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  • Redefining Its Role

    By Marc Ballon

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For the past 60 years, the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) has been the glue which, until recently, has kept area Jewish community centers largely flourishing. As the organization struggles to reinvent itself as a consulting business, some in the Jewish...

  • Up Front

    By Journal Staff

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    JCC Wants a Few Good Maccabis



    The Jewish Community Center (JCC) is on the lookout for teen athletes who want to compete in the 2003 JCC Maccabi Games, a week-long international Jewish youth summer games competition, to be held Aug. 8 through Aug. 15.

    This year, 70 local...

  • Turning a New Page

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When is a city's Jewish book festival not actually located in that city? When it's based in Los Angeles. For the first time in five years, Los Angeles' Jewish Book Festival will not take place in L.A. proper, even as Jewish book fairs in smaller communities nationwide attract...

  • A Tough Transition

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As intense mediation continues over the Jewish Community Centers (JCC) crisis, the first effects of the centers' collapse are becoming apparent. One of first will be felt when the Westside JCC closes its pool and fitness center May 31.

    The closure comes at a time when Jewish...

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  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Bush Blasts Attacks

    President Bush lashed out at those responsible for a rash of anti-Semitic attacks that have taken place across Europe. "We reject the ancient evil of anti-Semitism," Bush said during a speech Tuesday, referring specifically to "those who burn synagogues in...

  • Why Not L.A.?

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When the Jewish Community Centers Association (JCCA) of North America convened its April 21-24 Biennial 2002 convention in Los Angeles, delegates from all over the continent assembled to discuss the challenges facing the JCC system: security issues, the direction of early childhood...

  • Growing Apart

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A rift between the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) and its primary benefactor, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, over the direction of Los Angeles' JCCs has prompted JCCGLA to sever its ties with The Federation.

    Each party claims that the other...

  • Ray of Hope

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What will become of five Jccs?

    The question has still not been answered, but by next week, a resolution will be definitively closer.

    Five center must submit their business plans by next week to the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles' (JCCGLA) new transition committee...

  • Your Letters

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    David Lehrer

    As a former colleague of David Lehrer, I am shocked and saddened by his firing by Abe Foxman ("Lehrer to Leave," Dec. 28). Lehrer's dedication to the protection of the Jewish community was always tantamount, and he was ever the consummate professional.

    However, I am...

  • Resolutions

    By Rob Eshman

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Fittingly, the ailing Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) ended 2001 by adopting a set of resolutions that its leaders hope will brighten prospects for 2002.

    That was Step One toward resolving a crisis that could have spelled disaster for this community. Now,...

  • Briefs

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bay Cities JCC Emergency Meeting

    Twenty-five parents gathered at Bay Cities Jewish Community Center on Monday night to discuss emergency strategies to try to save their center. Bay Cities JCC is one of four community centers set to close by the summer because of insufficient...

  • From Three to One?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Can one Jewish Community Center (JCC) serve a population as vast as that of the San Fernando Valley?

    That is the question facing Jewish communities from Burbank to Calabasas, and so far, the answer is a resounding no -- even from some of the people who launched the idea in the...

  • JCC Mission

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Halfway through my conversation this week about the Jewish Community Centers (JCC) crisis with super-fundraiser Emanuel Forster, we learned that both of us are members of the Santa Monica Family YMCA.

    For two Jewish activists to seek recreation at a YMCA goes a long way toward...

  • Saying Uncle?

    By Rob Eshman

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Let's not kid ourselves: Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) has been hurting for a long, long time. If some part of the system of centers and services are to be saved, as hundreds if not thousands of Jews are now trying to do, it will take surgery, not first...

  • Flourish, Not Fail

    By Rob Eshman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The financial crisis facing Jewish Community Center (JCC) programs and locations this week will come as an awful shock to tens of thousands of area Jews, and it should (see story, page 14).

    JCC officials and Federation lay leaders and staff stress there is no cause for panic. They...

  • Bay Cities Blues

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Parents depending on the Santa Monica-based Bay Cities Jewish Community Center for after-school care reacted with concern last week to the program's announced elimination.

    The change was one part of citywide programming reforms approved June 25 by the Board of the Jewish...

  • JCC Board Approves Major Reform

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Leaders of the area's Jewish Community Centers proposed a series of reforms this week that they hope will reinvigorate center services and help the organization meet the demands of a far-flung and diverse Jewish population.

    The changes approved by the Jewish Community Centers of...

  • Your Letters

    June 7, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Mideast Media Bias

    I cannot adequately express how thankful I am for your running these stories ("Is This Balanced Reporting?" May 25). I know that all the people at CAMERA who work so hard, in what is certainly a frustrating effort to counter the unbalanced reporting (especially...

  • JCC Subject of Lawsuit

    By Tom Tugend

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The parents of a boy badly wounded during a shooting rampage at the North Valley Jewish Community Center are suing the facility and charging that it did not provide any security to forestall hate crime attacks.

    Charles and Eleanor Kadish filed the suit Monday on behalf of their son...

  • Wanting What the West Has

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When people talk about the San Fernando Valley, non-residents may envision a vast sea of shiny new homes and retail areas, schools and parks, joined seamlessly by a pathway of soccer moms driving sports utility vehicles.

    In reality, there are two Valleys -- the one where the...

  • Community Briefs

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    They must put something in the water at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. Not only did the school recently take first place nationally in the fiercely competitive Academic Decathlon; another team from ECR won the first annual Jewish Quiz Bowl, on April 26, at the Westside...
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