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  • It’s time to clean up L.A. garment industry’s dirty secret

    April 30, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Last year’s disastrous Rana Plaza collapse and a series of deadly factory fires resulted in much ink being spilled about how to improve conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry. But, much closer to home, we have our own dirty garment secret.

    There are some 5,000 garment...

  • Bet Tzedek president to resign

    By Ryan Torok

    April 23, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    Bet Tzedek President and CEO Sandor Samuels has tendered his resignation, effective as soon as a successor is identified. In an April 14 press release provided to the Journal by the public interest law firm, Samuels said it is time for him to move on to the next stage in his life. ...

  • Moving and Shaking: Bet Tzedek gala, USHM LA dinner, Project Chicken Soup celebrates

    By Ryan Torok

    March 12, 2014 | 4:09 pm

    The Bet Tzedek Legal Services annual gala drew a capacity crowd of 1,500 guests to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel ballroom March 5 to celebrate its 40th anniversary and honor attorneys Bruce Ramer, Stanley Gold, five past Bet Tzedek leaders and other lawyers. 

    The...

  • Leon Shkrab: Bearing witness to Russians’ Holocaust stories

    By Ryan Torok

    January 2, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    For the past seven years, Leon Shkrab, 67, has volunteered every week at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, conducting intake interviews in Russian with Holocaust survivors who are applying for Holocaust reparations through the representation of lawyers at the pro bono law firm.

    For...

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  • A union’s Jewish connection

    September 24, 2013 | 3:41 pm

    Bet Tzedek, a nonprofit that provides free legal services for poor people, is locked in a dispute with the union that represents most of its workers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (or AFSCME). At issue is the amount of money employees contribute...

  • Immigration bill: For nannies and caregivers, legal status isn’t enough

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 2, 2013 | 10:13 am

    At 2 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, Amelia Barnachea waited in a copy shop in downtown Los Angeles, shifting her weight from one foot to the other. "I’m exercising," the diminutive Filipina-American home health aide explained, looking very spry for her 72 years. 

    Barnachea, who...

  • Preventing human trafficking: You can help. Here are some guidelines:

    May 15, 2013 | 10:16 am

    Be aware. Trafficking victims are everywhere, and they often exhibit characteristics similar to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.  Physical indicators may include bruises and other evidence of beatings and assault, as well as untreated critical illnesses or sexually...

  • Letters to the Editor: Gordis, Brous, Fiscal Cliff

    December 6, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Seeking Balance

    I think that the strongest refutation of Rabbi Daniel Gordis (“When Balance Becomes Betrayal,” Nov. 30) and also of David Suissa (“War and Bickering,” Nov. 30) came from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), who brilliantly used impressive intelligence gathering and...

  • Bet Tzedek moves east

    By Ryan Torok

    November 28, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Ever since Bet Tzedek’s inception in 1974, the free legal-services firm has mostly been housed in the heavily Jewish Fairfax district, with additional offices in the San Fernando Valley and the Mid-Wilshire area. In August, it consolidated all three into a single headquarters in...

  • Rebecca Catherine Nichols dies at 29

    By JewishJournal

    October 17, 2012 | 11:36 am

    Rebecca Catherine Nichols, daughter of Merle N. Stern and James H. Nichols Jr., died on Oct. 5 at 29. 

    Nichols graduated from La Canada High School in 2001 and from Yale cum laude with honors in political science in 2005. Before studying law at the University of California,...

  • Navigating the process of conservatorship

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    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...

  • PJA and JFSJ head Elissa Barrett moves to Bet Tzedek

    By Ryan Torok

    March 8, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    Elissa Barrett is leaving Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice (PJA and JFSJ) to become vice president and general counsel of Bet Tzedek.

    It was difficult decision to depart from PJA and JFSJ, she said, where she served as chief of regional operations. But, “I...

  • Learning from Hitler’s lawyers

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 26, 2012 | 3:00 am

    Imagine the following scenario: Your country is attacked. The attack comes suddenly, without much warning, a direct hit on the central seat of power. As fear and rage bubble just beneath the surface, a controversial political leader, who represents the preferred choice of maybe half...

  • Bet Tzedek Has a Ball With Rapper Nelly

    By Ryan Torok

    July 8, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Surrounded by dancing bodies, a 20-something took off his shirt and waved it around his head, bare-chested, simply following the instructions of hip-hop artist Nelly, the performer on stage. “It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes,” Nelly sang, the lyrics from...

  • Seeking a pay increase, Bet Tzedek employees picket

    By Ryan Torok

    June 21, 2011 | 5:05 pm

    On June 14, employees at Bet Tzedek, a Jewish legal-service organization, demonstrated in front of the organization’s office at 145 S. Fairfax Ave., calling for higher wages. Bet Tzedek — which means “House of Justice” in Hebrew — is a nonprofit that provides free legal...

  • Just awards

    By Rob Eshman

    March 30, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    I would like to be able to tell you that the most inspiring words spoken at the 2011 Bet Tzedek annual Dinner Gala, held on Jan. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, were mine.

    But they weren’t.

    I had three minutes to accept the Rose L. Schiff Commitment to Justice Award on behalf of...

  • Bet Tzedek taps corporate attorney, community leader as new CEO

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    October 12, 2010 | 12:15 pm

    Bet Tzedek named Sandor “Sandy” Samuels as its new president CEO, tapping the community leader and financial industry legal expert to head the Los Angeles-based Jewish public interest law firm that serves nearly 12,000 disadvantaged clients every year.

    Samuels recently retired from...

  • Tovah Feldshuh immortalizes life of young Shoah heroine in ‘Irena’s Vow’

    November 20, 2008 | 1:26 am

    In a small theater just off Lexington Avenue in New York City, a Southern California heroine comes to life. For 90 minutes, the wonders of great theater, personal strength, history and humanity combine in a play that transcends and empowers each.

    "Irena's Vow" is the story of Irena...

  • Daphna Ziman praised, Justice Ball raises big bucks for Bet Tzedek

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 31, 2008 | 12:52 am

    Ziman Praised for Understanding

    Back in April, Daphna Ziman set off a firestorm when she alleged that African American Rev. Eric P. Lee made anti-Semitic comments at an event in which she was being honored for charity work. In the ensuing months, national newspapers picked up the...

  • Economic turmoil puts pressure on Jewish community

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 24, 2008 | 2:07 am

    The food pantry would not open for another 40 minutes, but already about a dozen people were waiting in the parking lot, many holding umbrellas to shield themselves from the blistering San Fernando Valley sun. Before day's end, more than 100 people, Jews and non-Jews alike, many...
  • Demi Moore, Tony Blair, Mr. Mayor

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher,Bruce Ramer
    Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher wonder, "Will we be billed for this?" when they attend Bet Tzedek's Annual Dinner Gala at the Hyatt Regency in Century City on Jan. 22. The Bet Tzedek supporter to their right is lawyer Bruce Ramer.

    Israeli Consul General Jacob Dayan,Joseph Cedar,Uri Gavriel
    Looks like the feud is over, as Israeli...

  • Holocaust survivors in L.A.  are still struggling

    By Jane Ulman

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Joshua "Joe" Knobler used to go salsa dancing three times a week. He used to play cards with the guys every day. Now, 88, with both his health and finances failing, he sits home all day in his drab one-room apartment in Valley Village watching television.

    "Television is my life," he...

  • She paints for the animals

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Feast With The Beasts

    Safari attire adorned bodies this steamy summer night when The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) raised more than $1.2 million for wildlife conservation. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Betty White, nearly 1,000 guests casually perused the park...

  • Sher Cohen’s Law & Order: Justice Unit

    By Gaby Friedman

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Don't call Nancy Sher Cohen at home after 8:30 p.m. "One of two things is usually true," the 54-year-old-litigator said. "Either I am asleep, because I am exhausted [from all the work], or I am out because I am working."

    For other, less-energetic people, an 8:30 nightly collapse from...

  • The Nation and The World

    By Kelly Hartog

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Accessible Ark
    On April 3, B’nai David-Judea synagogue dedicated its newly renovated building, the Rabbi Philip Schroit Sanctuary. Shirley Kotlar and family named the building in honor of Schroit, who died three years ago and was at the helm of the shul for nearly 50 years.
    The...

  • Community Briefs

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Workers Owe Win to Bet Tzedek

    Bet Tzedek has won a significant victory for low-paid Latino and Asian garment workers, successors to the Jewish immigrants who labored in sweatshops a century ago. The settlement, reached by the free legal counseling service, is somewhat technical,...

  • Michael Aushenker

    By The Circuit

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    House Party

    What's green on the outside and has more than 2,000 of Los Angeles' sharpest legal minds on the inside? The Wiltern Theatre, when it became the site of Bet Tzedek Legal Services' seventh annual Justice Ball.

    Bet Tzedek -- known as the "House of Justice" -- provides free...

  • Torch Song Trilogy

    By Melissa Minkin

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Linda Gach Ray has been carrying the torch for years.

    This week, she made it official by running the Olympic flame down a stretch of Figueroa Street as the torch was relayed through Southern California on its way to the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, which begin Feb. 8.

    ...

  • Having a Ball

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Call it the war room. On the 40th floor of a Century City office building, in an empty conference room of the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, 25 young professionals from the legal world and online community assemble. It's after work, and the cause for which they are gathered is...

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