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  • Religious children less generous and altruistic than secular ones

    3 weeks ago

    A new study finds that contrary to conventional wisdom, children raised in nonreligious homes are more generous and altruistic than their peers who receive a religious upbringing.

    Called “The Negative Association between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism across the World,”...

  • Hebrew Hoops Basketball Camp Coming to LA

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    May 29, 2015 | 9:52 am

    One of my passions is Jewish college students. I have had the honor of being a campus rabbi at Long Beach State, UC Irvine, and for the last two years with University of Southern California Hillel.

    So many of our Jewish students are passionate about life and making the world a...

  • Free Range Kids

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 15, 2015 | 1:30 am

    A Maryland family is in the news again because they let their kids, ages 10 and 6, walk to a park about a mile from their home. The kids made it to the park just fine, played there just fine, and had almost made it all the way back home before they were picked up by the police,...

  • How do you talk to kids about God?

    April 6, 2015 | 1:17 pm

    Talking openly with children about sensitive subjects is hard. It always has been. In my parents’ generation, the three-letter taboo was S-E-X. My older sister was 13 when my dad gave a kid “The Talk” for the first time. It was the ’80s, and my dad dodged it like any educated man...

  • Rosh Hashanah message September 2014

    September 24, 2014 | 10:02 am

    Kids who aren’t afraid of failing take the risks that change the world. 

    Why? Because optimism and failure are the necessary and inextricable foundation upon which creative confidence flourishes. You have to believe in a better world—desperately and urgently—to take the risks and...

  • FED UP: the movie

    By Tera Greene

    May 29, 2014 | 11:38 pm

    #FEDUPMovie: It's time to rethink scary movies. It's time to get real about food.
    Sugar's got a hold on me, you, us... Aren't we FED UP yet?


    Sugar is an epidemic and it is killing us. Not slowly, but fast. From obesity (and childhood obesity), to diabetes to mood swings, Sugar is on a war path. And the food industry is in...

  • Child Labor

    December 3, 2013 | 10:40 am

    In the cafeteria a few weeks ago, my fourth-grade daughter's friends were complaining about their lunches. The dessert was missing. The fruit was bruised. The drink was no good.

    Why didn't you pack yourself a better lunch? she asked.

    Incredulous eyes swung to her. They don't...

  • Arguing Like Abraham

    November 5, 2013 | 9:22 am

    I facilitated a parenting discussion this past weekend, which is one of my favorite things to do (besides hanging out with my family and - shamefully - watching Vampire Diaries after the kids have gone to bed). We talked about why our children should be helping around the house,...

  • A Year after Sandy

    October 29, 2013 | 7:07 pm

    I had just picked up the kids, and we were en route to their favorite after-school snack spot when we noticed the American flag flying over the post office. "Hey," my daughter asked, "why is the flag only halfway up the pole?" Because, I answered, it's the one-year anniversary of...

  • Shabbat Shalom!

    October 25, 2013 | 9:29 am

    I am a rabbi, married to another rabbi, and completely committed to giving our kids a childhood built on Judaism and Jewish values.

    Having said that, I must confess: I love Halloween.

    When my oldest son was not yet one, we dressed him in a pumpkin costume and took him around...

  • Shabbat Shalom!

    October 18, 2013 | 11:28 am

    Shabbat Shalom!

    Every Friday, I'll be offering a story, recipe, suggestion, or idea to inspire you and your family to make the coming Shabbat extra special - and for this first "Shabbat Shalom!" post, I thought I would offer a snapshot of what Shabbat looks like in my home.


  • Surrounded by Kids

    By Elliot Steingart

    June 25, 2013 | 9:36 am

    I was surrounded by kids for an entire day. In a span of eight hours, I was kicked in the groin and nearly run over by a Fisher Price bicycle. All proof that the first day of summer is the longest day of the year.

    These kids were more combative than a street gang out of...

  • When Good Kids Do Bad Things

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 18, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    By M. Alexander

    It is no longer the dropouts and the burnouts that we have to worry about—on every high school campus, there will always be the reckless stoners who sit on the hill and avoid class.  But these students represent just a small fraction of each school.

    The kids who...

  • I Love You Shane Koyczan

    By Ilana Angel

    February 21, 2013 | 6:53 am

    A friend of mine shared this video on Facebook and I have watched it a dozen times, just this morning.  I had no idea who Shane was, but in watching this video I have done a little research and discovered that Shane Koyczan is remarkable.  Watch this  video.  It is important, it is beautiful, and it matters.  Everyone should see it, share it, understand it, and learn from it.

    To Shane, I fell in love with you this morning.  

    I am a fan, and I am keeping the faith.

  • NFTY’s Unintentional lesson

    February 20, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    Hundreds of Jewish teens who arrived in Los Angeles on Feb. 15 for the North American Federation of Temple Youth’s (NFTY) biennial convention got a taste of both activism and irony.

    Although the theme of this year’s convention was one of social activism — “Clout and Influence” —...

  • If You Have Love, Does Marriage Matter?

    By Ilana Angel

    January 13, 2013 | 8:29 pm

    Ever since I was little I wanted to get married.  When I tied the knot the first time it was a remarkable time in my life.  I loved my husband, my parents walked me down the aisle, all my siblings were there, and my life was full of hope and promise.  Even though my marriage did...

  • One Mother, One Child, One Fear, One Day

    By Ilana Angel

    October 23, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    I sometimes feel very alone in terms of my life as a mother.  I don’t always relate to other moms.  I often think people just don’t get how hard it is to be a single mom, or even how much joy I get from being the mother to only one child.  I am raising him alone and it is hard.  It...

  • Prince Charming is Taking Me To England!

    By Ilana Angel

    October 14, 2012 | 9:08 pm

    After 7 months of dating, and a slow and steady stroll to love, the Englishman is taking my son and me to England to meet his family for two weeks in December.  By slow and steady, of course I mean that I have loved him since our first date, but it took me months to allow myself to...

  • Focus on kids’ character, not grades

    August 8, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    Not long ago, psychologist Madeline Levine gave a lecture at a Jewish day school near her home in Marin County, Calif. The topic: “Your Average Child.”

    Nobody showed up. 

    “I guess there wasn’t a single average kid at the school,” Levine quips.  

    “By definition, the vast majority...

  • Kidsave changes lives for orphaned children, adoptive parents

    July 19, 2012 | 2:30 pm

    Santiago Brown calls himself a “cashew.” It’s his way of combining the words “Catholic” and “Jew,” to refer to his unusual religious background. He lived in Colombia in a Catholic orphanage until being adopted into a Jewish family a year ago, at the age of 12. His...

  • I’m Past All That

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 9, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    There is some unwritten statute of limitations on how long one can whine about a crappy childhood, a negligent parent, a few too many chicken pot pies, summers with the grandparents, days spent on Greyhound buses and with dubious caregivers and creepy neighbors. There is just a...

  • ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ author Maurice Sendak dies at 83

    May 8, 2012 | 8:24 am

    Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are,” has died.

    Sendak, who wrote and illustrated more than 50 children’s books, died Tuesday at the age of 83. He reportedly had suffered a stroke on May 4.

    [JewishJournal.com profiled Sendak in...

  • Baseball and G-d

    By Julia Bendis

    March 29, 2012 | 10:39 am

    I trust in G-d
    I love my Country
    And will respect its laws
    I will play fair
    And strive to win
    But win or lose I will always do my best

    This is the pledge the players chant before every Little League game, including my twelve-year-old son.  Not only do I cringe every single time I...

  • A Conversation with Brandi Glanville & Jennifer Gimenez

    By Ilana Angel

    March 16, 2012 | 4:55 pm

    I have interviewed both Brandi Glanville and Jennifer Gimenez.  I find them both to be entertaining and interesting.  My interviews were conducted over the phone and they were great.  There is a reoccurring theme when talking to them, and it is each other.  With a friendship spanning...

  • Happy Sweet 16

    By Ilana Angel

    January 18, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    My son is turning 16 this week.  He is a remarkable human being and I am blessed and honored to be his mother.  To mark this most special of occasions, I want to share 16 things that I think he should know.

    1.  Driving is a privilege and you must respect the power of being behind...

  • Does Loud & Greasy = Old?

    By Ilana Angel

    January 17, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    This weekend I went shopping with my son.  He is going to a winter formal and needed a new outfit so we headed out to Santa Monica to spend the day shopping, walking around, and having lunch.  It was a beautiful day, there were a ton of people out and about, and we had a wonderful...

  • HOOTERS, children and me being the greatest parent that ever lived…

    By Julia Bendis

    January 3, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    Yesterday was the last day of my children’s freedom, and incidentally the last day of my imprisonment.  As I counted down the dwindling hours of winter break, I was also counting down the hours till my head was going to stop throbbing and my voice would sound human again (oppose to a...


    By Ilana Angel

    December 4, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Dear Jonah,

    I love you.  You are a brave young man and I am holding you close to my heart.  I feel your sadness, pain, confusion, fear and hope.  Hold on Jonah because this too shall pass, even though it feels like it never will.  You are blessed with courage and your video is...

  • The Russian way of educating children.

    By Julia Bendis

    November 15, 2011 | 10:40 am

    A distant memory came to mind the other day.  Back in Russia, well technically it was in Riga, Latvia my parents decided to get my brother and I English lessons in the anticipation of our future move to the United States.  This was about a year before we actually immigrated, so we...

  • Dating, Kids, Religion, Sex

    By Ilana Angel

    October 21, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    I had lunch with a friend this week who suggested that in order for me to meet a nice guy, I should start dating men who are not Jewish.  I’ve received that advice before from many people, but I was surprised to hear it from this particular friend.  He is not only Jewish, but...

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