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  • Shofars blasting, Bend the Arc urges yes on Prop. 30

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 17, 2012 | 5:04 pm

    Bend the Arc is urging Jewish voters in California to rally behind Proposition 30. 

    Gov. Jerry Brown’s measure, which will appear on the November ballot, would collect almost $6 billion in additional revenue to support education, public safety and other public services by...

  • Merged social justice groups become Bend the Arc

    April 3, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice is the new name for the organization that was born from the merger of Jewish Funds for Justice and the Progressive Jewish Alliance.

    The new name was announced Monday. The two Jewish social justice organizations had merged last year.

  • PJA and JFSJ head Elissa Barrett moves to Bet Tzedek

    By Ryan Torok

    March 8, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    Elissa Barrett is leaving Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice (PJA and JFSJ) to become vice president and general counsel of Bet Tzedek.

    It was difficult decision to depart from PJA and JFSJ, she said, where she served as chief of regional operations. But, “I...

  • Merged social justice group hires its first president

    October 5, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Progressive Jewish Alliance & Jewish Funds for Justice has hired Alan van Capelle, the deputy comptroller for the City of New York, as its new president and CEO.

    The announcement was made Oct. 3; van Capelle will take his post in January.

    The organizations, which are focused on...

  • From the White House to our house: Why social justice matters

    August 10, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Two weeks ago, on July 29, 170 Jews from 16 states gathered at the White House. The reason: to make clear that growing an economy that works for all Americans is at the top of the Jewish communal agenda.

    The gathering included 12 of us from Progressive Jewish Alliance & Jewish...

  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes:” Let My Monkeys Go! [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 3, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    After a screening of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (opening Aug. 5), my husband, Ron Magid, and I, were discussing Rupert Wyatt’s new film as Jewish parable – specifically a retelling of the biblical story of Moses—with Eric Greene, the Southern California regional...

  • Agriculture Dept. hosting ‘hunger seder’

    April 27, 2011 | 10:52 am

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is hosting a “hunger seder.”

    The seder on Wednesday, the first of its kind, is “a forum to bring hunger, food insecurity and sustainable production and consumption issues to the table,” according to a statement from Jewish Funds for Justice and the...

  • The Triangle Waist Factory fire and the laws of holiness

    March 24, 2011 | 3:46 pm

    This week, in Parashah Shmini, we learn the laws of Kashrut.  We often think of Kashrut as a hoq, a mysterious commandment that we follow only because our Torah says that God wants us to.  But Kashrut is also a mishpat, a commandment informed by values and virtues that we can...

  • Sheriff Lee Baca previews House panel testimony at ACLU “People’s Hearing”

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 9, 2011 | 1:05 am

    On Thursday, March 10, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will testify before the first in a series of hearings on radicalization in the American Muslim community. Organized by Peter King, a Republican Congressman from New York and the chairman of the House’s Committee on Homeland...

  • California: Caught in the weeds?

    November 1, 2010 | 2:15 pm

    This is the fourth piece of a weekly series in which the Progressive Jewish Alliance looks at the propositions on this year’s California ballot in light of the weekly Torah portion.

    After stone-throwing media ads from Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman this election season, you would...

  • Danny Goldberg: Hangin’ with the ‘geniuses’ of rock ‘n’ roll

    November 26, 2008 | 3:48 pm

    No one ever said the life of a rock 'n' roll star was easy, and if you're the one responsible for their success, keeping an artist both successful and happy can be no less daunting.

    Danny Goldberg gives us a good taste of life in the music biz in his new memoir, "Bumping Into...

  • PJA head Sokatch leaving to helm S.F. federation

    By Amy Klein

    April 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Daniel Sokatch, leader of one of Los Angeles' most high-profile Jewish organizations, has been named CEO of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (JCF). He will start at the JCF on July 15.

    Sokatch, 40, is the founding executive...

  • Briefs: City politicos celebrate launch of NewGround; Iranian Jews

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    City politicos celebrate launch of NewGround

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrated the launch of NewGround, a joint undertaking of the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), at City Hall on March 8. The group will bring together Jews and...

  • Progressive values propel Daniel Sokatch’s rising star

    By Marc Ballon

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Daniel Sokatch enrolled in rabbinical school in Israel in 1994, he had visions of becoming a religious leader dedicated to social justice, much in the vein of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. But Sokatch, now 38, quickly realized that the rabbinical program at Hebrew Union...
  • Social Justice gets new address on Pico

    By Amy Klein

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Max Webb was interned at 18 different concentration camps during the Holocaust, he made a promise.

    "If he survived, he would make sure he would contribute to the advancement of the Jewish people and Judaism in any way he could," said his grandson, Greg Podell, the director of...

  • A Chanukah for the party people

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    On the first night of Chanukah my true love gave to me...social justice?

    That's the theme of one of the hottest parties of the Chanukah season, "Vodka Latka: The Festival of Rights," sponsored by the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA), JDub Records and Reboot on Dec. 13 at the El Rey...

  • Your Letters

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Peace Rally

    Readers of David Finnigan's article, "Just a Peace Rally? Read the Fine Print," (Sept. 26), may have been left with the erroneous impression that the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) did not support the recent "End the Occupation" rally in Hollywood primarily "out of...

  • Hosting Heston

    By Tom Tugend

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Three days before its festive rededication ceremony (see story on page 10), the Skirball Cultural Center received some unrequested publicity when it hosted actor Charlton Heston for an evening of poetry and Shakespearean readings.

    The Progressive Jewish Alliance of Los Angeles...