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  • The Mensch List 2013

    January 2, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    Last month, for our eighth-annual mensch list, we again invited all of you to submit your nominations of extraordinary volunteers, and again the outpouring of suggestions of amazing people was overwhelming. We faced this enormous response only to wonder, once again, how to choose...

  • The Mensch List 2010

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 22, 2010 | 9:29 pm

    This fall, we again put out our call for nominations for our annual list of mensches, and you responded with your usual outpouring of suggestions of amazing people. We face this enormous response only to wonder, once more, how do you choose between a 13-year-old who rallied his...

  • Promoting unity, Judaism among local Iranian Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 22, 2010 | 9:19 pm

    Southern California’s Iranian Jewish community has long been divided over a host of social and religious issues, often discouraging hopes among the elders for community continuity. Eman Esmailzadeh, a 27-year-old engineer and community activist, is one of a small number of young...

  • The art of living with brain cancer

    December 22, 2010 | 9:15 pm

    When Judi Kaufman was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1997, she was told she had five years left to live.

    But Kaufman — an accomplished chef, writer and active member of the Jewish community — refused to sit back and accept her prognosis without a fight. 

    “I asked [my...

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  • Israeli scouting just got hipper

    By Dikla Kadosh

    December 22, 2010 | 9:10 pm

    By nature, Eli Fitlovitz prefers to stay in the background. The kibbutz-raised Israeli, who came to Los Angeles in 1982, has wise eyes, an endearing smile and a quiet confidence. A commercial real estate broker, he and his wife are now raising three teenagers. What finally forced...

  • Foster kids’ angel of light

    December 22, 2010 | 8:58 pm

    As a child, Lauri Burns thought God was punishing her for something horrible she had done in a past life. How else could she explain the years of beatings by her father that began when she was just 5 years old, or the mental abuse that left her suicidal by her bat mitzvah and led her...

  • Teen’s focus on Congo begins at home

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 22, 2010 | 8:52 pm

    David Taylor doesn’t see the point in getting emotional about the evils across the globe.

    “What do I accomplish by being sad about it?” he asks.

    Rather, he looks at human rights atrocities and thinks about them methodically — where and how can he make the most impact?

    And...

  • From grief, a dream realized

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 22, 2010 | 8:39 pm

    Gabriella Axelrad, a luminous 13-year-old with a striking smile, had been on the final stretch of a family bike ride in Grand Teton National Park when a white van appeared out of nowhere and knocked the last breath out of her lithe dancer’s body.

    There were no goodbyes. No time...

  • Mom, the full-time mensch

    By Orit Arfa

    December 22, 2010 | 8:20 pm

    “Is everybody happy today?” Shana Passman cheerfully asked a table of Holocaust survivors eating lunch at Hollywood Temple Beth El at the annual Chanukah party of Café Europa, a social club for Holocaust Survivors run by the Jewish Family Service (JFS).

    The survivors’ faces...

  • Filmmaker puts JCorps in spotlight

    By Orit Arfa

    December 22, 2010 | 8:08 pm

    In 2008, Adam Irving, a filmmaker and photographer, left his doctoral program in media studies at the University of Texas to make the transition from theory to practice. He landed in Hollywood with the dream of making films, but soon after his arrival found himself feeling...

  • Beauty Bus delivers much-needed pampering

    December 22, 2010 | 7:57 pm

    When Melissa Marantz Nealy died in 2005, her close-knit family was devastated. At 28, Nealy had been diagnosed only a year earlier with a neurodegenerative muscular disorder.

    In response, Wendy Levine, Nealy’s sister, along with their cousin, Alicia Liotta, devoted themselves to...

  • Gaza, Madoff, Menschen and Muslims

    January 8, 2009 | 5:27 pm

    Situation in Gaza

    We call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza and Israel ("Gaza Outcomes," Jan. 2). Hamas' rocket attacks on Israel, chiefly aimed at civilians, are a gross violation of international law.

    We recognize that the State of Israel has the right to defend...
  • Mensches: Our third annual salute to big-hearted Angelenos

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "It is hard to convey the special sense of respect, dignity and approbation that can be conveyed by calling someone 'a real mensch,'" writes Leo Rosten in "The Joys of Yiddish."

    The Yiddish word infuses the basic German denotation -- "person" -- with an almost indefinable...

  • Geller is for real; Pico-Roberston’s no ‘hood; Honorable menschen

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Power of Geller

    David Ian Salter's letter regarding Uri Geller infuriated me and compelled me to write my first-ever letter to an editor (Letters, Dec. 29). For Salter to make a blanket statement saying that "Geller has been conclusively debunked as a charlatan" and that "Geller is...

  • Attention, menschen! CAIR; Michael Richards; Shoah survivors

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In 2005, The Journal profiled 10 "Mensches of the Year " and it became one of our most popular and widely appreciated cover stories. We plan to make this an annual feature ... and we'd love your help. If you know someone whose great work on behalf of others goes unsung, who doesn't...

  • Joyce Rabinowitz: A Type Like No Other

    By Jane Ulman

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    Look at Joyce Rabinowitz's computer keyboard and you will see six blank keys in the middle row. They are actually the letters SDF and JKL, but the identifying marks have been worn off from use.

    In fact, those are only keys Rabinowitz uses, with the exception of the space...

  • Our first annual big list o’ mensches

    By Photographs by Kevin Scanlon

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    To its detractors, Los Angeles seems very much like a modern-day Sodom or Gomorrah -- besotting civilization with a trash culture of celebrity murder trials, reality TV and movies that trade on violence and superficiality. Even to Angelenos, the city can be trying and...

  • Angels in America

    By Rob Eshman

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Angels are everywhere in America these days, and a lot of them are tacky. When I was growing up you saw them once a year, adorning Christmas trees. Since then they've swarmed across the thin border that divides religious imagery from kitsch. Gift shops stock angel T-shirts, angel...