Jewish Journal

Laura Stampler

  • Future of ORT Schools in Former Soviet Union on Shaky Ground

    November 16, 2009 | 2:59 am

    The Jewish life that once was so vibrant in Eastern Europe was long ago ravaged, if not destroyed — first by the Holocaust and then by communist regimes. The latter strictly forbade all religious practice, and even being culturally Jewish was considered socially detrimental and...

  • Nachman Chasids Make Holy Days Pilgrimage to Ukraine

    September 16, 2009 | 8:36 pm

    On the road from Kiev to Odessa, amid rolling fields accented with the occasional clump of livestock or small fires, a guide told a group of Jewish journalists that they had to make a slight detour to a town that every Jew should see: Uman.

    The city, originally intended as a fort...

  • Jewish Identity, Community Forged at Eclectic BCI Retreat

    September 16, 2009 | 5:40 am

    Hidden in the hills of Simi Valley, 71 Jewish youths from around the world gathered this summer, as such groups do each year, at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus at American Jewish University for a three-week retreat at the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI).

    Founded by Judge Louis...

  • New Jewish Magazine for Kids

    September 2, 2009 | 9:04 pm

    This month, ZimZoom will be coming to Jewish schools and libraries nationwide. Rising from the ashes of BabagaNewz, a magazine geared toward Jewish children that had a circulation of 1,000 schools and reached 30,000 students before its discontinuation due to funding complications,...

  • Flu cases down at Hess Kramer

    September 2, 2009 | 9:02 pm

    Camp Hess Kramer, like other sleep-away camps this summer, sent home children with influenza-like symptoms during its first session. But no children were sent home from the camp after July 15, the start of its second session.

    The reason could lie in a new product Hess Kramer began...

  • Cedars-Sinai Selects Jewish Chaplain

    August 5, 2009 | 9:30 pm

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has named Rabbi Jason Weiner as its Jewish chaplain after a nine-month nationwide search.

    Weiner is filling a void that was left by Rabbi Levi Meier, who died last year after dedicating almost 30 years of service to Cedars as its first Jewish chaplain....

  • Surf Your Way to Bargains

    July 29, 2009 | 11:46 am

    The Internet has brought us many wonderful things. Twitter has given oppressed people a political voice on the international stage. Blogs allow emerging artists, writers and pundits to express themselves in the public forum. YouTube brought us the sneezing baby panda. But this all...

  • L.A. County Supervisor Antonovich Protests 2010 Wagner ‘Ring Festival L.A.’

    July 16, 2009 | 6:32 pm

    Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is objecting to Los Angeles Opera’s long-planned 2010 “Ring Festival LA” because of its celebration of the composer Richard Wagner.

    Antonovich, who represents the 5th District, including much of northern Los Angeles County, said...

  • Murez Siblings Poised to Share Maccabiah Spotlight

    July 8, 2009 | 7:06 pm

    In 2003, Zachary Murez swam in the Pan-Am Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile. As he won 10 medals, four of them gold, his sister Andrea, then too young to compete in the games, looked on with growing anticipation, waiting for the day when it would be her turn to participate. Now that...

  • Jews, Muslims Share Sacred Texts

    June 24, 2009 | 10:57 pm

    On Wednesday night, June 17, a mélange of Angelinos gathered in the downstairs cafeteria of the Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation mosque. Some wore kippot, others kufis, some women wore their hair in long curls and others covered themselves in headscarves, but all united for a shared...

  • Families Bid Farewell as Valley Cities JCC Closes

    June 24, 2009 | 10:55 pm

    “Kids, remember when I told you that your parents were going to act silly — well, here they go. Parents, you’ve got your five minutes!”

    A sea of parents flooded a stage filled with 4- and 5-year-old children wearing frilly dresses and striped button-down shirts. Equipped...