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  • Social Issues Still Divide Jews, GOP

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Call it the tale of two Mellmans.

    Mark Mellman, one of John Kerry's top four advisers, launched a talk with Jewish Democrats in Boston last month with a drasha (short sermon) on the meaning of Tisha B'Av, the Jewish fast day that happened to fall during the party convention. Then,...

  • Bang the Press Slowly

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I will concede that conservative Jewish Republicans like myself are in the minority, especially out here on the Left Coast," reader Gillee Sherman e-mailed me. "But we are growing in numbers every day, and this election should see a huge improvement for Bush in the Jewish...

  • Europe Held Key in U.N. Fence Ruling

    By Rachel Pomerance

    July 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When it comes to action at the United Nations, Europe -- considered by many observers to be the organization's moral bellwether -- often decides the course.

    That was the case again this week as the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution demanding that Israel comply...

  • Your Letters

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Political Correctness

    Jane Ulman's attempt to deconstruct the story of Purim is another revolting exercise in political correctness ("Viva Vashti," March 5).

    Those who really care about the plight of women need to concentrate their energies on dealing with some very horrific...

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  • Who Has Kerry’s Ear?

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Now that he's running for president, Sen. John Kerry's openness to a broad range of Jewish opinion is making some in the pro-Israel community nervous -- and others hopeful.

    The very quality that attracted Jewish voters to him as a longtime Massachusetts senator is now earning the...

  • World Briefs

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Kerry Wins Jewish Support

    Exit polls from Tuesday's primaries show that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) won the Jewish vote in Arizona and Delaware. In Arizona, Kerry captured 43 percent of the Jewish vote, followed by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), who garnered 23 percent. Former...

  • Why I Voted For Arnold

    By Si Frumkin

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    First a disclaimer: I have never met Arnold Schwarzenegger, have never spoken to him, was never contacted by his political people, no one ever asked me to support him, or offered me money to do so. I supported him because I respect him and because I am convinced that he will be good...

  • Arnold’s Choice

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    If there was a presidential candidate whose father accused "the Jew media" and "Jewish pundits in New York and Los Angeles" of beating the drums for war, and said he had no problem with harassing and punishing the Jews -- but such things shouldn't be done in "a loud clamor" -- would...

  • Rep. Darrell Issa: Ally of Israel

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the interest of balance, The Journal made several unsuccessful attempts to procure an Op-Ed piece on behalf of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) from a Jewish supporter. In lieu of an Op-Ed, the congressman's office provided the following statement concerning his record on Israel and...

  • No Major Names for Jerusalem Mayor

    By Leslie Susser

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Next week's vote for mayor of Jerusalem will be unprecedented: For the first time since the reunification of the city in 1967, no major national figure is running.

    The front-runners are three candidates who, until now, were little known: a high-tech multimillionaire, a...

  • Am I Annoying?

    By Teresa Strasser

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I knew better. I had about as much business being there as an elderly tourist has of being on Skid Row after midnight with a map in his hand and a blank cashier's check taped to his forehead. I was in grave danger of a psychological mugging, and I knew it.

    I kept telling myself to...

  • Increasing Political Isolation for Jews

    By James D. Besser

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If all those statistics are true about Jews still being one of the most liberal voting blocs in the nation, why are they increasingly estranged from the American left?

    Easy: The left, ranging from the anti-globalism fringes to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to some segments of...

  • Judges Facing Judgment Day

    By Mike Levy

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It is a simple enough question: yes or no? Voters on Nov. 5 will answer the question many times, and the independence of California's judicial system depends on the answer.

    Justices for the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal are appointed for 12-year terms by the governor....

  • Jewish Groups Back U.S. Stand on Iraq

    By Matthew E. Berger

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish groups are supporting a resolution from their umbrella organization backing the Bush administration's use of force against Iraq "as a last resort."

    The resolution from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, released Oct. 12, expresses support for...

  • Latino Group Sues Over District Lines

    By Mike Levy

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    If the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) gets its way, state Senate elections scheduled for March will be postponed until June, and California's newly redrawn congressional districts will be re-redrawn.

    MALDEF has filed a lawsuit challenging congressional...

  • Winners and Losers

    By Tom Tugend

    June 7, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    While the Jewish vote apparently split down the middle in James K. Hahn's victory over Antonio Villaraigosa in the contest for mayor, there was bad news and good news for Jewish candidates in other races.

    Former City Councilman Michael Feuer, who had led in the polls and early...

  • Diversity of Dizzying Dimensions

    By Tom Tugend

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When voters cast their ballots for mayor in next week's primary, they may be electing to that office the first Jew, the first Latino or the first woman.

    There are 15 candidates on the April 10 ballot, but only six are considered serious contenders. In a reflection of Los Angeles'...

  • A National Unity Government for L.A.

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The more time I spend trailing the Los Angeles mayoral candidates, the more I find myself musing about rehabilitating the commissariat as a form of government. Or, failing such "Red Dawn"/"Red Alert" scenarios, perhaps we might seek something akin to the national unity administration...

  • Tight Races

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Initially, one cannot help but think that the surge of retired, elderly Jews to Florida, augmented by this year's Lieberman Factor, has redefined Florida politics into an Israel-style method of governance. While the rest of America was voting and deciding on Tues., Nov. 7, Florida...

  • Private Schools: “Many Who Apply Will Not Be Admitted”

    By Sue Stengel

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Since August, all of us have been the targets of television advertisements supporting and opposing Proposition 38. No doubt proponents of the initiative will be quick to use the results of a recent Harvard University study that found an improvement in academic achievement of some...

  • Persian Pursuasion

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On any given weekday, Elat Market, the Pico-Robertson supermarket, is already a hub of hustle and bustle for the Persian community. So one can imagine the human traffic on the Friday morning before Yom Kippur - getting ready before Shabbat and yontiff. Standing outside the market on...

  • The 6 O’Clock Solution

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Ralph Fertig, a retired judge and current community activist and novelist, has what a lot of progressive Californians are looking for: a solution to voting on Nov. 7.

    Fertig, a lifelong Democrat until four months ago, registered with the Green Party recently as a statement against the...

  • Hot Propositions

    By Eric Roth

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    California's ballot initiatives have been making laws and national headlines since 1911. Designed by Governor Hiram Johnson to take politics directly to the people and over the heads of a corrupt legislature, the initiative process often focuses on populist issues. California voters...
  • Enter the New Prime Minister: Ehud Barak

    By Eric Silver

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Two decades ago, after hearing the then-Col. Ehud Barak deliver a eulogy for a fallen comrade, popular Israeli poet Haim Guri predicted: "One day, this man will be prime minister." On May 17, Israel's voters proved him right. Barak was elected by a landslide, his 56 percent to 44...
  • News of the Week

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Most of the people I know in Israel voted for Barak; a few preferred Netanyahu. But on the part of almost everyone, outcome aside, there was a tremendous sense of excitement, of participating in what felt like an intense moment of change.

    In Israel, after all, 80 percent of the...

  • Forgetting the Little Guy

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    If you closed your eyes and sat very still, you could almost feel history unfolding last week in Conference Room No. 1 at national United Jewish Appeal headquarters in New York. One of the most broadly representative parliamentary bodies in organized American Jewish life was gathered...
  • Body Building

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Barnett Brickner sits, frowning in his study at Temple Judea of Massapequa, N.Y. He's been asked his opinion of the proposed new "platform" of Reform Judaism, which comes up for a vote next May at a national convention of Reform rabbis. The platform says that the Torah was...
  • Kenneth Bob

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Kenneth Bob, a software executive from Long Island,N.Y., is registered to vote in this month's World Zionist Congresselections, but he's having a hard time deciding how to cast hisballot.

    His vote, along with those mailed in by 149,370other registered voters, will determine the...

  • Scars Fall on Alabama

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Scars Fall on Alabama

    Close to half the Reform temples in Alabama are named "Emanuel," which is Hebrew for "God is with us." Jews all over the state are hoping it proves true this fall, when voters pick a governor.

    In a...

  • A Vote at a Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The big political story that's emerged from last week's California primary is not the Davis-Lungren gubernatorial race nor the high-profile propositions. The big story is yet unfolding and takes us to a small corner of our town, in the east end of the San Fernando Valley. At this...

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