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  • State budget crisis calls for action

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 23, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    If there was ever a time for Jewish parents to fight for Los Angeles public schools, this is it.

    Legislators can’t agree on Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to have a special election to extend taxes scheduled to expire this year. “If we don’t get these tax extensions, it’s a dire...

  • Beautiful bridal showers and receptions on a budget

    January 19, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Even if real life affects the bottom line of your bridal budget, you can still make your shower or brunch reception the first-class affair of your dreams.

    Event manager Renata Burian-Ferguson and sommelier Paul Bologna at the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa in posh Palm...

  • Schwarzenegger making play dates with Medvedev

    By Julia Bendis

    January 14, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    Reading the newspaper the other day, I couldn’t help but notice an article about the Russian President Dimitry Medvedev and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Apparently, the two have become quite fond of each other, and as recently as last week even Tweeted about it.

    Here are my issues with...

  • Cantor: Take Israel out of foreign aid

    October 25, 2010 | 11:02 am

    A Republican Congress would seek to remove funding for Israel from the foreign operations budget, a GOP leader said.

    U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican whip and the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives, told JTA that a GOP-led House would seek to defund nations...

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  • Budget crunch forcing schools to cut, become creative

    September 8, 2009 | 12:46 pm

    Rabbi Samuel Levine has a problem—and it’s echoing throughout the Jewish day school world.

    Levine, the head of school at Hillel Day School in Boca Raton, Fla., has seen an increase of more than 20 percent in requests for financial aid from the past year. In 2008-09, the school...

  • Groups Back Obama Budget, Concerned About Tax Proposal

    March 23, 2009 | 3:54 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—More than 100 Jewish community organizations are backing President Obama’s 2010 budget while expressing “significant concerns,” but not opposing, a proposed decrease in the tax deduction for charitable contributions.

    In a letter sent last week to Congress members,...

  • On the Credit crisis, Obama Needs to Change Course

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 17, 2009 | 10:32 pm

    So far, I think Obama has done a tremendous job as president.  He has now gotten two hugely important bills through Congress, the stimulus package and the budget, and has made signal efforts to open up stem-cell research and to overturn various ill-advised Bush orders and policies. ...

  • Will recession fuel a return to public schools?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    December 23, 2008 | 10:41 pm

    Throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District, the recession is prompting middle-class parents to take a look at public middle and high schools they have long disdained. Private schools are just too expensive for many people.

    A large number of Jews, whose heritage and culture...

  • How to save on wedding costs without sacrificing

    December 12, 2008 | 1:47 am

    Several years ago, a character on my favorite television show expounded on the cost of modern weddings, finishing up his tirade with, "And the next morning, you wake up and realize that for the same price as the down payment on a house you're married to that."

    The average wedding...
  • No money, no cry

    By David Suissa

    November 26, 2008 | 7:16 pm

    I gained one of the deepest insights about money when I worked on a marketing project for a casino resort in Lake Tahoe. The client had asked our advertising agency to come up with a television campaign that would dramatize their resort and new summer program. They loved our idea...
  • Perfect storm for charities— contributions go down and requests go up

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 19, 2008 | 2:50 am

    Rachel Bookstein didn't realize just how anxious she'd become wondering whether Beach Hillel in Long Beach would be able to raise the funds it needs this year.

    Contributions had declined -- $500 here, $100 there. Folks had been hard hit by the economic crisis and were paring down...

  • Pinched pocketbooks no bar to party planning

    November 13, 2008 | 6:14 pm

    Pinched Pocketbooks NoBar to Party Planning

    Have tough economic times forced you to scale back your child's bar or bat mitzvah party plans? With your 401(k) down, is the ice sculpture out? Is your resetting ARM making you reconsider that 18-piece orchestra?

    If so, you can still have...

  • Walking down the (grocery) aisle

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    March 3, 2008 | 9:00 am

    They say money doesn’t grow on trees. Technically it does, just not with the presidents on it. This week, I took a journey down the road of money management in a way that I wouldn’t necessarily have before.

    I knew that this was a week for a “big shop”: what we term a visit to the...

  • Falling dollar forces groups to adjust overseas spending

    By Jacob Berkman

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    While economists fret over how the falling U.S. dollar will affect global markets, Jewish charities that rely heavily on U.S. fundraising to support programs outside the United States are facing serious budget crunches.

    The dollar has been on a slow decline against the euro since...

  • Flower choices can make your simcha a blooming success

    By Jenny Stamos

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    You may not wear white for your wedding or hold your ceremony in a synagogue, but chances are you'll incorporate flowers into your day somehow, whether it's with an extravagant bouquet or a simple hair accessory. Here's what to consider when choosing your blooms:
    First Things First...
  • Briefs: Western Wall dig starts, Israel and U.S. back gays at U.N.

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Starts Western Wall Dig

    Israel began a controversial dig in the Western Wall Plaza. Bulldozers from the Antiquities Authority broke ground Tuesday near a ramp connecting the plaza to the Temple Mount, with officials saying the aim was to search for historical artifacts...

  • GOP pro-Israel propaganda: trick to disguise Republican failures

    By Ira Forman

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's that time of year again -- election time -- when White House officials trigger homeland security alerts and talk about the threat of Osama bin Laden. It's also the time of year when Jewish Republicans bring out the bogeyman of the bad, bad Democrats who want to harm the State of...
  • 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...

  • Israel Real Estate Sales to Foreign Buyers on the Rise

    By Greer Fay Cashman

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Despite the vast influx of French immigrants and tourists who are buying up apartments in many parts of Israel, most notably in Netanya and Jerusalem, Americans are still in the forefront when it comes to big money properties.

    There has been a tremendous growth in the foreign real...

  • Post-Bar Mitzvah Stress Disorder

    By Judy Gruen

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Our youngest son has just celebrated his bar mitzvah, and I am recovering from a case of Post-Bar Mitzvah Stress Disorder. This is a seriously underreported malady, yet shockingly, the government has yet to allocate a single dollar to research. If this doesn't change soon, I'm going...

  • Choose Your Own Cruise Adventure

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Cruising isn't what it used to be. And to the more than 10 million people who took to the high seas last year, that's a good thing.

    While cruising used to be considered a venue for "the newly wed or nearly dead," 21st century cruising is attracting an entirely new audience,...

  • Tax Cuts Bring Shameful Silence

    By James D. Besser

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Listen, we're broke. Let's face it," said Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) last week, according to the Washington Post. Boehner, the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, spoke as congressional Republicans haggled over big spending cuts for critical health and...

  • Wanted: 1 Rich Jew

    By Rob Eshman

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I have a friend who may come into a large sum of money. Not millions, but tens of millions. Sometimes, she told me, she daydreams about all the charities and causes she'll donate to.

    "That's what I want to be, one of those people who sits around all day and gives out money," she...

  • B’nai Mitzvah Planning Guide

    By Joan G Friedman

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At Birth

    When the child is born, start saving! It's not a bad idea to start two savings accounts; one for college and one for the bar or bat mitzvah.

    One to three years ahead

    • Set the date.

    • Set a budget.

    • Reserve the synagogue.

    • Reserve the hall for additional receptions.

    • ...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Slashing Section 8

    Compassionate conservatism seems to have finally hit rock bottom. The Bush administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2005 includes a $1.66 billion cut from the Federal Section 8 housing assistance program. Section 8 provides housing vouchers to low-income...

  • Lobbying for a Day on State Budget Crisis

    By Idan Ivri

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The air in these days in Sacramento -- while still hovering at a perfectly balmy Californian 79 degrees -- is rather bleak for agencies hoping to get government funding.

    "You can feel that there is a different atmosphere in Sacramento. The budget obviously [has something to do with...

  • Shuls, Day Schools Push for Security Aid

    By James D. Besser

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Should synagogues and Jewish day schools get federal tax dollars to help them beef up security to meet the rising terror threat?

    That debate is playing out in congressional offices in Washington and communal boardrooms in New York as lawmakers begin work on a measure that would...

  • Math Problem

    By Jill Stewart

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's spring in Sacramento, and that means the Capitol steps are jammed again with protesters against government cuts -- the first protesters to show up in mid-March were thousands of community college students demanding that California taxpayers continue paying the nation's steepest...

  • Vote No on 57, 58: They Erode Duty

    By Douglas Mirell

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    One of the central tenets of our Jewish political and ethical tradition is that cities and states are communities of obligation. Citizenship in these communities is defined by responsibility, and the most basic responsibility is to care for the neediest among us. Jewish philosopher...

  • Community Briefs

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Cooper Visits Sudan, Discusses Slavery

    Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, spent an eventful 21 hours in Sudan in mid-February when he met with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to discuss the country's ongoing slave trade and a peace treaty with...

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