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  • Hollywood-Israel link flourishing

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    A group of hotshot Hollywood television executives sit around a table sipping Evian water, working their cellphones and bemoaning the lack of fresh ideas for a series to pull their network out of the cellar.

    Suddenly, one participant dispels the gloom by saying, "I've got the...

  • New generation has a new take on Israel

    By Julie G Fax

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Earlier this spring, David Weiner, a 32-year-old social studies curriculum publisher from Los Angeles, went on an unlikely pairing of back-to-back missions to Israel.

    His first week in Israel, he and a mini-bus full of peers in their 20s and 30s visited grantees of the New Israel...

  • Debra Winger explores Jewish/Arab day schools

    By  Orit Arfa

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Students at the Hand in Hand Max Rayne Bilingual School in Jerusalem didn't know they were meeting a celebrity. They weren't born when the films "Officer and a Gentleman" and "Terms of Endearment" garnered Debra Winger her Oscar nominations.

    But Winger's tour last month to the Hand...

  • Briefs: Pro-Israel doves launch D.C. lobbying effort, Carter—in Israel— calls Sderot attacks ’

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Pro-Israel Doves Launch D.C. Outfit


    J Street promo video


    Pro-Israel doves are launching an initiative aimed at countering the influence of established Jewish organizations on Capitol Hill. In a conference call Tuesday, organizers announced the launch of J Street, a lobby outfit and a...

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  • Holidays, happiness and hope for Sderot

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When Ari Platt spent a Shabbat in Sderot and saw the depleted condition of civic life there, he knew he had to do something.

    In only a few weeks, the Los Angeles native, currently studying at Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem, decided to organize a Purim carnival for the town of Sderot...
  • Israel is still fighting for independence

    By Rep. Elton Gallegly

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    On May 14, Israel will celebrate 60 years of independence. It's never been an easy independence. Israel is surrounded by regional instability and Israelis have needed to regularly fight their neighbors to maintain their independence -- if not their very existence.

    Despite those...

  • Briefs: Professor criticised for ‘hate speech’ at CSULB; Purim is fun and sober for L.A. teens

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Professor Scolded for 'Hate Speech' at CSULB

    The Jewish Studies Program at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) last week reprimanded Kevin MacDonald, a professor at the university whose writings on race are popular with anti-Semites and white supremacists, for views that are "professionally...

  • From red alerts to the red carpet—a teen from Sderot speaks

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 8, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Vitolda Nahshonov, 15, is one of 10 teens brought to Los Angeles from Sderot by the Israeli Leadership Club and the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles to share her story of what it's like to live under constant attack from Qassam rockets. Nahshonov has lived in Sderot, near...
  • Israel weighs novel ideas to counter Hamas rockets

    By Leslie Susser

    March 8, 2008 | 5:00 pm


    Video from Israel reports on February rocket attacks


    With Israel still facing Hamas rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip following the end of the army's limited ground operation there, the Israeli government is considering stronger follow-up measures.

    The Hamas rocket problem became...

  • Israel’s new reality

    By Shira Kaplan

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The death of Ronnie Yahia, 47, an instructor at the Sapir College for Liberal Arts in Ashkelon and a father of four, was a bitter reminder of the threat Israel is facing on its 60th anniversary.

    It is the same reminder the Israeli army faced in Southern Lebanon in July 2006 during...

  • Support for Sderot is strong at L.A. benefit concert

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 2, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Republican presidential candidate John McCain pronounced the name "Sharat." Latina actress and singer Maria Conchita Alonso added a throaty "ch" sound to the end of the word. Even several Israelis, including Israel's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni,...
  • Briefs: Sderot kids share their experiences with local students, Pico business owners protest traffi

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Sderot Teens Open Their Hearts to L.A. Students

    Ten high school students from Sderot, a small city that has been bombarded by rockets from the nearby Gaza Strip, traveled to Los Angeles this week to share their heartrending stories at college and high school campuses. They were...

  • The ‘red alarm’ has just sounded and you have 15 seconds to take shelter—welcome to Sderot

    By JewishJournal.com

    February 26, 2008 | 1:38 pm

    What can you do in 15 seconds?  Where can you hide?

  • Celebrity-studded event to raise funds for Sderot

    By Dikla Kadosh

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Ninette TayebTwo days after Hollywood's biggest night -- the 80th annual Academy Awards -- the Los Angeles Jewish community will be treated to a celebrity-studded red carpet event of its own: Ninette Tayeb, Israel's reigning pop idol (photo, left), as well as Israeli-born hip-hop violinist Miri...
  • As Gaza strikes Sderot again and again, Israel weighs attack options

    By Leslie Susser

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm


    Raw video footage just in from Sderot


    After a Qassam rocket attack seriously injured two brothers in the Israeli border town of Sderot, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert again came under intense pressure to launch a major military strike against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    Israeli media,...

  • Briefs: They’re Jews first and Israelis second; Pope to soap offending trope

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Israelis Identify by Faith, Then Flag

    Israelis are three times more likely to identify primarily as Jews than as Israelis, a poll found. According to a survey in Monday's Yediot Achronot, 40 percent of Israelis said they identify "first and foremost" as Jews, while 13 percent...

  • World Jewry should have no veto on Jerusalem’s fate

    By Alan Dershowitz

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    While every Jew in the world (along with every other person) certainly has the right to express an opinion about how the Jerusalem issue should be resolved, the State of Israel alone should make that important decision, since it involves the security of the state and its people.
    ...
  • Comics invade Sderot

    By Avi Liberman

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Just 45 minutes from the hustle and bustle of beautiful downtown Tel Aviv is Sderot. Just 47 minutes from there is the Gaza Strip.

    Location, location, location.

    You know the old joke.

    So who books Sderot? Answer is Avi Liberman.

    Besides himself, this year, he brought Mark Schiff...

  • Is there a way to stop rockets and avoid a Gaza fight?

    By Uri Dromi

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Sderot is a city in the south of Israel, very close to the Gaza Strip. In the year 2007, it has been hit by 1,000 Qassam rockets and 1,200 mortar shells launched by the Palestinians.

    Life in Sderot has become hell, but Israel finds it very difficult to defend it, because the people...

  • Israel booming but helicopters may be an omen of trouble ahead

    By Jack Weiss

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    On a recent morning, as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ratcheted up warnings that Israel was preparing to launch a major operation in the Gaza Strip, I stand on an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) lookout a few hundred yards from Gaza, as two dark Apache helicopters swoop down and...
  • Briefs: Separation fence must be moved, court says; Olmert expands Fatah amnesty; Jewish woman eyes

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Bil'in Fence to be Rerouted

    Israel's High Court of Justice ordered a controversial section of the West Bank security fence rerouted. A three-justice panel under High Court President Dorit Beinisch on Tuesday ordered the Defense Ministry to come up with a new plan for Bil'in, a...

  • Shabbat in Sderot beneath a canopy of Qassams

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Moments before we met, Mayan Bar-On bolted for the center of her family's home on Kibbutz Nir-Am along the Gaza border.

    Away from the windows, away from the doors, in a hallway underneath a red-tile roof that couldn't withstand a Qassam strike, she and her 9-year-old brother, Gabi,...

  • An open letter to a Hamas supporter in Gaza

    By Uri Dromi

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Hamas Supporter: So, over the last 40 years Israelis have been told constantly by the world to pull out of Gaza and the West Bank. Two years ago we did evacuate Gaza, but what did we get in return? A barrage of deadly missiles on our south and a Palestinian government led by...
  • Crises in Israel energize support from diaspora communities

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Gilad Shalit's somber voice sounded like a ghost's on the audiotape released late last month. It was the first anyone had heard from the Israeli soldier since Hamas militants kidnapped him a year before. Shalit's abduction in Gaza, however, was a prelude to the summer's tragedy that...
  • Sderot stories

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Israel is bracing for a long struggle with Hamas

    By Leslie Susser

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Hamas faux-Mickey teaches kids to hate With no end in sight to Qassam rocket attacks on Israeli civilians near the border with Gaza, the Israeli government is preparing for a long struggle against radical, Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists.

    In two weeks of persistent bombardment,...
  • Rockets raining on Sderot take physical and mental toll on city

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's a smooth car ride to Sderot.

    There's very little traffic on this Sunday between Jerusalem and the battered city. Sunflower fields line the road and then the vast prairies of the Negev; it's difficult to fathom that only a few kilometers away rockets are raining.

    We stop for...
  • Three videos from Sderot

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm



    Bombs and Panic in Sderot -- amateur video
    Click the BIG arrow to view (1 min. 11 secs.)




    Israel Under Attack -- official (?) video
    English and Hebrew with English subtitles
    Click the BIG arrow to view (2 mins. 52 secs.)




    Amateur musical tribute to Sderot's children -- "Let Us Grow Up in Quiet"
    Hebrew with English subtitles (3 mins. 42 secs.)




    Click here to make a donation to the Israel Emergency Fund for Sderot


  • Rocket attacks pose huge policy dilemma for Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    More than a week of unabated Qassam rocket attacks on Sderot has created a huge policy dilemma for the Israeli government: What should it do to stop radical Gaza-based terrorists from firing missiles on Israeli civilians and causing pandemonium in the border town of 22,000.

    Should...
  • High-tech company offers portable solutions for Israel’s shelter shortage

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Click on the BIG ARROW for Orit Arfa's video showing the inside of the portable shelter
    On May 20, Operation LifeShield, a nonprofit organization founded to provide emergency relief from missile attacks in Israel, unveiled in Jerusalem its transportable bomb shelters, dubbed...
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