In 1947, a group of parents led by Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez of Westminster fought to end California\'s segregation of its Latino school children. Their suit came to the attention of the state\'s governor at the time, Earl Warren, who went on to hear the Brown case as chief justice of the nation\'s highest court.
When Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Joe Lieberman made an April visit to Newport Beach, Orange County\'s most Republican stronghold, he found an attentive group of about 100 people at a $1,000-a-person fundraiser at the private Pacific Club.
Themes for this year\'s submissions to the fourth Holocaust writing contest by Chapman University\'s Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education ranged from defiant public protesters in Berlin to the instigators of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising to hate mongers from Hitler to Osama bin Laden.
\"We\'re moving ahead as originally scheduled,\" said Ralph Stern, of Tustin, who is leading fundraising. In a communitywide appeal in May 2002, he promised a fiscally conservative stance: construction would start when financial goals were met.
Since the outpouring of Valentine\'s Day sentiment falls this year on Shabbat, Westminster\'s Temple Beth David intends to combine the two with a special sisterhood-led service that follows a dinner featuring recipes by food writer Sharon Boorstin.
For using his pulpit and pen to advocate for fair housing, civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam war, Rabbi Wolli Kaelter, a rabbi laureate of Long Beach\'s Temple Israel, will be the recipient of an award by the National Council of Jewish Women on Feb. 18.
The Jewish Community Center (JCC) is on the lookout for teen athletes who want to compete in the 2003 JCC Maccabi Games, a week-long international Jewish youth summer games competition, to be held Aug. 8 through Aug. 15. This year, 70 local athletes will be able to participate in games to be held in Houston and St. Louis, said Matt Lebovits, a Maccabi coordinator. This year\'s sports include boys basketball and soccer (for those 14 and under), boys and girls soccer (for those 16 and under), girls volleyball (16 and under), baseball, tennis, dance and swimming.
In 1997, stimulated by the controversy over whether non-Orthodox converts would be registered as Jews by the Israeli government -- the latest battle in the \"who is a Jew?\" wars -- The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles began making funds available to what it calls \"pluralism\" projects. The projects are programs and activities aimed at stimulating religious pluralism and supporting \"alternative\" forms of Judaism in Israel, as well as increasing Jewish knowledge among Israel\'s secular population.
Thomas \"Toivi\" Blatt overpowered concentration camp guards during a mass escape by several hundred prisoners. Nechama Tec evaded Nazi detection by leading a double life, passing for three years as the daughter of Catholic Poles. Assuming a Christian identity saved Tec, but the experience left her with the bitter feeling that she had betrayed herself and her fellow Jews. Now a University of Connecticut sociology professor, Tec has written several books that explore the mix of motivations in rescuers and resisters of the Holocaust. Thomas Toivi Blatt, now 84, will recount his teenage experience witnessing and fleeing the Polish death camp Sobibor. Blatt, who has also written about his account, is hoping to establish an organization to maintain the site, which is not marked, said Dr. Marilyn Harran, director of Chapman University\'s Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education.
Nearly twice as many residents as last year intend to participate in the We Stand With Israel trip next month, Federation Executive Director Bunnie Mauldin said,adding that \"despite what\'s going on politically or war with Iraq on the horizon, our aim is the same.\" The trip is an opportunity for people to show their support.
Combative and fiesty, Larry Sternberg relishes the impact of his Libertarian views. When running in a congressional primary for Rep. Robert Badham\'s vacated District 47 seat, Sternberg advocated decriminalizing illegal drugs. Despite a lack of campaign resources, he stood out in a crowded field ultimately won by Christopher Cox. \"It was fun; it was a crazy fling,\" said the semi-retired Tustin accountant.
One of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl rings sold for $1.025 million in an online fundraiser to help address food insecurity...
An assailant wielding a box-cutter tried to stab Border Police officers in eastern Jerusalem. An Israeli officer shot the assailant who attempted to stab them...
Tightly constrained Jewish prayer services are likely to resume in early June in Bergen County, the New Jersey county where rabbis were first to...
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Jerusalem building where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial began Sunday. Demonstrators both criticizing and supporting Netanyahu also...