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  • Back to school, sort of: Shalhevet students start their year under unorthodox conditions

    By Ryan Torok

    October 20, 2014 | 11:40 am

    Chaos has brought community to the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC), where Shalhevet High School is operating for its 2014-2015 school year as construction proceeds on its actual campus.

    Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg, a Shalhevet Judaic studies teacher, dryly remarked that sharing...

  • No magic bullet: Technology has much to offer in the classroom, but it can’t fix everything

    by Ellie Herman

    October 20, 2014 | 11:31 am

    I’m sold on technology in the classroom. I really am. I mean, books, paper and pens are a form of technology — they’re just a comparatively inert and messy form. 

    I’m not sentimental about physical books. I’m sure when they came around, some poor slob was sitting in a corner...

  • The ‘B’ Word: Jewish day schools take steps to prevent bullying

    by Leslee Komaiko

    October 20, 2014 | 11:29 am

    It’s tempting to think bullying would never happen among nice Jewish kids at a nice Jewish day school. But the statistics tell another story. 

    More than one-third of all youths overall have been bullied, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And a 2010 study...

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  • Net gains: Sports programs can score big for Jewish day schools

    by Neil Kramer

    October 20, 2014 | 11:23 am

    To understand the place of athletics at a Jewish day school, attend a recruitment open house and watch the children’s eyes. As they listen to the descriptions or tour the stations set up to display the school’s programs and activities, look for the moments when the spark of...

  • Packing kid-friendly lunches

    By Judy Zeidler

    August 6, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    When you feel like you are always packing the children’s lunch boxes with the same old boring foods, it is time to branch out with new ideas and ingredients.

    I am sure that school lunches can be more creative and exciting than when my kids went to school. In those days, it was...

  • Teaching Torah with videos to appeal to younger students

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    August 6, 2014 | 3:46 pm

    Rabbi David Fohrman has a passion for teaching Torah to the Jewish people. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, written a book about narratives in the book of Genesis, and was a lead writer and editor for ArtScroll’s Talmud translation project.

    But after a while, he...

  • 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...

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