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  • Samantha Vinik helps youngsters protect their hearing

    1 week ago

    Born with an enlarged vestibular aqueduct in her left ear, Samantha Vinik has lost nearly 94 percent of her hearing from the congenital degenerative condition.

    But when the 18-year-old from Millburn, N.J., discovered that one in five teenagers is afflicted with Noise Induced...

  • The Fulfillment Fund: Giving kids a shot at college

    By Julie Bien

    3 weeks ago

    This fall, Crenshaw High School valedictorian Christerbell Ahaiwe will start her freshman year at UCLA. What her new classmates might not realize is how hard she worked to get there. 

    Growing up with six siblings in South Los Angeles, Christerbell had to squeeze in her homework...

  • Bone Marrow: The best kind of gift

    3 weeks ago

    In 2002, Los Angeles native Ronnel Conn was an undergraduate at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. When he heard there would be a bone marrow donor drive at the campus Hillel for a D.C. local in need, he showed up and got his cheek swabbed, because, he said, “It...

  • 5 Jews, 5 opinions

    By Jared Sichel

    January 31, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Before any members of the recent TED-style panel at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles spoke even one word, the expectations for what the panelists would accomplish were great. Emcee Andrew Cushnir, Federation’s executive vice president and chief programming officer,...

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  • Christmas a time for tikkun olam

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    January 3, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    While some teenagers hit the slopes or the beach over their winter break, dozens of high-schoolers from across the continent recalled the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and traveled to Los Angeles to perform volunteer work instead.

    From Dec. 22 to 27, more than...

  • Wild Parrot Wolf Whistles Wood Deck Refinished by The Handy Hazzan and Roxy

    By Cantor Harris Shore, The Handy Hazzan

    November 3, 2013 | 3:40 pm


    For the first time since 1888, the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving Day, November 28 this year, and it won’t happen again for some 7000 years to come!  For many of our non-Jewish friends, Christmas arrives less than a month later.  With all the festivities planned, and...

  • To frack or not to frack: is that a Jewish question?

    By Roger Price

    October 23, 2013 | 1:02 pm

       Did you know that fracking, the industrial process of extracting natural gas from shale rock is treif, that it violates Jewish values? Who knew? You could read the entire Torah, study the Mishnah and Gemara too, go through the commentaries of the rationalist Maimonides and the...

  • Peres to honor Spielberg, Wiesel with medal

    September 12, 2013 | 12:36 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres will award his Presidential Medal of Distinction to Steven Spielberg, Elie Wiesel and five other recipients.

    The awards were announced Thursday with a statement from Peres’ office.

    Spielberg is being awarded the medal “for his contribution to...

  • Coping with loss in the age of the internet

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    September 10, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    When my mother, Shulamit E. Kustanowitz, died in May 2011, the in-person Jewish community provided all the basics — post-shivah meals, abundant hugs and three places to say Kaddish: Temple Beth Am for daily minyan, Friday nights at IKAR and Shabbat mornings at B’nai David-Judea....

  • Ron Galperin backs Big Data to improve City Hall

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 24, 2013 | 1:44 pm

    Controller Ron Galperin is City Hall’s new numbers guy, hoping to bring the era of Big Data to the creaking bureaucracy. His plan is to use computers to analyze huge amounts of information as is now done by police departments, baseball teams, other businesses and, infamously, the...

  • Tikkun olam lunches nourish those in need

    By Jared Sichel

    July 17, 2013 | 2:35 pm

    For 13-year-old Odelia Safadel, serving lunch to Pico-Robertson’s poor and homeless puts things in perspective.

    “Sometimes, I think to myself, ‘Oh, there’s nothing to eat. I want a new phone, I want this.’ But then when I come here, I see that these people — they are actually in...

  • Three L.A. teens win Tikkun Olam Awards

    July 10, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    Seventeen-year-old Ellie Dubin brought a little magic to schools with little or no funding for the arts when she started the program Kesem Shel Shir.

    The name, which the group translates as “the magic of music,” connects schools in need with the arts and musical theater. Its...

  • Gov. Walker doesn’t represent Jewish values

    June 5, 2013 | 2:58 pm

    Governor Scott Walker is a right-wing conservative. He stands staunchly against a woman’s right to choose and has limited women’s access to affordable and essential health services. As governor, he has unnecessarily cut billions of dollars from his state’s schools. And, perhaps...

  • Lessons on the run

    By Ryan Torok

    June 5, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    While a typical high school student may spend  weekends relaxing, 17-year-old Raphi Heldman is much more likely to be on the run — for up to 26.2 miles, to be precise. Since entering high school, he has run in the Los Angeles Marathon four times.

    “It’s a lot of commitment, and...

  • How to make b’nai mitzvah meaningful

    April 18, 2013 | 10:14 am

    I was meeting with an upcoming bat mitzvah girl the other day and talking with her about the Torah (what else?). I pointed out all the books that surrounded us in my study and mentioned that as someone who has published five books myself, how thrilled I would be if people were...

  • A Reflection on Humility

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 10, 2013 | 9:06 pm

    Anivut (humility) has a very special priority in Jewish positive self-development. Rav Kook wrote (The Moral Principles, page 174) that “Humility is associated with spiritual perfection. When humility effects depression it is defective, when it is genuine it inspires joy, courage,...

  • Frisbee — the ultimate peace negotiator

    By Ryan Torok

    January 2, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    Who would have thought that a Frisbee could be used to build bridges between bitter enemies?

    Ultimate Peace, an organization founded in 2008 by American Ultimate Frisbee players, tries to do just that. By running a weeklong overnight summer camp in Israel and other activities...

  • Baltimore Diary: An instrumentalist case for Tikkun Olam

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 13, 2012 | 9:39 am

    After a couple of weeks of mostly political coverage, I'm once again surrounded by Jewish professionals and activists at the Baltimore General Assembly of the North American Jewish Federations. On Tuesday, I will be speaking in two panels - one on Israelis abroad and one about...

  • 21st century Tikkun Olam: An unprecedented opportunity to unite Jewish communities

    November 8, 2012 | 3:03 pm

    As a Jewish kid growing up in Israel, I never dealt with the issue of Tikkun Olam. Even though the words are in Hebrew, they say much more to Americans than to Israelis. This all changed about ten years ago when a close mentor of mine was lecturing about the three historic anchors...

  • On Sukkot, honoring the homeless

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 27, 2012 | 11:14 am

    On a recent Wednesday morning, Stuart Perlman wore paint-splattered clothes as he loaded up his 1999 Infiniti with art supplies and cans of low-salt Progresso soup before heading out on a painting excursion to Venice Beach. Over the past two years, Perlman has been spending two...

  • Filmmaker forges intimate portrait of artist-activist Ai Weiwei

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 1, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    In 2010, Alison Klayman sat in a car in Chengdu, China, with her camera rolling as the internationally renowned conceptual artist and dissident Ai Weiwei scuffled with police, who were pushing and pulling at him and his entourage. The melee had erupted as Ai was attempting to file a...

  • July 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 2, 2012 | 2:17 am

    In-depth

    Russian Realpolitik: Inside the Arms Trade with Syria

    Simon Shuster of TIME takes a look at Putin’s weapons industry, which has been supplying Damascus with weapons as it seeks to quell the revolt against the Syrian regime.

    Welcome to Russia’s premier weapons expo, the...

  • ‘How adaptable is the Jewish community in managing change?’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 8, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    Dr. Steven F. Windmueller, Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service at the ‎Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and author of “The Unfolding of the Third American Jewish Revolution”, discusses the past, present and future ‎responses of the...

  • Israeli scientists invent marijuana ‘without the high’

    June 3, 2012 | 12:09 am

    Israeli scientists have cultivated a cannabis plant that doesn’t get people stoned in a development that may help those smoking marijuana for medical purposes, a newspaper said on Wednesday.

    According to the Maariv daily, the new cannabis looks, smells and even tastes the same, but...

  • The best representative of American Jewish values (guess who?)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 4, 2012 | 8:32 am

    The new Jewish Values Survey landed on my desk last night. It was while I was busy with other things, so I have the disadvantage – but also the advantage – of writing about it after many others had already reported some of the main findings of this survey. I’ll repeat some of...

  • ‘You can’t really support the State of the Jewish People unless you recognize Jewish Peoplehood’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 1, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    Dr. Shlomi Ravid, the director of the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education, discusses Zionism and the role of philanthropy in Jewish life. 

    Is raising money from Jews still the best way to make them feel invested in Jewish life?
     
    This question was framed by an Israeli who does...

  • Giving the gift of tikkun olam

    December 12, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    If the thought of spending too much Chanukah gelt on lavish gifts for friends and loved ones seems a little dim this year, adding a little tikkun olam to the presents can give your Festival of Lights a memorable glow.

    The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism has assembled a...

  • Teen Tikkun Olam nominations due Jan. 6

    November 30, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    The sixth annual Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards is seeking nominations for California Jewish teenagers engaged in social action projects. The deadline is Jan. 6.

    Sponsored by the Helen Diller Family Foundation in association with the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco,...

  • Food Forward

    By Ryan Torok

    November 18, 2011 | 3:25 pm

    Food Forward is a Valley-based nonprofit that brings volunteers to private homes and public spaces in Southern California to harvest tree fruit for the purpose of distributing the abundance of fruit to food pantries and hunger relief organizations.

    For more on Food Forward, click here.

  • Healing Hearts in Tel Aviv: How One California Woman Spent Her Post-Grad Months

    by Ashley Berns, alumna of Masa Israel's Oranim Tel Aviv Internship Experience

    November 16, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    “Ashley, if you weren’t here with me today I would have spent the day in the shower, crying.” These words, uttered through tears of relief, have remained with me during the last two years.

    Four weeks after graduating from the University of Southern California, I was on an El...

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