For many teens, a bar or bat mitzvah is not just a rite of passage and an embrace of a community’s Jewish values; it also is an opportunity to make a mark socially by inviting BFFs and other classmates.
A little while ago, Hendel Schwartz got a call from a city bus driver. “Your son walks with God,” the driver told her.
Lauren Levine is settling in with a group of friends apartment to watch “American Idol,” when a look of panic comes over her face. She rummages around, finds her keys and darts out.“I left the hair thing on,” she says when she returns, breathless, from her own apartment downstairs. “I was straightening Jasmine’s hair before we came up here, and I forgot to turn it off. Wow. That was close.” Levine has wide blue eyes accentuated with sparkly eye shadow, and her voice is spiced with a sense of interested wonder.
Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services got a new name on Jan. 12, to include the designation the Joyce and Stanley Black Family Campus, in light of a $5 million gift the Blacks recently pledged to the agency.
Jack Ginsberg, a student at Paul Revere Charter Middle School and Magnet Center, raised $3,500 collecting coins in jars to help buy sporting equipment at Vista Del Mar, a social service agency that offers community programs for children and families, including foster care and psychiatric residential treatment.
The largest recipients of the Jewish Community Foundation's (JCF) Cutting Edge Grants, announced this week and totaling $1.6 million, were three programs promoting Jewish identity and connection with Israel through art, music and community leadership
Wyatt Isaacs recently celebrated his bar mitzvah through Nes Gadol, a Vista Del Mar and The Miracle Project program that helps children with varying degrees of learning challenges become sons and daughters of the commandment
Twenty-five years of great music and great Judaic art were celebrated at the 25th annual Festival of Jewish Artisans at Temple Isaiah in West Los Angeles.
Vibrato Jazz Grill joined forces with Vista del Mar Child and Family Service's Presidents Club to draw more than 200 young professionals from throughout Los Angeles to help at-risk youth.
Stars sparkled brightly inside and out at the Regent Beverly Wilshire recently when CBS Chair Leslie Moonves received UNICEF's Champion for Children Award at the first UNICEF Snowflake Ball for his dedication to positively impacting children around the world.
It is a bright, sunny day at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. In her office, medical director Dr. Susan Schmidt-Lackner is sitting on the floor with one of her young patients -- not an easy feat for a tall woman in a long skirt, but the doctor is more interested in the little boy than in her own comfort. The child's mother, seated nearby, recounts her concerns, such as how her son can't tolerate the texture of most foods and is subsisting on a diet of McDonald's Happy Meals.
Just off Motor Avenue in West Los Angeles, about where cars shoot out from under the 10, a simple sign points the way onto the campus of Vista del Mar Child and Family Services. Go fast and you'll miss the sign and the 17.5 acres beyond it of bungalows, recreation areas and service buildings.
Vista Del Mar and Family Services and DIVE! restaurant are teaming up for a holiday toy drive. Bring an unwrapped toy to the Century City restaurant between Nov. 28 and Dec. 22, and you'll receive 10 percent off your total lunch or dinner check.