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  • Leslye Adelman: Feeding body and soul

    By Elyse Glickman

    January 2, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    While some synagogue sanctuaries are adorned with fresh flowers, the bimah of Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village is lined with towers of fresh apples and oranges. Although the décor, devised by Leslye Adelman, is stylish, it is also functional. Every Monday, the fruit moves to...

  • Armin Szatmary: Person of the Book

    By Jared Sichel

    January 2, 2014 | 3:30 pm

    Armin Szatmary takes his membership in the “People of the Book” very seriously.

    So seriously, in fact, that once per week, for 15 years, the 73-year-old retired salesman has set aside time to help illiterate kids in Los Angeles’ public schools learn to read.

    Sitting in the...

  • Leon Shkrab: Bearing witness to Russians’ Holocaust stories

    By Ryan Torok

    January 2, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    For the past seven years, Leon Shkrab, 67, has volunteered every week at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, conducting intake interviews in Russian with Holocaust survivors who are applying for Holocaust reparations through the representation of lawyers at the pro bono law firm.

    For...

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  • Wendy Colman Levin: The way home

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 2, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    Wendy Colman Levin spoke with quiet intensity about the people who have touched her during her four-and-a-half years as an advocate on behalf of the homeless, among them the young woman who was thrown out of her childhood home when she told her stepfather that her stepbrothers were...

  • The Mensch List 2012

    January 3, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    Last month, for our seventh-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...

  • Paulinda Schimmel Babbini: Raising ovarian cancer awareness

    by Kylie Jane Wakefield

    January 3, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Often, when someone is coping with an extraordinary loss, the feelings can be all-encompassing. When Paulinda Schimmel Babbini’s daughter, Robin, died of ovarian cancer at the age of 20, instead of letting the tragic death immobilize her, Babbini made it her mission that no one...

  • Georgia Freedman-Harvey: The art of healing

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    January 3, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    By the way, I forgot to mention,” Georgia Freedman-Harvey said at the end of a long interview, “I was a bone marrow donor for a stranger 10 years ago.”

    That Freedman-Harvey physically gave of herself wasn’t a surprising revelation.

    Nor was it surprising to find out that...

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