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  • The Mensch List 2012

    January 3, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    Last month, for our seventh-annual mensch list, we again invited all of you to submit your nominations of extraordinary volunteers, and again the outpouring of suggestions of amazing people was overwhelming. We faced this enormous response only to wonder, once again, how to choose...

  • Olmert sentenced to community service for breach of trust

    September 6, 2012 | 8:32 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six months of community service for a breach of trust conviction.

    Olmert was sentenced Wednesday in Jerusalem District Court. He could have faced up to three years in jail.

    The state prosecutors office also dropped a...

  • L.A.-area teens ordered to complete community service for syrup swastika incident

    By Ryan Torok

    July 20, 2012 | 9:50 pm

    On July 20, three Los Angeles-area teenagers were found guilty in an alternative juvenile court of vandalizing two homes in the San Fernando Valley with syrup swastikas, human feces and toilet paper. The girls — named only as Catharine W., Sarah M. and McKennah L. — have been...

  • Northridge mother pleads guilty in syrup swastika vandalism

    By Ryan Torok

    July 19, 2012 | 9:30 am

    A Northridge mother pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for helping her teenage daughter and two friends deface homes with maple syrup swastikas, human feces and toilet paper, according to the L.A. city attorney’s office.

    ...
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  • Shining stars - our list of outstanding graduating seniors

    June 6, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Each year, we profile a group of outstanding high school seniors, culled from the many nominations sent in by you, our readers. And each year, we find it almost impossible to choose among the many extraordinary leaders, givers and enormously talented graduating teens.

    But, choose we...
  • A new twist on spring break in Florida: Volunteering

    March 16, 2010 | 12:15 pm

    Spending spring break is a tradition of sorts for college students, but rather than partying, 57 Hillel members from seven campuses headed to Miami last week to volunteer at a youth center in the downtrodden Overtown district.

    Instead of swimming and sunning on the beach or getting...

  • Sabans give $10 million to ‘lifesaving’ Free Clinic

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Walking through the doors of the Los Angeles Free Clinic was much easier for Cheryl Saban last week than it was 25 years ago. Back then, she was a newly divorced mother of two young girls with little child support and a poor paying job as an office administrator. With an apartment,...
  • Briefs: AJCommittee lobbies Sacramento for fuel efficiency; West Coast Service Corps helps others

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Delegation Speaks With Legislature About Fuel Efficiency

    As prices at the pump continue their march toward $4 a gallon, about 40 members of the American Jewish Committee (AJCommittee) traveled to Sacramento last week to discuss reducing fossil-fuel consumption to slow climate change...

  • Tikkun Olam, Thailand and an elephant named Yom

    By Phillip Nazarian

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Who would have guessed that a 15-year-old boy born and raised in West Los Angeles would befriend a 49-year-old elephant named Yom who lives in a conservation reserve hidden deep in the jungles of Lampang in Northern Thailand?

    Ever since my bar mitzvah, I wanted to do something that...

  • Federation’s Stanley Gold slashes board size, reorganizes

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The meeting was quick and quiet, 40 minutes to revamp something deemed by the new leader to be 50 years out of date.

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles had long been led by a mammoth and, some would say, symbolic board of directors. But last week the 133-member board voted...

  • Chanukah—it’s not just about a miracle anymore

    By Ben Harris

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One of the Jewish calendar's most widespread and public observances, the Chanukah holiday has traditionally emphasized two miracles: the military victory of Jewish rebels over Greek invaders and the one vial of oil that lasted for eight nights.

    However, just as other holidays have...

  • Meet the multitalented, endlessly energetic Zane Buzby

    By Jane Ulman

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    There are not enough hours in the day for Zane Buzby.

    At 5:30 a.m., fully awake, she sits in her home office atop Mount Washington, with a view of downtown Los Angeles' skyscrapers, checking the news and drinking from a large mug of coffee. Her husband, Conan Berkeley, and their...

  • Shelter shock uncovers strong personal foundation

    By Jeremy Gumerove

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Brian had just finished lunch when he popped the question: "Do we get dinner too?" He was almost holding his breath. I smiled, nodded and watched his eyes widen in elated disbelief. Lunch and dinner! I felt both shocked and sheltered by his question. I had never met anyone who...
  • Locals push to expand social action and justice efforts

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Anne Factor never forgot the teenage memories of her grandmother struggling through the twilight of life in nursing homes, which treated their elderly charges more like widgets than dignified beings.

    "I saw these places," said Factor, now 47 and active in the Social Justice Committee...

  • Why I returned to live in The Big Easy

    By Gail Naron Chalew

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Anniversaries are times to remember the past, and this week, two years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, I am luckier than most people because my memories are preserved in print. They can't be deluged by toxic floodwaters or spread to the winds.

    I just have to read what I...

  • Are we prepping students for ongoing service?

    By Jason Ablin

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Parents of Jewish high school students spend an enormous amount of their time and energy wondering whether their children are being properly "prepared" for the rigors of college. However, the discussion I rarely hear is whether these students will continue to be committed to ethical...
  • Teens and philanthropy are a MATCH

    By Cliff Henry Zimmerman

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Survivor. No, not the television show, as I wish were the case. A young Jewish woman and personal friend, Amy Farber, is a real survivor who was diagnosed with LAM (short for the fatal lung disease lymphangioleiomyomatosis) a few years ago, when she was 35.

    I met Amy Farber last...

  • Sulam Summer Service Corps puts Jewish learning into play

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Above the din of screeching shoes, cheering kids and the staccato reverb of every sound, there was a buoyant excitement on the basketball court at Robertson Recreation Center.

    But when the calls from the sidelines morphed into panicked directives -- "Wait, run that way! No, THAT...

  • Rambam’s Bunnies

    By Rob Eshman

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Just after I returned from vacation, I found myself at the Playboy Mansion.

    I know -- that sounds redundant.

    But I have a perfectly good explanation for going there, so good my wife almost believed it. I went to Playboy for the articles.

    The Jewish Journal's annual Giving issue --...

  • Teens tackle tzedakah dollars

    By Julie G Fax

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Courtney Teller knows all about giving. The high school sophomore won the community service award at Archer School for Girls, and her grandmother, Annette Shapiro, is a legendary volunteer and philanthropist in the Los Angeles Jewish community.

    But it was the parking situation at a...

  • Israeli, Iranian and Russian immigrants learn the American way of giving

    By Amy Klein

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When the Los Angeles Jewish community staged a rally to show support for Israel during the conflict with Lebanon last year, Israeli Consul General Ehud Danoch was pleased by the numbers, but bothered by the fact that there were not many Israelis there.

    "You would have thought 30,000...

  • Palos Verdes teen on the ball with mitzvah project

    By Julie M. Brown

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I attended a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah at Congregation Ner Tamid in Palos Verdes at least two or three Saturdays each month during the year my first son became a bar mitzvah. During that time, I developed my own ritual of claiming a seat close to the front, where I could admire the...
  • Honors pile up for UCLA graduate Diana Tehrani

    By Derek Schlom

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Diana Tehrani has been busy at UCLA, and the 22-year-old biology graduate now has the awards to prove it.

    As one of 18 recipients of the Alumni Association's Outstanding Senior Award this year, and one of three recipients of the Young Humanitarian Award in a graduating class of...
  • Her bag of tricks helps patients conquer chemo

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Shortly after Janet Halbert completed treatment for breast cancer in 2005, a friend was diagnosed with the disease. The friend asked Halbert if she had any tips for easing the chemotherapy experience.

    "I told her I had some products and some ideas and things that might be helpful,"...

  • A not-so-random sampling of the Class of 2007

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Every year when I send out that first e-mail asking educators and leaders from around the city to nominate high school seniors for this "Outstanding Seniors" article, the angst begins. I get the names of dozens of nominees, and through a one-paragraph description I'm supposed to...
  • A shelter of surprises changed everything

    By Ariel Cohen

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When I first arrived at the homeless shelter, I was scared. I didn't know what to expect, and I had to admit to myself that I had never really been out of my element. But I was open to the new experience -- and completely unaware of how the day would turn out.

    I was visiting the...
  • LAUSD president gets lesson in partnership

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a news conference on Friday, May 18, to announce his decision to end a yearlong legal battle to take control of Los Angeles schools, Board of Education President Marlene Canter was standing by his side.

    The show of unity -- Canter and...
  • Saluting the Alliance; Bully for Binah; Right on, Rifkinds!

    By Norma Zager

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Allies in Education

    Philanthropists Beth and Joshua Friedman and Alliance board of director's president, Raymond R. Michaud Jr., were feted for their charitable endeavors and dedication to education, at the 2007 awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    The upbeat evening...
  • Healing trumps selling for new Kalsman Institute chief

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Michele Prince had an epiphany while sitting at a conference table nine years ago. At the time she was an account manager at a prestigious Westside advertising agency with a health insurance company as a client.

    "[We were] talking about restricting people's access to health care...
  • Nes Gadol calls its first autistic students to the Torah

    By Adam Wills

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Neal Katz runs up to the ark and opens the door. Blond-haired and bubbly, he points to the scroll, unable to articulate his desire.

    "Do you want to touch the Torah?" Cantor Steve Puzarne asks.

    The 13-year-old is autistic and nonverbal. Instead of using words, he mumbles...
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