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  • The magic Spend/Save/Tzedakah Plan keeps kids thinking

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I know what I want for my birthday," my first-grader announced upon returning from school today. "A PSP [PlayStation Portable]."

    "Jake" I replied, intent on giving my son perspective on how much his request would cost. "Do you realize that you could go to the dollar store and...

  • Small Things Add Up

    By Rabbi Toba August

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My friend announced that she was off to Hawaii, and I was surprised that she could afford to go when her job paid a minimal salary.

    "I saved my pennies," she said.

    I know that I often tell a cashier to "keep the pennies," as if the penny is so insignificant, as if it does not...

  • Class Notes

    By Julie G Fax

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Get Packing
    It was weeks before camp started, but on Sunday, June 11, Gear Up for Camp Day brought 1,700 people -- including 500 campers and their families -- to The Federation's Camp Max Straus, run by Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Campers filled laundry bags with camp...

  • Young Lawyer Has a Ball With Bet Tzedek

    By Marc Ballon

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As a young summer associate with a Los Angeles law firm, Jeffrey Sklar looked forward to attending his first Justice Ball. He wanted to see '80s icon Billy Idol do the "Rebel Yell" live. He wanted to hang out with other young attorneys and law students. He wasn't going for any...

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  • Scheduled Relaxation

    By JoAnneh Nagler

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday afternoon I was standing in my shower scrubbing my tile. It suddenly occurred to me -- in the midst of Ajax and scouring pads -- that the man who was ruling my fantasies was on a plane coming back from a sure-it's-professional junket in Las Vegas.

    Something was wrong...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shining Lights

    The Jewish Federation's Young Leadership Division put a cool spin on Chanukah with "Latkes and Blackjack" at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. The usually dark alternative music club had a cheery holiday makeover as dreidels and chocolate gelt were spread across...

  • Saul Kroll: Healing Hand at Cedars-Sinai

    By Tom Tugend

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Our rabbis speak of yetzer hara and yetzer hatov, man's dual inclination toward evil and toward good, and what you make of your life depends on which you follow," Saul Kroll observes.

    Kroll is a firm believer in yetzer hatov, and the 87-year-old Westside resident...

  • Karen Gilman: What Makes Her Run?

    By Amy Klein

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    To try to figure out all the volunteer projects social worker Karen Gilman is involved in -- and where she finds the time to do them all -- is to sift through a complex maze of stories of individuals who need help, or organizations that need help, or a volunteer staff that...

  • Joyce Rabinowitz: A Type Like No Other

    By Jane Ulman

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    Look at Joyce Rabinowitz's computer keyboard and you will see six blank keys in the middle row. They are actually the letters SDF and JKL, but the identifying marks have been worn off from use.

    In fact, those are only keys Rabinowitz uses, with the exception of the space...

  • Poor, Darfur Lose in Budget, Israel Gains

    By James D. Besser

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish agencies around the country could have to ante up tens of millions of dollars in the next five years, thanks to a year-end budget package approved by Congress.

    That assessment from a top Jewish activist here could be just the tip of the fiscal iceberg, as activists try to...

  • Yaelle and Nouriel Cohen: Kindness Starts at Home

    By Julie G Fax

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    When the doorbell rings at the Cohens' Pico-Robertson home -- or more accurately when the door edges open, since it's almost never locked -- the littlest of Yaelle and Nouriel Cohen's six kids grab their shoes. If it's someone dropping off donated food or clothing, they...

  • Jennifer Chadorchi: The Hunger to Help

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    At 6:30 p.m. on a chilly Wednesday night in December, more than 30 young Jewish professionals gathered on the corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street in West Hollywood to feed homeless people waiting in line for a hot meal.

    There on behalf of the Greater West...

  • Our first annual big list o’ mensches

    By Photographs by Kevin Scanlon

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    To its detractors, Los Angeles seems very much like a modern-day Sodom or Gomorrah -- besotting civilization with a trash culture of celebrity murder trials, reality TV and movies that trade on violence and superficiality. Even to Angelenos, the city can be trying and...

  • Put Tzedakah on Your Shopping List

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    December 22, 2005 | 7:01 pm

    When it comes to Chanukah, the holiday isn't a holiday without gift giving. As a loving relative, thoughtful friend or dutiful employee, you may be on the lookout for clever presents. But what if it's the last minute and you still don't know what to do? To solve this all-too-common...

  • Who’s Up, Who’s Down in Giving

    By Chanan Tigay

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Jewish philanthropies didn't raise much more money last year than they did the previous year, but the American Jewish community remains numerically over-represented among America's top charities, an examination of a recent ranking of philanthropies demonstrates.

    Of the...

  • Culling Your ‘Stuff’ Can Be Painful Task

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    My Aunt Naomi is overwhelmed.

    Now 78, she was widowed three years ago. She lost her husband, but inherited his piles of files, cancelled checks and warranties for current and formerly owned equipment.

    Aunt Naomi also has her own collections -- beloved tchotchkes that are scattered...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    QUEENS OF SHEBA

    Boutiques lined the halls leading to the dining room at the Four Seasons recently, where a crowd shopped before the Women of Achievement Awards event at the Friends of Sheba luncheon. This year's awards honored two distinguished community leaders: Dr. Ellen Klapper...

  • Give Some Honey to Apples of Your Eye

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holiday Hustle. We know the steps well. It starts with a tireless trek to the mall in search of that stylish synagogue suit. Next comes the culinary juggling act, simultaneously preparing Aunt Sophie's tzimmes, Bubbe's killer kugel and a 22-pound turkey, dressed and trimmed....

  • Getting Kids Into Charity Pays Off Big

    By Daniel Akst

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Start talking to wealthy families about the benefits of getting kids involved in philanthropy, and they'll tell you the biggest beneficiaries are the kids -- and their families. They say even young children who get involved learn the value of money, the limits of resources...

  • Get What You Give

    By Rabbi Gershon Johnson

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I remember visiting Harvard Square in Cambridge 30 years ago when I was a rabbi in Brookline, Mass. Among all the curious-looking people, myriad bookstores and Harvard University buildings was a huge bin of clothes, furniture cast-offs and other items. The sign in front said...

  • Young Adults Heed the Leadership Call

    By Marc Ballon

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Heather Greenberg has long known that she wanted to give back. Greenberg, 36, remembers well how Jewish charities helped her family as she grew up. There was the scholarship provided by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in North Hollywood when her parents, recent émigrés from...

  • Perfect Gadgets for Jetsetter, Homebody

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes Chanukah, you've got eight nights to get your gift giving right. Our Gift Guide points you toward a cornucopia of categories for every evening of the Festival of Lights. From low- to high-ticket pricing, we've got your loved ones covered, including frequent fliers,...

  • You’ll Do Lunch in This Town Again

    By Amy Klein

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Powerful women in Hollywood, back in 1978, were as prevalent as communists during the blacklist. Probably even less so.

    That's when Loreen Arbus came to town. A Jewish girl fresh out of college with some summer internships at Cosmopolitan magazine under her belt, Arbus wanted to make...

  • Q & A With Wilda Spalding

    By Sarah Price Brown

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Open Wilda Spalding's "little black book," and you'll discover a code of ethics -- written in part by Eleanor Roosevelt and adopted by the United Nations in 1948: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Spalding, who will be at the University of Judaism on Oct. 26, has been a...

  • Cleaning House

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Several months after my mother died, I had to clean out her apartment in New York. The apartment had sold, the co-op board had approved the new buyers, the closing was imminent. The apartment had to be delivered empty.

    This was the apartment I had grown up in, where my parents had...

  • Random Acts of Bar Mitzvah Kindness

    By Lauren Bragin

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    While most 13-year-olds gleefully rip wrapping paper off their abundant bar/bat mitzvah presents and dream of ways to spend their gift money, a growing number of teens are opting to make their bar/bat mitzvah more meaningful. By donating all or some of their gifts to worthy causes,...

  • 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...

  • Dinner Celebrates Families

    By Andrea Adelson

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Aphilanthropic couple and a young family with a preschooler are to be recognized at the 9th annual Jewish Family Service of Orange County (JFS) dinner celebrating family.

    The contributions of Gerald and Eleanor Weinstein, of Tustin, are getting notice because Jewish tenets about...

  • Shavuot: A Link to God

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Why is the festival of Shavuot called 'The time of the giving of our Torah' and not the time of the receiving of our Torah? Because the giving of the Torah happened at one specified time, but the receiving of the Torah happens at every time and in every generation. -- Rabbi Meir...

  • The Giving Ladder

    By Wendy Belzberg

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Rambams Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give" by Julie Salamon (Workman Publishing, $18.95).

    Even a wizard at niche marketing would tremble before the title of Julie Salamon's most recent book. "Rambam's Ladder," based on an ancient text by Rabbi Moses...

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