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  • Fred Zaidman: Feeding others is his emotional sustenance

    By Jane Ulman

    3 weeks ago

    “Can you get any breakfast burritos?”
     
    Fred Zaidman, who had recently added helping the homeless to his list of volunteer passions, went into action, soon securing a commitment from Bristol Farms for 75 burritos for a breakfast for the homeless that The City School, a charter...
  • Shmulie Hauptman: Hatzolah leader brings first aid to Jewish community — and beyond

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    On a rainy weekday in December, Shmulie Hauptman wore a reflective Hatzolah of Los Angeles jacket. A two-way radio was clipped to his belt. His car, a Lexus hybrid, was parked outside the Starbucks at Pico and Robertson, where he met with the Journal. Inside the car were a spare...
  • Dave Bullock: Bringing cameras to Skid Row residents

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    Dave Bullock is a co-founder of the Skid Row Photography Club, which provides digital cameras to Los Angeles’ Skid Row residents — the club’s members — and through their pictures allows outsiders like himself a chance to see their lives in another light. Bullock raises the funds to...
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  • Ellen Brooks: Lending a hand at Cedars-Sinai for 38 years

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    When Ellen Brooks retired in 1977 at the age of 34 from her job as a production assistant on the Warner Bros. lot, she was looking forward to spending some time traveling the country with her new husband, Dr. Philip Brooks, a gynecologist approaching his 50th anniversary at...
  • Joseph Samuels: Exposing crime against Iraqi Jews

    By Karmel Melamed

    3 weeks ago

    His voice cracking with emotion, his eyes welling with tears, Joseph Samuels, 84 and a retired Jewish real estate developer, recalled the pogrom’s angry Muslim mobs in Baghdad that his Iraqi family and the Jewish community there faced during the Holocaust. Known as the “Farhud,”...
  • Nira Sayegh: Lifelong love of Jewish education began in childhood

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

    3 weeks ago

    For most people, working full-time plus overtime hours as vice president of finance at a property management firm would be enough to stay busy.
     
    But for Nira Sayegh, 52, of Beverly Hills, helping run NPS Realty & Management Corp. with her husband, Pinny, is only a fraction of...
  • Ben Schwartzman: Giving autistic kids a shot at a team sport

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    In early 2014, UCLA post-graduate education student Ben Schwartzman and his classmate and friend John Daniel were staring at their computer screens and robotically crunching numbers on Microsoft Excel when they both decided they needed a change.
     
    “We were just looking at data...

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