May 3, 2007
Briefs: Federation files for permit to demolish pool at New JCC at Milken; Big Sunday is a big success
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Shickman, 37, in his second year of rabbinical school and a musician himself, was diagnosed with AML, a form of leukemia, in late January. He has undergone several rounds of chemotherapy and is currently at City of Hope in Duarte, continuing treatment and preparing for a crucial bone marrow transplant in the near future.
The evening of music will provide an opportunity for people to pray for a speedy recovery for Shickman as well as for others in need of healing. Additionally, proceeds from the concert, with an $18 suggested donation, will benefit the Shickman family -- including his wife, Heather, and three young sons -- who moved here two years ago from Texas so he could pursue his dream of becoming a rabbi. The high cost of treatment and Shickman's inability to work have put the family in acute financial straits.
Shickman also continues to need donations of blood and platelets, and a blood drive will be held at American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism) from noon to 6 p.m., prior to the 7:30 p.m. concert at the Gindi Auditorium. Directed donations can also be made at City of Hope. Call 626-256-4673, ext. 62286 to schedule an appointment.
For additional information regarding the "Voices of Healing" concert, contact Rabbi Aaron Alexander at email@example.com.
Study gages value of Tel Aviv/Los Angeles twinning
The Jewish Federation and the Municipality of Tel Aviv Yafo have retained an independent research counsel to conduct a study regarding the quality and value of their Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Partnership School Twinning Program. Since the program's inception, more than 36 schools in the Greater Los Angeles area have participated by sending students to study in Israel and/or hosting an Israeli student from a selection of twinned schools in Tel Aviv.
Over the course of a three-year evaluation, Vital Research is inviting alumni to participate in an online survey assessment, which could influence future programming and implementation.
The program's alumni include students who traveled to Israel as part of the Twinning Program; those who hosted an Israeli student in their home; and all students from Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School, Adat Ari El Day School, Calabasas High School, Hillel Hebrew Academy, LA Hebrew High School, Maimonides Academy, Milken Community High School, New Community Jewish High School, Pressman Academy, Shalhevet High School, Sinai Akiba Academy, Union Hebrew High School and Valley Beth Shalom Day School.
The survey can be found online at www.vitalresearchsurveys.com/twinning/alumni
For more information, contact Dr. Harold Urman, firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Danielle Berrin, Contributing Writer
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