Barbara Picower, the widow of Jeffry Picower, the largest beneficiary of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, has awarded $104 million in grants over two years through a new foundation.
The grants from the JPB Foundation have centered on medical research, poverty and the environment,...
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Hollywood Costumes from the Golden Age to the present
Jews and the birth of Film Noir
Israel Supreme Court: Holot illegal, Africans jailed in desert must be freed within 90 days
September 13, 2012 | 10:12 am
The Foundation for Jewish Camp announced four new camps to be included in its specialty camp incubator designed to engage Jewish campers.
The Specialty Camp Incubator II, which began accepting applications in March, is part of an $8.6 million grant jointly funded by the Jim...
March 15, 2012 | 12:00 pm
January 25, 2011 | 2:28 pm
Last week’s news that one of the country’s largest Jewish foundations will close in two years, its assets to be divided among the foundations of its founder’s heirs, is shining a spotlight on a major question in the Jewish philanthropic world:
How will Jewish philanthropic...
March 23, 2009 | 12:21 am
Julian Sandler, chairman of the Hillel: Foundation for Jewish Campus Life Board of Directors, has died.
Sandler, who served Hillel for 15 years, died Friday after a brief illness. He was 64.
He served as treasurer and vice chair of the Hillel board of directors and as chair of its...
March 18, 2009 | 5:52 pm
Of all the shocks of the Bernie Madoff heist, perhaps none was more stunning than the list of victims. Among them were several Jewish foundations and many of our community’s most prominent nonprofits. The losses were staggering, and in some cases crippling.
Yet the real Madoff...
September 11, 2008 | 1:26 amJewish Teens Beaten in Paris Attack
Three Jewish teenagers were attacked in the same Paris district where another Jewish teen was beaten severely in June.
The victims, who were wearing kippot, were temporarily hospitalized for minor injuries on Saturday in what some officials are...
July 23, 2008 | 2:23 am
August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm
November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pmJewish 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...
August 20, 2006 | 8:00 pmWhen the Righteous Persons Foundation, created and financed by Steven Spielberg, announced earlier this month that it was giving $1 million for relief efforts in Israel, including $250,000 to The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles crisis fund, the impact went beyond the...
August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Simha Lainer, a diminutive centenarian who cut a towering figure in Jewish education in Los Angeles, died Tuesday, Aug. 8. He was 100.
"He was a giant," said Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) Executive Director Gil Graff. "What he did was singularly remarkable: he established...
July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Call him a personal shopper, a matchmaker or a boutique investment adviser. However he is described, Joseph Hyman is trying to chart a new course in the world of Jewish philanthropy. A longtime Jewish organizational professional and fundraiser, Hyman last year launched the Center...
June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm
January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Andrea Bronfman, a giant in the world of Jewish philanthropy, was killed Monday when a car struck her while she was walking her dog in Manhattan. She was 60 years old.
"She was a Zionist -- and her parents were lovers of Israel and strong Zionists," said Marlene Post, who worked...
January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Rebecca Smith, Foundation Inspiration, Dies at 27
Rebecca Smith, whose diagnosis at age of 5 of the rare genetic disease affecting the nervous and immune systems known as Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T), spurred her parents, George and Pam Smith of Hidden Hills, to establish the...
October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Hope and Faith
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) honored L.A. resident Doron Kochavi, for his participation in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope across America, headed by Lance Armstrong.
Patients in the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at CHLA sent off Kochavi...
August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Until burn survivor Wendy (not her real name) met makeup artist Maurice Stein a decade ago, she dreaded leaving her house. Before a gas stove explosion almost burned her alive in 1987, she had been a 23-year-old cocktail waitress with long, blonde hair and blue eyes, and generated...
September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm
March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Ten years have passed since the premiere of "Schindler's List," but the emotional impact of the film and its aftermath remain intense, not least for its creators, actors and the survivors whose lives were depicted.
So there were tears and much hugging when Steven Spielberg hosted an...
March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Seventeen-year-old Megan Knofsky keeps alive her sibling's memory by sustaining a teen support group that raises money for research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, the genetic disorder that affects 30,000 people and claimed her sister, Sarah, in 1997.
Two years ago, Knofsky of...
March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm
George Smith is a financial matchmaker. He earns a princely living making matches between scores of lenders and clients buying property ranging from car washes to golf courses. Nearly as well-known is Smith's industry get-together. In its seventh year, 1,750...
September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm
I had planned to spend my summer in Hollywood. I had teed up on my reading list "Maneater" by Gigi Levangie Grazer, "Action!" by Robert Cort and "San Remo Drive" by Leslie Epstein. But, as Primo Levi used to say, life proved otherwise.
I had high hopes for "Maneater." I like...
July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm
California has always been a land of hope and opportunity. From the Gold Rush forward, our state has been a magnet for visionaries, entrepreneurs and dreamers. Across the world, California has become a beacon of prosperity, known from Timbuktu to Tel Aviv for constantly challenging...
November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Marvin Mirisch, one of three brothers who formed the Mirisch Co. motion picture production company, died on Nov. 17 of undisclosed causes at UCLA Medical Center. He was 84.
Born in New York City, Mirisch was the third of four Mirisch sons. After attending City College of New York,...
November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Bringing the Military Back to Maccabee
Putting a new spin on Chanukah celebrations, the U.S. Marine Corps Marching Band will perform at The Calabasas Shul's annual menorah-lighting ceremony to honor the men and women of the United States armed forces.
Local musician Brad...
November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Say Halo to Samueli
Nearly 600 guests were onhand as philanthropist Susan Samueli was honored at the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) Auxiliary's annual membership luncheon, held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire on Oct 23 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Samueli received the...
October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm
The real measure of success for Hallelu will not be whether the Universal Amphitheatre is filled to capacity on Sunday, Oct. 20, or whether the audience leaves humming the songs performed by an unprecedented gathering of Jewish musical talent for what is essentially a giant kumsitz....
September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm
What follows is an edited version of a speech that Judea Pearl, the father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, delivered upon accepting an award on his son's behalf from the Los Angeles Press Club on June 22, 2002.
It is a great honor for me and Ruth to accept this...
May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm
As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Joel Teplinsky knows how to fix a nose or perform a skin graft on a burn patient. As a lecturer at the University of California Los Angeles, Teplinsky knows how to communicate these skills to students. But what he did not have was a solid base...