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  • The Life of a Jewish Communal Professional and LA Jewish Population Change

    By Pini Herman

    May 16, 2013 | 11:13 am

    Charles Mesnick was instrumental in the development of the Los Angeles Jewish community. He was among the newly trained social work professionals whose voice and training demanded accurate demographic information and directly resulted in Los Angeles’ Jewish Community Council...

  • 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...

  • Conejo JCC Red Ink to Bring Closure

    By Marc Ballon

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In a reflection of the continued struggles of the area's Jewish community centers, the Conejo Valley JCC is slated to close its doors forever on June 30, the second announced center closure in recent months.

    Meanwhile, the beleaguered Silverlake Independent JCC might survive. The...

  • Thriving Silverlake Faces Closure Peril

    By Marc Ballon

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center slips into a coma and the health of other JCCs declines, the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center not only has survived but thrived. That makes it all the more strange the center is in danger of shutting down.

    Nearly two years...

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  • Remember the Roots of the JCCs

    By Steve Sass

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Talk about irony.

    With the theme "JCCs as Community Builders," representatives from Jewish community centers from throughout the continent will gather at the Century Plaza for four days beginning April 21 for the Jewish Community Centers (JCC) of North America's 2002 Biennial...

  • Morgan Muses

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The close of Todd Morgan's tenure as chairman of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles could not have come at a more chaotic time: post-Sept. 11, with the umbrella outreach nonprofit still reeling from recent layoffs and its much publicized and scrutinized role in L.A.'s...

  • Westside JCC May be Rescued

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Of the five doomed Los Angeles area Jewish Community Centers (JCC), at least one center's membership is not rolling over without a fight. About 100 members showed up for a Sunday morning emergency meeting Dec. 23 at the Westside JCC's Birch Auditorium, where, in a dramatic turn of...

  • Show You the Money

    By David Suissa

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I get hit up, boy do I get hit up. I don't always say "yes," of course, but that's not the point of this story. The point is who is asking me for money.

    Over the past year, the fund seekers have included at least 20 yeshivas in Israel; four settlements in the West Bank; two...

  • Rescuing the VCJCC

    By Mike Levy

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    At the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center, the metaphors were dire. "This is like a horrible accident, and we're the paramedics," Mike Brezner told an advisory committee meeting on Monday night. "All we can do is save the patient's life. We can't worry about scars or what caused...

  • Your Letters

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    JCC Closures

    We don't shut down something important; we find a solution ("Centers in Crisis," Dec. 7). It is evident that some of those in power really believe that the Jewish Community Center (JCC) is a waste of precious resources and has outlived its usefulness.

    I thought these...

  • Your Letters

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    JCC Closures

    As a longtime Jewish Community Center (JCC) devotee and one-time Hollywood-Los Feliz director, I find our community's possible loss of any part of the JCC system as tragic and appalling ("Flourish, Not Fail" and "JCCs in Jeopardy," Nov. 30). Yes, the handwriting has...

  • Centers in Crisis

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Shock. Disbelief. Disappointment. Frustration. Anger. Cynicism. Sadness.

    All were in large supply among supporters of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA) during a round of public meetings held this week to break the news of the JCC financial crisis. Parents...

  • Westside Renewal

    By Rob Eshman

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Believe in the Exodus story or not, believe in the Oslo peace process or not, but you have to believe in Jewish Community Centers.

    Synagogues are mostly directed at our minds and souls, but JCCs are the flesh-and-blood of Jewish life. They are where we meet, sweat, play, talk and...