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Nancy Sokoler Steiner

  • Israeli-designed device allows paraplegics to walk

    September 17, 2014 | 2:49 pm

    As a result of an automobile accident in 2007, Southern California resident Stephen Wilson was only able to enjoy the outdoors from a seated position in his wheelchair for years. But thanks to ReWalk, an Israeli-designed-and-built device that allows some people with spinal cord...

  • New Cedars-Sinai registry aims to link women with researchers

    September 3, 2014 | 3:14 pm

    Historically, women have been under-represented in clinical trials. As a result, research findings have not always taken into account factors — including genetics, hormones, body size and physiology — in which women and men differ.  

    This discrepancy spurred clinicians at...

  • Cedars-Sinai to host symposium on inherited cancer risk

    September 3, 2014 | 3:06 pm

    As a gynecologic oncologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the late 1980s, Dr. Beth Karlan and her colleagues noticed that cancer seems to cluster in certain families. In 1991, they established the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program to investigate the role heredity plays in...

  • A survival guide for parents of b’nai mitzvah kids

    April 17, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    So you’re planning a bar or bat mitzvah? Mazel tov! You may feel overwhelmed by decisions and details. I certainly did when it was time for my son, Steven, to take part in the ritual this past December. I asked experienced parents for advice and promised to “pay it forward” once I...

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  • Holiday packages for Jewish service members

    November 30, 2011 | 6:11 pm

    Bel-Air may be a long way from Afghanistan, but the distance seemed a little closer on a recent rainy Sunday. At the home of Joan Rimmon, a cadre of volunteers was assembling care packages for Jewish servicemen and -women deployed abroad. Although Thanksgiving was just days away,...

  • UCLA Med Sciences Leader Steps Down

    March 16, 2010 | 4:40 pm

    In the 1940s, young Gerald Levey looked with awe at his family physician. Over the years, Dr. Samuel Rosenstein made regular house calls to Levey’s Jersey City home, including trips to sew Levey’s severed finger and set his broken nose.

    “He had a presence and a sensitivity,”...

  • Technology Affects Minds at All Ages

    November 24, 2009 | 6:43 pm

    They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but scientific findings seem to indicate otherwise. Research shows that our brains literally rewire in response to new stimulation. And when it comes to computer use, Internet activity may stimulate and possibly improve brain...

  • A Journey Revisited

    April 16, 2009 | 3:24 am

    My father, Allen Sokoler, never spoke about the first nine years of his life, when he lived in Germany. My two brothers and I knew instinctively not to ask, not to mention the country’s name in his presence. We avoided bringing German-made goods into our home — not even German...

  • Pancreatic Cancer Studies Hopeful, But Funding Lags

    March 11, 2009 | 3:03 am

    It’s the fourth deadliest cancer, which will claim an estimated 34,000 lives this year. There are no surefire methods for prevention or early detection. And it resists treatments found to be effective in other cancers.

    Until someone noteworthy like U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth...

  • Cedars-Sinai studies liver transplants for HIV patients

    December 18, 2008 | 2:44 am

    Although he was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1991, Brent Carrillo had been well enough to pursue careers in custom stone and tile installation and interior design with relatively few health setbacks. A lifelong resident of Burbank, Carrillo moved to Portland in 2005 to enjoy a home...
  • Cancer gives musician a new song

    September 4, 2008 | 1:31 am

    This time, Charlie Lustman hadn't come to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for medical tests or to endure another round of chemotherapy. Despite having lost three-quarters of his jawbone, Lustman had come to celebrate, to inspire -- and to sing.

    Lustman was at the Samuel Oschin...

  • UCLA’s new hospital takes technology to new frontiers

    June 26, 2008 | 11:58 am

    More than eight years and $829 million in the making, the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is scheduled to open its doors to patients on June 29. The 10-story, 1-million-square-foot complex -- which houses the The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Stewart and Lynda Resnick...
  • Preschool education gets a new Italian accent

    June 5, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    Aah, Italy.

    The mere mention evokes images of lush Tuscan landscapes, museums filled with masterpieces and ... pedagogy?

    The land of Michelangelo and da Vinci is also known for a progressive approach to early childhood education named for the northern Italian town where it started...

  • California kids deserve better

    May 21, 2008 | 4:09 pm

    Just before Mother's Day, I joined mothers from around Los Angeles at a rally intended to send a message to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "What moms really want is a decent education for our children."

    The event was organized by a handful of moms from my son's Beverlywood public...

  • Not your grandmother’s Alzheimer’s

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Carol Kirsch relished her demanding position as a sales trainer for Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. But a couple of years ago, a good friend told Kirsch she just wasn't performing up to par. She was missing deadlines. And she'd forget meetings, so co-workers would have to come fetch...
  • Blood Brothers: How a gift of lifesaving bone marrow united two strangers

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Although they live more than 12,000 miles apart, Yosef Eliezrie and Moshe Price have a lot in common. Eliezrie, 21, is a Los Angeles yeshiva student preparing to become rabbi, like his father. Price, 24, studies in a Jerusalem yeshiva. His father is also a rabbi. The two are not...
  • Chai Lifeline helps families facing life-threatening diseases

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Last August, Lori Paulsen's 4-year-old son, Aaron, was diagnosed with Wilms' tumor, a rare form of kidney cancer. Soon afterward, a friend offered to call Chai Lifeline on her behalf.

    Paulsen quickly got a message from caseworker Samantha Raich, who was calling to see how Chai...

  • The Arrowsmith program gets results with ‘physical therapy for the brain’

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Third-grader Yaakov Sobel is a talented painter and sculptor. And he can deliver a spot-on imitation of his teacher discussing Midrash. But when it comes to reading, things don't come so easily.

    "He can sound out words, but doesn't have the visual memory to recognize groupings of...

  • Ashkenazi women and ovarian cancer

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Beth Y. Karlan is the director of the Cedars-Sinai Women's Cancer Research Institute at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. Her specialty is ovarian cancer, the deadliest of gynecologic cancers and one that is diagnosed in more than 22,000 women annually. As newly...
  • Solar panels, radio station keep Jewish camps current

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    It was a given that Benjy Rabin, 9, would spend part of his summers at Camp Ramah as soon as he was old enough. His father is a Ramah alum, and so are his older brother and sister.

    "That was the plan we made when we decided that Jewish day school was not an affordable or...

  • Local diabetes fighter goes global with Discovery Health Channel documentary

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Francine Kaufman has seen the incidence of diabetes skyrocket in the last 30 years. The pediatric endocrinologist is director of the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and she says the disease's local increase is part of a worldwide...
  • Special needs program puts spotlight on the siblings

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Barbara Azrialy spent much of her childhood in Cincinnati pretending to be an only child. In fact, she had two brothers, one five years older and the other three years younger. Both brothers were mentally retarded.

    "Nobody talked about it back then," said Azrialy, 62, now a special...

  • Street smarts safety program helps Orthodox kids combat abuse

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Thirteen first-graders sit on the rug in their classroom at Shalhevet School, several with their hands raised. A guest speaker has just asked, "What would happen if you got lost at Toys 'R' Us? Who would be someone you could ask for help?"

    "Someone who works there," one of the...

  • Day school teacher program seeks to improve quality of instruction

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After spending more than a decade working abroad for news outlets, including ABC News and the Jerusalem Post, Jacob Wirtschafter began to ask himself some midlife questions.

    "What am I doing to help build community?" he wondered.

    As the eldest of four siblings and a former camp...

  • Her bag of tricks helps patients conquer chemo

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Shortly after Janet Halbert completed treatment for breast cancer in 2005, a friend was diagnosed with the disease. The friend asked Halbert if she had any tips for easing the chemotherapy experience.

    "I told her I had some products and some ideas and things that might be helpful,"...

  • Academy of Jewish Religion offers alternate path to rabbinate for 16 new grads

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This year in Los Angeles, the Reform Movement's Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Region ordained 16 new rabbis. The Conservative Movement's Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies ordained 10. And the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJR, CA) ordained 11.

    Never heard of...
  • Healing trumps selling for new Kalsman Institute chief

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Michele Prince had an epiphany while sitting at a conference table nine years ago. At the time she was an account manager at a prestigious Westside advertising agency with a health insurance company as a client.

    "[We were] talking about restricting people's access to health care...
  • Cervical cancer vaccine stirs hope and debate

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The first human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine approved last year is inspiring passionate debate as state legislatures take up the issue of compulsory inoculation for preteen girls as a way to prevent cervical cancer. HPV infection is the major cause of cervical cancer in women. A...
  • Jewish Home’s makeover: yoga at 3, facials at 4

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    After strolling down the hall from your room for breakfast, you duck into the art studio to work on your latest ceramics project. Then you head down to the club room for a yoga class.
     
    You have lunch, then sit in a shaded outdoor courtyard, listening to the sound of a nearby...

  • Do Day School Health Programs Make the Grade?

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Twenty parents from the Emek Hebrew Academy in Valley Village have come on a chilly winter evening to hear Dr. Francine Kaufman, a national expert on diabetes and childhood obesity, talk about promoting children's health. Although the school has 455 families, Rabbi Sholom Strajcher,...
  • Special Delivery - When Baby Brings More Than Expected

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sarah Berger had a tough pregnancy. Berger, who asked that her real name not be used, had severe morning sickness for six months, and then was on bed rest for her last 10 weeks. But it wasn't until her baby came home that trouble really began.

    "On the third day, I remember this dark...

  • School Risked Fiscal Peril for Its Students

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Esther Nir knew she wanted her daughters to have a Jewish education. Although she and her Israeli-born husband, Ofer, were living in a decidedly secular kibbutz, Nir had attended yeshiva as a young girl in Brooklyn.

    "I wanted my children to learn Torah and decide for themselves what...

  • Substance Abuse a Senior Problem, Too

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

     



    When Amy Kaplan heard about Betty (not her real name), a Jewish Family Service client in her early 70s who said she couldn't afford all of her medications, Kaplan suspected there was more to the story. Kaplan, a social worker and addiction specialist, visited Betty's...

  • PASSOVER: You Say Charoses and I Say Charoset

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was so excited when a publishing house in New York accepted my children's book for publication. Geared to preschoolers, it's a short piece that recounts the steps of the Passover seder in simple, upbeat verse.

    What I didn't realize was that the work would need to be translated.

    ...
  • L.A. Boosts Newborn Screenings in Israel

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Before leaving the hospital, all newborn babies in California get pricked in the heel to collect a few drops of their blood. The blood is then screened for more than 30 genetic disorders that, although rare, can cause physical problems, mental retardation and sometimes death.

    In...

  • Center’s Studies Aid Care for Frail Elderly

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rose Sino sits in her wheelchair as lunch is placed before her. Her son offers her a forkful of cheese blintz, which Sino quickly chews before accepting another bite.

    While this scene might appear routine, its significance is not lost on her son, David Swartz, or her caregivers at...

  • Robot Dances Off With Award

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Don't have time to shlep to a museum? Too tired to remember if the free museum day is the first or second Tuesday of the month? Want to conquer a large, overwhelming exhibit in small, 15-minute intervals? Then bring the museum to your desktop and browse at your own pace.

    The Jewish...

  • Where the Boys Aren’t

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Chanukah party for Adat Ari El's junior United Synagogue Youth group had all the elements the seventh- and eighth-grade members had requested: latkes, a gift exchange and a fierce board game competition. Yet, said, Julee Snitzer, the synagogue's youth activities director, of the...

  • Transplant Recipient Will Parade Success

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Like many native Angelenos, Ilene Feder has never been to the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena. However, the Studio City resident not only will be attending the New Year's day festivities on Monday, Jan. 2, for the 118th Rose Parade, but will have a vantage point few get to...

  • Hearing Loss Helps Writer Find Voice

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Michael Chorost climbs the flight of stairs to a room filled with metal file cabinets. He's never been to this place before, but he's greeted like a long lost relative. A smiling woman hands him what he has come to see: file No. 27392.

    The 40-year-old science writer opens the file...

  • Community Briefs

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Rabin Tribute Marks 10th Anniversary of Assassination

    A lively, heartfelt tribute to former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin brought more than 400 people to the University of Judaism to mark the 10th year since an assassin took his life.

    "I miss the man himself; I miss the man...

  • Synagogues Weigh Defibrillator Benefits

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    After spending the week visiting his family in Phoenix, 73-year-old Benjamin Boxerbaum stood at the airport ticket counter awaiting his flight home, when he suddenly collapsed. The paramedics were called, but Boxerbaum died soon after their arrival.

    "Even though there's a fire...

  • Inclusive Education

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the summer of 2002, Liza Wohlberg had no idea that her life was about to irrevocably change. The 7-year-old, who loved to dance and play with her dog, was enjoying the summer vacation between first and second grade. On a family trip to Canada, Liza's mother, Terry, noticed that...

  • Shticking It to the Classics

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My 5-year-old thinks "My Yiddishe Mama," the soulful ballad immortalized by Sophie Tucker in 1928, is a rock anthem. The version he learned didn't come from a dusty old record, but from a CD released in 2004 by the group, Yiddishe Cup, called "Meshugeneh Mambo."

    This is not your...

  • A Father’s Drive to Save His Daughter

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    George Smith hates to lose. A Harvard Business School graduate, Smith founded one of Southern California's largest, most prominent real estate investment banking firms and will receive an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University next week. Still, he smarts a little from a...

  • New Year Rings in New Role for Rabbi

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Toba August likes to accentuate the positive, and the new year is no exception.

    "Too often for the High Holidays, we're told about our shortcomings," August said. "I want to concentrate on what we're doing right.... We don't recognize the things we do that matter. I want us to...

  • Preschool Teaching Methods Stir Debate

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Once upon a time, children didn't step into a classroom until kindergarten. There, 5-year-olds got their first real introduction to ABCs and 123s, colors and shapes and how to share and take turns.

    Today, kindergartners are widely expected to know their letters and numbers before the...

  • Health - Pursuing America’s No. 1 Killer

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    For more times than he can recall, Ken Bouchard has journeyed from Los Angeles to his hometown of Framingham, Mass. There, Bouchard willingly provides blood samples, dons heart monitors and details his eating habits.

    While he could easily get a routine physical closer to home, this...

  • Who Will Care for the Caregivers?

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    About five years ago, Nina Dayan noticed that her husband's moods began alternating between anger and depression. Then her husband started doing strange things: He would hide her keys, steal money from her purse and share his social security number with strangers on the phone.

    ...
  • Nachas From Noggins

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills has once again given Los Angeles something to kvell about. The school claimed top honors at this year's national Academic Decathlon, the annual contest of intellectual prowess.

    Three of the nine team members generated special pride for the...

  • Surgery Offers Hope to Dystonia Victims

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Twelve-year-old Josh Gaskin walks to the front door and shakes a visitor's hand. While this gesture would seem routine for most adolescents, two years ago it would have been impossible for Josh.

    By the time he had reached the fourth grade, Josh's dystonia caused his right hand to...

  • Rare Ailment Occurs More in Ashkenazis

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    After David Rudolph sprained his ankle during a basketball game, his father noticed that the second-grader couldn't seem to keep his left heel flat on the ground. The problem persisted, sidelining David from his position as catcher on his Little League team, and preventing him from...

  • Local Writers Recall Times of Tyranny

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    In a tale rooted in personal experience, Dr. John Menkes explores the themes of loss and recovery in his novel “After the Tempest” (Daniel & Daniel, 2003). A Holocaust survivor, Menkes returned to his hometown of Vienna after the war and found that not only was his family and his...

  • Tragedy and Triumph Comes Alive for Teens

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    As 14-year-old Lisa Jura said goodbye to her mother at a Vienna train station in 1938, Jura’s mother spoke words that would inspire her for a lifetime: “Hold on to your music. It will be your best friend.”
    Jura didn’t imagine that these words — and how her life came to embody...

  • Q and A With Dr. Francine R. Kaufman

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Obesity has reached record rates among children and adults, bringing with it increased risk for developing diabetes and related health problems. In addition to the more than 18 million Americans currently living with diabetes, another 41 million are considered prediabetic, and are...

  • We Were Slaves in Westwood

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Southern Californians can travel from Pharaoh's palace to Midwestern wheat fields to a rain forest -- all without leaving Westwood. The journey is furnished courtesy of West Coast Chabad Headquarters, which annually creates its Model Matzah Bakery for two weeks prior to...

  • Briefs

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Passover, Festival of Books Converge

    This year, the People of the Book will miss out on the largest book festival in town, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Passover starts at sundown on Saturday, April 23. The festival, which takes place annually on the last weekend of...

  • L.A. Hebrew High Marks 20-Year Peak

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On the first rainless Sunday morning in weeks, hundreds of Los Angeles teens have forfeited the chance to soak up the sun and opted to learn instead. In one classroom, a group analyzes the Jewish subplot in an episode of "Jack & Bobby," while down the hall others struggle over the...

  • Taking Women’s Health to Heart

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Nancy Kearson knew she had high blood pressure, but she wasn't aware of any other health problems until a friend urged her to see a physician four years ago. That exam may have saved her life.

    Kearson, who at the time was 53 years old and working for a demanding CPA firm,...

  • Jewish Getaways

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Looking for a getaway with a Jewish twist? With Passover approaching and summer down the road, there are many opportunities for such travel. Here are a few options:

    Seders Far and Near

    When it comes to celebrating Passover, you can truly be a wandering Jew, thanks to an abundance...

  • Charmed Blessings

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    First, there was the red string kabbalah bracelet popularized by Madonna; then, the yellow "LIVESTRONG" wristband supporting the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Now, there are blessing rings, which may just become the next national craze in message-imbued jewelry. (If they do, you...

  • Schools Work Hard to Make the Grade

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School West team labored close to two years on their assignment. They administered surveys, compiled data and poured through reams of material. This homework, however, was completed not by students, but by staff and faculty. And the project was not so...

  • A Moveable (Kosher) Feast

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    You've just spent the morning shooting a television commercial on location, and you're famished. The rest of the cast and crew are chowing down on hamburgers, but you adhere to the Jewish dietary laws. Will you have to go hungry?

    Not to worry. Now Mohammed brings the mountain to...

  • Exploring Judaism’s Healing Potential

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Rabbi Donald Goor, senior rabbi of Temple Judea in the West Valley, has identified a deficiency within the Jewish community: There's not enough emphasis on care of the soul.

    "In my rabbinate, I see so many people who walk around wounded. They function very well in life, but they...

  • Where Will a Teen’s Schooling Continue?

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    When Amy Cohen graduated from Adat Ari El's day school in 2003, her family faced a decision: Where would she continue her education?

    While eighth-graders at Orthodox day schools generally continue on to Jewish high schools, graduates of Conservative, Reform or community day schools...

  • How to Choose an Elementary School

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "No one likes to do it," said parent Andrea Daniels, who compares it to dating. "It's like buying a house," said Bea Prentice, director of the Early Childhood Center at Adat Shalom synagogue in West Los Angeles. "There are so many options to think about."

    One could also...

  • SAT, Grades Not Enough Anymore

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Click here to learn how to get into college

    Perry Factor looks like an ideal college applicant. The Harvard-Westlake senior scored 1530 on his SAT and maintains a 4.036 (weighted) GPA. He's volunteered for years at his former elementary school, is a production editor on the high...

  • Community Braces for Flu Shot Scarcity

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

     

    Michael Gabai is on a quest.

    The owner and administrator of Ayres Residential Care Home has spent the last two weeks calling physicians, senior centers, grocery stores and pharmacies in search of flu shots for about half of the 18 residents in his facilities who have been unable...

  • Russian Community Fundraises for Israel

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When obstetrician-gynecologist Ludmila Bess and her husband, a civil engineer, immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1977, they came with only $600 in their pockets. Like many others who arrived from the former Soviet Union with few or no financial resources "our goal was to...
  • Make Resolutions That Will Stick

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "We have spoken slander; we have acted presumptuously; we have practiced deceit."

    Each year we beat our chest and resolve to change. And each year, we make promises to ourselves: I'm going to lose weight. I'm going to stop gossiping. I'm going to learn to play the piano.

    Yet long...

  • Sins the Rabbis Left Out

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The writers of the machzor were pretty comprehensive in listing the multitude of sins we commit as a community over the course of the year. Some of them -- such as foul speech, unscrupulous business affairs, sexual immorality and fraud -- are remarkably relevant today. But the...

  • Seniors Flock to OASIS of Learning

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Make the shape of a U with your hips," coaches belly-dancing teacher Elexa Williams. Her students willingly comply, rolling their shoulders, gyrating their torsos and undulating their hips as they follow the teacher's example. Around their waists, the participants wear scarves...

  • Jewish Law Favors Stem Cell Research

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Even as Ron Reagan makes a case for stem cell research at the Democratic National Convention, Californians may take matters into their own hands. In November, the state ballot will include a 10-year bond issue, which would generate $3 billion for stem cell research. If it passes, the...

  • Jewish Law Favors Stem Cell Research

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Even as Ron Reagan makes a case for stem cell research at the Democratic National Convention, Californians may take matters into their own hands. In November, the state ballot will include a 10-year bond issue, which would generate $3 billion for stem cell research. If it passes, the...

  • Valley Is No Longer a Remote Outpost

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I've lived in two of the country's most ridiculed locales. I was born in New Jersey, the punch line of stand-up comics everywhere. Adding insult to injury, my family moved to the San Fernando Valley in the early '70s. At that time, the Valley was perceived as the end of the earth --...

  • Wedding Woes and Chuppah Horrors

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Warning: Article may contain graphic descriptions of wedding snafus. Content may be unsuitable for anxious brides, grooms or mothers-in-law. (But don't worry, there's a happy ending.)

    It was a hot and sunny June afternoon, just hours before Julie Davine's meticulously planned 1991...

  • Celebrating Survivorship

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Cancervive is among the sponsors of Celebrate Life, a festival for Children's Hospital of Los Angeles patients past and present, on the occasion of National Cancer Survivor's Day. Taking place on Saturday, June 12 ,10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the L.A. Live Steamers recreational area in...

  • Cancervive Offers Community of Hope

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    After successfully undergoing cancer treatment almost 30 years ago, Susan Nessim thought that she could put the experience behind her. With her disease conquered, Nessim found a new set of challenges ahead.

    The Beverly Hills native had been a college freshman when she was diagnosed...

  • Q & A With Dr. Michael A. Friedman

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last May, Dr. Michael A. Friedman took the helm of City of Hope as its CEO. A federally designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the 112-acre biomedical research and treatment center in Duarte got its start in 1914 when members of the Jewish Consumptive Relief Association set up two...

  • Can Universal Care Cure State’s Ills?

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Retired cardiologist Dr. Robert Peck remembers the 40-year-old uninsured patient who was admitted to the emergency room of a local hospital with severe chest pains. The patient was stabilized, but required further treatment. Since he had no insurance, he was to be transferred to one...

  • Long-Hair Music Gets Kid’sBuzz Cut in ‘Beethoven’s Wig’

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Move over Baby Mozart and Baby Bach. If you really want your children to learn the classics -- and know the composer's name to boot -- check out "Beethoven's Wig, Sing Along Symphonies." The Grammy-nominated release by Richard Perlmutter adds witty lyrics to some of classical music's...

  • Manual Offers Advice on Survivor Care

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At many nursing homes and other senior residences, a visit from some friendly canines during "pet therapy" is a welcome source of comfort and cheer. But while the furry companions bring smiles and laughter to the majority of residents, they can be a source of terror to aging...

  • Centenarian Recalls Steps of Survival

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When she was in her 30s, Hansi Goetter developed a mysterious illness. Although her doctors couldn't determine the cause, they told her she had only a few months to live.

    That was 70 years ago. Last month, Goetter celebrated her 104th birthday in the company of her daughter, Erica...

  • Navigating Aid

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    By the time she reached the third grade, Aliza Sokolow's teachers could plainly see that she was a bright, articulate child. But something was interfering with her learning. It took seven more years -- until her sophomore year in high school -- before Sokolow was finally diagnosed...

  • Menopause Goes Mainstream

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    After years of being talked about in hushed tones as "the change of life" -- or not being talked about at all -- menopause is now in the spotlight. Two recent plays, "Is it Hot in Here ... Or Is it Me?" and "Menopause the Musical" literally put menopause center stage. A support group...

  • Total Recall

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Twice in the past couple of days, I've been in conversation and found myself grasping for a word. On both occasions, my 4-year-old supplied the word before I could come up with it. And, of course, there are the times that I walk into a room only to realize that I have no idea what I...

  • Coping With Cancer Proves Family Affair

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In the first moments after Lori Marx-Rubiner was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, several fears ran through her head. The Jewish community social worker, who was 35 at the time, wondered about her mortality and worried about the prospect of pain and nausea induced by...

  • Sandwiched Between Generations

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Like many working mothers, Rose Ziff was already spread pretty thin when she took on care-giving responsibility for her 85-year-old mother. The Culver City resident works full time as an administrator at UCLA. She and her husband, Ron, are raising two daughters, ages 12 and 10, and...

  • Who Will Care for Our Aging Adults?

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Life isn't so easy for Genia Cohen. The 68-year-old widow lives in a low-income apartment in Hollywood. She finds it difficult to get together with her sister, her only living relative in the area, who's also suffering from the aches and pains of age.

    But Cohen is one of the lucky...

  • Myriad Options for Senior Living

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    At the ages of 83 and 84, Rose and Sam Leff began to feel isolated in their two-bedroom Woodland Hills apartment. "We had given up driving, so there really wasn't too much for us to do," Rose said.

    The Leffs decided to move to a residential care facility at the Jewish Home for the...

  • The Little Flower That Could

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Hippies, bellbottoms and Volkswagen Beetles aren't the only '60s icons to resurface. The Vietnam-era image of a sunflower accompanied by the words, "War is not healthy for children and other living things," is also experiencing a revival. The graphic was created in 1965 by Los...

  • Preteen Advocate Educates Nation About Diabetes

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    At first glance, Emma Klatman's summer vacation sounds like that of a typical 11 year old. She attended summer camp and traveled to Washington, D.C. Instead of merely a participant at camp, however, Klatman was a featured speaker. And in our nation's capitol, she came not to sightsee...

  • Charity Makes Tamkin an ICON

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. S. Jerome Tamkin doesn't keep a little black book, but he does keep a large white binder. And if you're an educational, Jewish or health organization, you want to be listed there, because the binder tracks 32 organizations which Tamkin and his wife, Judith, have chosen to support...

  • Health Care Requires Resuscitation

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Eric Moore is frustrated. Within weeks after losing his computer consulting job, the 30-year-old UCLA graduate collapsed from a pulmonary embolism. He has since recovered, but faces a $14,000 hospital bill.

    Dr. Alexandra Levine is frustrated. The head of the USC-Norris Cancer Center...

  • Doctor Helps Kids Deal With Diabetes

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Ask just about any of Dr. Francine Kaufman's pediatric patients about her and the superlatives will start to fly.

    "Fran is one of the busiest people I know ... yet she's still able to find time for me and make me feel like the only child in the hospital," said 15-year-old Katie...

  • Heart and Soul

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's 7:30 on a Friday morning, and 15 participants in the Westside Family YMCA gym are busy moving their bodies to the rhythm of Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing." Ranging in age from 58 to 86, the majority are enrolled in the YMCArdiac Therapy...

  • Jewish Prescription For Health Care Ills

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Is our national health care system beyond cure? Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Dr. Alexandra M. Levine, medical director of the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, believe that the Jewish community can take a...

  • Now Hear This!

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The radio station plays hits by Jennifer Lopez and Madonna, and invites listeners to comment on issues such as what they'd do if they discovered a friend was taking drugs.

    It's the type of fare broadcast to young adults from Malibu to Miami. Except the disc jockey is speaking...

  • Man as Creator

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A woman who had taken fertility treatments became pregnant only to learn that she was carrying four embryos. Her doctors suggested multifetal pregnancy reduction, a process to eliminate some of the embryos so that the remaining ones would have a better chance of normal development....

  • Muscular Disorder Won’t Stop Siblings

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As young adults, brothers Babak and Daniel Darvish, born less than two years apart, were avid athletes, music lovers and medical students who planned to become surgeons. But about five years ago, they discovered that they shared something besides their hobbies and professional...

  • Trauma System in Critical

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Angelenos in need of emergency care are facing the threat of longer journeys to fewer facilities. Faced with a projected deficit in excess of $700 million in 2005, the L.A. County Department of Health Services has proposed to shut down two of its hospitals, increasing the burden on...

  • New Century Poses Challenge

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One hundred years ago, when Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's predecessor, Kaspare Cohn Hospital, opened its doors with 12 beds as Los Angeles' first Jewish hospital, such medical staples as penicillin and insulin remained to be discovered. Life expectancy was 51 years, and the average...

  • Self-Defense Vitalfor Women

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Each year in January, female friends, co-workers and family members of Nicola Shocket can count on receiving a phone call or e-mail. The message isn't a New Year's greeting or birthday invitation. The 39-year-old executive-search consultant wants them to join her at a four-hour...

  • When Breast Cancer is Hereditary

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In some families, breast and ovarian cancers take an inordinately fierce toll, striking one generation after another, menacing mothers, daughters, sisters and cousins. And for the women in these families, wondering if and when cancer might strike becomes a daily burden.

    Facing Our...

  • New Hope for HIBM Cure

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Soroya Nazarian learned about hereditary inclusion body myopathy (HIBM), an uncommon muscular disorder that affects the Persian Jewish community, while in Israel on a Hadassah mission about five years ago. There, she met professor Zohar Argov, from the department of neurology at the...

  • Inclusion’s Importance

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Georgia Freedman-Harvey's son was born with a rare genetic disorder, she and her husband discovered "the invisibility factor" for Jewish children with special needs.

    "When the sign says 'Everyone Welcome,' it doesn't really mean everyone," said the Orange County mother of...

  • Uniting to Find a Cure

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Bob Dole. General Norman Schwarzkopf. Harry Belafonte. Robert Goulet. The willingness of such well-known figures to make public their battle with prostate cancer has brought visibility to an issue that until the last few years, lacked the attention, funding and research interest...

  • Uniting to Fight Prostate Cancer

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Bob Dole. General Norman Schwarzkopf. Harry Belafonte. Robert Goulet. The willingness of such well-known figures to make public their battle with prostate cancer has brought visibility to an issue that until the last few years, lacked the attention, funding and research interest...

  • Prostate Cancer: A View From The Trenches

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "You Can't Make Love If You're Dead: Curing Prostate Cancer and Keeping My Sexuality" by Leon Prochnik (Ari Press, $19.95)

    Looking back on his experience with prostate cancer, author and screenwriter Leon Prochnik realized that what he'd needed when first diagnosed was a "trench...

  • Healthy Dose of Judaism

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ten years ago, while in the hospital recovering from a stroke, real estate developer Irving Kalsman received visits from several rabbis who came to offer reassurance and support. Sanford Ragins, Kalsman's longtime congregational rabbi at Leo Baeck Temple, came to call, as did family...

  • Tuning In

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As founder and chair of Westwood One, the biggest

    radio network in the country, Norman J. Pattiz has an impact on what's carried over the airwaves in the United States and beyond. Now that he is a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, he has an even greater voice in...

  • Healthy Future

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Smiling at the memory of being asked to serve as chairman of the board of City of Hope, Jack Suzar confides, "They caught me in one of the weakest points of my life."

    He had just spent two weeks in bed with a case of pneumonia. Whether despite or because of his weakened condition,...

  • Community Braces for Flu Shot Scarcity

    November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm

     

    Michael Gabai is on a quest.

    The owner and administrator of Ayres Residential Care Home has spent the last two weeks calling physicians, senior centers, grocery stores and pharmacies in search of flu shots for about half of the 18 residents in his facilities who have been unable...

  • Spotlighting a Neglected Disease

    November 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Pam Acosta's mother, Rose, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June of 1996, Acosta was at a loss. The only thing she knew about the disease was that it claimed actor Michael Landon's life. "The doctors offered no answers, no hope. Only a three- to six-month sentence," says...
  • Conquering A Disease

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles residents Pam and George Smith never expected to create a foundation that would raise more than $4 million for research. But then, they never expected their daughter to be born with a genetic disease so rare that it effects only between 500 to 1,000 Americans.

    In the early...

  • Toppling the Chanukah Bush

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Eli Herscher is leading a discussion about the December holidays with about two dozen participants of Stephen S. Wise Temple's Holiday Workshop Series. The class attracts a good number of intermarried couples and those considering conversion, but they are not the only ones who...
  • Senior Years Bring Special Legal Concerns

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When Julian Diamond was a boy, seltzer water was the traditional dinner drink at his family's table. The bubbly stuff came in old-fashioned glass bottles (called siphons), complete with chrome-plated pewter nozzle tops, inner glass tubes and decorative labels with distributors' names...
  • Wall Street’s Wild Ride

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The Los Angeles Times' front-page article that reported the Aug. 31 stock market plunge referred to the drop as "a financial bloodbath," then, a few sentences later, cautioned that the "tumble wasn't a crash." The following week's edition heralded the biggest one-day point gain ever,...
  • Fitting Together

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    At the conclusion of the weekend, participantstook their puzzle piece name tags and together assembled a poster.Photos by Nancy Steiner

     

    For Jewish young adults in Los Angeles, connectingwith Judaism can be a puzzling experience. So it seemed appropriatethat the 145 participants of...

  • A Belated Wedding Present

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The ad caught our eye: an all-expense paid Shabbatweekend at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute for couples married withinthe past 18 months. I had been to Brandeis before, so I knew that, ifnothing else, my husband, Neal, and I would experience a tranquilShabbat in a beautiful setting.

    ...

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