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  • White Night TLV, futuristic transportation, feeding the hungry and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    Welcoming the Douglas family to the Holy Land

    Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones arrived in Israel on Thursday for the weekend bar mitzvah of Dylan Michael Douglas. The family stayed in the presidential suite of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. They toured Jerusalem,...

  • FED UP: the movie

    By Tera Greene

    May 29, 2014 | 11:38 pm

    #FEDUPMovie: It's time to rethink scary movies. It's time to get real about food.
    Sugar's got a hold on me, you, us... Aren't we FED UP yet?

    I AM ADDICTED TO SUGAR

    Sugar is an epidemic and it is killing us. Not slowly, but fast. From obesity (and childhood obesity), to diabetes to mood swings, Sugar is on a war path. And the food industry is in...

  • Educating the next generation to care

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 28, 2014 | 8:47 am

    "World Peace" – a lifetime wish we all carry in our hearts. Every day when we read the news, we pray for a hate-free world, but how can we achieve this world when we are the ones pushing it further away?! Furthermore, how can more attention dedicated to educating the younger...

  • Follow The DJ

    By Tera Greene

    March 31, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    Short and sweet.

    I am launching my website, http://www.djnovajade.com, tomorrow, April 1, 2014. 

    DJing is my profession, though many of you know that I am also a speaker and writer (duh!), among other things.  So, as I take my career to the next level, I am using my gifts in...

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  • Educating the educators, here and abroad

    March 26, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A recent roundtable discussion between local and Israeli educators has kindled a desire on both sides to collaborate in an effort to tackle issues of universal significance. 

    “We learned that Israel is struggling with some of the same sorts of challenges we are here in the United...

  • Collection of Video Reports on Social Issues in Israel

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 12, 2014 | 5:30 am

    This week in the “Social Order” edition:

    • Why are leftist activists taking part in an ultra-Orthodox demonstration?
    • "Heart at East", but the money is in the West - discrimination in allocating funds for Mizrahi culture.
    • The ongoing use of ‘contract’ workers by the...
  • Abortion Restrictions Keep Increasing Nationwide: 3 Ways You Can Fight Back

    By Maya Paley

    February 20, 2014 | 5:37 pm

    More abortion restrictions were enacted throughout the United States from 2011-2013 than in the entire last decade. According to the Guttmacher Institute’s report released in early January of this year, 205 new restrictions on abortion in that three year time period as opposed to...

  • CSU students give Israel high marks

    January 9, 2014 | 11:33 am

    Students from California State University (CSU) on a reinstituted year-long program at the University of Haifa say they’re reveling in their academic and social life in Israel. 

    CSU’s return to the Holy Land in 2012 came at the end of a decade-long ban imposed due to safety...

  • Milken head puts focus on tech

    By Ryan Torok

    January 9, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Gary Weisserman’s views on education are decidedly millennial, notwithstanding his more than 20 years of experience in the field. 

    “By academic background, I’m a technologist, and I got into technology because of my love for games and puzzles,” the 44-year-old educator said...

  • Teaching tech in day schools

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    January 9, 2014 | 11:20 am

    Four teenage girls huddled around a laptop computer in their brightly lit classroom. They were working on small circuit boards, known as Arduino boards, learning the mechanics and inner workings of electronic systems. 

    On this day, they were trying to write code that would turn...

  • UCLA’s further deterioration

    By Dennis Prager

    January 8, 2014 | 3:02 pm

    The intellectual and moral decline of American universities in the last 40 years is one of the saddest chapters in modern American history. 

    Take UCLA, long renowned for its excellence in the humanities as well as in the natural sciences (which do remain largely excellent).

    As...

  • Letters to the editor: Judaism in Germany, cultural synergy, women in universities and puzzles

    December 11, 2013 | 11:46 am

    Judaism in Germany

    I am a committed supporter of Conservative Judaism and have been a member of Conservative Temple Beth Am for more than 20 years (“Conservative Judaism Reborn — In Germany,” Nov. 29). I agree with Rabbi Brad Artson that the movement is not dying. Unfortunately,...

  • Educated women and children

    By Dennis Prager

    December 4, 2013 | 4:12 pm

    On the Jewish Web site The Tablet, Michelle Goldberg, a senior contributing editor to The Nation, recently wrote: “In the United States, women tend to have fewer children the more education they have — those with advanced degrees have only 1.67 children each. Jewish women are...

  • Rihanna’s Israeli controversy , a call from space, Movie Day and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 28, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Did Rihanna say “All I see is Palestine?”

    Haaretz.com claimed she did, in the middle of her performance in Tel-Aviv. The news spread quickly and even reached The Huffington Post, until The Times of Israel revealed the accusations aimed to the Israel-fan pop star were not true. 

    ...
  • Sharing the next gen: How Chabad is changing Hillel — and reshaping campus life

    By Jared Sichel

    October 24, 2013 | 3:31 pm

    Shabbat dinner tells one part of the story.

    When Alon Kashanian, a UCLA senior, wants a “very big social atmosphere” on erev Shabbat, he goes to Hillel’s grand, Jerusalem-stone-adorned, 25,000-square-foot Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life on Hilgard Avenue in Westwood....

  • Kevah – A Different Approach to Jewish Learning

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 23, 2013 | 1:00 am

    On Monday night I attended the first in a series of classes by Kevah, an interesting educational institution based in Berkeley, CA. Most Jewish education courses are top-down, with the institution deciding the topic of the course and where it will be. They then go in search of...

  • Berkeley Jewish student union rejects J Street affiliate

    October 11, 2013 | 10:03 am

    The Jewish Student Union at the University of California-Berkeley rejected J Street U for membership for the second time since 2011.

    According the campus newspaper, the Daily Californian, the rejection at a meeting Wednesday focused on J Street U’s hosting of members of...

  • Textism: Is spelling over?

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 9, 2013 | 10:28 am

    f u cn rd ths, u cn bcm a sec & gt a gd jb w hi pa.

    You can tell that’s not a text message.  When secretaries were getting good jobs for high pay, no one was texting.

    Those School of Speedwriting ads were everywhere in New York in the 1950s and ’60s, and in New Jersey, where I...

  • Sex research and the single girl in ‘Masters of Sex’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 24, 2013 | 2:13 pm

    In the prudish 1950s, Virginia Johnson, a failed nightclub singer, caught the eye of St. Louis gynecologist William H. Masters, who was looking for an assistant to help him with his then-clandestine studies of human sexuality. At the time, Masters, a prominent fertility expert at...

  • Will LAUSD’s iPad upgrade work?

    By Sam Gliksman

    September 24, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest public school district in the United States, has approved a plan that will provide every K-12 student and teacher in Los Angeles with an iPad by fall 2014. With more than 650,000 students and almost 26,000 teachers, this...

  • Most depressing brain finding ever

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 16, 2013 | 11:01 am

    Yale law school professor Dan Kahan’s new research paper is called “Motivated Numeracy and Enlightened Self-Government,” but for me a better title is the headline on science writer Chris Mooney’s piece about it in Grist:  “Science Confirms: Politics Wrecks Your Ability to Do...

  • The many blessings of Jewish homeschooling

    August 7, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    Shari Rosenman decided to homeschool her children because it gave her the freedom to set her family’s schedule. Leat Silvera does it because she wants her children to pursue their passions. 

    A few years ago they realized that, as Jews, they weren’t alone in making this...

  • Students as first responders

    August 7, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    First responders have been, rightly so, the focus of national attention since the terrorist attacks at the finish line of the Boston Marathon this past April. We have marveled at men and women tearing down barricades, running in the direction of smoke and chaos, unmoved by possible...

  • College and your child

    By Dennis Prager

    July 31, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    The following are some of the basic postulates about America, religion, society, morality, the arts and Israel that are taught at almost every American university.

    America:

    • The United States is no better than any other country, and in some important ways it is worse than...

  • More than Malala

    By Mahim Maher

    July 12, 2013 | 5:52 pm

    Malala Yousafzai talked about educating the Talibs. And many people in Pakistan agree with her. Here I want to talk about the educated Pakistanis alongwith the uneducated ones.

    There is no debate: Our government, however, has yet to really understand just how important...

  • Let’s be Brazil

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 24, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    I have outrage envy.

    For nearly two weeks, more than a million citizens across Brazil have taken to the streets to protest political corruption, economic injustice, poor health care, inadequate schools, lousy mass transit, a crumbling infrastructure and — yes, in the land of Pelé...

  • Hyperbole and reality

    By  David A. Lehrer

    June 23, 2013 | 3:32 pm

    Last month, this blog wrote about the impending United States Supreme Court decision in the case of Fisher v the University of Texas. The case revolves around the issue of  race based university admissions policies. When the decision comes down next week there will be analyses and...

  • 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...

  • Outstanding Graduates 2013

    June 5, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    Every year, we shine a spotlight on a group of outstanding high school seniors, culled from many nominations submitted by local educators, clergy, community leaders and, of course, you, our readers. And each year we find that the real difficulty is not in identifying those with...

  • Wall Street legend Byron Wien’s life lessons learned in his first 80 years

    By Mark Eshman

    May 13, 2013 | 2:24 pm

    In what was one of the most selfishly rewarding meetings I've had in a long time, I was fortunate enough to spend some time last week with Wall Street legend Byron Wien.  Wien is Vice Chairman of Blackstone Advisory Partners LP,  and consistently ranked as one of the most widely...

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