Jewish Journal

  • Oron Maher: Traveling an ethical road leads to fulfillment

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 5, 2015 | 4:07 pm

    When Oron Maher began building his Southern California real estate business four years ago, he turned to the Los Angeles Business Journal for the scoop on his industry, and what he found disturbed him. 
    As he combed through its pages, he discovered what felt like too many...
  • Harriet Zaretsky: A voice for disenfranchised kids of L.A.

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 5, 2015 | 3:57 pm

    For 18 years, Harriet Zaretsky has been devoting her time to helping the abused, abandoned and neglected foster children that the rest of society tends to forget. 
    Beginning in 1996, she became a court-appointed special advocate with CASA of Los Angeles, serving as a case...
  • Shannon von Roemer: Doggedly devoted to canine rescue

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 5, 2015 | 3:42 pm

    Shannon von Roemer got the call at 9:30 p.m. on a Saturday two years ago: A woman had found a gray-and-white pit bull cowering in the bushes in Inglewood, with its paw and hip crushed and its back torn up after the animal was thrown from and dragged by a car.
    Von Roemer — the...
  • Dr. Jay Grossman: He gives homeless something to smile about

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 5, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    In 1991, Dr. Jay Grossman was waiting at a stoplight in West Los Angeles when he spotted a bedraggled homeless veteran who was missing his front teeth. The dentist was a bit hesitant as he reached into his wallet to give the man a handout; he worried that the veteran might spend...
  • The Mensch List 2014

    Jewish Journal Staff

    December 30, 2014 | 3:41 pm

    Last month, for our 10th annual mensch list, we invited your nominations of extraordinary volunteers in our community, and once again the outpouring of suggestions of amazing people was overwhelming. This list could have been much longer — what we offer here is just a sampling of...

  • The Mensch List 2013

    Jewish Journal

    January 2, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    Last month, for our eighth-annual mensch list, we again invited all of you to submit your nominations of extraordinary volunteers, and again the outpouring of suggestions of amazing people was overwhelming. We faced this enormous response only to wonder, once again, how to choose...

  • Eldad Hagar: Dogged devotion

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 2, 2014 | 4:37 pm

    When Eldad Hagar, co-founder of the dog rescue Hope for Paws, arrived at the trash heap in Wilmington last November, a defeated-looking white husky huddled miserably amid the garbage, her red and raw body racked with mange, bacterial infections and parasites. The dog was too...

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