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  • The Power of Compassion: Bringing Healing to our Prison System

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    January 16, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    Last September I had posted an article I had written about the Compassion Games:  Survival of the Kindest, and the incredible impact it has made at the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Corona.  An edited version of the article was recently published in the National... read on

  • Rasheda Ali Inspires Parkinson’s Awareness

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    January 8, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    In 2003, my mom got the chance to work with Rasheda Ali-Walsh, one of the daughters of the legendary boxer, philanthropist and social activist Muhammad Ali.  My mom was a lead producer for a major fundraising event for the Florida Coalition to Cure Parkinson’s Disease, and Rasheda... read on

  • The Jewish Refugees of Shanghai

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    December 30, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    A few weeks ago I had the chance to visit an exhibit from the Shanghai Jewish Refugee Museum that was curated at the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA, and met with a man named George Kalmar to interview about the project.  George is a filmmaker originally from... read on

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  • Knowing Our Strengths from the Core of Our Being

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    December 23, 2013 | 8:13 am

    About two months ago someone that I had gone to high school with had reached out to me after having read a few of my blogs, and the next thing you know we were practically writing novels back and forth and the interest in one another went to a romantic level.  We had a ton in... read on

  • Reawakening Through the Power of Music

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    October 19, 2013 | 6:02 pm

    About a year ago, I stumbled upon a clip from a documentary film called “Alive Inside,” which is a story about how Dan Cohen, a social worker, brings iPods to a nursing home for the patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia, to see the impact that music has on those with... read on

  • What the Boston Bombings Taught Jillian

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    October 13, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    After a three month voyage out at sea, usually traveling the globe and picking up and delivering food supplies to countries in need (just like in the film Captain Philliips), my baby brother, Ben Mandelbaum, finally headed home for Boston, MA.  The day of his arrival was April 15,... read on

  • Creating Compassionate Cities Behind Prison Walls

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    September 29, 2013 | 3:43 pm

    From September 11-21, with the support of the administration at the California Institution for Women in Corona (CIW), the Compassion Games were able to take place behind the walls of their prison.  I was very fortunate to get the chance to interview the person who spearheaded... read on

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Lia Mandelbaum is getting her degree in social work at California State University-Los Angeles, and has an internship at Barbour & Floyd Mental Health Services.

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