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  • A Genocide Ignored

    By Paula Amann

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A shattered shop window with a yellow star, a mountain of shoes, an arch with the grim irony "Arbeit Macht Frei" inscribed upon it: These images alone can summon up the historic nightmare of the Nazi Holocaust.

    Today, a blood-spattered page of math drills, a desert camp for the...

  • Learning Lessons

    By Tuvia Grossman

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most riveting - and controversial - photographs to have emerged from the recent violence in Israel was that of a bloodied and dazed young man with an angry Israeli policeman standing behind him shouting. While the young man was first identified by the Associated Press, the...

  • Increasing Tensions

    By Gil Sedan

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As the violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip enters its second month, there is a growing fear that it will escalate and embroil the entire region.

    "It is absolutely mandatory that this conflict should not turn into an interreligious war," Avishai Braverman, president of Ben-Gurion...

  • Facing Truths

    By David N. Myers

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Having just learned that a cousin serving in the Israel Defense Forces was wounded in action, I find it painful, but necessary to speak out. The latest convulsions of violence have pushed Israelis and Palestinians closer to the brink of mutual destruction. Meanwhile, in the United...

  • Mr. Oslo

    By Eric Silver

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Uri Savir may not have won a Nobel Peace Prize, but far more than the three national leaders who did, he is Mr. Oslo. For three long months in 1993, the then director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry sat secretly in the Norwegian capital and hammered out an agreement with the...

  • Touching Base

    By Yaakov Arnold

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    With the escalation of violence in the Middle East, many within Los Angeles' Jewish community are turning to the local chapters of organizations that raise money or garner support for Israel to gather information, lend their support or as a way of voicing their opinions.

    "It will...

  • Defusing Tension

    By Tom Tugend

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    While violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians have captured the headlines in recent weeks, Jewish and Arab leaders in major American cities are working quietly to forestall confrontations between their communities.

    Their efforts are marked by some common guidelines.


  • “Where Do We Go From Here?”

    By Eric Silver

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "We are able to deal with this situation," says Yisrael Medad, a veteran, American-born settlement activist, "because we remember what happened in 1947 to '48. We are returning to our history."

    "Everywhere there is fighting," says Janet Aviad, a veteran, American-born Peace Now...

  • There to Stay

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's Yom Kippur in Israel, and former Los Angeles resident Eve Harow talks about the atmosphere in her adopted homeland of 12 years.

    "The mood is somber," says Harow. "We're somewhere between normal life and war."

    Harow and her husband, Earl, live with their seven children in...

  • A Protest at L.A.‘s Israeli Consulate

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Reacting to last weekend's rash of violence in Israel, a group of several hundred Palestinian sympathizers rallied together last Monday to demonstrate in front of the Wilshire Boulevard offices of the Consulate General of the State of Israel, Los Angeles.

    Organized by the...

  • Assigning Blame

    By Gil Sedan

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The catalyst for a spate of violence here may have been an Israeli politician's visit to a Muslim and Jewish holy site, but Israeli officials are holding Palestinian leaders directly responsible for the bloodshed.At least 55 people were killed, mostly Palestinians, in rioting that...
  • Hollywood Jews and the FTC Report

    By David Evanier

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Leading Jewish Hollywood executives and directors responded with a sense of shame this week to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) report criticizing the marketing of media violence to minors. Reached by phone, they spoke with The Jewish Journal about how they struggled to reconcile...

  • For the Children

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "What do we want?" asked the speaker.
    "Common sense gun laws!" came the response.
    "When do we want them?"
    "NOW!" roared the crowd.
    Combining the high spirits of a pep rally with the solemnity of a memorial service, some 2,500 people massedSunday morning in front of the Federal Building...

  • Terror, Again

    By J.J. Goldberg

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Nothing much happened in Los Angeles last week to mark it as a special week in Jewish history. Ditto for Chicago and Sacramento, Calif.

    No, it was pretty much a normal week in all three cities. Kids read their bar and bat mitzvah portions. A few couples got married. Folks gathered,...

  • Opposing Gun Violence

    By Tom Tugend

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On Mother's Day, May 14, they'll be rallying in Washington, Los Angeles and 38 other cities across the nation to demand concrete action against the gun violence that scars the face of America like a festering wound.

    In the ranks of the Million Mom March will be mothers, "honorary"...

  • ERA—Israeli Style

    By Naomi Segal

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Knesset has passed a landmark law granting equal rights to women in every sphere of Israeli life -- after the bill's sponsor gave up her committee seat to a male colleague.

    Along with granting women equality in the workplace, the military and in other spheres of society, the new...

  • Fighting Hate Groups

    By Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. Gray Davis has proposed far-reaching legislation to combat hate groups, which, he said, pose a "very serious threat to public safety."

    His omnibus bill would strengthen existing laws by expanding the definition of a hate crime, automatically lengthening by three years prison...

  • Violence in the Media

    By Brad Pomerance

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When 20th Century Fox released the controversial movie "Fight Club" this fall, they took a gamble that the public would flock to a film that depicted self-selected alienated young men taking out their pent-up anger by beating up on one another. Having cost a reported $68 million just...
  • All in the Family

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    August's North Valley Jewish Community Center shooting is still on the minds of parents and educators.

    That was the feeling one got attending a recent panel on violence in schools, held at Westwood Charter Elementary School, where members of the community gathered to air their...

  • Furrow, Security and Hate

    By Tom Tugend

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Buford O. Furrow Jr. will be tried first in federal court on charges of murdering a U.S. postal carrier. The state trial of the confessed gunman for the alleged shooting spree at the North Valley Jewish Community Center will be delayed until after the federal case is concluded.


  • Pulling Together

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The week of Aug. 10 was a horrifying and difficult one for our Jewish community. The unexpected attack on the North Valley Jewish Community Center, an important link in the system of communal services provided by the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles has, we are certain, left all of...

  • Violence Strikes Home

    August 12, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Whether you live in Colorado, Georgia or California, one thing is certain about life in America today: The violence that seems to be forever happening somewhere else will eventually strike home. You might have thought the shootings and bombings and beatings were always, thankfully,...
  • Following the Rule of Law

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Some of the Torah's laws are difficult to comply with. Others are easier. One that certainly belongs in the latter category is the law that prohibits us from engaging in child sacrifice. For us, it is hard to imagine anything more morally and emotionally repulsive than this ancient...

  • Once Again, Anti-Semitism

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    How worried should we be? The question refers, of course, to the rapid succession of hate crimes that have hit the front pages of newspapers across America. First, there were the arson attacks on three Sacramento-area synagogues, with total damage estimated at close to $1 million....

  • When We Must Fight Back

    By Jane Ulman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Hit him back!" my husband Larry and I occasionally advise our sons.

    "Really? Can I?" each answer, incredulously.

    Yes. We do advocate that they fight back: When neither words nor whining, bribes nor threats, deter a brother, buddy or teammate's aggressive behavior. When passivity and...

  • Pass

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In the wake of the Littleton shooting tragedy, a nation of finger-pointers has rounded up the usual suspects: media violence, guns, video games, the Internet. But for Jonathan Kellerman, this laundry list -- inevitably brought out in the wake of such violence -- omits one major...
  • Principal Targets

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    August's North Valley Jewish Community Center shooting is still on the minds of parents and educators.

    That was the feeling one got attending a recent panel on violence in schools, held at Westwood Charter Elementary School, where members of the community gathered to air their...

  • Answering the Call

    By Eric Silver

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Anne Roberts is passionate about the idea of tzedakah, a concept she has diligently instilled in her son Spencer Nieman.

    A second-grader who is not quite 8 years old, Spencer has managed to save up $120 this year and will donate it in a small ceremony that has become an annual...

  • How Jewish Fragmentation Alters Ties withCatholics

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Interfaith understanding will take a big leapforward this spring.

    On May 18, a group of 30 Jewish, Moslem andChristian scholars will gather at Auschwitz for a three-dayconference on religion and violence. Participants will include theOrthodox chief rabbi of Haifa, the Moslem primate...

  • Pushing Each Other’s Buttons

    By Rabbi Abner Weiss

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Predictably, it happened again. Conservative and Reform Jews choseto demonstrate their right to worship at the Kotel in their way, menand women together. This time, however, the worshipers had officialclearance. But their permit did not help. Sadly, but alsopredictably, Orthodox Jews...

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