Jewish Journal

A Natural Urge to Help

By  David A. Lehrer

December 1, 2009 | 8:13 pm

Working in the civil rights field for nearly 35 years gives one a perspective on human behavior, both the good and the bad. People are exceptionally gracious when facing adversity,... read on

  • The Tug of Opportunism Remains Strong

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    November 24, 2009 | 8:22 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League’s national office recently mailed out a lengthy fund-raising appeal to its supporters, making the claim that “anti-Semitism has moved from the fringes into the mainstream.”  The letter had not a word about the organization’s recently released poll... read on

  • Which Way LA and its Cousins

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 19, 2009 | 4:45 pm

    Yesterday, Ruth Seymour, the long-time general manager of, and the creative force behind NPR radio station KCRW, announced that she will retire next spring. Her retirement provides an opportunity to note what an important contribution she, KCRW and its sister NPR station, KPCC, make... read on

  • Race and Ethics—-Let’s Be Honest

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    November 13, 2009 | 8:06 pm

    Seven members of Congress are being investigated by the House Ethics Committee.  All seven are black and the Congressional Black caucus has taken exception.  They say the whiff of racism’s in the air.

    Sorting out their claim, it appears they believe that black lawmakers are being... read on

  • Underestimating America’s Religious Understanding

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 11, 2009 | 5:13 pm

    Last week, in the wake of the tragic murders at Ft. Hood, I heard news reports of a local press conference involving Salaam al Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, and the acting chief of the LAPD, Michael Downing. The thrust... read on

  • Failing to Connect the Terror Dots—-Political Correctness Run Amuck

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    November 10, 2009 | 6:33 pm

    I just watched President Obama’s talk to an audience assembled at Fort Hood to honor the memory of thirteen service members killed by army Major Nidal Malik Hasan.

    Given the legal complexities yet to play out at Hasan’s upcoming trial, the president probably struck the proper... read on

  • Afghanistan: Which Way Forward?

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 4, 2009 | 7:20 pm

    Now that the media frenzy relating to yesterday’s elections has run its course, it’s time to start focusing on more pressing issues than what the election of the new governor of Virginia really means for America.

    An impending decision by the Obama administration—-what to do in... read on

  • A Man Who’s Changing Attitudes

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 30, 2009 | 9:32 pm

    Thirty years in the civil rights field can make one jaded. You meet folks who purport to care about humanity, who are lionized for their virtues but turn out to be, at least on a personal level, less than exemplary human beings. They may talk the talk, but disappointingly, too often... read on

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