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  • Heeb Teens Get Zine of Their Own

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

     

    For years, young Jews have voted with their feet after their bar or bat mitzvahs, with about half of those in non-Orthodox synagogues' religious schools leaving before the 12th-grade confirmation.

    Some synagogue schools are starting new, nontraditional programs to bring...

  • Opportunities Open

    By Dina Kraft

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A recent day brought welcome news for a small group of young Bedouin women who weekly gathered in a tin shed in a corner of their windswept desert village of Kasr Alssr, Israel, to study.

    "Funding has come through, so you will now be able to study for your high school matriculation...

  • Your Letters

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Federation Pension

    Reading the article, "Federation Faces Underfunded Pension," in your July 30 issue, I found it to be needlessly alarmist and selective in providing facts on a highly complex subject. Most disturbing is the inaccurate lead. The Federation is absolutely not...

  • Jewish Law Favors Stem Cell Research

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Even as Ron Reagan makes a case for stem cell research at the Democratic National Convention, Californians may take matters into their own hands. In November, the state ballot will include a 10-year bond issue, which would generate $3 billion for stem cell research. If it passes, the...

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  • Jewish Law Favors Stem Cell Research

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Even as Ron Reagan makes a case for stem cell research at the Democratic National Convention, Californians may take matters into their own hands. In November, the state ballot will include a 10-year bond issue, which would generate $3 billion for stem cell research. If it passes, the...

  • Lobbying for a Day on State Budget Crisis

    By Idan Ivri

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The air in these days in Sacramento -- while still hovering at a perfectly balmy Californian 79 degrees -- is rather bleak for agencies hoping to get government funding.

    "You can feel that there is a different atmosphere in Sacramento. The budget obviously [has something to do with...

  • Are Muslims Endangered?

    By Idan Ivri

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Heightened ethnic and religious hatred might be rearing its ugly head in California -- but some politicians are eager to stand in its way.

    State Assemblymember Judy Chu introduced and saw passage of Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 64 in early April. The resolution condemns hate...

  • Speaking Truth to Power—Not

    By James D. Besser

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There's nothing bashful about Jewish organizations, but in 2004, many suddenly go mute if the subject involves potential conflict with the Bush administration. 

    The silence epidemic has been particularly evident in the ongoing Capitol Hill battles over President Bush's proposals...

  • Federation Expects to Aid Ethiopian Jews

    By Steve Lipman

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles expects to join half a dozen Jewish federations across the United States this week in an emergency allocation of nearly $250,000 for endangered members of the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia.

    The L.A. Federation has allocated $40,000,...

  • Fine-Tuning

    By Rob Eshman

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's impending visit to Israel could be a win-win for the governor, the Los Angeles Jewish community and for Israel, but first some fine-tuning is in order.

    As we reported last week, the governor is scheduled to travel to Jerusalem May 2 to participate in...

  • L.A. Embarks on a Baltic Journey

    By Tom Tugend

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There is a country whose Jewish community involves nearly all its young people, elects its leaders by democratic vote on the basis of character rather than wealth and is not driven by political and religious divisions.

    The country is Lithuania, once a vibrant center for 250,000 Jews,...

  • Avi Chai Grant Saves Birthright

    By Dina Kraft

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A new grant of $7 million to Birthright Israel is breathing new life into the cash-strapped program, allowing Birthright to more than double the number of slots available for this summer's tours.

    The future of Birthright -- which provides free trips to Israel for Diaspora young...

  • When It’s Federal Aid, Pork Isn’t Treif

    By Matthew E. Berger

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes to politics, even the Jews want pork. American Jewish communities and some national organizations have become well versed in getting their share of millions of dollars available for social service programs, medical research or other community essentials.

    A search of...

  • Foundation to Stop Funding Hate Groups

    By Edwin Black

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In a stunning reversal, the Ford Foundation has admitted it erred in funding anti-Israeli Palestinian groups and has vowed to establish tough new guidelines to stop its funds from being used for anti-Semitic action anywhere in the world.

    The foundation said it was "disgusted" by...

  • Grappling With Competing Needs

    By Rachel Pomerance

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While most participants at the North American Jewish federation system's annual conference were happy just to be in Israel this week, the network's decision makers were grappling with another matter -- funding for overseas partners.

    The issue has become so contentious, in fact, that...

  • Giving Adult Students Credit They Deserve

    By Andrea Adelson

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A group of local Jewish educators are seeking funding to start a novel adult-education academy that would grant a certificate of recognition to students who complete its requirements over three years.

    The Orange County Academy of Jewish Growth and Learning is envisioned as a way to...

  • Briefs

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Family Service Cuts Staff, Programs

    In an attempt to balance its budget, Jewish Family Service (JFS) has scaled back counseling and other programs that serve some of the region's most vulnerable people.

    JFS slashed three part-time positions at both its Conejo Valley and Metro...

  • Clash Over Council, School Board Seats

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the North San Fernando Valley lies District 12, which has been represented by Los Angeles City Councilman Hal Bernson for 24 years. Bernson, 72, is retiring because of term limits, and the battle for his seat has resulted in the nastiest fight in years.

    Not since "the Richards"...

  • The Many Hats of a Community Rabbi

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's 10 a.m. on a Tuesday, and Rabbi Jan Offel has hit a snag: she forgot to bring her kippah to work. It's not surprising that Offel left home minus an essential piece of rabbinic equipment; she was up until midnight the night before, creating materials for one of her hospital...

  • A Wish Is Granted

    By Marc Ballon

    February 27, 2003 | 7:01 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Jewish Family Service (JFS) have received the first federally funded grant in California for so-called naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs), places where a majority of the population is over 55.

    JFS, which collaborated...

  • Giving to the Future

    By Joe Berkofsky

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Financial wizard Michael Steinhardt is blunt in assessing the future of North American Jewry.

    The next generation is "mostly Jewish ignoramuses," Steinhardt said. "We haven't convinced the general Jewish population of the value of a Jewish education."

    Steinhardt's bleak...

  • Your Letters

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Who Should Pay?



    While Sharon Schatz Rosenthal's cover story notes that day schools are costly, it fails to address cost efficiency ("Who Should Pay?" Jan. 31). I believe the Jewish community's limited funding can be more effectively targeted at bolstering supplementary secondary...

  • Israeli Surfs New Turf

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Windsurfer Gal Friedman became the first Israeli to win the gold medal at the World Mistral Sailboard Championships, held in Pattaya, Thailand, on Sunday, Dec. 15. Out of the 11 races in the regatta, Friedman won four and in two more he placed second, making it the best-ever...

  • Harder Choices

    By Rob Eshman

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Little noted amid the full-frontal assault on Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) latest sensationalistic folly was President George W. Bush's move to ease the flow of federal dollars to faith-based charities.

    Bush's Dec. 12 executive order implemented key elements of his...

  • L.A. Jews Aid Argentines

    By Florencia Arbiser

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The plight of Argentine Jews hammered by the collapse of their country's economy was forcefully brought home to a contingent of Los Angeles Jews this month.

    Twenty-two young leaders active at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles joined the United Jewish Communities (UJC)/Ben...

  • Torah Outreach Develops Programs for Underserved

    By Journal Staff

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Torah Outreach Program, an independent Placentia-based nonprofit organization, will attempt to offer educational programs for unaffiliated Orange County Jews without the stigma of a denominational orientation.

    Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, the Torah Outreach Program's first speaker,...

  • Agencies Survive Budget Battle

    By Mike Levy

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For Jewish community-affiliated agencies that receive money from the state, the last two months of past-deadline legislative wrangling over the budget has been a nail-biting time, with some organizations awaiting word on half or more of their annual funding.

    "We've gotten by without...

  • Democracy in the Mideast?

    By Barak Lurie

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    President George W. Bush is certainly putting his money where his mouth is. Last week, the State Department announced it will invest $25 million to promote democracy throughout the Arab world. The goals of the program, which will train political advocates, journalists and others, are...

  • Funny Money

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Scrip. You can't join a synagogue or enroll your child in school without being hit up to buy it. Whether in the form of paper certificates, plastic gift cards or e-scrip online, this potent little fundraiser has become a major part of most nonprofit organizations' annual budgets.

    ...

  • Pain in the Pocketbook

    By Rachel Pomerance

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Shortly after September 11, when the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (JFGLA) renewed its insurance policy, it found that rates nearly doubled.

    This year, it will be even worse, according to Jack Klein, the Federation's executive vice president and chief operating officer.

    ...

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