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  • Seniors angry over plans to close JCC

    By Ryan E. Smith

    February 8, 2012 | 4:21 pm

    There was no question how Zita Kass felt when she learned that The JCC at Milken in West Hills will shut its doors permanently this summer. Her reaction was swift and powerful:

    “Anger, fury, frustration,” the 76-year-old Woodland Hills resident said.

    Kass frequents the...

  • Kobe practices at the JCC

    November 29, 2011 | 10:26 am

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reportedly held a private training session at a Jewish Community Center in Irvine, Ca.

    Bryant, according to the TMZ website, brought a trainer to the J to work on shooting drills and cardio training as spectators looked on.

    Last month, the Miami...

  • LeBron James gets slammed at Ohio Jewish Community Center

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 14, 2011 | 5:43 pm

    Pro-basketball star LeBron James filled in for a team at the Mandel Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Cleveland, Ohio at the last minute and not surprisingly crushed his opponents.

    But after the game, James got slammed by a sandwich shop worker located within the JCC who reacted to...

  • N.Y. JCC unveils memorial to murdered Israeli Olympians

    September 26, 2011 | 4:56 pm

    A Jewish community center in suburban New York unveiled a sculpture honoring the Israelis who were killed by terrorists at the1972 Munich Olympics.

    The sculpture unveiled Sunday at the JCC Rockland in West Nyack, N.Y.,  features 11 segments to represent the athletes and coaches who...

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  • French Jewry rethinks its JCCs, with a focus on culture over ‘community’

    August 2, 2011 | 10:41 am

    It’s hard to think of a more innocuous word for most American Jews than “community.” But in France, things aren’t so simple.

    France’s national ethos frowns upon displays of ethnic difference. So for many French Jews, the word “community” conveys a sense of separatism...

  • Campaign launched to remember Buenos Aires JCC bombing

    July 13, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Argentina’s president and several of the country’s international sports stars are among those featured in a new campaign to remember the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish center.

    The campaign, launched a week before the 17th anniversary of the attack, is called “Attack the...

  • JCC opens in Kharkov, Ukraine

    April 5, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    A new Jewish Community Center opened in Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkov.

    Donors, volunteers and staff of World Jewish Relief, which raised the funds for and oversaw construction of the building, were among those on hand for the official opening March 30 in the northeastern...

  • In fights over depictions of Israel, JCCs must remain big-tent institutions

    March 30, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    As central gathering places for the Jewish community for a century and a half, Jewish Community Centers have seen their share of vigorous and even contentious debate about many issues of importance to North American Jews, from education to draft counseling, immigration to religious...

  • Email OCD and other social media overload!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 20, 2010 | 2:26 pm

    The other day, I started to wonder if anyone else has the same obsessive compulsive behavior when it comes to Facebook, cell phones, Blackberry’s, Blueberry’s, ipods, iphones, ipads and God-knows what else…

    For a long time, I resisted getting a more ‘appropriate’ cell...

  • JCC leader advising couple behind Islamic center

    August 23, 2010 | 10:45 am

    The head of the Manhattan JCC is advising the effort to build an Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero.

    Rabbi Joy Levitt, executive director of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, is calling on Jewish and Christian institutions to accept the couple behind the...

  • Phoenix Rises - Milken JCC Readies for Big Splash

    By Tom Tugend

    March 25, 2009 | 10:15 pm

    The New JCC at Milken in West Hills, which was damaged but not destroyed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, has survived another peril and is looking toward a brighter future and a recovery of lost members.

    Negotiators for the Jewish Community Center at the Bernard Milken Community...

  • Briefs: North Valley JCC stages return, CSULB Senate denounces Prof. MacDonald

    October 22, 2008 | 11:56 pm

    North Valley JCC Stages Return

    Don't count the North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC) out just yet. Five years after the center's Granada Hills campus was sold to an Orthodox trade school in the aftermath of the JCCs crisis, NVJCC organizers have announced plans to establish a...

  • Resurrected Westside JCC gets a major facelift

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    September 24, 2008 | 11:06 pm

    The Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC) has announced plans for an Oct. 29 groundbreaking on its Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Aquatic Center, a $4 million renovation of the center's pools and related areas. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg, who operates a swim...
  • Picture looks bleak for mural adorning former JCC

    By Rachel Heller

    August 6, 2008 | 11:08 pm

    The mural was meant to be a collaboration: A public arts agency led the bid for its creation, the surrounding community approved its design and Chicago artist John Pitman Weber stayed in the homes of local residents while he and a team of volunteers painted it during the summer of...
  • Valley Cities JCC opens doors at new site—a church

    August 6, 2008 | 11:03 pm



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    On July 8, when Valley Cities Jewish Community Center (JCC) began operating at its new site -- a former church in the heart of a heavily Latino area of Van Nuys -- it did so with little fanfare. Instead, the focus was on making the reception comfortable and warm....

  • Sinai Temple puts its food where its ‘moral diet’ is

    By Jane Ulman

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "What's this? Kale or chard?"

    "Oh look, little red onions."

    "Here, taste these peas. They are so sweet."

    Farmer Phil McGrath had just made his inaugural delivery of 25 boxes of fresh, organically grown fruits and vegetables to Sinai Temple, where organizers of the synagogue's new CSA...

  • Books: Leaving Russia behind—somewhat

    By Amy Klein

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When Perestroika came in 1985, anti-Jewish feeling in Russia became even more overt than it had been during the Soviet era.

    There were flyers announcing threats to burn down Jews' homes, and one night, on national TV, a nationalist leader announced they were planning a massive...

  • Engaging young philanthropists—our approach

    By Sharna Goldseke

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I have been asked to reflect on the challenge of engaging younger Jewish philanthropists in communal life. As a member of the next generation, I have wrestled with this question for more than a decade.

    Approximately five years ago, at the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies,...

  • Milken JCC board rejects Federation offer

    By Jane Ulman

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The future of the The New JCC at Milken in West Hills, which serves thousands of Jews in the West Valley, including 125 preschoolers and 700 seniors, is still uncertain.

    Despite a debt of $250,000 and the loss of nearly one-third of its members following the closure of its pool by...
  • Briefs: The Milken JCC pool; Valley Cities JCC fundraiser; Iran divestment bill moving forward

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Federation Asks Milken JCC to Relinquish Property Rights

    With little notice, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles closed the Olympic-sized swimming pool at The New JCC at Milken on April 25, citing possible mold damage but having already been issued a permit on April 11 by...
  • Valley Cities JCC property deal falls through

    By Adam Wills

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Since becoming an independent nonprofit in 2004, the 54-year-old Valley Cities Jewish Community Center has enjoyed growing success in the East San Fernando Valley.

    An estimated 1,000 people use its mural-adorned building each week. The center's nursery school has a waiting list for...
  • Briefs: Sacha Borat Cohen scores at Golden Globes; Former Carter Center official at Temple Sinai

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    'Borat's' Cohen Takes Golden Globe

    Sacha Baron Cohen convulsed the Golden Globe audience on Monday evening as he picked up the top award for best actor in a comedy or musical movie, but Cambridge University's favorite alumnus also showed his serious side.

    Addressing all those who...

  • Conejo and West Valley shuls rate high with newcomers

    By Adam Wills

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For a Jew who doesn't belong to a synagogue, the West San Fernando and Conejo valleys are good places to shop around. A new report from the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) gives a snapshot of the community as a whole and an assessment of its ability to react to newcomers, including...
  • Tour Keeps ‘American Idol’ Runner-up on the Run

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Elliott YaminElliott Yamin is on the summer road trip of his life, but it's no vacation. The second runner-up on the most recent "American Idol" has been performing as part of the "American Idols Live Tour 2006" since early July -- not to mention promoting the heck out of it -- when he's not on...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 29th

    The most avant-garde comics find a gorgeous forum, once again, with the release of the sixth edition of editor Sammy Harkham's anthology, "Kramer's Ergot 6." Geeks celebrate its release tonight at the Hammer Museum, which features performances by Kites and The...

  • Spectator - Teens Band Together in Music Battle

    By Ali Austerlitz

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There is nothing like a battle to bring a people together.

    At least this is the hope of Brian Greene, executive director of the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC), as he plans the Los Angeles area's first citywide Jewish Battle of the Bands.

    "I believe that there needs to be a...

  • 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...

  • Letters

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    John Fishel

    Quite frankly, in my opinion, John Fishel is responsible for the "JCC crisis" ("Views Differ on Role in Centers Crisis," May 26). But he is not alone in this case. All those who were then involved in establishing policy and direction for The Jewish Federation should be...

  • Views Differ on Role in Centers Crisis

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The news stunned John Fishel. In the fall of 2001, the L.A. Federation president learned that the city's Jewish community centers were in crisis. If The Federation didn't act quickly, some or all of the JCCs would have to shut down.

    Fishel had every right to feel upset. He...

  • Shopping for Jews? Clean Up on Aisle 5

    By Sue Fishkoff

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Anyone who walked into Albertsons in Los Altos on a recent Sunday would have run right into Margie Pomerantz's Passover table.

    There she sat, next to the kosher food display right inside the supermarket's front entrance. A big handwritten sign reading "Passover in the Aisles" hung...

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