July 14, 2009

Hot Shots

The parents of post-bar or bat mitzvah children often display their photo album featuring moments from the big day — their child holding the Torah, posing with family, hanging on for dear life during the chair dance and mugging for the camera with friends. But these albums reflect how the parents see their child, rather than how the children see themselves.

American Support for Israel Must Remain Bipartisan

Melanie Phillips has written a critique of me because I remain a Democrat and continue to support President Barack Obama, despite his recent statements regarding expansion of Israeli settlements and other matters relating to the Middle East conflict. Other conservative supporters of Israel, like Jonathan Tobin in Commentary, have joined her in attacking me as well.

Surviving the Downturn

The small cafeteria at the Valley Storefront in North Hollywood is jammed with more than 50 people who have signed up for José (Joey) Alarcon’s clinic on the basics of bankruptcy law.

The Federation’s Search for a New Leader

Wanted: Visionary leader and strong community-builder with a knack for reinventing century-old organizations. Tasks include directing a $50 million annual fundraising campaign, leading 20 social service agencies through a major change in how they are supported by the organization and strengthening relationships with well-heeled donors across a vast territory.

Britain Imposes Partial Arms Embargo on Israel

The British Foreign Office informed Israel that it will not supply replacement parts and other equipment for the Sa’ar 4.5 gunship because the fleet participated in Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip, Haaretz reported Monday.

Not-Quite Farewell

Way back in 1965, an actor named Chaim Topol, unknown in America, arrived in Los Angeles, staying at the cheapest possible hotel with fellow Israeli Ephraim Kishon, a popular satirical writer.

The Value of a Bad Breakup

On July 22, 2001, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST, a “cataclysmic, earth-shattering” event took place over melting ice cream at the Serendipity restaurant in Manhattan: “I got dumped,” screenwriter Scott Neustadter said in an interview.

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