About this time two years ago, congregants of Tustin's Congregation B'nai Israel lined their synagogue's sanctuary, making a human chain as Rabbi Eli Spitz unrolled a 150-year-old Czech Torah that survived the Holocaust. In places, its letters were faded and illegible making it...
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September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm
We need more stamps," a little boy yells. "How many cards do we have left?" asked a dark-haired woman. "I have more envelopes!" shouts a girl in a skirt. It's the Wednesday before Rosh Hashana at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda, yet the residents don't seem to mind the noise...
August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm
'Gaza First' Plan OK'd by P.A.
The Palestinian Cabinet gave preliminary approval Wednesday to an Israeli plan for a troop withdrawal from some areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Under the plan, Israeli soldiers would withdraw from parts of Gaza and the West Bank city of Bethlehem...
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A Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles reception welcomed 18 students participating in a cultural exchange sponsored by the Federation's Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership. Fourteen students from Tel Aviv's A.D. Gordon School and four students from their paired partner,...
May 2, 2002 | 7:59 pm
So what does it take to get a charity started in Los Angeles? How can a project be incubated just enough to get people excited so that they will one day open their checkbooks and start signing?
This was the question that was seeking an answer recently in Brentwood, where the...
March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm
As we exit Purim and enter into Passover, we find ourselves in the season of redemption. In the words of the Talmud, we are ben geulah ligeulah (between redemptions).
There are many similarities in the stories of Purim and Pesach. Both find our people struggling for their survival...
February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Amid the profusion of billboards along Southern California freeways, motorists are being startled by a new one. It features seven smiling faces of various ethnicities, with one, a woman wearing a black headscarf, holding a small American flag.
Underneath, in bold letters, are the...
October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Have you ever given money to terrorists? Are you sure?
The Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), an Iranian group based in Iraq and dedicated to overthrowing Iran's rulers, is on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. But the seven defendants arrested in Los Angeles last February...
August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm
July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Russian Jews Ink Prison Deal
Representatives from a leading Jewish group will be able to visit and provide religious services to Jews held in Russian prisons, according to a new agreement.
The pact, signed by Russian Justice Ministry officials and the Federation of Jewish...
July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm
A controversy has erupted after reports that a British charity set up to aid German Jewish refugees accepted royalties from the sale of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" -- even though the group no longer accepts the royalties.
The public announcement that the German Welfare Council no longer...
March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm
A Wheel of a Deal
The Edelstein Family Charitable Foundation has donated $10,000 to Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles toward the weekend provision of its home-delivered meals program.
A Rosy Future
Everything's coming up roses for 33-year Tournament of Roses volunteer...
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Ticket prices are for the full series, including Rosh Hashanah evening and morning, Yom Kippur evening, and all day on Yom Kippur. Many synagogues offer tickets for single services, and many will nego-tiate. And remember, whatever you pay for holiday tickets is a tax-deductible...
August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm
Morris Leven-ger was a wealthy, pious Jew who lived in Atlan-ta, Georgia, and attended synagogue daily before going to work. One day the rabbi asked for his help with scholarships for youngsters whose families could not afford tuition for Jewish day schools.
"Rabbi," he said, "I will...
June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm
Unemployment hit a 30-year low in April and the economy is, if not booming, at least bouncing. So why is it that so many synagogues, even in wealthy areas, are struggling? Perhaps it is because members fail to understand that dues only go so far, according to Sylvia Moskovitz,...
April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pmWhen I'm 79, I want to be Mollie Pier.
With a name like that, she could have been a torch singer or silent film actress, but she's not at all famous -- except to the people who appreciate and adore her.
What I love about Mollie is her vibrant, warm personality and her seemingly...
April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pmLong before last August, when he had his bar mitzvah at Santa Monica's Beth Shir Shalom, 13-year-old Alex Miller has practiced what he has been preached: charity and tikkun olam.
For him, it all began in 1996, when Miller's third grade class participated in Super Sunday.
February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pmHigh up on the list of America's top philanthropies rank premier schools and universities: Harvard, Emory, Stanford, Columbia and Duke.
Yeshiva University is there, too, as is Brandeis University. They are listed as No. 193 and No. 238 in this year's "Philanthropy 400" -- the roster...
November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm
The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami is south Asia resulted in worldwide shock and then an outpouring of aid. It wasnÃ¯Â¿Â½(tm)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...
November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pmI was fortunate to be among a small group of United Jewish Fund (UJF) campaign leaders who visited St. Petersburg, Russia and Vilnius, Lithuania to witness the work that is being done in both communities by the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Jewish Agency for...
February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm
Among those who left Egypt, there were two -- Berel and Shmerel. As slaves, these two had grown so accustomed to looking down at the ground, they could no longer lift their eyes.
And, so, when Moses brought Israel across the Red Sea, Berel asked Shmerel, "What do you see?"
"I see mud,"...
October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm"Where's the jelly? I need five jellies."
"Hand me 18 fruit rolls, will you?"
"I love your skirt, where did you get it?"
The scene: A typical Thursday evening at Tomchei Shabbos' warehouse, at 353 1/2 N. La Brea Ave., where a team of fast-working, quick-talking volunteers gathers to...
March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm
City of Hope is the largest provider of bonemarrow transplantation services in California. Here Dr. Stephen J.Forman attends to a patient.
The City of Hope, the esteemed charity, cancerhospital and research center, is under attack. But supporters of thecharity, whose roots run deep...
December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm
You've read the newspaper ads or heard the pitches on the radio:Donate your old car to our worthy charity, which aidsorphans/immigrants/homeless/the halt and the lame, and enjoy agenerous tax write-off.
The American Red Cross is doing it, as is the National KidneyFoundation, Jewish...
November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Aish HaTorah's guest list includes many of Hollywood'smost famous and influential players
By Robert Eshman, Associate Editor
Imagine that you follow a rainbow insearch of a pot of gold, only to discover that the rainbow ends inyour own back yard. Now...
October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Once again we are faced with the annual dilemma of what to doabout Halloween. Should we let the kids "trick or treat" or not? Weknow that Halloween is not a Jewish holiday; that is not the problem.We celebrate Thanksgiving and Presidents Day, both American holidayswhich reflect good...