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  • Dream big: Employment for adults with disabilities

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    3 days ago

    What group in the United States today has the highest  percentage of unemployed? It is not women, or one particular ethnic group, or even those without a college degree. The group with the highest percentage of unemployed, some 80 percent in most parts of the country, is adults...

  • Moving and Shaking: ADL and Shalom Institute galas plus Bruce Whizin honored

    By Ryan Torok

    January 3, 2014 | 10:24 pm

    Approximately 900 people turned out for the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Centennial Gala on Dec. 10, which was held at the Beverly Hilton hotel. 

    “The event raised nearly $1.4 million to support ADL efforts to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds,” said a statement by...

  • The value of summer camp

    October 3, 2013 | 3:29 pm

    In 2007, my three daughters asked me if they could go to summer camp along with their school  friends. For the previous several years, I had always said no. It was far, it was costly. And summer was the only time I had vacation from work, and I wanted to spend that time with my...

  • Top 3 Reasons Special Needs Program at Camp Ramah CA Rocks

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 23, 2013 | 11:03 pm

    When I was young, I eagerly looked foward to going away to "sleep away" camp every summer. It was a chance to get away from my parents, hang out with new friends and actually see the stars at night. I usually came home feeling more independent, sunburned, and with a new expletive...

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  • South African Jews find a home in L.A.

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 13, 2013 | 10:16 am

    How far can you travel in less than an hour? All the way to Capetown, South Africa, and back, if you are talking to Leora Raikin, a third-generation South African Jew who has lived in Los Angeles for the past 15 years. Raikin will speak about the Jews of South Africa on June 18 at...

  • A passionate voice

    June 12, 2013 | 3:18 pm

    Rose Bern isn’t afraid to fight for her values.

    The 17-year-old, who recently graduated from Shalhevet High School and lives in Westwood, has strong convictions when it comes to feminism, justice and fairness. 

    In the ninth grade, she gave a passionate speech at her school...

  • Leading the way

    June 5, 2013 | 11:24 am

    As a key leader in a number of organizations at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, it’s hard to imagine that Michael Sacks ever felt left out. After all, the 18-year-old senior is student body president, chapter co-founder and co-president of Future Business Leaders of America,...

  • Rabbi explores grief in new memoir, ‘Faith Unravels’

    By Ryan Torok

    January 23, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    With “Faith Unravels: A Rabbi’s Struggle With Grief and God,” Rabbi Daniel Greyber, former executive director of Camp Ramah in California, has written a memoir that explores the unique grieving process of a clergyman.

    “How can I provide consolation when I myself need comfort?”...

  • Moshava returns to Los Angeles

    December 12, 2012 | 1:47 pm

    It really bothered Jonathan Gerber, a 30-year-old financial adviser and resident of Pico-Robertson, that there was no Modern Orthodox sleep-away camp in Los Angeles. Ever since the Zionist youth group Bnei Akiva discontinued its Moshava Los Angeles camp in the mid-1990s, local kids...

  • From unplanned journey to special-needs mission to Israel

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 1, 2012 | 11:47 am

    Raising a child with developmental disabilities has often been compared to an “unplanned journey,” taking you to places you never imagined you would go. After our son, Danny, was diagnosed with global developmental delays at the age of 13 months, I found myself learning a whole...

  • Israeli summer camps venture into Jewish identity building

    July 30, 2012 | 10:12 am

    Raised in a small and intimate Jewish community, Gal Herman, 14, has always been active in his local Reform youth group, attending services and participating in events.

    So it was an easy decision to spend summer at the Reform sleepaway camp a few hours away, where he could play...

  • Finding their place [VIDEO]

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 22, 2012 | 2:46 pm

    Lauren Levine is settling in with a group of friends apartment to watch “American Idol,” when a look of panic comes over her face. She rummages around, finds her keys and darts out.

    “I left the hair thing on,” she says when she returns, breathless, from her own apartment...

  • Fields of Dreams

    By David Suissa

    September 11, 2008 | 12:20 am

    I used to think that between the time of the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D., and the birth of Israel in 1948, there was no such thing as an exclusively Jewish city. Sure, there were plenty of Jewish ghettos and neighborhoods scattered throughout the globe, but a city...
  • Green endowments mean big returns for nonprofit

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Two years ago, Camp Ramah in California embarked upon a major solar energy project, effectively becoming the first Jewish overnight camp west of the Mississippi to adopt greener energy options. With the installation of a solar energy system atop the dining hall of our 75-acre Ojai...
  • A summertime find—future Jewish leaders

    By Zachary Lasker

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As a camper, Max Kates was full of energy, soaking up everything Camp Ramah in Ojai offered. He loved sports, singing, his friends and Shabbat. When the summer arrived for him to join the staff, he immediately applied to participate in Ramah's counselor leadership-training program....
  • Class Notes: Mayor kicks off ‘Reading Rainbow,’ Ramah’s Ezra Program gets housing help

    By Julie G Fax

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Mayor Kicks Off Reading Rainbow

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and City Councilmember Jose Huizar joined Jewish Federation President John Fishel at Roosevelt High School this week to kick off a new year of Koreh L.A., The Federation's literacy program that...

  • Briefs: Muslim Congressman joins anti-Semitism panel; Kol tov at Kol Tikvah; Married rabbi and canto

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The only Muslim member of Congress has joined its anti-Semitism task force, founded earlier this summer by Rep. Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

    "I am honored to join the Congressional Anti-Semitism Task Force because it embodies the ideals...

  • We pledge allegiance to your shorts

    By Julie G Fax

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Back in the good ole days, back before seatbelts were mandatory, lawsuits were rampant and there was all this business about kids' self-esteem, the camp prank reigned supreme.

    Today? We're litigious and safety conscious and have all sorts of rules and techniques so kids don't get...

  • Campfire stories from Israel at Ramah:
    'I felt a missile go just over my head'

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    My pre-camp seminar with 35 staff members from Israel had just wrapped up, but Avinoam, our 21-year-old Israeli basketball coach for the summer, lingered behind, looking nervous and shaken.

    "Rabbi Dan, I want to let the kids get to know me this summer, like you said, so they can...

  • Class Notes - National Nachas for Shalhevet

    By Julie G Fax

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shalhevet School is on a winning streak, bringing the Los Angeles yeshiva high school to national prominence in the areas of ethics, politics and sports.

    Shalhevet is the only Jewish school and the only school in Los Angeles included in a national report on how to produce students...

  • Foreign Siblings Return for Torah Study

    By Jane Ulman

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    After spending the summer at Lishma, an intensive yeshiva-style program for young adults at Camp Ramah in Ojai, sisters Olga and Anna Dramchuk expected to be teaching Torah to fellow university students at Hillel in Novosibirsk, Siberia. Instead, they're back in Los Angeles in...

  • Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    A Russian Response

    Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center – the hospital that is the major recipient of trauma victims after suicide bombings in Tel Aviv – received a huge boost in October when the Jewish Russian community of Los Angeles held a fundraiser for them that raised...

  • Happy Campers

    By Steve Getzug

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Norman and Lela Jacoby are talking about Camp Ramah again.

    They are playfully finishing each other's sentences, aiming for the right adjectives, the right phrasing to describe a place in Ojai that they say has meant so much to their family.

    Their words burst out like a riot of campers...

  • Ramah’s Begins Lishma Summer

    May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Last year, as summer approached, Julie Pelc was moving towards a master's degree in education, with plans to go on to rabbinical school. Andrew Weitz was serving as the northeast field representative of the United Jewish Communities, working with Jewish student leaders on outreach...