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  • Motherhood 101: Raising Decent Men

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    On Wednesday my son went to his car to head to work and saw his car had been hit. There was blue paint along his back bumper, which was cracked from end to end. He was bummed out and called to tell me what happened. He couldn’t understand how someone could hit his car so strongly...

  • $1.3 million reward offered for information in Leviev jewelry heist

    August 6, 2013 | 10:23 am

    An insurance company is offering a $1.3 million reward for clues leading to the recovery of stolen diamonds and jewels owned by Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev.

    The $136 million in jewelry was stolen July 28 from a resort in Cannes, France, where it was part of an exhibition on...

  • Diagnosis: Informed Citizen Disorder

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 27, 2013 | 12:12 pm

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that one of the great pleasures of my life – reading the New York Times – is also bad for my health. 

    After all, lamb chops are luscious, but it turns out that red meat, not to mention a perfect side of salty fries, can kill you.  Just because you...

  • Healthcare That You Should Avoid, part 2

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    February 22, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    16% of all spending in the US is on healthcare. About half of that is spent by federal, state, and local governments, and the other half is spent by the private sector. In 1970 about 7% of all spending was for healthcare. Total annual spending on healthcare per person has increased...

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  • The gift of life insurance

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 20, 2012 | 9:56 am

    Todd Gindy, a certified financial planner, likes to tell a story about Johnny Carson to illustrate how nonprofits miss a big opportunity when they don’t suggest donors use life insurance policies as a vehicle for charitable giving. 

    For years, the longtime host of “The Tonight...

  • A note to Jewish grandparents

    November 1, 2012 | 11:37 am

    I believe there is a unique bond between grandparents and grandchildren. We look out for each other. We have each other’s backs.

    This year, the Romney-Ryan ticket and much of the Republican Party have been attempting to divide our generations, pitting one against the other.

    We...

  • Brown signs law targeting insurance industry ties with Iran

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 3, 2012 | 4:23 pm

    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill aimed at dissuading California-based insurance companies from making indirect investments in Iran. 

    The state’s insurance companies already are prohibited from making large direct investments in Iran; the new law aims to put further...

  • Opinion: Jewish organizations, others must stop interfering with Holocaust survivors' rights

    July 2, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    [This column is a response to a piece by Menachem Rosensaft:
    Crafting a Holocaust insurance solution that works
    ]

    The JTA recently published an op-ed by Menachem Rosensaft which gratuitously offers an “alternative” to the legislation that Holocaust survivors and children and...

  • U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obama healthcare law centerpiece

    June 28, 2012 | 8:54 am

    A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty.

    “The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals...

  • Crafting a Holocaust insurance solution that works

    June 27, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    [Read a response to this column: Jewish organizations, others
    must stop interfering with Holocaust survivors’ rights
    ]

    There is a solution to get us beyond the seemingly endless stalemates and complications that continue to characterize the ongoing debate over Holocaust-era...

  • Holocaust insurance claims divide the Jewish community

    June 6, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    Hardly a day goes by where Renee Firestone isn’t asked by some school, museum, reporter or filmmaker to talk about the Holocaust.

    “Somebody has to tell the story,” she said. “I am fortunate enough, at my age, to still be able to walk and talk. So I have to do it.”

    Firestone is 88,...

  • N.Y. arson attack investigated as insurance scam

    January 12, 2012 | 10:23 am

    An arson attack last year on cars in a predominately Jewish neighborhood of New York reportedly is being investigated as an insurance scam instead of a hate crime.

    The attack on Nov. 11, the day after Kristallnacht commemorations, included the spray-painting with anti-Semitic...

  • New momentum for bill to allow lawsuits against Holocaust-era insurance companies

    June 21, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    It’s becoming a D.C. perennial: Every two years, a new Congress is ushered in and lawmakers from Florida herald a bill that once and for all will bring insurance companies to account for swindling Holocaust survivors.

    And every two years, congressional staffers and Jewish...

  • Holocaust survivors struggle to receive insurance payouts

    June 2, 2011 | 9:59 am

    Holocaust survivors continue to face roadblocks, including the United States government, in collecting on insurance policies taken out before the war.

    Aging survivors trying to reclaim insurance policies face opposition from the State Department over concerns that pressing claims...

  • To Be or Not to Be, Rich…

    By Julia Bendis

    March 3, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Please tell me how can anyone get ahead in this world, financially that is?  I should rephrase: how can an average person with children get a head in this world?

    I sit here pondering that question while staring at the Orthodontic Invoice for my fifth-grader’s teeth!  Three...

  • The Joys of Car Dealerships!

    By Julia Bendis

    January 10, 2011 | 12:57 pm

    Being at a car dealership this weekend, to finally get the recalled part on my car fixed, reminded me how much I truly enjoy car dealerships.  Not only do I NOT mind haggling with the salesmen on a price, I look forward to it.  After all, I am my father’s daughter.  That same father...

  • Why We Must Support Universal Health Care

    August 26, 2009 | 6:33 pm

    Related: Jews Should Oppose Universal Health Care


    Whether or not we are believers in the Obama plan, or any of the particular plans for universal health care currently winding their way through Congress, support for universal health care is an imperative in Jewish law. Although...

  • The high cost of dying

    By Jane Ulman

    August 7, 2008 | 2:06 am

    A traditional Jewish funeral is simple and not ostentatious -- good news for people concerned about the high cost of dying. But while Jewish law doesn't require embalming, elaborate floral displays or 16-gauge metal caskets with tufted crepe interiors, it does require Jews to be...
  • Briefs

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kollek a British Spy?
    The late Teddy Kollek reportedly spied for Britain against the hard-line Jewish underground in British Mandate Palestine. Citing declassified documents, the Israeli newspaper, Yediot Achronot, reported last week that Kollek, who is best remembered as Jerusalem's...
  • Interest Increases as Deadline Nears

    By David Finnigan

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Susie Tiffany of Beverly Hills suffers from a rare blood disorder and needs monthly infusions of blood components, which her insurance company ultimately declined to cover. She hoped the government's new prescription drug benefit would help her out because, despite her ZIP code,...

  • Community Briefs

    By Yaakov Katz

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish Candidate Drops Out of Insurance Chief Race

    One of two Jewish candidates seeking the Republican nomination for California insurance commissioner has pulled out of the race.

    Dr. Phil Kurzner, a Westside urologist, told supporters at a Feb. 21 fundraiser that he is withdrawing...

  • Bills Seek to End Israel Travel Penalty

    By Idan Ivri

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It happens over and over again: A planned trip to Israel induces gasps of worry from friends who have never visited the country. Every suicide bombing or mortar attack on television reinforces the vision of Israel as a vast raging war zone.

    Some travelers appreciate the concern;...

  • Letters

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Workers' Comp Woes

    I am appalled by Jill Stewart's self serving and misleading missives about the so-called reform (in reality, deform) of workers' compensation ("It's Time to Heal Worker's Comp," May 6).

    During the past approximately 25 years I have been representing injured...

  • Israel Has Rx for U.S. Health Care

    By Mordechai Shani

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Israel and the United States each have successes and failures in their respective health care systems, but the younger of the modern nations, rooted in its tradition of helping the needy, has much to teach its American ally. When it comes to some of the most important issues facing...

  • Pacific Mortgage Funding Corporation

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As a national commercial real estate lender, Pacific Mortgage Funding Corporation offers a variety of financing options for apartment projects, office buildings, retail shopping centers, hotels, subdivisions, and more. Our commercial real estate lending programs range from fixed to...

  • Sol Bojarsky

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sol Bojarsky passed away peacefully at home on June 27. A native of Los Angeles, born in Boyle Heights, Oct. 1, 1919, bar mitzvah at the Breed Street Shul, Bojarsky was a graduate of Hollywood High School and UCLA. From a pioneer L.A. Zionist family, Sol was a prominent insurance...

  • Community Briefs

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Allstate to Insure Travelers Visiting Israel

    Plaintiff Allen Estrin won a major victory in his lawsuit against 14 life insurance companies over their refusal to cover people who travel to Israel. The number of defendant insurers in the suit fell to 13 when The Allstate Corp....

  • Insurance Claim Debate Heats Up

    By Tom Tugend

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Two antagonists in a long-simmering dispute about the handling of life insurance claims stemming from the Holocaust era took off their gloves last week in a bitter exchange of letters.

    On one side stands Lawrence S. Eagleburger, chairman of the International Commission on Holocaust...

  • Out of Context

    By Jill Stewart

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    About a year before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a major reform of California's disastrous workers' comp system, the same basic reforms were fought and eventually killed by elected Democrats trying to protect lawyers who gamed our broken system but gave heavily to Democratic...

  • Plan Seeks to Cure High Cost of Drugs

    By Idan Ivri

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In this presidential campaign year, the figure is ubiquitous: One out of four Americans, about 70 million people, do not have health insurance. At the same time, Americans are spending about $100 billion on prescription drugs annually, more than double what was spent in 1990.

    For...

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