September 5, 2002

ADL Takes UCI Newspaper Chief to Israel

Abel Pena, editor-in-chief of UC Irvine\’s campus newspaper, New University, was among a group of U.S. college newspaper editors on a Anti-Defamation League (ADL)-sponsored trip to improve understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

What a Year it Was

Two years ago, American Jewry buzzed with talk of Jewish continuity and renaissance, and fretted over intermarriage and assimilation.

The Ties Grow Stronger

Launched in the shadow of Sept. 11, the Jewish year 5762 was marked for Israel by two developments directly related to those terrorist attacks: a tightening of ties between Israel and the United States and a growing American disaffection with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.

Sept. 11 Forced Shift to Israel

It was only a day after the Twin Towers had fallen, and already it seemed that United States policy toward Israel was changing.

Better Red

It took the Dead Sea to breathe some life into Arab-Israeli cooperation. On Sunday, at the U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development, which ended Wednesday, four Israeli and Jordanian government ministers presented a collaborative venture to save the Dead Sea, which has been shrinking at an alarming rate.

Eulogies:Mark Schulman

Mark Schulman, philanthropist and entrepreneur, died July 20 at the age of 97.

Your Letters

We are writing in support of the opinion expressed by Steve Berman opposing the policy of United Jewish Communities (UJC) supporting settlers living beyond what will be the revised Green Line (\”Withholding Our Funds From Territories,\” Aug. 30).

Chabad rocks!

Chabad of California\’s 22nd annual \”L\’Chaim to Life Telethon,\” hosted by Dennis Prager, was humming along nicely with a long roster of talent that included classic actors James Caan and Elliott Gould, comic actor Dom DeLuise and Israeli singer David \”Dudu\” Fisher. Then 10:30 p.m. rolls around and the KCET soundstage — where the telethon is broadcast — went amok. Enter the Sand Man.

Pardon His French

There\’s still no love lost between iconoclastic French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard and Hollywood, as his new film, \”In Praise of Love,\” suggests. The picture began stirring controversy at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival when the flick — and its director — dissed Tinseltown, Steven Spielberg and \”Schindler\’s List.\”

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