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  • What A Graduation!

    July 1, 2015 | 4:00 am

    [Editor’s Note: 18 students of the Gamliel Institute, the leadership training arm of Kavod v’Nichum, having successfully completed all courses and requirements as part of the certification process by the Gamliel Institute, participated in, and recently returned from, the first ever...

  • Advice to grads: Go forth and create a masterpiece

    June 11, 2015 | 9:01 am

    Having recently attended the college graduation of our youngest child, I could not stop thinking about what I might say if given the opportunity to offer the commencement address. Five thoughts come to mind:  

    Continue to learn and teach: At the moment you were born — whether...

  • Outstanding Graduates 2015: Profiles on leadership, philanthropy and education

    June 10, 2015 | 5:02 pm

    In recent weeks, we invited all of you to nominate graduating high-schoolers who exemplify excellence. The result was an amazing group of innovators, artists, leaders and agents of social change. We had a hard time narrowing the field to the 11 included here — and many more could...

  • Building interfaith bridges

    June 10, 2015 | 3:06 pm

    Shachar Cohen-Hodos, 17
    Hamilton High School Humanities Magnet
    Going to: Columbia University and List College at the Jewish Theological Seminary

    Ask average teenagers about their ambitions for the future and most will turn into deer-in-headlights, flop-sweating wrecks or some...

  • Dreaming of dance

    June 10, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    Polly Jacobs, 17
    Westlake High School
    Going to: New York University

    Westlake High School senior Polly Jacobs exhibits a powerful combination of passion, grace and balance. Yes, she dances ballet as a member of the Los Angeles Ballet Academy’s Youth Ballet and Theatrics Dance...

  • Girl Scout stands out

    June 10, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    Robin Perlstein, 18
    La Canada High School
    Going to: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

    Robin Perlstein is dedicated to helping others. She has collected food for homeless shelters and Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles’ SOVA Community Food and Resource Program with her Girl Scout...

  • To be an inspiration is his motivation

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 10, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    Steven Greenberg, 18
    Westview High School

    “I suffer from seven illnesses: bipolar disorder, autism, anxiety, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sensory integration disorder and insomnia,” said Steven Greenberg, 18, a graduating senior at Westview, a high school in West Los...

  • Bridging the gap: A new paradigm for change

    May 29, 2015 | 9:30 am

    I had occasion recently to revisit the Masters Thesis I wrote in 1972 for my degree in Contemporary Jewish Studies from Brandeis University. I needed to reference it for an article I’m writing… and I was curious to see whether I would have been able to pass the Zelikow School’s...

  • Grad’s goal: A better world

    June 12, 2013 | 3:38 pm

    Tis the graduation season, but unlike most 17-year-olds wrapping up their high school careers in recent days and weeks, Daniel Schwartz knows exactly what he wants to do with his life. 

    “I want to go to law and business school and receive a JD and an MBA,” the recent graduate of...

  • 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...

  • Helping grads on their Jewish journey

    June 6, 2013 | 11:01 am

    As a Hillel director for the last seven years, I have come to love this time of year. Graduation is the moment to celebrate not just academic learning, but the personal growth and discovery students experience during their university years. Sitting among the friends and family...

  • 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...

  • AJR-CA graduates 10th class of transdenominational rabbis

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 27, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    The Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJR-CA), graduated its 10th class of rabbinic and cantorial ordinees last month. The transdenominational seminary has graduated close to 90 rabbis, cantors and chaplains since 2003, and nearly all have found work in Conservative, Reform,...

  • Finishing school

    June 18, 2012 | 6:06 pm

    I remember my kindergarten graduation. We wore crowns on our heads and had big smiles on our faces. We sang songs, cute songs about the changing seasons and growing up. And then we received our diplomas, had an ice cream party and were hugged and kissed by our loved ones.

    It was a...

  • Letters to the Editor: Foie Gras ban, JCC closures, being a mensch

    June 13, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Praise for Ban on Foie Gras

    In the June 8 Graduation section, I read about an 18-year-old young lady who helps rehabilitate abused horses and is moving into a nursing program with the goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon (“Healing Others, and Herself”). I am so proud of our...

  • Shining stars - our list of outstanding graduating seniors

    June 6, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Each year, we profile a group of outstanding high school seniors, culled from the many nominations sent in by you, our readers. And each year, we find it almost impossible to choose among the many extraordinary leaders, givers and enormously talented graduating teens.

    But, choose we...
  • Taking her role(s) seriously

    June 6, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    Disguised as an elderly woman in czarist Russia, Sheridan Pierce took the stage at Brentwood School. As the bright lights touched her face and the character took over her body, Pierce poured her heart into her role, and she realized that she was meant to act. 

    The play was “Fiddler...

  • A song in his soul

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 6, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    Quinn Lohmann closes his eyes and tilts his head slightly. His fingers find their place between the frets of his guitar, and his voice rings out, soft and crystal clear.

    “We all got a life to live. We all got a gift to give. ...”

    Lohmann stops mid-strum. “I need to tune,” he says,...

  • It’s all about the kids

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 6, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    When his late grandmother was first diagnosed with terminal cancer three years ago, Jason Aftalion was moved by the volunteers who visited her at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “I was so touched by how they talked to her and spent time with her, so she wouldn’t be lonely,” said...

  • Sometimes, less is more

    June 6, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    In her junior year, Oakwood senior Katherine Bernstein spent two weeks in Sierra Leone with the North Hollywood school’s immersion program. Amid carrying buckets of cement for a new school and helping to paint a map of the world in its library, she was struck by a major difference...

  • A real page-turner

    June 6, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    Corinne Kentor may be coming of age in the iPad and Kindle era, but she feels most at home surrounded by books. The more classic the volumes, the better. It’s “Candide” and “Don Quixote” that thrill this New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) senior, who lights up when she...

  • Building a diplomatic resume at home, abroad

    June 6, 2012 | 12:26 pm

    David Shalom wants to broker a final status peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. While this goal may seem lofty, the YULA student has already taken big steps in pursuit of this dream.

    Politics and music have been the two main ingredients in Shalom’s life, but as he...

  • Healing others, and herself

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 6, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Almost every day, Marissa Meyer, an 18-year-old senior at Agoura High School, heads out to the stable where her riding teacher rehabilitates abused horses. There she works with her 15-year-old gelding, Lucky. Helping to heal him after his difficult life at a dude ranch has been one...

  • Working toward ‘never again’

    By Ryan Torok

    June 6, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Milken Community High School senior Leah Gluck is dedicated to raising awareness about genocide, even though it seems so distant and unsolvable.

    “I think it’s an issue that really is very far away for a lot of people at my school ... and I think that it’s important,” Gluck said.

  • Turning tragedy into prevention

    By Ryan Torok

    June 6, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    Agoura High School senior Brian Hertz was shaken when a student at New Community Jewish High School died in a car accident in February 2010.

    “I was just shocked because it was so awful,” he said.

    Adir Vered was killed when the vehicle he was traveling in crashed into a parked...

  • Finding common ground

    June 6, 2012 | 12:16 pm

    Shalhevet journalism teacher Joelle Keene says that Leila Miller, editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, The Boiling Point, has set a high standard for journalism, integrity and optimism amid complex human relations.

    “[She is] wise enough to know that real differences among...

  • Giving himself a sporting chance

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 6, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    “Yeah, those years of seventh to ninth grade were not the greatest years for Jacob Cohen,” Jacob Cohen says, trying to bring a little levity to a pretty grueling litany.

    In seventh grade, Cohen had a terrible cough and breathing problems that kept him in and out of the hospital,...

  • Dual identity yields an international outlook

    June 6, 2012 | 11:37 am

    Eeman Khorramian could see himself entering the political world. The Palisades Charter High School senior has been highly active in school affairs and with the school’s student government since ninth grade. His leadership skills even earned him the position of student body president....

  • Dear Graduates

    May 30, 2012 | 12:46 pm

    Having recently attended the college graduation of our middle child, I could not stop thinking what I might have said if given the opportunity to offer the commencement address. Here are five thoughts:


    Continue to learn and teach.

    At the moment you were born — whether conscious...

  • The commencement speech I would deliver

    May 25, 2012 | 10:46 am

    Having recently attended the college graduation of our middle child, I could not stop thinking what I might have said if given the opportunity to offer the commencement address. Here are five thoughts.

    1) Continue to learn and teach

    At the moment you were born—whether conscience...

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