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  • Zuckerberg and wife make largest 2013 U.S. donation

    January 3, 2014 | 10:54 am

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are responsible for the largest on-record charitable donation in the United States in 2013.

    For the second straight year, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, gave away 18 million Facebook shares — a gift worth more than $970 million...

  • How do you raise $120 million?

    By Elyse Samuels

    August 22, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s newly renovated sanctuary has been cleaned and fully restored. An extended bimah is more accessible for the first time. Photo © Tom Bonner 2013

    Ask Rabbi Steven Z. Leder what the mission of Wilshire Boulevard Temple is, and he’ll tell you, “We...

  • Adelsons donate $40 million to Birthright

    May 23, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, donated $40 million to the Birthright Israel Foundation.

    Their latest gift brings the couple’s overall donations to the program to $180 million.

    “Sheldon and I are committed to improving the world through cultural exchange and...

  • Saving Money and Saving Lives

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 4, 2013 | 2:17 pm

    By Michael Welch

    There is a new song out there dedicated to thrift shops, it’s catchy, has a nice rhythm and is an ode to the bargain shopper. I have recently taken interest in this small enclave of businesses where one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you’ve ever spoken...

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  • Donors struggling to defray the rising costs of Jewish camp

    January 24, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Spending the summer at Jewish overnight camp once was a spartan affair, often little more than a collection of ramshackle buildings scattered in the woods by a placid lake.

    Those were the days.

    "Today it's all about the toys," said Rabbi Allan Smith, the former head of the...

  • Sandy stories: Destruction, recovery and human kindness

    November 6, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    A week after Sandy swept into the New York area with fierce winds, driving rain and a high tide for the history books, the nation’s largest Jewish community was still picking up the pieces. JTA gathered stories from around the storm zone about Sandy’s destruction, the recovery and...

  • Israel and the world Pt. 20 - weekly news from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 17, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Warren Weinstein, an American Jew, was captured by Al Qaeda a year ago. After turning to Obama for help, he now asks Netanyahu to give his captors all they want and release him back to his home. The leader of Al Qaeda demanded the release of all Al Qaeda and Taliban members which...

  • Elliot Caplow, real estate developer, philanthropist, 83

    By JewishJournal

    August 16, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    Elliot Caplow, a prominent real estate developer and Jewish philanthropist, died Aug. 16 at the age of 83.

    Caplow graduated from UCLA in 1952 with a degree in business and began his career as a broker with Hollingsworth and Co. He is credited with brokering two landmark properties...

  • Rabbi’s use of discretionary funds spurs new policies

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    August 15, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    In response to the Haiti earthquake in January 2010 and the Carmel forest fires in Israel in December 2010, members of Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay, like so many others, wanted to donate money to help the victims. So, many of them directed donations through Rabbi Isaac...

  • National Jewish Democratic Council removes Adelson petition

    July 12, 2012 | 10:32 am

    The National Jewish Democratic Council, citing peace among Jewish groups, has taken down a petition calling on Republicans not to accept money from Sheldon Adelson.

    “Accusations against Mr. Adelson were made not by us, but by others, including Senator John McCain (R-AZ),” said a...

  • Israeli seeking bone marrow dies on day of national donor campaign

    June 1, 2012 | 10:35 am

    An Israeli hoping to find a bone marrow match died Thursday—the same day that Israel was holding bone marrow drives throughout the country targeting non-Ashkenazi donors.

    Yosef Krichli, of Georgian origin, had leukemia, The Jerusalem Post reported.

    The bone marrow testing campaign,...

  • Thank you!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 6, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    My grandfather passed away surprisingly about two months ago. Recently, we received a letter from an elementary school in Florida, informing us that a donation of Chai has been made by our American family friends to this school, in commemoration of him. I remember seeing this type of...

  • Azrieli Foundation donates $10 million to Yeshiva University

    May 3, 2012 | 10:36 am

    The Azrieli Foundation made a $10 million donation to Yeshiva University in honor of foundation founder David Azrieli’s 90th birthday.

    The donation, the largest in the foundation’s history, is earmarked for the university’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and...

  • For Murray Koppelman, a distasteful Tehran scene inspires a gift to New Israel Fund

    April 23, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    Murray Koppelman saw women pushed onto the back of a bus in Tehran and had a nightmare about Israel’s future.

    Koppelman, a well-known philanthropist in New York, is behind a New Israel Fund pledge drive to combat discrimination against women in Israel. He will match every new...

  • Adelson reportedly gives ‘substantial’ new donation to Gingrich PAC

    February 28, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    Casino and hotel magnate Sheldon Adelson reportedly has given a “substantial” new donation to a group supporting Newt Gingrich for the Republican presidential nomination.

    Adelson gave the donation to Winning Our Future, an independent committee, or Super PAC, that is run by...

  • Germany donates $13 million to Yad Vashem

    February 1, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    The German government will donate $13 million to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel over the next 10 years.

    The agreement was signed Wednesday by visiting German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who met with Holocaust survivors at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

    “The German...

  • Miriam Adelson gives $5 million to Gingrich Super PAC

    January 24, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Miriam Adelson, the wife of casino and hotel magnate Sheldon Adelson, has donated $5 million to a group supporting Newt Gingrich for the Republican presidential nomination.

    The donation matches one given earlier this month by her husband to Winning Our Future, an independent...

  • $5 million gift renames Vista Del Mar campus

    By Ryan Torok

    January 18, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services got a new name on Jan. 12, to include the designation the Joyce and Stanley Black Family Campus, in light of a $5 million gift the Blacks recently pledged to the agency.

    “Anything I could do for Vista Del Mar, I always wanted to do it,”...

  • Adelsons give Birthright another $5 million

    November 30, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are contributing an additional $5 million to Birthright Israel, which the organization says will move 2,000 applicants from waitlisted to traveling this winter.

    The contribution announced Wednesday, a day after the Adelsons were honored in Washington by...

  • Heschel Day School receives $1.1 million in gifts

    By Ryan Torok

    November 22, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    Two alumni families of Heschel Day School in Northridge gave major gifts to establish endowments at the school in honor of its 40th anniversary, one for $1 million, the other $100,000. Both families wish to remain anonymous.

    Heschel’s anniversary celebration has created momentum...

  • Volkswagen AG donating $1 million to ADL

    November 9, 2011 | 1:41 pm

    Automotive giant Volkswagen AG said it will donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.

    The money will go toward ADL workshops addressing issues at schools and in the workforce, including diversity training, programs aimed at cyber bullying and maintaining respectful working...

  • N.J. day school receives $17 million donation

    October 10, 2011 | 4:22 pm

    The Golda Och Academy in West Orange, N.J., has received a $17.2 million donation from the estate of philanthropist Eric F. Ross.

    The money will support grants for the Lore Ross Neshama program, which allows students at the Solomon Schechter day school to spend the second semester...

  • Chabad Telethon to air on Sunday

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 20, 2011 | 1:25 pm

    The 31st Chabad “To Life” Telethon, Chabad of California’s highest-profile annual fundraising event, is scheduled to air on KTLA at 8 p.m. on Sunday, this time with former talk-show host Larry King as its celebrity host. But while in past years the event has had much advance...

  • Study: Giving to Israel down 16 percent between ‘06 and ‘09

    September 19, 2011 | 12:12 pm

    Giving to Israel decreased by 16 percent between 2006 and 2009, exhibiting the same trends as overall American giving, a study found.

    “American Friends: U.S. Philanthropic Support for Israeli Nonprofits,” a study published last week by the EHL Consulting Group, found that American...

  • Britain giving $3.4 million to Auschwitz site preservation

    May 26, 2011 | 10:53 am

    Britain will contribute about $3.4 million to help preserve the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp memorial.

    The donation to the foundation for the preservation of the former death camp site will be used for restoration and preservation.

    “I am determined that the government should...

  • Give until it hurts

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    April 26, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    Two Jewish philanthropists were overheard disagreeing about how to give charity.

    “I only support Jewish causes — the Jewish people need our help more than anyone else in the world,” Cohen said.

    “But what about the tsunami in Japan, the earthquake in Haiti? What about all...

  • Japan earthquake relief: How you can help

    By JewishJournal.com

    March 11, 2011 | 11:52 am

    In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Japan, the organized Jewish world is lining up support for the rescue and relief effort in the region.

    Here are ways you can help:

    Los Angeles Jewish Federation
    You can also make a donation by calling (323) 761-8413, or by mail:
    The...

  • To Be or Not to Be, Rich…

    By Julia Bendis

    March 3, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Please tell me how can anyone get ahead in this world, financially that is?  I should rephrase: how can an average person with children get a head in this world?

    I sit here pondering that question while staring at the Orthodontic Invoice for my fifth-grader’s teeth!  Three...

  • Luskin family donates $100 million to UCLA

    By Ryan Torok

    February 2, 2011 | 12:30 pm

    Meyer Luskin and his wife, Renee, are donating $100 million to UCLA, the university’s second largest gift in its history, Chancellor Gene Block announced Jan. 26.

    Half of the donation will pay for endowments, research and teaching at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, 40 percent...

  • Anonymous donor leaves $1.5 million to Jewish Federation

    January 5, 2011 | 1:02 pm

    The anonymous woman who left $1.5 million to organizations affiliated with the Jewish Federation wasn’t someone leaders of the organization knew — in fact, she was someone few people knew well at all.

    But those who did know her say that the gift, which is to be divided among...

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