Jewish Journal

Jennifer Garmaise

  • Taking Winter Break on Jewish Time

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Francis Bilak and her extended family are taking a cruise this week, but to do so, Bilak's son, Michael, is missing a week of preschool at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy.

    Hillel, like two-dozen other Orthodox schools in Los Angeles, doesn't have the last two weeks in December off....

  • Haggadahs for play to keep boredom at bay

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Afternoon naps, a steady flow of food and the promise of an afikomen surprise might keep children awake during the seder, but there is nothing that makes them tune out faster than the formal language of an adult haggadah. Fortunately, there is a growing selection of haggadahs...

  • College Minus Boys, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Ronica Yomtoubian used to sit in lecture halls at UCLA listening to Torah tapes on her headphones until the moment the professor started speaking. As an Orthodox woman, she tried to fulfill her academic requirements as a biochemistry major "with blinders on," shutting out...