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Celia Soudry

  • Mini-school teaches major lessons

    August 27, 2008 | 11:32 pm

    The teenagers flooding into New Community Jewish High School on a Tuesday morning weren't the only students coming onto the Shomrei Torah Synagogue campus in West Hills. Parents, educators and others were meeting inside the synagogue to study at the Conejo/West Valley Florence Melton...
  • Books: An enduring romance

    June 19, 2008 | 2:26 pm

    Decades after being forced to hide in confining attics in Holland, Holocaust survivor Flory A. Van Beek, now 86, tells a courageous story in her memoir of how she and her husband Felix, now 96, kept romance and hope alive during chilling times.

    Van Beek was lucky enough to have...

  • Capturing the ‘Real World’ transition for Israeli teens

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    In 2004, fed up with overwhelmingly slanted anti-Israeli rhetoric on the Duke University campus, Maital Guttman, then 21, contemplated her International Area Studies senior thesis.

    She thought about Amitai Sawicki, her then-19-year-old cousin in Israel preparing to enter the army....

  • Jewish Symphony finds ‘Kindred Spirits’ in gospel choir

    May 29, 2008 | 2:34 pm

    A gospel choir might seem a somewhat odd bedfellow for a Jewish music ensemble, but Noreen Green, artistic director of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, and Ray Barnes, project coordinator of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church choir, say they have always been kindred...
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  • ‘Simple Twist of Fate’ finds meaning in artist’s work

    May 5, 2008 | 12:30 pm

    From the small religious village of Beit Yatir, just south of Jerusalem, to the far more secular beach city of Santa Monica, Judith Margolis made quite a journey to become Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s (HUC-JIR) artist-in-residence. When she accepted the...

  • Jewish art graces Loyola Marymount University

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Loyola Marymount University (LMU), a Jesuit school, will be the surprising venue for an exhibition of Midrash-inspired paintings this weekend.

    The show opens Saturday evening as the pre-conference event of the Western Jewish Studies Association's 14th Annual Conference, which takes...

  • ‘Gap year’ entices seniors to live in Israel before college

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Before embarking on a nine-month trip to Israel, Molly Keene made a promise to her grandmother. Nervous about the violence she'd seen reported on the nightly news, Keene's grandmother made her vow not to take public busses. But upon arriving in Tel Aviv, Keene soon realized that this...
  • ADL teacher-training class focuses on study of Shoah

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The atrocities of the Holocaust are difficult enough to understand, let alone teach. But Melissa Mazzei was willing to tackle the challenge with her at-risk teens at West Adams Preparatory High School near downtown Los Angeles.

    "Many of my students have unstable home lives, some of...

  • Theater: Sex, lies and Yiddish land on ‘Chutzpah’ couch

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    In a story line that turns a sacred office of psychiatry into a house of fraternizing, a secretary into a jungle cat, a librarian into a sex fiend and a stripper into an academic, writer Mark Troy presents many shocking juxtapositions in the world premiere of his play, "Paging Dr....
  • Theater: ‘The Last Schwartz’ gets the last laugh

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The painfully familiar bickering of a traditional Jewish family meets a sexy yet clueless striving-to-be Hollywood starlet in Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play, “The Last Schwartz,” which returns to the Zephyr Theatre on Melrose Avenue Jan. 4, after a hiatus.

    Italian set designer Giulio...

  • Summer activities push camps to offer variety

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Ruth Berkowitz, mother of five, has two manila folders stuffed with camp brochures, schedules and a pencil-drawn spreadsheet compiled of summer activities for her five children, including a column for each week.

    Berkowitz, an Orthodox Jew, has sent her children to both Jewish and...

  • College students are a new breed of philanthropists

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's not uncommon for well-established, wealthy members of a community to donate money to various causes, but these days, there's a new breed of philanthropist in town -- the college student.

    University Hillels throughout Southern California are developing philanthropy and...

  • Books: A compassionate journey of deafness in Africa

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa" by Josh Swiller (Holt, $14).


    While traveling through small, desolate villages in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, Josh Swiller shared his shack with the natives, letting them sleep on his couch and read his coveted Sports Illustrated...

  • A step back in time to Anne Frank’s hiding place

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    To experience the intense claustrophobia in which Anne Frank's family lived while hiding from the Nazis, just go to the Celebration of Books at American Jewish University this Sunday. No, not just because of the swarming crowds that will no doubt be filling the university's halls,...
  • UCLA dining halls open doors to kosher meals

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Getting by on prepackaged kosher sandwiches or salads is now a thing of the past for Jewish students at UCLA. For the first time, UCLA is offering hot kosher dinners Mondays through Thursdays as part of the meal plan for dorm residents. Apart from the plan, students can buy lunches...
  • Ethiopian Jew finds harmony in spite of turbulent past

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Alula Johannes Tzadik sits on a wooden stool in a dimly lit Little Ethiopia recording studio. As the dreadlocked musician fiddles with the kirar, he describes in a placid voice how the harp-shaped instrument was often used for prayer and lamentation during the time of King David....
  • Film: Unorthodox premiere launches Orthodox ‘A Light for Greytowers’

    January 10, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's a sight you wouldn't expect on the Paramount Studios lot. Women gathered with their daughters on a recent Saturday night outside of the Sherry Lansing Theater to see a film. And there were no men in sight.

    "This is a momentous occasion," director Robin Garbose said. "For some of...

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