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  • Making Jewish high school affordable

    by Leslee Komaiko

    August 6, 2014 | 3:35 pm

    Los Angeles residents Dafna and Scott Taryle hoped to send their son Adam to a Jewish hight school when he graduated from Temple Beth Am’s Pressman Academy. But, Scott Taryle said, “We didn’t know for sure that we would be able to.” 

    The Taryles aren’t alone. The annual tuition...

  • Boys to men: Jewish education helps prepare kids for life

    by Gregory Keer

    August 6, 2014 | 3:25 pm

    Raising three boys to be well-rounded, menschy men isn’t easy, and I admit to making one or two mistakes (per hour) in my efforts to guide my sons toward actions that reflect soulfulness, integrity and compassion.

    As my children grow, so do my expectations of their accountability...

  • Providing books to Jaffa preschoolers makes Israel stronger

    by Michelle Chabin

    August 6, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    The children at the Arabic-speaking Ofek preschool in Jaffa spent a lot of time this past year thinking about a mouse named Samsoum, the character in a picture book all the kids have read at home with help from their parents.  

    In class, the kids did a range of Samsoum-related...

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  • To save education, listen to teachers

    by Ellie Herman

    August 6, 2014 | 2:46 pm

    I’m fed up with the inefficiency of the judicial system! I’m going to become a judge. I may not be a lawyer, but I’ve been a law-abiding citizen all my life. I mean, how hard could it be? I have 20 years of business experience in the TV industry. When I blow into the courtroom...

  • Back to school parenting lessons

    by Sharon Duke Estroff

    August 6, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    The back-to-school season is, for all intents and purposes, a period of pure parental mayhem. From tracking down the coolest Batman or Barbie backpack on the block to searching out that elusive five-subject, wide-ruled, perforated spiral notebook that our child needs for Hebrew...

  • Studying abroad in Israel: Safe and life-changing

    by Nuria Mathog

    August 6, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    When Ariel Brotman studied abroad in Israel two years ago, her most memorable lessons didn’t take place in the classroom.  

    Brotman, who graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, this spring, attended Hebrew University of Jerusalem from September 2012 to January...

  • ‘No tenure’ ruling for teachers won’t fix the problem

    by Ellie Herman

    June 18, 2014 | 10:42 am

    In the landmark Vergara v. California decision last week, Judge Rolf Treu ruled that the nine student plaintiffs, backed by billionaire David Welch’s nonprofit StudentsMatter, had been deprived of their right to an equal education by seniority and tenure policies that protected bad...

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