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  • In Japan, pride in the Jewish response to tsunami

    March 7, 2012 | 10:29 am

    As I sit here in Tokyo with the first anniversary of the tsunami fast approaching, I recall my surprise the first time a Japanese person thanked me, as a Jew, for Israel’s immediate response to the disaster. It was certainly not the time to instruct that well-meaning person that...

  • 78 Million Reasons to Love the People of Japan

    By Ilana Angel

    August 19, 2011 | 12:30 am

    In a world of chaos, it is hard to look at the recent news stories in London, Israel, or the Sudan, and not feel sadness for humanity.  Human beings are more alike than we are different, and that we are able to so easily hate and hurt each other weighs heavy on my heart.  My life is...

  • Holocaust Documentary Screening Raises Funds for Japan Earthquake Victims

    By Ryan Torok

    June 28, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    A documentary about Chiune Sempo Sugihara — who saved thousands of Jews while he was vice consul for the Japanese Empire in Lithuania during World War II — screened at the Skirball Cultural Center on June 23 to raise funds for Japan’s earthquake victims.

    “Conspiracy of...

  • Months later, Jewish groups and Israel are helping a tsunami-devastated Japan

    May 23, 2011 | 2:18 pm

    In northeastern Japan, the area hardest hit by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a team of Israeli post-trauma experts guided local teachers and officials through their lingering pain.

    One kindergarten teacher broke down in tears as she related how another teacher saw...

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  • Israeli military aid delegation to Japan returns home

    April 12, 2011 | 10:23 am

    The Israel Defense Forces’ aid delegation to Japan returned home, leaving medical equipment behind for local doctors to use.

    The delegation, which brought 62 tons of medical supplies and 18 tons of humanitarian aid to the city of Minami-Sanriko, hard hit by the earthquake and...

  • Federations raise $1,349,000 in Japan relief

    April 11, 2011 | 10:43 am

    Jewish federations throughout North America have raised $1,349,000 to help Japan recover from last month’s massive earthquake and tsunami.

    The federations’ Japan, Hawaii and Pacific Relief Fund, opened immediately following the earthquake and resultant tsunami that struck Japan on...

  • The more you watch, the worse you feel

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 21, 2011 | 11:20 am

    As if the triple whammy of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster weren’t enough to enthrall and terrify us, the war in Libya is now providing cable news viewers a fresh hell to follow 24/7. 

    But wait, as they say in the infomercials—there’s more.  In Bahrain,...

  • News Nincompoops Narrate Nuclear Nonsense

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    March 17, 2011 | 11:26 pm

    Images from Japan continue to sadden and shock us. Over 12,000 are confirmed dead or missing due to the earthquake and tsunami, and that number will likely rise. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced from their homes. I’m having a hard time finding recent numbers on those...

  • Purim and the tsunami

    March 17, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    Purim seems to have come at the wrong time this year. It’s Adar-be Happy! But how can we be happy when there are images of destruction all around us, as Japan plunges into a nuclear disaster of huge proportions on the heels of a 9.0 earthquake and a terrifying Tsunami? How can we...

  • Israel reconsidering nuclear power plans in light of Japan crisis

    March 17, 2011 | 11:20 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview with CNN that Israel is reconsidering its plans for a nuclear energy facility in light of what happened in Japan. The interview is set to be aired later on Thursday.

    Japan is facing a nuclear crisis after a major earthquake and...

  • Japan turns to U.S. in face of worsening nuclear crisis

    March 16, 2011 | 10:58 am

    Japan said Wednesday that further assistance from the United States was needed to help keep the nuclear cores at a power plant from overheating, after last week’s quake and tsunami knocked out the plant’s cooling systems.

    Tokyo may also request the help from members of the U.S. military stationed in Japan, government spokesman Yukio Edano said.

    On Tuesday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it has sent two experts to Japan, and had been asked to send cooling equipment.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Japan disaster and Itamar killings put Jewish giving on the spot

    March 15, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    Almost as soon as the catastrophe in Japan began unfolding last Friday, Jewish groups scrambled to figure out how to get help to the area.

    In Israel, search-and-rescue organizations like ZAKA and IsraAid readied teams to head to the Japanese devastation zone. In Tokyo, the Chabad...

  • Japan braces for potential radiation catastrophe as 140,000 could be affected

    March 15, 2011 | 11:05 am

    Japan faced a potential catastrophe Tuesday after a quake-crippled nuclear power plant exploded and sent low levels of radiation floating toward Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital and others to stock up on essential supplies.

    The crisis appeared to escalate late in the...

  • Third explosion rocks earthquake-damaged Japan nuclear plant

    March 14, 2011 | 6:12 pm

    A third explosion in four days rocked the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan early Tuesday, the country’s nuclear safety agency said.

    The blast at Dai-ichi Unit 2 followed two hydrogen explosions at the plant - the latest on Monday - as...

  • Israeli team leaves for Japan aid mission

    March 13, 2011 | 12:23 pm

    A civilian Israeli search-and-rescue team left for Japan in the aftermath of a major earthquake and tsunami.

    The team organized by IsraAID, an Israeli humanitarian umbrella group, left Israel Sunday morning to assist in an area to be determined by Japanese authorities, according to...

  • Tragedy in Japan Trumps TV’s Funniest Moments

    By Misha Henckel

    March 11, 2011 | 11:08 am

    I’ve been immersed in the comedy world these past several weeks, working with one of our top women comics to develop the pilot for a new TV series. Consequently, with my eye on funny, I’d been planning to blog about TVs five funniest moments this week, at least three of which would...

  • Jewish groups mobilizing response to massive Japan earthquake and tsunami

    March 11, 2011 | 9:52 am

    Japan earthquake relief: How you can help

    Jewish organizations are mobilizing their responses to the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on Friday.

    IsraAid, an Israel-based coordinating organization for 17 Israeli and Jewish humanitarian groups, said Friday that it has...

  • As Feingold exits, Senate loses a principled liberal

    November 9, 2010 | 1:52 pm

    The speech that Russ Feingold gave to end his career in the U.S. Senate was much like his career itself: by turns crystal clear, obscure, ornery, defiant and gracious—and quoting a fellow Great Plains Jew to boot.

    “But my heart is not weary, it’s light and it’s free, I’ve...

  • This Time They’re Ready for the Wave

    By Peter Ephross

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    Some 50 South Indian villagers are spread out along the sandy beach. Women clad in brightly colored saris converse in groups, while...

  • Women’s Lib Rises in Wake of Disaster

    By Peter Ephross

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    The two young, sari-clad women, one in blue and one in orange, stand in the thatched-roof meeting hall, take hold of the...

  • Special Report

    By Howard Blume

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    KANCHIPURAM DISTRICT, INDIA -- The bright, clear morning of Dec. 26, 2004, would forever...

  • Groups, Shuls Fundraise for Tsunami Aid

    By David Finnigan

    November 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Cantor Alison Wissot of Temple Judea felt the pull of the Asian tsunami at a Friday morning meeting of the women's group at her Tarzana Reform shul.

    "There was an outpouring of, 'This is so awful,' 'How do we deal with this event?' 'How do we not feel helpless?' 'How do we just do...

  • 50 Nifty Jewish Groups

    By Rachel Pomerance

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Do the words "innovative" and "Jewish groups" seem like oxymorons? Not to the publishers of "Slingshot," a new guidebook to the "50 most innovative Jewish groups in North America," published by a division of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies.

    "Slingshot," which is...

  • Tsunami Leaves Us Awash in God Talk

    By Cathy Young

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Last December, as the world tried to grapple with the devastating scope of the tsunami that hit South Asia -- at last count, the death toll stood at nearly 300,000 -- the tragedy became fodder for fatuous religious discussions, focusing on an ancient question: How can a just, good,...

  • Memo to Oscar: Just Say ‘No’ to Swag

    By Gloria Baran

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The contrast was just too much. On one channel, I watched as tens of thousands of people struggled to survive the devastating impact of the tsunami that left more than 250,000 dead and countless others injured and homeless, and on another channel, presenters at last month's Golden...

  • Privatized El Al to Add Saturday Flight

    By Adam Wills

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When 50 Israelis who survived the devastating Dec. 26 tsunami were stranded in Sri Lanka, El Al made good on its commitment to organize and operate rescue missions.

    "When there is a problem, Israelis will go out of their way to help other Israelis," said Nira Dror, the Israeli...

  • Efforts Under Way to Raise Aid Funds

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Local and national Jewish organizations have mobilized to help tsunami victims and invite the community to participate, as well.

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    American Jewish World Service partners with 22 non-government and community-based organizations in the regions affected by the...

  • Report From Phuket Faith and Tsunami:  A Rescue Mission

    By Rabbi Nechemia Wilhelm

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Ten minutes after the tsunami hit, my phone started ringing. It's been ringing ever since, 24 hours a day -- husbands looking for wives, mothers looking for daughters, friends looking for their traveling companions.

    As one of the Chabad emissaries living in Southeast Asia, I was...

  • Boom! Water Shot Through the Beach

    By Paul Alan Smith

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I was on the island of Koh Lanta on Dec. 26. Koh Lanta is just east of Phuket and Ko Phi Phi Island and part of the province of Krabi, Thailand.

    The island is made up of Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. I had visited this small island earlier in the year, and was blown away both...

  • Jewish Groups Join Quake Relief Efforts

    By Dan Baron

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For thousands of young Israelis, the sun-drenched archipelagos of Southeast Asia were the perfect destination to forget the rigors of military service.

    But this week, that post-Zionist nirvana became a nightmare. The tsunami that swept India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the...