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  • Isaak hopes to ‘tailor make’ programs for small Jewish communities

    April 2, 2010 | 10:52 am

    From thejewishchronicle.net:

    WHEELING, W.Va. — One week after Ofer Goren, the Israeli mime, performed at Temple Shalom here, the national director of the organization that sent him came to town to plan future programs and to pitch a conference in Israel for leaders of small Jewish...

  • Holidays, happiness and hope for Sderot

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When Ari Platt spent a Shabbat in Sderot and saw the depleted condition of civic life there, he knew he had to do something.

    In only a few weeks, the Los Angeles native, currently studying at Yeshivat HaKotel in Jerusalem, decided to organize a Purim carnival for the town of Sderot...
  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Hey, Big Spender
    The imminent mayoral election must have incumbent Jim Hahn feeling generous. In a sharp break from last year, Hahn's 2005-2006 proposed budget increases city spending by $566 million.
    This year's proposed budget weighs in at more than $5.95 billion....

  • Billion-Dollar Plan on Line in Fight for 11th

    By Idan Ivri

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Quick geography quiz: In the past half century, which region has seen only a handful of leaders, and today is focused on a controversial multibillion-dollar reconstruction project?

    No, it's not Iraq. Welcome to the Westside -- or more specifically, the 11th City Council District.

    ...
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  • L.A. Brigade Helps Israel Fight Hunger

    By Karin Kloosterman

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Rachel Bamberger Chalkovsky doesn't need statistics to know about poverty in Israel.

    Affectionately known as "Bambi," the retired head midwife of Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital can tell heart-wrenching tales of women who gave birth wearing tattered undergarments and shoes, and...

  • Making the Grade

    By Idan Ivri

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish parents have good reason to be interested in public school test scores released by the California Department of Education on Aug. 31, although they may need help deciphering them.

    In 1997, the last time a study was done, The Jewish Federation found that 64 percent of Jewish...

  • Gaza Withdrawal a Risk for Sharon

    By Leslie Susser

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In announcing a plan to evacuate nearly all of the Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is signaling that he's serious about creating large blocs of Palestinian territory free of Israelis -- and that he is willing to gamble with his political...

  • Fire-Damaged Temples Take Stock

    By Tom Tugend

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As 10 wildfires, which ravaged large areas of Southern California, were finally brought under control, Jewish communities joined fellow citizens in facing the aftermath of the painful human and property toll.

    The worst damage was suffered by synagogue congregants in the San...

  • Charity Makes Tamkin an ICON

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. S. Jerome Tamkin doesn't keep a little black book, but he does keep a large white binder. And if you're an educational, Jewish or health organization, you want to be listed there, because the binder tracks 32 organizations which Tamkin and his wife, Judith, have chosen to support...

  • Domestic Attention Deficit Disorder

    By James D. Besser

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's release of the Israeli-Palestinian "road map" signaled the start of a new round of U.S. Mideast diplomacy and a new challenge for the pro-Israel groups that don't like some interpretations of the plan.

    It signaled something else, as well: It will be even harder to get...

  • A Tie That Binds

    By Andrea Adelson

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On the final night of the Pacific Jewish Film Festival in February, the South African emigre community jammed the theater to see the comedy about Christians and Jews in South Africa. Long after the credits ended, they stayed, kibbitzing in the aisles, hungering for their own...

  • ‘Image’ Is Everything

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dara Horn wrote an exuberant scene in her stunning debut novel, "In the Image," upon returning to her dreary garret flat during a year abroad in 1999. "I'd been to this dismal British market in which an entire aisle was devoted to butter and fats," the ebullient Horn, 25, said...

  • The Genius of the Lost NJPS

    By Roger Bennett

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    New York, December 2102:

    Historians argue as to the precise moment when the Golden Age of American Jewry we now take for granted truly began. But many point to the cancellation of the National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS), a century ago, in 2002 as a turning point -- an event...

  • Community Funding

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    An Israel advocacy mobile unit for college campuses. A community rabbi to cover the West San Fernando Valley. A series of cultural events to forge bonds between the Jewish communities of the East Valley. These are just a few of the innovative programs to be launched by grants from...

  • Israeli VIPs Need to Branch Out

    By Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While New York, Washington and -- to a slightly lesser degree -- Los Angeles are inundated by visiting Israeli Cabinet ministers and other VIPs, other major American cities and Jewish communities are all but ignored.

    The charge has been leveled by Alon Pinkas, the Israeli consul...

  • Tijuana: A Tale of Two Synagogues

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 6, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    A bus trip to visit two Tijuana synagogues this spring provided an irresistible opportunity to learn about two distinctly different Jewish communities in a bustling border metropolis where Jews number fewer than 1 percent of the city's 1.2 million residents.

    By far the more unusual...

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