8489 West Third
Tel (323) 852-1900
Rabbi Hershy Ten,
The Bikur Cholim is a non-profit volunteer
organization helping people who are in need of health care in the Greater
Los Angeles area.
The Bikur Cholim has furnished apts. for visiting patients and their
families; they provide hot, home cooked meals for patients and their
families and local grocers and eateries offer discounts to patients and
their families; they act as a conduit between patients and families and
physicians, medical centers, and leading Rabbinical authorities for
dealing with the complex medical situations as they arise; The BCC
provides transportation to and from medical centers and airports,etc.;
Manages blood donor programs; subsidizes examinations, medications,
equipment, and procedures; publish a newsletter; provide free educational
programs; provide visitation and support for patients and senior citizens.
Chabad Drug Abuse Treatment Programs
For help with drug abuse and alcohol abuse.
Adult and Children's clothing
Etta Israel Center
Serving Jewish children, teens and young adults with special needs,
including developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, and attention
deficit disorder. Etta Israel sponsors special educational services in
most yeshivos and day schools, as well as stand-alone classes and a Talmud
Torah. Shabbatons and social activities are geared to a range of
ages and interests, while parent and sibling support programs help
the family. Many Etta Israel programs are staffed by high school
volunteers from area yeshivos and high schools.
We provide short and long
terms loans of car seats, high chairs, pak-n-plays,
bouncers, booster car seats, baby swings and more.
Phone: 323-243-7116. Leave
message and call will be returned after 6 p.m.
(formerly Ezras Bayis)
(collect calls accepted)
24-hour crisis line for families and individuals dealing with abuse
(including spouse abuse, child abuse and neglect or elder/disabled
dependent abuse). The hotline receives calls from people who are hurting
someone in their family, people who feel they are being abused, as well as
concerned friends, neighbors, teachers and rabbis. In addition, people
call with a variety of problems, including depression, homelessness,
loneliness, and other problems about which they have nobody to talk to.
NISHMA means "we will listen", and the NISHMA hotline offers
help to anyone, man or woman, Orthodox or not. All calls to NISHMA are
strictly confidential and anonymous.
NISHMA operates around the clock except for Shabbos and Yom Tov (the
hotline stops about 2 hours before candlelighting and resumes about 1 hour
after havdalah). In addition to the hotline, NISHMA offers sliding-scale
counseling by licensed professionals and interns; referrals to counseling,
legal, shelter and other resources; educational programs for the
and consultation to rabbis, teachers and principals.
NISHMA is staffed entirely by Orthodox trained volunteers and professional
staff, and works under the guidance of a Va'ad Halacha of respected
Orthodox rabbis. NISHMA is a project of the Orthodox Counseling Program of
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. If you would like to apply to become
a NISHMA volunteer, please call the hotline number (818) 623-0300 and ask
to be connected to the NISHMA office.
Jewish Family Services – Immigration
Information and aid to recent immigrants.
Jewish AIDS Services of LA
Information and services for people with HIV and their families.
Community Scholarship Fund
College scholarships for Jewish kids in LA.
Jewish Prisoner Services National
|We are a small group of highly dedicated volunteers
focused on the belief that just because someone has made a mistake he/she
should not be forgotten and written off by society. We believe the ancient
sage who wrote: "helping the imprisoned is the loftiest of all
charitable acts, superseding all other forms...." (Maimonides
1135-1204 C.E) Initially launched under the sponsorship of B'nai B'rith
and now an independent entity, JPSI has grown to the point where we have
volunteers across the country providing direct services to prisoners
throughout the United States, Canada, England, France, Israel and Poland.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life --- businessmen, correctional
facility employees, educators, lawyers, professionals, rabbis, even a
judge. In addition, we have ex-offenders who, in the past, were recipients
of the group's help. Upon completion of their sentencing, they have joined
JPSI to assist in maintaining our numerous outreach programs. One of our
most notable successes is our professionally conducted Marriage Enrichment
Seminar. This two-day program for Jewish prisoners and their wives is
produced by Larry Karlin, JPSI vice-chairman, and conducted by Dr. Bernard
Guerney, a former Pennsylvania State University professor of
human development. He has adapted his "Relationship Enhancement
Program" specifically to reduce the high rate of divorces attributed
trauma of forced separation that is part and parcel of the incarceration
experience. Also, in the past two years, we have matched hundreds of
Jewish prisoners with compatible pen-pals. We have continued our holiday
greeting card program in which we send Rosh Hashanah, Pesach and Hanukkah
cards to prisoners so that they may, in turn, send them out to their
family and friends. This helps them to maintain contact with their family
and gives them a feeling of inclusion during the holiday as opposed to
reinforcing their already heightened feelings of isolation and despair.
Through our religious and educational outreach programs, we continue to
supply books of Judaic interest, Jewish calendars, siddurim, Stars of
David, tefillin and Torahs to our incarcerated brethren. In many cases,
this is the only way that prison authorities will allow such materials
into their facilities. Our free, Jewish, video-lending library is
already a proven success throughout the nation. We have also
affected can increase in volunteer participation in our prison visitation
programs. Volunteers go into the prisons to visit prisoners on an ongoing
basis to observe Shabbat, the High Holy Days, Pesach and other rabbinical
and scriptural holidays. As we look to the future, JPSI's
leadership seeks to become more involved in the formation of Jewish
post-release facilities, offering more support for the families of Jewish
incarcerates, a bigger and better free video-lending library, an
ever-enlarging pen-pal program, and a Judaica distribution center that
will truly accommodate the spiritual-growth aspirations of all Jews who
practice their faith behind the wire and walls. Clearly, our
successes and achievements would be unrealizable without the support and
commitment of the nation's entire Jewish community. We hope that as you
read of our mitzvot you will be inspired to join with us at any level or
levels of participation that pique your interest. We are eternally
grateful for your support and involvement. Reaching out to the forgotten
and the needy---it's what living Judaism is all about! FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION CONTACT: SID KLEINER, SEC./TREASURER JEWISH PRISONER SERVICES
INTERNATIONAL, 10188 WINTER VIEW DRIVE, NAPLES, FL 34109-1520
PHONE/FAX: (941) 591-2649***ALT. FAX LINE: (941) 566-7702***E-MAIL: SKLEINER@AOL.COM
WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO DO FOR OUR INCARCERATED BRETHREN AND THEIR
FAMILIES? Potentials and possibilities for participation in prison
programs are numerous and varied. The Jewish Prisoner Services
International, a not-for-profit, social service agency needs your help
with the following: Pen Pal Programs - You can write to a lonely
Jewish inmate. JPSI will sponsor and instruct you in corresponding with
one (or more) of some 650 Jewish inmates currently on a national pen pal
waiting list. Religious Materials/Judaica - New or used Torahs, prayer
books and other Jewish religious, educational and secular materials are
always needed. As an approved prison program, JPSI will send these
items on your behalf to individual Jewish inmates and chapel libraries.
Visits - Individually or with others, you can visit imprisoned Jews in
your area on a regular or occasional basis. The JPSI will sponsor and
instruct you in visitation programs. Families - In person or anonymously,
you can assist a Jewish inmate's family while their loved one is
incarcerated. The JPSI will instruct and connect you with one of many such
families. Mentors - You can help to guide a Jewish man or
woman through the difficult post-release period toward a successful
transition into the community. The JPSI will instruct you and
connect you with a Jewish inmate prior to his or her release. Ideas - No
one in the corrections field has all the answers, and your idea might lead
to a successful new program. The JPSI is always looking for input from the
community. Contributions - Even if you are unable to do something in
person, your tax- deductible contribution will help defray our many and
ongoing operating costs. Now, select your favorite mitzvah or
mitzvot from above and contact: SID KLEINER, SOUTHEAST REGIONAL
COORDINATOR JEWISH PRISONER SERVICES INTERNATIONAL AN OUTREACH/ADVOCACY
AGENCY FOR JEWISH PRISONERS AND THEIR FAMILIES PEN PAL VOLUNTEERS CAN
REACH SARAH JACOBS AT: PO Box 761156, Los Angeles, CA 90076-1156 or
Jews for Judaism
For help against evangelical Christians.
Jewish Family Services – Orthodox Counseling Program
Counseling for the Orthodox community by Orthodox therapists.
|My 10-year-old daughter, Lisa Ostrovsky, suffers
from a very severe form of Cystic Fibrosis. During last three months
drastic deterioration in her state has been developed. Now she needs
assistance to breath and all this time she stays in hospital. Her doctor,
Dr. J. Rivlin (Carmel Medical Hospital, Haifa, tel/fax 972 4 825 0642) and
Prof. Yalin (Tel-ha-Shomer Hospital, Tel-Aviv, Israel), consider the
urgent lung transplantation is the only way.
There is almost no chance that Lisa with her O+ blood group will survive
until the operation is possible in Israel: during the last half year there
was no operation of such a type in Israel because of problems with organ
donations. The short enough waiting lists for such surgery was found only
in a few medical centers in USA. The total cost of the operation is
$600,000 to $900,000 depending on pre-operation treatment, post-operation
intensive therapy, cost of medicaments, travelling to USA, and stay in
hospital (this assessment done by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Israel,
tel. (972) 3 670 2323, rf. Riki, social worker).
Articles about Lisa's problem were published in many central and
peripheral newspapers in Hebrew and in English. Nonetheless, WE ARE NOT
ABLE TO RAISE THE REQUIRED AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR LUNG TRANSPLANTATION. It is
very important now to find prominent contributors (funds, sponsors,
philanthropic donators) who can contribute to Lisa's rescue fund.
PLEASE, DISTRIBUTE THIS INFORMATION ABOUT LISA BETWEEN PEOPLE, FUNDS,
ORGANIZATIONS; PLACE IT IN SYNAGOGUES.
We shall greatly appreciate ANY DONATION to the Lisa's rescue fund.
IN THE USA tax-deductible donations can be sent to:
Israel Endowment Funds (P.E.F). 317 Madison Avenue, Suite 607, New York,
NY 10017 Phone: (212) 599 1260
All checks should be sent endorsed to them, mentioning (at the bottom of
the check) that the donation is dedicated (earmarked) "FOR CYSTIC
FIBROSIS FOUNDATION OF ISRAEL (FOR LISA OSTROVSKY)". All donations
will be followed by receipts, and ARE RECOGNIZED BY THE USA TAX
AUTHORITIES FOR TAX BENEFITS.
It would be beneficial to inform the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Israel
[Krinitzy st. 79, Ramat Gan 52423, Israel; Fax: (972) 3 670 2324] about
your donation to the Lisa's Rescue Fund by way of P. E. F. P. E. F. will
transfer all such donations wholly to the Lisa's Rescue Fund in Israel.
IN ISRAEL tax-deductible donations can be sent to: Bank Leumi
Le-Israel, Branch "Ahimeir" (no. 628), Account no. 14207/80 (CF
FOUNDATION OF ISRAEL - FUND FOR LISA). Str. Ahimeir 21, Tel Aviv (Ramat
Aviv - gimel) 69120. Phone: (972) 3 6414963
WE ARE ASKING YOUR HELP US TO SAVE LISA'S LIFE!
Ilia and Valentina Ostrovsky.
Food deliveries for families in need.
Wedding Choson and Kallah Centerpieces to borrow
Wedding Clothing for Children
Wedding dresses to borrow, sizes 8-12
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