The middle school girls of Emek Hebrew Academy-Teichman Family Torah Center in Sherman Oaks raised almost $35,000 (yes, that figure is correct) for Chai Lifeline, a national organization that provides support, services and programming for families with seriously ill children.
It's erev Shabbat, and this joint is jumpin'. As dusk deepens, seniors who have just emerged from a talk on globalization mingle with new arrivals in the lobby of Temple Emanuel's school building on Burton Way in Beverly Hills, where "Cafe Synaplex" has been set up.
"I've been pushing this rock uphill for 10 years, and I won't stop until I reach the top," says Jay Sanderson.
The "rock" Sanderson is edging upward is the Jewish Television Network, and it's been grunt work most of the way.