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  • West Coast Chabad celebrates 50 years with annual telethon

    By tessc

    2 weeks ago

    It’s become Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin’s token slogan: “Call the music! Call the tote!” 

    He belted it out after a live segment with actor Jon Voight during Chabad’s 34th annual “To Life” telethon on Sept. 7. Music blasted, the tote board displaying the amount of money raised so...

  • Chabad Telethon raises $4 million

    By Ryan Torok

    September 12, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Hollywood stars and dancing rabbis came together for the 32nd annual Chabad “To Life” Telethon on Sept. 9. Held for the first time at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, the high-profile fundraiser raised approximately $4 million for Chabad of California.

    “At Chabad, there’s no...

  • Jerry Lewis ousted as MDA telethon host

    August 5, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Viewers of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s telethon will see a new host for the first time in more than four decades as Jerry Lewis is dismissed, Los Angeles Times reports.

    For the first time in 45 years, Jerry Lewis will not be pleading for donations in front of a camera Labor...

  • Federation adds service to Super Sunday

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 8, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is asking community members to give time and elbow grease in addition to what’s in their pockets.

    On Super Sunday, Feb. 13, the day traditionally set aside for a volunteer-staffed phone-a-thon to kick off Federation’s annual campaign,...

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  • Federation drops security grants for shuls; Farmar shoots, scores for Chabad

    September 17, 2008 | 10:00 pm

    Federation Drops Grants to Provide Security for High Holy Days at Small Synagogues

    In 2006, in the wake of Israel's war with Hezbollah, Jewish communities throughout the Diaspora were on edge. A lone gunman had already killed one and wounded five at a Seattle Jewish center, and many...

  • Farmar shoots, rabbis dance, Chabad raises $8 million-plus [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    September 15, 2008 | 4:47 pm

    Chabad’s “To Life” telethon raised more than $8 million last night—some of it due to amazing basketball shooting by Lakers star Jordan Formar.

    Farmar, just back from Israel, shot 36 baskets (‘double chai’) in 90 seconds to raise over $64K for the organization.  Apparel exec Masud...

  • Wise moves jazz up Chabad telethon

    September 11, 2008 | 1:30 am


    Telethon promo


    When the 2008 Chabad "To Life" telethon kicks off at 4 p.m. Sunday on KCAL 9, it promises a new look courtesy of a show runner with an unusual background.

    Daniel S. Wise, 44, is an Orthodox rabbi who for several years had his own yeshiva in Troy, N.Y. Lately he has...

  • Chabadmania, Ed Asner, Jewish Big Brothers and Sisters

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Chabad Telethon. You've heard of it, you've seen the banners all over town, you recognize the dancing rabbi image, maybe you caught snatches of the televised event, and maybe you even picked up the phone and made a pledge. But if you've never been to the studio during the taping...
  • Chabad Telethon Sunday, ‘Shadow of Doubt’

    By Dikla Kadosh

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Only two more weeks until Yom Kippur ... are you mentally and emotionally prepared? Tackling the weighty topics of repentance and forgiveness can seem like a mighty task, but with the entertaining inspiration of "The Gates Are Closing" you can start thinking and discussing...
  • Chabad Taps Elon Gold, Shelly Berman for 26th Telethon

    By Amy Klein

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The sight of dancing rabbis on television has always been slightly funny -- if not "ha-ha" funny, then a "that's kind of interesting" kind of funny.

    But this year's 26th annual Chabad "To Life" telethon on Sept. 10 hopes to offer some real laughs, with host entertainer Shelley...

  • TO LIFE! TO RAISE FUNDS!

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The dancing rabbis returned Sept. 12 at the 24th annual Chabad L'Chaim -- To Life! Telethon. The program was beamed into homes in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas and on the Dish Network.

    The telethon raised more than $5.8 million for Chabad's social services on the...

  • ‘Slaves’ to Drugs Find Help in Chabad

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When John Ostlund was 33, a judge offered him a choice: Quit heroin or lose your 3-year-old daughter.

    Ostlund chose heroin.

    Four years later, Ostlund had to make another decision. The 37-year-old had been a drug addict for 25 years and had spent 11 years in prison. Now it was up to...

  • New Producers Join Chabad Telethon

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad's annual "L'Chaim -- To Life!" telethon will look a little different this Sept. 14 since two new producers are helming the 23-year-old fundraiser.

    Barry Silver, who worked on "The Howie Mandel Show" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and Michael G. Levin, who worked as a...

  • Chabad rocks!

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad of California's 22nd annual "L'Chaim to Life Telethon," hosted by Dennis Prager, was humming along nicely with a long roster of talent that included classic actors James Caan and Elliott Gould, comic actor Dom DeLuise and Israeli singer David "Dudu" Fisher. Then 10:30 p.m....

  • How the West Was Won

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last Aug. 26, on a soundstage off Sunset Boulevard, Chabad of the West Coast's 21st annual telethon was about to begin.

    The stage lights dimmed to blue, Camera One wheeled in, and a spotlight trained on a young boy wearing payes (sidecurls) and knickers -- Anatevka, circa 1905. The...

  • Backstage with Jon Voight at Chabad Telethon ‘99

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Backstage at Chabad Telethon '99, Jon Voight was like the Beatles song -- "Here, There and Everywhere." One moment, the erstwhile "Midnight Cowboy" was huddling in a corner with a telethon point person, putting last-minute touches on a speech. Moments later, he was hovering around...
  • rJon Voight and Other Jewish Mysteries

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    One of the enduring mysteries of Los Angeles Jewish life is Jon Voight. Each year, Jews turn on their televisions to see the Oscar-winning actor, who isn't Jewish, dancing the hora with a Chassidic rabbi, appealing to viewers to give money to the rabbi's cause, and generally looking...

  • Sunday Night Fever

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    You're flipping the TV dial, and you come across something so incongruous that you're riveted: Bob Dylan and Jon Voight enthusiastically dancing the dervish-like kazatzka with Chassidic Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin.

    It could only be the Chabad telethon, where religious fervor mingles...

  • Chabad’s Prime-Time Bash

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    You never know who is going to show up at Chabad's annual "L'Chaim -- To Life" telethon, which this year is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 29, from 5 p.m. to midnight, on KCOP Channel 13.

    Bob Hope has paid his respects. Bob Dylan has appeared five times. And last year, the entire cast of...

  • Chabad Telethon: Chai on Life

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    For many, the High Holidays have already been officially ushered in -- not with the blowing of the Shofar, but with the sound of Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin's voice hosting the annual Chabad telethon.

    This year's broadcast was especially symbolic. After all, it was the 18th Chabad...

  • Community Briefs

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Telethon Time

    Chabad returns to the air for an 18th year

    The Chabad Telethon -- that unique mix of caring, sharing and good production values -- returns to the small screen this Sunday, Aug. 30, from 5 p.m. to midnight on UPN Channel 13.

    ...

  • Telethon Time

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Previous telethon guests include (from top): Ann Jillian, Mayim Bialik, William Windom, Charles Durning, Fyvush Finkel, Sid Caeser and Jan Murray. Top right, Murray, who will also co-host the show with Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin.

    Left to right: Jon Voight, Tony Danza, Charles Durning...

  • Chabad’s Big Bash

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Chabad's Big Bash

    The annual telethon offers a mix of celebrities,entertainment and appeals for necessary funds

    By Rob Eshman, Associate Editor

    Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin will once again be joined by JonVoight (left) and Jan Murray (right), at Chabad's annualtelethon. As sure as the...

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