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March 15, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Pope Francis won praise from Jewish leaders after his election this week to lead the Roman Catholic Church, a promising sign for future relations between two faiths with a troubled history. Several Jewish leaders said the new pope, who is from Argentina, already had a record of fostering good relations. “Pope Francis has demonstrated his profound solidarity with the Jewish community in Argentina in both times of sorrow and joy,” Rabbi David Rosen, international director of inter-religious affairs for the American Jewish Committee advocacy group, said in a statement.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By David Ng
An auction of Nazi memorabilia, including items that belonged to Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering, has been called off in France following objections from Jewish groups and a prominent government official. The Paris auction company Vermot de Pas had scheduled the sale for April 26 but called it off Monday. The cancellation came soon after French culture minister Aurélie Filippetti told Le Monde she didn't want the auction to take place. The auction house said on its website that "in light of the strong emotions from numerous people, this decision seems proper and necessary.
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NATIONAL
August 7, 2009 | Peter Wallsten
Jewish congressional members and lobbying groups are protesting President Obama's decision to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Irish leader Mary Robinson, who they say has a long record of harshly criticizing Israel. The award announcement prompted the first criticism of Obama by the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a group he courted during last year's campaign. Jewish groups in the U.S. have been largely supportive of the president.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
February is widely known as Black History Month, and Stephen Colbert chose to celebrate it in the strangest way possible on Thursday's show: with an animated short for a proposed TV show known as "Laser Klan. " Yes, that spelling is not a mistake. This animated short is about the Ku Klux Klan and uses the real-life news that Klan members were attempting to sell a "workable death ray" to Jewish groups in order to kill Muslims. Last month, another real-life KKK sympathizer was arrested for building a portable X-ray machine he was attempting to sell use with Jewish groups, again to kill Muslims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1999 | REGINA HONG
Volunteers with the Jewish Federation of Orange County will be calling Orange County Jewish residents Sunday to ask for contributions for use at home and abroad. The federation's annual "Super Sunday phonathon" will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jewish Federation campus at 250 E. Baker Street in Costa Mesa. The Costa Mesa nonprofit group plans to give money raised to Jewish groups in Orange County, Israel and other parts of the world.
NEWS
December 1, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Jewish groups said they will use a conference on art and property looted by Nazi Germany to press for the release of what one delegate called the "last prisoners" of World War II. The conference, sponsored by the State Department and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, brings together more than 40 countries and more than a dozen art, history, insurance and Jewish groups hoping to set informal standards for the return of stolen assets.
NEWS
February 5, 1994 | From Associated Press
Some Jewish groups are urging President Clinton to withdraw Strobe Talbott as his nominee for the No. 2 spot at the State Department, citing what they say are his anti-Israel writings when he was a Time magazine reporter. Talbott will face tough questions on his Mideast views at confirmation hearings beginning Tuesday, sources on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said.
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.
NATIONAL
February 17, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Wilshire Boulevard, which collides with many enclaves as it wends through Los Angeles, is the perfect thoroughfare for a presidential aspirant looking to woo niche voters. Newt Gingrich made his pitch Thursday to two distinctly different groups along Wilshire: Asian American business leaders in Koreatown, and Jewish voters who paid to lunch and pose for photos with the former House speaker in an Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills. Gingrich, who arrived in California on Monday, has trailed badly in polls and fared poorly in the last five states to hold voting contests.
NEWS
August 13, 1994 | Associated Press
Jewish groups in Italy and abroad demanded Friday that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi denounce a Cabinet minister for suggesting "the New York Jewish lobby" was behind the plunging lira. Labor Minister Clemente Mastella later apologized, but the World Jewish Congress said it would complain to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. Berlusconi has been criticized, particularly in Western Europe, for including the National Alliance in his 3-month-old conservative coalition.
WORLD
September 16, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- A ruling by Israel's attorney general allows Palestinians access to West Bank lands decades after they were seized, Israeli media report .  In 1978, Israel seized around 170 acres of the Palestinian village of Burka, citing security needs. But a small military camp set up on the hilltop was quickly replaced with civilians, and the site became the Jewish settlement of Homesh. Homesh was among four West Bank settlements Israel removed under the terms of a 2005 disengagement plan , when it removed all Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2013 | By Martha Groves and Matt Stevens
The California Department of Food and Agriculture on Friday issued notices of violation to two Orthodox Jewish groups that were slaughtering chickens in the Pico-Robertson area as part of an ancient atonement ritual. The action was taken after animal rights activists and some faith leaders protested the practice, known as kaparot , throughout the Jewish High Holy Days, saying it was inhumane. A state investigator determined that the facilities were slaughterhouses operating without licenses, in violation of law, said Steve Lyle, a spokesman for the state Department of Food and Agriculture.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Jewish Americans give to charity at higher rates than other Americans, but they donate more often to organizations that are not Jewish than to Jewish groups, a new study focusing on the Jewish community has found. The study, conducted by the philanthropic research group Jumpstart, provides new grist for Jewish charities trying to hang on to donors and recruit new ones. The biggest predictor of whether a Jewish person gave to charity, the study showed, was how connected they were to the Jewish community.
WORLD
March 15, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Pope Francis won praise from Jewish leaders after his election this week to lead the Roman Catholic Church, a promising sign for future relations between two faiths with a troubled history. Several Jewish leaders said the new pope, who is from Argentina, already had a record of fostering good relations. “Pope Francis has demonstrated his profound solidarity with the Jewish community in Argentina in both times of sorrow and joy,” Rabbi David Rosen, international director of inter-religious affairs for the American Jewish Committee advocacy group, said in a statement.
OPINION
January 8, 2013 | By Aaron David Miller
Jews worry for a living. Their dark history and, in the case of American Jews, their legitimate concerns about the security of the state of Israel impel them to do so. But sometimes those concerns are overblown and reflect a kind of collective cosmic oy vey that gets in the way of sound and rational judgment. Such is the case in the matter of Chuck Hagel's nomination to be President Obama's next secretary of Defense. Some of the comments attributed to Hagel about lobbies, Israel and the like come from an interview he gave me for my last book about American Middle East policy, particularly his use of the term "Jewish lobby.
NEWS
January 7, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Two influential pro-Israel organizations that have been skeptical about President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Defense secretary said Monday they are not opposing confirmation of the former Republican senator, following lobbying on Hagel's behalf by the White House. Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said that he is waiting to hear how Hagel explains at his confirmation hearing his views on Israel, Iran, sanctions and the militant Islamist groups Hamas and Hezbollah.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Jewish groups filed a federal lawsuit this week to challenge an ordinance that bans anyone but the city from holding events or erecting displays at a downtown Cincinnati plaza during the holiday season. The lawsuit, which calls the city law unconstitutional, was filed by Chabad of Southern Ohio, which is affiliated with the Lubavitch movement, a Hasidic group that has sought to set up prominent Hanukkah menorahs in many cities. The group wants to put a menorah in the city's Fountain Square.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica and its owner discriminated against members of a Jewish organization at a charitable event two years ago, a jury in Santa Monica determined Wednesday. The case was brought by young leaders of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, who had gathered on the afternoon of July 11, 2010, at the Art Deco hotel. Soon after their party got underway around the pool, hotel staff and security guards began telling group members to remove their literature and banners, to get out of the pool and hot tub, and to stop handing out T-shirts, according to legal documents and testimony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Pamela Geller, the controversial author and activist, was set to deliver a lecture Sunday morning to the Zionist Organization of America that she had given many times before, billed by organizers as a revelation of the "root cause of war in the Middle East. " But instead of taking her place before the few dozen people inside the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Geller and those who had come to see her milled around the sidewalk on Wilshire Boulevard. The Jewish Federation, just hours earlier, canceled the event.
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