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  • Soul Cycle

    By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

    January 29, 2014 | 11:45 am

    White on White, the Soul Cycle storefront is the Apple Store of Fitness. It glows from within like the “Athletes” emerging from their classes. I call them “Athletes”, although I could have as easily called them “Rock Stars” or “Warriors” or “Leaders” because the walls as I enter...

  • Israel’s new reality star, an unbelievable survival story, Birthright and more-This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 13, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Goodbye, Arik

    Former prime minister Ariel (Arik) Sharon passed away this Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him comatose. He will be remembered for his exploits in Israel's wars, the decision to leave Gaza, an infamous trip to the Temple Mount at the start of the second...

  • Why Hillel is failing in the fight for Israel on campus

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    December 30, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Perhaps it’s only fitting that we should end 2013 with the dumbest Jewish debate of the year, namely whether Swarthmore College's Hillel should be allowed to have an open policy of bringing anti-Zionists and other Israel haters to lecture under its banner.

    Firstly, Swarthmore’s...

  • Sandy Hook anniversary prompts Jewish institutions to review security

    By Jared Sichel

    December 13, 2013 | 11:33 am

    On Dec. 14, 2012, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School with a semi-automatic rifle and two semi-automatic handguns, he easily broke through the school security system.

    Cameras dotted the school’s perimeter and the school even had a “sally port” system,...

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  • Coach, Sports, Lessons, Power & Greatness

    By Ilana Angel

    November 30, 2013 | 10:42 am

    I am dating a Coach and it has opened me up to a world that I never knew before. I like sports, but they have simply been a source of entertainment not a way of life or place to find inspiration. In spending time with Coach I have learned that beyond the activity and players, lies...

  • Sharing the next gen: How Chabad is changing Hillel — and reshaping campus life

    By Jared Sichel

    October 24, 2013 | 3:31 pm

    Shabbat dinner tells one part of the story.

    When Alon Kashanian, a UCLA senior, wants a “very big social atmosphere” on erev Shabbat, he goes to Hillel’s grand, Jerusalem-stone-adorned, 25,000-square-foot Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life on Hilgard Avenue in Westwood....

  • Berkeley Jewish student union rejects J Street affiliate

    October 11, 2013 | 10:03 am

    The Jewish Student Union at the University of California-Berkeley rejected J Street U for membership for the second time since 2011.

    According the campus newspaper, the Daily Californian, the rejection at a meeting Wednesday focused on J Street U’s hosting of members of...

  • Students as first responders

    August 7, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    First responders have been, rightly so, the focus of national attention since the terrorist attacks at the finish line of the Boston Marathon this past April. We have marveled at men and women tearing down barricades, running in the direction of smoke and chaos, unmoved by possible...

  • A principal’s speech

    By Dennis Prager

    July 2, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Three years ago, I wrote a version of this column. Because it went viral — often listing me as the high school principal who actually gave this speech! — I am revising it and publishing it here. I believe that if every school principal gave this speech, America would be a better...

  • A passionate voice

    June 12, 2013 | 3:18 pm

    Rose Bern isn’t afraid to fight for her values.

    The 17-year-old, who recently graduated from Shalhevet High School and lives in Westwood, has strong convictions when it comes to feminism, justice and fairness. 

    In the ninth grade, she gave a passionate speech at her school...

  • Steve Zimmer holds middle ground

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 28, 2013 | 9:49 am

    After surviving opposition funded by the mayors of America’s two biggest cities, newly re-elected Los Angeles Unified School District board member Steve Zimmer says his win has preserved a “system of checks and balances” in running L.A.’s huge school district.

    Mayor Antonio...

  • Little Boxes on the Hillside

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 14, 2013 | 10:28 am

    By M. Alexander

    Earlier this week, while running a Prevention group at a Hebrew School in the valley, we ran into a difficult dilemma when we split the group into boys and girls. The teacher fashions herself a progressive and decided that a split by gender was antiquated. What...

  • Inclusion: Awarding Success and Documenting the Fight

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 27, 2013 | 10:32 pm

    For many parents of children with special needs the word “inclusion” seems like the elusive pot of gold waiting at the end of a rainbow. You’ve heard it exists, and think it would be great, but haven’t actually ever seen it.

    Two different key events that focus on inclusion are...

  • Knife-wielding woman arrested outside Toulouse Jewish school

    February 6, 2013 | 10:31 am

    A knife-wielding woman was arrested after threatening a student of the Toulouse Jewish school where an Islamist radical murdered four people nearly a year ago.

    The 51-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday outside the Ohr Hatorah school (formerly Ozar Hatorah) after she brandished...

  • Weapons found in Arab-Israeli village’s elementary school

    February 5, 2013 | 10:59 am

    A cache of weapons was discovered hidden in an elementary school in an Arab-Israeli village in northern Israel.

    The weapons, including RPG anti-tank missiles, rockets, grenades and bullets, also were found in a kindergarten and a drainage ditch in Abu Sinan, according to reports.  Israel Police sappers destroyed the explosives.

    It is believed that the weapons were the property of local crime families. Some of the arms may have been stolen from a local army depot.

  • “Be Careful With Your Words”

    By Robin Podolsky

    January 27, 2013 | 9:32 am

    Mishnah Avot 1:11 warns us to “be careful with your words.”  Advice, it turns out, that I have not heeded adequately and, therefore, I hurt someone’s feelings carelessly and also demonstrated some sloppy thinking.

    Months ago, in a post about the forbidden temptation of the...

  • Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow in Israel [SLIDESHOW]

    January 10, 2013 | 9:34 am

    Residents of the Holy City woke up to a blanket of white as some six inches of snow fell overnight, the largest snowfall since 1992. Schools were cancelled, businesses closed and joyful children bundled up to play in the cold white stuff many had never seen or enjoyed.

    “It’s...

  • Jewish schools, institutions join security conference call

    January 4, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    A conference call on school safety organized by the security arm of two national Jewish umbrellas drew over 800 participants.

    The call Thursday was organized by Secure Community Network, which is affiliated with the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of...

  • The history in Jewish education

    By David Suissa

    January 2, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    Money has a way of dominating issues. This is true of politics and presidential elections, and it’s also true of Jewish education. Just say the words “Jewish education,” and the first word you’ll typically hear is “unaffordable.”

    For many years now, this problem has been at the...

  • A Beshert Happening: Crossing Paths with the UMMA Community Clinic

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    December 22, 2012 | 8:51 am

    On December 8, I met my dear friends at John C. Fremont High School for the celebration of the brand new UMMA Community Clinic located on the school grounds.  The event included a memorial honoring the life of Dr. Steven Sadler, who was a prominent Beverly Hills anesthesiologist...

  • Five challenges facing the American pro-Israel community in the next four years

    November 1, 2012 | 3:55 pm

    The American pro-Israel community has a lot of work to do. While many pro-Israel organizations in the United States, including AIPAC, Christians United for Israel, Stand with US and Hasbara have been extremely effective in defending the Jewish State, there is always more we can do....

  • PRO PROP. 30: Is it Crucial for Higher Education?

    October 11, 2012 | 11:11 am

    [Read the argument
    against Prop. 30 here]

    We’re worried. 

    That’s what we Jews do, of course. Often, for good reason. While we’re pleased to see California voters currently favor Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 initiative to restore a measure of fiscal stability to the...

  • Fairfax Legacy Gala a Lion-Sized Success

    October 10, 2012 | 4:49 pm

    When theater producers Pierson Blaetz and Whitney Weston established Friends of Fairfax to help Fairfax High School in 1998, they came up with the Melrose Trading Post, a flea market held every weekend in the high school’s parking lot. But the annual $200,000 from the Trading Post...

  • Once dreaming of a Hebrew charter school, now only Mandarin is offered

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 27, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    When the Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences (AEA) opened in August 2010, part of the draw for parents was the chance for students at the Santa Clarita charter middle and high school to study Hebrew. 

    Since then, AEA backers have submitted petitions to set up...

  • Americans for Peace Now opens campus unit

    September 24, 2012 | 11:57 am

    Americans for Peace Now is establishing a presence on college campuses aimed at reaching students and faculty.

    The left-leaning group is working “in full coordination” with J Street U to provide information and speakers that can be used on campuses across the country, said APN...

  • Proposed Albert Einstein Elementary charter to get a new hearing

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 12, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    The Saugus Union School District is set to hold a third hearing on Sept. 19 regarding a petition to establish an Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts & Sciences (AEA) charter elementary school in Santa Clarita. 

    If approved, the school would be the second in the AEA family...

  • Shalhevet looks for financial security in property sale

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 12, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    Shalhevet high school is close to finalizing a deal to sell more than half of its 2.4 acres to a property developer who plans to build an apartment complex on the lot at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard.

    The plan will put Shalhevet on firmer financial...

  • It Took Four Days

    By Robin Podolsky

    September 7, 2012 | 5:32 pm

    So what I really want to write about are the political party conventions.  However, I’m trying to sort my way through the issues around clergy and politics, what it means to be ‘partisan’ and not, and what are the practical how’s, when’s and where’s of it.


    So today I’ll...

  • Takin’ it to the schools: Outreach efforts go public

    August 20, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    When Rabbi Adam Raskin arrived at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Md., last year, he was determined to reach out to teenagers uninvolved with the Conservative synagogue’s youth activities.

    He approached the principal of Winston Churchill High School, also in Potomac, with a...

  • Worry about your kids’ character, not their grades, says author Madeline Levine

    August 20, 2012 | 10:52 am

    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...

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