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  • Community Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Aid for Terror Victims

    A Passover appeal by Rabbi David Wolpe at Sinai Temple raised $700,000 in pledges for organizations in Israel helping victims of terror. The Magbit Foundation, a Persian Jewish charitable organization, will provide matching funds for this drive.

    Magbit...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    L.A. Dodgers

    So in a nutshell, here's how the first Celebrity Dodgeball Tournament went down...

    The Sports Center and Toluca Lake Tennis Club was the site of this star-studded benefit for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Upon arriving at the venue, located in the...

  • Torch Song Trilogy

    By Melissa Minkin

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Linda Gach Ray has been carrying the torch for years.

    This week, she made it official by running the Olympic flame down a stretch of Figueroa Street as the torch was relayed through Southern California on its way to the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, which begin Feb. 8.

    ...

  • 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...

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  • Your Letters

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Terror in America

    It is incomprehensible that Joel Kotkin would use his article in The Jewish Journal ("A New World View," Sept. 21) to blame former President Clinton for the World Trade Center tragedy. In using the conservative Republican line that Clinton is to blame, he...

  • Shefa Fund Reaches L.A.

    By Tom Tugend

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "The premise of our mission is idealistic, even romantic, but we operate on a very realistic set of values," says Jeffrey Dekro, founder and president of the Shefa Fund, a public foundation aimed at social causes. "We not only call for justice, but we work within the Jewish community...

  • Fund for Survivors

    By Tom Tugend

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A foundation to aid needy Holocaust survivors in California, funded through a $4.2-million check from three Dutch insurance companies, was formally established last week by state officials, Jewish organizations and survivors.

    The California Humanitarian Foundation for Holocaust...

  • Jewish Giving is Still Looking Good

    By Melissa Minkin

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When the stock market entered bear territory last month, individual investors weren't the only ones taking note. The continued softening of the market can also have a major effect on nonprofit organizations, many of which have benefited greatly from an exceptional run during the past...

  • Couples Camp

    By Rob Kutner

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It was 6:00 on a Friday evening. My wife, myself, and 50 complete strangers had just managed to light two candles, each on one tiny table, without burning ourselves. Our names, printed in a groovy font, glistened under the nametags hanging around our necks. We were sitting in a...
  • Coping on Two Continents

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Since being diagnosed with diabetes in 1997, two developments have brought 14-year-old Cesar Chavira closer to leading a life like that of his Hollywood High peers: an insulin pump, which provides a continual dosage that lasts all day, and the Sponsorship for Adolescents with...
  • Conquering A Disease

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles residents Pam and George Smith never expected to create a foundation that would raise more than $4 million for research. But then, they never expected their daughter to be born with a genetic disease so rare that it effects only between 500 to 1,000 Americans.

    In the early...

  • Cover Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 9, 1998 | 7:59 pm

    The expulsion of Jews from the IberianPeninsula 500 years ago brought a tragic end to a Jewish presencethat had thrived for centuries in Sepharad, the Hebrew word forSpain. It also set in motion the dispersion of Sephardicculture.

    Strictly speaking, Sephardic Jewry includes...

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