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  • 10 years to the Columbia Disaster

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 1, 2013 | 10:41 am

    February 1st, 2003, 16:30 pm. My family and I were all sitting in the car, on our way to visit long distance family members. This was supposed to be a big day: Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli Astronaut and an old family friend, was supposed to land at Cape Canaveral, along with six...

  • From unplanned journey to special-needs mission to Israel

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 1, 2012 | 11:47 am

    Raising a child with developmental disabilities has often been compared to an “unplanned journey,” taking you to places you never imagined you would go. After our son, Danny, was diagnosed with global developmental delays at the age of 13 months, I found myself learning a whole...

  • L.A. Jews connect in Israel

    November 2, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    JERUSALEM — Of the 400 Jewish community members who traveled to Israel on a week-long trip in late October to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, many had already visited the country dozens of times, although some had never set foot on...

  • Declaring a place to call home

    By Lauren Bottner

    October 25, 2011 | 5:11 pm

    “Up until 1948, the Jewish nation had no one at the other end of the 911 call, we were a nation without a home.” So explained the guide at the Israel Independence Museum in Tel Aviv as he described the situation of Holocaust survivors post-WWII.  “How do you know the war is over?...

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  • Jews by Choice bolster ties with first Israel mission

    By Rachel Heller

    October 10, 2008 | 12:32 am

    Misty Zollars knew she wanted to be Jewish ever since she was 13, when her best friend invited her to her first Passover seder.

    "I found the afikoman, and I knew I was going to be a Jew," said Zollars, now 28, of Sherman Oaks. "The warmth of the family tradition and the concept of...

  • Falash Mura Plight Stirs Support in U.S.

    By Uriel Heilman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Perhaps no single party outside the Israeli government is as vital to Ethiopian aliyah as the American Jews committed to help paying for it.

    So this month, when the United Jewish Communities (UJC) brought a group of 100 people from America's wealthiest Jewish communities, including...

  • Pipes Bring More Than Water

    By Marit Pearlman Shapiro

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Our aging yellow school bus slowly drove up a steep mountain in a verdant forest in Honduras. I wondered why the bus driver was stopping at a seemingly random spot on the worst road I have ever seen. There were coffee and cornfields left and right. A herd of cows meandered down the...

  • First Person - Hatikvah in the Village

    By Keren Markuze

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    If someone had turned on the radio in Mulukuku, Nicaragua, on May 28, 2005, they would have heard "Hatikvah," the Israeli national anthem. There is no Jewish community in this village of 7,000. In fact, there is not normally even a single Jew. But for one week at the end of May,...

  • Class Notes: Library’s PR Prize

    By Julie G Fax

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This calendar earned its dates with destiny. The 2004-2005 calendar of the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles won a spot in the American Library Association's "Best of Show" for library PR at the organization's annual conference June 26 in Chicago. The Family Calendar of events...

  • Milken Teens Live, Learn on Skid Row

    By Jane Ulman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Keep passing. Keep passing."

    It's 6 a.m. on a Monday morning in March, and students from Milken Community High School, wearing hairnets, plastic aprons and gloves, are dishing out hot cereal, sugar, applesauce, milk and a muffin assembly-line style onto blue trays.

    "We're a...

  • It’s Time to Return to Our Mission

    By David Klinghoffer

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" was the most important American religious event of the past year. For Christians, its effects were quite positive, as viewers already committed to belief in Jesus were roused to renew their faith through the heartrending story of the...

  • More Than Surviving

    By Julie G Fax

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nandor Markovic was lying in the gutter, awaiting death. He had already seen his best friend shot in the head, but Markovic could not take another step on the German-led march in 1945.

    "I won't waste a bullet on you," a soldier said. "You're already dead."

    He doesn't know how much...

  • Freedom Is at Root of Mideast Peace

    By Rep. Howard Berman

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I'm fond of saying my identity as a Jew formed well before my identity as a Democrat. And I have always believed that a significant part of my mission and role in Congress is to weigh in and provide leadership on issues of critical concern to the Jewish community here and in Israel....

  • My Father, My Hero

    By Avner Hofstein

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There's a framed glass poster that hangs on the wall of Assaf Ramon's Houston bedroom wall. While the image of the smiling astronaut in the orange jumpsuit is famous, the Hebrew words inscribed at the bottom of the poster are not:

    "Assaf, my oldest son, each night, look at the sky...

  • Lessons From Israel

    By Jack Weiss

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Natalie, a 17-year-old from Ethiopia, looks forward to serving as an army paramedic and dreams of a trip to California. Mikhail, an 18-year-old from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, reflects on his decision to leave his friends in a crowded Tel Aviv nightclub one hour before...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Juniors Rule!

    Rachel Firestone and Michel Grosz, both juniors at Milken Community High School, were among the 26 teenagers across North America to receive 2003 Bronfman Youth Fellowships that entitled them to spend five weeks in Israel this summer. Firestone and Grosz were chosen...

  • Right Place, Right Time

    By Rabbi Ben-Tzion Kravitz

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It was Sunday afternoon, July 6, 2003, and I was approaching the end of a successful three-week mission to Israel dedicated to responding to a new wave of missionary activity. In addition to lectures, news interviews and meetings with government officials, my colleagues and I...

  • On The Road

    By Amy Klein

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Here's what you miss when you go on an organized mission to Israel: You miss the closed-top market in Rosh Ayin, where sellers out-shout each other over megaphones, "Underwear, girls' underwear, three for 10 shekels."

    If you participate in an "emergency weeklong mission" -- where...

  • It’s a Full Plate in Nourishing the Sick

    By Phil Shuman

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Bob S. insists that his mother back in Virginia made the best chicken soup ever, but he's willing to admit the homemade version delivered to his Van Nuys apartment is a close second.

    The delivery is part of the mission of Project Chicken Soup, an all-volunteer group that cooks,...

  • Jews Say Bonjour to Club Lampadaire

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In between the prayers at the Pinto Shul in the Pico-Robertson area, people who only speak English might feel a little lost.

    Not because congregants there don't speak English -- they do, except they are likely to break off into French every so often, leaving behind the hapless...

  • Community Briefs

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    L.A. Jews Meet "Adopted" Israeli Family

    In February 2001, a Palestinian bus driver ran over a group of soldiers at a bus stop, and caused severe injuries to Monique Evans, 19. She still walks with crutches, but has largely recovered due to the support the family received from...

  • Who Are the Journalists?

    By Yizchok Adlerstein

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We love to hate them, those journalists who wield so much power and never quite get the facts right.

    For two years now, we have opened up our morning papers, our Web sites and our hourly news broadcasts with a pit in our collective stomachs. It isn't bad enough that the news from...

  • Hearts in the Right Place

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Call it a mission with a mission."It was the most amazing trip," Dr. Charles Pollick told The Journal. "I've been to Israel many times, but they really rolled out the red carpet for us."

    Unlike previous visits, this sojourn was more business than pleasure. Pollick, a cardiologist at...

  • Malibu Music Man With Latin Groove

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This High Holy Day season, the congregation at Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue has something to sing about, to the lively and devoted Marcelo Gindlin. Affectionately dubbed "Cantor Marcelo," the Argentine Pied Piper came to the shul two years ago and created a brand-new music...

  • ‘Inside the Cult of Kibu’

    By Lori Gottlieb

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On my first day as editor-in-chief of a heavily financed Bay Area Internet startup whose mission -- its mostly female staff of trendy 20-somethings recited like a mantra -- was to "empower" young women, I realized I had a big problem.

    My hair was all wrong.

    It wasn't that my...

  • Lesson Plans

    By Rob Eshman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The big wheels of the American PR industry are finally spinning on behalf of Israel.

    Spearheaded by Democratic political consultant Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, a bipartisan group of leading pollsters and consultants has launched a two-part mission to change American perceptions of...

  • Open France’s Eyes to Hatred

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Although Shelley Ventura-Cohen had been to France several times before as a tourist with an interest in French culture,this visit -- on an American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) mission to counteract French anti-Semitism -- was unique.

    "The difference was, that this time I went with...

  • Married to Israel

    By David Margolis

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Call it a shopping trip. Lou and Trudy Kestenbaum came to Israel last month on a Jewish National Fund (JNF) mission to spend money, as well as to follow up on how the money they've already spent in the Jewish state is doing.

    Lou Kestenbaum made his fortune in construction and then...

  • Mixing It Up

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, Gil Amir contemplated the status of a trip because of violence in his country of destination.

    "I was really upset at first," said Amir, 16. "I had scenarios that the trip would be canceled. But I always wanted to go. I want to show that if there's a terror attack,...

  • No Shvitz

    By Mike Levy

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Hot on the heels of the Jewish Community Center closings, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles announced in late June that it would close the saunas and steam rooms in seven of the eight centers that still had them. (The Hollywood-Wilshire Y will leave its sauna open on a 90-day trial...

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