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  • Israel’s scholars flee for greener academic pastures in America

    October 8, 2013 | 9:52 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Even with some of the best research institutions in the world, Israel’s got a bad case of “brain drain.”  Israeli academics are leaving in droves for American institutions with bigger research budgets and cushy salaries.

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  • A Warrior-Scholar Falls in Israel: The Death of Benzion Netanyahu

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 1, 2012 | 10:38 am

    I had already twice hosted Benjamin Netanyahu – at the time Israel’s deputy Foreign Minister – at the University of Oxford before I extended my first invitation to his scholarly father to lecture in turn. The elderly Netanyahu had recently published his...

  • Vera B. Saeedpour, Scholar and Archivist of the Kurdish Culture, Dies at 80

    June 8, 2010 | 11:33 am

    From NYTimes.com:

    Vera Beaudin was newly divorced and a recent arrival in Harlem when a stranger knocked on her door one night carrying flowers and coffee cake. She fell in love, married and learned about the plight of his oppressed people.

    When he died five years later, Ms....

  • An Appreciation of Islam: Q&A with Rabbi Reuven Firestone

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 11, 2009 | 8:24 pm

    Reuven Firestone is both rabbi and renowned Islamic scholar. A professor of medieval Jewish and Islamic studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and senior fellow at USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Firestone’s interfaith work is not focused on...

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  • Dr. David Leo Lieber z"l: To know him was a privilege

    December 25, 2008 | 7:33 pm

    A big part of my adult life has involved trying to live up to what Dr. David Leo Lieber expected of me. Trying to emulate his wisdom, his learning, his kindness, knowing all the while that it would be impossible.

    It is told in the Book of Kings that the prophet Elijah announced to...

  • L.A. gets ready to be the center of Jewish universe

    By Julie G Fax

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In just three weeks, more than 3,000 leaders of the international Jewish community, including the prime minister of Israel, are coming to Los Angeles.

    What, you hadn't heard?

    This season's best-kept secret among L.A. Jews seems to be that the 75th annual General Assembly (GA) of...

  • Rabbis Fail to Bridge Denominational Gulf

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly a year ago, Jack Wertheimer, provost of the Conservative movement's Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and a scholar of demographic trends, put a challenge to a former student.

    Jews around the nation are deeply involved in interfaith initiatives, Wertheimer noted. But they...

  • Lecture Stirs Anger

    By Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A public lecture by a visiting scholar on the UCLA campus usually doesn't make much of a ripple, but nearly all of the 1,800 seats in Royce Hall were taken and the atmosphere was electric when professor Edward W. Said stepped up to the lectern.

    The sponsoring Burkle Center for...

  • Harold B. Gerard

    By Harlan Lebo

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Harold B. Gerard, professor emeritus of psychology at UCLA and one of the pioneers of experimental social psychology, died Jan. 16 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, from a cerebral hemorrhage following a lengthy bout with kidney failure. The Venice resident was 79.

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  • King and Heschel Remembered

    By Elliot Fein

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    There is a famous picture taken in Selma, Ala., in 1965 at the site of a historic civil rights march for voter registration.

    Abraham Joshua Heschel is marching in line with Martin Luther King Jr. and a number of other key civil rights demonstrators. At the end of the demonstration,...

  • Jerusalem Mayor’s Visit Sparks Snub

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert will appear in San Diego Oct. 15, but there will not be any official representatives from the Jewish community to welcome him at the $1,000-a-plate dinner.

    However, Olmert will not find an empty room. The mayor was invited by the Mission Valley Christian...

  • Understanding and Responding to Evil

    By Elliot Fein

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The subject of evil is something that has entered my mind often this past year. Since Sept. 11, and also from the ongoing news

    coverage from Israel, I have had many questions and have engaged in frequent discussions about this subject.

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis is a theologian and...

  • What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

    By Barney Rosen

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I never expected I'd write a first-hand account of my journey into interfaith marriage. As a child I attended the West Coast Talmudic Seminary (WCTS) and then Rambam Torah Institute for high school. As a teenager, my social life centered around my involvement in B'nai Akiva, an...
  • Doctors, Lawyers and Other Jewish Women

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When she was 16, KCRW General Manager Ruth Seymour was captivated by her studies with the Yiddish scholar Max Weinreich. "Yiddish is magic," he told her. "It will outwit history."

    Seymour took his words to heart. Of late, she has been doing her part to help the mamaloshen survive. In...