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  • Awareness Center and other blogs draw praise and scorn

    By Eugene L. Meyer

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    There is no unabridged database of rabbinic sexual abusers. But there is the Awareness Center.

    It's not a physical place, but a Baltimore post office box, cellphone number and Web site -- www.theawarenesscenter.org -- where online surfers can find a listing of scores of Jewish...

  • Arrested development: Young Jewish activists voluntarily go to jail in support of union rights

    By Alex Collins-Shotwell

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sarah Leiber Church and Laura Podolsky had big plans for the evening of Sept. 28 -- getting arrested.
     
    They were part of a protest march that took place along Century Boulevard near Los Angeles International Airport aimed at hotels that allegedly have been preventing employees from...
  • We Will Not Capitulate or Be Trampled Upon

    By Ben Caspit

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ben Caspit proposes the text for a speech by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that would explain to the world exactly what Israel is fighting for.

    Ladies and gentlemen, leaders of the world, I, the prime minister of Israel, am speaking to you from Jerusalem in the face of the terrible...

  • Mr. President, Thank You for Standing by Israel

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Dear President Bush:

    I never preach or write about politics. I think it is inappropriate for the rabbi of a large congregation to do so.

    Firstly, I am a rabbi not a political scientist. I do not presume to know more about matters of state than my congregants. I know they can read...

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  • Sky High Fundraiser

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    SKY HIGH FUNDRAISER

    Rod's Day 14 turned out to be a fun and spectacular event. The July 22 fundraiser is named for Rod Fasone, who died from a rare form of colon cancer at age 21, 14 years ago. Rod's Day kicked off with a skydiving exhibition by renowned skydiver Jumpin' Bill and...

  • Letters to the Editor 07-07-06

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Converts
    As a convert to Judaism, I was reassured to read your series of articles on those like me who chose to become Jews ("Did It Stick?" June 2). A lapsed Catholic with many Jewish friends growing up on Long Island, early on I was attracted to the ethics and worldly focus of...

  • Briefs

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Local Leaders Fight for Social Justice
    Norma Glickman of Temple Emanuel had felt terribly alone during her daily visits to her dying mother in a nursing home where the care, even with her vigilance, bordered on abusive.

    She recounted her tale last Sunday to 1,500 representatives...

  • Young Lawyer Has a Ball With Bet Tzedek

    By Marc Ballon

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As a young summer associate with a Los Angeles law firm, Jeffrey Sklar looked forward to attending his first Justice Ball. He wanted to see '80s icon Billy Idol do the "Rebel Yell" live. He wanted to hang out with other young attorneys and law students. He wasn't going for any...

  • Dad’s Gone, but His Melody Lingers On

    By Howard Blume

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When a person is slightly famous mostly for one thing, that thing becomes the one thing about him when he dies. So it was that Dave Blume, my father, over and over again in late March was noted as the composer of that likably odd 1966 hit, "Turn Down Day," a pop turn on what began as...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Built to Last

    Team Mortorq from Beverly Hills High School won two prestigious awards recently at a robotics competition: The Entrepreneurship Award and the Autodesk Visualization Award for animation.

    The Entrepreneurship Award recognizes a team which, since its inception, has...

  • Suit Filed Over Police Shooting of Israeli

    By Jim Crogan

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly 20 months after Assaf Deri, an Israeli national, was shot and killed by Burbank police in a North Hollywood alley, his parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in L.A. Federal Court against Burbank and Los Angeles, both cities' police departments, and officers involved in...

  • Letters

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jack Abramoff

    David Klinghoffer's entreaty and Jack Abramoff's wounded feelings ring hollow for the same reason: each expects that the fact that Abramoff used purloined funds to better the Jewish community should somehow mitigate the harm that Abramoff has caused ("Sympathy for the...

  • Disputed Film Draws Muted Response

    By Marc Ballon

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For Rabbi Marvin Hier, suicide bombings are the modern-day plague. The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center so condemns these acts of terror that he spoke to the late Pope John Paul II, Jordan's King Abdullah II and the chancellor of Austria to enlist their support in...

  • South African Judge Inspires Redemption

    By Laureen Lazarovici

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When he turned 6 in 1941, Albie Sachs received a birthday card from his father, Solly, a union leader in South Africa. The card read: "Many happy returns, and may you grow up to be a soldier in the fight for liberation."

    It would be less a wish than a prophecy. The younger Sachs...

  • Moses and King

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This past week, we observed the birthday of a great leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was able to move his people from seeing and believing his great vision to acting, responding and persevering in the face of violent opposition. In this way, King was like Moses in this week's...

  • IRS Errs on Endorsing Candidate Charge

    By Rabbi John L. Rosove

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I am very careful not to officially endorse or oppose candidates for political office from the bima, on temple stationery or temple e-mail. In

    26 years as a congregational rabbi, I have only lent my name formally in support of candidates four times (I am disinclined to ever do so...

  • Interfaith Dialogue Can Bring Change

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Teshuvah," turning, repentance, reconciliation, is a gift given to all people. People change, institutions change, policies change.

    Consider the largely unreported and unheralded change in the Presbyterian Church (USA). By a vote of 431 to 62 in July 2004, the church voted to begin...

  • Activists Strategize on Hotel Contracts

    By Bobbi Murray

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The gala dinner was like many others at the Century Plaza Hotel, featuring festive centerpieces atop crisp tablecloths, well-dressed guests exchanging greetings and servers bustling about offering trays of beverages.

    However, this event wasn't actually inside the hotel. Set in front...

  • Community Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Hier, Pope Talk at Vatican

    During a private audience at the Vatican, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Pope Benedict XVI last week to lead a "coalition of the good" against international terrorism and threats from Iran.

    The pope did not respond directly to the plea by...

  • Hier, Pope Talk at Vatican

    By Tom Tugend

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    During a private audience at the Vatican, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Pope Benedict XVI this week to lead a "coalition of the good" against international terrorism and threats from Iran.

    The pope did not respond directly to the plea by Rabbi Marvin Hier, the...

  • Globalization of Hope

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Come, let us build us a city, and a tower with its top in the sky, to make a name for ourselves; else we shall be scattered all over the world." The Lord came down to look at the city and tower that man had built, and the Lord said, "If, as one people with one language for all, this...

  • Foul Mouths

    By Rob Eshman

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    This is my fourth presidential scandal. Watergate was my first, and it had the counterintuitive effect of making me less -- rather than more -- cynical about government. The dirty tricksters were found guilty and almost all of them imprisoned, and the president, who disguised if not...

  • AIPAC Is Guilty—But Not of Spying

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    As some 1,250 delegates gather in Los Angeles under the banner of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to celebrate the deepening ties between the United States and Israel and to strengthen those ties through political activities, I am mindful of two who...

  • The Legacy of a Folk Hero

    By Carolyn Hester

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As fate would have it, back in 1961, while at Columbia Records making my third folk music album, I invited my friend, Bob Dylan, to play harmonica on the LP. It was I who introduced Dylan to John Hammond. The influential Columbia Records executive produced albums for legendary jazz...

  • Juvenile Offenders Taste Teshuvah

    By Sue Fishkoff

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The slightly built, 13-year-old Latino boy sitting in the Starbucks near downtown Los Angeles didn't know much about teshuvah, the Jewish notion of repentance.

    But it lies at the heart of L.A.'s Jewish Community Justice Project, and it kept this scared kid with the tremulous smile...

  • Bob Dylan: In His Own Lyrics

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Torah References:

    Oh God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son"

    Abe says, "Man, you must be puttin' me on"

    God say, "No." Abe say, "What?"

    God say, "You can do what you want Abe, but

    The next time you see me comin' you better run:

    Well Abe says, "Where do you want this killing' done?"

    God...

  • A Defiant, Guilty Plea in AIPAC Case

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Lawrence Franklin's plea-bargain pledge to cooperate with the U.S. government in its case against two former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) officials was put to the test as soon as it was made.

    "It was unclassified and it is unclassified," Franklin, a former...

  • Tommywood - Wiesenthal the Collector

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Simon Wiesenthal died last month at 96 in his sleep at his home in Vienna. This seems particularly fitting, since Wiesenthal spent the last 60 years troubling the sleep of Nazi war criminals, their henchmen, collaborators and supporters.

    During the Holocaust, 89 members of...

  • Jews Forced to Flee Arabs Want Redress

    By Daniella Peled

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jews who fled Arab countries following the creation of the State of Israel are preparing to launch a new campaign for restitution.

    Meeting in London at a forum organized by the World Organization for Jews From Arab Countries and Justice for Jews From Arab Countries, Jewish...

  • Wiesenthal’s Work Beyond Words

    By Norma Zager

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Simon Wiesenthal devoted his life to tracking down Nazi war criminals, and his life and that effort unfold in a new exhibit at Los Angeles' Museum of Tolerance.

    Wiesenthal died last week at 96 at his home in Vienna, and this exhibit was quickly but lovingly put together at the...

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