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  • American Jewry By Numbers

    By Joe Berkofsky

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 2000-01, dubbed "Strength, Challenge and Diversity," offers key findings on demographics, intermarriage, Jewish "connections" -- that is, communal behavioral trends -- and such "special" topics as the elderly, immigration and poverty.

    ...

  • Santa Monica Tragedy Mirrors Israel Terror

    By Wendy Jaffe

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last week at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, I got a taste of what it is like to be an Israeli. Going about the ordinary tasks of life one moment, standing next to a corpse the next.

    My day started out ordinarily enough. In pursuit of the perfect tile for my new barbecue center, I...

  • California Jews Lobby for Medi-Cal

    By Marc Ballon

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 200 Jews descended on Sacramento this week to lobby California's most powerful politicians to protect major programs that serve the poorest and frailest Jews and other Californians from the budget ax.

    Jews from throughout the state, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San...

  • JVS Program Heals Immigrants’ Lives

    By Marc Ballon

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Balancing a large tray on her shoulders, Nahide Kafri dashed from table to table serving dinner to patients with Alzheimer's disease at the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA). Despite the hard work, a smile crossed her face.

    As a certified nurse assistant (CNA), Kafri earns...

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  • A Wish Is Granted

    By Marc Ballon

    February 27, 2003 | 7:01 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Jewish Family Service (JFS) have received the first federally funded grant in California for so-called naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs), places where a majority of the population is over 55.

    JFS, which collaborated...

  • ‘Justice’ for All

    By Tom Tugend

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This is the second of two articles examining the status of Holocaust restitution and reparations as The Journal observes the 64th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Nov. 9). The first article dealt with the history, problems and future impact of the topic. This article deals with how the...

  • The Mitzvah’s in the Mail

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We need more stamps," a little boy yells. "How many cards do we have left?" asked a dark-haired woman. "I have more envelopes!" shouts a girl in a skirt. It's the Wednesday before Rosh Hashana at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda, yet the residents don't seem to mind the noise...

  • Jewish Aging Crisis Looms

    By Sharon Samber

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Is the American Jewish community prepared for the aging tidal wave? With the number of Jewish elderly expected to soar over the coming decade, leaders at the national and local levels realize they must move beyond traditional methods of caring for the elderly to develop new plans and...

  • Alzheimer’s Home

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine you are 90 years old and the world you once knew, even your own home, feels like a frightening and unfamiliar place. Sometimes you find it hard to recognize even your closest family members. You don't understand why people get angry when you wander away or when you cannot...

  • Still Kicking

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Residents and staff of the Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA) gathered March 26 at Eisenberg Village on Victory Boulevard to celebrate the institution's 90th anniversary. About two dozen residents participated in blowing out the 10 candles (one for each decade and one for good luck) on...

  • Grand Marshal,  Grand Lady

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Sitting in her seat at the Max Factor Family Foundation Recreation Center of the Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA), 103-year-old Sylvia Harmatz cannot recall the first state to give women the right to vote. But, she remembers very clearly the first day she voted, in 1936.

    "I wasn't a...

  • Senior Seders

    By Leilah Bernstein

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Passover holiday contains countless traditions. There's the matzah and the sweet wine, the charoset and haggadot, the gefilte fish and the good fortune we celebrate. But perhaps most importantly, there is the gathering together of family and friends -- the people who make the...
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