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  • Cartoon Tension at UC Irvine

    By Marc Ballon

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The showing of three cartoons of the prophet Muhammad at a conference last week on radical Islam at UC Irvine attracted a near-capacity crowd of about 400, including leaders of some local Jewish groups, while protesters demonstrated outside.

    A palpable tension descended on the...

  • A Definite Maybe

    By Jill Stewart

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa swirled through both Washington and Los Angeles this year, a media darling wherever he went,

    I contemplated a core mystery: Can Los Angeles' schools be fixed by a man who loves to be loved, who with his union allies opposed education reform...

  • French Views Split on Halimi’s Murder

    By Brett Kline

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Some French remain convinced that the barbaric torture and murder of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Jew, was not an anti-Semitic hate crime.

    The kidnap murder has been declared an anti-Semitic act by Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy but also a violent crime whose motive was money....

  • The Swastika in My Binder

    By Elizabeth Chase

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I am sitting in physiology class. The teacher assigns a lab report and I open my planner. I see something doodled on the page.

    I have a swastika in my planner.

    I turn the page, write down the assignment, and close the planner.

    And I forget about it until later that day.

    I do not know...

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  • List, Muslim Gangs Prompt Terror Probe

    By Tom Tugend

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    An investigation into alleged home-grown Muslim extremists has yielded another arrest and prompted law-enforcement agencies and Jewish institutions to tighten security as the Jewish High Holidays approach.

    The probe by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force has apparently broadened...

  • A Student Oasis on the Rise

    By Amy Klein

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Entering university can be a tough transition, especially for Israelis, who have probably spent the previous decade of their lives prepping for the army, serving in the army and recovering from the army.

    "Once you get out of the army, everything you used to study, to stand for, is...

  • MATCH Puts Giving in Students’ Hands

    By Karen Alexander

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Learning about the importance of giving tzedakah is a basic tenet of any Jewish education.

    But p

    "It's not just about giving away money," said Emanuel's Rabbi Laura Geller. "It's about teaching young people how to be responsible Jews when it comes to giving tzedakah. It's not...

  • Election Education

    By Julie G Fax

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Democrats and Republicans may have done their best to get out the vote, but nothing quite does it like making it part of the school curriculum. At schools around the city this week, regular classes were suspended so that kids from elementary to high school could dip their young toes...

  • B’nai Mitzvah for the Young at Heart

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last February, a class of 17 retirees jumped at the chance to pursue a Jewish rite of passage bypassed in their youth by circumstance or cultural rigidity.

    One student was 90; the youngest, 63. One is a Holocaust survivor; another uses a wheelchair. Since sessions commenced, one...

  • Teens Build a Bridge Beyond the Past

    By Ellie Kahn

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I was afraid there could be aggression toward us, because we are German. I'm really surprised about how friendly and open all the people are." -- Hannah Ketterer, teenage exchange student from Germany

    "We didn't see each other as the grandchildren of Nazis or as grandchildren of...

  • Family Put Bruin on the Right Track

    By Carin Davis

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jeremy Silverman's strength on the field is only matched by his strength of character. A shot put and discus thrower for UCLA, the 21-year-old student athlete has a kind, grounded quality.

    Silverman grew up in Annville, Penn., a town with one stoplight and a gas station. As a...

  • Murky Borders

    By Rob Eshman

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For the great majority of Jews living in Los Angeles, anti-Semitism is a lot like clean air: We know it exists elsewhere, we just haven't encountered much of it ourselves.

    That inexperience is one reason why so many of us have a problem defining the border between anti-Zionism and...

  • Educator Retiring to Study in Israel

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As he watched his students play basketball, Rabbi Yochanan Stepen's eyes lit up.

    "I felt like I was at Staples Center watching the Lakers play, and I was sitting next to Jack Nicholson," Stepen told them.

    "That excited the kids, because names from the news make it relevant," Stepen...

  • Learning Together

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the fall of 1989, I began the process of pursuing rabbinical ordination. Although I would eventually be ordained at Yeshiva University in New York, I did commence my studies as a Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) student, opting to do my first year at the University of Judaism...

  • Holocaust Writing Contest Winners Announced

    By Journal Staff

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Themes for this year's submissions to the fourth Holocaust writing contest by Chapman University's Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education ranged from defiant public protesters in Berlin to the instigators of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising to hate mongers from Hitler to Osama bin Laden.

    ...

  • Anti-Semitic Acts Climb On Campuses

    By Rachel Pomerance

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rick Dorfman may be the human face of the latest findings in the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) annual report of anti-Semitic incidents across the country.

    Though the incident had not yet been confirmed by police as anti-Semitic by press time, the University of Michigan junior was...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Pa Gibson's Comments Trouble Jews

    The father of movie star Mel Gibson minimized the Holocaust and denied that the Al Qaeda terrorist network was behind the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington. In a New York Times Magazine article about the actor's upcoming movie on the...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday



    Somehow, USC Hillel and the Casden Institute have tracked down a few Jews in Hollywood. This weekend, the machers gather with Jewish student filmmakers from Los Angeles and New York for USC's fourth annual Jewish Student Film Festival. Today's itinerary: An afternoon...

  • Hamilton High’s Sour Note

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    September 19, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    Most parents dream of having a school administrator like Jeff Kaufman.

    As the assistant principal and director of the Academy of Music magnet program at Hamilton High School, Kaufman, a graduate of Hamilton, led his program to win an honorary Grammy, be featured on the Disney series...

  • ADL Takes UCI Newspaper Chief to Israel

    By Journal Staff

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Abel Pena, editor-in-chief of UC Irvine's campus newspaper, New University, was among a group of U.S. college newspaper editors on a Anti-Defamation League (ADL)-sponsored trip to improve understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    This is the 10th year the ADL has sent...

  • The New Middle East Battleground: College Campuses

    By Mike Levy

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The signs on campus read, "Zionism equals Nazism" and "Why do Israelis love to kill Palestinian children?" One simply showed an Israeli flag dripping blood.

    When Sarah Tolkoff returned to UC Irvine from her Birthright Israel trip last year, she says, "I realized the anti-Israel...

  • Surveying ‘America’s Jewish Freshmen’

    By Rachel Brand

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Adam Bergman researched colleges toward the end of his senior year at Milken High School, he looked very closely at the quality of their soccer teams and not so closely at the size of their Jewish populations.

    "I don't consider myself religious at all. I have never chosen a...

  • ‘Martyr for Peace’

    By Donald H. Harrison

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Flags of the United States and Israel draped the simple pine coffin of Marla Bennett, the 24-year-old student laid to rest on Monday, at a service that emphasized Jewish solidarity in the face of terrorism.

    More than 1,500 mourners gathered in San Diego to bid farewell to Bennett,...

  • ‘It Was Chaos’

    By Eric Silver

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    David Kosak, a 35-year-old rabbinical student from the University of Judaism, was lunching with classmates at Hebrew University's Frank Sinatra cafeteria on Wednesday when the bomber struck.

    "All of a sudden there was a big explosion, lots of smoke, flaming objects flying in the...

  • Terrorism Won’t Stop HUC-JIR

    By Joe Berkofsky

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Mark Miller walks in downtown Jerusalem these days, he leans away from the street whenever he sees an oncoming bus.

    While he rues the "insidious" way terror "gets under your skin" in Israel, Miller says trying to shield himself from potential bus bombings is just one way life...

  • Community Briefs

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Angeleno Killed in Terrorist Attack

    Dr. Moshe Gottlieb, a chiropractor who moved to Israel from Los Angeles in 1978, was among the 19 people killed in the June 18 bus bombing in the neighborhood of Beit Safafa, near Gottlieb's home in Gilo.

    Gottlieb, 70, was on his way to Bnei Brak,...

  • The Faces Behind Fairfax

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Ask Boris Dralyuk about his student days at Fairfax High School and the impish young man with startlingly blue eyes will mockingly compare himself to one of the great anti-heroes of literature. "I know about the experiences of Saul Bellow's Augie March and the little Jewish kids...

  • Being Greene

    By Beverly Gray

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Brian Greene thinks of himself as a product of the University of Judaism (UJ).

    Since 1983, when he left his native Vancouver to pursue a UJ undergraduate degree, he has largely remained connected to the university, as a student first and then as a faculty member in the school of...

  • Opening ‘The Box’

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Like most of his grad student peers at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Rabbi Brian Zachary Mayer always thought he would eventually become a pulpit rabbi, even taking an assistant rabbi position at a prominent San Fernando Valley synagogue as training for...

  • The New Face of the UJ

    By Tom Tugend

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Sitting in his sunny Bel Air hilltop office, the president of the University of Judaism (UJ), Dr. Robert Wexler, is in a cheerful mood.

    A high-profile lecture series of top American and Israeli personalities is generating national attention and an unexpected financial bonanza. The...

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