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December 13, 1992
For some reason Wanda Coleman distinguished between "Jewish-Americans" and "white folk." I happen to be Jewish-American, and the last time I looked, I was white folk, too. MOLLY SEPSIS Hollywood
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NEWS
December 27, 2013 | By Carolyn Karcher
Michael S. Roth slams the American Studies Assn. for "unfairly singling out Israel" in its vote to boycott that nation's academic institutions; he calls the action an "irresponsible attack on academic freedom. " As a 39-year member of the American Studies Assn. (ASA) and a Jewish American, I want to explain why Roth -- whose Op-Ed was published by The Times Dec. 20 -- is wrong and why I wholeheartedly support the organization's resolution. The resolution is far from an attack on academic freedom.
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OPINION
January 25, 2006
Re "A first step in Hebron," editorial, Jan. 20 The Jewish settlers being removed from Hebron are illegally living in Palestinian-owned buildings and shops; they're no better than common thieves. As a Jewish American, I am revolted by the arrogance of those settlers who think that they can steal a person's property simply because that person is Palestinian. That is not the lesson taught us by the prophet Isaiah, who preached universal justice. The Israeli government is correct in removing the settlers and restoring the property to its rightful and legal owners.
NATIONAL
October 1, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
At wintertime in a Jewish home in the United States, you're more likely to find a Christmas tree than a kosher kitchen. That's one of the findings in a sweeping new study of Jewish Americans from the Pew Research Center, which polled nearly 3,500 Jewish Americans about their beliefs and practices. Nearly one out of three Jewish Americans - 32% - said they had a Christmas tree in their home last year, Pew found. In comparison, only 22% said they kept kosher at home. The survey focused chiefly on nearly 3,500 Jewish Americans, including both religious and nonreligious Jews.
OPINION
August 26, 2005
Re "Israel Says It Will Annex Palestinian Land," Aug. 25 What disappointing news! The success of the Gaza withdrawal opened the way for serious Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and created the hope for real progress toward long-term peace. But Israel's latest land confiscation to build its security barrier around Maale Adumim, which will cut the Palestinian West Bank into two cantons, shatters that hope. As a Jewish American, I am devastated. President Bush should get the U.S. more involved to assure that Israel does not squander the opportunity for peace created by the Gaza withdrawal.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 1993
A response to Pat Launer's review of "The King of the Kosher Grocers" at the Old Globe in San Diego ("As Predictable as Corned Beef on Rye," Sept. 10): We take issue with Launer's negative phrase "a reheated multicultural (and stereotypical) smorgasbord." What is negative about honestly portraying the cultural diversity in most of our neighborhoods? What is stereotypical about a retired Chicano farm worker, an aging African-American who's falling in love with a Jewish-American widow and an ailing Jewish-American grocer showing genuine affection for one another?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2009 | Associated Press
Jake Gyllenhaal and Christina Applegate are among the stars slated to appear in a new "Sesame Street"-style production geared toward teaching Jewish American children about Jewish culture. "Shalom Sesame," a 12-part series for preschoolers featuring the globe-trotting Muppet Grover, will explore Jewish identity and traditions and will film on location at several Israeli sites, including the Western Wall. Guest stars such as Debra Messing, Greg Kinnear, Anneliese van der Pol and Cedric the Entertainer will join puppets and children in segments filmed in Israel and the United States, according to the series' producers.
SPORTS
March 21, 1998
In J.A. Adande's March 12 column on Calvin Peete, Mr. Adande identifies six of his boyhood sports heroes and all were African American. "Golf? Not even an option." As a young golfer, I was a fan of many golfers, including Arnold Palmer (Euro American), Bob Rosburg (Jewish American) and Charlie Sifford (African American). I never thought to ration my heroes based on race. Jump forward 25 years, and my sons worshiped at the basketball temple of Magic and Michael. For the record, my family is Protestant, Euro American.
SPORTS
August 3, 2002
I have been a touring golf professional for the past 13 years. I have played with every player mentioned in Bill Plaschke's July 28 story "They Are Not Tiger Woods" and never thought of them as being African American. They were just more guys I had to beat to continue my own dream. I am a Jewish American, and probably one of the finest Jewish golfers in the world. But you'll never hear me complain that Steven Spielberg or Shawn Green aren't doing enough for me or other Jews. I am as broke as the next struggling golfer and would love to be fully sponsored, but if I do get money to play I would hope it would be because I can win, not because I am Jewish.
NEWS
August 20, 2013 | By Michael McGough
Sen. Ted Cruz's decision to renounce his Canadian citizenship has inspired several commentators -- including my colleague Patt Morrison -- to meditate on the cultural implications of his decision. I'm more interested in a political question: Has the Calgary-born Texan alienated a potentially significant bloc of voters with his suggestion that being an American is an all-or-nothing proposition? “Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth and a U.S. senator,” Cruz said.
NEWS
August 20, 2013 | By Michael McGough
Sen. Ted Cruz's decision to renounce his Canadian citizenship has inspired several commentators -- including my colleague Patt Morrison -- to meditate on the cultural implications of his decision. I'm more interested in a political question: Has the Calgary-born Texan alienated a potentially significant bloc of voters with his suggestion that being an American is an all-or-nothing proposition? “Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth and a U.S. senator,” Cruz said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2009 | Associated Press
Jake Gyllenhaal and Christina Applegate are among the stars slated to appear in a new "Sesame Street"-style production geared toward teaching Jewish American children about Jewish culture. "Shalom Sesame," a 12-part series for preschoolers featuring the globe-trotting Muppet Grover, will explore Jewish identity and traditions and will film on location at several Israeli sites, including the Western Wall. Guest stars such as Debra Messing, Greg Kinnear, Anneliese van der Pol and Cedric the Entertainer will join puppets and children in segments filmed in Israel and the United States, according to the series' producers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2008 | Mary McNamara, Times Staff Writer
Documentaries examining the experience of one group or another as their members leaped, or were shoved, into the roiling melting pot of American culture have become so de rigueur they are beginning to seem dutiful. Not to mention predictable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
As the only Jewish kid in his small New Mexico hometown, Ben Rubin says he was "clueless" about Israel. And he stayed that way. The 26-year-old Los Angeles marketing executive had never been to the Middle East. He was unfamiliar with details of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Because his family immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1916, well before the Holocaust, he felt no personal connection to the land as a safe haven for Jews.
OPINION
January 25, 2006
Re "A first step in Hebron," editorial, Jan. 20 The Jewish settlers being removed from Hebron are illegally living in Palestinian-owned buildings and shops; they're no better than common thieves. As a Jewish American, I am revolted by the arrogance of those settlers who think that they can steal a person's property simply because that person is Palestinian. That is not the lesson taught us by the prophet Isaiah, who preached universal justice. The Israeli government is correct in removing the settlers and restoring the property to its rightful and legal owners.
OPINION
August 26, 2005
Re "Israel Says It Will Annex Palestinian Land," Aug. 25 What disappointing news! The success of the Gaza withdrawal opened the way for serious Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and created the hope for real progress toward long-term peace. But Israel's latest land confiscation to build its security barrier around Maale Adumim, which will cut the Palestinian West Bank into two cantons, shatters that hope. As a Jewish American, I am devastated. President Bush should get the U.S. more involved to assure that Israel does not squander the opportunity for peace created by the Gaza withdrawal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2001
We all are searching to find meaning in the events of the past days. A statement by Albert Schweitzer came to my mind. Schweitzer wrote about the people who belong to what he called the fellowship of those who bear the mark of pain. Schweitzer observed, "Those among us who have learned through personal experience what pain and anxiety really are must help to ensure that those out there who are in physical need obtain the same help that once came to us. We no longer belong to ourselves alone; we have become the brothers and sisters of all who suffer."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2004 | Associated Press
The Library of Congress opened an exhibit Thursday on 350 years of Jewish life in America. "From Haven to Home," which runs through Dec. 18, features a letter in which George Washington told the Newport (R.I.) Hebrew Congregation that the new republic gave "to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance." The exhibit features photographs of composer Leonard Bernstein and Bess Myerson, Miss America of 1945 and later New York City's Commissioner of Consumer Affairs.
SPORTS
August 3, 2002
I have been a touring golf professional for the past 13 years. I have played with every player mentioned in Bill Plaschke's July 28 story "They Are Not Tiger Woods" and never thought of them as being African American. They were just more guys I had to beat to continue my own dream. I am a Jewish American, and probably one of the finest Jewish golfers in the world. But you'll never hear me complain that Steven Spielberg or Shawn Green aren't doing enough for me or other Jews. I am as broke as the next struggling golfer and would love to be fully sponsored, but if I do get money to play I would hope it would be because I can win, not because I am Jewish.
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