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  • Choices Snowball for Ski Adventures

    By Adam Wills

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Skiers and snowboarders who want vacations with fresh powder have an avalanche of options this winter. Jewish ski trips abound for teens to 40-somethings of all skill levels.

    Mammoth and Lake Tahoe will be the setting for a variety of Jewish ski trips, and teens can hit the ditch at...

  • Nazi Hunter Wiesenthal Dies at 96

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    September 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust-survivor-turned-Nazi hunter who always spoke of justice, not vengeance, is dead at 96.

    Wiesenthal died in his sleep at his home in Vienna, his office announced Tuesday. Working with a small staff from his cramped three-room office, Wiesenthal sifted...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Josh Fields, 8, of Thousand Oaks, won the "My Amazing Summer" essay contest.

    He wins a gift certificate to the store of his choice.

    I went to Yellowstone National Park two days after school ended. It took two days to drive all the way to Yellowstone. We drove through beautiful...

  • Class Notes - A Ramah Reunion

    By Julie G Fax

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A group of 25 campers from Ramah of California's pilot summer in 1955 returned to camp this summer to kick off a yearlong celebration of Ramah's 50 years on the West Coast. The camp officially opened in 1956.

    Back then, there were 62 campers and 24 staff members. Tuition for the 10...

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  • Etta Israel Campers Learn Skills for Life

    By Julie G Fax

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Mark Worland -- six-foot-something, dressed in tight black and skinhead bald -- grabs Navid by the arm.

    "Come with me!" he barks.

    "No!" screams Navid, barely 5-feet tall.

    Navid throws himself on his back, locks the bottom of his feet to Worland's knees, and shields his face and head...

  • Hoop Star Scores On and Off Court

    By Cookie Lommel

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Aulcie Perry is a tall man -- and a man who stands tall in Israel. At 6-foot-11, the former professional basketball center would stand out in a crowd anywhere in the world. In Israel, Perry draws crowds of fans, especially youngsters.

    "I've been here a long time," said Perry, an...

  • Cure Found for the Summertime Blues

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When Sarah Winchell needs motivation or encouragement, during her daily prayers she visualizes Chimney Rock, a landmark in the Rocky Mountains surrounded by frozen lakes, a plunging cliff and a blanket of snow. The image has been imprinted in the 15-year-old's mind since she saw...

  • The Great Camp Learning Curve

    By Julie Brown

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Spring is in the air: apricot blossoms burgeoning on their branches, daffodil 10-packs floating in plastic pots at Trader Joe's and summer camp brochures stuffed into our mailboxes.

    I am a big fan of camp. Every summer from 1973 on, I packed my trunk and headed to Malibu. Camp...

  • The Nazi Who Saved the Rebbe

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Rescued From The Reich: How One of Hitler's Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe," by Bryan Mark Rigg, Yale University Press, 2004.

    When a German army officer trawled the streets of Warsaw in 1940 looking for Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher rebbe, people...

  • Jewish Big Brothers Gets a New Parent

    By Marc Ballon

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Lately, the tears have fallen easily from Margy Feldman's eyes. It's not that the new president and CEO of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters (JBBBS) of Los Angeles is frustrated or depressed. Far from it. Hers are tears of joy, a feeling that comes from knowing that her work makes a...

  • Reach Out and Touch Faith

    By Julie Woldow

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    When Elizabeth Cobrin goes to Israel this winter break with Birthright Israel, she and her friends have devised a plan to find each other when participants in all the different Birthright trips get together.

    They are going to sing their camp songs really, really loudly, until they...

  • Happy Campers

    By Rob Eshman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We are driving to pick up our son from camp. He's been there three weeks, the longest stretch he's been away from us since his birth. In this age of e-mails and BlackBerrys and cell phones, the rule at Camp Alonim at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley is no e-mails,...

  • Happy Campers

    By Rob Eshman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We are driving to pick up our son from camp. He's been there three weeks, the longest stretch he's been away from us since his birth. In this age of e-mails and BlackBerrys and cell phones, the rule at Camp Alonim at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley is no e-mails,...

  • Hope Is on the Menu at Cafe Ezra

    By Tamara Schweltzer

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's Thursday night at Camp Ramah in Ojai, and after most of the campers have gone to bed, more than 100 staffers squeeze into the staff lounge. Their hosts for the evening -- all clad in red T-shirts -- are the nine participants in the camp's Ezra program, a unique vocational...

  • Only Iranian Shoah Survivor Shares Life

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In August 1939, Menashe Ezrapour could have escaped the horrors of the Holocaust by boarding a train in the French city of Grenoble, but instead, he chose to stay, ultimately becoming the only known Shoah survivor of Iranian Jewish descent interned in concentration and work camps...

  • Community Briefs

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Burbank Police Handcuffed Father, Girfriend of Shooting Victim

    Disturbing new details began to emerge surrounding the death of a 25-year-old Israeli man at the hands of Burbank police June 25.

    According to friends of the victim, after Burbank police shot Assaf Deri in a North...

  • Sweet Days of Summer at Day Camps

    By Stefanee Freedman

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Local synagogues, Jewish centers and other cultural organizations are holding day camps throughout the summer months that expose children to Jewish culture, popular culture and even pre-Columbian culture.

    The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Orange County operates two camps in two...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron and the Almond

    Moses' brother Aaron, our first high priest, had a staff. One day, it grew almond flowers and fruit. It was God's way of showing the Israelites that Aaron was personally chosen by God to be their spiritual leader. He became like a father to the Israelites....

  • Community Briefs

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    GOP and Dems Spar in Presidential Debate

    Los Angeles' first Jewish debate on the presidential election offered a taste of the partisan enmity awaiting voters in the coming months.

    The June 3 "Jewish Vote 2004" event at the Museum of Tolerance, organized by StandWithUs, was...

  • Seattle Reform Camp Gets L.A. Support

    By Donna Gordon Blankinship

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Reform Jewish parents from the Pacific Northwest who are not willing to put their children on an airplane or drive 15 hours to California so they can go to camp will have an alternative by summer 2005, thanks to the generosity of a Los Angeles family.

    The Kalsman-Levy family has...

  • Summertime and the Livin’ Is Costly

    By David Finnigan

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Day schools are fine for school days. Synagogue is great for Shabbat and High Holidays. But for those weeks when children are in cabins, singing and laughing with friends, Jewish camp is a singular experience of 24/7, full-tilt boogie Judaism.

    "Although I attended religious school,...

  • With Camperships for All

    By David Finnigan

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    They are not scholarships but "camperships" in Jewish summer camp parlance. Of the 1,000 campers expected soon at Malibu's Camp JCA Shalom, which is supported by JCCGLA, about 200 parents applied for camperships.

    "It's amazing, in the past few years, the income level of people who...

  • Rabbis’ Tact Puts Sex Victims First

    By Julie G Fax

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    David Schwartz, who pleaded no contest last year to charges associated with child molestation at an Orthodox summer camp, has been released from a yearlong stay at a residential treatment facility and is now living in the Pico-Robertson area. Rabbinic and mental health professionals...

  • In Remembrance of Ringerman

    By Carin Davis

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It seems everyone has a story about Jerry Ringerman. The former director of Camp JCA Barton Flats and JCC San Francisco, who died on Jan. 6 at the age of 79, touched the lives of thousands of campers, staff and youth, and they, in turn, have touched the lives of thousands more. Born...

  • Time to Transition From Day to Night

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    This summer, Jacqueline Berlin, 7, will leave her mom, dad and younger sister to enter the world of overnight camp for the first time.

    "As soon as she found out that she would be old enough to go [to Camp Ramah in Ojai] this summer, she wanted to go," said Jacqueline's mother,...

  • Why I Fast

    By Nathan Gutman

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    To me, the Yom Kippur fast always had a special meaning -- and the Yom Kippur of 1944 was particularly special. I fasted on that Yom Kippur, too. I was then prisoner No. 86619 in the slave labor camp of St. Valentin, far in the mountains of Austria.

    On Yom Kippur eve I put the...

  • A World of Makeup, Midriffs and Mirrors

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When photojournalist Lauren Greenfield was 12, she discovered girl culture at Camp JCA Shalom in Malibu.

    "My fellow campers brought trunks filled with clothes, makeup, blowdryers, hair gels," Greenfield, 37, wrote in an essay. "They straightened their hair, shaved their legs and...

  • Education Briefs

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Catholic Teachers Learn About Holocaust

    Fourth-grade teacher Humberto De La Rosa had never heard of the term "anti-Semitic." Like most of his students at St. Malachy, a Catholic school in South Los Angeles, which is 75 percent black and 25 percent Latino, the educator had little...

  • Camp Helps Teens Strengthen Identity

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When I grew up in the outskirts of Philadelphia in the early 1980s, going to a Jewish overnight camp meant spending eight weeks in the Poconos with a bunch of pampered girls with last names like Greenberg, Cohen and Leibman.

    The religious part of camp included Friday night services,...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Valuable Vacation

    Summer's almost over. I hope you're having a great time. Did you go to camp? Were you in summer school? Did your parents take you on a fun trip?

    In this week's Torah portion, Ekev, Moses asks the Israelites to remember that, while they are about to enter a rich...

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