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  • Providing books to Jaffa preschoolers makes Israel stronger

    3 weeks ago

    The children at the Arabic-speaking Ofek preschool in Jaffa spent a lot of time this past year thinking about a mouse named Samsoum, the character in a picture book all the kids have read at home with help from their parents.  

    In class, the kids did a range of Samsoum-related...

  • Crossing the Street

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 14, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Last September I wrote, “Juan Rodriguez Delivers a Powerful Rosh Hashanah Sermon” in which I described an event which lead Rabbi Lezak from our synagogue to realize we had never formed a relationship with the K-8 school across the street. Here we were, a bunch of Jews on one side...

  • MILK + BOOKIES

    By Joy Bennett

    August 23, 2013 | 9:13 am

    A recent Milk + Bookies book donating party in Santa Monica, CA, photo by Joy Bennett

    Milk + Bookies, no that's not the name of a lactating gangster, but a unique and successful non-profit founded by my friend and neighbor, Meredith Alexander.  Pictured above is a recent Milk...

  • Bella’s Vietnam Adventure by Stacey Zolt Hara

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 25, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Bella’s tale drew me in from the first line, “I’ve never seen so many bikes before.” While looking at the illustrations, I was thrown back to my time in Hanoi, trying to cross the street myself. I enjoyed listening as the family discussed their adventures together, from...

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  • Can someone tell me why our scholars aren’t as smart as the Jews?

    By JewishJournal.com

    July 30, 2007 | 12:36 am


    Interesting post from a blogger in Singapore responding to the question “Can Someone Tell Me Why Our Scholars aren’t as smart as the Jews?”

    After repeating the ‘smart Jew’ stereotype (which he calls ‘positive’) he gets to

    ...
    The difference in Jewish History most...

  • ‘Dumb Jews’ react, more politics, more Israel

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Dumb Jews

    Your issue focusing on Jews' Jewish literacy ("Dumb Jews," Oct. 20) could not have been more appropriate. The key to building strong Jewish communities is creating knowledgeable Jews, aware of the meaning, significance and holiness of their tradition.

    Your issue came out...

  • JCRC’s Schwartz-Getzug picked to head Jewish World Watch

    By Marc Ballon

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug, a longtime Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles executive and director of the organization's Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), has been named executive director of Jewish World Watch (JWW), a coalition of synagogues, schools and Jewish community...
  • Jewish literacy Is a mitzvah—and not fulfilled with phonetics

    By Richard Wagner

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For the People of the Book, literacy is a mitzvah, a sanctified behavior that draws us closer to God and the Jewish community.

    Pirkei Avot, or Ethics of the Fathers, described a curriculum in the year 200: "A 5-year-old begins Tanach," or scripture; "a 10-year-old begins Mishnah,"...

  • It takes a shul: programs target Jewish literacy via congregants

    By Iris Petroff

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Pick up a synagogue bulletin, and you are likely to read about a variety of programs. From book discussions to Torah study to lectures by local and visiting scholars, there are many opportunities for adults to learn.

    Walk into the congregation's religious school classrooms and you...

  • 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...

  • Judaism 101: everything we need to know

    By Jo Kay

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What is Jewish literacy? What does it mean to be Jewishly literate? Who is an educated Jew?

    Paula Hyman, professor of modern Jewish history at Yale University, wrote in an issue of Sh'ma, "There has been no consensus on the issue of 'Who is an educated Jew?' for more than 200...

  • Emotional Bond Revs Up Reading

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Isabella Van Etten, 3, began her journey of learning to read before she was even born. "I got a book when I was pregnant called 'Oh Baby, the Places You'll Go: A Book to Be Read in Utero,'" recalled the child's mother, Celeste Russi of Newbury Park.

    Russi, an actress, recalled...

  • Community Briefs

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    6 Million Remembered Nun's the Word on Mother's Day

    It's not every day or even every year that a Jewish organization honors a Catholic nun -- but naming her Community Mother of the Year seems odd for a Jewish organization. This year, the Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA) is honoring...

  • The Downside to Literacy

    By Viva Hammer

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I honestly thought my daughter, Bruria, would never learn how to read. My nieces learned how when they were 3, and so I assumed that if I got in early, say around 2, Bruria would be in full swing by 3.

    So I dutifully started with letters and sounds, labeling every item in the house,...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Reading Is Fundamental

    Dustin Hoffman was one of many stars to kick off the third year of KOREH L.A. Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC)'s literacy program at the Downtown Central Library. The "Los Angeles Jewish Coalition for Literacy" program pairs volunteers with LAUSD...

  • Torah Portion:The Holiness of Literacy

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    For many years, the Allen School was the worst in the Dayton, Ohio, system. Located in the dilapidated inner city, the dropout rate was astronomical. Fifth graders had parole officers. Then came a new principal. He brought the staff together and said to them: "We have to understand...

  • Chanukah Calendar

    By Rob Kutner

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles celebrated the launch of its anti-illiteracy program KOREH Los Angeles in September, the focus was on educators and celebrities to read children's books to kids. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of the spotlight at that event were some...
  • Four for Chanukah

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 25, 1999 | 6:59 pm

    When the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles celebrated the launch of its anti-illiteracy program KOREH Los Angeles in September, the focus was on educators and celebrities to read children's books to kids. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of the spotlight at that event were some...
  • Making Reading a Star Attraction

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In a corner of downtown Central Library's Children's Literature Department, actor Elliott Gould is reading "Arthur's New Puppy." Over by the stacks, J. Paul Getty Trust President Emeritus Harold Williams enjoys a picture book about sunflowers. In another corner, TV personality Bob...
  • Opening New Chapters

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The National Jewish Coalition for Literacy, which arrives in L.A. this summer, began with a dose of chutzpah.

    Several years ago, Leonard Fein, the founder of Moment Magazine, heard President Clinton call for one-million volunteer reading tutors to help public school children in grades...

  • A Crash Course in Hebrew

    By Jolie Greiff

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Lorraine Anishban, 38, has been trying to learn how to read Hebrew for years.

    "I attended two or three different courses, but I never came out reading," she says. Recently, Anishban completed the National Jewish Outreach Program's Hebrew Reading Crash Course taught by Rabbi Moshe...

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