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  • At summer camps and trauma centers, Beersheba students facing rockets with locals

    July 15, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    During Israel’s conflict with Hamas in 2009, Eli Nachmani, already using a wheelchair, injured his leg when a rocket hit this southern Israeli city.

    In the last clash in 2012, Nachmani sustained a head injury when the blast from a rocket knocked him out of his wheelchair.

    The...

  • Local groups receive volunteers to aid Holocaust survivors

    July 9, 2014 | 10:38 am

    A new partnership between national and Jewish service organizations will connect volunteers with Holocaust survivors beginning in September in several major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. 

    Through an initiative between the Corporation for National & Community Service, Jewish...

  • Volunteers get ready for Big Sunday’s crowds

    May 3, 2011 | 7:00 pm

    Big Sunday Weekend just keeps getting bigger.

    The nation’s largest regional community service event, which started in 1999 as the project of a single synagogue in Hollywood, last year boasted some 50,000 participants and next weekend, for the first time, will stretch statewide —...

  • Israel team of volunteers to help with search and rescue efforts in Japan

    March 11, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    ZAKA International Rescue Unit said Friday it will send a team of trained volunteers from Israel to help the search and rescue efforts in Japan, following the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that rocked the country earlier that day.

    Following a consultation with the Israeli...

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  • Peace Corps at 50 draws volunteers over 50

    February 22, 2011 | 6:45 pm

    Lillian Mizrahi is not your typical Peace Corps volunteer. She first considered joining 40 years ago, when she moved to Los Angeles from the Bronx, but her life became busy with children and a career.

    “Two years ago, I got a postcard that said, ‘Baby Boomers, we want you,’...

  • Interfaith volunteers feed homeless on MLK Day

    January 19, 2011 | 2:40 pm

    Volunteers from Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino and Family of Faith Christian Center (FFCC) in Carson fed 150 homeless people from the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission in North Hollywood in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the National Day of Service on Jan. 17. This...

  • Etta Israel Center Lauds Volunteers

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 20, 2010 | 7:26 pm

    The Etta Israel Center honored three young volunteers for their work in helping students with special needs. The Jan. 9 gala at the California Science Center recognized Esther Levine, Daniel Schwartz and
    Rita Miller Statman for the time they’ve put in as one-on-one counselors at...

  • L.A.'s Top Ten Mensches: Our fourth-annual salute to big-hearted Angelenos

    December 31, 2008 | 7:44 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...
  • Iranian Jewish kids fill care packages for troops, JFS honors goodness of Goldstines

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 5, 2008 | 2:21 pm

    Iranian Jews Fill Care Packages for Troops

    More than 50 local Iranian and other L.A.-area Jewish volunteers of various ages gathered at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills on May 25 to celebrate Memorial Day and prepare more than 300 care packages for U.S. troops based in...
  • Troubled teens turn to Teen Line and its Leader

    By Karen Alexander

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Every night for the last 27 years, teenagers who need to talk have been able to find an understanding ear at Teen Line, a confidential phone hotline staffed by highly trained teenage volunteer listeners.

    The calls reflect every manner of teen suffering and angst, from mundane...

  • Young philanthropists ask tough questions

    By Alex de Castro-Abeger

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    We are 17-year-old identical twin brothers, living a comfortable life in suburban Los Angeles. We attend one of Southern California's finest prep schools. We are diligent students, music-lovers, avid surfers and members of our school's water polo team -- a commitment that requires...

  • 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...
  • Americans fighters in Israel get overdue thank you

    By Tom Tugend

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Grandfathers and grandmothers looked at the photos on the wall and saw themselves again as young, strapping soldiers, sailors and pilots, far from home and close to the face of history.
     
    They were the American and Canadian volunteers who had fought in Israel's War of Independence...
  • A Circle of Friends

    By Mitch Jadidi

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For several weeks, I had been visiting Nathan, a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with autism. We had been brought together through the Conejo Valley Friendship Circle, an organization that extends warmth to families in the community that have children with special needs.

    Nathan was unable...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A Growing Hunger

    Responding to the needs of the hungry, Temple Beth El of San Pedro welcomed Dr. H. Eric Schockman, president of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and chair of the National Anti-Hunger Organizations, to a recent Shabbat service. He spoke about MAZON's 20-year history...

  • Big Sunday Gets Big Boost From City

    By Naomi Glauberman

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Big Sunday began in 1999 with 300 Jewish volunteers devoted to a day of good works. That was impressive in a city notorious for lack of civic involvement -- but that was just the beginning.

    What started as Mitzvah Day for congregants of Temple Israel of Hollywood gradually spread...

  • Angels in America

    By Rob Eshman

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Angels are everywhere in America these days, and a lot of them are tacky. When I was growing up you saw them once a year, adorning Christmas trees. Since then they've swarmed across the thin border that divides religious imagery from kitsch. Gift shops stock angel T-shirts, angel...

  • The Americans Who Fought for Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    This coming attraction will soon be playing in Los Angeles, but for the moment, you'll have to go to the University of Florida in Gainesville to see a new exhibit honoring those from the United States and Canada who fought for Israel's independence in the 1940s.

    The central display...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Catch a Wave

    There's nothing better than spending a hot summer day at the beach. Sink your toes in that golden sand and surf those blue waves.

    So, what are you waiting for? Let's hit the beach!

    Sea That?

    What will you find at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium?

    The following words...

  • L.A.‘s ‘Big’ Sunday

    By David Finnigan

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Between 35,000 and 40,000 people spent Sunday, May 15 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys for the annual Israel Independence Day festival.

    The festival's early afternoon main event featuring pro-Israel speeches and politicians lasted exactly one hour; on the last note of "The Star-Spangled...

  • Holiday of Freedom Spent Behind Bars

    By David Finnigan

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The high concrete walls of the little-used cafeteria at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles hardly spoke to Passover’s concept of freedom found and bondage ended. But this is where a dozen inmates gathered for their seder, in a setting that cried out Egypt rather than the...
  • Super Sunday Seeks to Top $4.5 Million

    By Marc Ballon

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On Feb. 13, an estimated 1,600 volunteers will place thousands of phone calls to community members with the hopes of making this the most Super Sunday ever.

    Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn will inaugurate the daylong fundraising drive at 9:30 a.m. at the headquarters of The Jewish...

  • Little-Known Givers Have Big Hearts

    By Tom Tugend

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Robert Rosenthal, a self-described "typical Jewish boy from Manhattan," sometime bull rider and country music addict, has morphed into the godfather of entertainment at military bases across the United States.

    He is among the many Angeleno volunteers and philanthropists, often...

  • Big Sunday, Big Turnout

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sunday, May 2 was also Big Sunday in Los Angeles, as 5,000 volunteers from more than 100 different synagogues, churches, Buddhist temples, schools and other groups participated in about 145 social service projects around the region.

    Temple Israel of Hollywood, which originated the...

  • Lending a Hand at a Community Seder

    By Carin Davis

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I'm spending Passover in Chicago -- home of the Cubs, the Bears and the whole Davis mishpachah (family). Mom's serving up chopped liver, chicken soup, matzah balls, matzah kugel, gefilte fish -- and those are just the appetizers. We'll drink wine, read the haggadah and belt out our...

  • Hello, Israel Calling

    By Journal Staff

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Phones will be ringing in at least 5,000 Jewish homes around Orange County on March 14, when volunteers pitch in to help raise money for O.C.'s Jewish Federation, the umbrella fundraising organization that helps support a dozen Jewish agencies.

    This year, though, Super Sunday dialing...

  • Pledge Storm Hits Federation

    By Marc Ballon

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles had a super Super Sunday, ringing up pledges of $4.5 million, or $800,000 more than last year.

    "The volunteers were amazing, and, to tell you the truth, it was raining and more people were at home," said Craig Prizant, senior vice...

  • Not Only on Sunday

    By Marc Ballon

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Bailey Silverman and Rebecca Namm are in many ways typical teenagers. The best friends like to go to the mall, hang out with pals and talk on the phone.

    But come Super Sunday, Feb. 22, the two Milken Community High School juniors will undertake the very adult mission of raising...

  • The Circuit

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Patent Appointee

    Howard J. Klein, an Irvine patent attorney and Jewish Republican activist, was appointed to an advisory panel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in July.

    Klein, 53, will serve a three-year term on the panel, created by Congress in 1999. Its function is to...

  • Mission to Argentina

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last month, seven Los Angeles rabbis and five community leaders traveled to Argentina for a whirlwind 72-hour trip. The mission, organized by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, helped them gain firsthand knowledge of the...

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