I have known Wendy Greuel for almost 30 years, since she was a young UCLA graduate working for Mayor Tom Bradley.
Which brings me back to the good news: Here's an opportunity for The Federation to strengthen its relations with the Orthodox community, return a beloved minyan to a cherished location and help a local tradition survive. In other words, instead of thinking like an owner or a distant landlord, maybe The Federation can act like members of the Jewish family who are caretakers of property that rightfully belongs to all of us.
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 Theatre in Mid-Wilshire.
Albert Spiegel, former president of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, died at the age of 86.
Spiegel's commitment and dedication to our community was surpassed only by the passion and zeal he displayed as he worked tirelessly to fulfill the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam -- making our world a better place.
September 11, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Word of the terrorist attacks reached Angelenos when they turned on their radios at breakfast time and the Jewish community immediately went on heightened alert.
The Jewish Federation building, the nerve center of the Jewish community, was partially staffed by senior personnel, while its agencies serving school children, the elderly and synagogues were fully operational, said John Fishel, president of the Jewish Federation.
It's a clear, sunny weekday in May. A man wearing a hardhat shaped like a Stetson materializes from a construction site. His name is Rodney Freeman, and he is a member of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' Real Estate & Construction Division. He is also on the committee supervising the biggest enterprise ever undertaken by L.A.'s Jewish Federation - the refurbishing of the nonprofit organization's 6505 Wilshire Blvd. headquarters.
Three Years Ago, Jewish Education in L.A. Received 1 Million Extra Dollars. What Did That Money Buy?