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  • Lawyer in Bank of China terrorism lawsuit to guide Gitmo closing

    July 1, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    The Obama administration named as its official in charge of shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention facility a lawyer representing the family of a teenager killed in Israel.

    Lee Wolosky “will assume lead responsibility for arranging for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees...

  • Israel, top Latin American bank sign pact for R&D, trade

    July 1, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    Israel signed a cooperation agreement with Inter-American Development Bank, the largest investment authority in Latin America and the Caribbean Islands.

    The IDB funds some $12 billion in projects annually.

    “Implementing the agreement will give Israeli companies access to...

  • American Football gets an F!

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 29, 2015 | 5:27 am

    Attention all parents! Before signing your kids up for the football team at camp — or during the school year — you must read this.

    And the results are in: Playing football is bad for your health. It's bad even if you haven't suffered multiple concussions — even if you haven't...

  • Raising financially sensible kids

    By Ryan Torok

    February 25, 2015 | 3:16 pm

    Spoiled children are made, not born — and there’s something you can do about that. 

    That’s the message of New York Times “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber’s new book, “The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous and Smart about Money.” The 43-year-old’s...

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  • Choco-Fest, Wi-Fi history, a phone that smells cancer and more…This week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 9, 2015 | 8:47 am

    The Israeli company that wants to remake Wi-Fi history

    When examining the vision behind Israeli tech company Powermat, you must go 14 years back to the year 2001: The Starbucks coffee chain had just installed WiFi antennas at their US branches, enabling customers to surf the...

  • My year of street tzedakah

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    November 20, 2014 | 11:17 am

    When I lived in Berkeley in the late ’60s and early ’70s, walking along Telegraph Avenue could be expensive if you gave to every panhandler who asked for spare change. Not that much has changed in all these years. The number of people asking for handouts is at least as great as it...

  • What if Your Synagogue Called…and Didn’t Ask for Money?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 23, 2014 | 1:30 am

    I still remember the first time I got the call. “Hi,” the caller said, “I’m on the synagogue board, and I’m calling to wish you a happy Passover holiday.”

    “Thanks,” I replied, waiting for the request for a donation. Or to serve on a committee. Or some other inconvenient thing the...

  • Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    April 15, 2014 | 9:05 am

    Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    For the last year and a half I have been living in Asia and eating rice. As I thought about Passover approaching, I figured giving up bread for eight days would not be meaningful as I really only eat...

  • Federation pension fund struggles

    November 6, 2013 | 3:17 pm

    A retirement plan run by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is more than $25 million underfunded, according to financial statements filed in October. The statements say the pension fund, which holds savings for more than 2,000 employees working for eight different...

  • Karnit Flug, first female Bank of Israel chief, eyeing economic inequality

    November 6, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Andromeda Hill is a beachfront complex of luxury apartments connected by tree-lined pathways that features such amenities as a spa and business center. Five minutes down the road is Ajami, a low-income neighborhood profiled in the 2009 film of the same name that remains one of this...

  • Private Bank of California: It’s not just about the money

    By Zan Romanoff

    October 16, 2013 | 11:29 am

    The signs of Richard Smith’s success precede him: His 25th-floor office on Santa Monica Boulevard overlooks Los Angeles Country Club’s golf greens to the north and the spread of the city’s business districts to the south. The dizzying height of his headquarters at The Private Bank...

  • The Won Percent

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 26, 2013 | 10:40 am

  • Five things you may not know about Jews and philanthropy

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 31, 2013 | 9:10 am

    1. Many Jewish donors don’t call their values “Jewish.”

    “People did not want to ascribe their Jewish values to giving,” said Lisa Farber Miller of the Rose Community Foundation, who observed the discussion of a focus group of donors in Denver, one of eight conducted as part of...

  • Madonna top-earning celebrity trumping Spielberg, Forbes says

    August 27, 2013 | 11:11 am

    She's still the Material Girl.

    Pop diva Madonna 55, is the world's top-earning celebrity, according to a Forbes list released on Monday, raking in an estimated $125 million in the past year, mainly from her $305 million-grossing MDNA tour, but helped by sales of clothing,...

  • How do you raise $120 million?

    By Elyse Samuels

    August 22, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s newly renovated sanctuary has been cleaned and fully restored. An extended bimah is more accessible for the first time. Photo © Tom Bonner 2013

    Ask Rabbi Steven Z. Leder what the mission of Wilshire Boulevard Temple is, and he’ll tell you, “We...

  • Israel’s austerity budget advances in Knesset

    June 18, 2013 | 10:18 am

    Israel’s Knesset approved the first reading of the 2013-14 state budget, which has been touted as closing socio-economic gaps in the country.

    The budget, which cuts millions of dollars from the defense department, child benefits and transportation projects, was approved early...

  • Picking a Path

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 12, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    By Jaclin Miller

    One of the most repetitive questions that I’ve experienced throughout my life since I was a child is “What do you want to do with your life?” Some come from a concerned standpoint, others seem to be genuinely interested, and some I think are aiming to lift my...

  • Israel bans illegal migrants from sending out money

    June 6, 2013 | 4:08 pm

    The Knesset passed a measure barring illegal migrants from sending money out of Israel and limiting how much they can take when they leave.

    Two amendments to the Law for the Prevention of Infiltration passed June 3 on second and third readings.

    Under the measure, illegal...

  • Oklahoma tornado: How you can help

    May 21, 2013 | 2:02 pm

    Jewish groups are joining the effort to help those displaced by the tornado in suburban Oklahoma City.

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, announced Tuesday that his organization will collect donations and distribute them to the American Red Cross and...

  • A mitzvah called shmooze

    By David Suissa

    May 8, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    In a crummy economy, people are always looking for good investments — a promising stock, a real estate opportunity, a star mutual fund. It’s really not that different in the “mitzvah economy”— donors and do-gooders are also looking to squeeze the maximum amount of goodness out of...

  • Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer to step down

    January 29, 2013 | 8:50 am

    Stanley Fischer is stepping down from his position as governor of the Bank of Israel.

    Fischer, 69,  will be leaving office on June 30 after serving eight years that included shepherding the Israeli economy through the global financial crisis of 2007-08. His term was scheduled to...

  • Israeli economics 101

    January 23, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Ofek Lavian has two passions: business and Israel, his native land.

    What he felt that he was missing when he went to college at the University of Southern California was an opportunity to learn about his home country while interacting with people who shared his same interests in...

  • Editorial Cartoon: Quicksand deficit

    By Steve Greenberg

    January 23, 2013 | 11:58 am

    For more cartoons from Steve Greenberg, visit jewishjournal.com/greenbergs_view.

  • Israeli markets cheer centrists’ election gains

    January 23, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Israeli markets rose on Wednesday on investor hopes that the outcome of the previous day's election means Benjamin Netanyahu will remain prime minister and ultra-Orthodox parties have no role in government.

    The blue-chip Tel Aviv 25 index rose 1 percent to 1,204.65 points, near...

  • Money saving ideas: For richer, not poorer

    By Elyse Glickman

    January 16, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    Tying the knot doesn’t have to be synonymous with fastening a financial anchor around newlywed couples. It just requires great care, sufficient research and attention to detail.

    Even with the best planning, however, it might be hard to believe you could pull off a dreamy wedding...

  • More than anything else, Israelis wanted to know “How to make money” in 2012

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 31, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    This year, Googlers in the Jewish state were more interested in making money than in making out.

    In Israel, “How to make money” topped the list of “How to...” queries typed into the search engine in the past year. The finding, which comes from Google Zeitgeist, the Web search...

  • Avoiding the ‘Jewish fiscal cliff’

    November 28, 2012 | 11:09 am

    The main Capitol Hill sport these days (after obsessive coverage of the Petraeus scandal) is how the government can avoid the impending “fiscal cliff.” A similarly serious financial challenge lurks in the future of the Jewish community — namely, how do we better balance our books...

  • Israel’s middle class increasingly squeezed

    November 27, 2012 | 10:15 am

    At Israeli weddings, gifts of china, silver and art are not welcome. Guests are expected to bring their checkbooks and contribute to a young couple’s purchase of their first home, often bought with substantial help from the newlyweds’ parents.

    But a new report shows that only 65...

  • In campaign for Jewish votes, GOP has the money, Dems have the history

    September 11, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    In the battle for Jewish votes this November, both parties acknowledge the other’s advantage: Republicans have the money and Democrats have the history.

    The funding disparity was evident on Sunday and Monday when the Republican Jewish Coalition rolled out major voter outreach...

  • U.S. nears deal for $1 billion in Egypt debt relief, a senior U.S. official says

    September 4, 2012 | 10:10 am

    The Obama administration is close to a deal with Egypt's new government for $1 billion in debt relief, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, as Washington seeks to help Cairo shore up its ailing economy in the aftermath of its pro-democracy uprising.

    U.S. diplomats and...

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