Who's up and who's down in Jewish charities? While a recent snapshot of some of the largest Jewish charities reveals that Jewish fundraising generally is stable, nuances in the numbers reveal the viccissitudes -- and why.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy last week released its...
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November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm
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Local leaders were keenly interested in the unknown and unexpected name prominently on display when the Samueli Jewish campus opened recently in Irvine.
In silver lettering above the main entry and at the apex of a donors' list in the foyer inside are "Andre and Katherine...
September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Every Jewish New Year we recite the words, "Repentance, prayer and charity avert the evil decree." It sounds straightforward enough, but trying to navigate myriad charities, especially Jewish charities, is confounding.
There is often an extra layer of complexity that comes with...
August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Who would guess that every hip-hop kid sporting the Ecko label inadvertently helps save a Jewish child half a world away in the former Soviet Union?
The founders of Ecko Unltd., a popular line of hip-hop apparel that features a distinctive rhinoceros, promised in 1998 to donate a...
July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm
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After only a few months in Los Angeles, Shirley N., a 30-year-old Jewish immigrant from Iran, almost returned to her homeland because of financial difficulties.
"I was down, I was broke, I didn't have anyone here, and I was also worried about my family in Iran," Shirley said. "I...
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Shefa Fund Assists South L.A.
The Philadelphia-based Jewish charity Shefa Fund has started its first major West Coast philanthropic work this spring with the "Los Angeles TZEDEC Initiative," which supports low-income loans for homeowners in poor neighborhoods. The Jewish charity...
May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm
With religious school winding down this month at many synagogues, some cantors will regularly seize the opportunity to produce a brief season of secular concerts with guest artists and visiting cantors.
Such a shift from liturgical music to secular show tunes will take place May 22...
April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Ask Abraham Israel about hungry people in Israel and he gets exasperated.
"The situation is pathetic," said Israel, the founder of Hazon Yeshaya, a charity that supports seven soup kitchens. "It's terrible, terrible, terrible. We're feeding 5,000 people a day. For Passover we needed...
April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Get rid of your old car, help out a charity and get a write-off. What could be easier?
With the April 15 IRS deadline drawing near, charities are tapping taxpayer frustration by increasing their appeals for vehicle donations. But a proposed government crackdown on the value donors...
March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm
"FIree soup's on us!" That was the invitation David Suissa's Los Angeles-based charity Meals 4 Israel extended to all 5,000 participants of the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Charlotte, N.C. last month -- and it was pastors and ministers who made...
March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm
"Rambams Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give" by Julie Salamon (Workman Publishing, $18.95).
Even a wizard at niche marketing would tremble before the title of Julie Salamon's most recent book. "Rambam's Ladder," based on an ancient text by Rabbi Moses...
March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
After canceling a bat mitzvah trip to Israel for their daughter, Danielle, Tricia and Mark Rauch decided that if they couldn't bring their family to Israel, they would bring Israel to Houston. But when Tricia and Danielle began shopping for Israel-themed bat mitzvah invitations, they...
March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Seventeen-year-old Megan Knofsky keeps alive her sibling's memory by sustaining a teen support group that raises money for research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, the genetic disorder that affects 30,000 people and claimed her sister, Sarah, in 1997.
Two years ago, Knofsky of...
March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm
George Smith is a financial matchmaker. He earns a princely living making matches between scores of lenders and clients buying property ranging from car washes to golf courses. Nearly as well-known is Smith's industry get-together. In its seventh year, 1,750...
August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm
More than a century ago, Jewish federations served the needs of tightly knit Jewish communities around the country. Centralized, bureaucratic and occasionally paternalistic, these charitable organizations were highly efficient fundraising and money-dispensing machines in an era when...
July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm
June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Laemmle Theatres serves up more Jewish documentaries this weekend under the banner of their cleverly titled screening series "Bagels and Docs." At Laemmle Monica, early risers can catch "Undying Love," a film that recounts the stories of young couples whose...
May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm
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April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm
A jar of gefilte fish, a bottle of Tzali's grape juice, Manischewitz matzah ball soup mix, Streit's macaroons, Trader Joe's horseradish, matzah, Sun-Maid raisins. All the makings for a Passover seder -- even if you're homeless.
On a sunny Friday morning in March at SOVA's humble West...
April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm
The back cover of the April 7 Jerusalem Report magazine depicts an Israeli child trying to spell the word "poverty" on a blackboard.
The child spells the word "p-o-v-e-r-t-i" and the ad (run by the Women's International Zionist Organization) reads: "He doesn't know how to spell it,...
February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm
U.S. to Reduce Sinai Presence
The United States has convinced Israel and Egypt to accept an immediate cut in the American presence in the Sinai, JTA has learned. According to an Israeli official, the United States will continue to lead the Multinational Force and Observers --...
December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm
The Chanukah wish lists of six needy local Jewish families will be filled by generous families from Rancho Santa Margarita's Morasha Jewish Day School.
"These families have been financially disadvantaged for a long time," said Charlene Edwards, social services director for Jewish...
November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm
When Joshua Malina arrived at his first Jewish Federation event, a 2001 pro-Israel rally, he received an unpleasant surprise. The boyish, 36-year-old actor -- expected to become a regular on NBC's White House drama "The West Wing" -- had a respectable career going. "But I was...
November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm
L.A. Jews Meet "Adopted" Israeli Family
In February 2001, a Palestinian bus driver ran over a group of soldiers at a bus stop, and caused severe injuries to Monique Evans, 19. She still walks with crutches, but has largely recovered due to the support the family received from...
October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm
The Jewish immigrant from South Africa had lived the American dream since he arrived in the United States 14 years ago.
Juggling import-export and computer consulting jobs, the 42-year-old Culver City resident had earned an average of $125,000 per year, enough to send his two young...