There’s a post that’s going around Facebook right now about how creative people have messier workspaces. That certainly fits me. I would show you a picture of the desk I’m typing at right now, but it would ruin your image of me as the consummate style guru. (OK, that may not be...
July 2, 2015 | 2:23 pm
November 11, 2013 | 1:45 pm
In response to the devastation wreaked on the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit land on Nov. 8, killing thousands and obliterating whole towns and villages, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has set up the Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund.
The solicitation for...
October 30, 2012 | 1:00 pm
November 9, 2011 | 3:21 pm
The period from the end of the Jewish holidays (i.e. now) till the end of December (the end of the tax year) is peak season for non-profits raising money. That’s no less true for Hazon than anyone else: we’re doing important work on a relatively shoe-string budget, and we need...
December 2, 2010 | 4:54 pm
These organizations are working to help rehabilitate Israel’s fire-damaged Carmel region:
Jewish National Fund:
JNF collected around $2 million during the fire, some of which went to immediate needs on the ground. Now it is focusing its efforts on Operation Carmel Renewal: From...
March 16, 2010 | 4:55 pm
Jeff Tohl endured testing, five months of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant during the three years that followed his cancer diagnosis — a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. With a clean bill of health and regained strength, he thought he was out of the woods.
June 12, 2009 | 6:18 pm
We need to honor Stephen Tyrone Johns, 39, the security guard who was gunned down June 10 by a white supremacist at the entrance to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
“A soft-spoken, gentle giant,” Milton Talley, a former employee of the U.S. Holocaust...
September 16, 2008 | 7:42 pm
December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pmI opened my mailbox to find several letters, a few bills and a host of requests for donations from various organizations that I have supported over the years. Because I am a stickler for organization, I sort the letters, place the bills in a folder marked "Look at me soon!" and the...
January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pmAs a child, I hated having my birthday fall in the middle of December because it meant that no matter when Chanukah began, my birthday gifts were somehow expected to count for Chanukah, too. It just didn't seem fair that I had to give up some of my gifts because of a glitch in the...
May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Months ago, David Levinson, the founder and chairman of Big Sunday predicted that the citywide day of volunteerism might grow from 8,000 participants to 25,000 -- now that the City of Los Angeles has joined the effort.
He was so, so wrong.
At the final gathering of the day, at the...
July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm
April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Thinking about doing something for Israel but don't have time or inclination to go there and volunteer in person? This Sunday you can do your bit for the beleaguered Jewish state by chowing down in local restaurants.
On May 2, 20 of Los Angeles' kosher restaurants will participate...
November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
When 5-year-old Ariela Weintraub learned about the recent Southern California fires during a family dinner discussion, she was worried. The Santa Monica resident asked her mother, Susan Weintraub, "Mommy, do you think the children who lived in those burning houses lost their toys?"...
October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm
If you're concerned that the money you donate to Los Angeles Jewish charities is eaten up by administrative and fundraising costs, fear not.
Most Jewish charities in Los Angeles have a favorable rating for the amount of dollars spent on their projects compared to dollars spent on...
April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Imagine if hitting the restaurants was a mitzvah. For one day, at least, it will be. Finally, the guilt-free excuse to overeat you've been looking for. On May 4, the Sunday before Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day), Eat-4-Israel, a campaign created by yeshiva high schoolers,...
February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm
It's a balmy night as we join those filing into the basement social hall of the venerable Libertad Synagogue in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires. It resembles any Friday night service crowd anywhere in the United States, except that it's standing-room only. An elderly man sings...
July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Programs Continue at Valley JCCs
Programs will continue at the various Jewish Community Centers (JCC) around the San Fernanado Valley, albeit not all under the same umbrella. The new North Valley Jewish Community Center, Inc., (NVJCC) a nonprofit organization created after the...
September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm
In times of tragedy and disaster, blood supplies often run critically low. Giving blood is an incredible mitzvah, and one which costs you only time. Call 1-800-GIVELIFE (1-800-448 3543); if the number is busy, the Red Cross requests that you please keep calling so that you...
November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm
Young Mitzvah Day volunteers clean-up Taft High School inWoodland Hills.
A Day of Mitzvot and Meaning
The annual Valley event provides social-action projects andopportunity for community involvement
Mitzvot, acts of loving kindness or just plain charity:Whatever you call them, Jews are...