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  • Admit One: Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

    By Beit T'shuvah

    3 days ago

    By Nicole Goodman

     

    There are many cultural norms in our generation that are aimed to attack individuals. In the past, I believed that people who went to the movies alone signified that they were lonely, unwanted, and straight up creepy. This is until I became one of them.

    ...

  • The Need to Be Right

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 21, 2013 | 10:59 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    The role of learning is paramount to our existence, I believe. Paraphrasing Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “a life without learning is not worth living.” On the "Morning Joe" show on MSNBC, we are asked, what did we learn today. Yet, there are some of us who...

  • LimmudLA honors founders

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 12, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    LimmudLA honored its founders, Linda Fife and Shep Rosenman, in an evening of dinner, music and study on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens.

    LimmudLA is the local outlet of an international model of interdisciplinary, interdenominational, no-boundaries...

  • American Hebrew Academy facing ambitious challenges in bid for elite status

    August 20, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Sitting at an oblong table, 11 students, each with a school-provided computer tablet, discuss John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” parse the four types of classic love and veer off into talk about sex—all the while interrupting each other and their teacher.

    These ninth-graders...

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  • Breaking down classroom walls with resilience theory

    August 8, 2012 | 4:26 pm

    Why is the summer’s poetry slam on the loss of the Beit HaMikdash (the Holy Temple) seared into our educational memories, while the details of yesterday’s Jewish history class can hardly be recalled? Why do the ultimate messages of pride and unity felt at the end of a massive color...

  • Technology leading the way to lower-cost day school education

    March 29, 2012 | 5:41 pm

    The nondenominational Pre-Collegiate Learning Center of New Jersey doesn’t have a math teacher. The East Brunswick school instead relies on experienced math tutors who help students work through an online math curriculum relying on outside sources.

    At Baltimore’s Ohr Chadash, a...

  • 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)?

    ...
  • Halacha is just a click away at online yeshiva

    By Amy Klein

    May 4, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    You can buy tickets online, get a college degree online, so why not attend yeshiva online?

    Enter Web Yeshiva, the first real-time Torah center whose second semester begins May 6 with signups at www.webyeshiva.org. Sure, there are thousands of Web sites devoted to Jewish subjects,...
  • The seminar of a lifetime

    By Chelsea and Hayley Golub

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As we stepped off the bus into McPherson Park in the middle of Washington, D.C., many emotions flooded through our minds. We were scared, we were nervous, but mostly, we were excited. McPherson Park was only a couple of blocks away from the White House. There was much irony in this...
  • Variety of books pave way for understanding kabbalah

    By Amy Klein

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Historically, rabbis have proclaimed that in order to study kabbalah, one has to be a learned Jewish man older than of 40. So imagine how surprised those rabbis would be today if they could peruse a modern bookstore: There are now a plethora of tomes on the subject, making kabbalah...
  • Hebrew course piques Iranian Jews’ interest

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "You teach me Persian, and I'll teach you Hebrew," quipped Rabbi Hillel Benchimol to the crowd. Nearly 150 Iranian Jews of various ages had gathered at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills on Oct. 29 for the third session of a free five-week crash course in Hebrew.

    Also known as...

  • People of the Book Essay Contest

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As part of the American Jewish University's Celebration of Jewish Books Festival, students in first through 12th grade submitted essays answering the question: "Jews are the people of the book. What does that mean to you today?" The editorial staff of The Jewish Journal selected...
  • 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...
  • Raising pint-sized ‘People of the Book’

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    To harried modern parents, few things sound more luxurious than a quiet weekend away -- no cell phones, no televisions -- with a pile of unread books. To the vast majority of their children, few things sound more torturous. It's not that modern-day kids don't enjoy reading. Most do....
  • Can we can the homework, please?

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Homework can be frustrating, even for 4-year olds A second grader was bent over her worksheets at the kitchen table, long past her bedtime on a school night, and she still hadn't finished her six-page weekly spelling book.

    The girl was enrolled at Maimonides day school, where her...

  • The unlikely candidate

    By Dara Lehon

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I've always admired investment banker/doctor/accountant/lawyer/teacher/artist-types those who'd set their paths out early on and pursued their objectives outright I, on the other hand, have had a seemingly somewhat ... unexpected career path.

    Since graduating college (with an...

  • Everybody’s kosher surfin’, surfin’ USA

    By Amy Klein

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Joe Veroba had a vision of starting a kosher surf camp for Orthodox teens, to teach them the beauty of surfing and of Judaism.

    A native of Long Island, he lived for surfing and for Judaism, and he traveled the world -- Hawaii, Costa Rica, France -- surfing the amateur circuit, but...

  • Islam in the Hood

    By David Suissa

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Is Islam a religion of war or of peace? Is it both? How did it start? What are its connections to Judaism?

    These and other questions lit up my house the other night as part of an unusual Torah salon that has been gracing the Pico-Robertson neighborhood for the past 10 years.

    It was...

  • Composer Martin Bresnick’s classically unique style turns 60

    By George Robinson

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Please don't think that Martin Bresnick is having a "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" moment. Sure the acclaimed composer and teacher celebrated his 60th birthday last month with a series of concerts and the release of a new CD of his music, "The Essential Martin Bresnick," performed by a gang...
  • Jewish and Muslim students at USC share dorm and friendships

    By Nick Street

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The fact that the Taj Mahal was built by a Muslim Mughal is news to one Jewish student, who asked not to be named. The student and Asad Hasnat, a sophomore from Pakistan, have been talking about architecture in India during one of the weekly Monday Munchies socials put together for...

  • The ‘Yearning’ for Torah learning goes to TV

    By Amy Klein

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Do you want to be happier? Do you want to have greater love and intimacy in life? Do you want greater self-awareness? And did you know that you could find all these things in the wisdom of Judaism?

    That's the premise of "The Hidden Wisdom of Our Yearnings with Irwin Kula," a...

  • B’nai Brith’s new chief visits L.A.; ‘Messenger’ unites local readers

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    New B'nai B'rith Head Launches Term in Southland

    The new president of B'nai B'rith International will make Los Angeles his first official stop of his presidency when he speaks at Sinai Temple on the evening of Dec. 7. Moishe Smith, a B'nai B'rith veteran with more than 30 years...

  • The great (non) depression

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I overdid it yesterday. Perhaps I misjudged the line between exhaustion and sloth.

    Or perhaps my recuperation from the cancer treatment requires a slower return to fitness than yesterday's exertion.

    But this morning's desire to stay in bed needs to be honored, unlike yesterday's,...

  • A night at the homeless shelter

    By Jackie Greenspan

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    545 San Pedro Street is an address I will never forget.

    It is the Union Rescue Mission downtown, inhabited by homeless individuals that reside in their designated corners on Skid Row. My school, Milken Community High School, offered a community service experience for 21 students,...

  • Jewish day schools short-change kids with special needs

    By Julie G Fax

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Adam is pushing the strings of his tzitzit through a small hole on the side of his desk.

    "If you don't want to finish your work now, that's OK," his teacher, Chau Ly tells him. "You can do it later." "It's easy. I just don't feel like it," answers Adam (not his real name).

    He looks...

  • Synaplex’s membership tip: put spirit back in Shabbat

    By Naomi Glauberman

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The shades were drawn in the classroom at the Skirball Cultural Center. Lights dimmed. A white cloth anchored by softly glowing candles covered the center of the room. Sitting cross-legged on the floor or on straight-backed chairs, a group of men and women kicked off their shoes and...

  • Secrets of cosmos draw eyes heavenward

    By Nick Street

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Ultra Deep Field Image from the Hubble Space Telescope is rapturous.

    Over the course of four months in late 2003 and early 2004, the orbiting observatory trained its eye hundreds of times on a speck of the heavens just south of the constellation Orion.

    Why this minuscule spot?...

  • American Jews are learned in everything—except Jewish texts

    By Rabbi Yosef Liebowitz

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The American Jewish community is one of the most learned and sophisticated communities in Jewish history - in everything except Jewish texts. As Jews, we are illiterate.

    This phenomenon has its roots in our history over the last 150 years. During that time, the Jewish people...

  • The Trailblazer’s Toolbox: Programs That Grab

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Here's a brief rundown of the national synagogue revitalization programs that have arisen since the early 1990s.

    • Billed as the first such initiative, the Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE) was created in 1992. It strives to popularize Jewish learning among congregants...

  • College Students Find High Holidays’ Place in Higher Learning

    By Lisa Hirschmann

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holidays are here. With them comes a new school year, whereupon many recent graduates of Jewish high schools will face the challenges for the first time that can accompany being an observant Jew in an academic environment that runs on the Christian calendar.

    Gone are the...

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