Jewish Journal

Valley JCC finds new home

by Michelle Chernak

2 weeks ago

Valley JCC executive director Jerry Wayne

For years, Valley Jewish Community Center (VJCC) — the modern incarnation of North Valley Jewish Community Center (NVJCC) — functioned as a hub “without walls.” There was no official... read full article

  • Cantor Jay Frailich retiring after 40 years at University Synagogue in Brentwood

    by Michelle Chernak

    3 weeks ago

    After 1,565 b’nai mitzvah, many  more Shabbat services and commissioning 32 major liturgical compositions during 40 years at University Synagogue in Brentwood, Cantor Jay Frailich is retiring. 

    Frailich, 67, has been with the Reform congregation on Sunset Boulevard since 1974,...

  • American Jewish World Service and ending violence against women

    by Nuria Mathog

    3 weeks ago

    As musician Craig Taubman strummed some opening chords on his guitar, the audience was quiet, still reflecting upon the words of the community leaders and activists who had spoken earlier. 

    For the first half of the performance — a rendition of Pete Seeger’s “God’s Counting on...

  • In a country struggling with its past, a young Austrian bears witness

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    As she described how amazed she sometimes feels at no longer being afraid of Germans or Austrians, Holocaust survivor Dana Schwartz apologetically patted George Stoellinger — her 22-year-old Austrian driver — on the shoulder.

    Schwartz acknowledged how far Germany has come in...

  • High school project engineers opportunities for learning

    by Michelle Chernak

    June 11, 2014 | 11:18 am

    Three girls huddled around a three-panel display board plastered with information about their final project: the wireless headphone. They took turns demonstrating it to fellow students who listened to the sound of pre-programmed notes of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” — sans Bluetooth. 

  • Do you believe in ‘MAJIC’?

    By Ryan Torok

    June 11, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Milken Community Schools junior Avi Sholkoff had never been inside of a mosque.

    That changed when he participated in Muslim and Jews Inspiring Change (MAJIC), a program of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit NewGround: A Muslim Jewish Partnership for Change. Established two years...

  • Rabbi wins big for education innovation

    by Cora Markowitz

    June 11, 2014 | 10:20 am

    Rabbi Yisroel Boruch Sufrin, head of school at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills, has been awarded a $36,000 grant  — plus $5,000 for his school — from a New York foundation that supports Jewish education.

    On May 19, the Covenant Foundation announced Sufrin as one of...

  • After electoral loss, still fighting for political reform

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 11, 2014 | 10:11 am

    Dan Schnur isn’t backing off from his push to reform the electoral system in the Golden State. 

    Schnur finished fourth in last week’s primary in his bid for California Secretary of State, an election that drew only about 25 percent of registered voters statewide. The results from...

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