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  • Bibi’s gift to Pope Francis: A book on when the church persecuted the Jews

    December 2, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    Sounds like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a lovely meeting with Pope Francis.

    They talked for about a half-hour, focused on peace talks and touched on Iran. Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, encouraged Francis to visit Israel. And Netanyahu gave the pope a book with the...

  • For Murray Koppelman, a distasteful Tehran scene inspires a gift to New Israel Fund

    April 23, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    Murray Koppelman saw women pushed onto the back of a bus in Tehran and had a nightmare about Israel’s future.

    Koppelman, a well-known philanthropist in New York, is behind a New Israel Fund pledge drive to combat discrimination against women in Israel. He will match every new...

  • $20 million gift to L.A. Federation is its largest ever

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 18, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has received its largest gift ever — a $20 million bequest from Geri Brawerman to create a scholarship and fellowship program for needy Jewish college students from Los Angeles. Brawerman is a Westwood resident who, along with her late...

  • Heschel Day School receives $1.1 million in gifts

    By Ryan Torok

    November 22, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    Two alumni families of Heschel Day School in Northridge gave major gifts to establish endowments at the school in honor of its 40th anniversary, one for $1 million, the other $100,000. Both families wish to remain anonymous.

    Heschel’s anniversary celebration has created momentum...

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  • Marseille befriending Jerusalem with gift of fountain

    March 16, 2011 | 11:06 am

    The city of Marseille, France, has given a bronze fountain to the city of Jerusalem as a show of friendship.

    Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Tuesday thanked Marseille Mayor Jean Claude Gaudin for his gift of the “Fontaine Longchamp,” which stands more than 11 feet high. The fountain,...

  • Shop local!

    By Mihal Levy

    February 15, 2011 | 10:15 am

    Communities across the country are waving the Buy Local flag in support of their homegrown entrepreneurs. Patronizing independent businesses in your neighborhood has a host of benefits: It creates jobs and keeps money circulating in your city, it reduces the environmental impact, and...

  • 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...

  • Man, oh man! What a difference 10 years make

    By Jay Firestone

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A woman walks into a medical office and asks the doctor, "Can you make me a man?" The doctor replies, "Well, there's two ways we can go about doing this: the cheap way or the expensive way."

    "What's the cheap way?" the woman asks.

    "Surgery," the doctor responds.

    "Then what's the...
  • Getting Out Before Katrina Still Painful

    By Julie G Fax

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard for Gideon Daneshrad to imagine himself on the receiving end of tzedakah (charitable giving). In the 30 years since he arrived from Iran to study computer science at North Louisiana University in Monroe, Daneshrad, 56, has built himself a full life -- with four children, a...

  • Happy Birthday, Me!

    By J. Keith van Straaten

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In a few weeks I'll turn 33 and, sadly, I realize I'm long past being anything "for my age." I'm no longer cute for my age, talented for my age, a good reader for my age. All qualifications and special considerations have long passed. There's nothing I can get away with now because,...

  • Gifts for Grads That Will Make the Grade

    By Emily Pauker

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard to find that perfect gift for the high school or college graduate -- something personal and thoughtful but also useful. It's even harder for distant relatives and friends of the graduate.

    Cash and gift certificates can be a tad too impersonal (albeit useful), but you don't...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Inch by Inch, Row by Row!

    This week's Torah portion, Tazria, means: "If a woman gives birth," but it can also mean "plant." And so, being the beginning of spring, that is exactly what it is time to do!

    Mitzvah Goreret Mitzvah – One Mitzvah Creates Another

    It's time to plant...

  • New Tallit Bag Trend Threads Family Ties

    By Jane Ulman

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a group of eight mothers and grandmothers meets at Lani's Needlepoint in Studio City. There, under Lani Silver's expert guidance -- one diagonal, tied-down or decorative stitch at a time --they have cumulatively needlepointed more than 20...

  • Memo to Oscar: Just Say ‘No’ to Swag

    By Gloria Baran

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The contrast was just too much. On one channel, I watched as tens of thousands of people struggled to survive the devastating impact of the tsunami that left more than 250,000 dead and countless others injured and homeless, and on another channel, presenters at last month's Golden...

  • Gifts Galore From Bubbe to Baby

    By Sarah Price Brown

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When it's time to celebrate Chanukah, nobody should be left out of the fun. We've scoured the holiday gift scene to find the perfect presents for Mom, Dad and the whole family. Count on any of these "candles" to light up the face of someone you love during this year's Festival of...
  • Confessions of a Bar Mitzvah Teacher

    By Ted Roberts

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Since, as the Torah says, "Confession is good for the soul," let's begin with a confession. I am a bar mitzvah teacher. My avocation -- my hobby -- is the navigation of Jewish girls and boys through the tangled web of the bar mitzvah ceremony.

    It is a job that demands a great deal...

  • Psychic Channels Her Gift Into Novel

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Miriam the Medium" by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro (Simon & Schuster, $23).

    I don't know how many Jewish psychics there are in Great Neck, N.Y., but Rochelle Jewel Shapiro is easy to spot in the lunchtime crowd at Bruce's, a restaurant and bakery in the heart of the Long Island town.

    On...

  • Thou Shalt Eat Pound Cake

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My sister Wendy gives parties -- small ones for her family of five, large ones for her international mix of friends, in her kitchen, buffet style, around her swimming pool with fajitas and margaritas, or grilling marinated chicken and hot dogs at her neighborhood clubhouse. So when I...

  • Do Party Invites Right

    By J. G. Friedman

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Invitations? Eliminate the possible problems way ahead of time. Have you asked your parents and your in-laws to give you a list? When you do, give them a number. When you ask for a list of 30 from each side, it is so much better than receiving 50 from one set of parents and 100 from...

  • Eight Crazy Lights

    By Leora Alhadeff

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A kosher menorah can be fashioned out of any material, so why not get creative? During the Festival of Lights we light the Chanukah menorah -- a modern-day symbol of the candelabra used in the Temple, also known as a chanukiah -- to commemorate the miracle of the oil and to...

  • A Journey to Home

    By Heather Fuller

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I was born to Protestant parents. By age 7, I was constantly questioning: Why are we here? Who is God? What happens to us after we die?

    I think I was 10 years old when I realized that Christianity wasn't for me.

    When I was 15, I fell in lust with the rock band Counting Crows' Jewish...

  • Tzedakah for Chanukah

    By Journal Staff

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Chanukah wish lists of six needy local Jewish families will be filled by generous families from Rancho Santa Margarita's Morasha Jewish Day School.

    "These families have been financially disadvantaged for a long time," said Charlene Edwards, social services director for Jewish...

  • Once Upon a ‘Nail’

    By Beverly Levitt

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The joyous holiday of Chanukah is replete with miracles and storytelling. Judy Aronson, Jewish educator in New England, loves telling stories at Chanukah. "The best are handed down from generation to generation. And they change in each retelling," she said. "I first heard the...

  • Eight Crazy Delights

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    1. No Nostalgia for Waxing

    This Chanukah, there is no more scraping, boiling water, melting with a hair dryer or freezing to remove wax drippings from your menorah because Wax-Off prevents wax from sticking to any candle-holder surface. Visit www.wax-off.net...

  • It’s Just a Present ... Really

    By Carin Davis

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Legend tells us that Judah and the strapping young Maccabees faced the mighty Syrian army and defeated it against all obstacles. But if you want to face some real odds, try finding a nice Jewish guy courageous enough to accept a girl's Chanukah present.

    I just started dating a guy....

  • Personal Shopper

    By J. D. Smith

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I had to buy a present for my sister recently. Shopping for women, if you don't happen to actually be a woman yourself, is a nightmare.

    I've noticed that when men go shopping for clothes, there is a sense of purposefulness about it. We're going to the store to buy something, some...

  • A Gift That Keeps on Giving

    By Marilyn Brown

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Chatter Matters is the kind of present one person gets and the whole family benefits from. The board game is the brainchild of Kathryn Retsky, former director of the Stephen S. Wise Temple Parenting Center. Each player rolls the dice, moves along the board, and picks a card. The...

  • Making Light

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Looking to buy something kind of demented this Chanukah? Faithful Journal readers may recall Up Front's dish on the Punching Rabbi Puppet earlier this year. Since then, Archie McPhee & Company has greatly expanded its line of Judaicus nonsensicus.



    Featured alongside the davening,...

  • Wrap Party in Redondo Beach

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Simmons earns her living as a CPA in Brentwood. But evenings, weekends and every other spare minute during the holidays and many other free moments during the year find Simmons shopping for bargain toys and wrapping paper, scanning the shelves or standing in checkout lines at...

  • Sites of Passage

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There are so many elements to keep track of for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, one's eyes could get blurry. Looking through your computer screen might help make things a bit clearer. To help guide you, we've compiled a list of Bar/Bat Mitzvah-related sites. For online access, visit...

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