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  • Poverty causes crime?

    By Dennis Prager

    November 12, 2014 | 9:43 am

    One of the first clues that this Columbia-educated, liberal, Democrat, New York Jew had that there was something wrong at the heart of progressive/left-wing thought was when I read and was taught over and over that “poverty causes crime.”

    I knew from the first that this was...

  • Met Council’s William Rapfogel sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison

    July 23, 2014 | 10:00 am

    William Rapfogel, the former chief of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme.

    Rapfogel, the longtime executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, also was...

  • California: Stop Punishing Poor Families!

    By Maya Paley

    May 29, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Over one million children living in poverty in California rely on CalWORKS, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program, for cash assistance each month. But California is one of 24 states that implemented a classist, prejudiced, and harmful policy in the...

  • VIDEO: Holocaust Survivors 2014 - Faces, Not Numbers

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 20, 2014 | 5:15 am

    On Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014, Israel Social TV reflects on the government’s treatment of the 200,000 living Holocaust survivors in Israel. We attended a new photographic exhibit in Jaffa titled “Holocaust Survivors 2014” and asked the following question. How well is the...

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  • WATCH: English Language Social Order Magazine Edition 4

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 12, 2014 | 5:00 am

    In this edition of Israel Social TV's English langage Social Order Magazine, we examine:

    1. In response to Israeli fears over the Palestinian Authority acceding to 15 international treaties before becoming a state, Israel Social TV wonders who else asked to join international...

  • Poverty is not a disgrace, nor is it filthy.

    By Maya Paley

    May 3, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    I have this calendar of Yiddish sayings on my desk. I never really think about the sayings on the calendar. I just tear off each day’s page so that I feel like I’m making good use of this gift I got from my grandparents’ friends. But today I arrived at the office and quickly...

  • Report: One-quarter of Israelis—and 37 percent of kids—live in poverty

    December 4, 2012 | 9:43 am

    The numbers tell a consistent storyline: Nearly one in four Israelis lives in poverty.

    A report last week by Israel’s National Insurance Institute showed that 1.8 million of Israel’s 8 million people live below the poverty line.

    In 2011, the year for which the report was...

  • One-third of Israelis are at risk of poverty, report says

    October 18, 2012 | 9:21 am

    One-third of Israelis are at risk of poverty, a new Israeli government report shows.

    The Central Bureau of Statistics report issued Wednesday shows that some 31 percent of Israelis were at risk of poverty in 2010, compared to 27 percent 12 years ago. Some 16 percent of European...

  • Scarlett Johansson: Kenyans and Americans all want to work

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 29, 2011 | 11:35 am

    Scarlett Johansson took time from her movie-star day job to speak with Arianna Huffington about poverty and her commitment to making the world a better place. 

    “There are people in America who are absolutely desperate right now, who have no means to support their families, who have...

  • Jewish groups join fight against cuts to poverty assistance

    November 21, 2011 | 10:50 am

    Jewish groups joined prayer rallies and demonstrations in Washington and across the country to urge Congress to preserve federal programs for the poor.

    The rallies called on members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the congressional budget super...

  • More haredi children in Britain are living in poverty

    April 5, 2011 | 10:39 am

    A new report warns of a sharp rise in child poverty in Britain’s haredi Orthodox Jewish community.

    The report says the rise in child poverty is due to the haredi community’s large families, lack of secular education and work skills, and cuts in both charitable giving and state...

  • Sukkot on Skid Row

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 14, 2008 | 1:41 pm

    Today is Sukkot, the Jewish Feast of Booths, an eight-day extravaganza when Jews build godly forts in their yards and dine under the heavens. Last year, I went to a celebration with Latino Christians at Sinai Temple for Sukkot and also wrote about a porn star’s not-so-religious...

  • ‘Hakuna Matata’ meets tikkun olam

    July 31, 2008 | 1:26 am

    On Jan. 3, 2007 I accompanied my family to what I thought would be a normal dinner at a delicious Mexican restaurant. I was wrong.

    That was the night I found out that I would have to leave all of my friends and go away for six and a half months, spending about two months each in...

  • Economic turmoil puts pressure on Jewish community

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 24, 2008 | 2:07 am

    The food pantry would not open for another 40 minutes, but already about a dozen people were waiting in the parking lot, many holding umbrellas to shield themselves from the blistering San Fernando Valley sun. Before day's end, more than 100 people, Jews and non-Jews alike, many...
  • 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...

  • The final indignity

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Bernstein’s Great Wall

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Over the course of a year, I collect books I should read and books I want to read, but -- should have/would have/could have -- many I never get around to reading.

    Over the last few months, as last year came to a close and this new one began, and as a side benefit of watching less TV...

  • Independence creates uncertainty for Kosovo’s Jews

    By Dinah Spritzer

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm


    Celebrations in Kosovo after declaration of independence (CNN)


    On a forlorn road dotted with half-built houses, Ines Quono reflects on her struggle in a land so remote to most Americans it might as well be Oz.

    But instead of a yellow brick road, there is crumbling, mud-drenched...

  • Charedi yuppies

    By David Suissa

    December 26, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Moshe Shapoff was blown away by the look of the building. He was seeing it on a computer screen in three dimensions, and he couldn't believe the level of detail. It was a redesign of a residential building in Jerusalem, which the architect had made bigger, more modern and certainly...
  • Holocaust survivors in L.A.  are still struggling

    By Jane Ulman

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Joshua "Joe" Knobler used to go salsa dancing three times a week. He used to play cards with the guys every day. Now, 88, with both his health and finances failing, he sits home all day in his drab one-room apartment in Valley Village watching television.

    "Television is my life," he...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Teen makes a difference for orphans in Kenya slum

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Instead of splurging on a Wii or a state-of-the-art laptop, Ryan Silver, of Manhattan Beach, donated a portion of his gift money to orphans in a Nairobi slum.

    "I think the best thing you can do is help another person," said Silver, 13. "I have a better life than the kids [in the...

  • Shelter shock uncovers strong personal foundation

    By Jeremy Gumerove

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Brian had just finished lunch when he popped the question: "Do we get dinner too?" He was almost holding his breath. I smiled, nodded and watched his eyes widen in elated disbelief. Lunch and dinner! I felt both shocked and sheltered by his question. I had never met anyone who...
  • One man’s sukkah is another man’s shack

    By Jacob Neusner

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Let me tell you about my Brazilian song. I heard many songs in Brazil, surely the most musical of all countries. The power of dance and music shapes few worlds so forcefully as Brazil's.

    I heard a song for Sukkot in Brazil. It is a song of the shacks in the slums -- that is to say,...

  • Food Stamp diet underscores need to aid the poor

    By H. Eric Schockman

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I'll be the first to admit that cooking isn't my strong suit. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal -- as long as I'm not the person preparing it. In fact, it's come to be somewhat of a joke among my family and friends: If you're hosting a holiday or other...
  • Documentary: Sao Paolo nightmare gives lesson in class warfare

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In "Manda Bala," Jason Kohn's nightmarish documentary of Brazil, a young woman describes how a "secret admirer" kept phoning her home in Sao Paolo. But when she went to meet him, she found the flattery was a ruse to kidnap her and hold her for ransom. She was chained inside a box,...
  • 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...

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