Quantcast

Jewish Journal

Tag: Volunteering

View the most popular tags overall?

  • Retired, but not from good deeds

    3 weeks ago

    Retirement hasn’t stopped Sharon Mayer from working, and she’s not alone. The Sherman Oaks resident is part of a growing number of seniors out in force to volunteer with the regularity of a job. 

    Nationally, the numbers are significant: The Corporation for National and Community...

  • Putting My Learning Into Practice: Tikkun Olam in Jerusalem

    by Michal Meyers, alumna of Masa Israel’s Midreshet Harova

    November 23, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    We learned from the wee hours of the morning until late at night, but Torah study is incomplete without chessed, or acts of kindness. This was a lesson I learned while a student at Midreshet Harova, a Masa Israel-accredited seminary in the Old City of Jerusalem.

    Coming from LA,...

  • Bringing Joy to Families Touched by Pain: Volunteering with Terror Victims in Israel

    By Masa Israel Journey

    March 31, 2011 | 11:54 am

    by Chaya Cunin, participant in Masa Israel’s Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim

    Throughout the world and in Israel, terror is a horrific reality. Fortunately, being in Israel this year on a Masa Israel program has presented me with many opportunities to think, speak and most...

  • Scratching Beneath the Surface: Visiting Jewish Communities around the World

    by Bracha Stettin, participant in Masa Israel’s Kivunim

    March 3, 2011 | 2:42 pm

    Thirty hours ago, I left a country whose Jewish population went from 300,000 to 3,000 in the past 60 years. I walked the narrow paths between the houses where these Jews used to live, I breathed in the air of the synagogues where they prayed every day, three times a day. Over and...

  • ADVERTISEMENT
    PUT YOUR AD HERE
  • Volunteer network aids Holocaust funds program

    By Tom Tugend

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    Bet Tzedek video shows a similar effort in 2006


    A network of volunteers from many of the nation's leading law firms, recruited through a Los Angeles initiative, is helping to write what appears to be the last chapter in the long and contentious history of reparations to Holocaust...

  • Big Sunday looks good in green

    By Jay Firestone

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Environmentalism may be trendy, but expensive hybrid cars and solar paneling aren't the only ways of being fashionably green.

    Big Sunday, an annual citywide volunteer community service event scheduled for May 3-4, is adding a Green Sunday option, which groups together environmental...

  • Mensches: Our third annual salute to big-hearted Angelenos

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "It is hard to convey the special sense of respect, dignity and approbation that can be conveyed by calling someone 'a real mensch,'" writes Leo Rosten in "The Joys of Yiddish."

    The Yiddish word infuses the basic German denotation -- "person" -- with an almost indefinable...

  • It’s not camp, but it’ll do

    By Shayna Freisleben

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Camp Hess Kramer broke my young and fertile heart. It was an instance of pubescent love that evolved into unrequited passion. For eight years, I frolicked in the crisp Malibu breeze, danced maniacally to Israeli folk songs and celebrated the Sabbath each Friday at dusk. It was eight...
  • Be careful what you ask for

    By Diane Saltzberg

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "The Secret" is on everybody's lips. Oprah, Ellen, Larry. Who am I, then, to say it's drivel? *

    So I put the Law of Attraction to a test. Actually, I did this unknowingly, years ago, well before The Secret was a ka-ching in Rhonda Byrne's metaphysical cash register.

    I volunteered for...

  • Helping the Congo, person by person

    By David Brinn

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Gila Garaway says that the vision for her organization, Moriah Africa, came to her as she was lying in a hospital bed in Nigeria in 2001.

    "I was there consulting on a water project, and I broke my back in a truck accident," the American-born Israeli from the community of Poriah near...

  • Students remind General Assembly they’ve got a lot to give, too

    By Julie G Fax

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In 1969, a group of college students staged a protest at the premiere gathering of the organized Jewish community, demanding more say and more attention to issues that mattered to them -- such as Soviet Jewry, Jewish identity and culture. They also wanted a younger voice to be...

  • New Year brings new hope to inmates

    By Nick Street

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Daniel, a 24-year-old UCLA student, has gotten under my skin. I met him a month ago when I followed Rabbi Yossi Carron on his rounds through Men's Central Jail and Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles. Daniel had a few more days to serve on the six-month sentence...
  • A Mother’s Letter: Israeli Volunteers Aid in War Effort

    By Donna Zeff

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Sunday morning, July 16, after spending a restful Shabbat with his family, my 20-year-old soldier son found out that instead of going on an educational trip to Yad Vashem with his army buddies, he was to be sent to the small moshav of Netua on the Lebanese border.

    That same...

  • 10 Ideas For Creating Meaningful Volunteer Assignments

    By Susan J. Ellis

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Any organization's program and operational decisions should stem from the philosophy, beliefs and vision that are its reasons for being in the first place. These basic values, however, are often assumed, yet rarely articulated.



    It is a worthwhile exercise to identify the values...

  • Drive Sends Love, ‘Gratitude’ to Troops

    By Laura Birnbaum

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As Carolyn Blashek knows only too well, good things come in small packages. The founder and motivating force behind Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to American troops overseas, Blashek serves as an inspiring testimony to one woman's dedication...

  • Karen Gilman: What Makes Her Run?

    By Amy Klein

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    To try to figure out all the volunteer projects social worker Karen Gilman is involved in -- and where she finds the time to do them all -- is to sift through a complex maze of stories of individuals who need help, or organizations that need help, or a volunteer staff that...

  • Circuit

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Friends in Deed

    On Feb. 17, David Nathanson hosted a silent auction at his L.A. home for more than 100 young executives – and special guest 5th District L.A City Councilman Jack Weiss – to benefit nonprofit Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel.

    Located just south of Haifa, the...

  • Jewry’s Myopic Plan

    By Bethamie Horowitz

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The call for "Jewish continuity" sounded by American Jewish communal leaders more than a decade ago as an antidote to rising intermarriage rates and other signs of weakening identity has spawned a veritable industry aimed at making American Jews more Jewish. There has been an...

  • Center Aids Iranians in Need of Help

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    After only a few months in Los Angeles, Shirley N., a 30-year-old Jewish immigrant from Iran, almost returned to her homeland because of financial difficulties.

    "I was down, I was broke, I didn't have anyone here, and I was also worried about my family in Iran," Shirley said. "I...

  • And There Was Music

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At Sinai Akiba Academy recently, Bryna Vener vigorously conducted close to 100 first- through-eighth-graders in a passionate rendition of "Hava Nagila" as students danced in their seats. If the atmosphere was celebratory, it was because the assembly was a dress rehearsal for the...

  • A Jewish Diet

    By Rabbi Sheryl Nosan-Blank

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Tu B'Shevat seder, with its many fruit and nuts, challenges us to reconsider our usual diets, and the recommended Jewish diet. While the FDA recommends a diet high in grains, rich in nutrients and low in saturated fats, Judaism recommends a diet high in holiness, rich in...

  • Rewriting Lives

    By Rob Eshman

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    David Levinson, 44, has written for television, theater and feature films. He and his wife Ellen Herman, also a television writer, have crafted a good life from an unforgiving business, with a home in Hancock Park and three growing children, who, he informed me over lunch this week,...

  • Mel Levine to Chair

    By Marc Ballon

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Former U.S. Rep. Mel Levine has been tapped as chair of the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), a move that some observers said they hoped would restore the luster of the embattled agency.

    Levine, a Democrat who served in the House of Representatives for 10 years and in the...

  • Indiscreet in the IDF

    By Dutch Griffin

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I recently joined some 30 volunteers from a dozen countries as part of Sar-El Volunteers For Israel to work with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). As a Christian Zionist on his third visit to Israel this year, I was mostly united in purpose with the others who came at the outset of...

  • Freda Sandrich

    By Rob Eshman

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Back in Hollywood's Golden Age, a radio host asked director Mark Sandrich who, in his opinion, was the most alluring woman in Hollywood. "That's easy," said Sandrich, who directed such stars as Ginger Rogers and Claudette Colbert. "My wife, Freda."

    Freda Sandrich died Feb. 25 at...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Loose Lips Sink Schools



    Dear Wendy,

    I have spent hundreds of hours volunteering at my children's school and I am an active member of the parent council. My kids love the school and would hate to leave, but there seems to be a problem with loose lips. After discussing my...

  • Jewish Prescription For Health Care Ills

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Is our national health care system beyond cure? Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Dr. Alexandra M. Levine, medical director of the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, believe that the Jewish community can take a...

  • Model Volunteer

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In many ways, 26-year-old Deborah Jennings is typical of the young volunteers at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) in the Fairfax district. She's a passionate, college-educated individual who volunteers four to eight hours each week for Talkline, a counseling hotline...

  • Holiday Spirit All Year Long

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holy Days are always a special time of year, not in a warm and fuzzy way, but in a meaningful, introspective manner, a time when our awareness of how we treat others - in addition to how we treat ourselves - is heightened. This is the time of year when we take stock of the...

  • Chicken Soup and a Mother’s Journey

    By Ellie Kahn

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When I'm 79, I want to be Mollie Pier.

    With a name like that, she could have been a torch singer or silent film actress, but she's not at all famous -- except to the people who appreciate and adore her.

    What I love about Mollie is her vibrant, warm personality and her seemingly...

    Page 1     of 2 pages        1 2 >