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  • Social services come to shul

    January 9, 2014 | 11:52 am

    What would you do if you had to talk someone out of a suicide? Or advise someone facing an eviction? Or help a person who just went bankrupt?

    For today’s clergy, forced to deal with issues both pressing and profound, these are not just theoretical questions. Due in part to the...

  • Shutdown may affect Jewish social services

    By Jared Sichel

    October 1, 2013 | 5:38 pm

    Congress’ failure to authorize discretionary spending for the new fiscal year won’t only impact about 800,000 federal workers or the Americans looking to visit national parks. It may also affect local Jewish social service organizations that rely in part on federal funding. 

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  • 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...

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  • Letters to the Editor: JFS, Jackie Robinson, Doheny Meats

    April 24, 2013 | 5:20 pm

    Twice Wounded

    How terribly unfortunate that a Jewish communal professional who has done more than anyone else to raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse of all kinds, and whose efforts have revolutionized the way these topics are dealt with within a segment of the...

  • Former JFS director of children and family services rejects report she shielded Australian abuser

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 17, 2013 | 3:32 pm

    When veteran social worker Debbie Fox’s name appeared in Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald on April 10, the story about her claimed she was doing the unthinkable: protecting a known abuser of children.

    The story purported to quote from an e-mail she wrote to an unnamed sex...

  • JFS brings seders to seniors

    March 21, 2013 | 4:11 am

    For 34 years, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) has been holding seders for senior citizens across the Los Angeles area, sponsoring services and feeding those who have nowhere else to go during one of the most widely celebrated holidays on the festival calendar. 

    This...

  • Jews fight for food stamps

    By Ryan Torok

    January 30, 2013 | 4:51 pm

    As many Americans worried about the wide implications of the fiscal cliff debate at the end of last year, Jewish groups concerned about domestic hunger issues fought to protect one issue in particular: food stamp funding. 

    In a way, they won. The New Year’s Eve fiscal cliff deal...

  • Senior service providers wary as New Year approaches

    December 11, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    They’ve weathered five years of economic crisis, relentless state budget cuts and growing demand for their services. Now, social service providers for seniors in the Los Angeles area are bracing for a new slew of challenges in 2013.

    From federal budget negotiations and the...

  • 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,...

  • JFS donating school supplies to families in need

    By Ryan Torok

    August 9, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) is holding an inaugural Back to School Community Day, a supply drive for 3,000 children living below the poverty line, at Westfield Century City on Aug. 14.

    JFS plans to give away backpacks filled with pens, paper, binders and other school...

  • 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...

  • COMMUNITY BRIEFS: Child Abuse, Christian University Jewish Program, Lee Baca

    April 16, 2009 | 2:40 am

    Reports: Child Abuse on the Rise

    In the last several months, reports from around the country have been confirming what child welfare experts feared: Economic hard times bring a drastic increase in child abuse and domestic violence. Newspapers nationally are reporting 30 percent to...

  • The hip Jewish museum by the Bay, Nagler new JFS chief

    July 17, 2008 | 5:57 pm

    The Hip Jewish Museum by the Bay

    The new Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco is a hip amalgam of modern art. Daniel Liebeskind's peculiar architectural dazzle looks like a giant Rubik's Cube in metallic steel, standing on its tip beneath the city's downtown skyscrapers....

  • 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...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Korn Helps UCLA Growth

    Civic leader and philanthropist Carolbeth Korn donated $200,000 to the UCLA School of Public Health to endow, in perpetuity, an annual $10,000 prize honoring the outstanding graduating student each year. Beginning this May, recipients will be selected by the...

  • Super Sunday Aims at Aiding Programs

    By Marc Ballon

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In 1999, Alexander Khananashvili left behind his prosperous life as a Moscow doctor to immigrate to the United States with his wife and two daughters, hoping for a better future. He came with little money, no job prospects and no knowledge of English.

    With the help of The Jewish...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Clothes That Care

    The Family Violence Project of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) launched its first Clothesline Project exhibit in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The exhibit, on view at the Bell Family Gallery of The Jewish Federation at 6505...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Commending the Caring

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) has, for the past 150 years, been helping more families than you can count. On March 19, 5th District City Councilman Jack Weiss presented a JFS delegation that included Paul S. Castro, executive director of JFS, and...

  • Lending a Hand at a Community Seder

    By Carin Davis

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I'm spending Passover in Chicago -- home of the Cubs, the Bears and the whole Davis mishpachah (family). Mom's serving up chopped liver, chicken soup, matzah balls, matzah kugel, gefilte fish -- and those are just the appetizers. We'll drink wine, read the haggadah and belt out our...

  • JFS Marks 150 Years of Help in L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Miss N., 20, was homeless, the daughter of divorced parents who did not financially support her. Although weak and underweight, she struggled to complete a business course in order to obtain a job and become self-sufficient.

    Her fate remained precarious, however, until caseworkers...

  • 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....

  • Who Will Care for Our Aging Adults?

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Life isn't so easy for Genia Cohen. The 68-year-old widow lives in a low-income apartment in Hollywood. She finds it difficult to get together with her sister, her only living relative in the area, who's also suffering from the aches and pains of age.

    But Cohen is one of the lucky...

  • When Violence Hits Home

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish community in the West Valley and surrounding areas was rocked Feb. 5 by the murder of William and Bertha Lasky, former members of Temple Solael. The elderly couple died in their West Hills home from cuts and stab wounds, victims of an unknown intruder.

    According to...

  • Making ‘Waves

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Visiting Anne Stern at her modest one-bedroom West Hollywood apartment, you quickly learn that she is very proud of her artwork. On the walls of her apartment hang her creative accomplishments - a prize-winning collage, an oil landscape, tiny acrylic still lifes of a covered challah...
  • A Breach of Faith?

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Family Service (JFS), a beneficiary agency of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, announced earlier this week that it will sue Pacific Bell and Pacific Bell Directory on several counts, including gross negligence, invasion of privacy, and breach of covenant of good...
  • A Sober Solution

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Twenty-year-old "Lena" is currently leading a productive life working at a bookstore, but that wasn't always the case. Just two years ago, she was a teen in distress.

    "It wasn't until I was loaded that I actually felt that I belonged," says Lena, whose family has a history of drug...

  • The 24-Hour Jewish 911

    By Rob Eshman

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Help has arrived. Thanks to a special program funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, callers can get immediate personal and family crisis assistance, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A social worker at the Jewish Family Service (JFS), a Federation agency, will be...
  • Valley High

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    He was a boy from the Bronx, born below the Third Avenue El. She was a girl from Brooklyn, born near the famed "Tree Grown in Brooklyn." Both had immigrant, working-class parents who initially opposed their marriage.

    Almost 55 years, three children, 10 grandchildren and, in June, one...

  • JFS Opens New Center for Seniors

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Seniors in the San Fernando Valley will have greater access to mental-health and day-care services, thanks to a generous donor and the newly expanded facilities of the Jewish Family Services' Valley Storefront in North Hollywood.
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