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  • Adding Mitzvah Multiplies Simcha

    By Donna Gordon Blankinship

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sometimes the smallest details are the ones that make the biggest impression. You remember the pretty napkins or the mints with dessert. You remember the bride walking down the aisle with both her parents instead of just her father. You remember the way the bat mitzvah girl wore a...

  • Vocational Service Gains Career Center

    By Marc Ballon

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    To Vivian Seigel, Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) is a living, breathing entity that must grow with the times or risk irrelevance. That's why the organization she heads announced in April that it had acquired a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that, like JVS, provides an array of...

  • Charities Ask L.A. to Help Israel’s Poor

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ask Abraham Israel about hungry people in Israel and he gets exasperated.

    "The situation is pathetic," said Israel, the founder of Hazon Yeshaya, a charity that supports seven soup kitchens. "It's terrible, terrible, terrible. We're feeding 5,000 people a day. For Passover we needed...

  • 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...

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  • Q & A With Robby Berman

    By Julie G Fax

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Robby Berman was a journalist living in Israel writing about organ donation when he came across some alarming facts: Out of 200 people who were declared brain-stem dead in a given year, only 70 families agreed to organ donation -- giving Israel the lowest percentage of organ donors...

  • Learning Reshaped at Europe’s Limmud

    By Andrew Morris

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Two Jews, three opinions. That old adage may explain a lot about communal strife, but for a precious few days in the English Midlands, a multitude of Jewish opinions were welcomed at an educational conference that is a paragon of communal harmony.

    Now in its 23rd year, the Limmud...

  • Grappling With Competing Needs

    By Rachel Pomerance

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While most participants at the North American Jewish federation system's annual conference were happy just to be in Israel this week, the network's decision makers were grappling with another matter -- funding for overseas partners.

    The issue has become so contentious, in fact, that...

  • Read Your Way to Cultural Literacy

    By Sarah B. Boxer

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Julie Sandorf recalls her immigrant grandparents telling her that they learned to be Americans at the public library, where they improved their English and learned more about American culture.

    Now Sandorf wants this generation of Americans to use the public library to learn to be...

  • 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...

  • New Producers Join Chabad Telethon

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad's annual "L'Chaim -- To Life!" telethon will look a little different this Sept. 14 since two new producers are helming the 23-year-old fundraiser.

    Barry Silver, who worked on "The Howie Mandel Show" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and Michael G. Levin, who worked as a...

  • Arab Groups Assail Bush Appointment

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish and Arab leaders say President Bush's appointment of Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes to a federal think tank -- despite the objections of Arab groups and some congressional Democrats -- offers a window into White House thinking on Middle East issues.

    Bush's Aug. 22...

  • Promoting Medical Care in Israel

    By Beverly Gray

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Even when Jews packed medical school classrooms, there were few organizations dedicated to their special concerns. Today, most schools lack active associations for Jewish students. As Carol Ghatan puts it, "The Jewish medical student gets lost sometimes."

    Ghatan, both the daughter...

  • Hirschfeld Dismissal Shocks, Frustrates

    By Marc Ballon

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The recent layoff of Michael Hirschfeld, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), has set off a firestorm of criticism in the community and raised questions about the priorities of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

    Federation President John...

  • Communities Find Light in Darkness

    By Rachel Pomerance

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It was Thursday afternoon, three days before 1,800 Jewish kids were to arrive for the final week of the JCC Maccabi games, and 40 delegation leaders were ironing out the logistics at a New Jersey hotel.

    That's when the lights and the air conditioning went dead, and the room quickly...

  • Center Responds to Critical News Story

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Since its beginning in 1977 as a one-man institution dedicated to Holocaust remembrance, the Simon Wiesenthal Center is now perhaps among the most visible and vocal Jewish voices in the United States.

    It bills itself as an international human rights organization, claims more than...

  • Kosher Feng Shui

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jayme Barrett wants you to close your bathroom door and keep the toilet seat down.

    That is the feng shui (pronounced fung shway) way of assuring that the positive energy that comes from clearing out your clutter and creating love, wealth and fame will stay in the appropriate places...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Power Lunch

    "One land, one people, one bond."

    A powerful slogan for any organization, but all the more powerful coming from State of Israel Bonds, which held its "Women of Power" annual spring luncheon, organized by Israel Bonds' Golda Meir Club, at the Four Seasons Hotel.

    This...

  • Jewish Churchgoers on the Rise

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's Sunday morning at the Church of Ocean Park, a Methodist church in Santa Monica that strangely lacks overt Christian insignia: there are no crosses or crucified Jesuses decorating the walls, but the stained-glass windows do picture a bearded figure tending to a flock of sheep,...

  • Moving Beyond Ladies Who Lunch

    By Rachel Brand

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dorraine Gilbert is happily married. But she hasn't forgotten what life was like when she wasn't.

    During the five years after she was divorced from her first husband, the enthusiastic 57-year-old recalls returning to Hadassah. She had hoped that the organization would provide her...

  • StandWithUs Hosts Second Conference

    By Rachel Brand

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When 14-year-olds Kobi Mandel and Yosef Ishran were found brutally stoned to death by Palestinian terrorists on May 9, 2001, Jews around the world mourned. For L.A. residents Roz and Jerry Rothstein, the tragedy was the last straw.

    The husband and wife team gathered nearly 50 Jewish...

  • Holocaust Programs Focus on Education

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What do the Kurds have to do with Holocaust? More than you might think.

    When Fran Lapides discusses the plight of this Middle Eastern minority group with her high school students, she notes the similarities to the way the Jews were persecuted during the Holocaust.

    "Why do some...

  • Haitian Songs

    By H. Eric Schockman

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The following piece was written after a recent trip to Haiti, during which a delegation from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger was hosted by the Lambi Fund, one of MAZON'S longtime grantees.

    It starts with a song. Soft at first, then louder, like slow rolling thunder, gentle...

  • Bonded by Ghetto

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Irene Gutovicz remembers the days when members of the local group of philanthropic Holocaust survivors, known as The Lodzer Organization of California, would donate a bowl of borscht or a plate of kugel.

    "We started from nothing, having lunches. People would bring something,"...

  • All Is Not Lost

    By Leonard Fein

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In case you haven't noticed -- but of course you have -- these are not the best of times. There are even those who assert they are the worst of times, but on the perfectly reasonable supposition that things can always get still worse, I won't go that far.

    You've also noticed that...

  • Is Hollywood Against the War?

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Across the country, Americans are wondering, "Why is Hollywood against the war?"

    On TV programs and TV and radio talk shows, in magazines and newspapers, they see actors and actresses opining, talking the talk and walking the anti-war walk. This has led to a separate thread of...

  • ‘JAM’-packed Campus Outreach

    By Rachel Brand

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's not unusual to see 60 students cramming into an nonairconditioned duplex on fraternity row on a Saturday night at UCLA -- unless those students happen to be surrounding a havdalah candle singing Hebrew songs.

    But so it is on this warm winter Saturday night, as a crowd of Jewish...

  • Marriage, Italian Style!

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    First came that little movie about Greek Americans. Now Joey and Maria are getting married -- and the entire Jewish community is invited. Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services is throwing "A Big Fat Italian Wedding" on March 1 to raise money for its Presidents Club, a group that...

  • American Jews and Saddam: A Lesson from the 1930s?

    By Dr. Rafael Medoff

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Should American Jews support U.S. military action to remove Saddam Hussein from power? This question, which is the focus of so much discussion  in the Jewish community today, echoes a dilemma that wracked American Jewry during the 1930s.

    American public opinion during the 1930s...

  • Pumping Up the Bottom Line

    By Marc Ballon

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On Sunday, Feb. 23, 800 volunteers from across the Southland will staff the phones from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. to raise money for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. They will try to coax extra money out of existing donors and recruit new ones to the cause of Jewish giving.

    ...
  • Hadassah Encourages Women to ‘Check Out’ Program

    By Journal Staff

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Janine McMillion was 29 when she married, entered her third year of law school and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, the Huntington Beach resident is an employment lawyer, whose survival story was the centerpiece of "Check It Out," an early-detection program for youth put on...

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