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  • 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...

  • Brandeis Fetes Past, Plans for Future

    By Rachel Brand

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In 1975, Sandy Feld spent the summer as a counselor-in-training at Camp Alonim. This summer, his daughter, Shana, will follow in her father's footsteps, and Feld hopes that her experience will be as positive as his was 28 summers ago.

    "It was a magical time in my life," said Feld,...

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  • Graff Explores the Drama of Theater ‘Camp’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Before Todd Graff attended theater camp, he liked to cause trouble. "I was hanging out with a bunch of idiot kids," Graff, 43, said. "We'd cut class, stand outside the liquor store, drink beer, blast music and raise havoc at night."

    When Graff and friends stole a neighbor's car one...

  • Happy Trails to You

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A 7-year-old boy with severe disabilities who usually spends his days in an unresponsive haze in his wheelchair is running his fingers through the mane of a miniature pony named Chocolate -- and giggling.

    "It's a miracle," his mother tells Pepper Salter Edmiston, the founder of the...

  • Trauma Triggers Camp Funds

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The summer he attended a Christian day camp for free made a lasting impression on Allen Alevy, age 7 at the time. "They said I'd go to hell," he recalled of an attempted conversion.

    His father, a naval shipyard laborer, could afford little else. The nonobservant family of...

  • Sound of Silence

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "So, maybe we should get to know each other."

    My husband Glenn's voice cracked like an adolescent as he broke the hour-long quiet inside the car. Glenn looked expectantly toward Jacek, a partner at a Warsaw-based software company and Glenn's business contact.

    When I had decided to...

  • Community Briefs

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    ADL Sponsors "Safe Community" Program in Encino

    Earlier this year, a string of arson attacks on five houses of worship rocked the interfaith community. Earlier this month, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sponsored an interfaith forum to prepare the community in case such...

  • The Core of Judaism

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Each year, Rabbi Leib Saras made a pilgrimage to see Rebbe Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezrich. When asked what Torah he went to learn, Leib Saras answered: "I do not go to learn interpretations of Torah. I go to watch the way he ties his shoes."

    Try this experiment: Put your hands in...

  • Bush at Auschwitz: Troubling Contradictions

    By Dr. Rafael Medoff

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On Sat., May 31, President Bush visited Auschwitz, and spoke about the horrors of that place where some 1.5-million Jews were gassed to death by the Nazis. On Wed., June 4, Bush will have embraced a Palestinian Arab leader who has written that the Nazis didn't murder millions of...

  • Support for Summer CampAddicts

    By Lisa Keys

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's a sweaty summer day in the city, and the sun -- worthy of a heat-advisory at 9:30 a.m. -- mercilessly scorches the sidewalks as I dodge bus-exhaust fumes, doughnut carts and the tourist masses while making my way to my office cubicle.

    Mentally, however, I'm 700 miles away,...

  • Soldier Survivors of Berga

    By Tom Tugend

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After the American Army liberated them, the surviving prisoners looked like walking skeletons. They had been beaten, starved, humiliated, forced to dig tunnels under inhuman conditions and prodded through a 150-mile death march.

    A sad, familiar Holocaust story. Except that these...

  • Community Briefs

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Music, Israel Bring 950 Educators to BJE Conference

    Participants at the Bureau of Jewish Education of Los Angeles's (BJE) 23rd annual Early Childhood Spring Institute had the opportunity to take a special journey to Israel through music. In a workshop called "A Musical Trip...

  • Exhibit to Detail Nazi Persecution of Gays

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Dr. Edward Phillips set out to create the first English-language exhibit on the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, opening Sunday at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, information proved elusive.

    Crucial records had vanished when the Allies bombed the Reich's Central Office...

  • Out of ‘Africa’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When German filmmaker Caroline Link read Stefanie Zweig's 1995 autobiographical novel, "Nowhere in Africa," she was riveted by the unusual Holocaust story. The book describes how 5-year-old Zweig and her parents fled the Nazis to Kenya, where the girl fell in love with the...

  • The Camp Quest

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While the summer is still a good four months away, the race to register for Jewish overnight camp has already kicked into high gear.

    "A lot of families don't realize that you've got to act fast," said Stacey Barrett of Sherman Oaks, whose daughter has attended Brandeis-Bardin...

  • Offbeat Austrian

    By Rob Eshman

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The opening scene of "Gebürtig" is as clever and shocking a scene you'll see on screen this year: The cold, mist-covered grounds of a concentration camp. Skeletal Jews in ragged clothes huddle together for warmth. Nearby, SS officers in thick wool coats smoke, laugh and drink. An...

  • Child Molester Sent to Treatment Center

    By Julie G Fax

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    David Schwartz, a counselor for preschool boys at an Orthodox music and arts camp, was sentenced to one year in residential treatment and five years' probation for molesting a 4-year-old boy in his care at summer camp. A six-year prison sentence was suspended.

    The Jan. 21 sentencing...

  • Artist’s Works From Death Camp Live On

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The final portrait that Friedl Dicker-Brandeis drew was of a child's face. The portrait is clean and white, and the face has an enigmatic expression of purity, innocence and stark intelligence.

    What makes the child's portrait haunting is that it was drawn in 1944 in Terezin, where...

  • World Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Variety Comes Down on Egyptian Television

    Variety, the daily newspaper covering the entertainment industry, admonished Egyptian television in a Nov. 13 editorial for running its 41-part series called "Horseman Without a Horse," a series which is based on the anti-Semitic tract...

  • The Hunger Question

    By Gil Sedan

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "We will never go hungry," Ahmad Zughayer boasted as a truck from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) unloaded sacks of flour, sugar, oil, rice and milk powder in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus.

    "We will never go hungry, but not for the reason you think," he...

  • Hess Kramer Gets Wacky

    By Rachel Brand

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Petroleum jelly-covered watermelon relays, gunk-filled balloon popping and prom dress-clad swimming pool races -- not your typical day at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu.

    The Wilshire Boulevard Temple camp was turned upside down on Tuesday, Aug. 6, when it became the location for the last...

  • Camp Counselor Accused of Molestation

    By Julie G Fax

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A 35-year-old counselor at an Orthodox day camp was arrested last Sunday after two preschool boys told their parents that the counselor had sexually abused them.

    David Schwartz, a counselor at Camp Ruach in Culver City, has been charged with six felony counts of lewd and lascivious...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ack! Summer's halfway over. I hope you're having a great summer. Are you at camp? Did your parents take you on a fun trip? A cruise, perhaps?

    In this week's portion, Moses asks the Israelites to remember that while they are about to enter a rich and fertile land, "flowing with milk...

  • Briefs

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Programs Continue at Valley JCCs

    Programs will continue at the various Jewish Community Centers (JCC) around the San Fernanado Valley, albeit not all under the same umbrella. The new North Valley Jewish Community Center, Inc., (NVJCC) a nonprofit organization created after the...

  • Hess Kramer Turns 50

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It has been a training ground for hundreds of Jewish professionals, and it has caused Shabbat candles to glow in countless homes.

    This summer, Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu turns 50, and its birthday party on June 2 is a celebration not just of a specific collection of facilities in an...

  • Everyday Judaism

    By Carin Davis

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Late-night giggles in a bunk bed, lazy afternoons in a cool pool, sweet summer Shabbats with friends that will last a lifetime -- to Rabbi Daniel Greyber, the new executive director of Camp Ramah in California, the Jewish camp experience is a delicate balance of athletic, social and...

  • Survivor: Malibu

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Forget the South Pacific, the Australian Outback and Africa -- if you want to see a real survivor, look no further than in your own backyard.

    Despite the well-chronicled hardships of its parent organization, Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA), Malibu-based The...

  • Together in Nature

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For the eight Israeli and nine American teens in the Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership program, Project Hevrei Teva, the scene was right out of the movie "Deliverance," only this scene, a campground in Sequoia National Park, was real life, and a real bear was standing...

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