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Shangri-La lawyers ready for another day in court

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Four years after a group of Jewish partygoers accused a hotel owner of anti-Semitic discrimination — and two years after a jury found in favor of the group — the case is about to return to court.

The Shangri-La’s elusive key witness

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The former assistant food and beverage director at the Hotel Shangri-La is the only person who claimed to have heard hotel owner Tehmina Adaya say she wanted to eject the “f---ing Jews” from the pool at the hotel she and her family own.

How one 16-year-old Brit mobilized a mobile app against Israel

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Buycott, a one-year old mobile app that allows consumers to support various social and political causes by purchasing some goods and avoiding others, wasn’t...

California Reform Jews succeed in push to fund housing

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In 2011, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law abolishing California’s community redevelopment agencies, he eliminated the primary sources of funding that had helped build affordable housing across the state.

After electoral loss, still fighting for political reform

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Dan Schnur isn’t backing off from his push to reform the electoral system in the Golden State.

Election 2014: Elan Carr, a Republican Jew, and Ted Lieu, a Democrat, advance to...

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When the first round of voting in the race to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman wrapped up on June 3, voters in the 33rd Congressional district had handed Elan Carr, a Republican Jewish gang prosecutor, a first place finish.

Pro-Israel Democratic candidates at odds with L.A.’s Democrats for Israel

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This entry has been updated since it was first posted. See below for updates.  In the race to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman in the 33rd...

A voter’s guide to the races for the 33rd Congressional District and Los Angeles...

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When voters in and around Los Angeles head to the polls on June 3, they will confront a buffet of candidates running for a wide array of powerful positions.

In recording, Clippers owner Donald Sterling said Israelis treat black Jews ‘like dogs’ [AUDIO]

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Donald Sterling, the Jewish owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, apparently has no more fondness for Jewish black people than he does for non-Jewish...

SEC charges L.A. Jewish leaders in alleged variable annuities scheme

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Since the 1990s, Rabbi Harold Ten has been helping gravely ill Jews and their families navigate the health care system.

SEC hits L.A. Jewish leaders in alleged variable annuities scheme

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on March 13 that it had taken enforcement actions against participants in what it called a scheme...

Channeling Purim’s Esther, Jewish women fast for immigration reform

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While many devout Jews across the United States and elsewhere observed the pre-Purim tradition of fasting on Thursday, March 13, more than 200 Jewish women and men are going without food today for a different cause: immigration reform.

Three reasons to pay attention to the ZOA’s leadership fight

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When the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) delegates gather in Philadelphia on Sunday, March 9, to kick off the organization’s 97th national convention, they’ll be faced with a choice between the two men who want to lead the staunchly pro-Israel organization.

AIPAC policy conference: Once more, with feeling

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What does a pro-Israel lobbying group do at its annual policy conference when it knows with a high degree of certainty that its chief policy priority isn’t likely to go anywhere on Capitol Hill?

Why the U.S. Response in Ukraine Matters to AIPAC

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Even at the AIPAC’s policy conference this week, where the focus of discussion is, by design, all but exclusively Israel-related, the speakers and attendees...

Expecting “headwinds,” AIPAC sets Iran as agenda for its activists

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The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which began its annual policy conference on Sunday morning in Washington, D.C., will lobby Senators and Congressional representatives...

AIPAC vs. Obama Administration, 2014 edition

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If it seemed, from the tepid reaction given by the activists attending the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference to Treasury Secretary...

Journalist Matt Miller to run for Waxman’s seat in Congress

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Columnist and author Matt Miller jumped into the increasingly crowded field of candidates seeking to replace Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills) on Friday, Feb. 14.

Israel’s visa waiver chances dim

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Right now, an Israeli citizen who wants to travel to the United States has to contend with long lines at the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv and a long wait to see if the visa application will be approved. Even Miss Israel had to cancel an appearance at an event in New York last year because she couldn’t get a visa in time.

L.A. attorney challenges Klein for ZOA top job

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In the past two years, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton Klein has had to defend himself against three lawsuits from two different fired employees, weather the temporary loss of his organization’s tax-exempt status and undergo heart surgery. At the end of 2013, he earned the dubious distinction of being named by The Jewish Daily Forward as one the five most “overpaid” leaders of Jewish organizations.

Praying with presidents

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U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have had rough public relationships with religious leaders.

Zev Yaroslavsky won’t run for Congress

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Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will not make a bid for the seat currently held by retiring Congressman Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills).

ZOA’s Klein faces challenger for first time in decades

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Over the past two years, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton Klein has had to defend himself against three lawsuits from two different fired employees, as well as to weather the temporary loss of his organization’s tax-exempt status and to undergo heart surgery. At the end of 2013, he earned the dubious distinction of being named by The Jewish Daily Forward as one the five most “overpaid” leaders of Jewish organizations.

Henry Waxman: Governed by tikkun olam

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The rain during Noah’s flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights. The Torah was given to Moses during a 40-day stay at the top of Mount Sinai. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert.

Who’ll succeed Henry Waxman?

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Former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel was the first to announce her bid to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman, throwing her hat into the ring on Jan. 30, the day the 20-term Congressman announced he will not seek re-election.

Skirball’s founding chairman passes the baton

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Addressing the more than 600 attendees of the Skirball Cultural Center’s Founders Gala last October, Howard I. Friedman, the center’s first, and until Jan. 2 its only, board chairman, spoke about one of his favorite subjects: the significance of ideas in sustaining Jewish life.

Domain name .kosher gets closer

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Earlier this month, the world got one step closer to the day when Web sites can end not just with .com, .net or .org — but with the suffix .kosher as well.\n

UNESCO sets date for Jews in Israel exhibit

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After sustaining withering criticism for its abrupt decision to postpone a planned exhibition about the millennia of Jewish history in the land of Israel, UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural and education arm, announced Jan. 21 that the exhibition will be presented at its Paris headquarters, opening June 11.

Calif. legislators form Jewish caucus

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Jewish lawmakers from the California Assembly and State Senate have created a formal caucus to focus on Israel-related legislation and other matters of interest...

UNESCO postpones Israeli-Jewish history show

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When UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, abruptly and indefinitely postponed the Jan. 20 opening of an exhibition in Paris on the 3,500-year history of Jews in the land of Israel, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and co-founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Los-Angeles-based NGO that co-sponsored the exhibit with UNESCO, said he hoped Jews around the world would voice their displeasure with the decision.
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