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  • Charitable Yums

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Thinking about doing something for Israel but don't have time or inclination to go there and volunteer in person? This Sunday you can do your bit for the beleaguered Jewish state by chowing down in local restaurants.

    On May 2, 20 of Los Angeles' kosher restaurants will participate...

  • Ten Tips for a Great Speech

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In two weeks Jonathan Shainberg is going to be standing in front of a large crowd at Young Israel of Century City to administer the spiritual content of his bar mitzvah. When he is done wowing the crowd with his chanting of the weekly Torah portion, he will attempt to nourish their...

  • Missing Family

    By Jonathan Udren

    February 26, 2004 | 7:01 pm

    My weekly phone call with my parents brought some sad news recently. "We're going to have to move G.M. to a different nursing home," my mother said to me of my grandmother. "They just don't have the facilities to take care of someone with her level of dementia."

    I knew my...

  • Five Steps to an Ethical-Action Child

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Everything teaches something. Here are five ways to help your children develop an ethical-action consciousness in their everyday lives.

    First, be an ethical-action cheerleader and acknowledge your children's positive behavior. Few learning experiences are as effective as being...

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  • Community Briefs

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Cooper Visits Sudan, Discusses Slavery

    Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, spent an eventful 21 hours in Sudan in mid-February when he met with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to discuss the country's ongoing slave trade and a peace treaty with...

  • Pledge Storm Hits Federation

    By Marc Ballon

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles had a super Super Sunday, ringing up pledges of $4.5 million, or $800,000 more than last year.

    "The volunteers were amazing, and, to tell you the truth, it was raining and more people were at home," said Craig Prizant, senior vice...

  • Navigating Aid

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    By the time she reached the third grade, Aliza Sokolow's teachers could plainly see that she was a bright, articulate child. But something was interfering with her learning. It took seven more years -- until her sophomore year in high school -- before Sokolow was finally diagnosed...

  • Helping Your Parent Defeat Depression

    By Dr. Rachelle Zukerman

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sally H., an 80-year-old Fairfax resident, recently fell into inconsolable sadness after her canary died. To her family, her intense and prolonged sorrow seemed out of place because Sally had only bought the pet a few months earlier.

    "It was only a bird!" they said.

    What her...

  • Leftovers Go Green

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Eight years ago, when my father's Parkinson's symptoms overwhelmed his body, but not his spirit, my mother decided she needed care-taking help. For a man who cherished his independence so fiercely, this life change would not come easy. But with same courage it took to run a...

  • Right-Wing Activists Unite in Jerusalem

    By Amy Klein

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As thousands of joyous Christian tourists danced through the streets of Jerusalem on their annual colorful Feast of Tabernacles parade, a group of well-funded neoconservatives gathered on the other side of the capital at the inaugural Jerusalem Summit.

    The exclusive Oct. 12-14...

  • Restoration’s Silver Lining

    By Rachel Brand

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Silversmith David Friedman has the unique ability to trace the origin of almost every antique that comes across his desk. "People ask me all the time, 'How did you know that? How did you know that goblet was actually made in India?'" Friedman said. "We just know from experience. We...

  • Shoah’s Belorussian Cowboys

    By Michal Lemberger

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Saved 1,200 Jews and Built a Village in the Forest," by Peter Duffy. (Harper Collins, $25.95).

    "Defiance: The Bielski Partisans. The Story of the Largest Armed Rescue of Jews by Jews During World War II," by...

  • Should We Shun 80 Million Friends of Israel?

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One of the more unusual characters in Jewish literature appears in the Book of Esther. The palace guard Charbonah originally plays a part inHaman's conspiracy to slaughter the Jews and dispossess 0them of their property. But somewhere along the way, he experiences a change of heart,...

  • Summer Tzedakah

    By Sandy Schachter

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The rabbis say that the world stands on three things: learning, prayer and righteous deeds. Since reconnecting with Judaism 15 years ago, this statement has always meant a lot to me .

    I now attend weekly Friday night Shabbat services and Torah study on Saturday morning and am active...

  • Hot Property

    By Lilla Zuckerman

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    My ex-boyfriend and I had been engaging in some very dangerous activities lately. At first it started out as a rekindled friendship.

    And then it grew into dinner dates, late nights and long talks. Then we crossed the "just friends" boundaries and got intimate. But the most dangerous...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Matters of the Heart

    In this week's Torah portion, Re'eh, we are yet again told not to forget the needy. The Torah just can't stop repeating this message. This time it uses the words "do not harden your heart." Pharoah also hardened his heart. He gets so used to hardening his...

  • Making Dreams of Israel Come True

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the international terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport, the luggage carts sag under the weight of bulging suitcases, and it seems as if every family moving to Israel on this group flight is accompanied by a 10-person entourage to see them off.

    Despite the El Al security guards...

  • How to Fundraise in the 21st Century

    By Marc Ballon

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    More than a century ago, Jewish federations served the needs of tightly knit Jewish communities around the country. Centralized, bureaucratic and occasionally paternalistic, these charitable organizations were highly efficient fundraising and money-dispensing machines in an era when...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Valuable Vacation

    Summer's almost over. I hope you're having a great time. Did you go to camp? Were you in summer school? Did your parents take you on a fun trip?

    In this week's Torah portion, Ekev, Moses asks the Israelites to remember that, while they are about to enter a rich...

  • Brandeis Fetes Past, Plans for Future

    By Rachel Brand

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In 1975, Sandy Feld spent the summer as a counselor-in-training at Camp Alonim. This summer, his daughter, Shana, will follow in her father's footsteps, and Feld hopes that her experience will be as positive as his was 28 summers ago.

    "It was a magical time in my life," said Feld,...

  • Reeve Superhero to Israeli Terror Victims

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On this hot Tuesday morning in central Israel, Elad Wassa sits in his wheelchair, his dark eyes bright with anticipation. One year ago, Wassa, a Falasha (Ethiopian Jew), was working at a vegetable stand in a Netanya market when a bomb exploded as he was bending down to pick up some...

  • Weil Delivers Bush Invocation

    By Adam Wills

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Friday-night fundraising dinner is the last place you'd expect to find an Orthodox rabbi. But Rabbi Steven Weil of Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills recently raced the clock in the hours before Shabbat to open for the president of the United States.

    Weil kicked off Bush's...

  • Happy Trails to You

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A 7-year-old boy with severe disabilities who usually spends his days in an unresponsive haze in his wheelchair is running his fingers through the mane of a miniature pony named Chocolate -- and giggling.

    "It's a miracle," his mother tells Pepper Salter Edmiston, the founder of the...

  • Trauma Triggers Camp Funds

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The summer he attended a Christian day camp for free made a lasting impression on Allen Alevy, age 7 at the time. "They said I'd go to hell," he recalled of an attempted conversion.

    His father, a naval shipyard laborer, could afford little else. The nonobservant family of...

  • ADD, ADHD—Life in the Fast Lane

    By Wendy Mogel

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    School is out and Ashley is breathless, begging to go to Disneyland. "Leora has ADD so she gets a special pass that allows her to skip all the lines," she says. "And she can bring her friends and they can skip all the lines, too!"

    A call to the Happiest Place on Earth confirms it....

  • The Core of Judaism

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Each year, Rabbi Leib Saras made a pilgrimage to see Rebbe Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezrich. When asked what Torah he went to learn, Leib Saras answered: "I do not go to learn interpretations of Torah. I go to watch the way he ties his shoes."

    Try this experiment: Put your hands in...

  • Director, Neighbors Rescue ‘Collector’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In 1998, Alice Elliott received a disturbing call from Larry Selman, the remarkable man with developmental disabilities she was profiling in her Oscar-nominated short documentary, "The Collector of Bedford Street."

    Selman had lived near the poverty level in a tiny apartment across...

  • Different Kind of Visit

    By Lilly Gohar Bolour

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I am in Israel for a few days to visit the victims of terrorist acts. I'm on my own, not with a group. It's the first time I've been in Israel with a purpose other than visiting family and enjoying myself. I'm not frightened but there is something unsettling to visit Israel this way....

  • Health Care Requires Resuscitation

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Eric Moore is frustrated. Within weeks after losing his computer consulting job, the 30-year-old UCLA graduate collapsed from a pulmonary embolism. He has since recovered, but faces a $14,000 hospital bill.

    Dr. Alexandra Levine is frustrated. The head of the USC-Norris Cancer Center...

  • Haitian Songs

    By H. Eric Schockman

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The following piece was written after a recent trip to Haiti, during which a delegation from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger was hosted by the Lambi Fund, one of MAZON'S longtime grantees.

    It starts with a song. Soft at first, then louder, like slow rolling thunder, gentle...

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