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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 30, 2014 | 12:46 pm

    This week, I would like to tell you about a very special Israeli institute, which is all about kindness and good.  Beit Issie Shapiro (Issie Shapiro House) is an Israeli non-profit organization, known worldwide for its therapy innovations to make life easier and more inclusive for...

  • Typhoon Haiyan: How you can help

    By Ryan Torok

    November 11, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    In response to the devastation wreaked on the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit land on Nov. 8, killing thousands and obliterating whole towns and villages, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has set up the Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund.

    The solicitation for...

  • Oklahoma tornado: How you can help

    May 21, 2013 | 2:02 pm

    Jewish groups are joining the effort to help those displaced by the tornado in suburban Oklahoma City.

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, announced Tuesday that his organization will collect donations and distribute them to the American Red Cross and...

  • Israel and the world Pt. 20 - weekly news from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 17, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Warren Weinstein, an American Jew, was captured by Al Qaeda a year ago. After turning to Obama for help, he now asks Netanyahu to give his captors all they want and release him back to his home. The leader of Al Qaeda demanded the release of all Al Qaeda and Taliban members which...

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  • Ask Your Therapists

    By Monica Farassat

    December 22, 2011 | 1:11 pm

  • Israel to send quake aid to Turkey [UPDATE]

    October 25, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    Israel said on Tuesday it was launching an airlift of supplies to help Turkey cope with a devastating earthquake, following a request from Ankara, with a first shipment of prefabricated homes destined for shipment on Wednesday.

    Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Ankara had sought the...

  • So much for trying to be a Good Samaritan…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 26, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Driving today, I came to a car that broke down. I got out of my car and went to ask if they needed help. As I approached the two men standing around, they both stared at me as if to say: “What do you want?”

    I asked if they were alright, and needed any help. At first they...

  • Sukkot in the kishkes

    By David Suissa

    October 15, 2008 | 10:26 pm

    Steve Maloney is a wandering Jew.

    For almost two decades, he has been wandering the streets of Los Angeles looking for food and shelter.

    His adult life has been one long transient experience.

    So when a holiday like Sukkot comes along, and he enters a sukkah, it's not a big leap...

  • Communities can use High Holy Days to help ease economic angst

    September 25, 2008 | 2:32 am

    With the start of the High Holy Days, the pace of communal life starts to change, and our focus is on reflection, reconciliation, repentance and the annual response to new beginnings.

    For too many in our community, however, this season will hold more angst than joy.

    The economic...

  • Cancer survivor brings art, courage to other patients

    By Rachel Heller

    September 18, 2008 | 1:57 am

    Judi Kaufman has trouble remembering numbers. So the two-time brain cancer survivor, who is now living with her third tumor, assigns colors to numbers to help keep them straight.

    The system is simple and intuitive: zero is white, 13 is black. Eighteen -- chai -- is red.

    "Red is the...

  • UJC seeks donations for hurricane victims

    September 16, 2008 | 7:42 pm

    United Jewish Communities begun a campaign for donations to help in the recovery from recent hurricanes.

    The umbrella organization of North America’s Jewish federation system is urging the 157 federations and 400 independent Jewish communities it serves to contribute to the effort,...

  • Darfur becomes part of Israeli vocabulary

    By Jenny Hazan

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When 18-year-olds Seraphya Berrin from New York, and Arielle Perlow from Melbourne, Australia, arrived in Israel last fall after spending a week in Poland as part of their B'nei Akiva year abroad program, they were inspired to take action on the world's current genocide, taking place...
  • Missionaries impossible

    By Amy Klein

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When I walk into the Santa Monica restaurant, it's easy to spot the Sisters, as they are young, fresh-faced, sitting straight backed, looking expectantly at the door.

    They're not nuns, but missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which means Mormon by the...

  • Students translate charity lessons into action

    By Lisa Armony

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For most kids, time off from school means hitting the beaches or other fun-filled attraction. For 17-year-old Neta Batscha, spring break sent her to the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

    Under the auspices of Milken Community High School's...

  • Fran Rosenfield: All About the Children

    By Adam Wills

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Fran Rosenfield
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Fran Rosenfield answers the door of her Northridge home a few moments after the musical doorbell has cycled through its tune....

  • A Mensch

    By Rob Eshman

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A month ago I lost my wallet.

    I had just picked my son up from day school at 5 p.m., run an errand, then returned to pick up my daughter, whose religious school classes got out at 6:30 p.m.

    It was one of those days. My wife was out of town on a work trip, and between my own job...

  • Yoram Hassid: The Man in the Middle

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Yoram Hassid
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    For the past 20 years, Yoram Hassid, a 60-something financially successful general contractor, has been quietly helping scores of...

  • Rebecca Levinson: Born to Be a Volunteer

    By Jane Ulman

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rebecca Levinson
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Rebecca Levinson grew up always doing things for the community.

    "This is what you do," the 17-year-old junior at North...

  • Los Angeles mom pleads for life of son kidnapped in Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Why is the world so silent -- why are Jews so silent about the plight of Jews being held captive in Iran?" Elana Tehrani, an Iranian-born Jewish woman now living in Los Angeles asked a crowd during a speech at the Nessah Cultural Center in Beverly Hills.

    Tehrani believes her son...

  • The King of Hearts; Celebrating diversity

    By Norma Zager

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    All About Atidim

    "As Henry VIII told each of his six wives, 'I won't keep you long'," promised Dan Gillerman, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, as he addressed some 300 guests at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    The Nov. 16 occasion was a benefit for Atidim, an innovative...

  • 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...

  • Helping the Congo, person by person

    By David Brinn

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Gila Garaway says that the vision for her organization, Moriah Africa, came to her as she was lying in a hospital bed in Nigeria in 2001.

    "I was there consulting on a water project, and I broke my back in a truck accident," the American-born Israeli from the community of Poriah near...

  • Rabbi Pinto’s miracles

    By David Suissa

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Growing up in Morocco, the word "miracle" was a familiar one. I remember how my parents, especially my mother, would bring up the great Moroccan mystics at all times of the day -- either to pray for a miracle, or to thank them for one.

    No miracle was too small. If a plate would...

  • Tale of heroics, terror from the top of the world

    By Sarah Price Brown

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It was a beautiful morning in May on the world's highest mountain, and Dan Mazur was feeling good. He had been hiking throughout the night in below-freezing temperatures, and now he and his team -- a sherpa and two other climbers -- had only two hours to go until reaching the summit...
  • 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,...
  • Movie on pedophile priest puts a face on evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In October 2004, journalist Amy Berg cold-called a defrocked priest she has nicknamed the "Hannibal Lecter of pedophiles." While serving Central California parishes in the 1970s and '80s, the Rev. Oliver O'Grady allegedly molested dozens of children -- boys and girls, infants and...
  • Conejo and West Valley shuls rate high with newcomers

    By Adam Wills

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For a Jew who doesn't belong to a synagogue, the West San Fernando and Conejo valleys are good places to shop around. A new report from the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) gives a snapshot of the community as a whole and an assessment of its ability to react to newcomers, including...
  • Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha; Sukkot huts inspires home building for homeless

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha
     
    After the brouhaha surrounding Maher Hathout, the Muslim spokesman who received a human relations prize last month amid protests by some Jewish groups, the state of interfaith relations in Los Angeles may appear to be...
  • Jews in the Military: High Holidays Under Fire

    By Jane Ulman

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Who shall live and who shall die. Who shall reach the end of his days and who shall not.

    Ralph Goodman recited those words in a hillside tent in southeastern Belgium. Warren Zundell's "shul" was a patch of no-man's-land somewhere in North Korea. For Robert Cirkus, it was a jungle...

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