I run a nonprofit called Big Sunday. The idea behind Big Sunday is that absolutely everyone has some way to help somebody else. As we like to say, “There are no haves-and-have-nots, just haves-and-have-mores. Everyone has something.” And we can get so much more done when we all...
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December 16, 2010 | 1:14 pm
Germany has committed to a donation of $80 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, for the preservation and restoration of the memorial at the site of the Nazi concentration camp.
Germany’s contribution will be split between the federal government and the states, and will be...
January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm
When it comes to helping victims of the Southeast Asian tsunami, the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is taking the adage, "teach a man how to fish," quite literally.
As part of its long-term relief efforts for victims of the Dec. 26 tragedy, the group is working with its...
October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Mel Gibson Donates
$5 Million to Cedars-Sinai
Actor Mel Gibson has made a $5 million donation to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to help children from overseas receive expensive medical care, part of a Gibson family commitment dating back several years to a charity that helps sick...
February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm
When my daughter was born, I walked the floors of our Atlanta home night after night, day after day, holding her while she slept or when she cried, stopping always in front of the wall of backyard windows framing a forest of trees. As I grew into my unexpected role of single...
September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Financial Institutions Waive Fees for Survivors
More than 100 of California's largest financial institutions have agreed to waive wire-transfer fees charged Holocaust survivors and their families for reparation and restitution payments from abroad.
These payments, mainly from...
September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm
July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Ariel Avrech died of complications from severe pulmonary fibrosis on July 1. He was 22.
"He was incredibly learned," said Avrech's father, Emmy-winning screenwriter Robert Avrech ("The Devil's Arithmetic"). "I always learned from him. Our roles were reversed. He was also very funny...
March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm
December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm
In my family, death and funerals seem to inspire joking. Maybe it's discomfort, but it also seems to be a lack of concern and heaviness about the whole thing. No one in my family does much visiting of graves, and burials are apparently not deemed necessary.
My mother wants her body...
December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm
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...
July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pmMiriam Koral (second from right) surrounded by (from left), her brother Yuri; mother Ita; and mentor, Yiddish archivist, Hillel Kempinski. Below, Koral today.Miriam Koral is most definitely a zamler, a collector.
Her collecting usually takes her to a suburban garage, where the...