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  • Nominate someone you know to be part of the Jewish Journal’s annual Mensch issue!

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 28, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    If you know someone in the Los Angeles area whose great work on behalf of others goes unsung or undersung, who doesn't get paid for what he or she does (or doesn't get paid near enough), whose life is the embodiment of the values of menschlikeit, tsedaka and gmilut hassidim ......

  • LAFD cadet fired up about helping the community

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    January 5, 2012 | 5:51 pm

    Like many little boys, Noah Applebaum used to wave in awe whenever a sparkling red fire truck roared by.

    But Applebaum, 18, never got over his fireman phase, so two years ago he signed up for the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Cadet program, and today he is a badge-wearing cadet,...

  • Feeding the hungry, keeping It ‘light’

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 5, 2012 | 5:46 pm

    On a recent Friday morning, about an hour and a half into his regular weekly shift as the Friday manager of the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry (NHIFP), Jerry Rabinowitz, 86, broke into a smile.

    A young mother and her two young boys had come to the food pantry with about a...

  • ‘We’re here to make other people’s lives easier’

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    January 5, 2012 | 5:40 pm

    Many people avert their eyes when they walk by the homeless.

    Hanne Mintz opens her hand, her heart and her home.

    Four years ago, Mintz, 68, found Ryan, 20, living on a park bench near her house, and after they bonded over her bullmastiff, she took Ryan out to breakfast and offered...

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  • Cooking for AIDS patients Is chicken soup for grieving mom’s soul

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 5, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    Several days before Mollie Pier’s son, Nathaniel, died of complications from AIDS, she joined together with his doctors, Nathaniel and his longtime partner, Michael, as the couple exchanged rings and vows in his hospital room.

    After Nathaniel died on Dec. 27, 1989, Pier stepped up...

  • Secret to his happiness? Happy Minyan

    By Lauren Bottner

    January 5, 2012 | 5:29 pm

    Jonathan Boyer may be the Happy Minyan’s unsung hero, though he’s more than happy to sing the shul’s praises. The Shlomo Carlebach-inspired synagogue was launched some 17 years ago to answer the need for an aufruf for a friend of Boyer’s who was unaffiliated at the time. A...

  • Giving hope and help to L.A.’s Iranian Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 5, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    Earlier this year, after nearly two decades of providing counseling and psychological help to local Iranians for free or at reduced rates, Shadee Toomari, a local Iranian-Jewish licensed clinical psychologist, formally established the community’s first nonprofit mental health...

  • Remember Us project means they’ll never be forgotten

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 5, 2012 | 4:57 pm

    There was a moment while preparing for her bat mitzvah when Rebecca Hutman feared the occasion would not live up to its importance. She wasn’t settled at a shul, and the experience was feeling kind of rote. That’s when her mother, Samara Hutman, suggested Rebecca join the...

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