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  • Jewish causes must compete to get big charitable gifts

    By Gary Tobin

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Roland Stanton's $100 million gift to Yeshiva University is the largest ever to a U.S. Jewish institution. Yet as Stanton himself said, "There are plenty of people who could do it."
     
    Our research shows he's right: Dozens of Jewish philanthropists are capable of equaling Stanton's...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 23rd

    How to make the holiday meaningful for the kids? Pick up a children's book recommended by the Ratner Media and Technology Center at the Jewish Educational Center of Cleveland. Sylvia Epstein's "How the Rosh Hashanah Challah Became Round" and Barbara Diamond...
  • Social Action Groups Fight for Cleaning Ladies’ Rights

    By Alice Alexiou

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I am sitting in a Brooklyn diner, having breakfast with Marlene Champion, 61, a tall, striking woman from Barbados. Champion makes her living as a domestic worker, and right now she works as a nanny caring for a 4-year-old girl in Brooklyn Heights.

    Champion is also an active...

  • Circuit

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Getting in Their Licks

    Carvel Ice Cream in the Ralphs center on Pico Boulevard was the scene of an Israeli fundraiser last month. In conjunction with Beth Jacob Youth, the Ice Cream You Scream for Israel event raised more than $900 to help Israeli soldiers and children.

    There was...

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  • Mission To Israel

    By Amy Klein

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    Teenagers sit in a circle on the sparkling white sand of Hof Nitzanim, a beachfront south of Tel Aviv, where the dark blue waves lap at the shore. Behind them, younger kids play on pool and Ping-Pong tables and families sit around a bar, eating and watching a lithe belly dancer...
  • It May Be Time to Change Goals, Ideas on Philanthropy

    By Michael Steinhardt

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I have a dream in which Jewish early childhood educators in the United States, who currently receive an average salary of $9.66 an hour, can raise their own children without having to take out loans or marry rich. I have a dream in which Birthright Israel does not have to keep tens...

  • Sweet Sixteen and Ready to Rise

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Even though 16-year-old singer Liel Kolet was born on a kibbutz in northern Israel, she'd prefer to be called an international artist rather than an Israeli one. That largely explains why many of the younger generation of Israeli rock/pop buffs would know little about her. Nor is she...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Supercause for Super bowl

    Goodies abounded on Super Bowl Sunday as, for the 20th consecutive year, "Doctor to the Stars" and Fulfillment Fund founder Gary Gitnick, chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases at UCLA School of Medicine, and his gracious wife, Cherna, opened their home...

  • Andrea Bronfman, Charity Giant, Killed

    By JTA Staff

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Andrea Bronfman, a giant in the world of Jewish philanthropy, was killed Monday when a car struck her while she was walking her dog in Manhattan. She was 60 years old.

    "She was a Zionist -- and her parents were lovers of Israel and strong Zionists," said Marlene Post, who worked...

  • Karen Gilman: What Makes Her Run?

    By Amy Klein

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    To try to figure out all the volunteer projects social worker Karen Gilman is involved in -- and where she finds the time to do them all -- is to sift through a complex maze of stories of individuals who need help, or organizations that need help, or a volunteer staff that...

  • Steven Firestein: Making Magic for Children

    By Marc Ballon

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    Steven Firestein thought he had it all. At 27, he owned a plush Encino home, drove a Cadillac and made a nice living as a real estate agent. Then he felt a bump on his scalp.

    For months, Firestein ignored the growth, fearing he had cancer. By the time he went under the...

  • Put Tzedakah on Your Shopping List

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    December 22, 2005 | 7:01 pm

    When it comes to Chanukah, the holiday isn't a holiday without gift giving. As a loving relative, thoughtful friend or dutiful employee, you may be on the lookout for clever presents. But what if it's the last minute and you still don't know what to do? To solve this all-too-common...

  • Fight the Minotaur in the Tax Labyrinth

    By John Chiang

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    This past September, the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles, the Zimmer Children's Museum and representatives of more than 70 other organizations attended a seminar for nonprofits that I conducted at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    Like many taxpayers,...

  • Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Capturing Gazin

    Shelley Gazin, artist and photojournalist, has been the recipient of four 2005 grants to further her photographic and video documentary study of California's Persian Jewish community. A grant from the California Council for the Humanities, an affiliate of the...

  • Enter Three Little Maidelehs

    By Gaby Friedman

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For strictly observant women, being Orthodox can often mean putting a kibosh on artistic aspirations. Halachic prohibitions against singing and dancing in front of men means that many women who enjoy those art forms find they have little opportunity to perform.

    Enter Margy Horowitz,...

  • Who’s Up, Who’s Down in Giving

    By Chanan Tigay

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Jewish philanthropies didn't raise much more money last year than they did the previous year, but the American Jewish community remains numerically over-represented among America's top charities, an examination of a recent ranking of philanthropies demonstrates.

    Of the...

  • Celebs Stick to Their Tzedakah Box Job

    By  Orit Arfa

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Frankie Muniz, star of the TV show, "Malcolm in the Middle," had little idea what he was making as he glued colored cotton balls and beads onto a metallic container with a slot on top.

    Muniz, who isn't Jewish, knew it had something to do with "Living Generously," the theme of a...

  • The Circuit

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Monty's a Man -- Again

    Philanthropist and game show icon Monty Hall took center stage last week at Temple Shalom for the Arts when he stepped up to the bimah to read from the Torah at his bar mitzvah. Hall embraced the ancient tradition of a second bar mitzvah surrounded by an...

  • Etta Israel Campers Learn Skills for Life

    By Julie G Fax

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Mark Worland -- six-foot-something, dressed in tight black and skinhead bald -- grabs Navid by the arm.

    "Come with me!" he barks.

    "No!" screams Navid, barely 5-feet tall.

    Navid throws himself on his back, locks the bottom of his feet to Worland's knees, and shields his face and head...

  • Getting Kids Into Charity Pays Off Big

    By Daniel Akst

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Start talking to wealthy families about the benefits of getting kids involved in philanthropy, and they'll tell you the biggest beneficiaries are the kids -- and their families. They say even young children who get involved learn the value of money, the limits of resources...

  • 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...

  • 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.

    ...
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