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June 3, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON  - Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday said Israelis and Palestinians should support the two-state peace initiative he is championing to achieve their aspirations and security goals. Kerry, appearing before the American Jewish Committee in Washington, called for Israel to accept the risk of a peace deal with Palestinians because the consequences of not doing so would be worse. “Israel will be left to choose between being a Jewish state or a democratic state, but it will not be able to fulfill the founders' visions of being both at once,” he said.
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June 23, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM-- Israel's Ashkenazi chief rabbi  suspended himself from part of his duties Sunday amid an investigation into allegations of corruption. Rabbi Yona Metzger's attorneys informed the state ministers of Justice and Religious Services that he would step down from his posts of rabbinical high-court judge and president of the Chief Rabbinate council. He is not, however, stepping down as Ashkenazi chief rabbi, a post he has held for 10 years and which is coming to an end in several weeks.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1989
The American Jewish Committee announced Friday that it has established a Pacific Rim Institute in Los Angeles to promote better understanding of Jews by Asian-Americans and the economically strong countries of the region. "We have noticed manifestations of anti-Jewish sentiment in such nations as Japan, China and Korea, among others," said Bruce M. Ramer of Los Angeles, national board chairman of the American Jewish Committee who was appointed the first institute chairman.
WORLD
June 3, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON  - Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday said Israelis and Palestinians should support the two-state peace initiative he is championing to achieve their aspirations and security goals. Kerry, appearing before the American Jewish Committee in Washington, called for Israel to accept the risk of a peace deal with Palestinians because the consequences of not doing so would be worse. “Israel will be left to choose between being a Jewish state or a democratic state, but it will not be able to fulfill the founders' visions of being both at once,” he said.
NEWS
June 25, 1991
Ira D. Silverman, 46, a former executive vice president of the American Jewish Committee. Silverman served as executive vice president of the Jewish human rights and advocacy group for two years. He resigned last year because of a parasitic illness he contracted while visiting China but continued as head of the committee's Institute for Human Relations, said Walter Gips, the committee's national treasurer.
NEWS
January 25, 1991 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To be Ted Turner these days is to be on top of the world. At least much of the world seems to be glued to his 24-hour-a-day Cable News Network to stay atop events as war rages in the Persian Gulf. But when asked Thursday how he enjoys his new stature as video ambassador to the international community, Turner furrowed his brow and shook his head.
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November 5, 1989 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Former President Ronald Reagan was honored Saturday night in Beverly Hills by the American Jewish Committee at its annual Executive Council meeting for his defense of Jewish concerns in international affairs. The Committee presented Reagan with its American Liberties Medallion for moving the United States "to new heights of warmth and friendship" with Israel and enhancing "free trade and strategic partnership" between the two nations in his eight-year White House tenure.
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May 21, 1991 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sholom D. Comay, A Pittsburgh lawyer and businessman who was head of the New York-based American Jewish Committee, has died at 53. Comay died Saturday of a heart attack, the Jewish civil rights group announced. He was stricken while driving with his wife, Estelle, from Pittsburgh to their summer home in Chautauqua, N.Y. Comay had been reelected earlier this month as head of the 85-year-old organization.
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June 13, 1990 | BETTY GOODWIN
"M azel tov, " Monsignor Royale Vadakin of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles said in his best Yiddish to Dr. Neil C. Sandberg upon his retirement after 40 years with the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, a national human rights organization. For the last 28 years, Sandberg served as Western regional director.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2011 | By Melissa Maerz and Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Israeli-Palestinian politics often prove polarizing at the United Nations, but rarely does the furor involve Hollywood celebrities and power brokers, a red carpet and a film screening at the world body's own headquarters in New York. Such was the case Monday night when the U.N. played host to the U.S. premiere of director Julian Schnabel's new film "Miral," which follows a Palestinian girl's relationship with terrorism and Israel after the 1948 war for Israeli independence. The screening was met with protests from Israel's delegation to the U.N. as well as prominent U.S.-based Jewish groups including the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League, which were outraged that the world body would open its doors to a film that even its Jewish American distributor, Harvey Weinstein, describes as "pro-Palestinian.
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March 15, 2011 | By Melissa Maerz and Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Israeli-Palestinian politics often prove polarizing at the United Nations, but rarely does the furor involve Hollywood celebrities and power brokers, a red carpet and a film screening at the world body's own headquarters in New York. Such was the case Monday night when the U.N. played host to the U.S. premiere of director Julian Schnabel's new film "Miral," which follows a Palestinian girl's relationship with terrorism and Israel after the 1948 war for Israeli independence. The screening was met with protests from Israel's delegation to the U.N. as well as prominent U.S.-based Jewish groups including the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League, which were outraged that the world body would open its doors to a film that even its Jewish American distributor, Harvey Weinstein, describes as "pro-Palestinian.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
As Egypt's government hurtled toward collapse, a senior White House official got on the phone with American Jewish leaders who were worried what it might mean for the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. The official, Daniel Shapiro of the National Security Council, promised them that the treaty, long seen as a cornerstone of the Jewish state's security, would endure. But when asked about the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organization that may wind up with a share of power in Egypt, Shapiro was more noncommittal, according to participants in the call.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
Reversing long-standing policy, a major American Jewish organization has officially recognized the early 20th century massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide -- but set off a new furor Wednesday by declining to support a congressional resolution that would do the same.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2006 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
If you think ethnic conflict is bad in Los Angeles, listen to the stories of recent visitors Aleksandar Milovanovic, Edin Colic and Gjylnaze Syla. Milovanovic, a Serbian Christian, said Albanian Muslims expelled him from his land, decapitated his uncle and burned his family homes. Syla, a member of the Kosovo parliament in Serbia, said mobs burned her family homes and expelled her sister.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Milton Himmelfarb, 87, a noted essayist for Commentary magazine and other publications who was known for his wry and perceptive observations on Jewish affairs, died from complications of skin cancer Jan. 4 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. One of his most famous and oft-repeated phrases, coined to address why Jews remain liberal even after they become affluent, was that Jews "earn like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2005 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
As Israel prepares to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, beginning next week, Jews in the United States are stepping up campaigns for and against the plan, revealing deep divisions and anxiety. Opponents of withdrawal are turning out "Let My People Stay" bumper stickers, leafleting in Jewish neighborhoods, encouraging a letter-writing campaign to members of Congress and sponsoring rallies, including one at the United Nations next week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1987
The interesting article by Mark Pinsky (Times, Feb. 7) about ideological differences among Jewish publications requires one additional piece of information to complete the story. Pinsky contrasts the liberal ideology of Tikkun with a neo-conservative journal, Commentary, published by the American Jewish Committee. It is important to note that Present Tense, another "liberal" journal mentioned in the article, is also published by the American Jewish Committee. The point is that the American Jewish Committee has created differing vehicles for intellectual expression covering a wide range of views.
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June 7, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Jane Fonda will be honored tonight by the American Jewish Committee for her contributions to social causes and human rights. The actress will receive the committee's 1989 Social Concern Award at a dinner at the Beverly Wilshire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
It was anything but the intimate family celebration observed by most Jews at Hanukkah. There on the steps outside the west portico of the state Capitol stood Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a group of rabbis in wide-brimmed black hats beneath a giant menorah. To hear the leaders of the Chabad Lubavitch movement tell it, the Hanukkah observance it sponsored last year in Sacramento was the most widely televised Hanukkah celebration in history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Samuel Rabinove, 79, longtime legal director for the American Jewish Committee, died June 9 in White Plains, N.Y., of complications from pneumonia. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Rabinove earned his bachelor's degree in social science from City College of New York. He served in the Navy during World War II as a gunnery and navigation officer. After the war, he earned his law degree from Columbia law school.
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