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  • Budget crunch forcing schools to cut, become creative

    September 8, 2009 | 12:46 pm

    Rabbi Samuel Levine has a problem—and it’s echoing throughout the Jewish day school world.

    Levine, the head of school at Hillel Day School in Boca Raton, Fla., has seen an increase of more than 20 percent in requests for financial aid from the past year. In 2008-09, the school...

  • New LAPD Programs to Combat Hate Crimes

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 26, 2009 | 6:50 pm

    After a recent upsurge in anti-Semitic violence, including the shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in June and a failed bomb plot targeting New York synagogues in May, Los Angeles city officials and community leaders are on alert for the approach of the High Holy Days...

  • State Budget Crisis Threatens Jewish Social Service Programs

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    July 2, 2009 | 3:25 pm

    Four Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles programs that serve the elderly, disabled and frail may end up casualties of the state budget crisis, which leapt to a new level of urgency Tuesday as California lawmakers failed to pass budget revisions before a July 1 deadline.

    More than...

  • Madoff scheme deals new hit to FSU Jews

    December 24, 2008 | 2:01 am

    MOSCOW (JTA) -- The Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff is the latest in a string of financial blows to Jewish aid programs in the former Soviet Union, wiping out a major foundation that was the primary funder of Jewish higher education in Russia.

    The Chais Family...
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  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks for September 13-18: When Ladino met klezmer, Torah Slam, a lawyerly lecture

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    September 12, 2008 | 12:08 am

    SAT | SEPTEMBER 13

    (COMMUNITY FAIR)
    The City of Los Angeles and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sponsor an annual emergency preparedness fair as part of the Great Southern California ShakeOut: Are You Prepared? The fair seeks to educate Angelenos on the importance of being prepared for...
  • Putting a question mark on Jewish earmarks

    By Matthew E. Berger

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    This year's loss of earmarks, the spending amendments lawmakers attach to larger bills, has cost Jewish federations millions of dollars, officials say. And earmark-reform proposals could present even more headaches in coming years.

    The new Democratic majority in Congress, backed by...

  • School Bond Measure Gets Failing Grade

    By Bob Hertzberg

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I have a picture on the wall of my office. It was taken at about 4 a.m. in 1998. I'm in the picture with a group of Democratic and Republican legislators. We look tired; we've been up late for a number of nights. But there's also a glint of celebration.

    That was a happy and proud...

  • Disaster Exposes Government Failures

    By James D. Besser

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush and Congress talk a good game when it comes to homeland security, but the tragic truth is that the country is less able to cope with disasters than before Sept. 11, 2001. The proof is on the flood-ravaged streets of New Orleans, where an unprecedented natural disaster...

  • Health - Take the Bite Out of Dental Health Pains

    By Abigail Green

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Since most Americans lose their dental insurance benefits when they retire, the majority of people over 65 pay out of pocket every time they visit a dentist. Medicare does not cover routine dental care (nor does Medicaid in most states) and more than 80 percent of older Americans...

  • Half a Century on Reform’s Frontlines

    By Julie G Fax

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When the Reform movement published its new "Mishkan T'filah" last November, the prayer book looked comfortably familiar to Reform rabbinic students in Los Angeles. It was clear to them that a homemade siddur they had created for their own use had influenced the first official prayer...

  • We Were Slaves in Westwood

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Southern Californians can travel from Pharaoh's palace to Midwestern wheat fields to a rain forest -- all without leaving Westwood. The journey is furnished courtesy of West Coast Chabad Headquarters, which annually creates its Model Matzah Bakery for two weeks prior to...

  • Lights, Camera, Ventura

    By Ivor Davis

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    While some Jewish film festivals around the country often use older films or films playing at nearby theaters, the Ventura County Jewish Film Festival will show five new films never seen in Ventura County -- as well as host their stars.

    The festival starts on March 10 at 7 p.m....

  • Rescuing Dollars for Seniors, Immigrants

    By Marc Ballon

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    With many health care programs threatened because of cutbacks in government funding, Jessica Toledano and other members of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' advocacy arm have redoubled their work on behalf of the elderly, immigrants and other vulnerable groups. In at...

  • Out of the Car, Into the Classroom

    By Jane Ulman

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Years ago, Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom would run up and down the Hebrew school carpool line handing out cassette tapes of his and Rabbi Harold Schulweis' sermons.

    "If you're not going to come inside, at least listen to this," he'd tell parents.

    Today Feinstein...

  • Calendar

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Journal is no longer accepting mailed or faxed event listing information. Please e-mail event listings at least three weeks in advance to: calendar@jewishjournal.com.

    By Keren Engelberg

    Calendar...

  • Heeb Teens Get Zine of Their Own

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

     

    For years, young Jews have voted with their feet after their bar or bat mitzvahs, with about half of those in non-Orthodox synagogues' religious schools leaving before the 12th-grade confirmation.

    Some synagogue schools are starting new, nontraditional programs to bring...

  • Bowers Explores the Mystery of Sheba

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    She arrived in the Jerusalem court of King Solomon with camels weighted by gifts of gold, incense and precious stones. She was armed with questions to test the king's legendary wisdom. She eventually was thought to be his consort.

    But who was the Queen of Sheba?

    Using the...

  • Tips to Avoid a Charitable Rip-Off

    By Soriya Daniels

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Every Jewish New Year we recite the words, "Repentance, prayer and charity avert the evil decree." It sounds straightforward enough, but trying to navigate myriad charities, especially Jewish charities, is confounding.

    There is often an extra layer of complexity that comes with...

  • Break Fast With Emmy

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Brace yourself. This Sunday night, some angels, a spy, a cynic and a meddling mother-in-law are coming over to break the Fast of Gedaliah. You don't have to feed them, however. They're all part of the 56th annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 19, hosted this year by comedian Garry Shandling.

    ...

  • Task Force Reviews Access for Disabled

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Childhood polio didn't slow Jay Kruger. Although he couldn't run, Kruger led a normal life as a teenager and into adulthood. Now, like other seniors experiencing post-polio syndrome, his strength is receding. To get around, three years ago he began relying on an electric wheelchair...

  • California’s Budget, Compromised

    By Idan Ivri

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Just as it seemed his honeymoon governorship was degenerating into insults and whining, Arnold Schwarzenegger finally signed a $105 billion state budget on July 31, about a month late.

    The governor kept his promise not to raise taxes, the Democrats flexed their own muscles and won a...

  • Hope Is on the Menu at Cafe Ezra

    By Tamara Schweltzer

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's Thursday night at Camp Ramah in Ojai, and after most of the campers have gone to bed, more than 100 staffers squeeze into the staff lounge. Their hosts for the evening -- all clad in red T-shirts -- are the nine participants in the camp's Ezra program, a unique vocational...

  • Smaller Classes for Smaller Kids

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "I want to create a place of wonder," said Lindy Lane-Epstein, who spent the summer attempting to animate her vision for a scaled-down preschool and kindergarten for members of Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom.

    She started with painting in primary colors and moved on to culling...

  • Scholarship Takes No Vacation

    By Journal Report

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Two local synagogues are offering an opportunity for Jewish scholarship this summer, and a third is offering weekly Hebrew classes at all levels.

    Through the Community Scholar Program, Tustin's Congregation B'nai Israel will help host a six-day visit by a professor of Jewish history...

  • The Circuit

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A True Best Friend

    A hero of last fall's destructive brushfires in San Bernardino was 5-year-old Duke, a miniature spaniel trained since 2000 to serve as a "co-therapist." At one evacuation center during the weeklong siege, without prompting, Duke snuggled up to a 10-year-old boy...

  • 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...

  • Buy It Now

    By Rob Eshman

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It continues to baffle me why anybody who cares about the future of Jewish communal life in Los Angeles would seriously contemplate closing the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center (JCC).

    Here is a vibrant center, serving about 1,000 people each week, in the midst of a large and...

  • Record Gridlock Good for Liberals

    By James D. Besser

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Stalemate has become standard operating procedure for Congress in recent years, but this year's legislative gridlock could be headed for the record books. That's a source of frustration for Jewish activists across the political spectrum -- but also of guilty relief for some.

    ...

  • For Many, Israeli Life Just a TV Set Away

    By Idan Ivri

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Haifa, the smell of frying falafel balls competes with the din of Israelis eating, yelling and slapping each other on the back. Every few seconds, they'll glance sideways at the television screen, watching the nightly Israeli news report that is also vying for their attention.

    But...

  • Big Brother Lurks in Higher Education Bill

    By J. Shawn Landres

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In recent weeks, a number of major Jewish organizations -- the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress (AJCongress) American Israel Public Affairs Committee and others -- have announced their support for congressional passage of H.R. 3077, the International Studies in...

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