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  • Pan Pacific Park draws generations for Yom HaShoah

    By Ryan Torok

    April 10, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    As Holocaust survivor Robert Geminder led a walking tour in Pan Pacific Park on April 7, pre-arranged memory markers — labeled “ghettos,” “camps,” “resistance” and “rescue” — transformed an outdoor path into a historical timeline.

    “The No. 1 reason I’m talking to you here is my...

  • Opinion: An appreciation to summers spent in paradise

    January 26, 2012 | 1:46 pm

    In the classic male-bonding film “Stand By Me,” based on a Stephen King novella, there is a line of dialogue at the end that I have never forgotten: “I never had friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12 … does anyone?”

    In my case, however, five of the friendships...

  • Shorter summer challenges camps

    By Rachel Heller

    January 26, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    “Early-start” is finally starting.

    After delaying implementation of a new, earlier school calendar last year, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will begin classes three weeks sooner this fall for the majority of students.

    Caught in the middle are local summer...

  • Foundations Mentor Support Camps

    June 28, 2011 | 4:54 pm

    Many California overnight camps have philanthropies to thank for their success as enrollment and interest in Jewish camp increases. Programs such as One Happy Camper and the Grinspoon Institute are helping send first-time campers to camp and offering free consulting to the camps,...

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  • Not Your American Summer Camp…

    By Julia Bendis

    December 1, 2010 | 1:46 pm

    When school was ending last year, I started looking for summer camps for my kids.  As I started looking, they started whining…  What kid complains about going to camp?  Not only complains, but begs not to be sent to one?

    That’s when I decided that it was time to sit my kids down,...

  • More Than Just Fun in the Sun

    May 27, 2010 | 1:11 pm

    Hiking at Camp Alonim

    Now that it’s June, most parents have made their children’s summer plans. If your kids are enrolled in a Jewish summer camp, you probably have reasons for selecting a particular facility. But how much do you really know about what your children will...

  • Local Jewish Camps Face Down Swine Flu

    June 30, 2009 | 6:39 pm

    More than 40 campers and counselors from Jewish summer camps in Southern California have been sent home with flu-like symptoms. As of June 29, there have been several cases of Influenza A, which are currently being tested by the California Health Department to determine if they are...

  • Why ‘peace camps’ do not make peace

    By Judea Pearl

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last week marked the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, and Israeli society took a hard look at this pivotal turning point in its history.

    Silver-haired generals, retired politicians, journalists and analysts were the week's favorites on Israeli TV programs, as they...
  • Camps Spotlight Double Standard

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Armed gunmen roamed freely in U.N. refugee camps. They stockpiled weapons, recruited refugees and launched cross-border attacks.

    In response, opposing forces attacked the camps, aiming for the gunmen -- but sometimes cutting down civilians in the process.

    The international...

  • The Treasures on Top of the Mountain

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    By many accounts, it ranks just below Jerusalem as one of Israel's most beloved treasures. It holds United Nations Education, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) status as a World Heritage Site. Conde Nast Traveler magazine even named it the "World's Best Monument."

    Masada,...

  • Tommywood - Wiesenthal the Collector

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Simon Wiesenthal died last month at 96 in his sleep at his home in Vienna. This seems particularly fitting, since Wiesenthal spent the last 60 years troubling the sleep of Nazi war criminals, their henchmen, collaborators and supporters.

    During the Holocaust, 89 members of...

  • Hit Biblical Jackpot at Timna’s Mines

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When you ascend the rose red pillars towering over the Arava desert, you hardly expect to look down upon the biblical Mishkan. But that's exactly what you'll find replicated at Israel's picturesque Timna Park just outside Eilat.

    Stretching across the desert near the Jordanian border...

  • Letters

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Two Families

    Kol hakavod to The Journal for its comprehensive coverage of the wide range of perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, from those of Jon Hambourger to those of Craig and Cynthia Corrie and Khaled and Samah Nasrallah ("Two Families' Dreams Were Not Demolished,"...

  • ‘Almost’ a Beginning in Paris

    By Tom Tugend

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Most boy-meets-girl movies end when the happy pair stands under the chuppah. After all, it's not terribly dramatic what happens when they pick up the routine of daily married life.

    It's a bit like that with Holocaust films: The protagonists are either killed or liberated, but if they...

  • You Gotta Be in it to Win it

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Want to win a full day school scholarship? Or maybe free synagogue membership?

    Now you can, in the new Jewish community raffle, Arie Katz, chair of the Jewish Community Scholar Program (CSP), created the raffle to raise awareness of adult Jewish learning in Orange County and what he...

  • Holocaust Exploited

    By Joe Berkofsky

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An emaciated death camp survivor stares blankly alongside a gaunt steer. "During the seven years between 1938 and 1945, 12 million people perished in the Holocaust," the image declares. "The same number of animals is killed every 4 hours for food in the U.S. alone."

    The poster...

  • Lifeline for Kids

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Talia Hill, 11, was born with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and bone deformities. She is hearing impaired, speech impaired, mobility impaired, fine-motor impaired and neither her two arms nor her two legs are the same length. In her short life, she has had multiple surgeries, a hearing...

  • Berlin’s Open Wounds

    By Rachel Brand

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A bombed-out building transformed into a discothèque; the central section of an apartment building that is bizarrely absent -- these are just some of the visual images that preserve the memory of Berlin's complex and turbulent past. War wounds remain conspicuously open and...

  • U.N., Refugee Camps and Our Money

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Why is the United Nations running refugee camps like Jenin, for people who claim to be living in their own land? How could a refugee camp under U.N. auspices become a world center for recruiting and training suicide bombers? And why is the United States essentially bankrolling these...

  • 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...

  • The Scent of Controversy

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Ronald Lauder, the billionaire cosmetics heir, philanthropist and conservative political activist, has been unanimously selected by a nominating committee to become the next chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

    The decision has ignited a...

  • Wiesenthal Report:

    By Tom Tugend

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish refugees fortunate enough to make it into Switzerlandduring World War II, were, in most cases, interned in forced-laborcamps, required to perform hard physical labor under primitive livingconditions, and separated from their families.

    By 1944, the Swiss had established about...

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