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  • Disability Rights Are Civil Rights

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 14, 2013 | 10:57 pm

    As a non-profit professional in Los Angeles, I’ve worked at both Jewish and general charities. While it can sometimes be more comfortable for me to work in the Jewish community, I find myself stretching more as a person  in the non-Jewish environment, especially during the casual...

  • Making the Grade

    By Idan Ivri

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish parents have good reason to be interested in public school test scores released by the California Department of Education on Aug. 31, although they may need help deciphering them.

    In 1997, the last time a study was done, The Jewish Federation found that 64 percent of Jewish...

  • Day School for Reform Jews, Too

    By David Ellenson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The idea that a significant number of American Jewish children would come to attend Jewish day schools would have seemed unimaginable no more than 40 years ago, and the notion that thousands from Reform Jewish homes would attend such schools would have seemed even more fantastic....

  • And There Was Music

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At Sinai Akiba Academy recently, Bryna Vener vigorously conducted close to 100 first- through-eighth-graders in a passionate rendition of "Hava Nagila" as students danced in their seats. If the atmosphere was celebratory, it was because the assembly was a dress rehearsal for the...

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  • Low Wages Force Workers to Struggle

    By Marc Ballon

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    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...

  • The Power of Music

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival" by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen (Warner Books $23.95).

    Vienna, 1938. In the city of Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Strauss, 14-year-old musical prodigy Lisa Jura looks forward to a...

  • Where Worlds Collide

    By Melissa Minkin

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There were no books about Jewish children when writer Lesléa Newman was growing up.

    "I was hungry for a book with characters like [me] to make me feel valid and normal, and to make me think there wasn't something wrong with my family," because it lacked Christmas trees and Easter...

  • An Unaccustomed Sound

    By Beverly Gray

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Today's schools tend to have only limited resources for music instruction, and Jewish day schools are no exception. And in an American Jewish community dominated by Ashkenazic-descended households, Sephardic culture remains a mystery to many Jewish children. Happily, the Maurice...