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

    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...

  • Bullying Isn’t Funny

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 2, 2013 | 3:51 pm

    This story was making the rounds on social media this past Thanksgiving weekend. It starts as a seemingly self-centered passenger complains to a flight attendant about her delayed flight, and how it’s important to her to get to her destination in time to help cook the stuffing for...

  • Teen trio wins anti-bullying contest

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    October 16, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    Bullying occurs regularly in classrooms and on playgrounds to children and teenagers throughout the world. Cyberbullying on smart phones and social media is more hidden and harder to detect. But for those experiencing bullying, the effects can be devastating or, in the worst-case...

  • Bullying and Reason

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 12, 2013 | 1:21 pm

    Today’s New York Times has a thoughtful op/ed by Slate’s Emily Bazelon, the author of “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.” Bazelon writes about the problem of bullying and some of the myths that surround the...

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  • I Love You Shane Koyczan

    By Ilana Angel

    February 21, 2013 | 6:53 am

    A friend of mine shared this video on Facebook and I have watched it a dozen times, just this morning.  I had no idea who Shane was, but in watching this video I have done a little research and discovered that Shane Koyczan is remarkable.  Watch this  video.  It is important, it is beautiful, and it matters.  Everyone should see it, share it, understand it, and learn from it.

    To Shane, I fell in love with you this morning.  

    I am a fan, and I am keeping the faith.

  • Words can kill

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 8, 2012 | 9:27 am

    For the past few weeks my mind has been preoccupied. An event that occurred in my home town got me thinking on how mean can people be? And moreover- how mean can young people be? What makes a kid or a teenager, who didn't even get the chance to experience real life, own a heart of...

  • The Culture of Bullying: It’s Not Just Kids!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 25, 2012 | 11:30 pm

    ABC News reports that close to 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and around 160,000 kids stay home from school every day out of fear of being bullied. Up to 10 percent of students either drop out or transfer to another school due to bullying. In the...

  • Sender of anti-Semitic texts to N.M. classmate is suspended

    May 29, 2012 | 10:40 am

    A New Mexico high school student was suspended for sending hundreds of anti-Semitic text messages to a Jewish classmate.

    The sender reportedly confessed and was suspended from Eldorado High School in Albuquerque until January.

    More than 1,700 anti-Semitic text messages were sent to...

  • ‘Bully’ documentary to land in theaters unrated

    March 26, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    The Weinstein Co. on Monday said it has decided to release its documentary “Bully” without a U.S. film rating after failing to persuade the Motion Picture Association of America to change to one that is less restrictive.

    “Bully,” set for release on March 30, has drawn controversy...

  • The battle to get ‘Bully’ seen by those who need it most

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 21, 2012 | 1:06 pm

    At Sioux City Middle School in Iowa, 12-year-old Alex Libby is the odd-man-out. Seen by his peers as different, he has golden hair, gentle eyes, a wide, flat nose and permanently puckered lips. Together, they might seem to express something both pouty and vulnerable, sweet and sad....

  • Q&A with an expert on bullying

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 21, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Ron Avi Astor, the Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor in Urban Social Development at USC, has been studying the epidemiology of school violence for nearly 30 years. In 1997, he moved his family to Jerusalem for one year to run the first-ever large-scale comprehensive school...

  • The Dark Side of Twitter

    By Ilana Angel

    January 9, 2012 | 1:43 am

    Twitter is an interesting thing.  In theory it’s quite remarkable, but in actuality it might be the meanest form of social media in the world.  The amount of hate that is shared on Twitter is mind boggling and you cannot spend any time on there and not wonder how it has become so...

  • RHOBH: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    By Ilana Angel

    December 5, 2011 | 9:48 pm

    Dear Lord this week was painful to watch.  By painful of course I mean I wanted to cause myself pain by plucking out my own eyes, which have been more fun than this show.  At what point is Bravo going to stop the crap and start getting real?  Taylor simply does belong not on...

  • I LOVE YOU JONAH

    By Ilana Angel

    December 4, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Dear Jonah,

    I love you.  You are a brave young man and I am holding you close to my heart.  I feel your sadness, pain, confusion, fear and hope.  Hold on Jonah because this too shall pass, even though it feels like it never will.  You are blessed with courage and your video is...

  • Ohio family sues school for anti-Semitism, bullying

    November 14, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    The family of a 14-year-old Ohio girl is suing school officials in the state for allowing bullying and anti-Semitic attacks aimed at their daughter.

    The lawsuit alleges that officials at Green High School did nothing to curb years of bullying by classmates, which included being...

  • Back to School, Back to Bullying?  Break the Cycle at Home

    By Ilana Angel

    August 14, 2011 | 9:43 pm

    On Sunday afternoon, with kids preparing to start the new school year, and parents like myself feeling the stress of sending our kids out into the madness, my friend Eric posted this update on his Facebook page:

    To all my friends who are PARENTS, teach your kids returning to school:...

  • How to tame your bully

    July 21, 2011 | 6:17 pm

    In the dictionary, a bully is defined as “a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.” It sounds likes an accurate definition, but it’s not absolutely true. Sure, there is always the stereotypical, all muscle...

  • Bullying of LGBTQ teens discussed at NCJW event

    By Ryan Torok

    May 31, 2011 | 6:59 pm

    During a panel discussion at the National Council of Jewish Women’s (NCJW) Los Angeles office in April, education experts highlighted the pervasiveness of bullying in schools, saying a disproportionate number of gay and lesbian students are victims.

    As a result, gay and lesbian...

  • Jewish youth movements launch anti-bullying campaign

    December 22, 2010 | 11:10 am

    Three international Jewish youth movements have launched a campaign to combat homophobia.

    The Coalition of Jewish Teen Leaders, comprised of the presidents of B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, the Reform movement’s National Federation of Temple Youth and the Conservative...

  • Your Letters

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    David Myers



    Professor David Myers showed his true colors in his reply to StandWithUs when he wrote that the "Palestinians" are not entirely to blame for the conflict (Letters, Feb. 28). He reminds me of the familiar grade-school educator who never noticed bullying, but always...

  • Even Bullies Go to Summer Camp

    By Sonja Hyams

    November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Directors at three of California's Jewish sleep-over camps describe them as nurturing environments where every child is made to feel safe and part of a caring community. Campers, they say, generally meet the high expectations for mensch-like behavior.

    But despite everyone's best...

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