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  • A grieving father’s mission to encourage positive choices

    April 9, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    The words on the other end of the phone line punctured the warm, Montecito spring day and shattered Shaun Tomson’s world in an instant.

    “Mathew is dead,” came the voice of Tomson’s wife, Carla, who was 10,000 miles away in South Africa while their son attended school there for a...

  • How to run a gala

    By Jared Sichel

    November 6, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    It started with a corned beef sandwich shipped across the world — from Los Angeles to Paris.

    Before Stanley Gold, president and CEO of Shamrock Holdings, concluded a trans-continental journey in Paris in spring 2013, Bet Tzedek — a local pro bono legal firm — had a plan to woo...

  • Family keeps tzedakah tradition going with funds

    August 28, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    When Osias “Ozzie” Goren turned 90 last year, he and his wife, Dorothy, were moved that their grandchildren donated $900 — $90 each — to a Head Start preschool for low-income families that the Gorens supported for many years.

    After all, it was right in line with the way the...

  • Building a better philanthropist

    March 7, 2013 | 4:49 am

    In the last couple of decades, a tectonic shift has altered the landscape of Jewish philanthropy. The phenomenon is not only Jewish — the number of foundations in the United States has grown fivefold in the last 20 years; the same growth in donor-advised funds has taken just a...

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  • Richard Sandler: A philanthropic life

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 20, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    In 2007, when philanthropist Stanley Gold was asked to become board chair of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, he knew he would need an effective partner to accomplish the reinvention of Federation he envisioned. 

    Gold met with Richard Sandler, executive vice...

  • If the shoe fits

    By Ryan E. Smith

    November 20, 2012 | 10:03 am

    Kayla Tinucci would never want to walk a mile in the shoes of the disadvantaged children she has vowed to help.

    “Their feet would be squeezing into shoes that were way too small for them,” she said. “I would pull off the shoes of one boy to measure his feet, and his toes uncurled...

  • The gift of life insurance

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 20, 2012 | 9:56 am

    Todd Gindy, a certified financial planner, likes to tell a story about Johnny Carson to illustrate how nonprofits miss a big opportunity when they don’t suggest donors use life insurance policies as a vehicle for charitable giving. 

    For years, the longtime host of “The Tonight...

  • For Adelson, political and Jewish giving are all of a piece

    August 7, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    Call it the Adelson conundrum: What happens when the guy who acts as if he owns the room really does?

    In March at TribeFest, the annual gathering of young adults organized by the Jewish Federations of North America at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, Sheldon Adelson walked in on a...

  • Important Dating Rule: Don’t Ask Trick Questions

    By Ilana Angel

    April 24, 2012 | 10:47 pm

    I understand that people lie.  It happens millions of times, every single day, by millions of people.  Lies can hurt, but do they hurt more or less than the truth?  There is a very clear line between a telling a lie and deceiving someone, so I wonder if I would ever choose a lie over...

  • Showing Appreciation: Don’t Forget To!

    By Samira Asemanfar

    November 29, 2011 | 10:02 am

    Showing appreciation is so important. There isn’t a single human being that does not enjoy feeling appreciated. Sometimes, out of their awareness, people forget to show appreciation no matter how wonderful their intentions.

    As a business owner, it is vital to your brand and...

  • Another Soros steps out

    November 9, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    Alexander Soros — what a catch! And not just for the obvious reason. Sure, papa George is worth $22 billion, and as your bubbe says, it’s as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor one.

    But any grandmotherly nudge would be superfluous for young, liberal Jews who have...

  • Holocaust survivors’ 11th hour

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 9, 2011 | 5:04 pm

    Last week, everyone was scurrying around Zane Buzby’s small but serviceable office, high up in a rather creaky building in downtown Los Angeles. Right inside the door, one person packed tubes of arthritis creams, soaps, magnifying glasses and Star of David necklaces. Someone else...

  • On fire

    By Dikla Kadosh

    November 8, 2011 | 7:44 pm

    The old stereotype of Mizrahi music — an Israeli genre created by immigrant Jews from North African and Arab countries — was of teary, sorrowful love ballads: tales of lost loves, broken hearts and dashed hopes. You could say Mizrahi music was Israel’s version of country music....

  • Why tzedakah should not be mistaken for charity.

    By Samira Asemanfar

    November 8, 2011 | 6:18 pm

    Tzedakah, for many, has become another word for charity. Charity is about giving out of the kindness in your heart, generally when it is convenient. Tzedakah is not. It is about giving, consistently to those in need what is theirs, because it is an obligation on your part as a fellow...

  • The giving network

    By Dikla Kadosh

    October 21, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Read this article in Hebrew here

    Later this month, the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk will become Caesarea, the Israeli amphitheater renowned for its magical atmosphere and unparalleled performances.

    On Nov. 20, approximately 6,000 concertgoers, most of them Israelis,...

  • From the Editor: Getting that giving is getting

    By Dikla Kadosh

    October 21, 2011 | 2:08 pm

    When Eli Tene, co-chair of the Israeli Leadership Council (ILC), first called to tell me about a new initiative they had cooked up, I knew it was something big. I could hear it in his voice.

    And as I sat down with Donna Kreisler, whom the ILC had plucked from a successful career in...

  • Study: Giving to Israel down 16 percent between ‘06 and ‘09

    September 19, 2011 | 12:12 pm

    Giving to Israel decreased by 16 percent between 2006 and 2009, exhibiting the same trends as overall American giving, a study found.

    “American Friends: U.S. Philanthropic Support for Israeli Nonprofits,” a study published last week by the EHL Consulting Group, found that American...

  • Adelsons give $5 million matching grant to Birthright

    July 28, 2011 | 11:10 am

    Philanthropists Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are giving a $5 million matching grant to Taglit-Birthright Israel.

    The grant, which was announced Monday, aims to encourage new donors by doubling their gifts in an ongoing attempt to transition from large philanthropic to grass-roots...

  • Give until it hurts

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    April 26, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    Two Jewish philanthropists were overheard disagreeing about how to give charity.

    “I only support Jewish causes — the Jewish people need our help more than anyone else in the world,” Cohen said.

    “But what about the tsunami in Japan, the earthquake in Haiti? What about all...

  • Japan disaster and Itamar killings put Jewish giving on the spot

    March 15, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    Almost as soon as the catastrophe in Japan began unfolding last Friday, Jewish groups scrambled to figure out how to get help to the area.

    In Israel, search-and-rescue organizations like ZAKA and IsraAid readied teams to head to the Japanese devastation zone. In Tokyo, the Chabad...

  • Jewish Money

    By Rob Eshman

    December 24, 2008 | 2:57 am

    Give Bernard Madoff credit for one good deed: As much as his self-confessed Ponzi scheme revealed weaknesses in the Jewish world, it also laid bare many of our strengths.

    Trials and tribulations tend to do just that -- bring to light the good, the bad, the ugly. When some people...

  • Don’t cut support to innovative nonprofits

    November 19, 2008 | 3:32 am

    From New York to Los Angeles to San Francisco, the impact of the global financial crisis feels like an eerie parallel to the days after Sept. 11. No one knows whether the acute phase is over or whether there will be further shocks. For some, little has changed; for others, life will...
  • Philanthropy from Venus differs from philanthropy from Mars

    By Jacob Berkman

    November 19, 2008 | 1:18 am

    Women give charity differently than men.

    They are a little more generous across the board and a little less egocentric in their giving. More often they believe that charity is a moral obligation. And they tend to be more inclined toward education, religion and health-related causes....

  • Starbucks and the Holocaust

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 29, 2008 | 12:47 am

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    Fortunately, Starbucks hasn’t been around long enough for this to be one of those stories.

    Speaking to MBA students at UCLA today, Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz, I was told, related business ethics, and his brand’s success, to compassion during the Holocaust. Schultz is...

  • You get when you give

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It is very cool to give. Whether you can give your time through volunteer work or give money though tzedakah, every little bit helps. If you need some inspiration, check out the following two stories:

    "The Giving Tree," written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein, begins: "Once...
  • How one bat mitzvah girl made a wish come true

    By Julie Brown

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If you've heard it once, you've heard it 613 times: a bar or bat mitzvah is more than just a big party.

    Over the years, b'nai mitzvah students have been encouraged more and more to select a cause, organization or project that they can support by donating community service hours, a...

  • Today’s Task: Be an Angel

    By Amy Klein

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    We all have daily to-do lists. So why shouldn't God? That's the premise of Dr. Ron Wolfson's new book, "God's To-Do List: 103 Ways to Be an Angel and Do God's Work on Earth" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2007).

    "God has a to-do list for you," the book opens. "You are God's partner....

  • Eight ways how ‘tis better to give back

    By Sara Shereen Bakhshian

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Having trouble finding the perfect gift for the one who has everything? Want to give back to the community this holiday season and into 2007? Here are eight great ways to contribute.

    • Make a Relief Donation: Israel has cease-fires in Gaza and with Hezbollah. Hurricanes Katrina...

  • Pick a cause

    By Amanda Martin

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When I was in eighth grade, I went on a school field trip to the Museum of Tolerance. My grandmother being a holocaust survivor, I had learned much about the Holocaust and took an interest in it. At the Museum of Tolerance, however, I learned about other things as well.

    At an...

  • To comfort me, first comfort yourself

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    People have been generous. During the past two decades I have assisted in creating caring communities that extend themselves to people in their midst at profound turning points. These times of need include both times of tragedy and times of great joy. Baby namings, weddings,...
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