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  • Q&A with showbiz power broker Irv Weintraub:  Why doesn’t Hollywood give Jewish?

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 17, 2008 | 1:08 am

    Irv Weintraub, chief operating officer of the William Morris Agency, talks about his distaste for business travel, the philanthropic flipside of Hollywood excess and why Jews in entertainment don't support Israel.

    The Jewish Journal: What's the best thing about your job?
    Irv...
  • A coup for Hebrew U—Gates to accept award

    By Jacob Berkman

    July 8, 2008 | 6:03 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Usually a “mazel tov” would go to the person being honored, but this week the American Friends of the Hebrew University is accepting congratulations for convincing one of the world’s richest men to accept an award.

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates will receive the...

  • Bill Gates to receive Einstein award from American Friends of the Hebrew University

    July 7, 2008 | 7:54 pm

    American Friends of The Hebrew University announced today that Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates will be honored with the first Einstein Award in recognition of his philanthropic endeavors and impact on the world through Microsoft.

    According to organizers, the award marks...
  • Under-40s reshape Jewish engagement, report finds

    By Sue Fishkoff

    June 25, 2008 | 10:24 pm

    Close to 3,500 people showed up the evening of Dawn, an all-night Shavuot celebration at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum on June 7. Mostly in their 20s and 30s, they'd come ready to spend the night marking a Jewish holiday with performance art, dancing to live bands,...

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  • Free at last!

    By Rob Eshman

    June 5, 2008 | 2:36 pm

    Last Sunday night (June 1) in an amphitheatre outside Jerusalem, I had a flash of insight into how to get disaffected Jews excited and involved in Jewish life: Make it free!

    I was at something called the Birthright Israel Mega Event. Birthright is the eight-year-old program that has...

  • Polished Diamonds

    By Rob Eshman

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    One of the benefits of the creation of the State of Israel is the creativity and industry of the Israeli people ... living in Los Angeles.

    Yes, the Zionist ideal is that all Jews would move to Israel, and those born there would grow up to be proud citizens of a noble land, etc., etc....

  • A birthday gift

    By David Suissa

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Here we are, Jews in every corner of the world, awash in a frenzy of celebrations for Israel -- all because of a birthday. And not just any birthday, mind you, but one that ends in a zero.

    In a marketing-obsessed world, milestones give us an easy way to promote our brands. For...

  • Scene and Heard

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Helen Freeman talks to fifth- and sixth-graders at Echo Horizon School

    Holocaust survivor Helen Freeman tells fifth- and sixth-graders at Echo Horizon School in Culver City on March 6 how she met her husband, Joseph Freeman, before being forced into internment at Auschwitz. The couple was reunited when they were wandering the streets of their hometown,...

  • No food will be wasted if Joseph Gitler has his way

    By  Orit Arfa

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In the city of Ra'anana, in the center of Israel, the corporate cafeteria at the publicly traded Amdocs high-tech company is full of young executives and IT specialists finishing up their lunch break.

    The cafeteria is the size of a fancy Las Vegas hotel buffet, with countless stalls...

  • With economy faltering, nonprofits brace for recession

    By Jacob Berkman

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Americans continue to default on their mortgages in numbers not seen since the Great Depression. Banks continue to become more reticent about lending money. The stock market continues a herky-jerky tumble downhill.

    The finance industry is still roiling from last month's stunning...

  • New UC president Yudof is part of a dynamic duo

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Wedged among the usual academic honors and awards in the official biography of Mark G. Yudof, unanimously chosen last week by a search committee as the next president of the massive University of California system, are entries that Yudof and his wife, Judy, are co-recipients of a...
  • Sabans give $10 million to ‘lifesaving’ Free Clinic

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Walking through the doors of the Los Angeles Free Clinic was much easier for Cheryl Saban last week than it was 25 years ago. Back then, she was a newly divorced mother of two young girls with little child support and a poor paying job as an office administrator. With an apartment,...
  • Broad’s $45 million theater complex to open

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Broad-way Comes to Santa Monica

    There's a new theater nearing completion on Santa Monica Boulevard that's promising patrons they'll never have to drive east of the 405 for high culture again. The Broad Stage of Santa Monica College, a $45 million dream project conceived at a dinner...

  • Darfur project cooks up first for Bronfman prize

    By Tom Tugend

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The simplest innovations sometimes lead to the greatest rewards, as Rachel Andres learned this week when she was named the 2008 recipient of the $100,000 Charles Bronfman Prize.

    The annual prize is awarded to a person or team under 50 years of age, whose Jewish values spark...

  • Support for Sderot is strong at L.A. benefit concert

    By Dikla Kadosh

    March 2, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Republican presidential candidate John McCain pronounced the name "Sharat." Latina actress and singer Maria Conchita Alonso added a throaty "ch" sound to the end of the word. Even several Israelis, including Israel's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni,...
  • Briefs: Seeds of Peace extends past Summer; BBYO offers cash incentive for summer camps

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Seeds of Peace Extends Past Summer

    After a shaky start fighting over a girl they both liked, Joseph Katona, 19, a Jewish Angeleno, and Omar Dreidi, his 19-year-old Palestinian Arab bunkmate, formed a bond that would extend past the two summers they shared at a Seeds of Peace retreat...

  • Broad, Tugend, Goldberg, Hillel

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The 'Other' Broad Museum

    There are days when you're stuck in freeway traffic and wonder why you ever came to Los Angeles. And then there are the moments when you know that there is no other place in the world to live. Such a moment came on Feb. 10, after receiving a handsome...

  • Celebrity-studded event to raise funds for Sderot

    By Dikla Kadosh

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Ninette TayebTwo days after Hollywood's biggest night -- the 80th annual Academy Awards -- the Los Angeles Jewish community will be treated to a celebrity-studded red carpet event of its own: Ninette Tayeb, Israel's reigning pop idol (photo, left), as well as Israeli-born hip-hop violinist Miri...
  • Briefs: Federation’s Super Sunday garners $4.5 million; Sports luminaries honored

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Super Sunday Donations Surpass 2007

    The Jewish community's biggest annual fundraiser garnered $4.5 million in support for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The success of the Super Sunday telethon Feb. 10 edged out the total of $4.4 million raised last year.

    L.A. Mayor...

  • Legends and lies

    By Sam Hall Kaplan

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If the plans follow the promises of its sponsors, the site of the next preeminent national Jewish institution will be in the historic heart of Philadelphia.

    There, steps from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, edging a revitalized Independence Mall, the proposed National Museum...

  • French philanthropist aid to Iranians comes full circle

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Philanthropist Hubert Leven, a French Ashkenazi Jew who recently visited Los Angeles, has ties to the close-knit Iranian Jewish community that go back four generations.

    More than 100 years ago, the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU), a nonprofit educational organization his...

  • Chanukah—it’s not just about a miracle anymore

    By Ben Harris

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One of the Jewish calendar's most widespread and public observances, the Chanukah holiday has traditionally emphasized two miracles: the military victory of Jewish rebels over Greek invaders and the one vial of oil that lasted for eight nights.

    However, just as other holidays have...

  • Have laptop, will prosper

    By Rob Eshman

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Last Shabbat at Sinai Temple Rabbi David Wolpe stood at the bimah to deliver his sermon -- and whipped out his laptop.

    I wasn't there, but I was told not a few of the congregants at the mainstream Conservative shul balked -- what was coming out next, his cell phone? Observant Jews...

  • Americans don’t forget Eastern Europe’s survivors

    By Jane Ulman

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Galina Isakovna's life has never been easy.

    She was 3 months old in 1922 when a pogrom broke out in her Belarusian village. As a band of anti-Semitic thugs stormed her family's home, her mother quickly stashed her under a bed. When the intruders entered the room, cutting up the...

  • These are the faces of the fighters, the survivors

    By Jane Ulman

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    S. Chic Wolk s. chic wolk
    For S. Chic Wolk, studying at the month-long Summer Program in Yiddish in 1988, then held in Oxford, England, was "a rewarding but expensive" experience.

    The Los Angeles resident, who had been raised by Yiddish-speaking immigrant parents in Chicago, was gratified to...

  • Magazine makes GOOD on charity lifestyle

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It was an unusual business model for any magazine, let alone one trying to get off the ground: Recruit subscribers not through direct mail or paid advertising, but by allowing them to earmark their $20 subscription to one of 12 charities.

    But to Ben Goldhirsh, the brains and bread...

  • Birthright program needs wider support

    By Charles R. Bronfman

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Although the High Holy Days have always been a period of introspection, the Jewish community -- at least those in it who care deeply about its future -- could stand to do some especially vigorous soul searching this year.

    The results of a new study, "Beyond Distancing: Young Adult...

  • College students are a new breed of philanthropists

    By Celia Soudry

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's not uncommon for well-established, wealthy members of a community to donate money to various causes, but these days, there's a new breed of philanthropist in town -- the college student.

    University Hillels throughout Southern California are developing philanthropy and...

  • Fundraising the Rabbi Hier way

    By Amy Klein

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Rabbi Marvin Hier moved to Los Angeles in 1977 to establish the Simon Wiesenthal Center, he hadn't had much experience in fundraising. But in creating the Wiesenthal Center, and subsequently the Museum of Tolerance and Yeshiva University of Los Angeles (YULA), he had to learn...
  • Get ready Jewish leaders, the Next Generation is here

    By Julie G Fax

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    We gave them melting ice caps, outsourcing and global terrorism. They're giving us -- energy and optimism?

    If the group of Gen Y-ers -- also known as Millenials or NextGens or iGens -- who gathered for a Jewish leadership conference in Santa Monica last week are any indication, it...

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