Saturday, January 23, 2021


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Skirball Cultural Center Founder and President Rabbi Uri Herscher on Passing the Baton to Bet Tzedek’s Jessie Kornberg

July 1, marks the day that Skirball Founding President and Chief Executive Uri Herscher hands over the reins of the cultural center to Jessie...

L.A. Jewish Crisis Resource Guide

This guide will constantly be updated. Keep checking back for additional information and email [email protected] if you'd like your organization, event or resource to be...

Uri Herscher: Compassion, Gratitude, Tears

The last thing I expected when I first met Rabbi Uri Herscher in the late 1990s was tears. All I knew about him was...

Skirball Cultural Center Founder and President Rabbi Uri Herscher on Passing the Baton to Bet Tzedek’s Jessie Kornberg

It’s hard to imagine that the 15-acre site housing the Skirball Cultural Center at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains didn’t exist 24...

JPAC Advocates for Jewish Causes

On Oct. 11, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB-1548, the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which provides security grants of up to $200,000 for...

Moving & Shaking: Bet Tzedek Justice Ball, Movable Minyan Anniversary

Legal aid agency Bet Tzedek’s New Leadership Council held its 22nd annual Justice Ball on July 14 at Poppy in West Hollywood. The Justice...

Moving & Shaking: Nazarians at CSUN, Pico Union Project’s Ultimate Shabbat, Bet Tzedek’s Justice Ball

Los Angeles-based Iranian-Jewish philanthropists Younes and Soraya Nazarian have donated $17 million to Cal State Northridge (CSUN), prompting the renaming of the school’s Valley...

Moving and Shaking: Bet Tzedek’s big night, IAC holds conference, interfaith tolerance celebrated

Bet Tzedek Legal Services honored donors and employees with awards Feb. 21 at its annual gala dinner, which was attended by more than 1,200...

To protect seniors, vote no on Measure S

Los Angeles seniors live on the knife-edge of the worst housing crisis in the United States. Driven by scarcity, property owners and developers conspire...

The shape of things to come: Jewish L.A. in 30 years

In commemoration of the Jewish Journal's 30th anniversary, Jewish leaders discuss their hopes and predictions for the next 30 years of L.A. Jewish life. Melissa...

Funding for survivor services sees a big jump in 2015

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany — also known as the Claims Conference — is providing a $10.1 million increase in funding this year to California-based Holocaust survivors, according to a Claims Conference’s December press release.

Moving and shaking: Bet Tzedek, Beit T’Shuvah and Forbes

Halfway through Bet Tzedek’s annual dinner gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel on Jan. 22, Jessie Kornberg, the brand-new president and CEO of the nonprofit legal-aid organization, stepped onto the stage.

Iranian-American Jews in L.A. look to the future

Foreign conflict and human rights abuses were front and center in the minds of Los Angeles’ Iranian-Jewish community leaders who attended the 30 Years After 4th Biennial Civic Action Conference on Nov. 2.

Bet Tzedek names Jessie Kornberg new CEO

About two years ago, Jessie Kornberg was litigating a trial for the law firm Bird Marella, and when it ended, all the attorneys were waiting to speak candidly with jurors about what they thought the lawyers did well and what they didn’t do well.

Bet Tzedek president to resign

Bet Tzedek President and CEO Sandor Samuels has tendered his resignation, effective as soon as a successor is identified.

Moving and Shaking: Bet Tzedek gala, USHM LA dinner, Project Chicken Soup celebrates

The Bet Tzedek Legal Services annual gala drew a capacity crowd of 1,500 guests to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel ballroom March 5 to celebrate its 40th anniversary and honor attorneys Bruce Ramer, Stanley Gold, five past Bet Tzedek leaders and other lawyers.

The Mensch List: Bearing witness to Russians’ Holocaust stories

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.

A union’s Jewish connection

Bet Tzedek, a nonprofit that provides free legal services for poor people, is locked in a dispute with the union that represents most of its workers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (or AFSCME).

Immigration bill: For nannies and caregivers, legal status isn’t enough

At 2 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, Amelia Barnachea waited in a copy shop in downtown Los Angeles, shifting her weight from one foot to the other. \"I\'m exercising,\" the diminutive Filipina-American home health aide explained, looking very spry for her 72 years.

Preventing human trafficking: You can help. Here are some guidelines:

Be aware. Trafficking victims are everywhere, and they often exhibit characteristics similar to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Letters to the Editor: Gordis, Brous, Fiscal Cliff

I think that the strongest refutation of Rabbi Daniel Gordis (“When Balance Becomes Betrayal,” Nov. 30) and also of David Suissa (“War and Bickering,” Nov. 30) came from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), who brilliantly used impressive intelligence gathering and precision bombing to minimize civilian casualties and thus avoided what most often happens with Israel in asymmetrical warfare — namely that Israel wins the military battle and loses the political war.

Bet Tzedek moves east

Ever since Bet Tzedek’s inception in 1974, the free legal-services firm has mostly been housed in the heavily Jewish Fairfax district, with additional offices in the San Fernando Valley and the Mid-Wilshire area.

Rebecca Catherine Nichols dies at 29

Rebecca Catherine Nichols, daughter of Merle N. Stern and James H. Nichols Jr., died on Oct. 5 at 29.

Navigating the process of conservatorship

For a parent who has been caring for a child with special needs, it can be jarring to realize that at age 18, the child is considered a legal adult, whether or not he can sign his own name or understand the value of a dollar.

PJA and JFSJ head Elissa Barrett moves to Bet Tzedek

Elissa Barrett is leaving Progressive Jewish Alliance and Jewish Funds for Justice (PJA and JFSJ) to become vice president and general counsel of Bet Tzedek.

Bet Tzedek Has a Ball With Rapper Nelly

Surrounded by dancing bodies, a 20-something took off his shirt and waved it around his head, bare-chested, simply following the instructions of hip-hop artist Nelly, the performer on stage. “It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes,” Nelly sang, the lyrics from his 2002 hit song, “Hot in Herre.”

Seeking a pay increase, Bet Tzedek employees picket

On June 14, employees at Bet Tzedek, a Jewish legal-service organization, demonstrated in front of the organization’s office at 145 S. Fairfax Ave., calling for higher wages. Bet Tzedek — which means “House of Justice” in Hebrew — is a nonprofit that provides free legal services to Jews and non-Jews in Los Angeles. The Bet Tzedek employees — lawyers, legal secretaries, paralegals and clerical workers — want pay increases of approximately 2 percent, according to Marc Bender, an attorney at Bet Tzedek and president of Bet Tzedek Legal Services Union, which has 54 members.

Bet Tzedek taps corporate attorney, community leader as new CEO

Bet Tzedek named Sandor \"Sandy\" Samuels as its new president CEO, tapping the community leader and financial industry legal expert to head the Los Angeles-based Jewish public interest law firm that serves nearly 12,000 disadvantaged clients every year.

Tovah Feldshuh immortalizes life of young Shoah heroine in ‘Irena’s Vow’

\"Irena\'s Vow\" is the story of Irena Gut Opdyke, a young Polish Catholic woman who took unimaginable risks and paid an unspeakable personal price to save the lives of 12 Jews by hiding them in the basement of the villa where she was virtually enslaved by a German major during World War II.

Daphna Ziman praised, Justice Ball raises big bucks for Bet Tzedek

Ziman Praised for Understanding Back in April, Daphna Ziman set off a firestorm when she alleged that African American Rev. Eric P. Lee...

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