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  • Rabbi Manis Friedman, who downplayed damage caused by sexual abuse, apologizes [VIDEO]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 31, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Rabbi Manis Friedman, a prominent rabbi from the Hasidic Chabad Lubavitch movement who appeared in a video recently posted on YouTube minimizing the harm caused by sexual molestation, has apologized for what he called his “completely inappropriate use of language.”

    “I have always...

  • Jewish 6-year-old youngest of Newtown shooting victims

    December 15, 2012 | 4:10 pm

    A Jewish child was identified as the youngest of the 26 victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn.

    First grade student Noah Pozner, the youngest of the victims murdered on Friday, had just turned 6 years old Nov. 20; he will be laid to...

  • Relief funds assisting Colorado fire victims

    July 2, 2012 | 11:36 am

    As residents of Colorado Springs return to their homes following widespread wild fires, U.S. Jewish communities are raising money for relief funds.

    The Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, in conjunction with local synagogues, community organizations and national partners, has...

  • Opinion: Remembering Kim Jong-Il's victims

    January 4, 2012 | 3:22 pm

    The pictures accompanying the news of the leadership change in North Korea are those of the dead dictator, Kim Jong-Il, and his son and heir apparent, Kim Jong-Un.

    But there are some other Koreans whose names and photos, though absent from the front pages, tell the real story.

    Ri...

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  • Yad Vashem has identified 4 million Shoah victims

    December 22, 2010 | 11:08 am

    Yad Vashem says it has identified two-thirds of the Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

    Israel’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in the last decade has added about 1.4 million names to its central database of Shoah victims’ names, bringing the total number of...

  • Who by water, and who by fire?

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    August 31, 2009 | 7:35 am

    We have been hearing the sounds of the shofar every morning since the month of Elul began. And within its wordless cry we already hear the echoes of the liturgy of Rosh Hashana. None more than the echoes of Nitaneh Tokef’s, “Who will Live, and who will die?  Who by water, and who by...

  • Financial tsunami shakes Jewish Community Foundation

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 24, 2008 | 2:26 am

    The stock market had been hammered for more than a year, but the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) was doing relatively well, David Polak, chair of the JCF's investment committee, told the board of directors early this month.

    The JCF's common investment pool, which manages the...

  • Pyramid power (not)

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 24, 2008 | 2:12 am

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  • Stunned local groups start to count losses as list of Madoff’s victims grows

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 16, 2008 | 8:32 pm

    It didn't take long for Bernard Madoff's arrest in New York for running an alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme to send shockwaves through Los Angeles' Jewish community.

    The growing list of victims in Los Angeles from the meltdown at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC reads...

  • Madoff’s ‘unspeakable evil’ shocks those who thought they knew him well

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 16, 2008 | 8:21 pm


    AP Video: How a Ponzi scheme works


    In April 2004, Bernard L. Madoff and his wife, Ruth, devised a plan to save Jewish lives.

    In the effort to bolster Gift of Life, a Florida-based nonprofit that maintains a unique Jewish bone marrow registry, the Madoffs funded and helped roll out an...

  • Same old United Nations, Sarkozy [hearts] Israel, Gilad Shalit turns 21 in captivity

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Groups Assail U.N. Conference

    A U.N. conference under way in Geneva is as bad as expected, watchdog groups say. In reports from Switzerland, two major U.N. watchdog groups said the conference - the first in a series of preparatory meetings for the follow-up to 2001's notorious...

  • The Day a New Terrorism Was Born

    By Tom Tugend

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The modern era of global terrorism was launched on Sept. 6, 1970, when Palestinian hijackers tried to seize four commercial airliners bound for New York and land them at a remote landing strip in the Jordanian desert.

    Until Sept. 11, the date was known as "the blackest day in...

  • 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.

    DONATE DIRECTLY:

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

  • Bracelet Bandwagon

    By Emily Pauker

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Don't wear your heart on your sleeve -- wear it on your wrist. And with the new Shalom bracelet, you can. The Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles is distributing 25,000 of the blue elastic bands adorned with a white dove and the word "Shalom" throughout the community.

    It carries a...

  • If the Situation Were Reversed

    By Gideon Levy

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What would happen if a Palestinian terrorist were to detonate a bomb at the entrance to an apartment building in Israel and cause the death of an elderly man in a wheelchair, who would later be found buried under the rubble of the building? The country would be profoundly shocked....

  • Tisha B’Av Today

    By Dr. Aryeh Cohen

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This week a friend confessed to me his problem with fasting on Tisha B'av. My friend is Orthodox and Israeli -- an alumnus of one of the elite hesder yeshivas -- and he felt that it would be wrong for him to fast this year on Tisha B'Av.

    "I cannot abide the litany of persecution and...

  • Santa Monica Tragedy Mirrors Israel Terror

    By Wendy Jaffe

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last week at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, I got a taste of what it is like to be an Israeli. Going about the ordinary tasks of life one moment, standing next to a corpse the next.

    My day started out ordinarily enough. In pursuit of the perfect tile for my new barbecue center, I...

  • A Call for Help

    By Marc Ballon

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli victims of terror might not feel so alone and desperate thanks to an upcoming Internet service. Beginning in June, terror victims will be able to go online and chat one-on-one and in real-time with rabbis, counselors and therapists about their personal and financial...

  • Domestic Violence: A Jewish Issue, Too

    By Mel Roth

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    During Jewish holidays and festivals, many of us recite the familiar blessings for our loved ones. As a Jewish communal professional for 30 years and a synagogue member for 23 years, I wonder why congregations don't devote the same time and attention during religious services to...

  • Mixing Science and Politics Brews Hate

    By Dr. Benjamin Sachs

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's bad enough that Israeli doctors are spending their lives in emergency rooms treating Jewish and Arab victims of suicide bombers. What really makes them heartsick these days, however, is that they also have to fend off mindless attacks from their scientific colleagues,...

  • One Night for Israel

    By Mike Levy

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Maybe only seven nights of gifts would be enough for your family? The Israel Emergency Solidarity Fund (IESF) hopes so -- they'd like you to save the eighth night for an Israeli family in need. It is easier than ever to bring a little Chanukah light into the holiday for Israel...

  • Jewish Groups Help Sept. 11 Victims

    By Rachel Pomerance

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The stench in New York after Sept. 11 reminded Julia Millman of Europe.

    "I have seen it. I know what it's all about," said the 76-year-old survivor of Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen.

    In addition to losing her 40-year-old son, Ben, in the terrorist attack on the World Trade...

  • Respite From Terror

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It is Monday afternoon at Universal Studios, and the place is swarming with camera-toting tourists, screaming children, beleaguered adults and bored-looking park staff. Prison-garbed Beetlejuice is flashing his blackened teeth as he amuses tourists with his banter, and the cheerful...

  • Victims of Terror

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Vered Kashani, 29, was on the phone arranging hotel rooms for 22 Israeli terror victims scheduled to visit Los Angeles on Aug. 15, when she glanced at her computer and saw there had been an attack in the Emmanuel settlement in Israel.

    "My first thought was, 'Oh! My cousin lives in...

  • Your Letters

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Terror on Campus

    Was the Hebrew University bombing not an attack against the United States and its citizens ("Terror on Campus," Aug. 2)? How is this any different than the USS Cole, or the Marine barracks explosion in Lebanon? I find it tragic that the U.S. government chooses to...

  • UCLA Hillel Mourns Victims

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It was a postcard-perfect afternoon outside Kerckhoff Hall on UCLA's campus on Tuesday, Aug. 6., but Debra Bach could not stop crying.

    The day before, Bach had been in San Diego attending the funeral of her Hebrew University roommate, Marla Bennett. Now she stood among 150 people...

  • Your Letters

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Support From Evangelicals

    Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein is right on ("Jews Should Welcome Evangelical Support," July 26.) We should be thanking the evangelical Christian community for their great support of Israel. Jews don't have tons of friends around the world. We should be thankful...

  • Bush Ex Machina

    By Rob Eshman

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The low point of my week is reading the copy for our pages devoted to victims of Palestinian terror and

    violence. We sponsor some of these pages, produced by Kol HaNeshama, a project of the students at Yeshiva University. The others, sponsored by Janine and Peter Lowy, Vivian and...

  • Volunteer of Hope

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Anna Krakovich's kind eyes and bright smile don't express the horror she experienced that tragic day eight years ago. Her small facial scars, however, are a permanent reminder of when "my hopes for a better future and a new life were turned into a nightmare."

    The 44-year-old bombing...

  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Aid for Terror Victims

    A Passover appeal by Rabbi David Wolpe at Sinai Temple raised $700,000 in pledges for organizations in Israel helping victims of terror. The Magbit Foundation, a Persian Jewish charitable organization, will provide matching funds for this drive.

    Magbit...

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