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  • Concierges help families sort through education options

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Barbara Luboff and her husband were thrilled that their young granddaughters would be staying with them for six weeks over the summer. The family -- parents and grandparents -- wanted to give the girls "a good dose of Judaism while they were in L.A.," Luboff said, in large part to...
  • Are school trips worth the cost?

    By Julie G Fax

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    • Sixth-Grade Trip to Catalina: $400
    • Senior Trip to Poland and Israel: $4,000
    • Educational Value: Priceless
    Milken Community High School 11th-grader Rebecca Suchov considers her elementary and middle school trips to Colorado, Arizona and Washington, D.C., -- and any number of local...
  • Get the best baruch for your buck when you hire a tutor

    By Jay Firestone

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Most students consider their b'nai mitzvah studies as stimulating as a game of mah jongg with Bubbe. For some reason, the idea of studying an extra hour each week in addition to school, sports and other extracurricular activities doesn't quite excite overscheduled Jewish youth....
  • New faces in town as two Orthodox schools debut

    By Daniella Wexler

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Two new Orthodox day schools -- a preschool and a high school -- are scheduled to debut this year in Los Angeles, enhancing the Jewish educational landscape with nuanced curricula and sophisticated schooling methodologies.

    Ohr Letzion will begin as a preschool dedicated to...

  • Jewish-oriented charter school in Florida to open amid controversy

    By Larry Luxner

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Margaret Schorr, a marketing and public relations consultant, wanted her 5-year-old daughter, Hannah, to learn Hebrew, but she wasn't willing to pay the $8,000 to $13,000 annual tuition that Jewish day schools in south Florida typically charge for kindergarten.

    For attorney David...

  • Dumbing Down Judaism

    By David Suissa

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    You can't talk about Jewish philanthropy without talking about Jewish priorities. For many years now, a huge priority for the American Jewish community has been to fight assimilation -- what is elegantly called "Jewish continuity." It's a priority that is rarely challenged. How do...
  • Mere Humans

    By Rob Eshman

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the space below, list all patents you have received in the past four years:


    Nothing? Not even one lousy invention?

    And you expect to get into college?

    No kidding, my niece, Lesley, came upon this question on the 2007 entrance application to the Massachusetts...
  • Don’t write off the intermarried

    By Edmund Case

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Charles Dickens' classic, "A Tale of Two Cities," begins with the famous line: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Sociologist Steven Cohen's new study on intermarriage has a similar title but a different spirit.

    Ignoring positive recent evidence from Boston and...

  • UJ President Robert Wexler has roots in three denominations

    By Julie G Fax

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    We've been sitting at Starbucks over iced drinks for 20 minutes, and the subject of the University of Judaism (UJ) has yet to be brought up. We're schmoozing, Robert Wexler and I, and he asks a lot of questions about me -- where my grandparents are from, where I went to college,...
  • The school with no name

    By David Suissa

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    You can hang out for years at the Pico-Robertson intersection: Shop for fixtures at McNoon Crystal Lighting, get grande drips at Starbucks, carpets at Moghaddam Rugs, mezzuzahs at Schmulies, a Hollywood head shot at Award Studios, some Zantac at Walgreens after you had a pastrami at...
  • Kashrut: The things we do for love

    By Eileen Horowitz

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I have been passionate about Jewish education for two decades: When I worked in the public and private secular worlds of elementary education, I found myself searching for a more meaningful path to follow. I wanted to be able to talk to kids not only about being the best student they...
  • Out of the Car, Into the Classroom

    By Jane Ulman

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Years ago, Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom would run up and down the Hebrew school carpool line handing out cassette tapes of his and Rabbi Harold Schulweis' sermons.

    "If you're not going to come inside, at least listen to this," he'd tell parents.

    Today Feinstein...

  • Academy Wants to Ease Wallet Strain

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For the past couple of years, Rabbi Shimon Kashani has been concerned about Jewish education. While he saw several day schools in Los Angeles, he was worried that some students whose families couldn't afford the fees were opting for public schools, and therefore had limited options...

  • Trio Spearheads New Bid to Save JCC

    By Marc Ballon

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    At the downtown YMCA on Saturday mornings, parents congregate at poolside tables to gossip, kibitz and trade jokes, while their children take swimming lessons. For the adults, these hour-long sessions represent nothing less than a much-needed respite from the grind of the work week....

  • Funding Our Jewish Future

    By Rachel Pomerance

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine a world in which every newborn child receives a voucher toward early childhood Jewish education and a free trip to Israel.

    That's what philanthropist Michael Steinhardt asked 4,000 delegates to the North American Jewish federation system's General Assembly to consider...

  • Educator Retiring to Study in Israel

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As he watched his students play basketball, Rabbi Yochanan Stepen's eyes lit up.

    "I felt like I was at Staples Center watching the Lakers play, and I was sitting next to Jack Nicholson," Stepen told them.

    "That excited the kids, because names from the news make it relevant," Stepen...

  • We Make Our Own Community

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    He came into my office clutching an old picture of a rabbi with a long, flowing beard. He was in his late 60s and clearly in a hurry.

    "Could you use the picture? We are moving and I am getting rid of some old stuff" he said.

    Sensing he had little contact with the Jewish community,...

  • U.S. Jews Differ on Israel Attachment

    By Rachel Pomerance

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Delight shot through the classroom of eighth-graders like a pogo stick gone wild.

    The 35 students at the Heschel School on Manhattan's Upper West Side erupted Monday afternoon with giddy comments and questions about the two-week trip to Israel they were about to begin the next...

  • A Different Kind of Youth Program

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For many teens, having a bar or bat mitzvah is both a beginning and an ending. According to Jewish tradition, the ceremony signifies a child's transition into manhood or womanhood. For some teens, it also marks the end of a structured Jewish education. Some kids dread Hebrew school...

  • Teacher Shortage

    By Andrea Adelson

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    There is no summertime lull at schools for Jewish education.

    Even as day campers toting towel-stuffed beach bags invade day schools and synagogue religious classrooms, administrators are spending their summer scrambling to fill staff vacancies for September, at a time when qualified...

  • Investing in Teachers

    By Jonathan Friendly

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jews have long understood the importance of study both as a religious activity and as the passageway to a shared culture. American Jews are waking up to how important it is to give their children a solid Jewish education so that they can choose the part they will play in the future...

  • Preschool Packs a Rock Solid Rep

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The promise - and problems - are writ small at WJCC's popular pre-school. While the preschool's administration has undergone some instability, parents can not fault the Gibraltar-solid record of the teaching staff. Indeed, Michelle Labgold, the preschool's director, stands behind the...

  • Following the Money

    By Beverly Gray

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    How do you spend $1 million extra a year? That was the exciting but delicate issue administrators faced three years ago when The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles announced a new annual $1 million allocation for Jewish education. Then-President Herb Gelfand pushed hard for...
  • Of Chanukah, Grandfathers and the Real Meaning of the Light

    By Judy R. Gruen

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My two grandfathers held one another in respectful, yet distant regard. My mother's father, a Polish-born, Conservative rabbi, devoted his life to Jewish education and study. He had little use for popular entertainment, and, despite his keen intelligence, rarely appreciated the jokes...
  • Honor Bestowed

    By Beverly Gray

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Joel Grishaver, everybody's favorite hip Jewish uncle, had been up half the night, schmoozing with a rabbi's son who was visiting from England. So when Grishaver answered the phone at 6:30 a.m., he was hardly prepared for the voice that said, "You and I have a date for lunch in...
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