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  • Paulinda Schimmel Babbini: Raising ovarian cancer awareness

    January 3, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Often, when someone is coping with an extraordinary loss, the feelings can be all-encompassing. When Paulinda Schimmel Babbini’s daughter, Robin, died of ovarian cancer at the age of 20, instead of letting the tragic death immobilize her, Babbini made it her mission that no one...

  • Synagogue movements team to raise awareness on Iran

    September 8, 2009 | 5:30 pm

    Synagogue movements from across the denominational spectrum are jointly calling on American Jews to “make Iran a matter of the highest priority.”

    Organizations representing the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements made their pronouncement in a joint...

  • Slavery lesson stirs Milken students to act

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    How do Jews remember slavery?

    "Yetziat mitzraym was something too long ago," Rabbi Leah Kroll, rabbinic director of the middle school at Milken, says of the Exodus. "Kids have a hard time understanding that," she said about slavery.

    That's why Kroll, who is also a rabbi at Stephen...

  • Darfur becomes part of Israeli vocabulary

    By Jenny Hazan

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When 18-year-olds Seraphya Berrin from New York, and Arielle Perlow from Melbourne, Australia, arrived in Israel last fall after spending a week in Poland as part of their B'nei Akiva year abroad program, they were inspired to take action on the world's current genocide, taking place...
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  • Reality radio goes kosher

    By  Orit Arfa

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Reality in Israel can be tough, especially for very religious families. In many ultra-Orthodox (Charedi) communities, Torah study for men is more highly valued than work. As for the women, if they are not working to support their husband's learning or to add to their husband's...
  • Teaching our kids how to give

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As a child, I hated having my birthday fall in the middle of December because it meant that no matter when Chanukah began, my birthday gifts were somehow expected to count for Chanukah, too. It just didn't seem fair that I had to give up some of my gifts because of a glitch in the...
  • Awareness Center and other blogs draw praise and scorn

    By Eugene L. Meyer

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    There is no unabridged database of rabbinic sexual abusers. But there is the Awareness Center.

    It's not a physical place, but a Baltimore post office box, cellphone number and Web site -- www.theawarenesscenter.org -- where online surfers can find a listing of scores of Jewish...

  • How one Boston synagogue met the challenge of the cantor’s sexual abuse

    By Richard Greenberg

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As an attorney representing several victims of sexually predatory Catholic priests, Mark Itzkowitz has witnessed the church's pedophilia scandal from an almost too-close-for-comfort vantage point.

    "Some of the details are absolutely horrifying," said Itzkowitz, 49, who lives in the...

  • Run for Her: A new generation of awareness

    By Rachel Keller

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    You might think that getting up at 5 a.m. on a Sunday in November would be an impossible feat for a teenager, but when I arrived to volunteer at the second annual Run for Her 5K/3K Friendship Walk/Run for ovarian cancer awareness and research, I was surprised by the number of kids...
  • Rebecca Levinson: Born to Be a Volunteer

    By Jane Ulman

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rebecca Levinson
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Rebecca Levinson grew up always doing things for the community.

    "This is what you do," the 17-year-old junior at North...

  • Marilyn Harran: A Modern Righteous Gentile

    By Marc Ballon

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Marilyn Harran
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    As a young assistant professor at New York's Barnard College in the mid-1970s, historian Marilyn Harran befriended one of the...

  • A Festival of Lights—lite

    By Rachel Kantrowitz

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    How many Jews does it take to change a lightbulb?

    Here's a hint: Sing this song by Deborah Kornfield to the tune of "I Have a Little Dreidel":

    I have a brand new lightbulb,
    It's a miracle you see;
    It lights the room completely,
    Using half the energy.
    Oh compact fluorescent...

  • It happened one weekend ... at the Sisterhood

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Something happens," I was told across the "first timers" table Nov. 2 at BJ's Restaurant in Woodland Hills. "When these women get together. I can't explain it, but something happens."

    The get-together was the 46th annual Biennial Assembly of the Women of Reform Judaism's (WRJ)...

  • Group hopes Gaucher becomes household name

    By Lorelei Laird

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Michael Margolis was 4, his doctor took his parents aside and told them he had a rare disorder called Type I Gaucher Disease. The disease, which strikes Ashkenazi Jews seven times more often than the general population, is a genetic disorder that robs patients of an enzyme that...
  • Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha; Sukkot huts inspires home building for homeless

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha
     
    After the brouhaha surrounding Maher Hathout, the Muslim spokesman who received a human relations prize last month amid protests by some Jewish groups, the state of interfaith relations in Los Angeles may appear to be...
  • Sky High Fundraiser

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    SKY HIGH FUNDRAISER

    Rod's Day 14 turned out to be a fun and spectacular event. The July 22 fundraiser is named for Rod Fasone, who died from a rare form of colon cancer at age 21, 14 years ago. Rod's Day kicked off with a skydiving exhibition by renowned skydiver Jumpin' Bill and...

  • Letters to the Editor 07-07-06

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Converts
    As a convert to Judaism, I was reassured to read your series of articles on those like me who chose to become Jews ("Did It Stick?" June 2). A lapsed Catholic with many Jewish friends growing up on Long Island, early on I was attracted to the ethics and worldly focus of...

  • Jewish World Watch Eyes National Stage

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Janice Kamenir-Reznik wasn't sure where Darfur was on the map when she heard a Rosh Hashanah sermon at Valley Beth Shalom some 18 months ago.

    During his sermon, Rabbi Harold Schulweis told the congregation that "Never Again" applies not only to the Holocaust but requires Jews to...

  • Iranian Colored Band Report Discredited

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When the renowned exiled Iranian journalist Amir Taheri reported in a Canadian newspaper last week that Iran had just passed a law requiring Jews to wear yellow bands on their clothing, the world reacted with shock. The story, which also outlined required colored bands for Christians...

  • Wandering Jew - A Relief to Laugh

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As master of ceremonies of "Middle East Comic Relief 2," Peter the Persian, a stout Iranian American comic who moonlights as a labor attorney, says of the comedians performing on a recent evening, "We've screened all these Middle Easterners. We've cleared them out. They're all Jewish...

  • How Green Is My Shul?

    By Jane Ulman

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For 75-year-old Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, it was the need to re-landscape that steered the synagogue in an ecological direction. The status quo was 8,000 square feet of unwatered, weed-ridden and rarely mowed grass, along with three palm trees, two citrus...

  • Many With Gaucher Unaware of Disease

    By Andrea Waxman

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Jewish New Yorker Joan La Belle, now 70-something, was in her mid-20s, she began to experience scary symptoms, suggesting a serious health problem: "I felt exhausted, had rough menstrual periods with very heavy bleeding and terrible nose bleeds."

    She also suffered...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    QUEENS OF SHEBA

    Boutiques lined the halls leading to the dining room at the Four Seasons recently, where a crowd shopped before the Women of Achievement Awards event at the Friends of Sheba luncheon. This year's awards honored two distinguished community leaders: Dr. Ellen Klapper...

  • Milken Teens Live, Learn on Skid Row

    By Jane Ulman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Keep passing. Keep passing."

    It's 6 a.m. on a Monday morning in March, and students from Milken Community High School, wearing hairnets, plastic aprons and gloves, are dishing out hot cereal, sugar, applesauce, milk and a muffin assembly-line style onto blue trays.

    "We're a...

  • Israel Criticism Must Be Well-Founded

    By Arthur Cohn

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    What are the limits for criticizing Israel? Many condemn the Jewish community's refusal to listen to harsh criticism, while others object to the aggressiveness of the attacks against the Jewish state. Both sides claim to express themselves only on grounds of their "love" and...

  • Charity, Going Once, Going Twice…

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Artist Joanie Rosenthal will exhibit her latest piece at an unexpected place: eBay.

    Rosenthal, a New Jersey artist who has drawn illustrations for Time, U.S. News & World Report and The New York Times Magazine and created book covers for Scholastic, Penguin Putnam and other...

  • Prince’s Nazi Uniform Spotlights Problem

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Prince Harry's Nazi uniform costume might have outraged the world, but most of his British peers can't see what all the fuss is about. In the days following the furor (no pun intended), a poll published by the Sunday Mirror newspaper showed that although 71 percent of those...

  • Opportunities Open

    By Dina Kraft

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A recent day brought welcome news for a small group of young Bedouin women who weekly gathered in a tin shed in a corner of their windswept desert village of Kasr Alssr, Israel, to study.

    "Funding has come through, so you will now be able to study for your high school matriculation...

  • Her Study of Death Gives Life Meaning

    By Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the psychiatrist who wrote the pioneering work, "On Death and Dying," in 1969, was not Jewish. But Jewish survival through the Holocaust provided the transformative idea that would establish the career of Kubler-Ross and would ultimately revolutionize...

  • Opportunities Open

    By Dina Kraft

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A recent day brought welcome news for a small group of young Bedouin women who weekly gathered in a tin shed in a corner of their windswept desert village of Kasr Alssr, Israel, to study.

    "Funding has come through, so you will now be able to study for your high school matriculation...

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