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(L-R) Dr. Michael Held, executive director of ETTA; Sharon Levine, co-president of ETTA-OHEL’s board of directors; and Liebe and Ivor Geft, recipients of the ETTA Champions Award.
 

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014

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ETTA’s 20th Annual Gala, held recently at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, attracted more than 400 members of the Los Angeles community in support of ETTA’s work on behalf of Jewish adults with special needs.

Anne Samson
 

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014

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The Ben Zakkai Honor Society’s NCSY National Scholarship Dinner on Sunday evening, January 26 in New York will celebrate the legacy of Anne Samson, a”h, of Beverly Hills, who was tragically taken from family, friends and the Jewish community she served so well in a horrific August automobile accident in Los Angeles.

(L-R) Dr. Gil Graff; Yakov Leebhoff; Zevi Gersten; and Richard Sandler. Photo courtesy of the Milken Family Foundation
 

Posted on: January 9th, 2014

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The Milken Family Foundation and the Board of Jewish Education (BJE) partnered in sponsoring the recent Jewish Educator Awards Student Essay Contest for middle and high-school students from BJE-affiliated schools.

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(L-R) LASD Deputy Jennifer Hernandez; LASD Reserve Deputy Jacob Castrol; attorney Tiffany Feder; Commander Stephen Johnson; Custody Assistant Judy Akiike; TTCF’s Marcos Hernandez; Lt. Sergio Murillo; OJCB Chaplain Gavriel Hershoff; L.A. City Neighborhood Councilman Michoel Bloom; OJCB Chaplain Dara Abaei; Captain Daniel Dyer; OJCB Director and Senior Chaplain Howard Winkler; LASD Chief Eric Parra; Lt. Joseph Badali; Richard Polanco, Jr.; OJCB Senior Chaplain Rabbi Shimon Raichik; Rabbi Yisroel Hecht; OJCB Chaplain Gregory Metzger; Rabbi Yitzchok Magalnik; and OJCB Chaplain Rabbi Shimon Cagan.
 

Posted on: December 26th, 2013

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The Orthodox Jewish Chaplaincy Board (OJCB) of Southern California conducted Chanukah candle-lighting services with Jewish inmates at Men’s Central Jail (MCJ), Twin Towers Correctional Facilities (TTCF) and Pitches Detention Center (PDC) during this past Chanukah.

(L-R) Hideki Yamane, economic development specialist with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture; Rabbi Itchel Krasnjansky, shaliach for Chabad of Hawaii; Rabbi Reuven Nathanson, OU director of West Coast Kashrut; Rabbi Yechezkel Auerbach, KSA senior kashrus consultant; Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon, KSA founder and kashrus administrator; and Yudi Weinbaum, founder and Orthodox chef of Oahu Kosher.
 

Posted on: November 27th, 2013

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In yet another sign of how popular kosher products have become, a symposium on kosher food production and certification recently took place in what may seem a most unlikely location: Hawaii.

Michael D. Antonovich (left) and Andrew Friedman.
 

Posted on: November 27th, 2013

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has appointed attorney Andrew Friedman to the Commission on Local Government Services. L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich presented the motion of appointment.

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Posted on: November 14th, 2013

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Janos Ader made West Coast history last week by becoming the first sitting president of the Republic of Hungary to visit a synagogue. Ader was accompanied at Congregation Bais Naftoli by his wife and a 14-member high-level delegation. Bais Naftoli president and attorney Andrew Friedman hosted a breakfast in the president’s honor.

(L-R) Captain Evangeline Nathan, Rabbi Alan Kalinsky, Senior Lead Officer Ballasteros, Rabbi Adir Posy, and Jay Greenstein.
 

Posted on: October 30th, 2013

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“We’ve had a relationship with the LAPD senior leadership for many years,” said Rabbi Alan Kalinsky, director of the OU West Coast Region. “And it is vitally important that we keep that alive as we show the Police Department that we care about them and the work they do.”

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Posted on: October 30th, 2013

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Deborah Raskin, principal at Or HaChaim Academy, an Orthodox elementary school for girls and boys with a middle school for boys in North Hollywood, is one of four recipients of the Milken Jewish Educator Awards.

(L-R) Etta Israel board member Dr. Irving Lebovics; Etta Israel Executive Director Dr. Michael Held; and California State Assembly members Adrin Nazarian and Richard Bloom.
 

Posted on: October 16th, 2013

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On Sunday, Oct. 6 Etta Israel’s 4th group home, the Aaron Bloom Home in North Hollywood, officially opened.

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Posted on: October 16th, 2013

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With more than 150 alumni establishing themselves in an array of professional and communal careers and 15 new graduates this fall, Yeshiva University’s Presidential Fellowship in University and Community Leadership is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Yitzy Frankel of Los Angeles has been selected for this year’s cohort.

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