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  • A Tale of Two Torahs

    By Andrea Adelson

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • The Mitzvah’s in the Mail

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    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...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    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...

  • Your Letters

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Homeland Insecurity

    In his editorial ("Homeland Insecurity," July 12), Rob Eshman suggests that the availability of legal guns in the United States should be seen as a problem when considering Muslim terror.

    When the Hutu and Tutsi tribes were slaughtering one another in Rwanda,...

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  • Ten Days in L.A.

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    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,...

  • Funding Jerusalem

    By Gaby Wenig

    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...

  • The Miracle of Charity

    By Rabbi Yakov Vann

    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...

  • Muslim Messages

    By Tom Tugend

    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...

  • Terror Under Cloak of Charity

    By Mike Levy

    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...

  • Shefa Fund Reaches L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "The premise of our mission is idealistic, even romantic, but we operate on a very realistic set of values," says Jeffrey Dekro, founder and president of the Shefa Fund, a public foundation aimed at social causes. "We not only call for justice, but we work within the Jewish community...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    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...

  • It Pays the Bills

    By Richard Allen Greene

    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...

  • Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    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...

  • Good Deeds

    By Beverly Gray

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Becca Yuré turned 13, her enthusiasm for pandas became the focus of her Bat Mitzvah celebration. Her Torah portion provided a neat tie-in to her message: the importance of caring for endangered species. At her party, stuffed panda toys graced the tables, and teenaged guests...

  • Wrap Party in Redondo Beach

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Simmons earns her living as a CPA in Brentwood. But evenings, weekends and every other spare minute during the holidays and many other free moments during the year find Simmons shopping for bargain toys and wrapping paper, scanning the shelves or standing in checkout lines at...

  • Ticket prices

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • Charity Begins at Home

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    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...

  • Why Synagogues Are Going Broke

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    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,...

  • Chicken Soup and a Mother’s Journey

    By Ellie Kahn

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When 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...

  • Endpaper

    By James D

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Long 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.

    "I really...

  • Virtual Alumni

    By Julia Goldman

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    High 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...

  • Disaster Relief

    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 wasn�(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...

  • Reviving Communities

    By Bill Bernstein

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I 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...
  • The Laws of Life

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    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,"...

  • A Helping Hand

    By Jolie Greiff

    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...

  • Weathering the Crisis

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    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...

  • Car Alarm

    By Tom Tugend

    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...

  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

    By Rob Eshman

    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...

  • It’s a Little Tricky

    By Risa Munitz

    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...

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