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  • Courtroom mavens give back on temple boards

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    March 19, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    One Century City law firm has assembled a dream team of high-powered leaders — in more ways than you might expect.

    Three partners at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP do much more than work long hours; they are, or recently have been, presidents at prominent local...

  • The other annual migration of North American Jews: to shul

    By Roger Price

    August 29, 2013 | 12:42 pm

       The first of the two annual migrations of North American Jews began a couple of weeks ago, with thousands and thousands of young Jews heading to colleges across the continent. (See The annual migration of North American Jews to college.) The second seasonal migration of North...

  • Family keeps tzedakah tradition going with funds

    August 28, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    When Osias “Ozzie” Goren turned 90 last year, he and his wife, Dorothy, were moved that their grandchildren donated $900 — $90 each — to a Head Start preschool for low-income families that the Gorens supported for many years.

    After all, it was right in line with the way the...

  • Four New Yorkers charged with pocketing aid for Israel

    June 28, 2013 | 9:49 am

    New York state’s attorney general accused four New Yorkers of pocketing more than $2.5 million in donations for charitable projects in Israel.

    The New York Times on Friday named four defendants from Brooklyn: Yaakov Weingarten, 52, and his wife Rivka, 52; and two of his...

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  • Israel stingy with foreign aid, Israeli prof says

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 11, 2013 | 5:35 pm

    When it comes to sending international aid abroad, Israel and its citizens give less than most other developed free-market economies, according to a new report.

    Hillel Schmid, a professor at Hebrew University’s Center for the Study of Philanthropy, told the Los Angeles Times that...

  • IRS’ ‘return free’ bad for most vulnerable

    June 6, 2013 | 10:53 am

    As April 15 nears each year, American taxpayers take inventory of their income and expenses and hand over a year’s worth of detail to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Many of us utilize the expertise of accountants to prepare what will become a complex analysis of the many life...

  • Big Sunday Weekend goes beyond community service

    By Ryan Torok

    May 8, 2013 | 3:06 pm

    Phil Rosenthal, creator and executive producer of the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” was leading a game of Bingo in the annex dining room at Canter’s Deli on the morning of May 5 — not a bad way to spend Big Sunday Weekend, the annual festival of community service that featured...

  • Judaism’s greatest lesson: Behavior matters most

    By Dennis Prager

    February 13, 2013 | 8:29 am

    If I were asked to identify the greatest Jewish teaching, the most important lesson to be learned from all of Judaism, I would argue that, aside from ethical monotheism, it is that behavior matters more than anything else, and certainly more than feelings.

    As the Talmud tells us,...

  • In Marseille, one of France’s poorest cities, Jewish charity is booming

    November 26, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Standing with dozens of hungry people in a 
breadline, Collette Quidron counts her blessings. 


    “I enjoy coming here,” says Quidron, a Holocaust survivor with diabetes. “I know everybody and there’s always someone to talk to. If you’re Jewish and need tzedakah, Marseille is as...

  • DIY philanthropy

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 20, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    Six months ago, when Michal Taviv-Margolese started working as the Western Regional director for AMIT, a nonprofit operator of 108 schools in Israel, she started thinking more seriously about charity.

    “For the first time, I was involved in a charitable organization and in doing...

  • Entitled

    By Rob Eshman

    October 17, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    I like entitlements.

    I know that’s somehow a terrible thing to say. “Entitlement” has become a dirty four-syllable word in our deranged political culture. On Fox News, they spit the word out like a rotted pistachio nut. The very obvious and universally accepted truth that our...

  • Mount Sinai gives away tzedakah boxes

    By Ryan Torok

    February 29, 2012 | 5:53 pm

    Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries is recognizing the importance of traditional charitable giving. Los Angeles’ largest Jewish funeral home has begun offering free, limited-edition tzedakah boxes to California, Arizona and Nevada residents, hoping they’ll give to charities...

  • Opinion: On the money

    By David Suissa

    December 22, 2011 | 11:40 am

    What do you do when you run out of money? When you’re about to be evicted from your home, or having trouble feeding your kids, or simply can’t afford the basic necessities of life? What happens, also, when you can’t afford certain things you consider crucial — like sending...

  • Why tzedakah should not be mistaken for charity.

    By Samira Asemanfar

    November 8, 2011 | 6:18 pm

    Tzedakah, for many, has become another word for charity. Charity is about giving out of the kindness in your heart, generally when it is convenient. Tzedakah is not. It is about giving, consistently to those in need what is theirs, because it is an obligation on your part as a fellow...

  • Turkey earthquake: How you can help

    October 24, 2011 | 1:43 pm

    If your organization is involved in helping victims of the Turkish earthquake and you would like it included in our list, please email pertinent information to webmaster@jewishjournal.com.

    JDC RESPONDS TO TURKEY EARTHQUAKE

    In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in eastern...

  • Balancing resources and lives -- being Jewish and 'green'

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    December 11, 2008 | 12:23 am

    I entered the classroom, where more than 30 Jewish adults who had been studying together for the past semester buzzed in conversation. I began class by asking my students a simple question: "Are you concerned about what is happening to our environment and worried about what the...
  • Can we help?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 19, 2008 | 2:21 am

    My desk is coated with letters of request: Adopt an animal at the zoo; come to a gala for the Jewish food bank; plant a tree in Israel; plant a tree in Los Angeles. Feed 50 meals to homeless people. Support public radio. Support the temple building fund. Support the school PTA, the...
  • They never run out of patients

    By David Suissa

    October 22, 2008 | 10:47 pm

    An Iranian Jewish girl was going through chemotherapy treatment -- which tends to suppress your appetite -- but one day, she got this craving for a lamb stew with carrots. Within an hour, someone was headed to the nearest Persian restaurant to get the dish and bring it to the girl....
  • Sunday afternoon flag

    By The Web Guy

    September 25, 2008 | 3:50 am

  • Liturgy reminds us what we can do to avert evil

    September 25, 2008 | 3:07 am

    Sept. 11, 2001, occurred just six days before Rosh Hashanah. It was the tail end of what had been a difficult 12 months on the Jewish calendar: violence in Israel, a presidential election arbitrated by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Enron scandal.

    Then, on a particularly gorgeous...

  • We can continue to make a difference in Darfur

    September 25, 2008 | 1:03 am

    The beginning of a new year is always filled with hope, potential and opportunity for growth and change. The year we are putting behind us has not been an easy one. Our economy has entered perilous waters, with many people losing their jobs -- and their homes. The war in Iraq is now...
  • Moving beyond charity

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    September 3, 2008 | 10:11 pm

    One of the biggest misnomers in the Jewish vocabulary is the translation of tzedakah as "charity." This mistranslation has gone on for so long in the American< Jewish community that it's a hard habit to break. Most Hebrew school kids will give this answer when asked, much as they will say that mitzvah means "good deed" (another misnomer, for another column).

    Tzedakah is much more than charity since it comes from the word tzedek, which means "justice." When looked at in this light,...

  • Bark mitzvah goes to dogs in unique tzedakah project

    By Rachel Heller

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In honor of their bar mitzvahs, friends Jonah Resnick, Zachary Miller and Harris Girocco wanted to do a tzedakah (charitable giving) project that wasn't all bark and no bite.

    When the boys decided to raise funds for developmentally disabled children in Israel, they made an effort to...

  • I found unity, friendship and tzedakah in Anaheim

    By Matt Sackman

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine walking into a room full of 1,000 Jewish teenagers from all over North America who are singing in unity and celebration of their Jewish heritage. This was the sight at the 2007 United Synagogue Youth (USY) International Convention. From Dec. 23-27, the Marriott Hotel in...
  • Key questions can answer donation motivations

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I opened my mailbox to find several letters, a few bills and a host of requests for donations from various organizations that I have supported over the years. Because I am a stickler for organization, I sort the letters, place the bills in a folder marked "Look at me soon!" and the...
  • Eight Degrees of Charity 101

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi, physician and philosopher Moses Maimonides (aka the Rambam, 1135-1204) laid down rules for charity that have guided Jews through the centuries. Here they are, in simple English -- a good foundation for our Annual Giving Issue.

    The Hebrew word tzedakah, unlike "charity"...
  • Teaching our kids how to give

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As a child, I hated having my birthday fall in the middle of December because it meant that no matter when Chanukah began, my birthday gifts were somehow expected to count for Chanukah, too. It just didn't seem fair that I had to give up some of my gifts because of a glitch in the...
  • On Thanksgiving,  open your hand to the poor and needy

    By Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    n 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, "I do therefore invite my fellow ... to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving.... And I recommend to them that ... they do also ... commend to [God's] tender care all those who have become widows,...
  • The magic Spend/Save/Tzedakah Plan keeps kids thinking

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I know what I want for my birthday," my first-grader announced upon returning from school today. "A PSP [PlayStation Portable]."

    "Jake" I replied, intent on giving my son perspective on how much his request would cost. "Do you realize that you could go to the dollar store and...

  • It May Be Time to Change Goals, Ideas on Philanthropy

    By Michael Steinhardt

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I have a dream in which Jewish early childhood educators in the United States, who currently receive an average salary of $9.66 an hour, can raise their own children without having to take out loans or marry rich. I have a dream in which Birthright Israel does not have to keep tens...

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