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  • Preschool Teaching Methods Stir Debate

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Once upon a time, children didn't step into a classroom until kindergarten. There, 5-year-olds got their first real introduction to ABCs and 123s, colors and shapes and how to share and take turns.

    Today, kindergartners are widely expected to know their letters and numbers before the...

  • A Plan to Take Over Troubled School

    By Howard Blume

    August 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A successful charter school operator will launch a campaign to take over the Los Angeles high school where racial tensions erupted into campus brawls earlier this year. The Journal has learned that Steve Barr, who runs Green Dot Public Schools will announce, later this week, his bid...

  • Conservative Jews Face Turning Point

    By Chanan Tigay

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It has become axiomatic in certain circles to say that the Conservative movement is at a crossroads as it considers its future.

    With the announcement this month of the upcoming retirement of Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, longtime chancellor of the movement's flagship Jewish Theological...

  • 2005 Grads: Oh The Places They’ll Go.

    By Julie G Fax

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Leor Hackel,
    Shalhevet School
    Pico-Robertson
    Yale

    Whether it was discussing the Terri Schiavo case or debating whether students should get PE credit for participating on sports team, Leor Hackel had one goal for the weekly town hall meetings he lead as head of Shalhevet's...

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  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    This month's Political Journal is a tale of two labor disputes. One is dragging on and on; the other has come to a peaceful conclusion just when it seemed there might be a strike ahead.

    Hotels Battle Continues

    A protracted 11-month debacle continues between UNITE HERE, Local 11,...

  • Public Bat Mitzvahs Come to Orthodoxy

    By Rachel Sarah

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Traditionally, Orthodox girls wanting a bat mitzvah have had intimate ones with close family and friends, complete with candlelightings and blessings.

    Unlike the Reform, Recostructionist and Conservative movements, which have embraced and formalized the bat mitzvah in the...

  • Schools Work Hard to Make the Grade

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School West team labored close to two years on their assignment. They administered surveys, compiled data and poured through reams of material. This homework, however, was completed not by students, but by staff and faculty. And the project was not so...

  • Drugs? NIMBY

    By Amy Klein

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Two drug-related incidents occurred in the American yeshiva community in Israel last week, which may give all parents pause.

    A 19-year-old American boy from Encino who was studying at a yeshiva in Israel died from a heroin overdose (see story, page 15). Also, four American...

  • More Than Surviving

    By Julie G Fax

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nandor Markovic was lying in the gutter, awaiting death. He had already seen his best friend shot in the head, but Markovic could not take another step on the German-led march in 1945.

    "I won't waste a bullet on you," a soldier said. "You're already dead."

    He doesn't know how much...

  • Record Gift Given to Boston Day Schools

    By Uriel Heilman

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish educators hope one of the largest gifts ever for Jewish education in America will prompt other philanthropists to follow suit.

    The $45 million donation from a group of anonymous families is intended to improve Jewish day school education in Boston. The money will be spent...

  • Milken Dress Code

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Tuesday after Labor Day found many kids returning to school from summer vacation. While those at Beverly High showed up in summer tan-revealing tanks and short shorts, at Milken Community High School, neither tank top, nor short shorts, nor T-shirt could be seen.

    Milken has...

  • California’s Budget, Compromised

    By Idan Ivri

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Just as it seemed his honeymoon governorship was degenerating into insults and whining, Arnold Schwarzenegger finally signed a $105 billion state budget on July 31, about a month late.

    The governor kept his promise not to raise taxes, the Democrats flexed their own muscles and won a...

  • The Circuit

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A True Best Friend

    A hero of last fall's destructive brushfires in San Bernardino was 5-year-old Duke, a miniature spaniel trained since 2000 to serve as a "co-therapist." At one evacuation center during the weeklong siege, without prompting, Duke snuggled up to a 10-year-old boy...

  • Jews Note Role in Historic School Case

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Esther Swirk Brown wasn't the Brown for whom the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case desegregating schools is named -- but she is the Jewish woman who helped find Oliver Brown, no relation, to be the lead plaintiff in the historic case.

    As a young woman in Kansas, Esther Brown was...

  • Are Muslims Endangered?

    By Idan Ivri

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Heightened ethnic and religious hatred might be rearing its ugly head in California -- but some politicians are eager to stand in its way.

    State Assemblymember Judy Chu introduced and saw passage of Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 64 in early April. The resolution condemns hate...

  • Brown vs. Board of Ed.—50 Years Later

    By Amanda Susskind

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."

    To grasp the importance of this striking statement made in 1954 by a unanimous United States Supreme Court in Brown vs. Board...

  • Big Sunday, Big Turnout

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sunday, May 2 was also Big Sunday in Los Angeles, as 5,000 volunteers from more than 100 different synagogues, churches, Buddhist temples, schools and other groups participated in about 145 social service projects around the region.

    Temple Israel of Hollywood, which originated the...

  • Your Letters

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The Case for Israel

    At a time when we should be applauding those who are willing to respond to the escalating barrage of anti-Israeli rhetoric, Adam Rubin's acrid assessment of Alan Dershowitz's "A Case for Israel" furthers a disturbing trend -- that anything that promotes Israel...

  • Court’s Race Rulings Raises Deeper Issues

    By David A. Lehrer

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The United States Supreme Court has handed down its decisions on the issue of affirmative action. In the cases of Grutter vs. Bollinger and Gratz vs. Bollinger, the court has ruled on the constitutionality of race-conscious programs and their viability in educational institutions...

  • Educator CombinesTwo Passions in Life

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 26, 2003 | 7:59 pm

    Metuka Benjamin was sitting in a taxicab in a Tel Aviv traffic jam when the Israeli prime minister's limousine happened to pull up next to her. The driver recognized Benjamin and told her to ditch her cab and he would take her where she wanted to go -- and she did.

    While the Jewish...

  • Schools Adopt Guide to Block Sex Abuse

    By Julie G Fax

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A national group representing more than 700 Orthodox day schools recently adopted sexual abuse prevention guidelines that were developed by a department of the Jewish Family Service (JFS) in Los Angeles.

    Nearly all of the two dozen Orthodox schools in Los Angeles had signed on to a...

  • L.A.‘s ‘New Jew’ Hits First Birthday

    By Diane Arieff

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the Valley suburb of West Hills, a small bit of history is being made: It's home to the first and only all-Jewish lacrosse team at any school in the country. The sport's newest fans are the ninth-grade boys at the New Community Jewish High School (NCJH).

    When history teacher...

  • Your Letters

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Hungarians in Hollywood

    I was very disappointed that Tom Teicholz's article, "Hungarians in Hollywood" (April 18), omitted any reference or mention of my late uncle, Joe Pasternak, who was among the most prominent and successful Hollywood movie producers from the 1930s to the late...

  • Holocaust Programs Focus on Education

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What do the Kurds have to do with Holocaust? More than you might think.

    When Fran Lapides discusses the plight of this Middle Eastern minority group with her high school students, she notes the similarities to the way the Jews were persecuted during the Holocaust.

    "Why do some...

  • Survivor Film Aims to Educate Students

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As a child at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, Marion Blumenthal Lazan spent hours looking for four identical pebbles inside her shabby living quarters.

    "I decided that if I were to find four pebbles of about the same shape and size, that the four members of my family...

  • Conejo Valley Hit by Growing Pains

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Gary Johnson is overjoyed. There's no other way to describe it.

    His bliss over the new home for his congregation, Temple Beth Haverim, is so obvious that he practically dances around the building as he takes a visitor on a tour of the site. Not surprising for a man who for the...

  • Collaborating on Education

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "It may be on the smaller side, and we do have a long way to go, but we definitely have a day school movement," said Rabbi Josh Elkin, executive director of Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE).

    The audience of 600-plus day school advocates responded with thunderous...

  • Your Letters

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Who Should Pay?



    While Sharon Schatz Rosenthal's cover story notes that day schools are costly, it fails to address cost efficiency ("Who Should Pay?" Jan. 31). I believe the Jewish community's limited funding can be more effectively targeted at bolstering supplementary secondary...

  • Who Should Pay?

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "We're moving," a couple casually told Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman.

    The rabbi was at first puzzled. They were not leaving town or searching for new shul, the pair explained. Instead, they revealed that they had decided to give up their large home and move to a modest apartment so...

  • Educators ForgeTel Aviv-L.A. Link

    By David Margolis

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    How do you incorporate Jewish identity and Israeli life issues into the curriculum of Israeli and Los Angeles day schools?

    Some two-dozen teachers from Los Angeles schools joined 40 from Tel Aviv schools in Israel recently to provide practical solutions to these issues at the second...

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