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  • A principal’s speech

    By Dennis Prager

    July 2, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Three years ago, I wrote a version of this column. Because it went viral — often listing me as the high school principal who actually gave this speech! — I am revising it and publishing it here. I believe that if every school principal gave this speech, America would be a better...

  • 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...

  • You are a felon

    March 22, 2013 | 11:38 am

    “You are a felon.”  Those were the words texted by one high school kid to another after the boy bragged via text about raping an unconscious 16 year old girl in Steubenville, Ohio.  The phrase was echoed again on Sunday when the verdict was handed down – guilty.  “You are a...

  • Empowering our children with vocational skills

    February 20, 2013 | 3:35 pm

    Imagine asking your 16-year-old daughter and day school student, Maya, “What did you learn today?”

    Instead of the usual, “I dunno, nothing,” you get this:  

    “I am working to weld an iron banister, but we need to understand how heat and pressure affect various metal compositions...

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  • Words can kill

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 8, 2012 | 9:27 am

    For the past few weeks my mind has been preoccupied. An event that occurred in my home town got me thinking on how mean can people be? And moreover- how mean can young people be? What makes a kid or a teenager, who didn't even get the chance to experience real life, own a heart of...

  • Shalhevet looks for financial security in property sale

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 12, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    Shalhevet high school is close to finalizing a deal to sell more than half of its 2.4 acres to a property developer who plans to build an apartment complex on the lot at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard.

    The plan will put Shalhevet on firmer financial...

  • Real Housewives of NYC – She is Coma Toast!

    By Ilana Angel

    August 28, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    The much anticipated three part trip to St. Barths has begun.  We start with the flight onto the small island and Carole talking about the loss of John and Caroline.  I love Carole and actually don’t like it when she talks about them. She seems uncomfortable when she does and I...

  • RHONYC Hits a New Low

    By Ilana Angel

    August 19, 2012 | 5:28 pm

    Back from my vacation in Canada, I returned to what may be the most horrific episode of the Real Housewives of New York City.  These chicks are completely insane and I’m not sure why I was so anxious to see what I missed.  It is 2 in the afternoon and yes, I am drinking.

    We start...

  • At joint iftar celebration, Muslim-Jewish High School Council launched

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 15, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    A recent break-fast meal, held in the courtyard of the Westside Jewish Community Center, began with the blowing of a shofar. The sun hadn’t yet set, so the baskets of pita and dried dates placed on every table remained untouched.

    And Yom Kippur was more than a month away.

    ...
  • Healthy, kosher hot lunches rare in L.A. Jewish schools

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 8, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    On a Thursday this past March, at around 11:40 a.m., the alluring scent of chicken schnitzel – freshly breaded and pan-fried — wafted through the parking lot of New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS) in West Hills.

    The source was a truck from Alex Felkai’s kosher catering...

  • 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:

    1)

    Continue to learn and teach.

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

  • ADL offers free trip to Washington, D.C., for High-School students

    By Ryan Torok

    May 15, 2012 | 8:18 pm

    This November, approximately 100 high-school students from around the country will participate in the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission, an annual three-day trip to Washington, D.C., for students, with all expenses paid for by the ADL....

  • Nominate a student to be included in the Jewish Journal’s Outstanding High School Seniors issue!

    By JewishJournal.com

    May 3, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    The Jewish Journal is seeking nominations for our “Outstanding Seniors” issue. We are looking for high school seniors who have distinguished themselves as role models and leaders, either by taking on causes and following through with action, or by personally overcoming odds and thus...

  • Homework: Perspectives of a Mother & her Son

    By Ilana Angel

    April 23, 2012 | 1:09 pm

    If you read my blog on a regular basis, or happen to stumble upon it on one of the days I write about my son, you know that I love him in a profound way.  He is perfection to me and there is nothing I would not do for this kid. 

    We don’t fight, but when there is a difference of...

  • TAPPS head: Beren Academy should never have been accepted to association

    April 2, 2012 | 7:58 am

    The Beren Academy Orthodox Jewish day school should never have been accepted to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, the association’s director told a Texas newspaper.

    “We shouldn’t have accepted them in the first place,”  Edd Burleson, director of the Texas...

  • Save the Academic Decathlon

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 28, 2012 | 6:19 pm

    In a city where some of the very rich are willing to pay $1 billion-plus for the bankrupt Dodgers baseball team, why can’t anyone spare $500,000 to support an Academic Decathlon program that brings luster to the often criticized Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)?

    ...
  • The lessons of the Beren accommodation

    March 15, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    On the morning of Feb. 28, 2012, Alyza Lewin of the law firm Lewin & Lewin invited me to participate in a conference call to discuss a burgeoning controversy involving the basketball team of the Robert M. Beren Academy, an Orthodox Jewish School in Houston, Texas.  Alyza and her...

  • Calabasas Jews hoop it up

    March 8, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    While Jews all over the world gathered on March 7 to retell the story of Purim, the nine Jews on the Calabasas high school boys basketball team celebrated differently: by playing in their first California Interscholastic Federation State Tournament.

    The Coyotes, with five starters...

  • Jewish school is denied request to change basketball tourney time

    February 27, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    An Orthodox high school in Texas was rejected in its request to have the state basketball semifinals rescheduled to avoid a conflict with the Jewish Sabbath.

    In a decision Monday, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools informed the Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston...

  • Md. student asked to defend wearing kippah

    February 2, 2012 | 11:21 am

    A Jewish student at a Maryland high school was asked to prove that he wore a yarmulke for religious reasons.

    Caleb Tanenbaum, 17, was asked by the administration of Northwood High School in Silver Spring to provide a letter from a rabbi explaining why he wore the plain, off-white knitted kippah, Patch in Wheaton, Md., reported.

    Caleb, an Israeli by birth, decided recently to wear a kippah, according to the news website.

  • C’mon, Amanda Green, ‘Bring It On’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 6, 2011 | 4:37 pm

    At one point in “Bring It On: The Musical,” inspired by the rival cheerleading film of the same name, Bridget, the team’s chubby mascot, gets some moxie from a pep talk about a boy she likes.

    “Why walk around like you’re made of asbestos,” a friend sings, “when [he]...

  • Kid stuff? Hardly.

    June 8, 2011 | 12:58 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 decide between the many extraordinary leaders, givers and enormously talented graduating teens.

    But,...
  • Obvious vs. the-Not-So-Obvious!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 31, 2011 | 1:18 pm

    Lately I’ve been thinking about the many jobs I have had, all through my teenage years and adulthood.  The reason I started thinking about them is simple: every time my children talk about what they want to do when they grow up, and it changes daily, I usually have a funny anecdote...

  • One Calabasas High vandal said to be Jewish

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 12, 2011 | 4:05 pm

    One of the three Calabasas High School students who confessed to defacing their school with anti-Semitic and racist graffiti last month is Jewish, a detective from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department involved in the investigation told the Jewish Journal on Thursday.

    ...
  • After anti-semitic vandalism, life goes on at Calabasas High

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 3, 2011 | 6:14 pm

    Read more on this story here.

    On April 27, just hours after three Calabasas High School students had been arrested in connection with the anti-Semitic and racist graffiti scrawled on their school’s campus late on the night of April 22, life at this well-groomed, suburban public...

  • Decals on my car - don’t want any!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 10, 2011 | 11:45 am

    Does having a decal of children, dogs and your entire family on your car make you a better Mom?  And more importantly, does NOT having one make me a bad Mom?

    I was pondering that question as I sat in traffic on the 405 freeway the other day.  As usual, I was stuck behind a Minivan...

  • A Tasty Tu B’shvat Lesson

    Lior Haykeen, TRIBE intern

    January 31, 2011 | 2:55 pm

    In the spirit of Tu B’shvat, the Jewish celebration of nature and abundance, the students of Conejo Hebrew High School in Agoura Hills invited their families and other community members to a one-night dining experience Jan. 19 at their own makeshift Israeli restaurant, which they...

  • Baltimore Jewish high school shutting down

    January 18, 2011 | 10:03 am

    A Baltimore Jewish day school will close its high school division at the end of the school year due to financial problems.

    Yeshivat Rambam, which opened 10 years ago, announced Sunday that it would close its high schools for boys and girls while working to strengthen the enrollment...

  • ‘Beat the Jew’ high school to get tolerance education

    November 1, 2010 | 9:45 am

    A high school where a group of students played a highway chase game called “Beat the Jew” will study a new tolerance curriculum.

    Administrators at the La Quinta High School in Southern California and Desert Sands Unified School District have accepted an offer from the Jewish...

  • Staying empathetic is a challenge during the race for college

    September 3, 2008 | 10:56 pm

    I believe myself to be a compassionate person. I say this, of course, with an immense amount of supporting evidence. You know in Westerns, when the cowboys battle it out on the frontier, riding their horses? Well, when a man gets shot and both he and his horse tumble to the ground, I...
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