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  • Foundation headed by widow of Madoff’s largest beneficiary grants $104 million

    1 week ago

    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,...

  • Foundation for Jewish Camp announces four new specialty camps

    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...

  • Judea Pearl wins award for work in artificial intelligence

    By Tom Tugend

    March 15, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    Judea Pearl, co-founder of the Daniel Pearl Foundation and an internationally renowned expert in computer science, will receive the Turing Award, known as the “Nobel Prize in Computing,” for his path-breaking innovations in artificial intelligence — the discipline probing the...

  • Can Jewish giving weather the transfer from one generation to the next?

    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...

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  • Hillel Official Julian Sandler Dies

    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...

  • The Real Madoff Scandal: Charitable Hoarding

    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...

  • More Jewish teens attacked in Paris, Adelson gives $30 million to Birthright

    September 11, 2008 | 1:26 am

    Jewish 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...

  • Sherry Lansing’s epiphany

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 23, 2008 | 2:23 am

    By 8 a.m. last Wednesday, when Sherry Lansing took the stage at the downtown Bonaventure Hotel, the women of Hadassah were hollering as if they were in a gospel service.

    "Sixty is the new 40," said TV anchor Rikki Klieman to shouts and cheers swirling through the crowd.

    Lansing...

  • Waiting for Ratner, the king formerly known as Solomon

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Desperately Seeking Brett

    I had big plans for meeting Brett Ratner.

    A few days ago, my grandmother called me from Miami and said, "A nice Jewish director has been profiled in The Miami Herald. He went to Beach High and his grandparents live with him - in his Beverly Hills mansion."...

  • ‘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...

  • Spielberg Gives $1 Million for Israel Relief

    By Tom Tugend

    August 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When 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...
  • Education Giant Simha Lainer, 100

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Simha Lainer
    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...

  • Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make Me a Donation Match

    By Chanan Tigay

    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...

  • Warren Buffett’s Jewish Connection

    By Chanan Tigay

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Warren Buffett is not a Jew; in fact, he describes himself as an agnostic.

    Still, the billionaire investment guru, who made big news in May when his Berkshire Hathaway corporation bought an 80 percent share in the Israeli metalworks conglomerate, Iscar, for $4 billion, for years has...

  • Andrea Bronfman, Charity Giant, Killed

    By JTA Staff

    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...

  • Obituaries

    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...

  • The Circuit

    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...

  • Lifecycles - Makeup Artist Gives Dignity to Scarred

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    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...

  • Happy Campers

    By Rob Eshman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We are driving to pick up our son from camp. He's been there three weeks, the longest stretch he's been away from us since his birth.

    In this age of e-mails and BlackBerrys and cell phones, the rule at Camp Alonim at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley is no e-mails,...

  • Celebrating 10 Years of ‘Schindler’s List’

    By Tom Tugend

    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...

  • Teen’s Loss of Sister Spurs Charity Efforts

    By Andrea Adelson

    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...

  • The Circuit

    By Andrea Adelson

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    FINANCIAL Matchmaker

    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...

  • Summer Reading

    By Tom Teicholz

    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...

  • Recall Tarnishes Golden State’s Shine

    By Bob Hertzberg

    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...

  • Marvin Mirisch

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    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,...

  • Community Briefs

    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...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    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...

  • Synagogues to Fly on Wings of Song

    By Julie G Fax

    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.

    ...

  • Sense From Senselessness

    By Judea Pearl

    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...

  • Finishing the Foundation

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    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...

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