Treating him like a rock star, the crowd mobbed 70-something Eshaghian, seeking an autograph or photo op during the May 20 launch party for his Persian-language memoir, "A Follower of Culture."
For Vera Haim, teaching Jewish children about their religion, history and culture gave her life a deeper meaning. For 17 years, the 53-year-old Israeli-born educator taught at Jewish nursery schools throughout Southern California, most recently at Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills. Nothing made Haim happier than helping young students develop self-esteem and a curiosity about their roots.
But her dream job held the seeds of a nightmare. Earning just $15,000 annually and with no health-care benefits, Haim landed in dire financial straits after she and her husband divorced last year. Unable to support herself, she had to move in with her 31-year-old son. In short order, she left Kol Tikvah and nearly doubled her income by opening a home day-care business in her son's house.
David Woznica was anything but a model Hebrew school student.
Brian Greene thinks of himself as a product of the University of Judaism (UJ).
Full of drama, ancient wisdom and suspense, "Storahtelling" is live revival bibliodrama, and it's coming to a synagogue in Beverly Hills.
This Shabbat, Amichai Lau-Lavie -- Jewish educator, descendant of 35 generations of rabbis, and Jewish visionary -- will employ a revolutionary approach to celebrate Judaism: Lau-Lavie and his group of traveling Jewish thespians, will take to the Jewish stage (the bimah, really), to perform Jewish revival theater.
Helen Burnstein, the former president of the United Teachers of Los Angles, used to argue, "Teachers want what students need." Many Jewish educators and parents feel the same way about Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). "Jews want what LAUSD needs." Educational excellence, higher standards, and more enrichment activities have become the mantras of educational reformers.
When the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles celebrated the launch of its anti-illiteracy program KOREH Los Angeles in September, the focus was on educators and celebrities to read children's books to kids. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of the spotlight at that event were some local women who are equally vital in the campaign against illiteracy: the creators of the children's books themselves.
What do Jewish educators think about Jewish parents?
Joel Grishaver. The Bible is rich in stories of passion, plagues, miracles and betrayals, but what about good parenting? "In truth, there is no good fathering in the Bible," said author and Jewish educator Joel Grishaver.