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  • Jerry B. Epstein: Developer, philanthropist, irrepressible adviser

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 10, 2010 | 7:15 am

    Jerry B. Epstein is probably best-known as the developer of two apartment complexes in Marina del Rey. He and his wife also have long been very generous supporters of Saint John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica. But as much money as Epstein has donated to his favored causes, which...

  • Small change

    Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    November 10, 2010 | 7:06 am

    It was nearly 5 o’clock when Susan realized she didn’t have the fresh basil and black olives she needed for the chicken dish she was preparing for dinner. Guests were arriving at 7 and she still needed to shower and change. Scribbling the few items down on a scrap of paper, she...

  • A creative twist on Chanukah giving

    Dasee Berkowitz, JTA

    November 10, 2010 | 7:00 am

    When I walked into our local Kmart the night after Labor Day, Christmas music already beckoned shoppers to do what they do best during the great white winter holiday: consume. Traditional Christians probably decry the way in which the focus of their holy day has shifted away from...

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  • Alpert Award Gives Lift to Dancer

    By Debra Levine

    December 3, 2009 | 2:30 pm

    For a good couple of minutes I was in shock,” said burgeoning ballerina Hana Goldstone, a light giggle punctuating her otherwise grown-up voice.

    The 16-year-old is remembering the moment she learned that The Herb Alpert Foundation had granted her a $40,000 Emerging Artist...

  • Peace in the Middle East?

    by Ma'ayan Cohen

    December 3, 2009 | 2:26 pm

    Psychotherapist Shepha Schneirsohn Vainstein lives on a ranch in Agoura Hills that also serves as headquarters to the peace-seeking Salaam Shalom Educational Foundation, which she co-founded.

    Believing that “the greatest strength and greatest asset in the Middle East are the...

  • Future of ORT Schools in Former Soviet Union on Shaky Ground

    By Laura Stampler

    November 16, 2009 | 2:59 am

    The Jewish life that once was so vibrant in Eastern Europe was long ago ravaged, if not destroyed — first by the Holocaust and then by communist regimes. The latter strictly forbade all religious practice, and even being culturally Jewish was considered socially detrimental and...

  • One Man’s Illness Works to Myeloma’s Benefit

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 16, 2009 | 2:34 am

    “Tonight we’ve heard from a small Jew, a medium-sized Jew, and now we’re about to hear from the world’s biggest Jew,” comedian Ray Romano cracked to an auditorium full of Hollywood bigwigs.

    Brad Garrett, who is a striking 6 feet 8 1/2 inches tall, sauntered onto the...

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