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  • 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...
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  • 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...

  • Bearing witness a world away from L.A.

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Two weeks ago, The Journal published an essay by Janice Kamenir-Reznik, founding president of the nonprofit Jewish World Watch, as she and two other JWW leaders departed for a two-week trip to Chad to visit Darfur refugees. As a coalition of about 60 Los Angeles-area synagogues,...
  • A gefilte fish story, Art of Brain

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Disney's Darling

    "Among all of you, I'm a gefilte fish out of water," said Dick Cook, referring to his non-Jewish-sounding name. The Walt Disney Studios chair joked that Disney is the synagogue he most often attends, and instead of an eight-pronged menorah, there's Snow White and the...

  • Smiles, golden oldies, happy days

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Smiles 'Round the World

    Operation Smile held another star-studded fundraiser, raking in $2.5 million for November's World Journey of Smiles, which conducts 40 simultaneous medical missions in 25 countries to help 5,000 children. Wallis Annenberg and Sy Goldberg were lauded for their...

  • Party like it’s 5768—Persian style, JCafeLA, Billy Crystal

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Party Like It's 5768!

    OK, I admit it: I partied during the High Holy Days. It wasn't all fun and games of course -- I spent a great deal of time considering my deeds and misdeeds of the past year, and that kind of repenting is exhausting. After intense reflection and days upon days...

  • 5767: News of the Jewish year in review

    By Justin Sulsky

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Here's a chronology of some of the top news items of the past year:

    September 2006

    • Yeshiva University announced that its immediate past chairman, fertilizer and oil magnate Ronald Stanton, was giving $100 million to the school -- believed to be the highest amount of money ever...

  • Locals push to expand social action and justice efforts

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Anne Factor never forgot the teenage memories of her grandmother struggling through the twilight of life in nursing homes, which treated their elderly charges more like widgets than dignified beings.

    "I saw these places," said Factor, now 47 and active in the Social Justice Committee...

  • Technion group fetes two, magic makeover mitzvah, Brad Garrett helps M.A.W.

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Terrific Technology

    These days, money is not merely for the material but the technical. The contributions of two local residents, Robert A. Davidow of Los Angeles and Janey Sweet of Malibu, to the American Technion Society (ATS) have resulted in groundbreaking achievements in water...

  • Teens and philanthropy are a MATCH

    By Cliff Henry Zimmerman

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Survivor. No, not the television show, as I wish were the case. A young Jewish woman and personal friend, Amy Farber, is a real survivor who was diagnosed with LAM (short for the fatal lung disease lymphangioleiomyomatosis) a few years ago, when she was 35.

    I met Amy Farber last...

  • Does Hollywood give Jewish?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This is what Hollywood's old-school Jewish philanthropy looks like: 900 Jews worried about anti-Semitism sitting inside the International Hall of the Beverly Hilton.

    Holocaust survivors sit side-by-side with some of entertainment's biggest big shots. Onstage, the American and...

  • Eli Broad: An ‘unreasonable’ man on an urgent mission

    By Tom Tugend

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Eli Broad is Los Angeles' biggest philanthropist, Jewish or otherwise. He is also a highly unreasonable man, judging by the George Bernard Shaw quote on the first page of his foundations' annual report.

    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in...

  • Rambam’s Bunnies

    By Rob Eshman

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Just after I returned from vacation, I found myself at the Playboy Mansion.

    I know -- that sounds redundant.

    But I have a perfectly good explanation for going there, so good my wife almost believed it. I went to Playboy for the articles.

    The Jewish Journal's annual Giving issue --...

  • Should charity for the homeless begin at home?

    By David Klinghoffer

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Among Jews and Christians, there is much confusion about the Bible's preferred course for addressing the needs of poor Americans, the dominant assumption being that support for the impoverished is a public responsibility.

    Recently, the issue came up in the Seattle suburb where I...

  • Teens tackle tzedakah dollars

    By Julie G Fax

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Courtney Teller knows all about giving. The high school sophomore won the community service award at Archer School for Girls, and her grandmother, Annette Shapiro, is a legendary volunteer and philanthropist in the Los Angeles Jewish community.

    But it was the parking situation at a...

  • Night Music, JFS, Tobin et al.

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A Little Night Music

    The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity recently held a memorial concert to honor the legacy of founding visionary John Rauch.

    In support of its mission to sustain Jewish identity through creativity, the center hosted an afternoon of international Jewish...
  • Nice helpers, ADL Achievers and Young Leaders

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    BearY Nice Helpers

    The Help Group's Teddy Bear Picnic lived up to its cuddly moniker on June 12 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel with lots of warm, feel-good moments. More than 450 people attended the 30th annual spring luncheon benefiting children with special needs, which began with a...
  • Fred Hayman Week in Beverly Hills

    By Norma Zager

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Fred Hayman Feted

    The city of Beverly Hills pulled out all the stops recently with a lavish black-tie affair to honor philanthropist, retail legend and Rodeo Drive Committee founder Fred Hayman. City Council members announced the renaming of the street -- between his famed Giorgio...
  • Briefs: Peres elected President of Israel; Oprah criticized for pro-Israel stance

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Peres Elected President of Israel

    Shimon Peres became Israel's ninth president. In parliamentary voting Wednesday, the longtime leader defeated rival Knesset members Reuven Rivlin and Colette Avital. Rivlin and Avital dropped out after the first round, having received 37 and 21...
  • Teen power, distinguished student,  defenders of free speech

    By Norma Zager

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Power of teens

    The power of kids helping kids has long been a tool used by Teen Line to aid teenagers in their struggles to break free from abuse and reach their potential.

    Knowing the value of confronting problems head-on, the kids at this peer crisis hot line associated with...
  • Saluting the Alliance; Bully for Binah; Right on, Rifkinds!

    By Norma Zager

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Allies in Education

    Philanthropists Beth and Joshua Friedman and Alliance board of director's president, Raymond R. Michaud Jr., were feted for their charitable endeavors and dedication to education, at the 2007 awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    The upbeat evening...
  • Circuit: LAJFF, Nimoy, Smart

    By Norma Zager

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Festival of Magen Davids

    The second annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) kicked off April 21 at the Writers' Guild of America Theatre in Beverly Hills with the world premiere of Hilary Helstein's "As Seen Through These Eyes." The Maya Angelou-narrated documentary looks at...
  • Lauding Leiweke; Charitable home run; Friedman reappointed

    By Norma Zager

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Lauding Leiweke

    AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke recently received the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) Humanitarian Award at the ADL Entertainment Industry Awards. Los Angeles Police Department Chief William J. Bratton presented the award at Staples Center.

    More than 600 people...
  • Hillcrest Honors ProS; Ancient Digs; Feinstein’s Fanfare

    By Norma Zager

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Hillcrest Honors ProS

    Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California (JCPSC) recently met at Hillcrest Country Club to discuss their upcoming June 5 Annual Awards Banquet. The event will honor professionals in numerous categories for outstanding achievements.

    More than 50...
  • Good friends; Keeping the Covenant; Marvelous Mandy

    By Norma Zager

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Good friends

    The ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire was overflowing with well-wishers there to honor uber-philanthropist Marilyn Ziering and renowned professor Gidi Rechavi at the Friends of Sheba Medical Center dinner March 18. Attendees watched a video chronicling Mordechai Shani...
  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Terrorist Expert Feted
    Noted terrorism expert Steve Emerson was presented with a special proclamation from Beverly Hills by former Mayor Steve Webb.

    Emerson, one of the foremost experts on terrorism, works closely with law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community. He has...

  • It’s all about Queen Esther, Life after the Nobel

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's All About Queen Esther

    Marry the king, save your people and be the queen. Such a deal! It's all in a day's work for Queen Esther -- and would be a pretty good deal for any woman, if she could get it. To celebrate Esther, a team of professional makeup artists gave a dozen lucky...

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