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  • For Jews fighting Ebola, specialty is psychosocial therapy

    2 weeks ago

    Even amid the unceasing horrors of Sierra Leone’s Ebola epidemic, it was a case that stood out.

    A 5-year-old boy had been found in his home in a remote village, the lone survivor in a house riddled with the corpses of family members. He needed to be extracted; the bodies needed...

  • We can stop violence against women and girls today

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    March 19, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    Last weekend, as I listened to the reading of the Purim Megillah, I was struck by its theme of reversals: The pompous king who decrees that men should have authority in their homes ends up taking orders from his wife; the villain Haman is hanged on the very gallows he erected for...

  • Jewish group condemns new Ugandan anti-gay law

    By Ryan Torok

    February 24, 2014 | 4:55 pm

    After Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed into law a bill assigning a life sentence to some forms of homosexual activity, the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), which has made LGBT rights its foremost issue, swiftly responded.

    “By signing this draconian bill...

  • Teshuva in Liberia: Moving from ruin to reconciliation

    July 5, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    Sometimes, when you visit a place that is full of so much pain, the stories — and days — begin to bleed into one another. 

    The stories of the people of Liberia, whose ferocious civil war ended only nine years ago, reveal horrifying trends through 14 years of fighting. Scant...

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  • Jewish groups urge White House to act on Sudan

    January 31, 2012 | 3:53 pm

    Jewish leaders delivered a letter to the White House urging action to allow food to reach hundreds of thousands of people facing starvation in Sudan’s border regions.

    Ruth Messinger, the president of the American Jewish World Service, and Rabbi Steve Gutow, the president of the...

  • Clergy lobby against foreign food aid cuts

    September 14, 2011 | 11:16 am

    Jewish clergy and educators lobbied Congress to maintain food aid to foreign countries.

    The American Jewish World Service brought about 20 clergy, rabbinical students and educators to Congress on Monday to lobby against proposed budget cuts to the emergency food aid.

    Participants in the delegation had joined AJWS Rabbinical Student Delegations to developing world nations.

    The AJWS release did not say which Congress members had been lobbied. Congress is seeking to cut programs as a means of trimming the deficit.

  • American Jewish World Service moves to J Space

    By Ryan Torok

    May 10, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to developing countries, recently signed a lease for office space in Los Angeles, and on May 6, a ceremony marked the organization’s move into the office.

    At the ceremony, Ruth Messinger,...

  • Genocide 2.0

    By Rob Eshman

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    People who take their Holocaust seriously have to take other people's holocausts seriously.

    You can run tacky, self-aggrandizing advertisements in the Los Angeles Times for your Holocaust memorial ceremonies -- ads that feature the faces of donors and dignitaries, as if we're...

  • Kenya crisis puts Jews on alert

    By Jacob Berkman

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    While the Jews of Kenya seem unscathed by the country's political crisis, Jewish nongovernmental agencies that work there and elsewhere in Africa are bracing for the long-term effects of the sudden outbreak of violence.

    Interethnic violence erupted Dec. 27 after the incumbent...

  • Good friends; Keeping the Covenant; Marvelous Mandy

    By Norma Zager

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Good friends

    The ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire was overflowing with well-wishers there to honor uber-philanthropist Marilyn Ziering and renowned professor Gidi Rechavi at the Friends of Sheba Medical Center dinner March 18. Attendees watched a video chronicling Mordechai Shani...
  • Noteworthy sessions and events at the G.A.

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    SUNDAY, NOV. 12
    10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Tour of the Skirball Cultural Center
    Note: Tour leaves from Westin Bonaventure and returns to the L.A. Convention Center.

    2:30 p.m.
    Opening Plenary: "One People, One Destiny, One Great Day in November"
    Greetings: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...

  • Women’s Lib Rises in Wake of Disaster

    By Peter Ephross

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    The two young, sari-clad women, one in blue and one in orange, stand in the thatched-roof meeting hall, take hold of the...

  • Pipes Bring More Than Water

    By Marit Pearlman Shapiro

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Our aging yellow school bus slowly drove up a steep mountain in a verdant forest in Honduras. I wondered why the bus driver was stopping at a seemingly random spot on the worst road I have ever seen. There were coffee and cornfields left and right. A herd of cows meandered down the...

  • Visiting Darfur Camps Brings Home Need

    By Rabbi David Saperstein

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    It was Sukkot without a lulav or etrog, but with a vibrancy and authenticity etched into our memories.

    We stood on Sukkot amid the Darfur refugee camps in eastern Chad along the Sudanese border: two prominent Reform rabbis, Rabbi David Stern of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas and Rabbi...

  • The Darfur Genocide Is Still on

    By James D. Besser

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jews aren't among those being killed, raped and displaced in the Darfur region of Sudan, but the situation there is nonetheless a Jewish disaster.

    The slogan, "never again," the redeeming lesson of the Holocaust, is turning into a farce in the African nation, as world leaders...

  • Seder Tables

    By Rob Eshman

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Two weeks ago, I walked in early for a dinner meeting at Sprazzo, a small Italian restaurant on Westwood Boulevard. The owner was busy pushing several small tables together, re-draping white tablecloths and rearranging place settings so that, by the time the other guests...

  • Holocaust Deja Vu

    By Karen Alexander

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There was a time when Dora Apsan Sorell could have really used the $3,043 she received from the German government last summer. The check was meant to compensate Sorell for her slave labor during the Holocaust.

    But the 83-year-old Auschwitz survivor and retired doctor who lives in...

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