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  • Special needs programs should strive for the ‘high-hanging fruit’

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    December 20, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Whenever a group of staffers, volunteers and funders get together in the nonprofit or governmental sectors to create a new social services program, such as anti-poverty, mental health or aging/disability, the conversation will invariably turn to the need to go after the...

  • Israeli heroes: Some of them admit to needing help

    By Simone Wilson

    July 9, 2013 | 12:39 pm

    At a recent charity dinner for wounded Israeli soldiers held in Israel's high-tech suburb of Kfar Saba, a soldier's mother, Diana Elankri, stood onstage and spoke of her son, Shimon ----  and of the day she watched him come back to life after being hit by a missile along the Gaza...

  • North American immigrants lead in Israel’s nonprofit sector

    March 21, 2011 | 10:35 am

    When David Portowicz was a new immigrant to Israel from Brooklyn in the 1970s, he began research on poverty in Jaffa that would lead to his life’s work: the creation of a nonprofit organization that now serves thousands of disadvantaged children and their families.

    A doctoral...

  • North American immigrants lead in Israel’s nonprofit sector

    March 18, 2011 | 10:02 am

    When David Portowicz was a new immigrant to Israel from Brooklyn in the 1970s, he began research on poverty in Jaffa that would lead to his life’s work: the creation of a nonprofit organization that now serves thousands of disadvantaged children and their families.

    A doctoral...

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  • Israeli nonprofit representatives meet

    March 1, 2011 | 10:16 am

    Hundreds of representatives of Israeli nonprofits met to discuss how to improve their own organizations and the entire sector.

    The first Future of Nonprofit Summit Israel met Monday in Jaffa, a follow-up to the Future of Jewish Nonprofit Summit in New York last July. The summits are...

  • LIVE VIDEO - Survival of a Jewish Nonprofit

    By Jay Firestone

    February 19, 2009 | 4:09 am

    On Thursday morning, Feb. 19, JewishJournal.com will broadcast LIVE from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Tune in at 8:30 a.m. to watch “The Lean Years: Strategies for Survival,” a conference dedicated to creating a greater conversation about surviving the economic...

  • Can you say fiduciary duty? Jewish nonprofits must follow new rules

    December 24, 2008 | 1:56 am

    Based on all reports, the evil criminality of Bernard Madoff has decimated the portfolios of hundreds of individuals and charitable organizations. The consequences for ongoing charitable programs and future gifts will be felt for many years to come.

    While there should be no limit to...

  • Don’t cut support to innovative nonprofits

    November 19, 2008 | 3:32 am

    From New York to Los Angeles to San Francisco, the impact of the global financial crisis feels like an eerie parallel to the days after Sept. 11. No one knows whether the acute phase is over or whether there will be further shocks. For some, little has changed; for others, life will...
  • H.O.P.E. for the bereaved, even years later

    By Jane Ulman

    December 26, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Four years after Shirley T.'s husband died, the anniversary of his death was more painful than she could have anticipated. She spent the day before cooking the foods he loved and somehow navigated emotionally through the anniversary itself. The following Thursday evening, she was...
  • JCRC’s Schwartz-Getzug picked to head Jewish World Watch

    By Marc Ballon

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug, a longtime Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles executive and director of the organization's Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), has been named executive director of Jewish World Watch (JWW), a coalition of synagogues, schools and Jewish community...
  • For Musicians, It’s Good to Be Labeled

    By George Robinson

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When Chasidic reggae-rapper Matisyahu sold 350,000 units of his new album, "Youth," in the first weeks after its release, he redrew the rule book for marketing Jewish music.

    Or, more accurately, Aaron Bisman and Jacob Harris, his now former managers and heads of JDub Records, the...

  • Letters

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Very Funny

    The funniest part of your recent Purim issue was the article on Rabbi Aron Tendler's departure from Shaarey Zedek Congregation ("Tendler Resigns Under Cloud," March 10). In lieu of any substance, it was filled with rumors and speculation -- a hilarious send-up of real...

  • Community Briefs

    By David Finnigan

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    'Munich' Still Topic of Debate

    Even with Republican sponsors and a largely Republican audience, the panelists at a recent discussion on Steven Spielberg's "Munich" covered most of the spectrum from left to right.

    At the event, held at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy...

  • Parent Wins School Pesticide Battle

    By Idan Ivri

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A new law that bans that use of experimental pesticides in schools is the latest achievement of Robina Suwol, a Jewish anti-pesticide activist.

    The law, which took effect last month, grew out of a presentation two years ago before an L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) advisory...

  • Karen Gilman: What Makes Her Run?

    By Amy Klein

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    To try to figure out all the volunteer projects social worker Karen Gilman is involved in -- and where she finds the time to do them all -- is to sift through a complex maze of stories of individuals who need help, or organizations that need help, or a volunteer staff that...

  • Steven Firestein: Making Magic for Children

    By Marc Ballon

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    Steven Firestein thought he had it all. At 27, he owned a plush Encino home, drove a Cadillac and made a nice living as a real estate agent. Then he felt a bump on his scalp.

    For months, Firestein ignored the growth, fearing he had cancer. By the time he went under the...

  • This Time They’re Ready for the Wave

    By Peter Ephross

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    Some 50 South Indian villagers are spread out along the sandy beach. Women clad in brightly colored saris converse in groups, while...

  • Preschool Project Strives to Educate All

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    King Solomon was known to have coined the expression, "Educate the child accordingly so that when he grows old, he will not leave." In other words, take advantage of the child's education as soon as possible.

    In modern times, this admonition certainly applies to preschool, and it's...

  • Fight the Minotaur in the Tax Labyrinth

    By John Chiang

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    This past September, the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles, the Zimmer Children's Museum and representatives of more than 70 other organizations attended a seminar for nonprofits that I conducted at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    Like many taxpayers,...

  • H.O.P.E. for Los Angeles’ Bereaved

    By Jane Ulman

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I felt like a third wheel," Shirley said.

    "I never felt more alone," Diane said.

    "I felt my oneness," Helene added.

    These women, along with 12 other females and two men, all in their 50s to their 80s, sat in a circle in Valley Beth Shalom's Lopaty Chapel in Encino. They were...

  • 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...

  • Failed Joshua Venture’s Serious Failings

    By Gary Wexler

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Now that it has been "formally put to death and buried," as one of its grantees told me, I feel free to speak out about the Joshua Venture, a supposed breakthrough organization, subsidizing the ideas of nonprofit professionals who will be leading the next generation of Jewish life....

  • Dancing the Chai Life

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Sarah Sommer started the Chai Folk Ensemble with eight other young girls in 1964, she had modest expectations. The young women practiced Israeli folk dancing in Sommer's basement in Winnipeg, Canada, stepping in time to recorded music. When they started performing for live...

  • News Service Shows Israel’s Other Side

    By Rachel Pomerance

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Bemoaning the way Israel is portrayed in the news is something of a favorite pastime for many American Jews. But rather than complain that Israel is depicted unfairly in its conflict with the Palestinians, two Silicon Valley executives are taking a different approach.

    Eric...

  • Federation Vows to Help Jewish Poor

    By Marc Ballon

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jews have long had a reputation as being among the most successful minority groups in the country. For the most part, they are. But as a new report from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles makes clear, not all Southland Jews live large. While some big machers tool around in...

  • Congress Weighs Nonprofit Security

    By Idan Ivri

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    These days, U.S. airports, federal buildings and transportation hubs are protected by surveillance and armed guards. But what about everything else? What about the cash-strapped nonprofits like temples, schools and community centers whose ethnicity or religious affiliation might make...

  • A Thaw in Relations

    By Rachel Pomerance

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Who says that Israelis and Palestinians can't work together? On New Year's Day, a group of Israelis and Palestinians embarked on a 35-day expedition to Antarctica that culminated in the scaling and naming of an unexplored mountain.

    The group, Breaking the Ice, was honored this month...

  • JFS Marks 150 Years of Help in L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Miss N., 20, was homeless, the daughter of divorced parents who did not financially support her. Although weak and underweight, she struggled to complete a business course in order to obtain a job and become self-sufficient.

    Her fate remained precarious, however, until caseworkers...

  • The Little Flower That Could

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Hippies, bellbottoms and Volkswagen Beetles aren't the only '60s icons to resurface. The Vietnam-era image of a sunflower accompanied by the words, "War is not healthy for children and other living things," is also experiencing a revival. The graphic was created in 1965 by Los...

  • JCC Director to Leave Before Project Finish

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Part of the team readying O.C.'s Jewish Community Center for its planned relocation and expansion next year in Irvine is not staying to see the result.

    Gerry Buncher, 53, the JCC's executive director since 1999, is resigning at the end of his current contract, effective Dec. 31.

    "I...

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