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April 17, 1990 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bush Administration obtained advance support of American Jewish leaders before imposing new rules that had the effect of diverting most Soviet Jewish emigres from the United States to Israel, according to informed sources. Administration officials and Jewish leaders both said that the consultations defused what could have turned into a firestorm of controversy.
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January 6, 2002 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The abrupt dismissal of the Anti-Defamation League's regional director here has illuminated the growing power struggles between East and West Coast Jewry, as the fulcrum of influence over American Jewish life shifts from its historical center in New York. David Lehrer, the regional director who helped knit together Los Angeles' disparate communities during 27 years of wide-ranging human relations work, was dismissed from his post Dec. 21 by National Director Abraham Foxman in New York.
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November 2, 1991 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a largely Jewish human rights organization based in Los Angeles, called Friday on four national record chains to stop selling copies of rapper Ice Cube's new album, "Death Certificate."
NEWS
August 8, 2000 | DUKE HELFAND and T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
From the kosher restaurants of Manhattan's Upper West Side to the corner shuls of Los Angeles' Pico-Robertson district, conversations on Monday turned to a single thought: He's one of ours. American Jews awoke to a thrilling, if unexpected, piece of news that Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut had been selected as Al Gore's running mate. Religious and nonreligious alike used words like "historic" and "epic moment" to capture what few thought they would see in their lifetimes.
NEWS
July 18, 1988 | STEPHEN BRAUN and RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writers
The telephone calls come at least once a day to the drab office suite inside an anonymous high-rise building at the edge of Manhattan's garment district. For Bernard Henderson, the man at the receiving end, they are at once intensely personal and strictly business. The caller is his daughter, Anne Henderson-Pollard, wife of Jonathan Jay Pollard, the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel and sentenced a year ago to life imprisonment.
NEWS
June 22, 1990 | DON SHANNON and SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Nelson Mandela stoutly defended his ties with Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat on Thursday, chiding those who he said had tried to misconstrue his position on Israel and saying that "we have no time to look into the internal affairs of other countries." Mandela was questioned on the matter extensively during a "town meeting" segment of ABC-TV's "Nightline" aired Thursday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1997 | From Associated Press
The Rockland County Police Academy had never seen anything like it. "A guy walks in with a bowler hat on, a beard, a coat coming down to his knees," says Sheriff James Kralik. "He looks like something out of 'Fiddler on the Roof.' " It was Shlomo Koenig, now Deputy Shlomo Koenig, perhaps the only Hasidic police officer in the nation. "Even in Israel they don't have anything like this," says Koenig, his auburn beard and sidelocks sprawling out under his wide-brimmed Smokey hat.
NEWS
June 23, 1990 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nelson Mandela's provocative statement of support for Moammar Kadafi, Fidel Castro and Yasser Arafat has surprised and disturbed the Bush Administration, complicating a presidential meeting that is the main event of Mandela's triumphant U.S. tour. Although Mandela's sentiments had long been known, his strong expression of them in a television interview called attention to tensions between blacks and Jews in the domestic political scene.
NEWS
June 2, 1988 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
Last month, on the eve of a U.S.-Soviet summit conference with human rights on the agenda, 1,145 Jewish emigres left the Soviet Union with visas for Israel. A total of 86 actually arrived here. The rest became what the Israeli government calls "dropouts," exchanging their immigrant invitations to Israel for refugee status in some other country once they had crossed the Soviet border. Most went to the United States.
NEWS
November 8, 1989 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dooby Salman, Israeli cowboy, fell in love with lassos and Stetsons during the filming of a Western in the desert near the Dead Sea. He went off to California to learn rodeo techniques, dropped the English- and cavalry-style riding he had learned at home and came back to Israel a self-styled wrangler. Salman is trying to share his love affair with fellow Israelis, even ones who wouldn't know a bronco from a blintz.
NEWS
December 6, 1999 | From the Washington Post
Roman Catholic and Jewish leaders will jointly launch a national campaign today to abolish the death penalty, in an effort to reignite what they see as a largely forgotten but urgent crusade.
NEWS
September 20, 1999 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The Albalat family secret began to unravel in the spring of 1982 as 10-year-old Magnolia blossomed from schoolgirl to maturity. Other girls her age in the predominately Latino and Catholic neighborhood of Huntington Park were studying catechism and picking pretty white dresses for their first Communion. Young Maggie was not allowed to attend Sunday school and had never even been baptized. She wondered why, but no one said.
NEWS
May 26, 1999 | Associated Press
The governing body of Reform Judaism, the biggest and most liberal branch of American Jewry, debated a new set of principles Tuesday that would represent a return to traditional practices such as keeping kosher and praying in Hebrew. But the Central Conference of American Rabbis postponed its expected vote until today. The 550-person group was expected to approve a major revision in the Principles of Reform Judaism, which are not enforceable regulations, but rather guidelines.
NEWS
April 9, 1999 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For American Jews, the images resonate: refugees in boxcars; stunned families with just the clothes on their backs bundling across borders; uniformed men conducting door-to-door searches; neighbors hiding neighbors from marauding soldiers intent on "ethnic cleansing." Stoking emotions already ignited by these Holocaust-like scenes pouring out of Kosovo was the timing of it all.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1999 | Larry B. Stammer
A move to foster unity among divergent Jewish denominations by creating a new national federation of rabbinical boards is meeting with mixed success. Meeting this week in Washington, presidents of boards of rabbis in 25 U.S. and Canadian cities agreed to form the North American Boards of Rabbis. It is the first religious organization to embrace all branches of Judaism since the Synagogue Council of America disbanded five years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1999 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man with the beard and bushy eyebrows handed out pamphlets inside a West Los Angeles ballroom Sunday advocating worldwide intolerance against the "Islamic-Arab totalitarian enemy" in the Middle East. When a Jewish American woman huddled over her morning coffee and bagel refused to accept the propaganda, he barked at her. "Come on!" he said. "Keep your mind open. We're supposed to be sharing ideas." The irritated woman walked away.
NEWS
January 6, 2002 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The abrupt dismissal of the Anti-Defamation League's regional director here has illuminated the growing power struggles between East and West Coast Jewry, as the fulcrum of influence over American Jewish life shifts from its historical center in New York. David Lehrer, the regional director who helped knit together Los Angeles' disparate communities during 27 years of wide-ranging human relations work, was dismissed from his post Dec. 21 by National Director Abraham Foxman in New York.
NEWS
April 23, 1998 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"They are not Jews in America. They are American citizens." --Woodrow Wilson **** For a people traditionally steeped in debate, dissent and Talmudic disputes, American Jews seem to be uncomfortable asking--let alone answering--a key question: How have Jews contributed to American life? What have they given to our national culture that is distinctively Judaic?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1998 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Needy victims of the Holocaust have three months to apply for humanitarian aid from a Swiss fund set up specifically to help poor Jews who suffered at the hands of the Nazis, Jewish leaders said Tuesday. The fund is separate from a $1.25-billion settlement announced by Swiss banks last week, aimed at settling claims by Jewish Holocaust victims and their heirs who were unable to claim World War II assets on deposit in Swiss banks.
NEWS
May 10, 1998 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eyeball-to-eyeball with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Clinton blinked. His administration will set aside the Monday deadline that it imposed for Israeli acceptance of a U.S. peace proposal. In one sense, the events could be seen as just another failure in a peace process fraught with them of late. But this setback is, in some ways, larger.
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