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May 12, 2010
EVENTS Jews on Vinyl This multisensory exhibition guest-curated by authors Roger Bennett and Josh Kun tells the story of the Jewish experience in America. Starting with records in the '40s and ending in the '80s with the holy triumvirate of Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, the exhibit is set in a campy 1950s living room equipped with listening stations. Like Bennett and Kun's book, "And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past as Told by the Records We Have Loved and Lost," this Skirball show will take you deep into the Jewish musical memory.
April 2, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK - The elderly woman had stopped by the Jewish Community Center in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn and was shuffling away, leaning heavily on her walker, when a young man punched her in the head as he walked past, knocking her to the ground. When she returned to the center for help, the staff called for an ambulance, vigilant that this might have been another example of the "knockout game," a social media trend that had young people punching out random individuals on the street last year.
December 12, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Now here's something you don't see every day: A circle of African men chanting Hebrew prayers while wearing tallitot (prayer shawls) and yarmulkes (skull caps) along with their dashikis - not to mention scenes of African women lighting Sabbath candles and diligently preparing a kosher meal using such native crops as yam and cassava. But for the estimated 3,000 Igbo people of Nigeria who practice Judaism, these are common sightings, all part of a unique way of life portrayed with joy and grace in the captivating documentary "Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria.
November 23, 2012 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
El Iluminado A Graphic Novel Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin Basic Books: 208 pp, $24.99 Halfway into the graphic novel "El Iluminado," a Spanish literature professor in an Indiana Jones hat wanders into a café in Santa Fe, N.M., and receives a pearl of wisdom from a gray-haired woman. "A Jewish soul is a Jewish soul," the woman says. "When you have it, you know. " The professor is a real person: Ilan Stavans, a Latino literary maven known for his insightful criticism, his authoritative anthologies and his quirky translation of "Don Quixote" into the mother tongue of millions of Americans, Spanglish.
January 25, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
You may have thought that the entitlement culture among the high-tech elite was getting out of hand before, but it will be a long time before anything tops the ghastly outburst from venture capitalist Thomas Perkins  appearing in Friday's Wall Street Journal. In a letter to the editor, Perkins, the billionaire co-founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, writes: "I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the 'rich.'" He complains about negative coverage about the rich in his hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, and continues: "I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent.
February 4, 1992
Your article rekindled many memories and hopes. On arrival in California as a UCLA student, I lived with a Jewish family. I also became cordial with their friends. The fact that they did not eat pork and many other endearing facets of their Jewish culture were in harmony with the Muslim values I knew in India. Since then I have lectured to many Jewish audiences, and worked with Jews in films, TV, radio. The notion that all Jews are in conflict with all Arabs and most Muslims is erroneous, sad and mischievous.
January 23, 1988
I was rather surprised that The Times published such a scurrilous note as Lawrence A. Levey's rebuke for your having accepted the Jews for Jesus ad (Letters, Jan. 8). What an intemperate heaping up of wild charges against that organization! One can dismiss his diatribe as an outburst of emotional resentment that many Jews today are drawn to Jesus of Nazareth as "bone of their bone and flesh of their flesh." On one point, however, I must challenge his deliberate distortion of the obvious.
October 11, 1991
In response to "In Defense of a Nation Falsely Singled Out," by Aleksandras Shtromas, Commentary, Sept. 24: Shtromas tries to minimize the role of Lithuanians as Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust. He also makes the extraordinary statement that there was no violence against Jews in Lithuania for 600 years. This statement contravenes historical fact. My late grandmother left Lithuania at the turn of the century because of the violence, as did many members of her family and friends.
February 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pope Benedict XVI has ordered changes to a Latin prayer for Jews at Good Friday services by traditionalist Catholics, deleting a reference to their "blindness" over Christ, the Vatican said. The Vatican newspaper l'Osservatore Romano published the new version, in Latin, of the prayer, which now expresses hope that Jews will recognize Christ. "The language is better but it's still troubling," said Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League in the United States.
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