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  • Kaplan’s Collage

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Here's Marty Kaplan blogging on Huffington Post about suggested treatments for Mel Gibson's "problem":
    "'Jew Like Me' is another strategy. Walk a mile in my shoes. Gain 10 pounds at my table. Wait two hours after lunch before swimming. Laugh that ironic meta-laugh right along with...
  • Conservatives Focus on Intermarrieds

    By Sue Fishkoff

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Stephen Lachter didn't know what to expect when a friend dragged him to a men's club meeting at his Conservative synagogue five years ago.

    "My father was in a men's club, and to me, it was guys sitting around playing pinochle and volunteer ushering," he admitted.

    Instead, Lachter was...

  • My Yiddische Mama

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What if famous people had Jewish mothers?

    That's the subject of a one-minute Internet film from Aish.com, the Web site of Aish Hatorah, the religious outreach organization based in Israel with branch offices around the world, including Los Angeles.

    The one minute "film" -- it's...

  • At Save Darfur Rally: ‘Never Again, Again’

    By Rachel Silverman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Some, like Seattle resident Julie Margulies, 50, flew thousands of miles to the nation's capital to attend. Others, like high school student Adam Zuckerman, 18, from Portland, Maine, raised money to help bring friends -- both Darfuri and Jewish -- to Washington for the big day.

  • A Timid Pro-Israel Lobby Doesn’t Work

    By Neal Sher

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ever since news emerged that officials at Washington's powerful pro-Israel lobby were suspected of violating national security laws, speculation has raged over how this would affect its legendary clout. Now, two years down the line, after unceasing crises of investigations,...

  • Foul Mouths

    By Rob Eshman

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    This is my fourth presidential scandal. Watergate was my first, and it had the counterintuitive effect of making me less -- rather than more -- cynical about government. The dirty tricksters were found guilty and almost all of them imprisoned, and the president, who disguised if not...

  • Cherry Blossoms Inspire Capital Walk

    By Melanie Reffes

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    As the Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off on March 26, the spring weather descending on Washington, D.C., makes it great for walking among the cherry-inspired events throughout the nation's capital. And one neighborhood ripe for a stroll during a D.C. weekend getaway is...

  • Liberal Academics Blind to Terror Threat

    By Avi Davis

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The professor narrowed his eyes, leaned back in his chair and yawned.

    "You don't really believe that do you?"

    I stared back perplexed.


    "That there is really some terrorist conspiracy poised against the United States."

    There was a short silence. I took a deep breath, not...

  • Seattle Reform Camp Gets L.A. Support

    By Donna Gordon Blankinship

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Reform Jewish parents from the Pacific Northwest who are not willing to put their children on an airplane or drive 15 hours to California so they can go to camp will have an alternative by summer 2005, thanks to the generosity of a Los Angeles family.

    The Kalsman-Levy family has...

  • The New Black

    By Rob Eshman

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's a sad fact of modern Jewish life that more of us believe Hitler will come back before the Messiah comes at all.

    Our texts and greatest prophets hold out a future of messianic promise. But real life has taught us to drive with one or both eyes in the rearview mirror. I'd like to...

  • Upsetting the Bipartisan Applecart

    By James D. Besser

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It is a troubling paradox: Israel may be protected from new pressure from Washington by the upcoming presidential election, but that protection could foreshadow long-term damage to U.S.-Israel relations.

    The reason: more and more, the pro-Israel effort is getting sucked into the...

  • Bush Expands Mideast Agenda

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With the death toll mounting in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian "road map" plan in tatters, the Bush administration and Congress want to put out other Middle East fires before they get out of control.

    Administration officials and lawmakers recently launched initiatives to sanction...

  • Washington Watch

    By James D. Besser

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Clark Looks for Jewish Money

    Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who jumped into the crowded Democratic ring last week, isn't Jewish, but his Jewish roots could figure prominently in his strategy for winning the 2004 presidential nomination.

    The reason: Clark, a latecomer to the race,...

  • Sept. 11 From the D.C. Perspective

    By Ivor Davis

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Lionel Chetwynd called the White House Press Office to request an interview with the president, he got lucky.

    Very lucky.

    The Los Angeles-based writer-producer had hit a brick wall on his script about how President Bush and his Cabinet acted hours following the catastrophic...

  • Sharon, Abbas Court White House

    By Leslie Susser

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As the fragile Israeli-Palestinian peace process inches forward, leaders of both sides are looking to upcoming audiences with President Bush to exert pressure on the other and give the "road map" peace plan some momentum.

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Palestinian...

  • ‘Map’ Puts Pressure on Bush and Sharon

    By James D. Besser

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With a new Palestinian government almost ready to roll, the Bush administration may be in the uncomfortable position of getting exactly what it asked for.

    But that's nothing compared to the potential conflicts facing Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon, who now may have to make the...

  • Peace ‘Map’ Faces Rough Road Ahead

    By Leslie Susser

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As soon as the dust settles in Baghdad, President Bush and his good friend, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, could be heading for a showdown.

    The looming bone of contention is the "road map" toward Israeli-Palestinian peace prepared by the diplomatic quartet of the United...

  • Washington Watch

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. Gives Sharon Tacit Endorsement

    With elections only days away, the Bush administration is officially neutral on the choice facing frustrated Israeli voters. Unofficially, it's a different story. Officials here have already made their preference known -- a tacit endorsement...

  • U.S. Courts Israel to Not Join Iraq War

    By Leslie Susser

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Never have Israel and the United States had such close operational coordination on Iraq. As the anticipated American attack on Baghdad draws nearer, the U.S. military has been showing Israeli officials its detailed plans for preventing Iraqi missile attacks on Israel. But the reason...

  • Extra Israel Aid:  No Slam Dunk

    By James D. Besser

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Republican leaders on Capitol Hill say they can't wait to prove their friendship for Israel. They'll get their chance when the new Congress convenes in January, but some may wish they could take a pass.

    The test will come when lawmakers take up a huge new aid request Israeli...

  • ‘We Knew We Had to Come’

    By Michael J. Jordan

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It was 90 minutes into the community's largest public mobilization in 15 years, and Jews from around the country continued to stream toward the U.S. Capitol, clamoring to get into the pro-Israel rally.

    Within the Jewish family out on the Capitol lawn -- organizers put the number at...

  • Making the Case for a Jewish State

    By James D. Besser

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jews in more than 100 communities across the nation gathered on Sunday, March 24, to show their support for Israel -- a welcome, if hastily organized, expression of solidarity as the Jewish state faces continuing terrorism and an increasingly treacherous diplomatic climate.

    The same...

  • Washington Reassesses

    By James D. Besser

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Bush administration, reeling from a week of explosive developments on the troubled Israeli-Palestinian front, is reexamining even its limited efforts to win a cease-fire in the 16-month-old intifada.

    That reassessment -- that resulted in this week's indefinite postponement of a...

  • Big Questions for a New Year

    By James D. Besser

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It is a new year, but the world and nation are still agonizing over a lot of old problems. President George W. Bush has promised that the long, hard fight against terrorism has just begun, but it is far from clear exactly what the next phase in that war will be. At home, a faltering...

  • Israeli VIPs Need to Branch Out

    By Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While New York, Washington and -- to a slightly lesser degree -- Los Angeles are inundated by visiting Israeli Cabinet ministers and other VIPs, other major American cities and Jewish communities are all but ignored.

    The charge has been leveled by Alon Pinkas, the Israeli consul...

  • Arab, Muslim Leaders Want Linkage

    By James D. Besser

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A parade of Arab and Muslim leaders is passing through Washington, promising support for the U.S.-led effort against terrorist kingpin Osama bin Laden -- but also urging the administration to press harder for a cease-fire and new negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.


  • “We” Judaism

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    NOW THAT THE HIGH HOLY days are over, we can begin to appreciate how the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington may alter American Jewish life.

    Like the rest of America we are stunned. Grieving. Angry. Afraid.

    The enormity of loss cast a dark spiritual shadow across the holiest...

  • New—and Risky—Game for Mideast

    By James D. Besser

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The devastating terrorist attacks in Washington and New York changed everything in America, and the repercussions of what President George W. Bush is calling the "first war of the 21st century" will be felt throughout the Middle East, as well.

    Already, the crisis has knocked the...

  • Surreal in the City

    By Peter Ephross

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Even for North American Jews used to thinking about security issues at home -- and confronting terrorist acts in Israel -- the series of horrific acts that struck Tuesday came as a devastating, unimaginable blow.

    "This is surreal. This whole situation seems surreal," said Martin...

  • Exploding American Complacency

    By James D. Besser

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Terrorism, a part of everyday life in Israel for decades, exploded in the face of a complacent America with the twin terror attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11 and left a gaping, charred hole in the Pentagon in Washington.

    The bombings could have...

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