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  • When Your Child Isn’t on the Guest List

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    4 days ago

    Jewish schooling is a huge investment.  We spend a large portion of our after tax money to belong to a community that is loving, nurturing and all inclusive.  The school constituents become our family. 

    For years, I heard the complaints of friends with older children attending...

  • LAUSD board president Steve Zimmer talks about getting back to basics

    2 weeks ago

    Steve Zimmer was first elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board in 2009 after coming to town as a Teach for America trainee and then teaching for 17 years. Now he helps guide the nation’s second-largest public school system, serving nearly 700,000 students...

  • Art, Medicine, and a Real Education

    By Mindy Leaf

    3 weeks ago

    More and more doctors today are using methods taught in art class to help diagnose their patients. Yes, art class.

    At a time when budget cuts are marching in lockstep to slash, or eliminate, art lessons at the elementary and high school level, universities are embracing the study...

  • It’s a Wonderful Wheelchair Life

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 30, 2015 | 11:58 am

    Americans are known for changing jobs, homes, even states of residence and careers with almost careless aplomb. As they get older, studies show they are more than likely to change their religion or political party affiliation. Still, only a major accident, illness or brush with...

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  • Only a Cockeyed Cynic

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 10, 2015 | 1:05 pm

    I can point to the moment it happened. The very moment this lifelong optimist became a cynic — albeit (one still hopes) only a "cockeyed" one.

    It happened while listening to BBC news on the radio a few minutes past 8:00 am on November 18. Their headline story focused on our...

  • Confessions of a Jewish Atheist

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 6, 2015 | 11:45 am

    We were seated at a round table at our local Jewish Community Center, awaiting our tax-dollar-funded senior meal, when the man at my left began a conversation (or, shall I say, confrontation). "You know, the first monotheist wasn't Jewish," he bellowed. "He was an Egyptian king who...

  • American Football gets an F!

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 29, 2015 | 5:27 am

    Attention all parents! Before signing your kids up for the football team at camp — or during the school year — you must read this.

    And the results are in: Playing football is bad for your health. It's bad even if you haven't suffered multiple concussions — even if you haven't...

  • The passion of Powell

    By Ryan Torok

    June 10, 2015 | 1:06 pm

    New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) is getting a new name on July 1, becoming de Toledo High School in honor of a gift its namesake family provided last year.

    Some have called the donation of an undisclosed amount from Philip and Alyce de Toledo of Sherman Oaks a...

  • Medication Nation

    By Mindy Leaf

    May 21, 2015 | 11:48 am

    You'd think we'd know better by now—or at least learn from our mistakes. But while first world problems concerning recreational drug use may have changed over time (both in purpose and side effects), the practice continues, and is likely more widespread than ever. Back in the...

  • Awards, “green” Knesset, unique teens and more - This week from the Startup Nation!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 16, 2015 | 9:48 am

    The Israeli App that brings video to Twitter

    Meet Meerkat, the new Israeli app that has achieved almost overnight success, has taken Twitter by storm, and has earned widespread coverage in the media and on websites around the globe. Meerkat allows Twitter users to stream video of...

  • Israeli Apartheid Week 2015 - when anti-Semitism takes over.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 4, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    The Israeli Apartheid Week, currently taking place in campuses worldwide, has taken a frightening anti-Semitic turn. This radicalization had led Jewish pro-Israel students to refrain from standing up to this “Hate Fest,” and worse - to hide their identity because they fear of being...

  • Peanut Allergy:  Eat Peanuts Early Like Israelis?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 25, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    Deadly peanut allergies are on the rise, not just in the United States but around the world.

    Israeli children have lower rates of peanut allergy when compared to Jewish children of similar ancestry in the United Kingdom.  Israelis consider the popular peanut-flavored Bamba their...

  • Before your favorite teacher dies

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 20, 2015 | 12:51 pm

    On City Cisco Island, Aunt Suzy saw funny men.

    That sentence is a mnemonic that Mr. Jaeger taught us.  The first letter of each word stands for a molecule in the Krebs citric acid cycle, the pathway that converts food to energy.  The O in “On” stands for Oxaloacetate; the C in...

  • My Father’s Story and Martin Luther King Jr.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    January 19, 2015 | 7:46 am

    My father was a mining engineer.  He lost his father at an early age and assumed the role of a father to his younger siblings and the bread winner to his family.  He climbed his way up to the highest level a Jew had ever achieved as an engineer in Iran.  He was trusted by the...

  • In Search of a Better Life.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    December 8, 2014 | 9:52 am

    He was only twelve years old.  All he had was a bike and a kiss from his parents.  He left his village in Iran to travel to the capital in search of a better life.  He died surrounded by his children and a loving community at 86.

    If you showed up late to his memorial and missed...

  • How to fight anti-Semitism online?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 3, 2014 | 8:18 am

    What do you do when you see hate speech on your Facebook or Twitter feed? Do you calm yourself down, swallow the bitter pill and move on, or do you comment bravely and report the image/page/user/group?

    For Israeli student Shay Amiran- Pugachov, fighting anti-Semitism and hate...

  • AJWS expands focus on Ebola prevention, education

    November 24, 2014 | 10:58 am

    When the magnitude of the Ebola crisis became clear in August, Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and her team contacted the 10 Liberian organizations AJWS supports to ask whether the agencies would like to change course from other social service...

  • How the LAUSD can do iPads right

    November 14, 2014 | 10:34 am

    If somewhere in Los Angeles a snarky editorial cartoonist is trying to combine an images of an iPad and a tombstone into a commentary on the resignation of LAUSD superintendent John Deasy, that person should put away the pencil and start on a different project.

    The post mortems...

  • “The frum tax” for public schools

    October 21, 2014 | 9:23 am

    While many American Jews have been big backers of public schools, our current system discriminates against traditionally religious Americans through what I call “the frum tax.” (Frum is Yiddish for observant.)
     
    Here’s how the frum tax works: If you’re secular and want to...
  • Remembering Four Women of the Holocaust

    By Ilana Angel

    October 9, 2014 | 3:42 pm

    I worked at Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation for many years. It is now the USC Shoah Foundation and continues to do important work. I am very proud to be have been a part of this organization and look back on my years there with laughter, tears,...

  • Google against Antisemitism, fighting Ebola, an action movie in TLV and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 6, 2014 | 8:24 am

    Google’s future plans of fighting hate-speech

    Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, was presented with the ADL International Leadership Award, and expressed his hope that one day there might be a more exciting option for dealing with hate speech: artificial intelligence. He...

  • Ghosts in the classroom: A Yom Kippur message

    October 1, 2014 | 9:16 am

    There are ghosts in our classrooms.  Listen closely, and you can hear the generational echoes reverberating. 

    The grandfather of a second grader struggling with math was a renowned professor at MIT. The child who dances at the Kotel on his eighth grade class trip remembers his...

  • Rosh Hashanah message September 2014

    September 24, 2014 | 10:02 am

    Kids who aren’t afraid of failing take the risks that change the world. 

    Why? Because optimism and failure are the necessary and inextricable foundation upon which creative confidence flourishes. You have to believe in a better world—desperately and urgently—to take the risks and...

  • Ranking high in education and life expectancy, Hollywood support and more -This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 22, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Four Israeli universities ranked in world’s top 300

    Four Israeli universities are among the 300 best in the world, according to the influential QS World University Rankings, which take into account research, teaching, graduate employability, and international outlook. The Hebrew...

  • Our battle against Hamas is far from being over

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 10, 2014 | 9:24 am

    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” (Golda Meir. Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957)


    In the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israeli Defense Forces successfully scared Hamas back to the dark caves...

  • In Israel’s poorest schools, teachers improvise fixes for funding shortfalls

    September 9, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    In 2008, Asher Nachmani wanted to buy a computerized blackboard for his classroom, but the elementary school where he teaches technology in this low-income town didn’t have the money.

    So Nachmani built one himself.

    He downloaded a free program from the Internet, bought a...

  • For the Love of Israel -Q&A with the young people who made Aliyah during Operation Protective Edge

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 5, 2014 | 8:34 am

    This summer, in the midst of a military operation in Gaza, while rockets whistled over our heads, a group of 300 young North Americans landed in Israel, their eyes lit with excitement. Those young folks, ages 18 to 23, made Aliyah with the purpose of starting a new, independent...

  • The Fulfillment Fund: Giving kids a shot at college

    By Julie Bien

    September 3, 2014 | 11:54 am

    This fall, Crenshaw High School valedictorian Christerbell Ahaiwe will start her freshman year at UCLA. What her new classmates might not realize is how hard she worked to get there. 

    Growing up with six siblings in South Los Angeles, Christerbell had to squeeze in her homework...

  • Letters to the editor: Listening to teachers and understanding Israel and Hamas

    August 13, 2014 | 9:55 am

    Protesters of Violence Can’t Be Protectors of Hamas 

    I would like to comment on Rob Eshman’s recent editorial in the Jewish Journal “Peaceniks for Murder” (Aug. 8). For the sake of openness, I do not read the Journal; I had ordered a pizza from a kosher restaurant and picked up...

  • Providing books to Jaffa preschoolers makes Israel stronger

    August 6, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    The children at the Arabic-speaking Ofek preschool in Jaffa spent a lot of time this past year thinking about a mouse named Samsoum, the character in a picture book all the kids have read at home with help from their parents.  

    In class, the kids did a range of Samsoum-related...

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