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  • Social Action Groups Fight for Cleaning Ladies’ Rights

    By Alice Alexiou

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I am sitting in a Brooklyn diner, having breakfast with Marlene Champion, 61, a tall, striking woman from Barbados. Champion makes her living as a domestic worker, and right now she works as a nanny caring for a 4-year-old girl in Brooklyn Heights.

    Champion is also an active...

  • Rebuilding New Orleans—With A Little Help From Each Other

    By Gail Naron Chalew

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One year after "the storm," as New Orleanians refer to Hurricane Katrina, Jewish communal leaders describe the health of the community with certain expected terms -- loss, trauma, devastation and challenge.

    Unexpected is the word "blessed," used repeatedly in reference to the...

  • Local organizations seek funds to help Israel

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The following are some of the local organizations collecting donations to aid Israel in its time of crisis:

    American Associates of the Haifa Foundation
    Mailing Address: 287 South Robertson Blvd. '343
    Beverly Hills, CA 90211
    Telephone: 323-913-7133

    American Friends of Magen David...

  • Israel: This year, Last Year

    By Jack Weiss

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Marvin Hier, Jack Weiss

    "A month ago, we planned to send our kids to Nahariya for release," Eli Moyal, mayor of the Gaza-adjacent, Qassam-besieged town of Sderot, tells me.

    It was a great idea -- last summer I took my kids to Nahariya for vacation. We played on the beach and took a speedboat to the...

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  • A Mother’s Letter: Israeli Volunteers Aid in War Effort

    By Donna Zeff

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Sunday morning, July 16, after spending a restful Shabbat with his family, my 20-year-old soldier son found out that instead of going on an educational trip to Yad Vashem with his army buddies, he was to be sent to the small moshav of Netua on the Lebanese border.

    That same...

  • Mission To Israel

    By Amy Klein

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    Teenagers sit in a circle on the sparkling white sand of Hof Nitzanim, a beachfront south of Tel Aviv, where the dark blue waves lap at the shore. Behind them, younger kids play on pool and Ping-Pong tables and families sit around a bar, eating and watching a lithe belly dancer...
  • Rite of Passage Bestows Bundle of Intangible Gifts

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When we think of bar and bat mitzvah gifts, many things come to mind: fountain pens, cuff links, picture frames, checks. But the true gifts of this religious rite of passage extend far beyond the envelopes and boxes piled up at the party door. Here are a few of the intangible yet...
  • Q & A With Ehud Danoch

    By Amy Klein

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ehud Danoch, who has served as consul general of Israel in Los Angeles since October 2004, has been working round the clock since fighting first broke out between Israel and its neighbors in late June. The situation was prompted first by the capture of one soldier, which led to an...

  • Thrown For A Loop

    By Avi Liberman

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Avi we're doing some looping for a movie called, 'The Mount of Olives.' It was filmed in Israel and we're looking for Hebrew and Arabic speakers." Being an actor and comic in Los Angeles, you run into some interesting gigs. When my friend, Joey, himself a Christian Arab from...

  • Advice and Reality Face a Moment of Truth in Israel

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Just don't take the bus."

    As I left on a trip to Israel a couple months ago, this was the advice I got from everyone. Even then, a time of relative peace, the ersatz front-page pictures of terror-torn Israeli commuter buses surrounded by wounded people being moved to ambulances...

  • Spectator - The Woman Who Fought the Tigers

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Helene Klodawsky remembers how her survivor mother and girlfriends stayed up all night, laughing and crying as they recounted their Holocaust experiences over cigarettes and coffee.

    "I became consumed with questions about women and war," the 50-year-old Canadian filmmaker said.

    Her...

  • Letters 06-30-2006

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    South Central Farm
    Ralph Horowitz's claim of anti-Semitism simply serves to inject ethnic conflict into a debate it does not belong ("A Harvest of Conflict," June 23).

    As part of our senior project, I and my friend, Deepak Seeni, interviewed some of the people involved in the farm....

  • 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...

  • Briefs

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Presbyterian Church Fixes Divestment Damage
    Two years after it angered Jews by passing a resolution calling for divestment from Israel, the Presbyterian Church (USA) is trying to undo the damage.

    At this year's General Assembly in Birmingham, a church committee agreed Saturday...

  • Healing Torah Makes Hospital Rounds

    By Amy Klein

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One day last year Rabbi Levi Meier, the Jewish chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, was summoned to the room of an elderly Russian man in the ICU who had cancer.

    He was in poor spirits, so Meier decided to bring in the Torah from the chaplaincy ark. The patient's eyes lit up at...

  • Special Delivery - Jewish Lamaze Class Reunion

    By Jane Ulman

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We were so much fatter then -- and younger and more naïve.

    We were nine pregnant women, accompanied by our husbands, sitting together on the floor of a Temple Sinai classroom for 10 Thursday nights in the fall of 1983. Strangers to each other and strangers to the concept of becoming...

  • Fleeing Nazis Breaks His Father’s Spirit

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My father, rarely impetuous, married my much younger mother when he was 46, and he was 49 when I was born.

    When I was a toddler and we went occasionally together to the Berlin zoo, people came up and congratulated my father on his cute grandson. So there was this age gap, to begin...

  • Latin American Jews Create L.A. Oasis

    By Roberto Loiederman

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine that you live in Latin America and you're Jewish. Typically, you and your family would belong to a full-service Jewish club with cultural, recreational, educational and athletic activities for all ages. The club is reasonably priced, promotes Jewish identity in a secular...

  • School Risked Fiscal Peril for Its Students

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Esther Nir knew she wanted her daughters to have a Jewish education. Although she and her Israeli-born husband, Ofer, were living in a decidedly secular kibbutz, Nir had attended yeshiva as a young girl in Brooklyn.

    "I wanted my children to learn Torah and decide for themselves what...

  • Middle-Class Squeeze

    By Julie G Fax

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In the past six years, Diane Demetras and her husband, Marcel Indik, have taken one low-cost vacation and have dined out only on rare occasions. They don't buy themselves new clothes, they drive old cars and rent movies rather than go to them because weekend activities have been...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Kudos for Kuh

    Los Angeles culinary expert Patric Kuh was honored recently in New York by the James Beard Foundation for his humanitarian efforts during the the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards.

    Kuh won kudos in the Magazine Restaurant Review or Critique category for his work...

  • Visit to Ethiopia Changes His Life

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In 2004, John Fishel went to Ethiopia as part of a delegation of American Federation leaders. The experience changed his life.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, along with five members of the UJA Federation of New York, visited shantytowns filled with...

  • John Fishel

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Feb. 26, more than 150 volunteers gathered early at the headquarters of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for the annual Super Sunday megafundraiser. Having filled up on conversation, coffee and bagels, the enthusiastic, well-dressed men and women sat side-by-side at...

  • Top 10 Things to Do Before the Change

    By Jennifer Pirtle

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    No matter where you are in the menopause transition, it's never too late (or early) to get your health act together to ensure the next 40 or so years are as terrific as or better than the first were. Here are 10 things you can do right now.

    1. Choose the right health-care provider

    ...
  • Wiesel’s Words of Hope for ‘Uprooted’

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Elie Wiesel spoke last year at the 92nd Street Y, teaching about Jewish texts, his quiet voice had a trance-like quality, as he shifted between classic sources, Chasidic tales and his own views of world events. His fiction is similarly powerful. Sometimes the words have the...

  • Kids Learn Burial Rites From Barney

    By Naomi Glauberman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Their bagels sliced, toasted and slathered with cream cheese, the parents and students of the fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Santa Monica's Sha'arei Am turn toward Rabbi Jeff Marx as he welcomes them to Family Education Day.

    His introduction is interrupted by Lori Daitch, the...

  • I’m Going to Jail Over Darfur Genocide

    By Rabbi Steve Gutow

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    (Editor's note: This article was written and published prior to Rabbi Steve Gutow's planned arrest.)

    I'm going to jail.

    Along with interfaith religious leaders, members of Congress and others, I am being arrested in Washington,

    D.C., Friday, April 28, outside the Embassy of Sudan...

  • Life More Ordinary

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I recently visited a congregant in the hospital and was surprised to find a doctor crying in the hallway. I told her I was a rabbi and asked if I could help. The doctor immediately apologized for her tears.

    "It's been a hard week," she said, "I'll be OK."

    She told me she had just...

  • A Hidden Child Tells Her Tale

    By Sarah Price Brown

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As a young child in Nazi-occupied France, Marie Kaufman knew the rules: "Don't be seen, don't talk, don't stand up, don't do anything."

    "I used to always think that I was going to kill something, or I was going to make something happen to us if I did anything wrong," Kaufman...

  • First Person - In This Moment

    By Esther Pasternak

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Look where you want to go and you will go there," my ski instructor explained. As a college English major, I was always on the lookout for a good metaphor. I didn't ski much after that, but I used my instructor's metaphor constantly throughout college.

    When I graduated from UCLA...

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