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  • Ugly ties bind genocide past and present

    By Amy Klein

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Genocide.

    The word evokes different, powerful references, depending upon who hears it.

    For Jews, the primary thought is the Holocaust, officially recognized in the United States as the first genocide.

    For Armenians, it refers to mass killings by the Ottomans in Turkey in 1915,...

  • Briefs: Hier scolds Carter, and vice versa; StandWithUs distributes “Israel 101”

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Hier scolds Carter, and vice versa

    Former President Jimmy Carter has implicitly accused the Simon Wiesenthal Center of "falsehood and slander," after the center mailed Carter some 25,000 signed petitions protesting his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

    In a brief but...

  • Israeli entry ‘Mud’ wins at Sundance

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    'Mud' Wins at Sundance

    Two Israeli films taking critical looks at the Jewish state's society and institutions have won major prizes at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival at Park City, Utah.

    "Sweet Mud," or "Adama Meshugaat" in Hebrew, a top-grossing film in Israel, follows a...

  • Briefs: Journalist: West Is losing ‘War of Ideas;’ Daniel Pipes comes to Pepperdine

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Journalist: West Is Losing War of Ideas

    The conflict between the West and terrorist Islam is not about terrorism, land or economic grievances but about fundamental ideas -- and the West is losing.

    So posits Melanie Phillips, a feisty British journalist, who backed up her thesis in...

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  • European anti-Semitism up since Hezbollah war

    By Dinah Spritzer

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel's recent war with Hezbollah resulted in a new wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe -- almost all in Western Europe, a new report finds.

    The European Jewish Congress' (EJC) 53-page report, presented Sunday at a World Jewish Congress meeting in Paris, reveals that the...

  • Wiesenthal’s Project in Jerusalem on Hold Amid Dispute

    By Tom Tugend

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Since its beginning in 1977, with one phone and a very long extension cord, the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center has seemingly moved from one success to the next, with its shrewd, strategic planning and winning message of tolerance. Now it faces a daunting, unfamiliar and...

  • Lessons From Nuremberg

    By Toby Axelrod

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Their faces stare out in black and white: the defendants of Nuremberg. Today, the rain-spattered images hang outdoors at the Topography of Terror Exhibition and Documentation Center in Berlin.

    Sixty years ago, the men behind these pallid masks were tried for crimes against...

  • Community Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Possible Terror List Contains Israeli Consulate, 2 Temples

    FBI counterterrorism agents are investigating whether two American Muslim converts planned to attack the Israeli consulate general, two synagogues and other targets in Los Angeles.

    Yariv Ovadia, Israeli consul for public...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Kudos to Koss

    More than 1,200 people gathered at the Century Plaza Hotel on April 25 to honor Michael Koss, president of Koss Financial Corp., one of Los Angeles' top commercial real estate financing groups. The event, hosted by The Federation's Real Estate and Construction...

  • The Tolerator

    By Amy Klein

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jerusalem -- Half a dozen Israeli teens shouted like rock groupies and pressed up against the blue metal police railing in hopes of catching a glimpse of larger-than-life California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was in Jerusalem Sunday to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the...

  • Rites Launch Israel Tolerance Museum

    By Tom Tugend

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Amid a gaggle of Israeli security guards, bustling volunteers and California Highway Patrol officers wired up to communicate with who knows whom, Rabbi Abraham Cooper runs around the first two of about 50 rows of plastic seats temporarily set up in Jerusalem's Cats Square.

    "Bring me...

  • Community Briefs

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Wiesenthal Delegation Asks Pope to Condemn Terror

    In a 40-minute private audience Monday, Dec. 1 with Pope John Paul II, a Simon Wiesenthal Center delegation appealed to the pontiff to condemn suicide bombings and international terrorism as "crimes against God and crimes...

  • Shoah-Era Opera an Allegory of Victory

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When she was 11 years old, Ella Weisberger got her first starring role, playing the cat in a children's opera called, "Brundibar."

    But Weisberger didn't perform in a grand concert hall; instead she sang in the barracks of Terezin, the "model" concentration camp that the Nazis set up...

  • Bringing Tolerance to the World

    By Tom Tugend

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    French multimedia mogul Jean-Marie Messier will spearhead a five-year project to build a European Museum of Mutual Respect in Paris, modeled largely on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance.

    The chairman and CEO of Vivendi Universal announced plans for the museum while...

  • Pressure Power?

    By Tom Tugend

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Henry Bean can barely contain his anger when he talks about the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    He blames the center, and particularly its associate dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, for spoiling a likely deal with Paramount Classics to distribute his prize-winning film "The Believer."

    Cooper...

  • Open Letter to President Bill

    By Ari Hier

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Dear President Clinton:



    This is the first time I have written a letter of this kind, but I felt it was time to express my feelings on paper.

    I moved from Los Angeles to Jerusalem about 18 months ago. I consider myself middle-of-the-road when it comes to politics, and I believe...

  • Teaching Cops Tolerance

    By David Evanier

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    There's enough work to go around for everyone in teaching tolerance and diversity to law enforcement in California, according to the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    The ADL's A World of Difference program, which targets law enforcement personnel, among...

  • Reaching Out

    By Adam Wills

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein is talking about kabbalistic teachings with such passion that he pitches forward in his chair, but just as quickly settles back. His arms are a flurry of activity, and he continuously grabs the black kippah that keeps threatening to slip from his head.

    It's...

  • Hier Under Fire

    By Tom Tugend

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Some Catholic and Jewish leaders are denouncing a campaign by Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center against elevating wartime Pope Pius XII to sainthood.

    Describing Pius XII as "the pope of the Holocaust," the center's founder and dean charged last week that throughout...

  • Web Hate Sites Proliferating

    By Lev Krichevsky

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The growth of hate sites on the World Wide Web is staggering, according to a report by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    On April 19, 1995, the day a truck bomb leveled the Oklahoma City federal building, there was only one Web hate site, run by the Ku Klux Klan. A year ago, there were 600...

  • Recapturing the Dream

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    A curious thing happened in the pages of The Jewish Journal the week of Nov. 20. During a period when a host of issues of major importance to the American Jewish community were occuring that commanded front page attention elsewhere, The Journal chose to devote the cover story and an...
  • Picture Imperfect

    By Tom Tugend

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    "A Dream No More," an ambitious documentary on Israel's first 50 years, intended originally as a highlight of the nation's anniversary jubilee, is, indeed, a dream no more. Nearly completed, the film has been permanently shelved by the producing Simon Wiesenthal Center, to the...
  • Twenty Years and Counting

    By Tom Tugend

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Marvin Hier arrived in Los Angeles on July 4, 1977, to inspect the sizable building he had purchased on unfashionable Pico Boulevard, it was one of the few times in his life that he was genuinely scared.

    "The place had been stripped of all light fixtures," he recalls. "We...

  • Fugard at the Museum of Tolerance

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Fugard at the Museum of Tolerance

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    If you missed Athol Fugard's "Valley Song" at the Taper, here's a chance to see two plays by the pre-eminent South African playwright at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance.

    (The plays are reprises of...

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