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  • Gift the Tree, Enjoy the Fruit

    By Mark L. Hefter

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Most of us would give almost anything to ensure that Israel's future is secure. But what can one person do to help Israel thrive and grow?

    Plenty, as it turns out. There is a financial strategy that allows you to help Israel -- and yourself. It can provide you or your loved ones with...

  • After the Miscarriage

    By Andrea Lesch Weiss

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When my doctor informed me, in the seventh week of my first pregnancy, that I had miscarried, he accompanied the news with what he surely thought was a comforting idea.

    He told me that God wanted perfect children, and this was His way of making it happen.

    It was the first of several...

  • 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...

  • Refuge From Cancer

    By Marc Silver

    October 13, 2005 | 8:01 pm

    Four years ago, my wife told me not to build a sukkah. She had a good reason. In early September of 2001, Marsha was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer -- a tumor in each breast.

    Cancer was pretty much running our lives. We were visiting doctors every other day for more opinions...

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  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hey Kids! The Help Goes On

    Los Angeles Jewish schools continue with their efforts to help the hurricane victims. The students from Temple Emanuel donated money, wrote letters, drew pictures and collected shoes for the victims.

    This Sukkot, which begins at sundown, Monday, Oct. 17,...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    More Gaza Aid Seen

    The European Union offered to boost aid to the Palestinian Authority for rebuilding the Gaza Strip. E.U. official Benita Ferrero-Waldner said last week that the 25-nation bloc, already the Palestinians' biggest foreign donor, would be willing to increase aid...

  • Faith-Based Hurricane Relief

    By James Besser

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Bush administration is dramatically expanding funding for faith-based groups as part of its hurricane relief efforts, and some Jewish groups are warning that it could blow a big hole in the church-state wall.

    "It's like the levees; once the church-state wall is breached, it's...

  • Pantry Gets a New Home to Help Hungry

    By Jane Ulman

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This year, for the first time in SOVA's 22-year history, food pantry volunteers won't have to store and unpack thousands of grocery bags filled with High Holiday Food Drive donations in multiple cramped locations or larger rented spaces that are costly and inconvenient. Instead, SOVA...

  • A Place of Worship Where We Belong

    By Rachel Barenblat

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It baffled my parents that I went with my husband and his family to Christmas Eve services, but he didn't accompany me to synagogue on Rosh Hashanah.

    "That doesn't seem fair," my mother pointed out. "You're celebrating his holiday, but he's not celebrating yours."

    We do hold to my...

  • Their Spirit Survives

    By Richard Sherman

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It was hard to be in Los Angeles in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, perhaps the biggest natural disaster in our history. I had some previous Red Cross training, and, with some additional fast-track prep on disaster response, I was on my way to Louisiana -- first by plane to...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Saturday, September 10

    Party at tonight's sixth annual Barbie and Ken Toy Drive and you'll give the kids a reason to smile, too. Cover per person is one new unwrapped toy or combination of toys with a minimum $25 value, for which you get music, open bar and food till the wee...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Back to the Beach

    Just because we're back in school doesn't mean we can't think about the beach. If you want to go into the new Jewish year with another mitzvah under our belt, here is a fun opportunity:

    Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 17

    Help clean the Coastal Park area at Cabrillo Beach...

  • A Frantic Hour

    By Rob Eshman

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The dumbest question asked by any reporter anywhere in response to Hurricane Katrina came last Monday in Houston.

    Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. Bush had just finished announcing a special relief effort -- the Hurricane Katrina Fund -- when someone in the press pool...

  • A Prayer for Victims of Hurricane Katrina

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Are You watching, God?

    Have You seen the innocent swept away?

    Are You listening, God?

    Have You heard their cries?

    Be with them, God.

    Be their strength and their comfort.

    Let them know You are near.

    Work through us, God.

    Teach us to be Your messengers on earth.

    Wake us up, God,

    ...
  • Nation & World Briefs

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Federation Sets Up Hurricane Fund

    The United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh (UJF) has established a mailbox to accept donations for humanitarian aid for members of the Jewish and general communities impacted by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Western...

  • The Circuit

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Tackling the Taboo

    The leadership of the Eretz-SIAMAK Cultural Center hosted an interactive lecture event on Aug. 7 at its Tarzana location, focused on discussing drug and alcohol abuse, frequently a taboo topic among Iranian Jewish families.

    The audience of nearly 200 Iranian...

  • Clearing the Air About Allergies

    By Beth Levine

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Scary statistic to contemplate: About 10 to 15 percent of kids suffer from allergies, and the rate has been rising steadily for the past 20 years. Though no one knows why allergies are skyrocketing, we do know what causes them. Allergies are an immunological "overreaction" to a...

  • Letters

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Tragedy of Gaza

    Regarding the inexplicable and shameful headlong expulsion of the Jewish settlers in Gaza, this is one Conservative rabbi who weeps and screams at this folly. Who is pushing Israel to vacate? Why suddenly now? What wonderful concessions have been made to Israel...

  • Wanted: 1 Rich Jew

    By Rob Eshman

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I have a friend who may come into a large sum of money. Not millions, but tens of millions. Sometimes, she told me, she daydreams about all the charities and causes she'll donate to.

    "That's what I want to be, one of those people who sits around all day and gives out money," she...

  • Task at Hand

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the essay "The World as I See It," Albert Einstein wrote: "A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other people, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give the same measure as I have received and am...

  • One of the Girls

    By Rob Eshman

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I remember Danielle Magady as a tiny kindergartner whose broad smile arced across her face.

    I met her and her parents, Terry and Holly, 10 years ago when I wrote one of my first stories for The Journal on developmentally disabled children in Jewish day schools.

    Danielle was, at...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Help: A Laughing Matter

    Laughter and love marked the occasion of the annual Laughing Matters luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel to benefit the L.A. Free Clinic. Celebrities and civic notables coifed and dressed to the nines were on hand to lend their humor and presence to the...

  • Laser Heart Surgery

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My only decent pair of glasses broke en route from Los Angeles to Israel, and I took it as a sign -- it was time to for corrective laser surgery, a.k.a. LASIK.

    "Make sure on the day of surgery someone comes with you," the Israeli receptionist said to me after I set my appointment.

    ...
  • The Circuit

    By Julie G Fax

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    SHoshanim Celebrates

    Shoshanim, a magazine for Jewish teenage girls, is celebrating its fifth year in publication with a newly designed Web site, new features and an upgraded layout. Based in Los Angeles, the magazine geared for Orthodox teenagers has 5,000 subscribers. It is the...

  • Episcopal Church Saves Silver Lake JCC

    By Marc Ballon

    April 21, 2005 | 8:01 pm

     

    Just two months before its probable closure, the Silver Lake Independent Jewish Community Center has gained a new lease on life thanks to the efforts of a benevolent high-ranking member of the Episcopal Church.

    In a bid to save the center, Bishop Jon Bruno of the Episcopal Diocese...

  • New ‘Design’ Adds Flair to the Holidays

    By Julie G Fax

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    “Kosher By Design Entertains” by Susie Fishbein (Mesorah Publications, $34.99).

    It’s probably already too late. Dishes from Susie Fishbein’s new “Kosher By Design Entertains” are probably gracing Shabbat tables and brunches all over the country. Recipes from her first two books,...

  • Winning the Great Sponge Cake Battle

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    It’s that time again. With Pesach here, it’s time for my annual wrestling match with my nemesis, the dreaded sponge cake.

    Aunt Estelle was famous for her mile-high sponge cakes. Years ago she sent me her recipe, outlining every step in exquisite detail. Yet every time I try it,...
  • How to make a seder child’s play

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    For parents of squirmy kids, a Passover seder can seem longer than the 40 years our ancestors spent wandering through the desert. Fortunately, all it takes is a little forethought and creativity to keep the younger set from getting as jumpy as the frogs in Pharaoh's bed at the big...
  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Good Deed Indeed

    Earth Day is about healing all creatures on the Earth. Here is a chance for you to do a good deed by entering The Good Deed Contest.

    Here's what you will do:

    1. Do a good deed (an amazing one!)
    2. Write an essay, telling what you did, what motivated you and what...

  • Iran to L.A.—Hope, Hardship Mark Path

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Jahangir Javaheri lived a full life in Iran as a pharmaceutical retailer, complete with a nice car, large house and the esteem and satisfaction that came with being a leader within the nation's small but cohesive Jewish community. Yet he wanted something more for his family,...

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