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  • This year, more Angelenos than ever get Passover aid from local agencies

    By Ryan Torok

    April 11, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    This year, more than 1,000 Los Angeles families in need received food from organizations that provide assistance specifically for Passover.

    During the weeks leading up to the first seder, on April 6, visitors to distribution sites set up by agencies, synagogues and organizations...

  • The Relationships in Between Your Relationships

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    January 31, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    I had a big fight with my sister last week.  My sister and I are incredibly close and have been for our entire lives but we can still fight pretty passionately.  I have a week off in March and want to take a trip with her because although we’ve traveled extensively as a family, we...

  • Dig, plant, grow, give—sharing the bounty of food

    By Rachel Heller

    November 19, 2008 | 12:42 am

    If there's one thing Gabe Goldman wishes more Angelenos would do next spring, it's get their hands dirty.

    The American Jewish University (AJU) professor and director of experiential education is signing up students, synagogues and anyone else with a piece of land and a green thumb...

  • Congregations help the homeless into homes—one family at a time

    By Julie G Fax

    October 10, 2008 | 2:56 pm

    Sharon (not her real name) and her 4 1/2-year-old son have been in and out of shelters and temporary housing for the past several years, sometimes living on the streets. A recovering drug addict, Sharon now has a steady job working at a bakery but is about to reach her time limit in...
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  • September is a struggle for interfaith families

    By Jane Ulman

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Months before the High Holidays arrive, Patrick Patterson requests the days off for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur from his job as a firefighter/paramedic with the Los Angeles City Fire Department. A few days before, he reviews the entire High Holiday machzor, or prayer book, so...
  • Jewish Studies Bug Bites Parents, Too

    By Sue Fishkoff

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eighteen months ago, when Lenard Cohen's 4-year-old daughter was enrolled in the family's congregational preschool, the Philadelphia-area father of three decided to go back to school himself.

    He signed up for the Florence Melton Parent Education Program, a Jewish adult education...

  • Southland Responds to Relief Needs

    By David Finnigan

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Prominent rabbis have been urging their congregations to give generously to Hurricane Katrina relief funds, the most prominent being one set up by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, which had raised more than $500,000 by early this week.

    The scope of the disaster is...

  • Acts of Faith - Farewell Service

    By Amy Klein

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    After World War II, two Jewish GIs returned to Los Angeles and founded a synagogue in Westchester. Beth Tikvah, as it was called, finally found a permanent home in 1959 on the Westchester bluffs.

    But last month, the Conservative congregation -- known since 1968 as B'nai Tikvah after...

  • Playing Favorites

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When I was a kid, I was a very important person in shul. My dad was not at all prominent in the greater society -- he merely worked for his brother, selling toys and stationery as a wholesaler in Manhattan's Lower East Side, starting his workday at 7 a.m. and working through 7 p.m....

  • A Race Against Time and Floodwaters

    By Chanan Tigay

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Stepping up to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, Jewish day schools opened their doors to evacuees, families welcomed strangers into their homes, Jewish rescue squads searched through the storm's wreckage and Jewish organizations raised millions of dollars for those whose lives were...

  • Evacuees Face Life of Uncertainties

    By Gil Sedan

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Shlomi Tabach was trying to pry the bronze mezuzah off his front doorpost with pliers, but it wouldn't budge.

    "Look at that. The mezuzah doesn't want to leave. It wants to stay in Gush Katif," said Tabach's mother-in-law, Yaffa Michaeli, referring to the main Jewish settlement bloc...

  • Getting Kids Into Charity Pays Off Big

    By Daniel Akst

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Start talking to wealthy families about the benefits of getting kids involved in philanthropy, and they'll tell you the biggest beneficiaries are the kids -- and their families. They say even young children who get involved learn the value of money, the limits of resources...

  • Bebe and Me

    By J. Keith van Straaten

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A lot of people my age feel pressure from their families to get married, but I think my not being married is the only thing keeping my grandmother alive. Bebe often tells me she just wants to live long enough to see my wedding. I'll say "I do" and then she'll immediately keel over....

  • Letters

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Two Families

    Kol hakavod to The Journal for its comprehensive coverage of the wide range of perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, from those of Jon Hambourger to those of Craig and Cynthia Corrie and Khaled and Samah Nasrallah ("Two Families' Dreams Were Not Demolished,"...

  • Behind the Kvetch

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A guy gets a Labrador and he can't wait to show him off to his neighbor. So when the neighbor comes over, the guy calls the dog into the house, bragging about how smart the little guy is. The dog quickly comes running and stands looking up at his master, tail wagging furiously, mouth...

  • The Circuit

    By Julie G Fax

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    SHoshanim Celebrates

    Shoshanim, a magazine for Jewish teenage girls, is celebrating its fifth year in publication with a newly designed Web site, new features and an upgraded layout. Based in Los Angeles, the magazine geared for Orthodox teenagers has 5,000 subscribers. It is the...

  • What Bergen-Belsen Taught Us

    By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    On Sunday, April 17, hundreds of Holocaust survivors from around the world, along with their children and grandchildren, gathered on the site of the German concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen to observe the 60th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. I was privileged to...

  • New Berlin Memorial a Sign of Hope

    By Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Each year our congregation travels to a different corner of the Jewish world, and last Tisha B'Av, the day commemorating persecutions and destructions that have befallen the Jewish people, we found ourselves in Berlin.

    We entered Germany's gleaming, dynamic capital with...

  • Support Opens Way for Special Needs

    By Michael Jackman

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    For most parents, preparing a child for a bar or bat mitzvah is just another of many coming-of-age stresses. But for parents whose children have special needs, the stress can be almost unbearable. Yet arranging b'nai mitzvah ceremonies for such children are not impossible, with a...

  • A Four-Part Fight

    By Jill Stewart

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is picking a fight with longtime powers in Sacramento instead of trying to be everybody's pal, raising a question of whether he can bring voters along with him who are torn by their desire for good government but angry over mounting partisanship.

    Voters,...

  • East of Western— a Kosher Cornucopia

    By Edmon J. Rodman

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Kosher east of Western? Out here on the edge of the eruv that runs along Western Avenue (the pole-top strung boundary that allows traditional Jews to carry on Shabbat), I live with my family in an old area of Los Angeles a few miles west of downtown called Country Club Park. It's...

  • Emek Breaks Fundraising Record

    By Julie G Fax

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The middle school girls of Emek Hebrew Academy-Teichman Family Torah Center in Sherman Oaks raised almost $35,000 (yes, that figure is correct) for Chai Lifeline, a national organization that provides support, services and programming for families with seriously ill children.

    ...
  • Briefs

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    OU Reaches Out to Deaf Community

    The Orthodox Union's deaf outreach came to Long Beach for a Shabbaton gathering of the deaf and their families, a small event that meant a lot to the often-isolated Orthodox deaf community.

    "There wasn't a big turnout, but I think that it's...

  • Jewish Groups Join Quake Relief Efforts

    By Dan Baron

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For thousands of young Israelis, the sun-drenched archipelagos of Southeast Asia were the perfect destination to forget the rigors of military service.

    But this week, that post-Zionist nirvana became a nightmare. The tsunami that swept India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the...

  • Where Will a Teen’s Schooling Continue?

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    When Amy Cohen graduated from Adat Ari El's day school in 2003, her family faced a decision: Where would she continue her education?

    While eighth-graders at Orthodox day schools generally continue on to Jewish high schools, graduates of Conservative, Reform or community day schools...

  • Teens Gear up for Bicycle Tzedakah

    By Julie M. Brown

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    With their hands all but frozen, lips blue and feet soaking, nearly 50 South Bay teens and a large handful of adult volunteers braved the storm on Sunday, Dec. 5, to devote their afternoon to testing, cleaning and repairing bicycles.

    The second of four Arachim programs, this event...

  • Becoming a Nephew

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Today, I am a nephew. Last weekend, the names of more than 3 million persons murdered in the Holocaust were posted on the Internet as part of a searchable database created by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

    Yad Vashem was established in 1950 by an act of the Knesset, the Israeli...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    TAKE A LOOK, IT'S IN A BOOK
    On Sunday, Nov. 14,
    come to the second annual
    Jewish Children's Bookfest
    from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,
    at the Triangle, Mount Sinai Memorial Park
    (6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley,
    exit the 118 West at Yosemite).
    Children and their...
  • Rocket Threat Casts Shadow on Kibbutz

    By Larry Derfner

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Kibbutz Nir'am, which is slightly closer to the Gaza Strip than Sderot, seemed dead that morning. The air was hot, harsh and still. Hardly anybody was outdoors.

    Ofer Lieberman, whose office and van are plastered with stickers for Guinness, the beer he soaks up at the kibbutz's Green...

  • Habitat Help

    By Abby Gilad

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On Sukkot we build outdoor huts. We live in them for only seven days and then we go back into our warm, sturdy houses. But there are many people out there without a home.

    Habitat for Humanity builds houses for families so that they can have a home. Here's some ideas of things you can...

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