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  • On Giving Tuesday, remembering one of its champions

    December 2, 2014 | 3:02 pm

    Today is the third annual Giving Tuesday, the day when Americans are urged to make charitable contributions — and when many philanthropies encourage them with matching campaigns.

    It’s also the first since Sol Adler, one of the initiative’s key champions, committed suicide.

    As...

  • Letters to the editor: Har Nof attack, Jewish journalism, Obama and more

    November 25, 2014 | 9:05 am

    Revenge Recourse

    No debate: The heinous slaughter in a Jerusalem synagogue was an example of unmitigated evil (“Celebrating the Murder of Jews,” Nov. 21). The subsequent celebrations by some people in Gaza and the West Bank were offensive, sad, disturbing and indicative of...

  • Glorya Kaufman: The philanthropist who loves dance

    By Avishay Artsy

    November 20, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    When Glorya Kaufman was a little girl, she had a dream.

    “When I was 7 or 8 years old, I wanted to have an orphanage. So I think it’s always been in me to give and to care,” she said. Then she laughed and added, “That was probably from Annie Rooney,” referring to the popular comic...

  • Sharing tzedakah with the next generation

    November 20, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    Like many doting grandparents, Peggy and Ed Robin have given their grandchildren small cash gifts over the years. Last year, they upped the ante and made a significant gift to each of the seven.

    This time, though, the money came with a caveat: It had to be given away.

    The...

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  • New Jew name changes to de Toledo High School

    By Ryan Torok

    November 5, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) in West Hills soon will be changing its name to de Toledo High School in honor of what one official is calling a “transformative” gift.

    The decision by the school’s board of trustees was made Oct. 22, following a recent donation — the size...

  • Funding a Jewish future

    September 12, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    When Allen Alevy was 12 years old, he was called to the Torah for the first time. Although he hadn’t yet had a bar mitzvah, his maternal grandfather’s Orthodox synagogue was one man shy of a minyan

    Alevy, who attended morning services regularly, recalls feeling so honored that...

  • Study reveals the who, what and where of Jewish giving

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 31, 2013 | 8:48 am

    When Jews feels connected to their community, money will flow – to Jewish causes and elsewhere.

    That, in short, is the main finding of a broad new nationwide study of American Jewish philanthropy. Coordinated by Jumpstart, a Los Angeles-based think tank and incubator for...

  • Doheny Meats buyer Shlomo Rechnitz on business, philanthropy

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 24, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    Fifteen years ago, Shlomo Rechnitz co-founded TwinMed, a wholesaler of medical supplies serving nursing homes. Since then, Rechnitz has founded, or bought, and grown a number of other businesses, including Brius Healthcare, now the largest operator of nursing homes in California. 

    ...
  • Seeking impact, Jewish funders convene in L.A.

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 19, 2013 | 4:16 pm

    “Philanthropy is what you’ll be remembered for,” Jewish Funders Network (JFN) President Andrés Spokoiny told the 400 attendees at the Beverly Hilton on March 18, the first full day of the group’s annual conference. “Philanthropy is your legacy.”

    What the legacies of Jewish...

  • As Israel’s economy grows, more Israelis are giving to charity

    December 6, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    At Hadassah's centennial celebration in October, 2,000 guests heard about two major philanthropic projects being undertaken by the women's Zionist group: a new tower and a new cardiovascular wellness center at its Jerusalem hospitals.

    The tower, which was dedicated at the...

  • Richard Sandler: A philanthropic life

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 20, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    In 2007, when philanthropist Stanley Gold was asked to become board chair of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, he knew he would need an effective partner to accomplish the reinvention of Federation he envisioned. 

    Gold met with Richard Sandler, executive vice...

  • Letters to the Editor: Milk, languages, kindergarten, breakfast, philanthropy

    June 27, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    More on Milk

    Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is restirring a tempest in a glass of milk (“How Kosher Is Your Milk,” June 22). This issue was addressed in great detail in the fall 2007 issue of the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society in the article “The Kashrut of Commercially...

  • Philanthropy project puts teens in charge

    June 6, 2012 | 1:22 pm

    Solly Hess, West Coast regional director of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY), was looking for ways to get Jewish teenagers motivated about charitable giving last summer. With the help of Brandon Lurie, a YULA Boys student and NCSY regional board member, he came up...

  • Super Bowl features super Jewish philanthropists

    January 31, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    When the New York Giants and New England Patriots take the field for Sunday’s Super Bowl, most of the country will focus on the athletes wearing the jerseys. However, from a Jewish perspective, the story behind these football franchises comes from those wearing suits in the...

  • Mazon doling out $3 million in grants to fight hunger

    June 28, 2011 | 10:26 am

    Mazon said it has awarded more than $3 million in grants for 2011 to agencies dedicated to fighting hunger.

    The grant recipients announced Tuesday by the Jewish nonprofit organization included about two dozen organizations from around the world, including Israel, South Africa,...

  • Obama to donors: Israel and the U.S. need ‘fresh eyes’

    June 21, 2011 | 8:30 am

    President Obama told Jewish donors to his reelection campaign that Israel and the United States must assess the new Middle East with “fresh eyes.”

    “Both the United States and Israel are going to have to look at this new landscape with fresh eyes,” Obama said Monday night at an event...

  • Jewish philanthropist Jack Mandel dies

    May 16, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Jack Mandel, a leader in Jewish philanthropy in the United States and Israel, has died.

    Mandel died May 12; he was 99.

    He and his brothers, Morton and Joseph, started Premier Automotive Supply in a small storefront in Cleveland and built the business into one of the largest...

  • Letters to the Editor: Survivor’s pension, Philanthropy, Passover Seder, Jane Harman, Tom Cruise

    May 3, 2011 | 7:08 pm

    Holocaust Survivors’ Pensions

    We appreciate The Jewish Journal’s recognition of the work being done by Bet Tzedek’s Holocaust Survivors Justice Network (HSJN) (“Holocaust Survivors Win Modest Pensions,” April 29). However, there were some glaring omissions that merit...

  • Sam Nazarian dubbed most powerful West Coast nightclub operator

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 23, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    The L.A. Times recently named L.A. area Iranian Jewish businessman Sam Nazarian as the most powerful nightclub owner on the West Coast after his company, SBE Group recently acquired its largest Los Angeles night-life competitor, Syndicate Hospitality. The move now gives Nazarian’s...

  • Options for Family Philanthropy

    March 8, 2011 | 6:22 pm

    Baruch S. Littman is vice president of development for the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, which manages total charitable assets exceeding $700 million.

    With the wealth creation of the past 25 years, a generation of recently minted millionaires is now contemplating the...

  • Peace Corps at 50 draws volunteers over 50

    February 22, 2011 | 6:45 pm

    Lillian Mizrahi is not your typical Peace Corps volunteer. She first considered joining 40 years ago, when she moved to Los Angeles from the Bronx, but her life became busy with children and a career.

    “Two years ago, I got a postcard that said, ‘Baby Boomers, we want you,’...

  • Jewish fund calls for grant proposals

    By Ryan Torok

    February 22, 2011 | 6:38 pm

    The Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund of Los Angeles (JVPF), in collaboration with The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, is currently seeking grant proposals. Any local, national and Israel-based Jewish nonprofit can submit a request for funds.

    Grant proposals are due by 5...

  • The Giving Pledge

    By Rob Eshman

    August 10, 2010 | 2:42 pm

    Last week, 40 of the world’s richest families and individuals signed the Giving Pledge, each promising to give away at least half of their fortune to philanthropy before they die. A large number of the signatories are Jewish. This column is for them.

    I won’t presume to tell any...

  • Windmueller’s Wise Take

    By Rob Eshman

    September 29, 2009 | 5:04 pm

    Over at the always useful ejewishphilanthropy.com, Prof. Steven Windmueller posts a major thought piece on the revolution occurring in Jewish organizational life today. I gobbled up every insight, as I see the truth of them play out in stories I hear over and over throughout the...

  • Friedman, Karatz Criminal Charges Rock L.A. Philanthropic Community

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 11, 2009 | 6:38 pm

    On March 4, Bruce Friedman, a Sherman Oaks-based mortgage banker, was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with orchestrating a $216 million real estate investment fraud.

    The news came as yet another big blow to Los Angeles’ philanthropic community, as...

  • Anger replaces shock as Madoff scam puts spotlight on charity boards

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 30, 2008 | 6:42 pm

    Anger has begun to supplant shock as those who contribute to prominent Jewish charities or work on their behalf gasp for comprehension of the unprecedented percussion that the Bernard L. Madoff investment fraud is having on their favorite causes.

    While Madoff himself is a primary...

  • Pyramid power (not)

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 24, 2008 | 2:12 am

    ALTTEXT

  • Bush should pardon Mike Milken

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 18, 2008 | 3:38 am

    I sat alone in Michael Milken's office several years back and listened as he interrupted our conversation to take a phone call. It wasn't the first time.

    On an almost daily basis, surely no week passes without a fresh example, Milken and his colleagues personally field calls from...

  • Stunned local groups start to count losses as list of Madoff’s victims grows

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 16, 2008 | 8:32 pm

    It didn't take long for Bernard Madoff's arrest in New York for running an alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme to send shockwaves through Los Angeles' Jewish community.

    The growing list of victims in Los Angeles from the meltdown at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC reads...

  • Madoff’s ‘unspeakable evil’ shocks those who thought they knew him well

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 16, 2008 | 8:21 pm


    AP Video: How a Ponzi scheme works


    In April 2004, Bernard L. Madoff and his wife, Ruth, devised a plan to save Jewish lives.

    In the effort to bolster Gift of Life, a Florida-based nonprofit that maintains a unique Jewish bone marrow registry, the Madoffs funded and helped roll out an...

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