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  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Perhaps Rome wasn't built in a day, but clothing retailers Mereille and Nader Manesh, who run the Avant Garde in Beverly Hills, created an entire clothing store overnight. Anything is possible when the incentive is to raise money to support Israel.

    It was all part of a unique...

  • From Russia with Love

    By Mike Levy

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Russian-speaking Jewish community in Los Angeles has come together for Israel in ways community leaders could not have imagined even a year ago.

    Though the Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union have always been outspoken in their love for the Jewish state, a variety of...

  • Kiddush, Not Kaddish

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Looking around the room at the recent tikkun leyl Shavuot held at Shomrei Torah in West Hills, it was hard to believe this synagogue was ever doomed to failure. There was hardly an empty seat to be found in the huge sanctuary; Rabbi Richard Camras said it was typical of the holiday...

  • Combatting Hunger

    By Carin Davis

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Give a hungry man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. Give him chicken soup while fishing, you feed him, teach him and give him a taste of home.

    The Los Angeles Jewish community has launched a spirited multilevel attack on local hunger....

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  • UJC Israel Campaign Sets Priorities

    By Julie Wiener

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The North American Jewish federation system has designated five priority areas for allocating funds from its Israel emergency campaign.

    More than $119 million has been raised, most of it since April 8, when the national campaign was officially launched, according to officials of the...

  • 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...

  • Orange County Briefs

    By Journal Staff

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Super Sunday, Super Success

    Nearly 150 volunteers, who phoned local residents for pledges earlier this month, raised $260,911 for the Jewish Federation of Orange County, a 50 percent increase over the $171,081 raised during last year's Super Sunday. The annual campaign is $100,000...

  • L.A. Jews Send Aid Beyond Green Line

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For the past three weeks, the theme of Rabbi Elazar Muskin's Shabbat sermons at Young Israel of Century City has been the same. Thundering from the podium, he chastises his congregation for not doing enough to support Israel, and he urges them to pray better and give more charity in...

  • Marathon vs. Phone-a-Thon

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    From the beginning, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles knew when it scheduled this year's Super Sunday event on Mar. 3, that the phone-a-thon fundraiser would take place on the same day as the annual L.A. Marathon.

    "At the time," said Rachel Kaufman, the general chair of...

  • JCC Mission

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Halfway through my conversation this week about the Jewish Community Centers (JCC) crisis with super-fundraiser Emanuel Forster, we learned that both of us are members of the Santa Monica Family YMCA.

    For two Jewish activists to seek recreation at a YMCA goes a long way toward...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Vodka Latka

    On the fifth night of Chanukah, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles gave to us the third annual Vodka Latka. Some 600-plus Federation agency staff, guests, donors and a gaggle of celebrities packed the El Rey Theater for the multipurpose evening of celebration...

  • Saying Uncle?

    By Rob Eshman

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Let's not kid ourselves: Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) has been hurting for a long, long time. If some part of the system of centers and services are to be saved, as hundreds if not thousands of Jews are now trying to do, it will take surgery, not first...

  • Stepping Out

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When 23-year-old Michal Gaon caught the No. 7 Egged Bus from Hadera to Givat Olga last November, a car bomb detonated nearby, causing severe burns and the loss of both legs.

    Gaon is one of 1,890 Jews injured since the Al Aqsa Intifada began more than 13 months ago; another 191 have...

  • Fundraising Fears

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It is quickly becoming the largest philanthropic campaign ever mounted.

    In just two weeks since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Americans have raised more than $675 million in individual, foundation and corporate gifts toward disaster-relief charities, services and funds assisting...

  • Brothers In Arms

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Josh Kornbluth, 42, was depressed when Miramax shelved a film version of his Spalding Gray-like monologue, "Haiku Tunnel" several years ago. He resigned himself to life in the theater -- until his half-brother, Jacob, 28, made a radical suggestion: The brothers should make the movie...

  • Schiller’s List

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    You've seen it in movies, television, even as the engine behind some fundraising efforts: the crass commercialization of the Holocaust. Dr. Gary Schiller is very aware of this phenomenon.

    "You know the old joke: 'There's no business like Shoah business.' People are making so much...

  • Uniting to Find a Cure

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Bob Dole. General Norman Schwarzkopf. Harry Belafonte. Robert Goulet. The willingness of such well-known figures to make public their battle with prostate cancer has brought visibility to an issue that until the last few years, lacked the attention, funding and research interest...

  • Encouraging Tzedakah

    By Ellie Kahn

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "There's nobody involved in the ADL who is older than I," Leona Goldring said the other day. "Whether or not that is something to be proud of, I don't know!"

    You decide.

    Leona Goldring is 93. She not only attends monthly Anti-Defamation League (ADL) meetings, as well as planning...

  • Money That Matters

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On Sun., Feb. 25, a local institution turns 25. Not a physical institution, like a building or a memorial, but an idea -- a community-wide esprit de corps that, over the years, has inspired thousands of people.

    Super Sunday brings out the best in our community -- the roughly 5,000...

  • Welcome Home

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When her first liturgical tune popped into Debbie Friedman's head almost 30 years ago, she had no clue that she would become the queen of contemporary American Jewish music.



    And when three little Conservative synagogues on the Westside decided to band together for a fundraiser,...

  • A High-Yield Investment

    By Julie G Fax

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's one of the longest-standing and most futile complaints in synagogue life: Why are they always schnorring for money?



    The answer, of course, is that while synagogues are much more than businesses, they need steady and significant revenue to be able to provide the services that...

  • Fundraising Fluctuations

    By Julie Wiener

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The umbrella organization for North American Jewish federations is now the seventh largest charitable organization in the United States, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

    This marks the first time in recent years that a Jewish organization has ranked in the top 20 of the...

  • Touching Base

    By Yaakov Arnold

    October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    With the escalation of violence in the Middle East, many within Los Angeles' Jewish community are turning to the local chapters of organizations that raise money or garner support for Israel to gather information, lend their support or as a way of voicing their opinions.

    "It will...

  • What a Week

    By Tom Tugend

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The official agenda of the Democratic Party may be to nominate Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman, but the real business all week seemed to be to party from morn til morn, raise zillions of dollars and tell the Jews what wonderful folks they are.

    President Clinton, addressing nearly 4,000...

  • Tiles on the Isle

    By Adam Wills

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In 1927, William Wrigley Jr. prompted the Santa Catalina Island Company to invest in the creation of the Catalina Tile Factory after discovering clay deposits on the island. While the operation lasted only 10 years, it turned out tiles and decorative ware that were cherished by...

  • Having a Ball

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Call it the war room. On the 40th floor of a Century City office building, in an empty conference room of the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, 25 young professionals from the legal world and online community assemble. It's after work, and the cause for which they are gathered is...

  • Endpaper

    By James D

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Long before last August, when he had his bar mitzvah at Santa Monica's Beth Shir Shalom, 13-year-old Alex Miller has practiced what he has been preached: charity and tikkun olam.

    For him, it all began in 1996, when Miller's third grade class participated in Super Sunday.

    "I really...

  • The Management of Art

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As president and chief operating officer of The Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC), Jerry Mandel must perform the delicate art of balancing the need to present great performances with the imperative to raise the funds to do so.

    "The kind of person you need today to run a...

  • Keeping Their Promise: JHA Launches Huge Capital Campaign

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Citing the growing elderly population in Los Angeles, representatives of the Jewish Home for the Aging announced plans this week for a new capital campaign, titled "Keeping the Promise," to raise $72 million to expand and renovate the Home's facilities.

    Much of the fundraising effort...

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