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  • Retirement and Reality

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 4, 2014 | 10:20 pm

    During our vacation in Alaska, my husband and I keep meeting older couples who are retired, and seem to spend most of their time driving around the country in an RV, going way for weeks, even months from home. They share their adventures and travels with a laugh, saying how much...

  • Cantor Jay Frailich retiring after 40 years at University Synagogue in Brentwood

    June 18, 2014 | 11:28 am

    After 1,565 b’nai mitzvah, many  more Shabbat services and commissioning 32 major liturgical compositions during 40 years at University Synagogue in Brentwood, Cantor Jay Frailich is retiring. 

    Frailich, 67, has been with the Reform congregation on Sunset Boulevard since 1974,...

  • What I learned from Henry

    February 5, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    The news that Congressman Henry Waxman would not seek re-election to a 21st term has sent shockwaves through Los Angeles. From the environmental and health activists for whom Waxman was a hero, to the pro-Israel community where he was one of the most important allies in Congress,...

  • Henry Waxman:
    Governed by tikkun olam

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 5, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The rain during Noah’s flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights. The Torah was given to Moses during a 40-day stay at the top of Mount Sinai. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert.

    And so it seems fitting that Rep. Henry Waxman (D – Beverly Hills), who announced last week...

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  • Henry Waxman: The show horse / work horse

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    January 30, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    One of the most famous ways political scientists divvy up members of Congress is to call them either “work horses” or “show horses.”  Work horses are the wonks who dig into the details of committee work and legislation, get little public recognition, but get a lot done.  Show...

  • Possibilities for recently retired

    December 12, 2013 | 12:51 pm

    When Rabbi Neal Borovitz retired from Temple Avodat Shalom of River Edge, N.J., in August, his congregation donated a Torah in his honor to a Reform Jewish summer camp. At the dedication service, Borovitz sat in the audience as his successor offered a sermon about the Torah’s...

  • A ritual to honor wisdom

    July 17, 2013 | 12:31 pm

    For many women, the transition from actively engaged 50-year-old to septuagenarian retiree is daunting. Not only are there the unpleasant physical changes of menopause, but there is the emotional challenge of watching children move away and begin their own families, while being...

  • Plan for future pitfalls

    July 17, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    Changes in the economy and workforce have taken their toll on baby boomers, a generation that carries a longer life expectancy than its predecessors as well as the financial burdens that come with it.  

    People are working longer and retiring later in life. Possible cuts in...

  • Aging Creatively

    December 12, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    As my friends and I navigate our 60s and 70s, we notice — with amusement and consternation — how our conversations have changed. Instead of talking about our kids’ college applications and the best camping sites, we find ourselves discussing back pain and long-term care insurance....

  • JDC CEO Steven Schwager stepping down

    May 11, 2012 | 10:38 am

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s CEO is stepping down.

    The JDC announced Friday that Steven Schwager would step down as CEO at the end of June and will retire from the organization in January 2013.

    Schwager has served as CEO since 2002 and has been with the...

  • Early Retirement in Hawaii

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    April 26, 2012 | 11:32 pm

    Today we are honored to present an article from G Kamana from his Hilo office. After knowing this “Healer in the Streets” for many years, I am certain you will be inspired by his literal and figurative journeys.

    I’ve decided to retire early. At the ripe age of 34, with only 2...

  • Living in limbo

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 17, 2010 | 7:19 pm

    One day last spring, Jill Schary-Robinson Shaw was walking through a quiet, darkened corridor in the long-term care unit at The Motion Picture Home, the iconic Woodland Hills nursing home for entertainment industry veterans and their families. Hardly anyone was around — lights were...

  • Is the time right for universal health care?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 22, 2008 | 3:14 pm

    Barack Obama has one overriding task: he must restore the strength and confidence of the American economy, and the sooner the better.  But keep your eye on health care.

    When FDR came into office in March 1933 after an even longer and even more unnerving transition period than this...

  • Over 65 group could decide who wins this year’s presidential election

    October 15, 2008 | 7:23 pm

    Many millions of dollars are being spent in both current presidential campaigns emphasizing personal qualities over clarifying the candidates’ stands on the issues. Now seniors take their politics seriously: While the 65-and-older demographic comprises only 12 percent of the nation’s...

  • A doctor’s visit

    By Bill Boyarsky

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    A visit with Dr. Eugene Gettelman, who celebrates his 100th birthday on June 17, shows how much medicine has gained and lost in the last half century.

    We talked recently in the sitting room of his apartment at Westwood Horizons, an upscale retirement home near UCLA. His friend, Dr....

  • Some retirees make aliyah to San Miguel de Allende

    By Buzzy Gordon

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    This coming week, Angelenos of all races and creeds will join in Cinco de Mayo celebrations that the local Mexican American community has adopted as its major holiday (even though it is different from Mexico's actual Independence Day, which is Sept. 16; May 5 marks a victory of the...
  • Five ways to find your purpose after 50 or 60 or 70 or . . .

    By David Corbett

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Most people can now expect to live longer. Those extra years are a great gift. But they can be an albatross if people don't know what to do with them. A minority of people like to stay the course, whatever it is. But most people find they need to dig down to their core selves and...
  • Young Jewish male takes ‘crak’ at mah-jongg

    By Jay Firestone

    December 20, 2007 | 12:26 pm

    Sure, mah-jongg is a game classically known for its appeal to old Jewish women, but so is bingo and scrabble.  And I love those games, so why not mah-jongg? 

    But a 23-year-old nudnik playing mah-jongg?  I know, that’s almost as crazy of as an 83-year-old yenta playing Donkey Kong....

  • Theater: Davidson’s retirement leads to ‘Lessons’

    By Tom Tugend

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Gordon Davidson is back where he belongs, in the director's chair.

    The man whose name is practically synonymous with Los Angeles theater, who raised the city's reputation from a provincial backwater to the breeding ground for innovative and controversial plays, retired in the summer...

  • Briefs: L.A. Koreans and Jews protest anti-Semitic cartoons published in South Korea; Police Chief Bratton warns terrorism will be threat for the rest of our lives

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    L.A. Koreans and Jews protest anti-Semitic cartoons published in South Korea

    Leaders of the Korean and Jewish communities in Los Angeles have joined forces to vigorously protest anti-Semitic cartoons in a book published in South Korea and translated into English.

    A typical cartoon...

  • Educational programs help seniors fulfill postponed dreams

    By Peter L. Rothholz

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Retirement brings with it the promise of time to pursue interests and passions postponed due to work and family pressures. But many retirees discover that fulfilling a dream requires replacing the old work-a-day discipline with a new structure.

    Regardless of age or physical...

  • Composer Martin Bresnick’s classically unique style turns 60

    By George Robinson

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Please don't think that Martin Bresnick is having a "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" moment. Sure the acclaimed composer and teacher celebrated his 60th birthday last month with a series of concerts and the release of a new CD of his music, "The Essential Martin Bresnick," performed by a gang...
  • American-style retirement for Israel’s seniors

    By Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The photos in the brochures and on Web sites are all different yet somehow similar: A group or a pair of elegantly dressed older men and women sit or stand against a backdrop of flowers or greenery, their graying hair carefully coiffed, their faces clear-eyed and smiling, their teeth...
  • Rabbi Ending Long Hitch in Military

    By Avigail Schwartz

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Losing Rabbi David Lapp to retirement is "like losing someone on the battlefield, someone who suffered the mud and the pain and the loneliness with you," said Maj. Rabbi Carlos Huerta, the Jewish community chaplain at the U.S. Military Academy.

    Lapp is retiring as head of the Jewish...

  • Spectator - Fiddle Dee Dee and Oy Vey!

    By Gaby Friedman

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Like any good Southerner, Brian Bain eats moon pies and punctuates his sentences with "y'all." But Bain is also Jewish, which colors his experience as a third-generation Southerner in a unique way.

    In his documentary film, "Shalom Y'all," Bain set out to explore exactly what being...

  • Israeli Government Gets on With It

    By Dan Baron

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel is resigning itself to politics without Ariel Sharon.

    Shock gripped the Jewish state last week when Sharon was hospitalized with a massive stroke, turning to fears for the worst when he underwent repeated surgery.

    Doctors said it could take time to ascertain whether Sharon...

  • The Jewish Seat

    By Rob Eshman

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Seven American Jews have served on the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

    Make that eight -- if you include Sandra Day O'Connor.

    O'Connor, who announced her retirement from the bench last week, isn't Jewish (you read it here first). But her legal opinions have had a...

  • The Social Security Fix: Pay Back Funds

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush has proposed the biggest transfer of wealth in history. He plans to use trillions of dollars in contributions to the Social Security

    Trust Fund to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and other administration spending priorities. And he does not want to pay the money...

  • Your Letters

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Federation Pension

    Reading the article, "Federation Faces Underfunded Pension," in your July 30 issue, I found it to be needlessly alarmist and selective in providing facts on a highly complex subject. Most disturbing is the inaccurate lead. The Federation is absolutely not...

  • Federation Faces Underfunded Pension

    By Marc Ballon

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Faced with a pension shortfall of $20 million, the organized Jewish community's largest philanthropy finds itself forced to divert millions of donor dollars to employee retirement benefits, rather than to needed social services.

    To cover the underfunded pension, The Jewish...

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