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  • Weeks after Sandy, enormity of human and economic costs are becoming clear

    November 20, 2012 | 11:26 am

    Kenny Vance's multimillion-dollar beach house has stood proudly on the Long Island shore and weathered all manner of storms since 1916. Then came Sandy.

    Vance, a 68-year-old musician who has lived in Belle Harbor, N.Y.,  for most of his life, was preparing  to perform on a cruise...

  • My G-20 Jewish Homecoming

    By Jay Firestone

    September 24, 2009 | 12:23 pm

    This is my vacation…

    Visiting my parents in Pittsburgh, PA was the initial reason for taking such a long break between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  But when I realized my visit would coincide with the G-20 summit, I decided to act fast.

    Unfortunately I missed the deadline to...

  • Economic crisis affecting all strata in community

    By Lilly Fowler

    November 19, 2008 | 1:10 am

    Sabrina Bahir was never particularly well off, at least financially. Her loving, supportive parents still reside in a trailer park and live off disability.

    "I missed the Jewish American Princess boat," she joked.

    Bahir believed that gaining a graduate degree -- a master's in Jewish...

  • Pinched pocketbooks no bar to party planning

    November 13, 2008 | 6:14 pm

    Pinched Pocketbooks NoBar to Party Planning

    Have tough economic times forced you to scale back your child's bar or bat mitzvah party plans? With your 401(k) down, is the ice sculpture out? Is your resetting ARM making you reconsider that 18-piece orchestra?

    If so, you can still have...

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  • ‘When there’s life, there’s hate’: Q & A with ADL’s Abe Foxman

    November 7, 2008 | 1:57 am

    Abe Foxman is director of the Anti-Defamation League. Born in Poland in 1940, he survived the Holocaust in Lithuania.

    Foxman joined the ADL in 1965 upon graduating from New York University Law School and was appointed director in 1987.

    Under his leadership the organization has gained...

  • Could economic slump—which means less giving— kill Jewish community innovation?

    By Jacob Berkman

    October 10, 2008 | 12:39 am

    The past decade has seen a groundswell of innovative Jewish nonprofits -- from the birth of a Jewish pop culture magazine, Heeb, to the creation of a slew of trailblazing Jewish social service organizations, to an array of projects that allow Jews to express their Judaism through...
  • Wall Street, Main Street, Jew Street

    By Rob Eshman

    October 8, 2008 | 1:10 am

    I like to believe that as a 21st century American Jew, I'm no more paranoid than necessary.

    But if I hear one more politician extol the virtues of "small towns," I am fixing up a hiding place in my attic.

    If I hear one more pundit bash Wall Street and grow misty over Main Street, I...

  • Communities can use High Holy Days to help ease economic angst

    September 25, 2008 | 2:32 am

    With the start of the High Holy Days, the pace of communal life starts to change, and our focus is on reflection, reconciliation, repentance and the annual response to new beginnings.

    For too many in our community, however, this season will hold more angst than joy.

    The economic...

  • McCain and Obama campaigns focus on sanctions as Iran threat looms

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 16, 2008 | 6:47 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The mounting anxiety over Iran’s nuclear program is sparking campaign chatter over a possible Israeli strike and prompting a bipartisan effort to revive long-stalled sanctions legislation in the U.S. Congress.

    Time is running out, say advocates of new...
  • Table for none?

    By Amy Klein

    May 5, 2008 | 2:00 pm

    It was to be the restaurant that would change kosher dining in Los Angeles.

    In December 2006, the Prime Grill, a branch of the popular New York kosher steakhouse, opened its doors in Beverly Hills promising a new experience in kosher dining. "There's never been a kosher restaurant...

  • As U.S. dollar plummets, Israelis rediscover the shekel

    By Dina Kraft

    March 1, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    As the U.S. dollar continues its spectacular nose dive -- it has lost 20 percent of its value against the shekel in the past year -- Israelis have rediscovered the bright greens, reds and purples of their own currency.

    No longer the subject of derision or victim of hyperinflation,...

  • Illuminating the Jewish chapters of the Los Angeles story

    By David N. Myers

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles, to the first-time visitor, can seem something of an enigma. Its vast physical spread often spawns negative stereotypes of a city beset by traffic, smog and the absence of a core. And yet, set against this rather dark image, is Los Angeles' status as a city of global...
  • R.E. Hard Crash? Soft Landing? Bursting Balloon? Leaking Balloon?

    By Marc Ballon

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mark Cohen thinks those doomsday scenarios about an impending Southland housing crash miss the mark. And the founder and president of Beverly Hills-based Cohen Financial Group has learned a thing or two about real estate over the last 20 years.

    With an MBA from USC and a law...

  • The Slop Sink

    By Rob Eshman

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    At the heart of the tenement kitchen was the slop sink, a metal basin maybe a foot shorter than a standard bathtub, but a few inches deeper. Here the woman of the house washed vegetables and clothes, and on occasion herself and her children. Before indoor plumbing, that water came...

  • German Jews Praise Merkel

    By Toby Axelrod

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As Germany stands on the brink of a new political era -- about to have its first woman and first former East German as chancellor -- Jews are peering over the horizon with cautious optimism.

    Seven years of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder turned out to be rather good for the Jews. But...

  • Netanyahu Resigns Over Gaza

    By Leslie Susser

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu's resignation from the Israeli Cabinet may have come too late to scuttle Israel's planned withdrawal from Gaza and the northern West Bank, but it seems almost certain to change the face of Israeli politics.

    Leaving the Finance Ministry just 10 days before the...

  • Israel Has Rx for U.S. Health Care

    By Mordechai Shani

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Israel and the United States each have successes and failures in their respective health care systems, but the younger of the modern nations, rooted in its tradition of helping the needy, has much to teach its American ally. When it comes to some of the most important issues facing...

  • Vote Yes on 57, 58: They Will Ease Crisis

    By Bruce L. Bialosky

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It certainly is an unusual situation, but we Republicans are encouraging you to vote to increase the debt of the state of California, and we are doing it with a straight face.

    As you know, Proposition 57 is asking Californians to commit to a bond issue of $15 billion. This commitment...

  • Israel’s Poor Endure Tough Situation

    By Dina Kraft

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Crumbs tumble down Yigal Alperson's white beard as he eats his one guaranteed meal of the day at a crowded Jerusalem soup kitchen.

    Tables spill over with immigrants, the elderly and single mothers, the predominant faces of Israel's poor as the country's economy is battered seemingly...

  • Return to Founding Ideals Poses Challenge

    By Alice Shalvi

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The major overall challenge we face today is that of returning to the ideals of a democratic, pluralistic Jewish State that found their expression in the noble words of Israel's Declaration of Independence.

    What its authors envisaged was a state in which all citizens would enjoy...

  • Made in Israel

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On a typically bustling weekday morning at Elat Market on Pico Boulevard, regular shopper Boris Sinofsky was at the fish counter, ordering several pounds of tilapia. He had seen a pamphlet for Fine Foods From Israel -- a campaign to support Israel through the purchase of its goods --...

  • Argentina

    By Richard S. Gunther

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    To visit Argentina today is to see with your own eyes the tragedy these people are facing.

    Imagine living in a country where you experience the following:

    You have worked hard for years, and every month you add to your savings in a dollar account held at a major international bank...

  • Budget Danger Ahead

    By James D. Besser

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In Jewish communal boardrooms in New York and Washington, all eyes are focused on the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the tricky matter of U.S.-Israeli relations in a changing era.

    But in communities around the country, many Jewish leaders have another big worry: the...

  • Indirect Victims

    By Rachel Pomerance

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    An alarming number of at-risk children are among the Jewish victims of Argentina's economic collapse.

    Even in the most stable families, children have been hit by the fallout from the collapse. For unstable parents, desperate conditions like those in crisis-ridden Argentina only make...

  • Economic Emergency

    By Larry Derfner

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On top of being in a military state of emergency for over a year, Israel is now in an "economic state of emergency" as well, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced last week. He was about the last person in the country to say the words out loud.

    The arrival of Israel's economic...

  • We’re in the Money

    By Anita Chabria

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Despite a tough economic year that prompted more than $550 million in line-item vetoes by Governor Gray Davis, the new California state budget allocates almost $10 million dollars to Jewish organizations.

    With a range of programs from pediatric immunizations to materials for...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If the multitude of Jewish events are any indication, the holidays hit hard this season. To paraphrase Adam Sandler's "Chanukah Song," here's a list of organizations that are Jewish, just like you and me...

    Various divisions of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles celebrated...

  • New Vistas

    By Dennis Gura

    November 29, 1999 | 11:00 am

    "The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution Is Reshaping the American Landscape," by Joel Kotkin. (Random House, $22.95)

    Joel Kotkin, a senior fellow at both Pepperdine University Institute for Public Policy and Milken Institute and a research fellow at the libertarian Reason...

  • Israel Bonds

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Bonds: They're not just for bar and bat mitzvahs anymore.

    That's the message the State of Israel Bonds organization wants to get across in announcing its new floating rate offerings. Rather than being seen as a quasi-charity and feel-good gift for 13-year-olds, the...

  • Which Side Are You On?

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Is Mike Davis right about Los Angeles? And if so, what does it mean for our increasingly conservative Jewish community? That was the subtext of my meeting with Davis last Sunday at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    Davis' most recent book, "Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the...