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  • Classnotes: Milken High School rededicates Torah scroll

    By Julie G Fax

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A Torah scroll that twice survived extinction was ushered to its new home in the Lainer Beit Mirdash of Milken Community High School on Oct. 19.

    The scroll was rescued from Eastern Europe by Shlomo Bardin, founder of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley. In October 2005, the...

  • Students remind General Assembly they’ve got a lot to give, too

    By Julie G Fax

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In 1969, a group of college students staged a protest at the premiere gathering of the organized Jewish community, demanding more say and more attention to issues that mattered to them -- such as Soviet Jewry, Jewish identity and culture. They also wanted a younger voice to be...

  • Shoah lessons drive curriculum

    By Julie G Fax

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Holocaust will play a major role in educating teens at a new Green Dot charter school in Exposition Park. The entire staff of the Animo Jackie Robinson High School -- seven teachers and two principals -- has been trained to teach a curriculum by Facing History and Ourselves, a...
  • Orthodox youth not immune to high-risk lifestyles

    By Julie G Fax

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, Joel Bess gathered his group of 15 teenage boys and took them to the funeral of a 21-year-old who had died of an overdose. Like the teenagers, the youth who died was Orthodox and didn't fit the yeshiva mold and wound up on a path of high-risk behavior. After the...
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  • What are you thinking about this Rosh Hashanah?

    By Julie G Fax

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm actually thinking about changing my behavior with my brother -- he's 7 -- because I've been pretty mean to him. I can be a little more nice, even if he annoys me.... I learn a lot during the holidays. You learn about how to react, and what you should do and how you should be,...
  • Avi Leibovic: Guardian Angel of the Streets

    By Julie G Fax

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    Stand on any corner in Hancock Park or Beverlywood, says Avi Leibovic, and within 10 blocks you can find Orthodox teenagers engaged in weekly poker games, drug use, underage drinking and reckless sex.

    Not much has changed since Leibovic was a teenager in L.A.'s Orthodox...

  • Getting Out Before Katrina Still Painful

    By Julie G Fax

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard for Gideon Daneshrad to imagine himself on the receiving end of tzedakah (charitable giving). In the 30 years since he arrived from Iran to study computer science at North Louisiana University in Monroe, Daneshrad, 56, has built himself a full life -- with four children, a...

  • Class Notes - A Ramah Reunion

    By Julie G Fax

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A group of 25 campers from Ramah of California's pilot summer in 1955 returned to camp this summer to kick off a yearlong celebration of Ramah's 50 years on the West Coast. The camp officially opened in 1956.

    Back then, there were 62 campers and 24 staff members. Tuition for the 10...

  • Etta Israel Campers Learn Skills for Life

    By Julie G Fax

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Mark Worland -- six-foot-something, dressed in tight black and skinhead bald -- grabs Navid by the arm.

    "Come with me!" he barks.

    "No!" screams Navid, barely 5-feet tall.

    Navid throws himself on his back, locks the bottom of his feet to Worland's knees, and shields his face and head...

  • Class Notes - A Model School

    By Julie G Fax

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Kehillat Ma'arav, a Conservative synagogue in Santa Monica, thinks it has a winning formula for the eternal challenge of Hebrew school.

    First, it did away with Sunday school, which was constantly competing with sports, music, tutoring and family activities. The Tuesday program was...

  • Community Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Possible Terror List Contains Israeli Consulate, 2 Temples

    FBI counterterrorism agents are investigating whether two American Muslim converts planned to attack the Israeli consulate general, two synagogues and other targets in Los Angeles.

    Yariv Ovadia, Israeli consul for public...

  • Class Notes: Library’s PR Prize

    By Julie G Fax

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This calendar earned its dates with destiny. The 2004-2005 calendar of the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles won a spot in the American Library Association's "Best of Show" for library PR at the organization's annual conference June 26 in Chicago. The Family Calendar of events...

  • Half a Century on Reform’s Frontlines

    By Julie G Fax

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When the Reform movement published its new "Mishkan T'filah" last November, the prayer book looked comfortably familiar to Reform rabbinic students in Los Angeles. It was clear to them that a homemade siddur they had created for their own use had influenced the first official prayer...

  • Learn to Remember

    By Julie G Fax

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Skip Aldrich signals a student to turn down the lights and flips on the projector. An image of a gaunt concentration camp inmate hunched over a workbench evokes a collective gasp from the 10th-grade world history class at John C. Fremont High School in South Los Angeles....

  • Letters to the Editor

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Shalhevet's Future

    Let's look 20 years into the future. Who will be our community leaders ("What's Next for Shalhevet?" Feb. 4)? They will, by and large, be students from schools like Shalhevet High School and Middle School, because there they learn that when a community paper...

  • Grading Parents on Report Card Day

    By Julie G Fax

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Report card season is meant as judgment day for kids, but in many cases it is the parents who come under scrutiny -- most notably by the kids themselves.

    How a parent reacts can bring a kid's self-esteem up or knock it down, can encourage them to put forth more effort or...

  • ‘A Day Apart’—Together

    By Julie G Fax

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Keeping its commitment to promoting "homemade Judaism," The Shalom Hartmann Institute has published "A Day Apart, Shabbat at Home" ($24.95), a step-by-step guidebook containing everything from helpful hints to spiritual reflections on how to make Shabbat meaningful.

    Noam Sachs...

  • Adult Education

    By Julie G Fax

    January 6, 2005 | 6:59 pm

     

    Upcoming Teachers Seminar Features Top Holocaust Experts

    The city's top names in Holocaust education have teamed up to sponsor a four-part seminar on "The Relevance of Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century," aimed at moving Holocaust education into an era when relying on...

  • Overnight Fire Destroys Glatt Mart

    By Julie G Fax

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    A fast-moving fire destroyed Glatt Mart on Pico Boulevard late Monday night, laying waste to aisles of groceries and causing the roof of the building to collapse.

    One firefighter injured his foot fighting the blaze, but no one was in the building when the fire broke out.

    The Fire...

  • Election Education

    By Julie G Fax

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Democrats and Republicans may have done their best to get out the vote, but nothing quite does it like making it part of the school curriculum. At schools around the city this week, regular classes were suspended so that kids from elementary to high school could dip their young toes...

  • The Shabbos After

    By Julie G Fax

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Here's a marketing nightmare: You have your biggest and most captive audience of the year, and rather than dangling the kind of well-packaged, enticing tidbits that might draw people back for more, you offer up several hours worth of weighty and complex theological ideas wrapped in...

  • Midlife Calling

    By Julie G Fax

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For years, Min Kantrowitz resisted the pull. Sure, the books on her nightstand were more likely to be a reference guide to the Talmud rather than the latest best-seller. But a rabbi?

    When the Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR) opened in Los Angeles in 2000, Kantrowitz resisted no...

  • Have a Ball With Your Soup

    By Julie G Fax

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The woman who brought to the Shabbat table dishes such as sweet pea kreplach and honey-and-pecan-crusted chicken with apricot chutney is tampering with tradition again, just in time for Passover.

    Sue Fishbein, author of "Kosher by Design" (Mesorah Publications, 2003) has released a...

  • The Next Generation Adds Its Own Touch to Seder

    By Julie G Fax

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When newer, color versions supplanted the 1923 Union Haggadah Revised, Tamar Soloff's brother and father hoarded enough copies of the original to ensure that their extended families would have a supply of their own.

    "That was the haggadah from my childhood," Soloff said. After...

  • The Sedermakers

    By Julie G Fax

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's not that Jeanne Weiner wanted Aunt Leonie's Indian Tree dishes for herself. She hadn't used the hand-painted china in five years -- since just before her husband died -- and last Passover she was on the verge of giving the entire service for 31 to her daughter Joelle Keene, who...

  • Q &  A With Moshe Wein

    By Julie G Fax

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    All-inclusive Passover hotel programs cost anywhere from $1,200 to $3,000 per person and take place all over the country -- from ski resorts in Utah to the legendary scene in Miami. Most have one thing in common: Lots and lots of good food.

    Moshe Wein and Elisa Septee Lunzer at...

  • The Art of Religion

    By Julie G Fax

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    How did Israelite religion develop and evolve in its earliest years? What influences led to the centralization of power during the First Temple period? And how did changing perceptions of God fit into all of this?

    These questions will be raised and answered this week not by a...

  • Mad for Kosher Beef

    By Julie G Fax

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Don't Get 'Mad,' Get Kosher. Kosher Meat Is Safe," reads an enormous red-and-yellow banner hanging in front of Santa Monica Glatt Market on Santa Monica Boulevard near Sawtelle Boulevard.

    Well, maybe not completely safe, but certainly safer from mad cow disease.

    "It's not foolproof...

  • A More Reliable Kosher Label

    By Julie G Fax

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There was a time when a half-moon K on a carton of cottage cheese didn't mean much to someone who kept strictly kosher. Conventional wisdom held that the heksher (the kosher symbol) was not all that reliable.

    Today, things are changing at Kosher Overseers (KO), which supervises about...

  • Rabbi Leder’s ten Money commandments

    By Julie G Fax

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    NET WORTH DOES NOT EQUAL SELF-WORTH

    Stop equating what you earn with your value as a person. The true measure of a person has precious little to do with money.

    IT'S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY

    Whatever our issues are concerning money, they are probably masking a deeper, more...

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