November 30, 2006
Class Notes: Camp Ramah celebrates Golden Anniversary
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Before and after the speech, parents brought up issues that concern them in their local schools -- the Paul Revere Middle School and the Palisades Charter High School. Brewer, along with LAUSD's chief instructional officer Ronni Ephraim, promised to look into parents' concerns about class sizes at Paul Revere.
"The reaction of my congregation to Superintendent Brewer was fabulous," Kehillat Israel's Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben said. "People were very impressed and you could almost feel a collective sigh of relief when he was speaking, as people got to experience him first-hand and felt a greater sense of security and confidence knowing that LAUSD was in good hands with a man of substance, conviction and commitment."
Chief Rabbi Visits Sephardic Day School
Israel's chief Sephardic rabbi, Rabbi Shlomo Amar, visited Tashbar Torat Hayim Hebrew Academy, a Sephardic school on the Westside in October.
Preschool students greeted the rabbi, and the rabbi spoke to students from pre-first through eighth grade.
Amar shared Rabbi Akiva's parable of the fish and the fox, explaining to the students that just as a fish cannot live without water, a Jew cannot live without Torah. The rabbi blessed the students and urged them to continue on their path of education and to keep the customs and heritage of Sephardic Jews.
For more information on Tashbar Torat Hayim, call (310) 652-8349.
Winter Camp Opportunities
Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles, the religious Zionist youth group, is hosting Mosh Choref, a winter camp for fifth- through eighth-graders in Big Bear Jan. 24-28, to coincide with Orthodox day schools' winter break.
Chabad's Camp Gan Israel is also hosting a winter camp -- with separate dates for boys and girls -- at its new facility in Running Springs during the late January break, as well as during the conventional winter break of Dec. 22-Jan. 1.
The camps will offer students a combination of snow sports and a Shabbat experience.
For information on Camp Gan Israel Running Springs visit www.cgirunningsprings.com . For information on Mosh Choref, visit www.bneiakivala.org.
T.A. Kids in L.A.
Thirty-one students, nine parents and three staff members from the Magen School in Tel Aviv visited Pressman Academy this month as part of the Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership Program of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles -- the largest delegation to visit Pressman in the eight years the schools have been enjoying the partnership.
The visitors stayed with host families from the Pressman Academy/Temple Beth Am community. In the spring, sixth-graderzs from Pressman will travel to Israel to complete the exchange program.
"Our students' direct experience with Israeli children their own age deepens their relationship to the State of Israel and is often the foundation of a long friendship," said Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, education director of Pressman Academy.
For information, call (310) 652-7354 or visit www.pressmanacademy.org.
Today I am ... Responsible
Students aged 12-15 are invited to submit an essay describing how and why they have incorporated the values of kindness, charity and social justice into their bar and bat mitzvah celebrations. Areyvut, a New Jersey based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting charity and social justice, will awards the first-place winner a digital camera or an iPod, along with a $180 Giving Certificate that the student can direct to a charity of his or her choice through Tzedakah, inc. Second and third place prizes will offer gift certificates to Jewish publishers. A 250-750 word essay is due by Jan. 1, 2007.
For more information about the contest and entry rules, visit www.areyvut.org/Action/bmec07.asp.
Short Story Contest
Authors aged 18-35 years are invited to submit a short story on a Jewish theme or topic to the 18th annual David Dornstein Memorial Creative Writing Contest for Young Adult Writers, sponsored by the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education. Up to three prizes, totaling $1,000, are being offered. The award honors the memory of David Dornstein, a CAJE conference assistant and short story writer and reader, who lost his life in the explosion of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988. Original stories may be up to 5,000 words and must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2006.
For information visit www.caje.org.
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