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  • Free speech on campus

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 11, 2008 | 1:16 am

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  • New UC president Yudof is part of a dynamic duo

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Wedged among the usual academic honors and awards in the official biography of Mark G. Yudof, unanimously chosen last week by a search committee as the next president of the massive University of California system, are entries that Yudof and his wife, Judy, are co-recipients of a...
  • Choose Grrl Power over beauty pageants, grrlz

    By Rabbi Rona Shapiro

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As children we loved to put on my mother's old nightgowns, makeup and heels and pretend we were Queen Esther. Somewhere around adolescence this became a little more uncomfortable.

    Why was Vashti banished for refusing to dance -- according to some, wearing only her crown -- for the...

  • Fight Against Campus Bias Gets Boost

    By Morton A. Klein

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you're a Jewish college student, you no longer have to tolerate anti-Semitism or Israel-bashing on your campus. You are protected under our federal civil rights laws. These were the landmark conclusions of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent federal agency that...

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  • Superintendant Romer Wants to End Term Early

    By Howard Blume

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles schools Supt. Roy Romer, the central figure in efforts to improve local schools, has quietly informed top school officials that he would like to leave the job by September, some nine months before his contract expires.

    Romer made his request to L.A. Unified school board...

  • Title VI Debate Focus on Resource Centers

    By JTA Staff

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    U.S. lawmakers and academics are engaged in fierce debate over the renewal of Title VI of the Higher Education Act.

    Under Title VI, select universities get federal funding and prestigious designation as national resource centers for the study of places and languages the...

  • Preschool Teaching Methods Stir Debate

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Once upon a time, children didn't step into a classroom until kindergarten. There, 5-year-olds got their first real introduction to ABCs and 123s, colors and shapes and how to share and take turns.

    Today, kindergartners are widely expected to know their letters and numbers before the...

  • A Student’s Plea

    By Seth Lutske

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Often I find myself staring at walls or lying on my bed staring at the ceiling, blank-minded. But I am not one who has the luxury to

    be blank-minded. There is too much to do -- not by will, but by force. There is work to be done -- two lessons of math homework, 26 pages of AP...

  • Adults-In-Training Hopes and Fears

    By Jane Ulman

    December 11, 2003 | 6:59 pm

    "Why are you having a bar or bat mitzvah?" Larry Kligman, dean of students at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge, asks the school's 65 seventh-graders.

    "Tradition."

    "Fun."

    "Identity."

    "Heritage."

    The students are attending a one-day retreat, an event the school...

  • Jewish Studies Popular With Non-Jews Around the World

    By Tom Tugend

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Contrary to widespread fears of a rising global wave of anti-Semitism, "we, as Jews, have many more friends than we think we have," said professor Lawrence H. Schiffman, president of the Association of Jewish Studies, which recently held its 34th annual meeting in Los Angeles.

    The...

  • It’s Not That Easy Being Gifted

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Alexa Gelb has learned to pace herself in Hebrew class. If she completes her work too quickly, the academically gifted fifth-grader will only receive additional assignments.

    "I'm pleased with the general studies program at Sinai Akiba Academy, but in the area [of Judaic] studies,...

  • Physician, Heal The Soul

    By Mike Levy

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Physicians played a significant role in the Holocaust, and today's doctors can learn from the ethical failures of that period, according to an article recently published by Dr. Joel Geiderman, co-chair of the emergency department (ED) of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

    "I've always...

  • Balancing the Scales

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What is the duty to assist those in danger under Jewish law compared to American law? The question is no mere academic exercise to Neil H. Cogan, dean of the Whittier Law School, who spoke on the topic last week as the inaugural speaker of the recently formed Jewish Lawyers of Orange...

  • Gordis, Alexander Leave UJ for Posts in Israel

    By  Orit Arfa

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Robert Wexler, president of the University of Judaism, has good reason to believe that the spirit of Zionism is alive at the institution.

    Recently, two prominent school administrators, Dr. Hanan Alexander, vice president of academic affairs, and Rabbi Daniel Gordis, dean of the...

  • Conference Explores Peace Through Education

    By Beverly Gray

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli-Palestinian coexistence and how to achieve it: That was the topic on everybody's lips when the 24th Annual Academic Conference convened at the Century Plaza Hotel last weekend. The panel, sponsored by American Friends of the Hebrew University, was followed by a luncheon...
  • Bilingual Blues

    By Joel Kotkin

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Here we go again. For the third time in four years, Californians are about to be treated to another racially tinged slugfest, this time over bilingual education.

    Slated for the June 1998 ballot, the measure -- called "English for Children" -- would direct California's educational...

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