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  • A Dollar a Day

    By Rob Eshman

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Those Sally Struthers Save the Children television ads always break down dollar-by-dollar how our donations work. Ten cents per day buys a starving child a meal. A quarter gets the child vaccines. Give a dollar and they put a roof over his or her head.

    Funny thing is that our...

  • Rabbi William Kramer Dies at 84

    By Tom Tugend

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    An overflow crowd of nearly 500 mourners attended funeral services last week for Rabbi William M. Kramer, a Los Angeles institution, who died at the age of 84.

    They came to pay tribute and share recollections of the man they had known in one or more of his multifaceted careers as...

  • Adding Mitzvah Multiplies Simcha

    By Donna Gordon Blankinship

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sometimes the smallest details are the ones that make the biggest impression. You remember the pretty napkins or the mints with dessert. You remember the bride walking down the aisle with both her parents instead of just her father. You remember the way the bat mitzvah girl wore a...

  • The Giving Ladder

    By Wendy Belzberg

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Rambams Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give" by Julie Salamon (Workman Publishing, $18.95).

    Even a wizard at niche marketing would tremble before the title of Julie Salamon's most recent book. "Rambam's Ladder," based on an ancient text by Rabbi Moses...

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  • Lessons From a Film Festival

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Three Jews, four opinions -- right? Of course right. Now mix in something as subjective as one's taste in movies. Now imagine the folly of putting together a committee to organize a short Jewish film festival. Crazy. No?

    From the plumber to the U.S. Court of Appeals justice,...

  • Pledge Storm Hits Federation

    By Marc Ballon

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles had a super Super Sunday, ringing up pledges of $4.5 million, or $800,000 more than last year.

    "The volunteers were amazing, and, to tell you the truth, it was raining and more people were at home," said Craig Prizant, senior vice...

  • Writing the Book On Reading

    By Marc Ballon

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Seated before 21 third-graders at Selma Avenue Elementary School in Hollywood, actor Henry Winkler cracked open a copy of "I Got a 'D' in Salami," a children's book he co-authored, and began reading. The "Fonze," a little grayer and thicker around the middle than in his salad days,...

  • Cunin Helps Save Shul Down Under

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A Californian white knight has stepped in to solve a dispute between two warring Australian brothers-in-law.

    Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, director of West Coast Chabad Lubavitch, recently organized a consortium of philanthropists to come up with a $700,000 down payment to purchase...

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Rules at 2003 Valley Fest

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The 11th biannual Los Angeles Jewish Festival, co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation and a host of Jewish organizations, synagogues and corporate sponsors, promises an eclectic lineup of rock and rock hybrids.

    The Main Stage, sponsored by Countrywide, will include rockers Rick Recht...

  • From Punk Teen to Bet Tzedek Dream

    By Marc Ballon

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Mitch Kamin was a punk. As a teenager, he would don grubby jeans and an attitude and make his way to the Roxy, Madame Wong's or the Whisky A Go Go to listen to the sonic drum-and-guitar assaults of such bands as X and the Circle Jerks. Plowing his way through the mosh pit, the young...

  • Briefs

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Family Service Cuts Staff, Programs

    In an attempt to balance its budget, Jewish Family Service (JFS) has scaled back counseling and other programs that serve some of the region's most vulnerable people.

    JFS slashed three part-time positions at both its Conejo Valley and Metro...

  • Your Letters

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    River of Hope

    Rob Eshman writes about the "River of Hope" (June 27) coinciding with my hope. I am happy that COEJL is working to revive the river and beautify our environment.

    How about a walk by the river, from the West Valley to the sea? My letter to you may encourage more...

  • Your Letters

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Piece of the Pie

    Tom Tugend's article led me to fantasize that if I were a secular Jewish millionaire, what would I do to mitigate the present feverish global anti-Semitism ("Why Aren't Jews Giving to Jews?" June 27)? I certainly would not give a dime to organizations that are...

  • The Circuit

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Museum Muse

    Art and Israel came together at the Beverly Hills Hotel when West Coast American Friends of the Israel Museum (AFIM) held its 13th annual Membership Dinner.

    The Jerusalem-based Israel Museum, founded in 1965, houses encyclopedic collections ranging from prehistory to...

  • Affirmative Actions

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    If you want to talk about education, if you want to discuss affirmative action, you need to take a trip with me down the 10 Freeway. Let's head east past the 405 and the 110 and exit on Central Avenue, heading south. That's right -- South Central, recently renamed South Los Angeles.

    ...

  • Poverty in Israel

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The back cover of the April 7 Jerusalem Report magazine depicts an Israeli child trying to spell the word "poverty" on a blackboard.

    The child spells the word "p-o-v-e-r-t-i" and the ad (run by the Women's International Zionist Organization) reads: "He doesn't know how to spell it,...

  • School Provides anAntidote to Grief

    By Andrea Adelson

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Even 56 years later, Irving Gelman recalls precisely the day of his U.S. arrival and exactly the contents of his pockets: April 19, 1947, and $5.60.

    The date marked a miraculous fresh start for a man whose generosity would later ignite dramatic changes within Orange County's Jewish...

  • Stanley Hirsh, Journal Publisher, Dies at 76

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Stanley Hirsh, the imposing philanthropist, real estate investor and garment manufacturer as renown for his blunt-spoken style as his contributions to Jewish and political causes, died at his Studio City home March 22 after a two-year battle with brain cancer. He was 76.

    The...

  • Serious Fun

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For weeks now, Merrill Alpert has been searching for the perfect inflatable slide, the largest Ferris wheel and the flashiest ice cream cart -- all for her synagogue. Like event organizers at other temples in the Southland, Alpert, Valley Beth Shalom's (VBS) youth director and...

  • Calm But Profitable

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It may not seem like much -- $26.67 in change -- but 'tweens Alex and Miles Beard proved that it's the thought that counts at The Jewish Federation's Feb. 23 Super Sunday phone-a-thon, during which 2,000 volunteers raised more than $4 million from Federation sites in Los Angeles,...

  • Voice Across Israel

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israelis now have their very own "Band Aid."Perhaps inspired by other projects of the past, like "USA for Africa," and "Live Aid," the Jewish Agency, in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and the Hed Arzi Music Company, has released a CD of Israeli pop...

  • C’mon Get Happy

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On the left side of the mechitza at the Happy Minyan on Pico Boulevard, the men put their hands on each other's shoulders, Chasidic conga-line style, and start tramping around in a circle; on the other side, the women hold hands, but remain stationary, bobbing their knees to the tune...

  • Who Should Pay?

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "We're moving," a couple casually told Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman.

    The rabbi was at first puzzled. They were not leaving town or searching for new shul, the pair explained. Instead, they revealed that they had decided to give up their large home and move to a modest apartment so...

  • Emek CelebratesNew Growth Spurt

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "I got my first mild concussion over there," Yehuda Pollack said with a sentimental chuckle, pointing to the new auditorium window at Emek Hebrew Academy.

    Recounting his ninth-grade days and the perils of tackle football, the 33-year-old former student looks around the new facility...

  • L.A. Jews Aid Argentines

    By Florencia Arbiser

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The plight of Argentine Jews hammered by the collapse of their country's economy was forcefully brought home to a contingent of Los Angeles Jews this month.

    Twenty-two young leaders active at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles joined the United Jewish Communities (UJC)/Ben...

  • Stan Burns

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Stan Burns, an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, died of heart failure Nov. 5 at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital. He was 79.

    Born in 1923 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Burns was the original writer of "The Tonight Show" starring Steve Allen and later became the original writer...

  • Jewish War Vets Remember

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Each year, from Oct. 11 through Nov. 11, retired Cpl. Paul Cohen is all about poppies.

    As a member of Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America Post 603 in the San Fernando Valley, the 81-year-old Woodland Hills resident solicits donations for the symbolic paper flowers in...

  • A ‘Caring Heart’ for Israel’s Forgotten

    By Miriyam Glazer

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the grim underground parking lot of the Rishon LeZion shopping mall in central Israel, hundreds of men and women of all ages are nervously sitting, standing restlessly or milling around, their faces weary, their eyes expectant. Judging from the range of skin tones, clothing styles...

  • SomethingBorrowed

    By Pearl Salkin

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My wedding gown hangs on the rod in the corner of my closet. Although it's sealed in cellophane, the once winter-white dress has lost its luster. After multiple moves and 28 years in cramped quarters, its previously pristine layers of bright lace have turned dingy and dim.

    I...

  • Combatting Hunger

    By Carin Davis

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Give a hungry man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. Give him chicken soup while fishing, you feed him, teach him and give him a taste of home.

    The Los Angeles Jewish community has launched a spirited multilevel attack on local hunger....

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