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  • Betty Neymark: Second Career From a Second Language

    By Jane Ulman

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Betty Neymark
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    "Why isn't Temple Judea doing something like this?" Betty Neymark's daughter, Nancy, asked her more than 19 years ago, referring...

  • Taking responsibility

    By Jonathan Shainberg

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Social Justice seems to be the central theme that pervades just about any Jewish periodical. Open any issue of The Jewish Journal, for instance, and you will see all sorts of articles and editorials related to tikkun olam, acts of charity and kindness that help to repair or perfect...
  • Teens, college students make their presence known

    By Jane Ulman

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Welcome to Los Angeles."

    "Welcome to the GA."

    Erika Levy and Alie Kussin-Shoptaw, seniors at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, easily spotted in their bright orange volunteer vests, stood by the escalators at the Los Angeles Convention Center, greeting arriving United...

  • Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Starving Students Deliver

    Starving Students, the nation's leading local mover, volunteered its movers and trucks for the SOVA Food Pantry's High Holiday Food Drive. Six Starving Students movers and two trucks helped pick up and deliver donated groceries to the SOVA warehouse where...

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  • Wanted: someone to help suffering Jews

    By Amy Klein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One day, Rabbi Barbara Speyer went to a Los Angeles-area nursing home to provide emergency chaplaincy services -- spiritual comfort and care -- to a dying patient. When she arrived, the administrator said to her, "Why do you guys charge for this? This should be voluntary!"
     
    Speyer...
  • Circuit

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A for Achievement

    Supporters of the Friends of Sheba Medical Center filled the ballroom at the Four Seasons last week to honor three remarkable women -- Rita and Sue Brucker and Dr. Elizabeth Morgan with their prestigious Women of Achievement Award. Morgan gained national...
  • Beverly Hills TV Agent Casts Himself in Reality Show: Lebanon War

    By Amy Klein

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Most American Jews were upset when the conflict broke out between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon this summer. Many felt frustrated and helpless watching the news from so far away, wondering what they could do about it. Matt Altman knew what he had to do: He had to get on a plane to...
  • Mission To Israel

    By Amy Klein

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    Teenagers sit in a circle on the sparkling white sand of Hof Nitzanim, a beachfront south of Tel Aviv, where the dark blue waves lap at the shore. Behind them, younger kids play on pool and Ping-Pong tables and families sit around a bar, eating and watching a lithe belly dancer...
  • Healing Torah Makes Hospital Rounds

    By Amy Klein

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One day last year Rabbi Levi Meier, the Jewish chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, was summoned to the room of an elderly Russian man in the ICU who had cancer.

    He was in poor spirits, so Meier decided to bring in the Torah from the chaplaincy ark. The patient's eyes lit up at...

  • Jewish World Watch Eyes National Stage

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Janice Kamenir-Reznik wasn't sure where Darfur was on the map when she heard a Rosh Hashanah sermon at Valley Beth Shalom some 18 months ago.

    During his sermon, Rabbi Harold Schulweis told the congregation that "Never Again" applies not only to the Holocaust but requires Jews to...

  • The Road to Mississippi

    By Sophia Kamran

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Driving through the deserted streets of New Orleans, we peered through the windows of our charter bus and watched as we drove past miles of destroyed homes. As we approached our destination, Waveland, Miss., the houses became increasingly tattered and decayed; on some lots, only...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Built to Last

    Team Mortorq from Beverly Hills High School won two prestigious awards recently at a robotics competition: The Entrepreneurship Award and the Autodesk Visualization Award for animation.

    The Entrepreneurship Award recognizes a team which, since its inception, has...

  • How Green Is My Shul?

    By Jane Ulman

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For 75-year-old Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, it was the need to re-landscape that steered the synagogue in an ecological direction. The status quo was 8,000 square feet of unwatered, weed-ridden and rarely mowed grass, along with three palm trees, two citrus...

  • Hillel Students Help Rebuild Gulf Coast

    By Larry Luxner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Southern Mississippi's Jewish population suddenly mushroomed -- as 135 members of the campus organization Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life fan out through the area, repairing roofs of houses severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

    The Hillel students, who wore distinctive...

  • Saul Kroll: Healing Hand at Cedars-Sinai

    By Tom Tugend

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Our rabbis speak of yetzer hara and yetzer hatov, man's dual inclination toward evil and toward good, and what you make of your life depends on which you follow," Saul Kroll observes.

    Kroll is a firm believer in yetzer hatov, and the 87-year-old Westside resident...

  • Joyce Rabinowitz: A Type Like No Other

    By Jane Ulman

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    Look at Joyce Rabinowitz's computer keyboard and you will see six blank keys in the middle row. They are actually the letters SDF and JKL, but the identifying marks have been worn off from use.

    In fact, those are only keys Rabinowitz uses, with the exception of the space...

  • Jennifer Chadorchi: The Hunger to Help

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    At 6:30 p.m. on a chilly Wednesday night in December, more than 30 young Jewish professionals gathered on the corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street in West Hollywood to feed homeless people waiting in line for a hot meal.

    There on behalf of the Greater West...

  • Save Darfur - I Mean It

    By Laura Donney

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Do not stand idly by. Save Darfur."

    More than once a person has looked at this statement printed on the green wristband that I wear on my right arm. Usually, they read it unenthusiastically and then disregard it. But occasionally, someone asks what it means, and I am quick to...

  • L.A. Enters the Season of Mitzvot

    By David Finnigan

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Christmas Day is the day of the year which some Jews often fill by doing some mitzvah volunteer work, then enjoying Chinese food and a movie. But that annual mitzvah-Chinese food-movie ritual is being put aside this Dec. 25 for Chanukah.

    "Chanukah makes it a big deal because now Jews...

  • Pipes Bring More Than Water

    By Marit Pearlman Shapiro

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Our aging yellow school bus slowly drove up a steep mountain in a verdant forest in Honduras. I wondered why the bus driver was stopping at a seemingly random spot on the worst road I have ever seen. There were coffee and cornfields left and right. A herd of cows meandered down the...

  • Pantry Gets a New Home to Help Hungry

    By Jane Ulman

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This year, for the first time in SOVA's 22-year history, food pantry volunteers won't have to store and unpack thousands of grocery bags filled with High Holiday Food Drive donations in multiple cramped locations or larger rented spaces that are costly and inconvenient. Instead, SOVA...

  • To Simcha, With Love

    By Gaby Friedman

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The very word Siberia evokes a cold, distant place -- it's so, well, Soviet. But Siberia just got a little warmer and a little more Jewish because of San Fernando Valley resident Elaine Berke, who arranged for the b'nai mitzvah of 61 Siberian Jews ranging in age from 12 to 26.

    The...

  • ‘Mothers’ Offer SOS for Abused Children

    By Karin Kloosterman

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Yael Friedman, a 53-year-old single mother, lives in the Israeli village of Arad with her 10 children. But she's not a typical single mother by any measure. For one thing, she gave birth to none of those children. Friedman works as a professional mother in a community that matches...

  • She’s 88 and Going Like 60 Volunteering

    By Ellie Kahn

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Imagine this situation: You've arrived at LAX after hours of sitting in an airplane from Italy. You've waited in line to get through customs, lugged your suitcases from the baggage claim and you finally emerge to locate your relatives. But they're nowhere to be found, and you don't...

  • A Holiday Redemption

    By David Finnigan

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    When my wife left me last year, I was not prepared for how lonely Christmas could be, nor did I realize how Jewish it would become.

    Last Dec. 24, I was alone in the Sherman Oaks townhouse we once shared. I did not buy a Christmas tree; there was no joy in my home that such a tree...

  • Teens Gear up for Bicycle Tzedakah

    By Julie M. Brown

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    With their hands all but frozen, lips blue and feet soaking, nearly 50 South Bay teens and a large handful of adult volunteers braved the storm on Sunday, Dec. 5, to devote their afternoon to testing, cleaning and repairing bicycles.

    The second of four Arachim programs, this event...

  • Teens Gear up for Bicycle Tzedakah

    By Julie M. Brown

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    With their hands all but frozen, lips blue and feet soaking, nearly 50 South Bay teens and a large handful of adult volunteers braved the storm on Sunday, Dec. 5, to devote their afternoon to testing, cleaning and repairing bicycles.

    The second of four Arachim programs, this event...

  • Passion to Help Sick Spawns Wider Effort

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Lori Marx-Rubiner underwent a bilateral mastectomy two years ago, she lost the use of her arms for a few weeks. She couldn't brush her teeth, let alone tackle cooking dinner or driving her son to school.

    The Adat Ari El community came to her rescue, bringing approximately 60...

  • American Red Cross Seeks Image Rehab

    By Marc Ballon

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Howard Parmet is on a mission.

    Parmet, community outreach consultant for the American Red Cross (ARC) of Greater Los Angeles, wants to build bridges to a Jewish community that has largely shunned the organization because of a belief that it is anti-Israeli at best and anti-Semitic at...

  • It’s Time to Change

    By Jane Ulman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The oldest and most primitive human dates back about 7 million years, according to a skull found by scientists in Central Africa.

    "That's so depressing," I say to my husband, Larry. "I can't believe that in 7 million years we haven't evolved any further than this."

    "This" being a...

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