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  • Moms-to-Be Seek Religion Reconnect

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Shlepping around with swollen feet, a growing belly and mounting exhaustion is a challenge for any mom-to-be, but Beth Saltz is determined to go to Shabbat services as often as she can for the rest of her pregnancy.

    "I feel I need to do it now before the baby is born," said Saltz,...

  • Catholic Teachers Learn Shoah Lesson

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Early in her teaching career, Marilyn Lubarsky introduced her ninth-grade history students to the Holocaust by showing "Nuit et Brouillard" ("Night and Fog"), a 1955 film containing vivid images of the horrors endured by Jews in concentration camps.

    "I thought, 'I'm going to make my...

  • Move Over Frosty, Here Comes Fran

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Fran Drescher doesn't remember receiving Chanukah presents as a child.

    "With the Dreschers, [Chanukah] was all about the food," laughed the actress who is best known for her role in TV's "The Nanny," which aired from 1993-99. "Nothing was as important as the chocolate dreidels and...

  • Pencils Ready? Let the Stress Begin

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After working with two private tutors last fall, Aliza J. Sokolow took the SAT college entrance exam in January. Devastated by her test results, the Milken Community High School junior studied on her own and took the test again in April.

    "My scores went up insanely and I was beyond...

  • Tzedakah-Giving On A Budget

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last year, Malka Nutkiewicz and her friend, both students at Emek Hebrew Academy in Sherman Oaks, raised more than $1,000 for Camp Simcha, a kosher summer camp for youngsters with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in Glen Spey, N.Y. During the 2002-2003 school year, the...

  • Facing the Holidays Without a Mate

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Since losing her husband unexpectedly two years ago, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have been painful for Liz Safirstein Leshin, 42.

    "For me, the High Holidays and a lot of things like birthdays are very fraught," the Westside resident said. "I haven't been able to feel enthusiastic...

  • Educator Retiring to Study in Israel

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As he watched his students play basketball, Rabbi Yochanan Stepen's eyes lit up.

    "I felt like I was at Staples Center watching the Lakers play, and I was sitting next to Jack Nicholson," Stepen told them.

    "That excited the kids, because names from the news make it relevant," Stepen...

  • Innovative Teachers Educate With Art

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For Jonas Basom's students, a vocabulary lesson might involve a game of charades, and learning about the water cycle might entail moving around like an ocean wave and grumbling to mimic thunder. Instead of lecture notes, Basom's teaching tools include his trusty tambourine and a...

  • Students Sound Off on War in Mideast

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The U.S. had all the right reasons for going to war with Iraq without the support of United Nations," said Jordana Friedman, an eighth-grader at Kadima Hebrew Academy in Woodland Hills. "[Their leaders] lied. They said they were disarmed. Do we want another Sept. 11? I think we're...

  • Two YULA Students Picked as Scholars

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Having a conversation with Yeshiva University of Los Angeles (YULA) students Debra Glasberg and Tzvi Smith is like chatting with two political experts being interviewed on CNN. These two high school students are among the five Jewish teens chosen for the exclusive Sen. Joseph...

  • Education Activists Face Off

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles Board of Education member David Tokofsky has always taken pride in being a Jewish representative in an area that was overwhelmingly Latino.

    So Tokofsky was shocked when he learned last week that his one-time supporters, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and...

  • A Different Kind of Youth Program

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For many teens, having a bar or bat mitzvah is both a beginning and an ending. According to Jewish tradition, the ceremony signifies a child's transition into manhood or womanhood. For some teens, it also marks the end of a structured Jewish education. Some kids dread Hebrew school...

  • Mainstreaming Makes a Difference

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Eight-year-old Tamar's fingers dance across a set of harp strings like small waves rhythmically pounding the surf. While the large instrument dwarfs her, she doesn't seem to mind as she sits and plays a complicated classical tune. After the musical interlude, she hops onto her living...

  • Summer Fun For Kids

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    School's out and the kids are home. Unless you happen to run a summer camp, chances are you're in need of some serious kid-friendly activities. So, before your child memorizes the daytime line-up on Nickelodeon, check out these low-cost summer events for families.


  • The Class of 2002

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    With graduation just days away, The Jewish Journal caught up with several outstanding students from high schools around Los Angeles. Clearly, Judaism plays a role for this crop of young adults as they prepare to enter the next level of their academic and personal lives.

    When Sarah...

  • Dear Soldier…

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Soldier,
    Thank you for protecting Israel. I hope you and your family are safe. I hope one day I visit Israel. I love Israel. Sincerely,
    2nd Grader

    As the war between the Israelis and the Palestinians wages on, many people feel like they want to help, but they are too...