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  • Who cares for the caretaker?

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    January 16, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    Twenty-some years ago, if you gathered a group of Jewish baby-boomer mothers together, it wouldn’t be long before they would be swapping stories of how to help their young children avoid toilet training “accidents,” the best way to get your finicky toddler to consume more healthy...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    June 13, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Marilyn Ziering and Placido Domingo meet at Temple Beth Am’s gala honoring the Zierings. Photo by Steve Cohn Photography

    Temple Beth Am honored the Ziering family for its generosity to the Los Angeles Jewish community, Israel, the arts and numerous philanthropic...

  • Eric Garcetti: Keep an eye out for seniors

    By Bill Boyarsky

    May 29, 2013 | 11:21 am

    The small turnout at the Los Angeles polls for the mayoral election on May 21 is cited as evidence that most Angelenos don’t care whether City Hall is open, closed or simply blown away. But two days after the election, I visited a Jewish Family Service (JFS) senior center on...

  • Comfort during a crisis

    March 20, 2013 | 8:11 am

    In the summer of 1999, a self-proclaimed white supremacist walked into the North Valley Jewish Community Center and started shooting. The bullets hit the school’s secretary, a teen counselor and three children, all of whom survived. But the trauma of the shooting rippled beyond the...

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  • Remembering Ira Skolky

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 15, 2013 | 11:35 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Redemption takes a community. This realization came to me this week in a very tragic, powerful way. One of our staff members, Ira Skolky, z"l, died from a massive stroke. It is a great loss to the Beit T’Shuvah community and to the greater Jewish and...

  • Iranian Jews honor local Jewish nonprofits, HIAS

    By Karmel Melamed

    February 13, 2013 | 11:42 am

    Nearly 500 local Iranian Jews packed two auditoriums at UCLA’s Fowler Museum on Jan. 28 for an event honoring three prominent Los Angeles-area Jewish nonprofits and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). 

    The gathering, sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Y&S Nazarian Family...

  • Holiday help, Jewish Federation style

    December 12, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    Traditionally, the holiday season is a time to think about others. This year, several events focused on the continuing need to address social issues, especially feeding the hungry and appreciating veterans.

    Imagine a coordinated effort among food distributor executives blanketing...

  • JFS announces program, staffing cuts

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    October 24, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) announced layoffs in some areas and expansion in other areas of its operation Oct. 16, saying it was looking to position JFS for success as it responds to shifts in how programs are funded.

    “JFS must evolve to help ensure the safety,...

  • Holy harvest

    By Rachel Heller

    October 11, 2012 | 10:27 am

    It’s a Tuesday evening, and Rabbi Craig Wyckoff is turning the compost in a wire bin next to rows of kale, tomato and cucumber plants on the grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City (UUCSC). 

    When he’s finished, he leans his pitchfork against a shed. But...

  • Northridge mother pleads guilty in syrup swastika vandalism

    By Ryan Torok

    July 19, 2012 | 9:30 am

    A Northridge mother pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for helping her teenage daughter and two friends deface homes with maple syrup swastikas, human feces and toilet paper, according to the L.A. city attorney’s office.

    ...
  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews react: Jewish Family Service CEO

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 28, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles CEO Paul Castro lauded the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision this morning to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, saying it will benefit JFS’s target population.

    “For our clients, who are on the poorer end, we’re...

  • This year, more Angelenos than ever get Passover aid from local agencies

    By Ryan Torok

    April 11, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    This year, more than 1,000 Los Angeles families in need received food from organizations that provide assistance specifically for Passover.

    During the weeks leading up to the first seder, on April 6, visitors to distribution sites set up by agencies, synagogues and organizations...

  • The Circuit: Jewish Family Service, BJE, Lainer Distinguished Educator Award

    By Adam Wills

    March 1, 2011 | 6:08 pm


    From left: JFS CEO Paul S. Castro, JFS board member Abby Leibman, honoree Sheila J. Kuehl and JFS board president David O. Levine.

    The Jewish Family Service (JFS) Family Violence Project raised funds and awareness on Jan. 27 during its second annual Empowerment Celebration, which...

  • Federation Campaign Seeks to Feed L.A. County’s Hungry

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 16, 2009 | 2:49 am

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has never organized a campaign quite like this. Size, scale, vision, ambition — it’s all uncharted territory, and not just for Los Angeles’ umbrella organization for local Jewish social service agencies, but for federations like it...

  • Gaza conflict means local anti-Semitism, JFS gets new logo

    January 8, 2009 | 6:21 pm

    L.A. Day School Executive Part of Richardson Probe

    A Los Angeles Jewish day school official is at the center of an investigation that forced Bill Richardson to withdraw from consideration for a Cabinet post.

    David Rubin, board chairman of the Orthodox Yavneh Hebrew Academy in Hancock...

  • Holocaust survivors in L.A.  are still struggling

    By Jane Ulman

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Joshua "Joe" Knobler used to go salsa dancing three times a week. He used to play cards with the guys every day. Now, 88, with both his health and finances failing, he sits home all day in his drab one-room apartment in Valley Village watching television.

    "Television is my life," he...

  • Kitchen Stadium meets the Skirball, Miri Ben-Ari glows downtown, Jona Goldrich tells his story

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Iron Chef In the House Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto paid a visit to the Skirball Cultural Center on Sept. 30, entertaining the crowd with a colorful cooking demonstration featuring menu items from his restaurants. The charismatic and world-class chef from Japan recently released his...
  • Night Music, JFS, Tobin et al.

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A Little Night Music

    The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity recently held a memorial concert to honor the legacy of founding visionary John Rauch.

    In support of its mission to sustain Jewish identity through creativity, the center hosted an afternoon of international Jewish...
  • It’s all about Queen Esther, Life after the Nobel

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's All About Queen Esther

    Marry the king, save your people and be the queen. Such a deal! It's all in a day's work for Queen Esther -- and would be a pretty good deal for any woman, if she could get it. To celebrate Esther, a team of professional makeup artists gave a dozen lucky...

  • Wanna drink? Think again!

    By Louis Keene

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    This Purim will be the first test of a new teen anti-drinking campaign adopted by Los Angeles' Orthodox rabbis after a Simchat Torah debacle in which more than 100 teens were seen drinking publicly or intoxicated.

    The plan was adopted Nov. 14 at a meeting convened by Jewish Family...

  • Substance Abuse a Senior Problem, Too

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

     



    When Amy Kaplan heard about Betty (not her real name), a Jewish Family Service client in her early 70s who said she couldn't afford all of her medications, Kaplan suspected there was more to the story. Kaplan, a social worker and addiction specialist, visited Betty's...

  • Q & A With Paul Castro

    By Marc Ballon

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Paul S. Castro, executive director of Jewish Family Service (JFS), has spent his career working on behalf of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised. The 22-year JFS veteran, who became chief executive in 2000, has watched the agency grow exponentially over the past couple decades....

  • Art Brings Life to Old Case Studies

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The eight stark photographs show scenes from a decaying mansion in West Adams, where a homeless parent and child "squat" amid dust and detritus. A microwave oven sits on a peeling bureau; a wall has crumbled between the toilet and living room.

    The images -- featured in "Still...

  • Coping With Cancer Proves Family Affair

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In the first moments after Lori Marx-Rubiner was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, several fears ran through her head. The Jewish community social worker, who was 35 at the time, wondered about her mortality and worried about the prospect of pain and nausea induced by...

  • Schools Adopt Guide to Block Sex Abuse

    By Julie G Fax

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A national group representing more than 700 Orthodox day schools recently adopted sexual abuse prevention guidelines that were developed by a department of the Jewish Family Service (JFS) in Los Angeles.

    Nearly all of the two dozen Orthodox schools in Los Angeles had signed on to a...

  • Stepping Out

    By Debbie L. Sklar

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Time does move on.

    When Irwin Greenfield's wife died 16 years ago, he figured he had two choices: either stay alone behind closed doors curled up on his couch or get out and mingle with the rest of the world. He chose the latter, and he hasn't looked back.

    After checking out a few...

  • JFSHelps Holocaust Survivors

    By Journal Staff

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A grant of $120,000 over three years from the newly established PIMCO Foundation will help Orange County's Jewish Family Service (JFS) expand its services to about 45 elderly Holocaust survivors who reside locally.

    The social services agency, which also provides counseling services,...

  • JFS Picks Up Several JCC Services

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Effective Jan. 1, Jewish Family Service (JFS) will take over some key JCC services -- SOVA Kosher Food Pantry, Israel Levin Senior Adult Center, and Westside JCC's Social Day Care Center for seniors and people with disabilities. At the annual JCCGLA meeting, Jewish Federation...

  • Open for Discussion

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Kelly Smith and Brian Bloch met at a convention in Long Beach in 1999, sparks flew. As they developed their long-distance relationship via e-mail -- Brian at his computer in Houston, Kelly at hers in the Valley -- they were astounded to find out how much they had in common.

    ...

  • Settling In

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's the obvious first topic of conversation, and Paul Castro has no problem addressing it. As the newly minted executive director of Jewish Family Service of Greater Los Angeles (JFS), Castro now runs a Jewish social outreach organization - and yet he is neither Jewish nor holds a...

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