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  • Israel confronts shared future with Bedouin citizens

    By Carin M. Smilk

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    At first glance, Um Batin seems almost familiar. It's as if you've glimpsed something like it before in a TV docudrama, or on the glossy pages of National Geographic or as part of a news clip on CNN. It's part Middle Eastern, part African. It's part dust bowl, part fledgling village....
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev reaches out to Bedouin women

    By Dina Kraft

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Every morning, Hana'a Abokaf leaves her village on the slopes of the Negev Desert, where electricity is powered by a generator and camels and goats graze near cinderblock and tin houses.

    Abokaf, 20, rides the bus to the university where she is a first-year medical student. Just by...
  • Realities of poverty and devastation in the Katrina-affected Gulf are still unchanged

    By Mitchell A. Kamin

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's a long way from the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills to the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Plaquemines Parish, La., and the divide is more than geographic.

    Having participated in the Milken Conference in April and traveled to Plaquemines two weeks later, I...
  • Freeing the slaves—in Los Angeles

    By Amy Klein

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Slaves we were in a land not our own...."

    Flor was 29 years old and living with her four children in a small town in Mexico when her newborn became ill.

    "She died because I didn't have money to save her," Flor, who asked that her last name not be used, remembered in an interview...

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  • Poverty in Israel: The divide deepens between the haves and have-nots

    By Dina Kraft

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Photos by Brian Hendler. Slideshow courtesy JTA

    In a shimmering luxury hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Israel's banking and financial elite mingled over cocktails recently with foreign investors as they watched Donald Trump on a live telecast praise the strength of the...

  • Tough neighborhoods, hard times feed cycle of poverty

    By Dina Kraft

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    One advocacy group's look at the problem
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    Lis an unemployed 32-year-old single mother, eight months pregnant with her third child and seems to owe money to everyone -- friends, the government and grocers at the local outdoor produce market, where she has...
  • Israel poverty videos test

    March 5, 2007 | 7:00 pm



    This movie was produced by Shatil for the board meeting of the New Israel Fund.



    8 min 50 sec - Feb 25, 2007 www.shabbatfund.org

    The Jerusalem Shabbat Fund - JSF - providers food coupons l'kavod Shabbat Kodesh for needy Jews throughout Israel.

  • Attention Israelis: Please stop kvetching

    By Larry Derfner

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Excerpt from Israeli TV show "Ktzarim": some troubled people meet for group therapy.
    In Hebrew with English subtitles.
    Click on the BIG ARROW to view.

    ::::::::::::::::::::: Security in Israel now is about as good as it gets. Suicide bombings have become a rarity; just the threat...
  • Iranian Jews struggle with segregation, presumption and assimilation -- how the stranger became the Angeleno

    By Tom Tugend

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A little historical anecdote tells much about the transition of Iranian Jews in Los Angeles over a 25-year span, from strangers to integral -- though distinctive -- members of the larger Jewish community.

    In the late 1970s and early '80s, following Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic...

  • News from the hood, eruv in the air

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Neighborhood Angels

    David Suissa gets it right when he praises the incredible work of selfless individuals ("Neighborhood Angels," Feb. 2). Through their tireless efforts to feed struggling Jewish families, Yaelle and Nouriel Cohen bring honor not only to themselves but also to...

  • Taking responsibility

    By Jonathan Shainberg

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Social Justice seems to be the central theme that pervades just about any Jewish periodical. Open any issue of The Jewish Journal, for instance, and you will see all sorts of articles and editorials related to tikkun olam, acts of charity and kindness that help to repair or perfect...
  • Many aging Shoah survivors are living a new nightmare

    By Marc Ballon

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sammy Moscovitz sits alone in his drab one-room Los Angeles apartment watching cable TV and wondering how he ended up like this.

    Like the frayed sweatshirt he wears, the 75-year-old Holocaust survivor looks tired and a bit rundown. He owns a bed, a dresser, a television, some...

  • King/Drew closing spotlights crisis in health care

    By Catherine Schneider

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Asking the 100,000 uninsured residents of South Los Angeles to take an hourlong bus ride for medical services they may not receive is hardly a solution to the current health-care crisis.

    But that is exactly what the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors did when it approved a...

  • Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha; Sukkot huts inspires home building for homeless

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith dialogue continues locally despite Hathout brouhaha
     
    After the brouhaha surrounding Maher Hathout, the Muslim spokesman who received a human relations prize last month amid protests by some Jewish groups, the state of interfaith relations in Los Angeles may appear to be...
  • Shedding Light on a Dark ‘Rising’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    August 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The film "City of God" shed light on a long-neglected subject, the Third World conditions and inescapable warfare existing in Rio de Janeiro's slums. Now comes "Favela Rising," a documentary that not only limns the tragedy of the favelas, the Brazilian ghettoes, but also tells the...
  • Family Law Center Thanks Its Founding ‘Angel’

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you meet Grace Quinn sunning herself on the patio of her home at Westwood Horizons Retirement Residence or pushing her bright red walker in Trader Joe's, you wouldn't guess that this nonagenarian is one of the founders of Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center.

    In 1981, a...

  • A Side of L.A. the Tour Books Don’t Mention

    By Naomi Glauberman

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I'll admit to a bit of initial wariness about a bus tour through Inglewood, Lennox and Hawthorne, sponsored a couple of Sundays ago by the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA). The three communities just east of LAX have poverty and crime rates far exceeding the averages in L.A....

  • John Fishel

    By Marc Ballon

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Feb. 26, more than 150 volunteers gathered early at the headquarters of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for the annual Super Sunday megafundraiser. Having filled up on conversation, coffee and bagels, the enthusiastic, well-dressed men and women sat side-by-side at...

  • Situation Improves for Argentine Jews

    By Marc B. Haefele

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jorge Telerman, 49-year-old former journalist, professor and Argentine ambassador to Cuba, wanted someday to be mayor of Buenos Aires.

    "But not this way," he told a friend recently.

    As deputy mayor, it was Telerman's fate to be promoted to that post two weeks ago, after a local...

  • To the Promised Land

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Indalo Tegudabaso wore a wide smile on his face as he sat in the departures hall of Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

    Dressed in a crisp yellow shirt and seated beside his wife and infant son, Indalo had waited many years for this moment, the beginning of a new life far...

  • Exodus’ Trail of Woe

    By Uriel Heilman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Just outside the gates of the Jewish aid compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a shantytown of decrepit tin shacks, overcrowded homes and debris-filled byways beckon the reticent visitor.

    Barefoot children stumble amid the flotsam, part of the milieu of stray dogs, mule-drawn carts and...

  • Falash Mura Plight Stirs Support in U.S.

    By Uriel Heilman

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Perhaps no single party outside the Israeli government is as vital to Ethiopian aliyah as the American Jews committed to help paying for it.

    So this month, when the United Jewish Communities (UJC) brought a group of 100 people from America's wealthiest Jewish communities, including...

  • Community Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Gold Train Delivers to Local Agency

    The Hungarian Gold Train has finally pulled into the station, figuratively speaking, bearing $67,536 for Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Los Angeles.

    In the chaotic days following the end of World War II in Europe, 24 freight cars loaded with boxes...

  • Poor, Darfur Lose in Budget, Israel Gains

    By James D. Besser

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish agencies around the country could have to ante up tens of millions of dollars in the next five years, thanks to a year-end budget package approved by Congress.

    That assessment from a top Jewish activist here could be just the tip of the fiscal iceberg, as activists try to...

  • A Developing Reputation

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

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    The two young, sari-clad women, one in blue and one in orange, stand in the thatched-roof meeting hall, take...

  • Activists Strategize on Hotel Contracts

    By Bobbi Murray

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The gala dinner was like many others at the Century Plaza Hotel, featuring festive centerpieces atop crisp tablecloths, well-dressed guests exchanging greetings and servers bustling about offering trays of beverages.

    However, this event wasn't actually inside the hotel. Set in front...

  • A Local Witness to Darfur Tragedy

    By Marc Ballon

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    John Fishel has seen hell, and he wants to share his impressions with the Jewish community.

    The president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles recently visited refugee camps in the African country of Chad to bear witness to the pain and suffering of more than 250,000...

  • Rosa Parks’ Message for Today

    By Leonard Fein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    There's been considerable coverage these last days of Rosa Parks, whose death a full half-century after the brief episode that rendered her an "icon" calls to mind a long-ago time. But there's been little evocation of the events and circumstances that earned Parks her iconic status,...

  • Underclass Surfaces From Floodwaters

    By H. Eric Schockman

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The gut-wrenching scenes of human suffering witnessed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are not only the result of the levee failures at Lake Pontchartrain, but also the failure of a nation numbed to the growing division between "haves" and "have-nots."

    What is appearing on...

  • Analysis - Leftists Try to ‘Take Back God’ in 2008

    By Sue Fishkoff

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The 2008 election may be more than three years away, but one group is hoping to press the Democratic Party to infuse spirituality into its platform for that campaign.

    "The right is correct; there is a huge spiritual crisis in America," said Rabbi Michael Lerner, the editor of Tikkun...

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