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...
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Founding Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple, Leonard I. Beerman, dies at 93
October 31, 2014 | 7:45 am
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...
May 27, 2013 | 12:12 pm
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...
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...
November 1, 2012 | 11:37 am
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...
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...
June 28, 2012 | 8:54 am
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...
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,...
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...
June 21, 2011 | 12:24 pm
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...
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...
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...
August 26, 2009 | 6:33 pm
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...
August 7, 2008 | 2:06 am
April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pmKollek 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...
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,...
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...
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;...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm