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  • Pope, in Israel, vows to fight anti-Semitism

    May 11, 2009 | 1:20 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI vowed to fight anti-Semitism and called for an independent Palestinian state upon his arrival in Israel.

    The pope also invoked the memory of the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust and said he would pray for peace during his five-day visit to Israel, which...

  • Pope’s visit to Israel fraught with potential minefields

    May 1, 2009 | 4:12 pm

    ROME (JTA)—The official Israeli government Web site  for Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming trip to Israel and the West Bank promotes the May 11-15 visit as a “Bridge for Peace.”

    Others, however, describe it as a potential minefield where various factions may try to exploit the pope’s...

  • Report from Beijing: Israeli Olympians visit Beijing school

    By Alison Klayman

    August 19, 2008 | 3:08 am

    BEIGING (JTA)—Four Israeli Olympic swimmers (Itai Chammah, Guy Barnea, Tom Beera and Gal Nevo), the Israeli Ambassador to China, the President of Israel’s National Swimming Association and a slew of Chinese and Israeli reporters visited the Shi Jia Primary School on Monday, Aug....

  • VIDEO: Israel tries to sex up its image

    September 18, 2007 | 4:43 pm

    Britains’ Sky News reports from Tel Aviv on an Israeli advertising campaign to sex up its image.

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  • First Person - A Mother of Wisdom

    By Jack Goldfarb

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Calcutta's kaleidoscope of teeming streets, sprawling markets and chaotic taxis has always mesmerized me.

    At times, it seems as though all 10 million denizens of this eastern Indian metropolis are roaming the city at once, surging in tidal waves, an urban sea of humanity. It was...

  • Do Not Abandon the Jews of France

    By Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As the old song goes: "I love Paris in the springtime. I love Paris in the fall." But for many Jews, Paris, and all of France, is not at the top of their visitor's hit parade, because of the anti-Semitic activities that have plagued that country in recent times.

    Currently, there...

  • Smuggling Jicama

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Security measures enacted after 9/11 are impeding the inflow of scientific talent that helps energize American universities.... If the red tape is not untangled soon, it could cause long-term harm to universities and high-tech industries." -- (Visa Quagmire, The New York Times...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Bush Suspends Embassy Move

    President Bush again suspended moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Invoking a waiver that cites national security reasons, Bush again resisted complying with the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which mandated that the U.S. Embassy be moved...

  • A Father’s Daughter

    By Murray Fromson

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I am a Jew, a journalist and a professor, but I also am an anguished and proud father. Last month, my wife and I welcomed our daughter back to Los Angeles for her annual visit to observe the High Holidays with our family. She will not be coming home. Home for her is Israel, where she...

  • Jewish History Draws in Bratislava

    By Curt Leviant

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Once we declared here that we would visit Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, we expected people to say, "How quaint! How interesting! What an unusual place to visit." Instead, we invariably heard, "Why Bratislava?" And in Prague, when we announced our next stop, the reaction was,...

  • Israel Trip Blossoms Into Philanthropy

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For a self-described spoiled American -- nails unerringly polished, paprika curls without a misdirected loop, ensembles color coordinated -- Blossom Siegel's first visit to Israel was a transformative experience. It also was a boon to Orange County's Jewish community by awakening a...

  • Lions in Zion

    By Ari Z. Zivotofsky

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It is not common for the mayor of Jerusalem to write to a 7-year-old and a 5-year-old. But it is similarly not the norm for them to write to him. The subject of this exchange was a new, unusual art project carried out by the Jerusalem municipality.

    The perception in most of the...

  • Reflections on Ground Zero

    By Jack Weiss

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I had not intended to go to New York. Instead, after having helped launch Los Angeles's Threat Preparedness Task Force, my focus for the past several weeks had been on practical measures that our city can implement to be better prepared in the event of a catastrophe. My brother, who...

  • Israeli President to Visit Southland

    By Tom Tugend

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    President Moshe Katzav, Israel's eighth head of state, will visit Los Angeles June 4-6 and meet with community leaders, civic officials, and members of the local Iranian Jewish community.

    (Attendance is by invitation only, except for the World Affairs Council address.)

    Mon., June 4:...

  • Messianic Experience

    By Joyce Moed Charman

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    For Dawn Short and Jennifer Willis, the wait tovisit a newly opened "messianic Jewish" theme park was worth it.

    Ticket sellers bluntly told Short and her friend Willis when they arrived on Saturday that the Holy Land Experience park was too crowded to accept more guests.

    But instead...

  • Israel All to Yourself

    By Adam Wills

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I was more than a little conflicted when Israel's Ministry of Tourism invited me to visit the Holy Land for one week in December to judge for myself whether the country was safe enough for tourists. I'd never traveled to Israel before, and while I knew that life was going on as...

  • Netanyahu’s Day in L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Netanayu and Kirk Douglas. Photo by Peter Halmagyi

    Netanyahu's Day in L.A.

    The Israeli prime minister crams in meetings, a pressconference and a gala dinner before shuttling off to London

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived at Los...

  • Israel’s Tug of the Tides

    By Rabbi Harvey J. Fields

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Photo from "The Jews in America," Collins Publishers, 1989.Out along the glistening white, sandy beach in Herzliya, one feels a sense of serenity. The expected is unfolding. The tides gently form the shining blue waters of the Mediterranean into white foaming waves that crash upon...
  • On Jews and Judaism

    By Ari L. Goldman

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Ann Terrick, the rabbi's secretary, said that her boss wasn't taking calls but that she would dial him anyway. It's been a little more than two months since Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin, 77, was felled by a mild heart attack, but his voice booms through the receiver as he picks up the phone....
  • Minister of Compassion

    By Tom Tugend

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai (center) in animated conversation with Federation President Herb Gelfand (right) joined by Israel Consul General Yoram Ben Ze'ev. Photo by Peter Halmagyi

    Minister of Compassion

    Yitzhak Mordechai, Israel's defense minister, delicately...

  • Mission

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A mission to Israel that's billed as the largest ever in the history of the Los Angeles Jewish community is scheduled to take place between Nov. 1 and 10 of this year. About 500 Southern Californians are expected to participate in the Golden Anniversary Community Mission, which is...
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