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  • Super Sunday volunteers hope to ring up big bucks

    By Marc Ballon

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Betty Hamburger's impressive record of having attended nearly every Super Sunday since the megafundraiser's inception in 1979 looked as though it would come to an end four years ago.

    Sporting a broken wrist and a sprained ankle from a slip-and-fall accident at home, the Westwood...

  • Barbara “Bobbi” Asimow, Former Jewish Federation Women’s Campaign Director, 63

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Barbara "Bobbi" Asimow, former Woman's Campaign director for The Jewish Federation died Aug. 22 of cancer at 63.

    Bobbi was born in Brooklyn in 1943 and came to Los Angeles as a teenager, attending Fairfax High School. She received an masters in psychology from San Francisco State...

  • L.A. Visit Excites Shoah Survivors

    By Karin Kloosterman

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    For Israeli Shifra Fyne, 83, this week’s journey to Los Angeles will be her first time leaving Israel in 56 years, and her first trip ever on an airplane.
    Yehuda Goldstein is making the same trip. He hopes to reconnect with John Gordon, an L.A. resident he met last year in...

  • The Nation and The World

    By Kelly Hartog

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Accessible Ark
    On April 3, B’nai David-Judea synagogue dedicated its newly renovated building, the Rabbi Philip Schroit Sanctuary. Shirley Kotlar and family named the building in honor of Schroit, who died three years ago and was at the helm of the shul for nearly 50 years.

  • The Shame of Famine Is in Not Ending It

    By H. Eric Schockman

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    This is a unique moment in history, when God has given us the means to dramatically reduce hunger and poverty.

    The pangs of hunger can be

    so painful and physiologically destructive, especially for children. Yet hunger also produces a more intangible pang -- that of stigma and...

  • Federation Faces Underfunded Pension

    By Marc Ballon

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Faced with a pension shortfall of $20 million, the organized Jewish community's largest philanthropy finds itself forced to divert millions of donor dollars to employee retirement benefits, rather than to needed social services.

    To cover the underfunded pension, The Jewish...

  • Central Coast Home to Holocaust Exhibit

    By David Finnigan

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In a watershed event for the California central coast's small Jewish community, the Santa Barbara Jewish Federation marked the 65th anniversary of Kristallnacht by opening the city's first permanent Holocaust exhibit.

    The opening shows just how far this small Jewish community has...

  • Pain in the Pocketbook

    By Rachel Pomerance

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Shortly after September 11, when the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (JFGLA) renewed its insurance policy, it found that rates nearly doubled.

    This year, it will be even worse, according to Jack Klein, the Federation's executive vice president and chief operating officer.


  • ‘United We Flourish’

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Putting his own twist on a frequently invoked slogan, Lou Weiss, the newly elected president of Orange County's

    Jewish Federation, intends to make inclusiveness a priority during his tenure.

    Rather than "united we stand," Weiss is adopting the motto, "united we flourish." His other...

  • Your Letters

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Support for Israel

    While it was gratifying to see the discussion of creative and generous support for Israel ("Supporting Israel," July 2002), we call to your attention that the Jewish Federation Israel Emergency Campaign was not included. In the first six weeks since this special...

  • Meetings With Meaning

    By Ilene Schneider

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Singles frustrated with superficial dating encounters can find vastly different ways to do something about it.

    Whether it's a seven-minute SpeedDate, a shidduch rooted in tradition or something in between, Jewish singles are meeting and marrying in Orange County.

    Sometimes people...

  • The Women of Worcester

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The third annual daylong symposium sponsored by the Jewish Federation in Worcester, Mass., was titled, "A Woman's Voice," without the slightest hint of irony. Less than a generation ago, "a woman's voice" meant only one thing, the talmudic prohibition of Orthodox men toward hearing...

  • Slam Dunk Bat Mitzvah

    By Julie G Fax

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A couple of months before her Sept. 1 bat mitzvah, Atara Rush, a seventh-grader at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, attended the Israel Solidarity Rally in front of The Jewish Federation headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard. Someone handed her a poster to hold up. It was from the Israel...

  • Bruce Hochman

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Bruce I. Hochman, a former president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, died Aug. 11 at the age of 72. Hochman, a tax attorney, founded the Beverly Hills firm of Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez. He also elicited high praise for his commitment to charitable work...

  • A Campaign for Success

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    If leading a life rich in personal, professional and community success is a balancing act, then Larry Cohen, president of Glyphix, has been successfully walking that tightrope all of his adult life.

    The incoming chair of the Jewish Federation/Valley Alliance's Young Division Cabinet...

  • News Machers

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph Jonah Cummins was a complex man. A prominent Hollywood attorney, the powerful, opinionated Cummins represented Errol Flynn and Bette Davis and lived next door to Milton Berle and Jack Benny. He simultaneously was deeply devoted to Jewish issues; across five decades, Cummins...

  • Celebrating the Rebirth of ‘L.A.‘s Jewish Headquarters’

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation Goldsmith Center -- reborn state-of-the-art headquarters of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles -- enjoyed a splashy grand-opening celebration on Dec. 10. Originally slated as a community-wide event, the Donor Recognition Ceremony served as a formal...

  • Message From The President

    By Moshe Katsav

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm


    It gives me great pleasure to send you congratulations and best wishes from Jerusalem on the important occasion of the dedication of the new Los Angeles Federation Center which is yet another proof of the...

  • Edifice Rex

    By Rob Eshman

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The official dedication of the Jewish Federation headquarters at 6505 Wilshire Blvd. this weekend marks a new era in the history of Jewish Los Angeles.

    The structure near Wilshire's intersection with San Vicente Boulevard is stunning. From a distance it appears as a gleaming...

  • Nervous But United

    By Julie Wiener

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In a speech that was the centerpiece of the North American Jewish federation system's gathering in Chicago this week, Israel's prime minister recalled being a small child when he heard of the United Nations' 1947 vote to partition Palestine.

    That period - when the Jews' willingness to...

  • Making a Great Move

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Home, sweet home. The process that began on Jan. 15, 1994, when the Northridge earthquake damaged the original 6505 Wilshire headquarters of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, came to a happy end last Monday, Sept. 11, as Federation staff moved back into a completely...

  • Mission: Accomplished!

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Anne Roberts is passionate about the idea of tzedakah, a concept she has diligently instilled in her son Spencer Nieman.

    A second-grader who is not quite 8 years old, Spencer has managed to save up $120 this year and will donate it in a small ceremony that has become an annual...

  • A Gathering of Friends

    By James D

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Last month The Jewish Federation held a party for about three hundred. The occasion: to honor outgoing Federation Chairman of the Board Lionel Bell and to welcome the incoming designated Chairman Todd Morgan, who assumes office January 18. It was a festive occasion with plenty of food, speeches (all of them brief) and warmth. In a sense, a gathering of friends.

    All the photos were taken at the event by Peter Halmagyi.

  • Millennium Countdown Israeli Style

    By Helen Schary Motro

    December 30, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Israel has never seen anything this glitzy. True, there have been neon menorahs for Chanukah and light bulbs outlining Israel's numerical age on Independence Days. But this is another ball game altogether. Hundreds of thousands of people driving on the Israeli freeway this week have...
  • The Jewish Future

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I have seen the Jewish future and, to my surprise, it still belongs to the Baby Boomers. By now I'd guess that Boomers would happily cede attention and civic responsibility to Gen Xers and Gen J but nothing doing. One in three Jews today are between ages 35-53, and the needs and...
  • Jewish Federation: The Generation Next

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Perhaps his choice of reading material best sums up Todd Morgan's worldview. The man who will be the new chairman of the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles -- effective day one of Y2K -- is currently reading a biography about the Warburgs, a 19th century German...
  • The Big Campaign

    By Tom Tugend

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Now, after the synagogue arson in Sacramento and the shooting at the North Valley Jewish Community Center, we need a strong, visible presence. Let us show the flag, let us show Los Angeles that we are a vibrant, unafraid people."

    The "flag" in Edward Sanders' metaphor, is the Jewish...

  • Through the Looking Glass

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Fifty-five years ago, they survived Auschwitz by working for the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele.

    Karl Stojka, an 11-year-old Roma boy, served as a messenger for the chief Auschwitz physician. Dina Gottliebova Babbitt, a Czech-Jewish artist, was forced to paint portraits of Roma and...

  • Former Synagogue President (and Mob Lawyer) Elected Mayor of Las Vegas

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A flamboyant underworld attorney and former synagogue president was elected mayor of Las Vegas by a landslide, according to the final results from last Tuesday's vote.

    Oscar Goodman, 59, gained fame and considerable wealth representing top mobsters, as well as such celebrities as...

  • A New Beginning

    By Lionel Bell

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It has been a long time since I last communicated with you, the larger Jewish community, through this space in the Jewish Journal. The reason for this hiatus was because I felt it was important for something truly extraordinary to happen before presuming upon your time. Now that...
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