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  • Jewish groups as one backing congressional letter on anti-Semitism

    2 weeks ago

    A bipartisan congressional resolution urging increased action by the United States and other countries to address resurgent anti-Semitism has wall-to-wall Jewish organizational support.

    In a letter to colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives seeking co-sponsorship of the...

  • ZOA condemns Arab teen’s murder: Full statement below

    July 10, 2014 | 10:16 am

    The Zionist Organization of America has issued a statement condemning the murder of Arab teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir.

    While numerous Jewish organizations had issued statements condemning the murder, the ZOA’s national president, Morton Klein, told JTA earlier this week that his...

  • Why ZOA hasn’t commented on murder of Arab teen

    July 9, 2014 | 11:42 am

    American Jewish groups from across the ideological and religious spectrum have issued strongly worded condemnations of the murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdier, apparently a revenge killing committed by Jews.

    One exception to this chorus of denunciation was the...

  • Mort Klein on peace vs. hate

    By David Suissa

    June 18, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    A few days before we heard the horrible news of the three boys who got kidnapped in Israel, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) leader Mort Klein visited the Jewish Journal offices to speak to our editorial staff.

    He said a lot of things over the course of a lively one-hour...

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  • ZOA: U.S. policy on Palestinians is ‘a diplomatic Kristallnacht’

    June 16, 2014 | 4:43 pm

    Like many Jewish groups, the Zionist Organization of America released a statement expressing outrage at the kidnapping of three Israeli teens in the West Bank.

    Like the Israeli government, the group accused the Palestinian Authority of culpability in the matter given that it...

  • Mort Klein handily wins re-election as ZOA chief

    March 10, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    Mort Klein was re-elected as national president of the Zionist Organization of America after facing his first challenger in a 20-year tenure.

    Klein garnered 93 percent of the vote on Sunday at ZOA’s 97th National Convention. The incumbent defeated the group’s vice chairman,...

  • Three reasons to pay attention to the ZOA’s leadership fight

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 7, 2014 | 10:32 am

    When the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) delegates gather in Philadelphia on Sunday, March 9, to kick off the organization’s 97th national convention, they’ll be faced with a choice between the two men who want to lead the staunchly pro-Israel organization.

    On one side...

  • L.A. attorney challenges Klein for ZOA top job

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 13, 2014 | 10:39 am

    In the past two years, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton Klein has had to defend himself against three lawsuits from two different fired employees, weather the temporary loss of his organization’s tax-exempt status and undergo heart surgery. At the end of 2013,...

  • ZOA’s Klein faces challenger for first time in decades

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 7, 2014 | 11:39 am

    Over the past two years, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton Klein has had to defend himself against three lawsuits from two different fired employees, as well as to weather the temporary loss of his organization’s tax-exempt status and to undergo heart surgery....

  • ZOA: Iran deal is Munich, Obama is Chamberlain

    November 26, 2013 | 10:40 am

    Never an organization to mince words in its criticism of President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies, the right-wing Zionist Organization of America blasted the interim Iran deal in the strongest terms:

    The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has described the...

  • ZOA regains tax-exempt status

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 20, 2013 | 4:44 pm

    After 15 months, the nonprofit pro-Israel Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has regained its tax-exempt status.

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revoked the ZOA’s status in February 2012 after the group failed to file its required forms for three consecutive years, an act...

  • Zionist leader offers doubt about Shangri-La verdict

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 27, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    After the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica and its owner, Tehmina Adaya, were found guilty in August of discriminating against a group of Jews who had come to a party held on the hotel pool’s deck, Steven Goldberg, national vice chair of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA),...

  • Zionist group to honor anti-Islam activists at Hotel Shangri-La

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 18, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    When the Muslim part-owner of a Santa Monica boutique hotel was found guilty last year of discriminating against a group of Jewish patrons, the hotel announced it would host a party for a Jewish group as part of its efforts to repair its reputation. Now, the Zionist group whose...

  • Welcome to the zAngel

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 17, 2012 | 3:51 pm

    Welcome to the zAngel blog, formerly known as the “ZOAngel” blog from my days as Executive Director of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), Western Region. But while I’m no longer with the ZOA because I stood up for my principles, I’m still an “angel” and I still got a lot of...

  • Jews and guns: A day on the firing range

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2012 | 4:45 pm

    Susanne Reyto carefully loaded her rifle and switched the safety off. Peering into the scope attached to the top of the weapon, she pulled the trigger while former U.S. Army platoon leader Charlie Jasper looked on to ensure she was handling her weapon safely.

    To their right,...

  • ZOA fires L.A. director Orit Arfa

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 20, 2012 | 10:21 am

    Orit Arfa, executive director of the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) Western Region, was fired from her job on Nov. 19, one day after she addressed a crowd at a pro-Israel rally in Los Angeles that she helped organize, telling the crowd she was “proud” to work for the ZOA....

  • Drawing 1,400, peaceful L.A. pro-Israel rally turns ugly near its end [VIDEO]

    By Ryan Torok

    November 18, 2012 | 9:17 pm

    With an Israeli flag wrapped around him, Rabbi Dov Elkins stood with a crowd outside the Federal building in West Los Angeles on Sunday to participate in a pro-Israel rally.

    “We’re here to support Israel,” Elkins, 75, said, joined by his wife, Maxine. Residents of Princeton,...

  • ZOA L.A. office in doubt

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 8, 2012 | 12:55 pm

    Citing budgetary pressures, the Zionist Organization of American (ZOA) will vacate the small office it has rented in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard later this month. 

    The pro-Israel nonprofit exercised an opt-out clause in October,...

  • ZOA cancels annual fundraising gala over tax issues

    October 24, 2012 | 10:22 am

    The Zionist Organization of America, which lost its tax-exempt status earlier this year, has canceled its high-profile annual fundraising dinner.

    Due to legal restrictions, money raised above the costs of the dinner would have gone to an outside account. ZOA would not be able to...

  • ZOA’s lost tax-exemption status prompts demand for new leadership

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 14, 2012 | 5:55 pm

    On Sept. 11, the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) board of directors met in New York and overwhelmingly approved a resolution expressing confidence in the organization’s direction and in the leadership of Morton Klein, its president of 19 years.

    The vote came less than a...

  • ZOA loses tax-exempt status

    September 11, 2012 | 9:26 am

    The Zionist Organization of America lost its tax-exempt status due to a late filing of tax returns. The organization did not file returns for three consecutive years, The Forward reported Sept. 11.

    Morton Klein, the ZOA’s president, confirmed that the organization has not been...

  • Hotel Shangri-La, ZOA find common ground

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 29, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    On Aug. 21, on the heels of a jury decision that found the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica, along with one of its part-owners, had discriminated against a group of Jews during an incident in 2010, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) sent out a notice...

  • ZOA calls off Hotel Shangri-La protest after ‘concessions’ from owner

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 24, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    On Tuesday, Aug. 21, the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) sent out a notice that it was planning a protest Sunday, Aug. 26, in front of the Hotel Shangri-La to “express outrage” following a recent jury decision that found the hotel and its owner had...

  • Why a Jewish Democratic leader attacked Sheldon Adelson

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 10, 2012 | 9:50 am

    The most unpleasant people I have encountered in politics are those who put party before principle, partisanship before politeness, tribal political doctrine before common human decency. Since beginning my run for Congress I have been approached by Republicans convinced that Barack...

  • After barring anti-Islam activist,  Federation reconsiders events policy

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 5, 2012 | 11:44 am

    In the aftermath of its June 24 decision to bar conservative blogger and anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller from delivering a speech at its Wilshire Boulevard headquarters, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is crafting a new policy for non-Federation-sponsored events at the...

  • ZOA prevails in wrongful termination suit

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    July 5, 2012 | 10:39 am

    A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge in Beverly Hills cleared the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) of all claims brought against it by a former employee alleging wrongful termination as well as pregnancy and sex discrimination.

    Judge Richard A. Stone found that Julie...

  • Young Judaea’s separation from Hadassah begins

    July 3, 2012 | 11:14 am

    Young Judaea is en route to full independence from Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America.

    Hadassah’s board had voted for the separation in June 2011, and both organizations announced this week that the move to independence had begun.

    Simon Klarfeld was hired in...

  • Anti-Muslim activist barred from speaking at Jewish Federation headquarters

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 25, 2012 | 5:15 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles barred anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller from delivering a previously scheduled speech at its Wilshire Boulevard headquarters on June 24.

    Geller, who is Jewish, had been set to address the Western Region of the Zionist Organization of...

  • ZOA defends itself against discrimination suit

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 20, 2012 | 12:08 pm

    Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein took the stand last week in a Beverly Hills courtroom as the final witness in a sex discrimination and wrongful termination case filed against the ZOA.

    Julie Sager, who worked for the ZOA for seven years, including five years as...

  • ZOA sued for discrimination, national president Morton Klein takes the stand in Beverly Hills courtroom in defense

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 14, 2012 | 8:11 pm

    Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein took the stand Thursday in a Beverly Hills courtroom as the final witness in a sex discrimination and wrongful termination case filed against the ZOA.

    Julie Sager, who worked for the ZOA for seven years, including five years as...

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