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  • 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...

  • Letters

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Poverty Answer

    Kudos to you for publishing "A Chance to Make Poverty History" (July 1). This op-ed clearly demonstrates the need for strong U.S. leadership and intervention to alleviate global poverty. As a supporter of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), I applaud their work...

  • A Chance to Make Poverty History

    By Ruth W. Messinger

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This weekend, as we join all Americans in proudly celebrating our independence, we also should be thinking of the 1 billion people in the world who live on $1 a day or less, most of whom lack clean water, electricity, food, education and medical care. It is our hope that in this...

  • Milken Teens Live, Learn on Skid Row

    By Jane Ulman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Keep passing. Keep passing."

    It's 6 a.m. on a Monday morning in March, and students from Milken Community High School, wearing hairnets, plastic aprons and gloves, are dishing out hot cereal, sugar, applesauce, milk and a muffin assembly-line style onto blue trays.

    "We're a...

  • Enemy Ties

    By  Orit Arfa

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    I hadn't been to a Tel Aviv bar for a while, and I was craving one. I had recently returned from a vacation to Los Angeles, where there were no worthwhile singles bars. Last call for alcohol in Los Angeles is 2 a.m., and a good Jewish girl like me prefers to pick up and be picked...

  • A Micro Solution to Macro Poverty

    By Richard Gunther

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    The outpouring of international charity for the victims of the Asian disasters is a clear sign that we humans are capable of enormous empathy

    and generosity.

    But the near-instant world reaction should go even farther. Now, the world's eyes are turned on an area of the globe where...

  • Charities Seek Ties to MTV Generation

    By Marc Ballon

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Jewish charities, already having a hard time because of intermarriage, assimilation and growing competition from non-Jewish nonprofits, face what could be their biggest challenge yet: finding a way to appeal to legions of young Jews who stand to inherit billions over the...

  • 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...

  • Where Are Arafat’s Millions?

    By Dan Baron

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    With Yasser Arafat's burial, he took with him one of the enduring secrets of the Palestinian regime -- the whereabouts of a missing fortune in ill-gotten public funds.

    Ranked sixth on Forbes magazine's 2003 list of "the richest kings, queens and despots," with an estimated private...

  • Jerusalem Gets Business Jump-Start

    By Rochelle Furstenberg

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jerusalem might be a spiritually moving "holy city," but many Israelis see it as an economic backwater from which young people are fleeing. Roughly 7,000 highly educated young people leave the city each year, and 40 percent of the city's residents live below the poverty line.


  • Federation Vows to Help Jewish Poor

    By Marc Ballon

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jews have long had a reputation as being among the most successful minority groups in the country. For the most part, they are. But as a new report from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles makes clear, not all Southland Jews live large. While some big machers tool around in...

  • It’s Time to Change

    By Jane Ulman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The oldest and most primitive human dates back about 7 million years, according to a skull found by scientists in Central Africa.

    "That's so depressing," I say to my husband, Larry. "I can't believe that in 7 million years we haven't evolved any further than this."

    "This" being a...

  • Building Dignity

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Near railroad tracks and industrial buildings, Santa Ana's East Adams Street is a modest neighborhood of stucco homes and spare yards distressed by late summer's heat. From within a fenced lot, the discordant timpani of hammering disturb the quiet a block away.

    Armed with hammers,...

  • Tull Lends a Hand to the Homeless

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What is a homeless shelter? The definition really upsets Tanya Tull.

    "A shelter is a place to stay for the night," she says, raising her voice. "But a shelter is not the answer. Shelters are not going to solve the problem."

    Tull is referring to Los Angeles' high cost of housing and...

  • Splintered Persian Groups Merge

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Long troubled by infighting, the Los Angeles Iranian Jewish community is working toward less conflict as three prominent Iranian Jewish organizations recently merged with the hope of speaking with one voice.

    The Iranian-American Jewish Association (SIAMAK), Eretz Cultural Center and...

  • Brown vs. Board of Ed.—50 Years Later

    By Amanda Susskind

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."

    To grasp the importance of this striking statement made in 1954 by a unanimous United States Supreme Court in Brown vs. Board...

  • Charities Ask L.A. to Help Israel’s Poor

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ask Abraham Israel about hungry people in Israel and he gets exasperated.

    "The situation is pathetic," said Israel, the founder of Hazon Yeshaya, a charity that supports seven soup kitchens. "It's terrible, terrible, terrible. We're feeding 5,000 people a day. For Passover we needed...

  • Federation Expects to Aid Ethiopian Jews

    By Steve Lipman

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles expects to join half a dozen Jewish federations across the United States this week in an emergency allocation of nearly $250,000 for endangered members of the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia.

    The L.A. Federation has allocated $40,000,...

  • Youth Charts Future for Ethiopian Jews

    By Julie G Fax

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For most of the last hour in this bomb shelter-cum-multipurpose youth room in Ashdod, Israel, Avivit Sabat has been sitting quietly, her long arms and legs folded protectively across her body. Her hair, pulled tight in a low bun, highlights her delicately defined 17-year-old beauty.


  • 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...

  • American Jewry By Numbers

    By Joe Berkofsky

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 2000-01, dubbed "Strength, Challenge and Diversity," offers key findings on demographics, intermarriage, Jewish "connections" -- that is, communal behavioral trends -- and such "special" topics as the elderly, immigration and poverty.


  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    California Tries To Help Survivors

    State Treasurer Phil Angelides has called on 170 of California's largest financial institutions to waive wire transfer fees charged Holocaust survivors and their families for restitution payments from abroad. During a news conference at Bet...

  • Trauma Triggers Camp Funds

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The summer he attended a Christian day camp for free made a lasting impression on Allen Alevy, age 7 at the time. "They said I'd go to hell," he recalled of an attempted conversion.

    His father, a naval shipyard laborer, could afford little else. The nonobservant family of...

  • Director, Neighbors Rescue ‘Collector’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In 1998, Alice Elliott received a disturbing call from Larry Selman, the remarkable man with developmental disabilities she was profiling in her Oscar-nominated short documentary, "The Collector of Bedford Street."

    Selman had lived near the poverty level in a tiny apartment across...

  • Haitian Songs

    By H. Eric Schockman

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The following piece was written after a recent trip to Haiti, during which a delegation from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger was hosted by the Lambi Fund, one of MAZON'S longtime grantees.

    It starts with a song. Soft at first, then louder, like slow rolling thunder, gentle...

  • Uruguay Visit Puts Faces to Numbers

    By Seung Hwa Hong

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    People can hear about the economic crisis that has affected South America in the news. People can read about poverty in newspapers, but 22 Jewish and non-Jewish USC students, along with Rabbi Jonathan Klein, USC Hillel director, spent eight days during an alternative spring break...

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