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Big Sunday - Big Sunday Rejects Notion of Los Angeles as Hotbed of Racial and Ethnic Conflict, Bringing Together People of Every Race, Religion, Ethnicity and Socio-Economic Status for the Largest Volunteer Project in Los Angeles History, With Over 3500 Volunteers Involved in Over 145 Projects in Every Part of the City.  

May 2, 2004 (Co-Sponsored by David Lehrer & Joe Hicks, Community Advocates) ...(..more.)...

Watch Big Sunday Special - FOX- 11 Los Angeles

German-Jewish Dialogue - A Watershed Los Angeles Event Bringing Together the Children of Nazis and the Children of Holocaust Survivors for the First Ever Public Forum. 

Friday, April 16, 2004 ....(..more.)........

Watch TV Interview- Life & Times, KCET - Los Angeles










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Big Sunday

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Big Sunday Rejects Notion of Los Angeles as Hotbed of Racial and Ethnic Conflict, Bringing Together People of Every Race, Religion, Ethnicity and Socio-Economic Status for the Largest Volunteer Project in Los Angeles History, With Over 3500 Volunteers Involved in Over 145 Projects in Every Part of the City.  

Volunteers Come From and Help In Every Los Angeles Neighborhood. 

Everyone, Regardless of How Rich or Poor You Are, How Old or Young, What Race, Ethnicity or Religion, Can and Does Help Someone Else. 

Too often, Los Angeles is viewed as a hotbed of ethnic and racial conflict.  Community Advocates, Inc., a Los Angeles civil rights group, rejects this idea, co-sponsoring Big Sunday,  a project that brings together thousands of people of all races, religions, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, proving that real issues, which effect people’s day-to-day lives, actually do cut across racial, religious and ethnic boundaries, and do help to build common ground. 

What distinguishes Big Sunday from other grassroots volunteer projects, and what makes it an unprecedented national rather than a local story, is its unique philosophy: everyone, regardless of how rich or poor you are, how old our young you are, what race, ethnicity or religion you are, can help someone else.  This approach was borne out of a conversation that Big Sunday founder, David Levinson, had with Covenant House, an agency providing shelter and service to homeless and runaway youth: “I called Covenant House and asked how we could help them.  The case manager there said that their kids didn't just want to get help -- they needed to do community service, too.  That changed everything.  Suddenly it was clear that everyone, from all strata could help others.  That year we had a car wash at Covenant House which included the kids there (homeless, runaways, former drug addicts, transgender, etc.), as well as various temple and church youth groups.  We raised money to send to an orphanage in Tijuana .  Not only were many people being helped, but, by working alongside people from all parts of town, the volunteers were being helped as well.  Now, when we go to, say, a needy school, we'll only do the project (say, painting or landscaping) if the community we're helping is involved, too.  I think it's more dignified and more gratifying for everyone.”

Big Sunday is a story about an American city in which a poor day laborer volunteers side-by-side with a wealthy corporate CEO working together on a common goal that everyone feels good about.  It is a story about Los Angeles, a city where everyone has something to offer someone else.  It is a story about an American city in which a richly diverse, ethnically mixed population interacts in ways that are, for the most part, civil and positive, a city where common interests and common concerns, more often than not, trump race, ethnicity and religion.

Big Sunday, scheduled in 2004 for May 2nd,  takes place on one Sunday each spring, and will involve over 3500 volunteers of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors.  A strictly non-denominational and apolitical program, volunteers come from all over the city and span the ideological spectrum, originating from over 100 different organizations, including churches, synagogues, Buddhist centers, secular, religious and private schools, and other groups throughout the city.  The volunteers work on more than 145 projects, coming from and helping in neighborhoods all over Los Angeles.  Projects are designed to accommodate everyone, from singles to families, and can adapt to all age-groups or schedules, with projects lasting from one hour to the entire day.  All projects are designed to achieve visible results during the course of the day's work.  In the past, people painted a needy school in South Central, cooked and served dinner at a homeless shelter in Santa Monica, landscaped a youth center in East Los Angeles, threw a party for blind and disabled children in Culver City, sang to lonely seniors in Beverly Hills, and did home repairs at an AIDS hospice in Echo Park, among many other things. People also gave away new and used clothes, books, furniture, as well as more than 2000 gift boxes to homeless families, babies with AIDS, needy students, battered women, and U.S. soldiers stationed overseas.  Big Sunday was founded several years ago by Los Angeles screenwriter David Levinson as a volunteer program of Temple Israel of Hollywood, and is co-sponsored this year by David Lehrer and Joe Hicks of Community Advocates, Inc., a vanguard civil rights organization that challenges the dominant strategies of civil rights groups in Los Angeles and instead promotes common ground issues that transcend one's race, ethnicity or religion.

Big Sunday is funded by private and corporate cash grants and in-kind donations. Volunteers donate time and talent, emphasizing the idea behind Big Sunday - everyone has something to offer someone else, and everyone wins when everyone helps.  Big Sunday is often the catalyst for good works in several communities that continue throughout the year. The web address is www.bigsunday.org.













German-Jewish Dialogue

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For the first time after nearly 18 years, the German-Jewish Dialogue of Los Angeles, bringing together the children of Holocaust survivors and the children of Nazis, will take place in a public forum on Friday, April 16th.  This watershed  moment in the history of the Dialogue, a Dialogue that has proven to be a unique Los Angeles institution, will offer the greater Los Angeles community the opportunity to engage in a provocative and often profound experience in cross-cultural understanding, working to bridge one of the widest chasms humanity has ever created.  Los Angeles will now have access to this unique program, which has raised important and controversial issues, brought comfort to, and touched many lives in a transformative way.  The Dialogue is Co-Chaired by photographer and photo-journalist Morris Kagan and Professor Cornelius Schnauber, Director of the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss studies at the University of Southern California. Prof. Schnauber is the son of a Nazi (his father was a Nazi bureaucrat), and Mr. Kagan is the son of a Holocaust survivor.  One of the four dialogue participants in the April 16th program is the son of a member of the SS, the grandson of a life-long Nazi, and the nephew of a Nazi who was convicted and sentenced to death for crimes against humanity, and later pardoned.









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