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  • Number of Israeli poor drops slightly

    November 17, 2011 | 11:02 am

    The number of poor in Israel dropped last year to its lowest levels since 2003, but one-third of Israeli children are living below the poverty line, according to a new report.

    The National Insurance Institute’s 2010 poverty report shows that some 433,300 Israeli households,...

  • Netanyahu unveils plan to combat housing crunch

    July 26, 2011 | 8:17 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled sweeping housing reforms in Israel.

    Netanyahu convened a news conference with his finance and construction ministers Tuesday to announce a plan under which Israel will provide low-rent housing for students and the poor, ease regulations on...

  • L.A.'s Top Ten Mensches: Our fourth-annual salute to big-hearted Angelenos

    December 31, 2008 | 7:44 pm

    "It is hard to convey the special sense of respect, dignity and approbation that can be conveyed by calling someone 'a real mensch,'" writes Leo Rosten in "The Joys of Yiddish."

    The Yiddish word infuses the basic German denotation -- "person" -- with an almost indefinable...
  • Food prices squeeze Israel’s needy

    By Dina Kraft

    July 21, 2008 | 5:21 pm

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – It’s mid-afternoon and Michael Dahan is buying food for his first meal of the day. With rising food prices compounding his already dire economic situation, it has become his habit to skip meals, he admits.

    “What can I do?” the unemployed 49-year-old says with a...

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  • AUDIO: Iranian American Jews —reaching out to poor and homeless in the city

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 29, 2008 | 12:16 am

    Local Iranian American Jews are reaching out to the poor and homeless in the city of Los Angeles

    http://jewishjournal.com/audio/IAJPodCast20080422.mp3

    From Karmel Melamed’s Iranian American Jews blog.

  • Yes on Measure H: a measure of humanity

    By Rob Eshman

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Has anyone else noticed that the only difference between your local Starbucks and your local homeless shelter is the shelter has a faster turnover?

    Every Starbucks I visit these days, from Koreatown to Santa Monica, has its own homeless population. Calling these men and women...
  • Jewish Poor Fear Stigma of Poverty

    By Marc Ballon

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For Albert Osher, life was good. The co-owner of a Fairfax antique store that registered annual sales of $100,000, he enjoyed romantic dinners with his live-in girlfriend, theater and movies. To prepare for his impending retirement, the now-78-year-old New York native stashed away...

  • Agencies’ Funding Cuts Hurts Assistance for Southland Poor

    By Marc Ballon

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Like their clients, several local Jewish agencies that serve the poor are struggling mightily.

    Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) and other Jewish nonprofits have recently lost millions in government funding at a time when demand for their services has skyrocketed. That has strained...

  • Human Atonement or Animal Cruelty?

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Early morning on the day before Yom Kippur, groups of Jews will be gathering to hold squawking chickens by the feet and twirl them over their head while chanting a prayer. After the twirling, the chickens will be ritually slaughtered and given to the poor.

    Kaparos, literally...

  • Food Poverty Grows in Israel

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When, not so long ago, the director of an Israeli nonprofit organization noticed that an employee would appear at work every Sunday morning so fatigued that he could barely function, he issued him a stern warning to "stop partying so hard on Saturday nights."

    The gaunt-looking...

  • Cuban Jews’ Plight Sparks Drive to Help

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Tourist Cuba is a bit like a time-machine ride through a Cold War theme park. Vintage Detroit autos rumble past charming Havana hotels refurbished to their pre-revolutionary glory. Posters for featured movies at a film festival keep company with ones that blare slogans like, "La...

  • A ‘Caring Heart’ for Israel’s Forgotten

    By Miriyam Glazer

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the grim underground parking lot of the Rishon LeZion shopping mall in central Israel, hundreds of men and women of all ages are nervously sitting, standing restlessly or milling around, their faces weary, their eyes expectant. Judging from the range of skin tones, clothing styles...

  • Explaining the Argentine Enigma

    By Marcos Aguinis

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Several years ago, economist and sociologist Paul Samuelson proposed dividing the world into four categories: the rich countries, the poor countries, Japan and Argentina. Everyone knows the state of rich countries and poor countries. However, no one understands why Japan is doing so...

  • The Invisible Population

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The first time I saw a beggar on the streets of Los Angeles I was shocked. The man, disheveled and filthy, stood on the freeway offramp with a tattered sign: "Will Work for Food." Sure, there are beggars in Calcutta and panhandlers in New York, but not here! I stared at him for a...
  • The Honeymoon is Over

    By Eric Silver

    February 24, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    Nine months after Ehud Barak took office as "everybody's prime minister," the honeymoon is over -- with his voters, coalition allies and Arab partners in the quest for peace. It is too early to write him off, but the Labor leader can no longer rely on loyalty or goodwill to see him...
  • L.A.‘s Ultimate Power Broker

    By Joel Kotkin

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Eli Broad (left) is the primary moving force behind thefinancing of the downtown Disney Concert Hall designed by architectFrank Gehry, lining up corporations to drop megabucks into theproject..

    For most of this century, Los Angeles has been a city of twoelites -- one predominately...

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