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  • A gridlock bypass in Congress?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    February 27, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    A remarkable thing happened in Washington, D.C., last week. National leaders of business and labor hammered out an outline on immigration reform. This might not only give a major boost to a new immigration policy; it might also show a path around the gridlock that has driven the...

  • JVS vying for $150,000 in national contest

    February 13, 2013 | 11:31 am

    The Great Recession is technically over, but for many job seekers — particularly in the Los Angeles area — it certainly doesn’t seem that way.

    Los Angeles County’s unemployment rate stood at 10.2 percent in December, higher than California as a whole and far above the already...

  • World’s Happiness Rate

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 10, 2013 | 10:22 am

    After rating the states of the world mostly on a financial basis, the Earth Institute at Columbia University published the first ever World Happiness Report, made at request of the UN. The report contains information on various happiness measurements collected to create a "life...

  • In their own words: What Berman and Sherman would do with another term

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 5, 2012 | 8:45 am

    As is to be expected when two incumbents with more than 40 combined years in office face off against one another, a lot of the back and forth in the campaign between Rep. Brad Sherman and Rep. Howard Berman has focused what each has done in the past.

    But what would each of these...

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  • A note to a stiff-necked people

    By David Mamet

    November 1, 2012 | 11:44 am

    To those Jews planning to vote for Obama:

    Are you prepared to explain to your children not the principles upon which your vote is cast, but its probable effects upon them? 

    Irrespective of your endorsement of liberal sentiments, of fairness and “more equal distribution,” will...

  • Out of Israel, back to Africa

    June 12, 2012 | 8:46 am

    African migrants chosen for deportation from Israel were nervously awaiting a knock on the door or a tap on the shoulder on Tuesday as immigration officials rounded up hundreds for departure flights due to begin at the weekend.

    “The people are very tense. It’s pretty traumatic,”...

  • Why Privileged White Girls Need Real Jobs

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    May 4, 2012 | 9:44 am

    Ann Romney raised five boys.  I’m sure that was hard.  So hard that to be honest, I’d prefer not to find out myself.  But at the same time, it doesn’t give her the same experience as having a job that gives you a paycheck.  There’s nothing wrong with her choice.  I actually happen to...

  • As seen on MSN.com Today!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 1, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    My photo on MSN.com Today! It goes with this article: Lessons from jobs held in your 30s

    Finding your passion
    After dropping out of medical school in her 20s, Lisa Niver Rajna of Los Angeles traveled for almost seven years on the high seas. “In my 30s, I worked on a cruise ship like...

  • Letters to the Editor: Job searching, Buy Israel, David Mamet, Global Warming

    November 30, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    Job Search Process Is Ineffective, Demeaning

    Even though organizations like JVS have WorkSource centers on Wilshire Boulevard and in Marina del Rey, the jobs through JVS are all online (“Still Unemployed: Out of Luck but Not Out of Hope,” Nov. 25). The process of finding jobs...

  • Still unemployed: Out of luck but not out of hope

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 22, 2011 | 2:36 pm

    In July 2009, when everyone could see that the financial collapse of September 2008 was not going to be short-lived, I tracked down and interviewed for The Journal several people who had been hit hard by the recession. I also wrote about what Jewish organizations locally were doing...

  • Opinion: How Occupy will end

    October 31, 2011 | 12:15 pm

    No one knows what difference Occupy Wall Street will turn out to make. 

    This could the start of something big.  Maybe the burgeoning sense that something is not right in America will reach a critical mass.  It’s already showing up in the polls.  Maybe more and more ordinary...

  • Without jobs in U.S., college grads are finding opportunities in Israel

    October 17, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    In her final months as a political science major at the University of Pittsburgh, Susanna Zlotnikov had a positive outlook about landing a job.

    But as the months passed and her network of contacts led only to dead ends, Zlotnikov decided she needed a backup. Instead of spending the...

  • Jewish groups praise Obama’s jobs plan

    September 12, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    U.S. Jewish groups praised aspects of President Obama’s jobs proposal.

    “Congress should begin work on the President’s recommendations for improvements to our homes, schools, and roads without delay,” the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the public policy umbrella group, said in...

  • Berman and Sherman react differently to Obama’s speech

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 8, 2011 | 7:11 pm

    Anyone who thinks that one long-time incumbent Democrat is the same as any other might want to take a look at the reactions of Rep. Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks) to President Obama’s speech this evening.

    Sherman and Berman have both...

  • $2.5 million grant will place young adults with disabilities in jobs

    June 28, 2011 | 10:37 am

    A $2.5 million grant to Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston will fund a groundbreaking program that places young adults with disabilities in jobs.

    The Ruderman Family Foundation provided the grant to fund the “Young Adult Transitions to Work” program, which provides young...

  • The Currency of Flirting

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 3, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Awards Season is over! Thank God! While I wasn’t at the Academy Awards Sunday night, I along with the rest of the city’s scenesters have been all over the city in the last few weeks for awards parties, luncheons, and celebrations. As fun as it all is, it’s also a lot of work...

  • Mergers and consolidations for congregations—it’s the economy, stupid [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 28, 2008 | 4:03 pm

    Friend of Bloggish Anita Susan Brenner writes:

    This week, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the leader of the Union for Reform Judaism, suggested that due to the post-Madoff economic crisis, some communities "may no longer be able to afford multiple synagogues." The solution is to merge Reform and...
  • Hope vs. slippery slope

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 18, 2008 | 3:34 am

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  • Communities can use High Holy Days to help ease economic angst

    September 25, 2008 | 2:32 am

    With the start of the High Holy Days, the pace of communal life starts to change, and our focus is on reflection, reconciliation, repentance and the annual response to new beginnings.

    For too many in our community, however, this season will hold more angst than joy.

    The economic...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Workers of the World, Relax

    Labor Day is Sept. 5. We think of all the people who work hard to feed their families. Jews have always been very involved in helping those who are in need. They have established labor unions; they have fought for fair wages; they have led movements to...

  • In Cantor vs. Rabbi, Synagogue Is Victim

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This High Holiday season, leaders of Temple Ner Maarav want people to know that they are still open for business.

    Some might have thought otherwise of the Encino synagogue, which was rocked by a battle that divided members between the shul's rabbi of 19 years and its more recently...

  • Trading Up

    By Melissa Minkin

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Investment banker Adlai Wertman was fed up with Wall Street -- so he moved to Los Angeles, took an 85 percent pay cut and got a job on Skid Row. Two years later, he says he's never been happier.

    Wertman, 42, is the president and CEO of Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization that helps...

  • Career Opportunities

    By Michael Aushenker

    December 30, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Even though Elizabeth Arkin joined Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) in September, she's still writing resumes and looking for work -- though not for herself.

    That's because, as vocational counselor of the rehabilitation program for Los Angeles proper -- the Westside, Hollywood, Beverly...

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