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  • Giving and getting money: It’s not a science, it’s an art

    1 day ago

    I run a nonprofit called Big Sunday. The idea behind Big Sunday is that absolutely everyone has some way to help somebody else. As we like to say, “There are no haves-and-have-nots, just haves-and-have-mores. Everyone has something.” And we can get so much more done when we all...

  • Retired, but not from good deeds

    June 25, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Retirement hasn’t stopped Sharon Mayer from working, and she’s not alone. The Sherman Oaks resident is part of a growing number of seniors out in force to volunteer with the regularity of a job. 

    Nationally, the numbers are significant: The Corporation for National and Community...

  • Lessons on the run

    By Ryan Torok

    June 5, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    While a typical high school student may spend  weekends relaxing, 17-year-old Raphi Heldman is much more likely to be on the run — for up to 26.2 miles, to be precise. Since entering high school, he has run in the Los Angeles Marathon four times.

    “It’s a lot of commitment, and...

  • Big Sunday Weekend goes beyond community service

    By Ryan Torok

    May 8, 2013 | 3:06 pm

    Phil Rosenthal, creator and executive producer of the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” was leading a game of Bingo in the annex dining room at Canter’s Deli on the morning of May 5 — not a bad way to spend Big Sunday Weekend, the annual festival of community service that featured...

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  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 4-10, 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    May 1, 2013 | 11:37 am

    FRIDAY-SUNDAY

    BIG SUNDAY WEEKEND

    America’s largest community service festival, which started in 1999 as Temple Israel of Hollywood Mitzvah Day, attracts nearly 50,000 people from every neighborhood, race, religion, ethnicity and socioeconomic group to hundreds of projects in...

  • Joel Lipton: With a little help from his lens

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 3, 2013 | 11:16 am

    When Joel Lipton, who has been a professional photographer for almost 30 years, first started shooting events for Big Sunday, at the time a one-day, annual volunteer event, he initially had some second thoughts about just how much the clicks of his camera were helping. 

    “You...

  • Big Sunday weekend’s bar mitzvah year

    By Ryan Torok

    May 3, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    Its thirteenth year, Big Sunday, the Mitzvah Day that has grown into a full weekend of volunteer opportunities, takes place this weekend, May 4, 5 and 6. Last year some 50,000 people showed up to participate in community service projects throughout California, according to Big Sunday...

  • She’s found a world of volunteerism

    By Ryan Torok

    January 5, 2012 | 4:50 pm

    Izzie Levinson, 16, grew up in a family that is devoted to community service:  Her father, David Levinson, is the founder of Big Sunday, an extensive regional volunteer program that grew out of a Mitzvah Day project; her mother is a highly accomplished TV writer who left that work to...

  • Web site matchmaker for charity

    November 30, 2011 | 5:27 pm

    Big Sunday, the year-round volunteer organization, has launched BIGlist, an online charity service partnering nonprofits, individuals and the causes that need them the most. Dubbed a “non-profit matchmaking microsite,” it features all kinds of things that people in the Big Sunday...

  • Big Sunday’s day of community service commemorates 9/11

    By Ryan Torok

    September 13, 2011 | 2:30 am

    Families and friends of all ages boxed cans of tuna and beans and boxes of cereal. A former Red Cross volunteer drew a picture of someone inside the rubble of the Twin Towers following the attacks.

    They were volunteers at Big Sunday’s food drive and community breakfast, which...

  • Big, bigger, biggest Sunday

    By Ryan Torok

    May 17, 2011 | 5:53 pm

    The cast on Sarah Byrnes’ foot didn’t slow her down. On Sunday, May 15, she hobbled around the parking lot at Temple Israel of Hollywood, overseeing clothing and book drives, shooting photos of kids dancing and families volunteering, and responding to calls on her walkie-talkie....

  • Volunteers get ready for Big Sunday’s crowds

    May 3, 2011 | 7:00 pm

    Big Sunday Weekend just keeps getting bigger.

    The nation’s largest regional community service event, which started in 1999 as the project of a single synagogue in Hollywood, last year boasted some 50,000 participants and next weekend, for the first time, will stretch statewide —...

  • Walking for the ages; Scholarships for immigrants

    By Lilly Fowler

    December 11, 2008 | 12:05 am

    Walk Raises Funds for Jewish Home

    The eighth annual Wells Fargo Walk of Ages attracted nearly 1,000 participants and raised approximately $500,000 for Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, the largest single-source provider of senior housing in the city.

    The walk, held on Sunday,...

  • Briefs: Big results and rewards at Big Sunday, Former Weiss deputy enters Fifth District race

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Big Sunday Is L.A.'s Makeover Weekend

    Big Sunday, which has morphed from an annual Sunday event into a full weekend of volunteer opportunities, once again thrived on May 3 and 4. Organizers say that this year the number of volunteers again reached about 50,000, working at about 325...

  • Big Sunday looks good in green

    By Jay Firestone

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Environmentalism may be trendy, but expensive hybrid cars and solar paneling aren't the only ways of being fashionably green.

    Big Sunday, an annual citywide volunteer community service event scheduled for May 3-4, is adding a Green Sunday option, which groups together environmental...

  • Be careful what you ask for

    By Diane Saltzberg

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "The Secret" is on everybody's lips. Oprah, Ellen, Larry. Who am I, then, to say it's drivel? *

    So I put the Law of Attraction to a test. Actually, I did this unknowingly, years ago, well before The Secret was a ka-ching in Rhonda Byrne's metaphysical cash register.

    I volunteered for...

  • Briefs: Federation files for permit to demolish pool at New JCC at Milken; Big Sunday is a big success

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Federation files for permit to demolish pool at New JCC at Milken

    Notices went up around The New JCC at Milken in mid-April that the pool in the West Hills facility would close on April 24, and documents obtained by The Journal indicate that the closure could possibly be permanent....
  • Big Sunday: One temple’s ‘Mitzvah Day’ goes city-wide and inclusive

    By Jane Ulman

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's dream:

    On one weekend a year -- known as Big Sunday -- 50,000 volunteers of all colors and creeds from neighborhoods throughout the region, all donning T- shirts preprinted with the Big Sunday logo, will fan out throughout Los Angeles and as...
  • This Week - Two Sundays

    By Rob Eshman

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I left The Jewish Journal's booth at last Sunday's Israel Festival just before a loyal reader came up and asked whether I was around because he wanted, "to clean an editor's clock."

    By then I was making my way back to my car through the throng at Woodley Park, and as I did, the same...

  • Big Sunday Gets Bigger This Year

    By Naomi Glauberman

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Months ago, David Levinson, the founder and chairman of Big Sunday predicted that the citywide day of volunteerism might grow from 8,000 participants to 25,000 -- now that the City of Los Angeles has joined the effort.

    He was so, so wrong.

    At the final gathering of the day, at the...

  • Big Sunday Gets Big Boost From City

    By Naomi Glauberman

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Big Sunday began in 1999 with 300 Jewish volunteers devoted to a day of good works. That was impressive in a city notorious for lack of civic involvement -- but that was just the beginning.

    What started as Mitzvah Day for congregants of Temple Israel of Hollywood gradually spread...

  • L.A.‘s ‘Big’ Sunday

    By David Finnigan

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Between 35,000 and 40,000 people spent Sunday, May 15 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys for the annual Israel Independence Day festival.

    The festival's early afternoon main event featuring pro-Israel speeches and politicians lasted exactly one hour; on the last note of "The Star-Spangled...

  • Big Sunday, Big Turnout

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sunday, May 2 was also Big Sunday in Los Angeles, as 5,000 volunteers from more than 100 different synagogues, churches, Buddhist temples, schools and other groups participated in about 145 social service projects around the region.

    Temple Israel of Hollywood, which originated the...

  • A Big Sunday

    By Rachel Brand

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Temple Israel of Hollywood held its first Mitzvah Day five years ago, it was just that: Temple Israel of Hollywood's Mitzvah Day. Over the years, however, as the annual "do-good" day has attracted the attention of other organizations throughout the Los Angeles area, Mitzvah Day...

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