-Jewish man tore down a swastika display from a home in Sacramento.

    “I felt compelled to do what I did,” Robert Dixon was quoted as saying by the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday after ripping down the display the previous night in the suburban River Park neighborhood.


  • Rally against anti-Semitism held in Sacramento

    March 10, 2015 | 10:15 am

    Hundreds gathered in Sacramento on the steps of the California state capitol for a rally against anti-Semitism.

    Monday’s rally, organized by the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento region, attracted Jewish community leaders and members, politicians and others, the local...

  • Sacramento approves sister-city relationship with Ashkelon despite opposition

    August 15, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to approve a sister-city relationship with Ashkelon, despite opposition from pro-Palestinian organizations.

    The Tuesday night vote came after testimony from opponents and supporters, the Sacramento Bee reported.

    Some of the 250 spectators...

  • Omri Casspi’s Kings’ reign ends with trade to Cavs

    June 30, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA, has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    The Sacramento Kings sent Casspi, 23, and a 2012 first-round draft pick to the Cavs in exchange for power forward J.J. Hickson in a deal announced Thursday.

    Casspi, a favorite of Jewish...

  • The Berlin Wall of education

    March 16, 2011 | 1:23 pm

    The first line in the letter I received from my local school district screamed: “Our children need your help now!” Apparently, the district is facing yet another round of budget cuts from Sacramento and is turning to parents to “raise at least $1,000,000 by the end of March ......

  • Casspi billboard defaced for second time

    September 20, 2010 | 2:53 pm

    A billboard featuring Israeli-born NBA player Omri Casspi was defaced with a swastika for the second time.

    The billboard was discovered vandalized on Sept. 16, the second time in about a week, the Sacramento Bee reported. It was painted over before most people were able to see it,...

  • I hear you knocking

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 9, 2008 | 11:28 pm


  • State Assembly hopeful is a political and personal bridge builder

    By Tom Tugend

    July 23, 2008 | 3:58 pm

    When Robert J. Blumenfield was 12, he covered the 1980 Democratic and Republican conventions as a reporter for a youth-oriented magazine, and he has been hooked on politics since.

    In June, Blumenfield, 40, always addressed as Bob, won the Democratic primary to represent the 40th...

  • A dangerous and precedent-setting intrusion

    June 12, 2008 | 2:32 pm

    The next few weeks will be the moment of truth for Assembly Bill 624, the so-called, "Foundation Diversity and Transparency Act," as it comes before the state Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee chaired by State Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles).


  • Sacramento PBS TV affiliate won’t run anti-Semitism documentary

    By Joe Eskenazi

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    David Hosley thinks a scene in which a group of devious Jews slash the throat of a young boy in a ritual slaughter to cull his blood for Passover matzah is not the type of thing that should be shown on television. Yitzhak Santis thinks it's exactly what we should be seeing. Santis...
  • A Hard Rain

    By Frances Dinkelspiel

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    In the winter of 1861-1862, the skies in California let loose, unleashing torrents of water around the state. In Los Angeles, rain fell for 28 straight days, pushing the Los Angeles River higher and higher until a waist-high wall of water jumped its banks, ripping away everything...

  • A Stand in Sacramento

    By Tom Tugend

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Letters are good, said an old Sacramento hand, phone calls are good, faxes are good, but for real impact, nothing beats face-to-face meetings with legislators.

    Putting the advice into practice, more than 200 Jewish activists from across California gathered in the state capital...

  • A Look Back

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When I was 16, my family moved from Santa Monica to Sacramento. I had just finished my first year at Santa Monica High School and had been selected to play drums with the school's jazz band in the Hollywood Bowl (which I did the night before we moved). I was certainly not looking...

  • Anti-SemitesPlead Guilty to Firebombing

    By Tom Tugend

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Two brothers, both self-proclaimed anti-Semites and white supremacists, pleaded guilty Sept. 7 to firebombing three synagogues in the Sacramento area two years ago.

    Benjamin Matthew Williams, 33, considered the instigator in the attacks, faces 30 years in federal prison. His...

  • California’s New Energy Chief

    By Melissa Minkin

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The day after Vice President Dick Cheney said the best way to meet the country's energy demands was to increase fossil fuel production, reconsider nuclear power, and soften environmental laws, S. David Freeman went to Sacramento to prove him wrong.

    Freeman, who left the top post at...

  • White Hate Group Strongly Suspected in Synagogue Fires

    By Rebecca Rosen Lum

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    As investigators hone in on an "abundance of evidence" culled from the scenes of the June 18 arson attacks on three Sacramento-area synagogues, signs point increasingly to a white supremacist group.

    Federal agents are tracking a number of hate groups with chapters in the area. High on...

  • ‘United Against Hate’

    By Tom Tugend

    June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Under a giant banner that read "Sacramento United Against Hate," some 4,500 citizens of all faiths and colors dedicated themselves to the fight against bigotry as their answer to coordinated arson attacks on three local synagogues.

    More than 2,500 people crammed into the Community...

  • Up Front

    By Rob Eshman

    May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The Jerusalem Jazz Band
    At the Dixieland Jubilee in Sacramento, the annual super bowl of jazz, the band that got the most ecstatic reception a couple of years ago was cradled a few thousand miles east of New Orleans.

    It was the Jerusalem Jazz Band, whose members hail each other by such...