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  • John Fishel Resigns Post as President of Federation

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 26, 2009 | 8:12 pm

    John Fishel, who has led The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles since 1992, told his board of directors Monday morning that he will step down on Dec. 31. In an interview with The Journal, Fishel said that after 17 years of 80-hour weeks, he was ready for the next stage of his...

  • Scholarships help keep middle-income kids in Jewish schools

    By Julie G Fax

    December 18, 2008 | 2:11 am

    Amid the cascade of bad economic news of the past few months, five Jewish high schools in Los Angeles received some good news last week.

    The Jim Joseph Foundation, based in San Francisco, awarded the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles a...

  • Perfect storm for charities— contributions go down and requests go up

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 19, 2008 | 2:50 am

    Rachel Bookstein didn't realize just how anxious she'd become wondering whether Beach Hillel in Long Beach would be able to raise the funds it needs this year.

    Contributions had declined -- $500 here, $100 there. Folks had been hard hit by the economic crisis and were paring down...

  • Federation drops security grants for shuls; Farmar shoots, scores for Chabad

    September 17, 2008 | 10:00 pm

    Federation Drops Grants to Provide Security for High Holy Days at Small Synagogues

    In 2006, in the wake of Israel's war with Hezbollah, Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora were on edge. A lone gunman had already killed one and wounded five at a Seattle Jewish center, and many...

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  • Economic turmoil puts pressure on Jewish community

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 24, 2008 | 2:07 am

    The food pantry would not open for another 40 minutes, but already about a dozen people were waiting in the parking lot, many holding umbrellas to shield themselves from the blistering San Fernando Valley sun. Before day's end, more than 100 people, Jews and non-Jews alike, many...
  • Federation’s Entertainment Division debuts first YouTube video

    June 9, 2008 | 1:03 am

    Here’s how YouTube member EntDiv describes the video:

    The Entertainment Division of The Jewish Federation is a dynamic group of entertainment and media professionals who participate in a wide variety of educational, social, and volunteer opportunities to benefit the Jewish community...

  • Black-Jewish Passover not about blame

    By J. David Sackman

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I am disturbed, not by the content, but by the direction, of the entire discussion regarding the relationship between blacks and Jews, and particularly by the discussion about comments supposedly made at a recent awards ceremony here in Los Angeles.

    I am Jewish, of European...

  • Rethinking the system: How Federations might adjust

    By Gary Tobin

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    North American federations could and should be doing much better than they are. They matter. They are important. They embody the ideas of community, common cause and the ability to respond to collective concerns. They are vital institutions, and we want them to succeed.

    Federations...

  • Times are a-changin’, Mobius tells Jewish establishment

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 13, 2007 | 11:21 pm


    One of the inspirations for my work here at JewishJournal.com was a guy I at first knew only from his blog.

    He called himself ‘Mobius,’ and founded the Jewschool blog which talked about being Jewish in the 21st century in a way I could relate to, and, arguably, started the JBlog...

  • Reconstructionists try to manage growth

    By Ben Harris

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Dorshei Tzedek, a small Reconstructionist congregation in West Newton, Mass., began an explosive growth spurt in 1997, some of its members were concerned. The addition of more than 100 families had nearly tripled the congregation's size in just a few years, and some worried...
  • Reform, Conservative, Orthodox leaders tell all

    By Amy Klein

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Where are we as a people?"

    On Monday, the three heads of the leading Jewish seminaries tackled this question, as well as the challenges of teaching a new generation of Jews in an hourlong plenary session that stepped outside the overriding focus on Israel at the United Jewish...

  • Five ways to make <I>your</I> federation better

    By Gary Tobin

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Federations are one of the great success stories in American philanthropy. They attract thousands of volunteers and contributors, raise hundreds of millions of dollars, manage billions of dollars in a wide array of endowments and philanthropic funds, and mount special campaigns and...
  • Noteworthy sessions and events at the G.A.

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    SUNDAY, NOV. 12
    10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Tour of the Skirball Cultural Center
    Note: Tour leaves from Westin Bonaventure and returns to the L.A. Convention Center.

    2:30 p.m.
    Opening Plenary: "One People, One Destiny, One Great Day in November"
    Greetings: L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...

  • ‘Top 400’ misses full picture of Jewish philanthropic giving

    By Jacob Berkman

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish groups annually look to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of top 400 fundraising organizations the way the business world looks to the Forbes Fortune 500 list -- to see how well Jewish philanthropy is doing.

    This year's list, called "Philanthropy 400," placed 24 Jewish...

  • JCRC’s Schwartz-Getzug picked to head Jewish World Watch

    By Marc Ballon

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug, a longtime Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles executive and director of the organization's Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), has been named executive director of Jewish World Watch (JWW), a coalition of synagogues, schools and Jewish community...
  • L.A. gets ready to be the center of Jewish universe

    By Julie G Fax

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In just three weeks, more than 3,000 leaders of the international Jewish community, including the prime minister of Israel, are coming to Los Angeles.

    What, you hadn't heard?

    This season's best-kept secret among L.A. Jews seems to be that the 75th annual General Assembly (GA) of...

  • Tranforming the Synagogue—A Scorecard

    By Richard Greenberg

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Synagogue transformation programs exude good intentions, but do they actually work?

    The record is mixed. They are no panacea, but they sometimes benefit participating congregations -- at least temporarily -- by attracting newcomers, energizing existing members and perhaps forcing...

  • Israel: This year, Last Year

    By Jack Weiss

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Marvin Hier, Jack Weiss

    "A month ago, we planned to send our kids to Nahariya for release," Eli Moyal, mayor of the Gaza-adjacent, Qassam-besieged town of Sderot, tells me.

    It was a great idea -- last summer I took my kids to Nahariya for vacation. We played on the beach and took a speedboat to the...

  • Large-Scale Israel Solidarity Rally Planned for Sunday

    By Marc Ballon

    July 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In an effort to demonstrate solidarity with Israel, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and other Jewish groups are organizing a major community rally to take place in front of the Federation's Wilshire Boulevard headquarters this Sunday, July 23 at 4 p.m.

    ...

  • Let There Be Yiddish

    By Jane Ulman

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Gut Shabbes." Synagogue vice president Donna Groman stands at the door, warmly greeting each guest. Inside, a samovar sits on a white-clothed table alongside temptingly arranged platters of homemade kugel and apple cake for the oneg.

    Tonight is a Yiddish service, Zol Zahn Shabbes...

  • The Lichtenstein Formula for a Jewish Paper

    By Tom Tugend

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "The role of a Jewish newspaper is to connect the Jewish community, not to unify it," said Gene Lichtenstein, founding editor of The Journal.

    During his nearly 15-year tenure, which ended in 2000, Lichtenstein's formula was to hire good, independent writers and columnists who could...

  • Federation Support of Civic Group Wanes

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When former Democratic Congressman Mel Levine agreed to chair the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), he hoped to infuse it with the passion and purpose of its heyday in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

    In those days, the JCRC -- which is one of the major voices and faces of...

  • Views Differ on Role in Centers Crisis

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The news stunned John Fishel. In the fall of 2001, the L.A. Federation president learned that the city's Jewish community centers were in crisis. If The Federation didn't act quickly, some or all of the JCCs would have to shut down.

    Fishel had every right to feel upset. He...

  • Oops…Our 20th

    By Rob Eshman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The news these days is gruesome, so it's difficult to feel celebratory. The brutal slaying of Ilan Halimi, a young Jew, by a gang of mostly Muslim anti-Semitic thugs in Paris; the fatal riots over a Danish cartoon; the death toll in Iraq -- no wonder I overlooked a sort of milestone...

  • Spirit Up, Tally Down on Super Sunday

    By Marc Ballon

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Leon Weinstin has spent much of his life fighting on behalf of the Jewish people.

    In his late 20s, he participated in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising against the Nazis and somehow managed to escape a near-certain death. Later, he immigrated to the United States, opened a successful...

  • Super Sunday Aims at Aiding Programs

    By Marc Ballon

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In 1999, Alexander Khananashvili left behind his prosperous life as a Moscow doctor to immigrate to the United States with his wife and two daughters, hoping for a better future. He came with little money, no job prospects and no knowledge of English.

    With the help of The Jewish...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shining Lights

    The Jewish Federation's Young Leadership Division put a cool spin on Chanukah with "Latkes and Blackjack" at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. The usually dark alternative music club had a cheery holiday makeover as dreidels and chocolate gelt were spread across...

  • L.A’s Helping Hands

    By John Fishel

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Two months ago, I had dinner with a friend who lived in New Orleans. We chatted about our communities, and I reminisced about the two years I spent in her city almost 40 years ago.

    Last week, I received an e-mail from the same woman, who emotionally recounted fleeing New Orleans with...

  • Super Sunday Calls Raise $4.6 Million

    By David Finnigan

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Frank Ponder put in a long, fruitful day at the Feb. 13 Super Sunday annual fundraising campaign, helping gather the phone-driven dollars that became part of more than $4.6 million pledged that day for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    Last year, the Federation raised...

  • Awards Appreciate the Unappreciated

    By Julie G Fax

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Sitting in a roomful of teachers and the people who love them in a Bel Air hotel on a recent Thursday afternoon, you could almost forget that Jewish educators are inexcusably underappreciated, underhonored and underpaid.

    The Jewish Educator Awards luncheon, hosted by award sponsors...

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