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  • Segregating Restrooms

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 4, 2016 | 1:00 am

    On March 23 North Carolina passed a law requiring people who use public restrooms to use the one that matches the gender on their birth certificate. This law, and others like it, are clearly aimed at transgender people. They force people who identify, and even present themselves,...

  • Israeli lawmaker rapped for favoring segregation in maternity wards

    April 5, 2016 | 3:29 pm

    A right-wing Knesset member was slammed for saying Arab and Jewish mothers in Israel’s maternity wards should be placed in separate rooms.

    In a Twitter post Tuesday, Bezalel Smotrich of the Jewish Home party said, “It’s natural that my wife wouldn’t want to lie down [in a bed]...

  • On the frontlines of reintegrating LAUSD

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 20, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    In a city and county that tends to be segregated by race and income, it’s inspiring to meet people trying to reverse the trend. That’s particularly true in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where a number of parents, many of them Jewish, have been trying for years to...

  • Why I went – and went back – to St. Augustine, Fla.

    June 18, 2014 | 10:58 am

    On June 18, 1964, during one of the most violent years of the civil rights struggle, I and 15 other Reform rabbis spent a night in a jail in St. Augustine, Fla. We had responded to an invitation from Martin Luther King Jr. to join him in a demonstration against segregation there,...

  • Israel’s attorney general won’t prosecute amusement park for racial segregation

    June 17, 2013 | 11:40 am

    Israel’s attorney general will not bring criminal charges against an Israeli amusement park for segregating Jewish and Arab school groups, despite the fact that segregation is illegal.

    Yehuda Weinstein said in a decision issued Sunday that he decided not to prosecute Superland...

  • Israel slams amusement park over policy on Arab school visits

    May 30, 2013 | 10:22 am

    A furor over perceived racism in Israel broke out on Thursday after it emerged that a popular amusement park had a policy of hosting segregated outings for Jewish and Arab schools.

    The practice came to attention after an Arab secondary school teacher, in an interview with Israeli...

  • Jackie and the Jews [Irish, Italians, Blacks, Poles]: Ethnicity in post-war America

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 8, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Jackie was the first. Jackie could not just play the game for himself. He was playing the game for every one of his race who had been denied a chance, whose future was closed because of racism and segregation. Indeed, as I remember it, Jackie played the game for every minority kid...

  • Beit Shemesh segregation signs removed

    July 5, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    A sign calling for women to avoid using sidewalks in order to avoid contact with men was removed from a neighborhood in Beit Shemesh.

    The sign was removed Wednesday night after a complaint from a female city resident, Nili Phillip, who told the Ynet news site that she has been the...

  • I Don’t Believe in Gay Marriage

    By Ilana Angel

    February 8, 2012 | 8:49 am

    To say that one supports gay marriage implies that gay marriage is somehow different from traditional marriage.  It’s not.  I think all people deserve the right to marry whether they are gay or straight.  If people are going to insist on differentiating gay marriage from...

  • Israeli women’s rights moving to front of bus

    January 25, 2012 | 3:33 pm

    Anat Hoffman, the progressive Israeli activist who made headlines two summers ago when she was arrested for carrying a Torah at the Western Wall, comes to California next week with a clear message for American Jews: What’s happening in Beit Shemesh is as big a threat to Israel as...

  • Woman assaulted by haredi men in Beit Shemesh

    January 24, 2012 | 10:52 am

    A woman hanging posters for Israel’s national lottery was assaulted by haredi Orthodox men in Beit Shemesh.

    The men reportedly surrounded her car, slashed her tires and stole her car keys. A stone thrown at the car hit the woman in the head.

    The posters did not contain any photos...

  • Females sit in the front to protest gender-segregated buses

    January 2, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    Dozens of female demonstrators in Israel sat near the driver at the front of gender-segregated buses to protest the separation of men and women.

    The protesters rode buses Sunday evening leaving from Jerusalem and Ramat Gan through the haredi Orthodox community of Bnei Brak and...

  • Itamar Rose - Women’s segregation / Banish darkness

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 30, 2011 | 12:48 pm

  • 5 comments on the exclusion of women and the denigration of Haredis

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 28, 2011 | 1:50 pm


    It is all too convenient to make the debate about the status of women in Israel’s public arena a debate about Haredi violence and ultra Orthodox intolerance. The protesters gathering in Beit Shemesh were right to denounce any attacks, be it physical or verbal, on school girls...

  • Netanyahu, Peres deplore gender segregation

    December 12, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    Israel’s prime minister and president came out against efforts by some haredi Orthodox Jews to segregate women in public.

    Civil liberties groups have complained about gender segregation in buses and public places frequented by haredim, and the shunning by some religious soldiers of...

  • Israel takes gender fight to buses, billboards

    November 17, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    The women turned heads as they got on Jerusalem’s No. 56 bus on a November weekday.

    Startled ultra-Orthodox Jewish men looked away as the group mounted a challenge to growing gender segregation in the holy city by boarding the public vehicle from the front door and sitting in its...

  • Growing gender segregation among Israeli haredim seen as repressing women

    November 14, 2011 | 10:19 am

    On the No. 3 bus line in Jerusalem, women passengers pay their fare and walk directly to the back to find a seat.

    Men, most of them haredi Orthodox with long sidecurls that brush the shoulders of their black wool suits, sit in the front section. Behind them, following a space of...

  • Ethiopian students protest segregated school

    September 1, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Some 300 Ethiopian students and parents protested against their segregation in a Petach Tikvah elementary school, as nearly 2 million Israeli children began the school year.

    The protesters marched Thursday from the Nir Etzion School to City Hall carrying signs reading “Stop the...

  • Gender segregation still OK on Israeli buses, with caveats

    January 6, 2011 | 10:26 am

    Gender segregation on Israeli public buses may continue as long as passengers agree, the country’s Supreme Court ruled.

    The practice will still be allowed on dozens of bus lines serving the haredi Orthodox community, known as Mehadrin lines, as long as passengers are not coerced and...

  • Enemy in Our Midst

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "But if you do not completely drive out the inhabitants, those who remain will be pins in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in your own land" (Numbers 33:55).

    God awarded the land of Israel to His chosen people, but He didn't just give it to us on a silver...

  • Support Pledged on Marking Historic Ruling

    By Journal Staff

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    May 17 will mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling Brown vs. Board of Education that outlawed separate educational facilities as inherently unequal.

    Less well-known is Orange County's role in establishing that historic precedent. In 1947, a group of parents...