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July 8, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Vandals started a small fire Friday and painted racial slurs on the sanctuary of a Jewish temple in Tarzana, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities said an automatic fire alarm went off at 8:04 a.m. at Temple Beth David at 18648 Clark St. Police and firefighters found an open door, slight fire damage and the slurs. Police are investigating the incident as vandalism and a hate crime.
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NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
On April 6, a Sunday, while riding along Wilshire Boulevard during CicLAvia, my wife and I passed the Jewish temple in Koreatown. Two guards in bulletproof vests stood at the entrance. “Wow, look at that,” I remember saying to my wife. “They're serious about their security.” On April 13 -- another Sunday -- I found out why. In Overland Park, Kan., today, three people are dead , shot to death Sunday, allegedly by a white supremacist and anti-Semite. And although the alleged gunman reportedly was targeting Jews, they were not his victims.
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NATIONAL
November 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A 30-year-old Arab man was convicted of hate crimes for burglarizing and burning down a Jewish temple three years ago. Raussi Uthman was found guilty of all charges in an 11-count indictment accusing him of burglarizing and setting fire to Temple Beth El in Syracuse. No one was hurt in the fire, which caused $700,000 in damage. Defense attorney Paul Carey said he would appeal: "The prosecution referred to him as a terrorist. I think there's a bit of prejudice in all of us after 9/11."
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Carla Hall, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Sometimes the debate over gender equality around the globe is easy to decide. Women in Saudi Arabia should be able to drive cars and compete in sports. Yes, of course, girls in Pakistan should get equal education. Other times, it's not a matter of obvious civil rights. That's the case in Jerusalem, where members of an organization called Women of the Wall have, for two decades, endured taunts, threats of violence and arrest to pray at the sacred and iconic Western Wall. It's not the fact that they're praying; it's the way that they choose to pray.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1999 | Associated Press
An attempted firebombing at a Jewish temple in Reno, the third similar incident there in a year, is under investigation by the FBI and local fire officials. A Molotov cocktail was thrown at a window of Temple Emanu El about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The glass shattered, but the makeshift bomb failed to break through the window. Instead, it bounced onto the asphalt and singed bricks under the window. The FBI is treating the case as a possible hate crime as well as arson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2000 | TINA DIRMANN
Authorities are looking into a suspicious fire Sunday night outside a Jewish temple. A caretaker for Temple Beth Torah on 7620 Foothill Road discovered an overturned plastic trash can and a pile of garbage burning just outside a classroom at the temple about 10:30 p.m. Firefighters from the Ventura Fire Department doused the burning garbage. No injuries or other property damage were reported. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire, but arson is suspected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2001
Re "After Sharon, a Phoenix Arises," Commentary, Aug. 7: Ahmed Bouzid is shortsighted. Does he think that Israel and the Jewish people care what the Europeans think about Israel's policies of defending its civilians? We don't. Just because the Europeans or other Gentiles think that what the Jews are doing is wrong does not make Israel's actions objectively wrong. It means only that some anti-Semites living across the ocean believe it. Does Bouzid really believe that peace will come just because Shimon Peres gets elected?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1989
The founder of a group that claims the Nazis did not exterminate millions of Jews during World War II was named Monday in a complaint filed by the city attorney's office in connection with a disturbance at a Jewish temple in West Los Angeles in June. City Atty.
NATIONAL
August 31, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge in Oklahoma City sentenced a man to 39 years in prison for firebombing a Jewish temple and later trying to send a racist letter to the congregation. The defendant made a stiff-armed Nazi salute as the judge left the court. Sean Gillespie, 21, was found guilty in April of three bombing-related charges for hurling a Molotov cocktail at Temple B'nai Israel. The act, which caused minor damage to a brick wall and a glass door, was captured on a security videotape.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Carla Hall, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Sometimes the debate over gender equality around the globe is easy to decide. Women in Saudi Arabia should be able to drive cars and compete in sports. Yes, of course, girls in Pakistan should get equal education. Other times, it's not a matter of obvious civil rights. That's the case in Jerusalem, where members of an organization called Women of the Wall have, for two decades, endured taunts, threats of violence and arrest to pray at the sacred and iconic Western Wall. It's not the fact that they're praying; it's the way that they choose to pray.
WORLD
October 28, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - A simple, ancient ritual is threatening the delicate security balance atop Jerusalem's most sacred plaza: Jews are praying. On most days, dozens - sometimes hundreds - of Jewish worshipers ascend to the disputed 36-acre platform that Muslims venerate as Al Aqsa mosque and Jews revere as the Temple Mount with an Israeli police escort to protect them and a Muslim security guard to monitor their movements. Then, they recite a quick prayer, sometimes quietly to themselves, other times out loud.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
The more than 300-year-old Torah survived the Holocaust, was later rescued from a deserted Jewish temple in Prague and eventually wound up at a Northridge synagogue. On Sunday, Temple Ahavat Shalom will hold a ceremony to mark the beginning of its restoration. Because of its fragile state, and its age ? scrolls this old are a rarity in the United States, scribes say ? the Torah is exhibited during holidays and services but is seldom used for learning. Temple Ahavat will begin restoring the Scriptures so they can be fully utilized.
OPINION
May 30, 2007 | Walter Reich, WALTER REICH is a professor of international affairs, ethics and human behavior at George Washington University, a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
AFTER 2,000 YEARS of indignity and ignominy, Herod the Great has finally gotten his revenge. During their revolt against Roman rule over Judea between AD 66 and 72, Jews who remembered King Herod as a Roman puppet smashed his sarcophagus, which had been interred with royal pomp about 70 years before. Christians have identified him as a baby killer who forced Jesus' family to flee Bethlehem. And Herod's habit of having his rivals and relatives killed has hardly burnished his image.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
Vandals started a small fire Friday and painted racial slurs on the sanctuary of a Jewish temple in Tarzana, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities said an automatic fire alarm went off at 8:04 a.m. at Temple Beth David at 18648 Clark St. Police and firefighters found an open door, slight fire damage and the slurs. Police are investigating the incident as vandalism and a hate crime.
NATIONAL
August 31, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge in Oklahoma City sentenced a man to 39 years in prison for firebombing a Jewish temple and later trying to send a racist letter to the congregation. The defendant made a stiff-armed Nazi salute as the judge left the court. Sean Gillespie, 21, was found guilty in April of three bombing-related charges for hurling a Molotov cocktail at Temple B'nai Israel. The act, which caused minor damage to a brick wall and a glass door, was captured on a security videotape.
NATIONAL
November 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A 30-year-old Arab man was convicted of hate crimes for burglarizing and burning down a Jewish temple three years ago. Raussi Uthman was found guilty of all charges in an 11-count indictment accusing him of burglarizing and setting fire to Temple Beth El in Syracuse. No one was hurt in the fire, which caused $700,000 in damage. Defense attorney Paul Carey said he would appeal: "The prosecution referred to him as a terrorist. I think there's a bit of prejudice in all of us after 9/11."
OPINION
October 8, 2000
In "Reckless Provocations" (editorial, Oct. 3) The Times suggests that the visit to the Temple Mount by Ariel Sharon was the sole cause for the horrific events of last week. While we do not dispute that Sharon's visit had the potential to incite political passions among the Palestinians, Chairman Yasser Arafat's failure to restrain the violence has contributed to recent tragic events. It is to the negotiating table that both sides must now return. Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Arafat have come so far and are so close.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1986
As a homeowner in Encino, I recently received a letter of solicitation from City Councilmen Marvin Braude and Zev Yaroslavsky and Kathy Lewis of the Encino Property Owners Assn. asking for funds to help stop the developers from taking over our community. I have long sought a true definition for the word chutzpah (gall), and now I have it: the letter. My previous best definition was the concept of a child's killing his parents and then asking for mercy on the grounds of being an orphan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Andrew Blankstein and Li Fellers, Times Staff Writers
A fifth house of worship in Encino was the target of an arson attack this week, though it was apparently foiled by a neighbor who chased away a man who hurled a rock through a window of an orthodox synagogue and left behind a flammable liquid, authorities said Thursday. No one was hurt in the 8:30 p.m. Tuesday attack on Da'at Torah Educational Center, a small temple tucked in a Ventura Boulevard minimall, Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2002 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
With their young children in Mexico, Christmas hasn't been the same for Irma Santiago and Cristobal Juarez. For two years now, the Thousand Oaks couple have celebrated Christmas, the most family-oriented of holidays, without much of their family. They had planned on a quiet evening at home, because it just wouldn't have felt right to have a loud, festive celebration without their children.
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