February 22, 2007
The challenge of pluralistic day schools
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Dog Biscuits for Peace
You might not want to sample the goods at this bake sale. First graders at Heschel West in Agoura baked and sold dog biscuits to support Pups for Peace, an organization that trains dogs for counter-terrorism detection work.
Last month, Sheriff Deputy Rick Faulk and his dog, Debra, visited Heschel to demonstrate how fast a trained dog could track down a suspicious package. The students have raised about $600 so far.
For more information, visit www.heschelwest.com or www.pupsforpeace.org.
More Help for a Fallen Soldier
When Ester's older brother was killed while serving in the Israeli army, it fell upon Ester to care for her seven siblings. Last summer, Ester, an Ethiopian Israeli, got a break from that when she spent 10 days at Camp Ramah in Ojai on a trip with 20 other Israelis who had lost siblings or parents as soldiers for the Israeli Army.
Along with memories of Universal Studios and new American friends, Ester brought back a stash of candy and clothes for siblings.
But tragedy has struck her family again. Weeks after Ester returned, her second oldest brother, also in the army, took his own life.
The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), which sponsored the Camp Ramah trip, once again stepped in to help Ester's family.
Following a request from Israeli social workers who visited with the family, the Western Region chapter of FIDF provided Ester's family with basic items missing from their home: a washing machine, oven, beds and mattresses, living room furniture, armoires and a computer and desk.
In immediately approving the request for funds, Miri Nash, director of FIDF's Western Region, wrote to her Israeli colleague: "This is the very least we can do. It is our duty and responsibility."
Sephardic Temple Fetes Educator
Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel will present the Heritage Award to Elaine Lindheim, president of the Bureau of Jewish Education, at a ceremony March 17. A member of the board at Sephardic Temple and chairperson of the scholarship and merit award committee, Lindheim is an educator with a PhD in educational evaluation. She and her husband, Richard Lindheim, have hosted international high school exchange students in their home. Lindheim's mother, Stella Lavis, received the Sephardic Heritage Award in 1993. She was the niece of Maurice Amado, founder of the Maurice Amado Foundation.
For more information call (310) 475-7311 or go to www.sephardictemple.org.
Panamanian Kids Winter in California
A group of 40 girls from Panama's Chabad and Jewish Community Center were among the more than 100 kids who spent winter break in Camp Gan Israel in Running Springs.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for them to be part of the greater Jewish community -- they're so happy to be here," said Panama Chabad director Rabbi Ari Lain.
Campers from Panama were paired up with campers from California, as they learned about each other's lives and communities. The Hebrew Academy from Huntington Beach and the San Diego Chabad Day School brought groups from their schools for a Rock the Mountain Top Shabbat, and a skiing trip on Sunday.
For information on summer camp at Camp Gan Israel Running Springs, visit www.cgirunningsprings.com or call (310)-622-8030.
A Few Good Principals
Rabbi Laurence Scheindlin, headmaster of Sinai Akiba Academy in Westwood, and Michael Zeldin, professor of education at the Los Angeles Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, were among 50 educators from North America to participate in a two-day think tank held in New York City to address the dearth of candidates to head the growing number of day schools.
The conference followed months of preliminary research that gathered best practices from public and private schools. A planning committee developed an action plan, which was the focus of the think tank meetings.
"We have just begun to address the problem and I look forward to working collaboratively with the other participants to find creative solutions for identifying, cultivating, hiring and supporting excellent leaders for day schools across the country," Scheindlin said.
The Think Tank Consultation met at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and sponsors included representatives of day schools from all denominations, educational organizations, private foundations, and graduate schools of education.
For more information, contact Rabbi Joshua Elkin, Think Tank Planning Committee member and the executive director of Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education at (617) 367-0001.
Reading for Rides
Elementary school students at Perutz Etz Jacob Hebrew Academy are working hard -- or rather reading hard -- to earn free tickets to Six Flags Magic Mountain. The "6 Hour Reading Club" requires students to read, be read to or read to someone else for a total of six hours, and they receive a special certificate and a free ticket to Magic Mountain.
For more information about the Perutz Etz Jacob Hebrew Academy call (323) 655-5766.
Prejudice Awareness Summit
Some 250 middle school students from eight LAUSD and parochial schools explored issues of prejudice at the University of Judaism's annual Prejudice Awareness Summit Feb. 21.
The adolescents learned about the roots of prejudice and its damaging effects and participated in group exercises to explore their own feelings.
Oscar de la Torre, vice president of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board and founder of the gang prevention Pico Youth and Family Center, addressed the summit, which was created in 1992 by Jewish Women International.
For more information visit www.uj.edu.
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