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August 10, 1997
Help me understand this: Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz, director of the "anti-missionary" (whatever that means) group Jews for Judaism, has been sending "alerts" to Jewish congregations warning that the producers of the play "Mendel & Moses," in which Jesus isn't mentioned, "are doing something deceptive" (like what?) because they are Jews who believe Jesus is the Messiah (Theater Notes, Aug. 3). Would he be as upset if he found out they were atheists? Others appear to be concerned that a character in the play is a literal devil.
April 27, 2014 | By Steven Pressman
In the spring of 1939, on the eve of the Holocaust, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus set out on a highly unlikely mission. The handsome lawyer and his stylish wife left their two young children and their comfortable home near Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and made their way into Nazi-controlled Austria. Their goal: to rescue 50 Jewish children from Vienna and bring them to safety in the United States. The fact that the Krauses were Jewish added to the daunting challenges and long odds that stood in their way. Yet another obstacle was American attitudes and policies during the 1930s that all but shut the door to Jews trapped by the Third Reich.
April 26, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders, Reporting from Jerusalem
When Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat took office 18 months ago, he was heralded as a secular, progressive high-tech entrepreneur who would apply his business savvy to modernizing the ancient city, particularly after five years under an ultra-Orthodox leader. Barkat hired the same consultants as Disney for advice about crowd management and stood up to ultra-Orthodox demonstrators who demanded that he close city parking lots on the Sabbath. Already a multimillionaire, the 50-year-old mayor refused his government salary and spoke often about finding "win-win" compromises and burnishing Jerusalem's "brand."
April 25, 2014 | Mark Paredes
She had me at privyet . I had just delivered a talk in Romania on Jewish-Mormon relations (a niche topic, to be sure) at a church in Bucharest, and standing before me was Florina, a raven-haired beauty who greeted me in Russian after learning we had both lived in Moscow. Then she switched to English, which she had acquired as an au pair in London. I was a never-married bachelor in my early 40s and had begun to doubt that Miss Right and I would ever cross paths, much less during a speaking tour of Eastern Europe.
January 18, 1986
I am part of the staff at Gan Israel Pre-School of Chabad of the Valley and belong to the local Jewish community. I noticed in Bob Pool's article of Dec. 19 that he made no mention of the St. Paul United Methodist Church just two doors down from our school. Why are only Saturday worshipers a bother who disturb the neighbors, and Sunday worshipers are not? The church also has a nursery school on its premises and has been there for many years. Why doesn't its nursery school disturb the neighbors?
September 26, 2009 | Manya A. Brachear and Ron Grossman
Although Erla Feinberg's final act might have disappointed most of her grandchildren, it carried out her late husband's dying wish in a way that held up in court. In a unanimous decision, the Illinois Supreme Court this week ruled that Max Feinberg and his wife could legally disinherit any grandchildren who married outside the Jewish faith as long as the method of doing so did not encourage divorce. "Although those plans might be offensive to individual family members or to outside observers, Max and Erla were free to distribute their bounty as they saw fit and to favor grandchildren of whose life choices they approved," Justice Rita Garman wrote.
November 16, 2008
Concerning your article ["Honoring Hebrew Hoopsters," by Gary Goldstein, Nov. 9], which makes note that the first great basketball players were of the Jewish faith, let me upgrade your information on this subject. I and five others of the Jewish faith, who played basketball for the YMHA in Montreal, played on the Canadian Olympic basketball team in London in 1948. We had lost the Canadian Championship in 1948 to the British Columbia team, but beat them in Toronto in a four-team round-robin, which determined that YMHA team was the lead half of the London team.
December 24, 2009 | By Randy Lewis
Bob Dylan's decision to put out a Christmas album this year caught a lot of people by surprise. It wasn't just that the preeminent songwriter of the rock era had chosen to record secular seasonal staples such as "Winter Wonderland" and "Here Comes Santa Claus" for his "Christmas in the Heart" collection. Equally intriguing was that the musician born Robert Zimmerman and raised in a Jewish household also included exceptionally sincere versions of such quintessentially Christian carols as "Hark!
August 8, 1992
As a member of the lay leadership in the Long Beach/West Orange County Jewish community, I found Joel Kotkin's treatise concerning "Paradise Reconsidered" (Opinion, July 26) and the Los Angeles Jewish community very informative. Kotkin forgot to mention three very important items, however. One is the fact that the majority of people in the Jewish community were as incensed as the Afro-American community when they witnessed the TV news film of the beating of Rodney King. Second, the Jewish community was equally shocked and disturbed by the verdicts received by the police officers involved.
May 18, 2000
The picture you published of the Jewish children before their execution broke my heart ("Testament to the Holocaust's Lessons," April 10). The little girl in front crying, did she know her fate? If they had lived, perhaps one would have discovered a cure for some terrible disease; or perhaps one would have been a world-renowned poet. We will never know. And the little girl turned sideways. Who does she remind me of? Oh, I know, she reminds me of me. We Jews will never forget, but will the rest of you remember?
April 22, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It turns out there are consequences to befriending white supremacists. Especially if you're a public official. Mayor Dan Clevenger of Marionville, Mo., handed in his resignation letter Tuesday morning after an uproar among residents and in national media over remarks he made about Jewish people shortly after the April 13 shootings outside two Jewish centers near Kansas City. Clevenger, 59, is an acquaintance of Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, an avowed hater of Jews who has been charged with killing three people in Overland Park in what officials have deemed a "hate crime.
April 22, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The 1939 sailing of the German ship the St. Louis -- popularized in the book and movie "Voyage of the Damned" -- was a painful precursor to the Holocaust. Now, 75 years later, a November cruise will recall some of that ill-fated trip. The hopes of the 937 Jewish refugees who boarded the St. Louis in Hamburg, Germany, to flee Hitler's Nazi regime were dashed when their plan to land in Cuba and await transport to the U.S. was denied. The U.S. also didn't allow them to enter, and the ship was sent back to Europe.
April 15, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Prosecutors announced murder charges Tuesday against the Missouri white supremacist suspected in the fatal shootings of three people outside a Jewish Community Center and retirement home in this Kansas City suburb.  Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon to face a charge of capital murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Will Corporon, 69, and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood,...
April 14, 2014 | Matt Pearce and John M. Glionna and Will Webber
Three people were shot to death Sunday at two Jewish community facilities here, and the suspect -- a man in his 70s thought to be a white supremacist -- appeared to shout "Heil Hitler!" as he was taken into custody. The shootings took place on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover, which begins at sundown Monday, but police said it was too early to call the shootings, whose victims included a 14-year-old Boy Scout and his grandfather, a hate crime. The gunfire erupted about 1 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and at the Village Shalom senior living facility, officials said.
April 14, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Standing at the lectern, Mindy Corporon calmly spoke about love in the face of hatred, describing how two people so central to her life - her father and her son - were shot to death by a gunman who police say is a white supremacist bent on violence. Her voice steady, she described arriving Sunday afternoon moments after the attacker, whom police identified as Frazier Glenn Cross, opened fire in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center here, a shooting rampage that took the lives of three people, including a woman outside a nearby Jewish senior center.
April 14, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Michael Muskal, This post has been updated.
AURORA, Mo. - The killings of three people on the eve of Passover outside two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb are being treated as hate crimes, law enforcement officials said Monday. Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass and others confirmed that the evidence gathered in Sunday's shootings supports a hate crime presentation to a federal grand jury. State charges could also be sought, state and federal prosecutors said at a televised news conference. Meanwhile, as President Obama led a shocked nation in prayer after the deadly shootings, officials searched for clues about the 73-year-old man, believed to be a white supremacist and an anti-Semite, who is in jail in connection with the killings.
January 11, 2009
Thank you for your article on how Jews are portrayed in movies. It is a thoughtful piece. However, Lewis Beale describes Paul Newman as "half Jewish." Judaism is a religion, not an ethnic group or race. No one can be "half Jewish". My father was Catholic. Does this make me "half Catholic"? Nancy Hoover Apple Valley -- On the one hand, Lewis Beale states that the more or less complete assimilation of certain male Jewish film and TV characters is sometimes felt to be "particularly empowering because their religion is essentially irrelevant."
April 14, 1989 | BILL BILLITER, Times Staff Writer
Jewish leaders expressed concern Thursday about a proclamation by the city councils of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa of Christian Leadership Week scheduled to begin next Thursday, which is Passover. Coordinators of the event said it is only a coincidence that Christian Leadership Week starts on a Jewish holy day this year. They said they see no harm in cities recognizing a special week dedicated to Christian leaders. "There is no city funding, and this was just a resolution recognizing the week," said Costa Mesa Councilwoman Mayor Mary Hornbuckle.
April 14, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Matt Pearce
AURORA, Mo. - The elderly man was well known in this slightly faded farm town for his failed attempts at elective office, his libertarian leanings, his Southern charm. But Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also went by the name of Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., was known even more for his white supremacist beliefs that led him to try to incite a race war, pepper local papers with anti-immigrant letters and get into a shouting match with a Jewish student at Missouri State University. Police arrested Cross on Sunday on suspicion of shooting and killing a 14-year-old Boy Scout and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., and a woman at a nearby Jewish assisted living center.
April 14, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and Will Webber
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - When tragedy came in the form of a gunman to a Jewish community center here Sunday, it was two Methodists who were shot and killed in the building's parking lot. Reat Underwood, a 14-year-old high school freshman, had come to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City with his grandfather, Dr. William Lewis Corporan, 69, who was always accompanying one of his grandkids to some event or another. Reat, a Boy Scout, loved to sing and perform in musicals, and after years of waiting to become eligible, he had come to audition for a local "American Idol"-style competition for high school students.
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