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  • The Circuit

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Willkommen, Shalom

    Leading representatives from Germany, Israel and the local Jewish community mingled cheerfully at the Brentwood home of Lee and Larry Ramer on June 8, to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the federal republic and the...

  • 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...

  • Agents of Charity

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As I write this The Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Los Angeles' annual gala to be held on June 1, 2005 is a few days away. The honorees are CAA agent Rick Kurtzman; his brother, Fox business affairs executive Howard Kurtzman; and their brother-in-law, William Morris Agent David...

  • Raise Funds Online With Help From eBay

    By Eric Gazin

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Online auctions have gone from an Internet curiosity to a multibillion-dollar enterprise in less than a decade. The phenomenon has changed how we buy and sell, and deal with the junk in our attic. And much like Google, a new verb has entered our vocabulary to describe using the...

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  • C’mon Get Happy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Before she inspired her father's debut film, "Smile" -- a feature about an American teenager who goes abroad to help children with facial deformities -- Katie Kramer was a normal, popular student at Malibu High School.

    "I had a boyfriend, I had friends, I shopped," she said. "I...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Fire of Money

    In Parshat Ki Tisa, each Israelite is instructed to give a half-shekel to the "temple fund" every year. There is a midrash – a story told by rabbis to teach a lesson – about this portion. Rabbis say that God took a fiery coin from under His heavenly throne,...

  • Meaningful Giving

    By Rev. Ricky Hoyt

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami is south Asia resulted in worldwide shock and then an outpouring of aid. It wasn't difficult to write a check, nor was it difficult to find relief agencies eager to accept donations.

    Money poured in, in some cases overwhelming the...

  • A Micro Solution to Macro Poverty

    By Richard Gunther

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The outpouring of international charity for the victims of the Asian disasters is a clear sign that we humans are capable of enormous empathy

    and generosity.

    But the near-instant world reaction should go even farther. Now, the world's eyes are turned on an area of the globe where...

  • Spinning Wheels for a Good Cause

    By Julie G Fax

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Some people kiss the soil of Israel when they come to the Holy Land. Last month, Audrey Adler didn't so much kiss the dirt as inhale it.

    Adler and a handful of other Angelenos participated in a charity bike ride for Alyn Children's Hospital in Jerusalem through some of the toughest...

  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    AMIT's Commandments

    Cast members from the new "Ten Commandments" musical performed for about 120 people at AMIT's Cherish The Children dinner on Oct. 25 at Brentwood's Luxe Hotel, with the organization event raising money for AMIT's 60 schools serving 15,000 at-risk Israeli youth.

    ...
  • Charity List Shows Fundraising Stability

    By Rachel Pomerance

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    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...

  • Big Support From ‘Hot Pockets’

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • Tips to Avoid a Charitable Rip-Off

    By Soriya Daniels

    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...

  • Russian Kids’ Home Has Fashionable Help

    By Lauren Korduner

    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...

  • Rambamalama

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Put down your "Da Vinci Code." Set aside your "South Beach Diet." Let your kaballah red string drop off your wrist. I'm here to alert you to the next pop cultural phenom: a 12th-century philosopher popularly known as the Rambam.

    Just a few weeks ago, I attended the "Aloud" reading...

  • Center Aids Iranians in Need of Help

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • Can’t ‘Handel’ the Heat?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "'Fahrenheit 9/11,' what a piece of garbage," says radio host Bill Handel.

    He's livid, because a caller has suggested the Bush-bashing film is partially true: "So if I have pictures of you screwing goats, and that's only 25 percent of the story, is that OK," he retorts before hanging...

  • ‘Lucky’ Friends

    By Julie G Fax

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Since they met at a mommy and me 13 years ago, Adam Schlesinger and Sean Abramson have been coming up with innovative schemes together, such as the time they sold novelty items like Whoopie Cushions and electrified hand buzzers. (They pulled in $100.)

    But now the two recent graduates...

  • Community Briefs

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • Cantors Plan Charity Concerts

    By Andrea Adelson

    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...

  • Charities Ask L.A. to Help Israel’s Poor

    By Gaby Wenig

    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...

  • Car Donations May Hit IRS Roadblock

    By Adam Wills

    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...

  • Evangelical Media Gather Around Israel

    By Gaby Wenig

    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...

  • The Giving Ladder

    By Wendy Belzberg

    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...

  • Alternative Invitation to a Simcha

    By Meira Maierovitz Drazin

    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...

  • Teen’s Loss of Sister Spurs Charity Efforts

    By Andrea Adelson

    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...

  • The Circuit

    By Andrea Adelson

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    FINANCIAL Matchmaker

    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...

  • How to Fundraise in the 21st Century

    By Marc Ballon

    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...

  • Your Letters

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    River of Hope

    Rob Eshman writes about the "River of Hope" (June 27) coinciding with my hope. I am happy that COEJL is working to revive the river and beautify our environment.

    How about a walk by the river, from the West Valley to the sea? My letter to you may encourage more...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    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...

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