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  • Sultan’s new Sharia laws prompt Jewish groups to shun Beverly Hills Hotel

    By Jared Sichel

    May 8, 2014 | 4:31 pm

    Some of Southern California’s largest Jewish organizations plan to stay away from the Beverly Hills Hotel, suspending future events at the landmark venue owned by the state-run Brunei Investment Agency.

    Their boycott was spurred by recent Sharia additions to the tiny Muslim...

  • Fertility loan fund pays it forward

    By Ryan Torok

    July 17, 2013 | 3:01 pm

    Alan and Emily Feit tried four times to have a child through in vitro fertilization (IVF), an infertility treatment that can cost well over $10,000 per attempt. On the fifth try, however, they ended up with twins — and now they want to help others in similar situations.

    The San...

  • 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...

  • Jewish Free Loan Association: Small-business help

    December 20, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    Dan Savell and his wife, Abby, knew exactly what they needed to take their percussion rental business to the next level. 

    After opening their store in 2005, the Santa Clarita couple received countless client requests for a specialized gong set typically used by orchestras. The...

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  • Jewish Free Loan crosses $10 million mark for first time

    By Ryan Torok

    October 19, 2011 | 4:26 pm

    For the first time in more than a century of offering small interest-free loans to people struggling financially, the Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) has in excess of $10 million in outstanding loans.

    Mark Meltzer, CEO and executive director of JFLA, calls it “our newest...

  • Perfect storm for charities— contributions go down and requests go up

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 19, 2008 | 2:50 am

    Rachel Bookstein didn't realize just how anxious she'd become wondering whether Beach Hillel in Long Beach would be able to raise the funds it needs this year.

    Contributions had declined -- $500 here, $100 there. Folks had been hard hit by the economic crisis and were paring down...

  • Briefs: Court nixes Neuwirth suit, Pearl family menorah at White House

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Court Rules Against Neuwirth

    A Superior Court judge in Santa Monica has dismissed a defamation suit, which threw into sharp relief the emotional tension between hawkish and dovish supporters of Israel.

    Judge John Reed ruled Nov. 27 against plaintiff Rachel Neuwirth, a right-wing...

  • Meltzer Wants to Invest in You

    By Marc Ballon

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Mark Meltzer became executive director of the Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) in 1980, the agency had $800,000 in total assets, the equivalent of three and a half full-time employees and largely made interest-free loans to people for groceries, car repairs and other such...

  • Loans Give Hope to Infertile Couples

    By Marc Ballon

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Susan First married five years ago at 35, she badly wanted children. With her "biological clock" ticking, she and her husband wasted little time trying to expand their new family.

    First had more than time working against her, though. The former customer service representative...