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  • Michael Ullman

    December 30, 2015 | 1:10 pm

    On a recent weekday morning, Michael Ullman, 66, was busy packing bags of assorted produce at JFS SOVA Community Food and Resource Program in Van Nuys — carrots, potatoes, lettuce, onions, apples. By 9 a.m., he and another volunteer had managed to fill 100 bags to be distributed to...

  • Retired, but not from good deeds

    June 25, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Retirement hasn’t stopped Sharon Mayer from working, and she’s not alone. The Sherman Oaks resident is part of a growing number of seniors out in force to volunteer with the regularity of a job. 

    Nationally, the numbers are significant: The Corporation for National and Community...

  • Family inspiration

    June 5, 2013 | 11:47 am

    Above all else, Rachel Arditi, 17, is passionate about helping others. 

    An Encino resident and senior at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, Arditi loves to volunteer time with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Whether someone needs food, support, social...

  • Holiday help, Jewish Federation style

    December 12, 2012 | 1:51 pm

    Traditionally, the holiday season is a time to think about others. This year, several events focused on the continuing need to address social issues, especially feeding the hungry and appreciating veterans.

    Imagine a coordinated effort among food distributor executives blanketing...

  • Northridge mother pleads guilty in syrup swastika vandalism

    By Ryan Torok

    July 19, 2012 | 9:30 am

    A Northridge mother pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for helping her teenage daughter and two friends deface homes with maple syrup swastikas, human feces and toilet paper, according to the L.A. city attorney’s office.

  • This year, more Angelenos than ever get Passover aid from local agencies

    By Ryan Torok

    April 11, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    This year, more than 1,000 Los Angeles families in need received food from organizations that provide assistance specifically for Passover.

    During the weeks leading up to the first seder, on April 6, visitors to distribution sites set up by agencies, synagogues and organizations...

  • Jewish Family Service Wins Agency of the Year

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    October 18, 2011 | 3:58 pm

    Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Los Angeles won the Agency of the Year Award from the Alliance for Children and Families, a 100-year-old association representing more than 350 child- and family-serving organizations. Three organizations are chosen for the award annually.

    JFS serves...

  • Food banks short, SOVA amps up High Holy Days appeal

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 27, 2011 | 6:57 pm

    Adire situation is looming at regional food banks and distribution centers, as ever-increasing demand collides with government cuts, threatening the food supply chain for the neediest.

    In May, funding for FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program was cut from $200 million to $120...

  • Jewish and Muslim Teens’ Project Focuses on Shared Values

    By Ryan Torok

    April 7, 2010 | 1:30 am

    On April 4, six Jewish teens from Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills and three Muslim teens from King Fahad Mosque in Culver City fished through a seemingly endless supply of canned goods at SOVA in the San Fernando Valley, the food distribution and supportive service program that is...

  • Federation Campaign Seeks to Feed L.A. County’s Hungry

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 16, 2009 | 2:49 am

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has never organized a campaign quite like this. Size, scale, vision, ambition — it’s all uncharted territory, and not just for Los Angeles’ umbrella organization for local Jewish social service agencies, but for federations like it...

  • Schulweis gets ADL Daniel Pearl award; Super supper with SOVA

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 28, 2008 | 2:09 pm

    Schulweis Receives ADL Daniel Pearl Award


    (From left) ADL National Director Abraham Foxman, Richard Moss, Ruth Pearl, Judea Pearl, Rabbi Harold Schulweis, Ruth Moss, George Moss and ADL National Director Glen Lewy. Photo by David Karp

    When Anti-Defamation League (ADL)...

  • Perfect storm for charities— contributions go down and requests go up

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 19, 2008 | 2:50 am

    Rachel Bookstein didn't realize just how anxious she'd become wondering whether Beach Hillel in Long Beach would be able to raise the funds it needs this year.

    Contributions had declined -- $500 here, $100 there. Folks had been hard hit by the economic crisis and were paring down...

  • Dig, plant, grow, give—sharing the bounty of food

    By Rachel Heller

    November 19, 2008 | 12:42 am

    If there's one thing Gabe Goldman wishes more Angelenos would do next spring, it's get their hands dirty.

    The American Jewish University (AJU) professor and director of experiential education is signing up students, synagogues and anyone else with a piece of land and a green thumb...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Sept. 20-26: Stories and songs, lectures and films, politics

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    September 18, 2008 | 11:36 pm


    Even if you can't convert a 7-10-split, you'll at least be able to help Strike Out Hunger. SOVA celebrates its 25th anniversary on the lanes in Tarzana with a food drive and family fun, including bowling, bingo, music, activities for kids, arcade...
  • Zucky’s and SOVA—knishes and compassion

    By Rachel Heller

    September 18, 2008 | 12:20 am

    Hy and Zucky Altman founded the SOVA food pantry program at a vacant Santa Monica bar in 1983. On opening day, the Altmans put all the food they had on the counter -- bagels, soup, canned goods -- waiting to serve the impoverished Jewish seniors they had gotten to know in the...
  • Alperts endow Jewish studies at CSULB, ADL en Espanol

    August 21, 2008 | 12:26 am

    Alperts Endow Jewish Studies Chair at Cal State Long Beach

    Ten years after its creation, the Jewish studies program at Cal State Long Beach has received a $1 million endowment for a chaired professor.

    Barbara and Ray Alpert, whose name is on the Long Beach Jewish Community Center...

  • Economic turmoil puts pressure on Jewish community

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 24, 2008 | 2:07 am

    The food pantry would not open for another 40 minutes, but already about a dozen people were waiting in the parking lot, many holding umbrellas to shield themselves from the blistering San Fernando Valley sun. Before day's end, more than 100 people, Jews and non-Jews alike, many...
  • Food prices squeeze Israel’s needy

    By Dina Kraft

    July 21, 2008 | 5:21 pm

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – It’s mid-afternoon and Michael Dahan is buying food for his first meal of the day. With rising food prices compounding his already dire economic situation, it has become his habit to skip meals, he admits.

    “What can I do?” the unemployed 49-year-old says with a...

  • A Pass-SOVA Tradition

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A jar of gefilte fish, a bottle of Tzali's grape juice, Manischewitz matzah ball soup mix, Streit's macaroons, Trader Joe's horseradish, matzah, Sun-Maid raisins. All the makings for a Passover seder -- even if you're homeless.

    On a sunny Friday morning in March at SOVA's humble West...

  • Daniel Lembark

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Daniel Lembark died at his home in Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 2003 at the age of 78.

    Born in New York City on Sept. 20, 1924, he arrived in Los Angeles with his family in 1927.

    In grammar school, Daniel was introduced to the flute, which was to play an important role in his life. At...