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  • In Britain, Jewish and Muslim women connect over Mitzvah Day

    June 16, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Good deeds can be contagious. Just ask Laura Marks, a British Jew who is widely credited with creating one of her community’s most widely celebrated new traditions: an annual Mitzvah Day, now in its 11th consecutive year, in which thousands of British Jews perform charity work in...

  • 50 Years after his visit, a multicultural homage to MLK

    January 14, 2015 | 2:15 pm

    When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at a Shabbat evening service at Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) in 1965, security was tight and sharpshooters manned the nearby rooftops. Less than a week before, Malcolm X had been assassinated, and law enforcement wasn’t taking any...

  • Nov. 3-9

    By Ryan Torok

    November 1, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    SAT NOV 3

    Good Food Conference/Localicious

    LACMA hosts provocative panel discussions exploring issues integral to building organic and sustainable food systems. On Sunday, head to the beach for Good Food’s Localicious fundraiser, featuring signature dishes prepared by 30 of...

  • Big Sunday weekend’s bar mitzvah year

    By Ryan Torok

    May 3, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    Its thirteenth year, Big Sunday, the Mitzvah Day that has grown into a full weekend of volunteer opportunities, takes place this weekend, May 4, 5 and 6. Last year some 50,000 people showed up to participate in community service projects throughout California, according to Big Sunday...

  • She’s found a world of volunteerism

    By Ryan Torok

    January 5, 2012 | 4:50 pm

    Izzie Levinson, 16, grew up in a family that is devoted to community service:  Her father, David Levinson, is the founder of Big Sunday, an extensive regional volunteer program that grew out of a Mitzvah Day project; her mother is a highly accomplished TV writer who left that work to...

  • Briefs: Body of Santa Monica teacher found in Panama, campers leave the mountains to heal the bay

    July 23, 2008 | 4:10 pm

    Joey Lutz, an English teacher at Santa Monica High School and a central leader in a Muslim-Jewish dialogue, was found dead Sunday in Panama.

    Lutz, 25, had been hit by a massive wave July 17 and swept to sea while wading in shallow water along the coast of Bocas del Toro island. Hope...

  • Big Sunday: One temple’s ‘Mitzvah Day’ goes city-wide and inclusive

    By Jane Ulman

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's dream:

    On one weekend a year -- known as Big Sunday -- 50,000 volunteers of all colors and creeds from neighborhoods throughout the region, all donning T- shirts preprinted with the Big Sunday logo, will fan out throughout Los Angeles and as...
  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Temple Emanuel celebrated its annual Mitzvah Day last month, with the Beverly Hills congregation coming together to perform benevolent activities focusing on those in need. One event, the Sock and Sack Day, was held at the Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles.

  • A Mitzvah Is Its Own Reward

    By Brendan Howard

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Be not like servants who serve their master for the sake of receiving a reward; instead be like servants who serve their master not for the sake of receiving a reward. And let the awe of Heaven be upon you." -- Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Fathers)

    The rabbi and the cantor are...