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  • Typhoon Haiyan: How you can help

    By Ryan Torok

    November 11, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    In response to the devastation wreaked on the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit land on Nov. 8, killing thousands and obliterating whole towns and villages, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has set up the Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund.

    The solicitation for...

  • Oklahoma tornado: How you can help

    May 21, 2013 | 2:02 pm

    Jewish groups are joining the effort to help those displaced by the tornado in suburban Oklahoma City.

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, announced Tuesday that his organization will collect donations and distribute them to the American Red Cross and...

  • $20,000 fund to advance Jewish innovation in Australia

    August 29, 2012 | 10:16 am

    A $20,000 fund to advance Jewish innovation in Australia was launched by the ROI Community, a global network of young Jewish innovators, and Australian Jewish Funders.

    The Dave Grants—named for Dave Burnett, a young Australian Jewish leader and ROI Community member who died in an...

  • Buffett points the way

    November 17, 2011 | 11:21 am

    Warren E. Buffett is the second-richest person in the United States (after Microsoft’s Bill Gates), so when he purchased an Israeli-based stock not long ago, investors throughout the world sat up and took notice. What made it more newsworthy is that it was Buffett’s first major...

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  • Jewish Agency establishes South American fund

    November 17, 2011 | 10:48 am

    The Jewish Agency has established a Fund for the Jewish Future to strengthen the connection of young South American Jews to Israel and to the global Jewish community.

    The program, announced Wednesday at the Jewish Agency Board of Governors meeting in Buenos Aires, will launch next...

  • Leiby Kletzky’s parents release statement, launch memorial fund

    July 22, 2011 | 10:52 am

    The parents of murdered 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky have created a memorial fund in their son’s name to assist the needy.

    Nachman and Itta Kletzky released a statement Thursday urging people to give to charity and think of their son while praying and lighting Shabbat candles.

    The...

  • BIRD Foundation awards $8 million for U.S.-Israel research

    July 6, 2011 | 3:02 pm

    A foundation that works to support industrial research and development to benefit the United States and Israel will invest more than $8 million in nine new projects.

    The projects approved at last week’s board of directors meeting of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and...

  • Museum launches fund to honor slain guard

    April 27, 2010 | 10:22 am

    The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has established an endowment fund in memory of a security guard slain there.

    Stephen Tyrone Johns was gunned down last June 10 by 88-year-old white supremacist James Wenneker von Brunn of Maryland during an attempted raid on the museum. Johns died...

  • The Social Security Fix: Pay Back Funds

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush has proposed the biggest transfer of wealth in history. He plans to use trillions of dollars in contributions to the Social Security

    Trust Fund to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and other administration spending priorities. And he does not want to pay the money...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Fire of Money

    In Parshat Ki Tisa, each Israelite is instructed to give a half-shekel to the "temple fund" every year. There is a midrash – a story told by rabbis to teach a lesson – about this portion. Rabbis say that God took a fiery coin from under His heavenly throne,...

  • L.A. Resident Loses Family in Bus Bombing

    By Julie G Fax

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Aviel Atash was the entire world for his mother, Rachel. A developmentally delayed woman who married at the age of 39, Rachel never thought she would have children, and Aviel was like a dream, said her brother, Los Angeles resident Yoram Partush.

    But that dream exploded last week...

  • Big-Screen King’s Legacy of Generosity

    By Andrea Adelson

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Paul I. Goldenberg avoided playgrounds and sports when he was growing up because he lacked athletic prowess. He spent hours in the cool darkness of a movie house.

    In central Los Angeles of the '30s, where his parents had little money to spare, Goldenberg scrounged for pop bottles,...

  • Food Poverty Grows in Israel

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When, not so long ago, the director of an Israeli nonprofit organization noticed that an employee would appear at work every Sunday morning so fatigued that he could barely function, he issued him a stern warning to "stop partying so hard on Saturday nights."

    The gaunt-looking...

  • Community Briefs

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Touts Museum

    If there was any doubt that the Polish government is taking seriously plans to build a Museum of Polish Jewish History in Warsaw, they were put to rest Feb. 5 in Beverly Hills.

    That's when Leszek Miller, prime minister of Poland, met with about 100...

  • Funds Combat ‘Who Is a Jew’ Wars

    By Journal Staff

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In 1997, stimulated by the controversy over whether non-Orthodox converts would be registered as Jews by the Israeli government -- the latest battle in the "who is a Jew?" wars -- The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles began making funds available to what it calls "pluralism"...

  • Budget Worries

    By Mike Levy

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. Gray Davis' proposed state budget for 2002-2003 has local Jewish organizations worried.

    With the state's approximately $12 billion deficit (in a proposed $98 billion budget) covered by program cuts, along with loans and spending deferrals, local agencies such as Jewish Family...

  • 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...

  • Israel 101

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The October Violence is the short-hand designation for the deadly sniping, shooting and police action between Palestinians and Israelis, including the unprecedented call-to-arms of Israeli Arabs. If American Jews accept "October Violence" as the title (Palestinians call it "the...

  • End in Sight

    By Tom Tugend

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Establishment of a $4.2 million humanitarian fund to aid needy Holocaust survivors in California has been delayed by bureaucratic snafus for almost a year, but there are strong hopes that the fund will finally be operative by the end of the year.

    An agreement by three Dutch insurance...

  • Laborers File Suit for Wartime Injustices

    By Tom Tugend

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Jews who worked as slave laborers during the Nazi era are one step closer to receiving some measure of compensation for their ordeal.

    After months of torturous negotiations, an agreement has been reached to establish a $5.2 billion fund for these victims of the Holocaust, according...

  • Invitation to a Showdown

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Readers' Quiz: Who was the unhappiest Jew in Indiana last week?Was it:

    A) Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who had to endurethe icy stares of 4,000 hostile delegates at the General Assembly ofthe Council of Jewish Federations, as he begged them to set asideinternal divisions...

  • Entrepreneurial Philanthropy, the New Charity

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    On a chilly autumn morning in late October, in a rooftop sukkahatop New York's Abraham Joshua Heschel School, a small group ofrabbis, Hebrew teachers and millionaire investors joined hands tomark what their leader called a "defining point in American Jewishphilanthropy": an $18...