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  • Georgia Freedman-Harvey: The art of healing

    January 3, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    By the way, I forgot to mention,” Georgia Freedman-Harvey said at the end of a long interview, “I was a bone marrow donor for a stranger 10 years ago.”

    That Freedman-Harvey physically gave of herself wasn’t a surprising revelation.

    Nor was it surprising to find out that...

  • Connie and Harvey Lapin: Two-person army for their son

    January 3, 2013 | 10:49 am

    Just try asking Connie and Harvey Lapin to recap 44 years as parent activists in the world of autism. In hyperactive tag-team, the couple bursts forth with stories and ideas, only to interrupt themselves and one another with still more anecdotes, ideas and accomplishments.

    In the...

  • Federation re-evaluating Board of Rabbis

    January 2, 2013 | 1:47 pm

    When Rabbi Mark Diamond was honored for his 12 years of service to the Board of Rabbis of Southern California during a farewell lunch a few weeks ago, colleagues from synagogues from across the city and spanning denominations hugged and chatted, catching up on everything, both...

  • Schools amp up safety precautions following Sandy Hook tragedy

    December 18, 2012 | 4:39 pm

    When Sarah Shulkind, head of school at Sinai Akiba Academy in Westwood, was a child in Winnetka, Ill., a woman walked into the elementary school four blocks from Shulkind’s house and opened fire, killing one student and injuring five, as well as a college student. Shulkind was...

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  • Cedars-Sinai’s chaplaincy program puts spirituality on the medical charts

    December 12, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    Usually, the frantic words, “Someone get the rabbi!” uttered in a hospital room mean only one thing. So Debbie Marcus burst into tears when Rabbi Jason Weiner was summoned to her grandfather’s room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July 2008. 

    Weiner, then interim Jewish chaplain...

  • A Chaplain’s calling: ‘It drew me in’

    December 12, 2012 | 3:33 pm

    For Rabbi Jason Weiner, his one-year chaplaincy internship at Beth Israel Medical Center New York’s Lower East Side was a not-so-pleasant requirement while he was a rabbinic student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.

    “I didn’t feel like I had any impact. I didn’t feel like I could...

  • New Fishel Fellowship

    December 12, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    John Fishel says one of his favorite parts of his 17-year tenure as president and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was visiting communities around the world, where he could tap into his background as an anthropologist and social worker to determine how Jews in...

  • Rabbi Sheryl Lewart dies at 65

    December 12, 2012 | 9:47 am

    Rabbi Sheryl Lewart, who served as associate rabbi at Kehillat Israel (KI) in Pacific Palisades, died Nov. 30 at the age 65 after a second battle with breast cancer. 

    Lewart was diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and had a recurrence as she was about to retire from KI in 2009. 

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  • Rebooting Bubbie

    November 29, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    Who’s your bubbie

    When it comes to food, she might not be the short, Yiddish-speaking grandmother that comes to mind.

    “Every family has a recipe that it holds dear, and every recipe has a person behind it, and typically, yes, it is your Yiddish bubbie,” said David Sax, author...

  • Rabbi Sharon Brous vs. Rabbi Daniel Gordis: Betrayal or compassion?

    November 29, 2012 | 12:36 pm

    When Rabbi Sharon Brous first read an essay by Rabbi Daniel Gordis, a colleague and former teacher, accusing her of betraying Israel, she was shocked and angry, she said. Nevertheless, her initial instinct was to refrain from feeding the publicity machine.

    Gordis’ article, posted...

  • Richard Sandler: A philanthropic life

    November 20, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    In 2007, when philanthropist Stanley Gold was asked to become board chair of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, he knew he would need an effective partner to accomplish the reinvention of Federation he envisioned. 

    Gold met with Richard Sandler, executive vice...

  • Brous, Gordis exchange heated words on Israel

    November 20, 2012 | 11:12 am

  • A focus on special needs

    November 15, 2012 | 1:52 pm

    Eliza Wilson’s holy moment in Israel didn’t come at the Western Wall. Sure, the 21-year-old with autism was honored and moved to place a note in the Wall on behalf of the 40 people traveling with her on a mission to learn about Israel’s programs for adults with special needs.

    But...

  • Fighting for religious pluralism in Israel

    November 15, 2012 | 10:46 am

    [UPDATED on Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:50 a.m.]

    The arrest of Israeli feminist Anat Hoffman at the Western Wall last month sent ripples of alarm across the Jewish world, and leaders in Los Angeles will address their concerns about religious pluralism in Israel to Los Angeles’ Israeli...

  • Cheers turn to jeers at GOP event

    November 6, 2012 | 11:58 pm

    Amid life-sized cutouts of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Republicans gathered in a backroom at the Daily Grill in Santa Monica on Tuesday night to watch Fox News election returns on two large screens. 

    The mood was festive as the evening kicked off with drinks and appetizers and the...

  • JFS announces program, staffing cuts

    October 24, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) announced layoffs in some areas and expansion in other areas of its operation Oct. 16, saying it was looking to position JFS for success as it responds to shifts in how programs are funded.

    “JFS must evolve to help ensure the safety,...

  • Rabbi Mark Diamond: From Board of Rabbis to AJC

    October 17, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    After 12 years as the top professional at the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, Rabbi Mark Diamond took his post this week as director of the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Los Angeles chapter, the local arm of the more than century-old global Jewish advocacy group. 

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  • A Torah falls, a shul bonds

    September 27, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    There was a crack and a gasp and then a murmur that traveled in a wave back through the rows of seats at Temple Beth Am’s Library Minyan on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

    The Torah scroll that had just been placed back in the ark had toppled headfirst to the ground, landing on...

  • Rabbi reverses interfaith marriage policy

    September 27, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    It’s not often that a rabbi’s High Holy Days sermon is interrupted by a standing ovation. But that is what happened — twice — when Rabbi John Rosove, senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood, dedicated his sermon on the first day of Rosh Hashanah to explaining why he was changing...

  • Ariela’s legacy gives others direction, purpose

    September 19, 2012 | 11:02 am

    Aviva Dese believes that without the Ariela Foundation, she’d probably be back in Nazareth Ilit, the factory town in the Galilee where she grew up, maybe with a low-paying assembly-line job, or maybe still wondering, like so many of her friends, what to do with her life. 

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  • A family in grief chooses life

    September 19, 2012 | 10:36 am

    In July, Ivonne Goldberg was at the park with her 3-year-old son, Mikey, and with Nofar Mekonen, a sunny 14-year-old girl visiting from Israel. Nofar was chatting on and on about her trip to Los Angeles, her family, her school.  

    “Where did you get your English?” Ivonne asked...

  • Q&A With Rabbi Elliot Dorff

    September 12, 2012 | 2:21 pm

    In the age of 140-character tweets and 38-second video clips, the Conservative movement is putting its foot down with a nearly 1,000-page reference tome, “The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews.” The book, published by the Rabbinical Assembly...

  • Community Profile: Gerald Bubis

    September 12, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    Gerald B. Bubis is 88, and he knows there are things he’ll never do again.

    He’ll never travel to Israel again, for one, and after 46 trips, that’s a tough one to swallow. Then there’s the fact that this author and/or editor of 12 books and 200 articles on serving the Jewish...

  • LimmudLA honors founders

    September 12, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    LimmudLA honored its founders, Linda Fife and Shep Rosenman, in an evening of dinner, music and study on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens.

    LimmudLA is the local outlet of an international model of interdisciplinary, interdenominational, no-boundaries...

  • Shalhevet looks for financial security in property sale

    September 12, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    Shalhevet high school is close to finalizing a deal to sell more than half of its 2.4 acres to a property developer who plans to build an apartment complex on the lot at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard.

    The plan will put Shalhevet on firmer financial...

  • JFS awarded Obamacare contract to reduce hospital readmissions

    September 5, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles is heading up a collaborative effort, funded by President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions for Medicare patients. The newly formed Los Angeles-Mid-City Integrated Care Collaborative will involve three...

  • A place for special-needs children to grow

    September 5, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Tani Lazaroff had some news to share with his mother a few months ago.

    “Chanie, do you know what I have?” the 10-year-old asked his mother, addressing her, as he usually does, by her first name. “I have a neshama. Did you know that I have a neshama?”

    A neshama is the Hebrew...

  • Navigating the process of conservatorship

    August 22, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    For a parent who has been caring for a child with special needs, it can be jarring to realize that at age 18, the child is considered a legal adult, whether or not he can sign his own name or understand the value of a dollar.

    That means parents have no legal rights to communicate...

  • Pool trusts ensure care of adults with special needs

    August 22, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    “Keys! Keys!” David Weisbord says as he tugs at his father’s hand, pulling him toward the door.

    “OK, Child, we’ll go for a ride,” Seth Weisbord says with loving exasperation.

    A ride with dad around David’s Culver City neighborhood is one of David’s favorite...

  • Federation offers $2 million for educational programs

    August 15, 2012 | 2:20 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has some money to give away for programs targeting Jewish youth.

    Federation has put out a request for proposals for formal and informal Jewish educational programs based on four age groups it has identified as needing the most attention:...

  • Rabbi’s use of discretionary funds spurs new policies

    August 15, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    In response to the Haiti earthquake in January 2010 and the Carmel forest fires in Israel in December 2010, members of Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay, like so many others, wanted to donate money to help the victims. So, many of them directed donations through Rabbi Isaac...

  • Who knows who L.A.'s Jews are?

    July 25, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Susan Goldberg, rabbi of Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, grew up in nearby Echo Park.

    “There were no Jewish families around when I was growing up,” Goldberg, 38, said. Now that these neighborhoods are being gentrified, and a young, creative crowd is moving...

  • ZOA prevails in wrongful termination suit

    July 5, 2012 | 10:39 am

    A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge in Beverly Hills cleared the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) of all claims brought against it by a former employee alleging wrongful termination as well as pregnancy and sex discrimination.

    Judge Richard A. Stone found that Julie...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews React: Bikur Cholim Jewish Healthcare Foundation President

    June 28, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    Rabbi Hershy Ten, president of Bikur Cholim Jewish Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles, never thought the health care system needed much reform.

    “Thank God, the United States has always been a destination for people from all over the world to come here to receive the best...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews react: Los Angeles Jewish Home CEO & President

    June 28, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    Molly Forrest, CEO and president of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, had surgery to alleviate arthritis in her neck in December 2010.

    Stuck in bed for 35 days, she read the entire Affordable Care Act – all 2,080 pages of it. She has since read it again so she knows it well, and she...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews react: Jewish Family Service CEO

    June 28, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles CEO Paul Castro lauded the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision this morning to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, saying it will benefit JFS’s target population.

    “For our clients, who are on the poorer end, we’re...

  • AJR-CA graduates 10th class of transdenominational rabbis

    June 27, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    The Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJR-CA), graduated its 10th class of rabbinic and cantorial ordinees last month. The transdenominational seminary has graduated close to 90 rabbis, cantors and chaplains since 2003, and nearly all have found work in Conservative, Reform,...

  • ZOA defends itself against discrimination suit

    June 20, 2012 | 12:08 pm

    Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein took the stand last week in a Beverly Hills courtroom as the final witness in a sex discrimination and wrongful termination case filed against the ZOA.

    Julie Sager, who worked for the ZOA for seven years, including five years as...

  • ZOA sued for discrimination, national president Morton Klein takes the stand in Beverly Hills courtroom in defense

    June 14, 2012 | 8:11 pm

    Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein took the stand Thursday in a Beverly Hills courtroom as the final witness in a sex discrimination and wrongful termination case filed against the ZOA.

    Julie Sager, who worked for the ZOA for seven years, including five years as...

  • A song in his soul

    June 6, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    Quinn Lohmann closes his eyes and tilts his head slightly. His fingers find their place between the frets of his guitar, and his voice rings out, soft and crystal clear.

    “We all got a life to live. We all got a gift to give. ...”

    Lohmann stops mid-strum. “I need to tune,” he says,...

  • Giving himself a sporting chance

    June 6, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    “Yeah, those years of seventh to ninth grade were not the greatest years for Jacob Cohen,” Jacob Cohen says, trying to bring a little levity to a pretty grueling litany.

    In seventh grade, Cohen had a terrible cough and breathing problems that kept him in and out of the hospital,...

  • Fueling the jFed generation

    May 30, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Jennifer Rheuban wasn’t exactly plucked from Jewish obscurity.

    Rheuban is a self-described “JCC kid from a JCC family.” She grew up at the West Valley Jewish Community Center and went to Camp JCA Shalom in Malibu for years. But in college she dropped out of Jewish life, and...

  • Can millions of dollars power a new kind of community?

    May 30, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    In a not-so-quiet corner of Café Stella at Sunset Junction in Silver Lake, Jill Soloway and Ayana Morse look around and see a model for Jewish connection. The café, wedged into an outdoor shopping/dining complex at the bottom of a steep hill, feels at once makeshift and homey —...

  • Trader Joe’s comes up against some tough cookies

    May 17, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    Trader Joe’s got slammed last week by a combination of hysteria and hoarding by kosher bakers when word leaked out that its semisweet chocolate chips were going from pareve to dairy.

    “It’s just really sad,” said Shana Fishman, a Beverlywood mother of four who stocked up on...

  • ‘Prime Ministers’ author to speak in Beverly Hills

    May 15, 2012 | 8:24 pm

    Ambassador Yehuda Avner, who served as a diplomat, speechwriter and prime ministerial adviser in Israeli governments from the 1950s to the 1990s, will speaking this weekend at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills. Avner wrote “The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of...

  • Children’s art exhibit gives expression to illness

    May 15, 2012 | 8:15 pm

    Artwork created by children with serious illnesses will be auctioned off, along with works by professional artists and celebrities, at Chai Lifeline’s “Through the Eyes of our Children” on May 21.

    Chai Lifeline West Coast provides support to 325 seriously ill children and...

  • Leading feminist theologian to be ordained … at last

    May 9, 2012 | 11:39 am

    In the first few weeks of Rachel Adler’s rabbinic internship at Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC), Rabbi Lisa Edwards had a hard time introducing Adler. For decades, Edwards had quoted Adler; she had taken classes with Adler and had been deeply influenced by Adler’s acclaimed works on...

  • From Bar Mitzvah to Yahrzeit, Breed Street Shul comes full circle

    May 2, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    Milton “Muttie” Siegel celebrated his bar mitzvah in 1937 at the Breed Street Shul, the largest synagogue in Boyle Heights. Last month, Siegel’s family marked his yahrzeit, the anniversary of his death, at the same shul, which has recently been partially refurbished as a...