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December 28, 1995 | MIGUEL HELFT
The United Jewish Appeal/Federation of Ventura County is organizing an informational fair next month to promote Jewish community organizations. The fair will showcase organizations offering activities for seniors, adults and youths. Organizers are encouraging families to attend. More than two dozen organizations will present opportunities for travel, education and entertainment, both in the area and beyond. "This is an educational fair," said Susan Abrams, administrator of the federation.
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.
November 1, 1992
Sam Brand, 77, dean of publicists for Jewish organizations on the West Coast. His clients included the Jewish Homes for the Aging, which he represented for 30 years, and the Hebrew Union College, which he publicized for more than 25 years.
September 30, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Growing up Jewish, Marilyn McLaughlin loved lighting the braided candle and singing to mark the end of Shabbat. She relished studying the Talmud and weighing its ethical questions. But sitting in synagogue left her cold. "I was stuffed with religion," McLaughlin said. "But I had no deep connection to it. " A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that more than a fifth of Jewish Americans say they have no religion. Yet like McLaughlin, they still identify themselves as Jewish.
April 26, 1997 | From The Washington Post
The suspicious package discovered Thursday at B'nai B'rith--sparking an hours-long chemical-hazard alert that closed several downtown streets--was sent by someone claiming to be associated with a group called the Counter Holocaust Lobbyists of Hillel, according to the FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force.
In what critics have labeled a "hate fest featuring a who's who of professional bigots," a conference on Holocaust studies and the 1st Amendment is being staged Saturday in Los Angeles that will bring together on the same podium outspoken black nationalists and white supremacists. The conference, sponsored by a local black political group called the Cosmopolitan Brotherhood Assn.
A federal appeals court Friday ruled that a man who claimed that the Holocaust never occurred could sue Jewish organizations and the city of Los Angeles for allegedly preventing him from speaking at a library conference. The decision of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals--which brought passionate dissents from four of its 28 judges--reaffirms a November ruling from a three-judge panel that allowed the lawsuit, filed by the late David McCalden, to proceed.
November 7, 1986 | Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled that a creche may be displayed this year at Chicago City Hall despite a lawsuit by several Jewish organizations challenging inclusion of the nativity scene in Christmas decorations. U.S. District Judge Frank McGarr said in his ruling Wednesday that he did not consider displaying a creche on municipal property to be a violation of the separation of church and state.
October 2, 1990 | Reuters
More than 18,000 Soviet Jews immigrated to Israel in September, bringing the total for the year to more than 100,000 for an all-time record, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry said Monday. Last month's immigration figure of 18,725 surpassed the previous record of 17,484 in August. So far, the total for 1990 is 100,926. The conference is a coalition of 45 national Jewish organizations and more than 300 local community councils and federations.
April 29, 1991
I was very disturbed to read Gloria Allred's puzzling commentary (Counterpunch, April 15) on the recent movie "Never Forget," the story of Holocaust survivor Mel Mermelstein's lawsuit against the revisionist Institute for Historical Review, which claimed the Holocaust never occurred. Allred suggests that the film intentionally distorted the historical record about the role the Jewish community played in winning the case by portraying Jewish organizations as unhelpful or even hostile to Mermelstein's case.
March 27, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
I'm of two minds about “Philip Roth: Unmasked,” the “American Masters” documentary that airs Friday night on PBS. On the one hand, it's always a pleasure to hear Roth, who turned 80 this month and recently announced his retirement, speak - about the push and pull of family, the consolations (or lack thereof) of sex and literature and the never-to-be-resolved issue of identity, all subjects that have infused his writing for more than 50 years. On the other, the film, which marks the first time Roth has given an extended interview on camera, is oddly toothless, a by-the numbers hagiography.
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.
January 1, 2011 | By Nomi Morris
For the first 15 years of his working life, Naim Shah Jr. was the personal assistant to the imam at Masjid Ibadallah, a mosque in Los Angeles. He helped with Friday sermons and religious classes and dealt primarily with his Muslim congregants. But for the last six months, Shah has worked with Christian and Jewish activists across the city, drumming up support for the "responsible banking" ordinance, a law that would spur banks that do business with the city of Los Angeles to modify mortgages, increase loans to small businesses and invest in their neighborhoods.
July 7, 2010 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The president of the University of California and leaders of a dozen prominent American Jewish organizations are in an unusual public dispute about the extent of anti-Semitism on UC campuses and the university's response to it. In a letter to UC President Mark G. Yudof, such groups as the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the national governing bodies of Conservative and Orthodox Judaism have criticized the university's reaction to anti-Semitic acts...
June 8, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Rabbi Ted Riter of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks told throngs of demonstrators Sunday that it was important to rally against the deadly violence in Sudan because one day the marchers' grandchildren will ask: Where were you? "We . . . made a promise to our ancestors to never forget," Riter said, referring to a commitment by fellow Jews not to let atrocities such as the Holocaust go unchallenged. The crowd gathered as part of the third annual Walk for Darfur, a roughly three-mile march and educational fair sponsored by Southern California-based Jewish World Watch.
September 8, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 30,000 people gathered at Pierce College in Woodland Hills on Sunday to dance to Israeli folk music, watch performances by Jewish rock musicians and browse booths offering everything from hand-embroidered yarmulkes to kosher cookbooks and bat mitzvah planning services. The 11th biannual Los Angeles Jewish Festival was declared a "politics-free day" at which families and friends could come together and enjoy "just being Jewish," said festival chairwoman Nancy Parris Moskowitz.
September 2, 1990
The article's constant attempt to draw a comparison between the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles is ill-conceived and inappropriate. The Jewish Federation Council is the umbrella organization for the Los Angeles Jewish comunity, representing some 500 affiliated orgnizations. Through its United Jewish Fund, more than $50 million is raised annually to support humanitarian concerns here in Los Angeles, in Israel and throughout the world.
October 4, 1986
An ideological range of American Jewish lay leaders, voicing anguish over sharp disagreements among Jews, has called for a "return to civil discourse" and the establishment of religious courts to arbitrate conversion and divorce disputes.
February 3, 2002 | GENE LICHTENSTEIN
Irv Rubin, 56, the national director of the Jewish Defense League, today sits in solitary confinement at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles. He is being held without bail on charges of plotting last fall to bomb a mosque in Culver City, the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles and the Orange County field office of U.S. Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-Vista), whose origins are Lebanese. Rubin casts himself as the protector of American Jews, but to date not a Jewish leader, political activist, rabbi or organization has stepped forward to offer him support.
For years, Irv Rubin has been getting into people's faces, drowning out their speeches with shouting, picketing their meetings. A tall, beefy man with a voice that carries, he frequently uses a bullhorn to make it carry farther. Often, too, when shouting fails, he shoves and punches. Rubin, 56, learned his combative ways early, fighting name-callers on the streets of Montreal.
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