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  • A War of Words

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Students, faculty and staff members at CSUN were up in arms last week regarding an exhibit sponsored by the university's Muslim Student Association (MSA). The "Museum of Intolerance" exhibit, part of planned activities for the campus' Islam Awareness Week (Oct. 21-27), showed...

  • Cool Jews on Campus

    By Merav Tassa

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    College can be a time for Jewish students to further explore their Judaism -- religiously, socially and politically. The following is a compilation of resources available to Jewish students and a summary of what these groups are doing on campus.

    UCLA

    UCLA is the largest college...

  • Basketball and Life

    By Ari Morguelan

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Be Quick -- But Don't Hurry: Finding Success in the Teachings

    of a Lifetime" by Andrew Hill with John Wooden

    (Simon & Schuster, $20)

    Andrew Hill should be considered a very lucky man. The 50-year-old Los Angeles native played basketball at UCLA in the 1970s under the auspices of...

  • The Real King David

    By Dennis Gura

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel" by Jonathan Kirsch (Ballantine Books, $28)

    In his "Reading the Book: Making the Bible a Timeless Text," Rabbi Burton Visotzky writes, "To the extent that the Bible reveals the words of God to a community, it is essential that...

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  • Tour of Gratitude

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On the surface, they may not seem to share much in common. Victoria Gendel is a charming, pixyish Russian woman. Elias Inbram is a tall, photogenic Ethiopian male. However, both are Jewish 20-something college students who grew up in small, isolated villages and are now living in...

  • Showing Solidarity

    By Beverly Gray

    January 18, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    Back in October, 60 UCLA students learned that over winter break they would be going on the trip of a lifetime. They had been chosen from among hundreds of applicants to take part, virtually for free, in UCLA Hillel's Birthright Israel contingent. The Birthright program brings...

  • A Scandal’s Echo

    By Julie G Fax

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The day before a report came out confirming allegations that the Orthodox Union (OU) for years ignored signs that a top rabbi at the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) was abusing teens in his charge, Ayelet Fischer and 300 other teens were at the Marriott in Woodland...

  • Denial Squared

    By David Eliezrie

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I recently participated in two dialogues about the crisis in the Middle East. One was with Palestinian Arabs at a local university. The second was with Jews who have been longtime supporters of the Oslo accords. The dialogue with the Arabs took place in a large college gym. Some...

  • Acts of Vengeance

    By Eric Silver

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Twenty thousand mourners, seething with anger, followed the bodies of Binyamin and Talia Kahane through downtown Jerusalem to the Givat Shaul cemetery last Sunday night. Most of them were Orthodox yeshiva students, admirers of Meir Kahane, the assassinated founder of the Jewish...

  • Rescuing the Spiritual Elite

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Response of Orthodox Jewry in the United States to the Holocaust: The Activities of Vaad-Ha-Hatzala Rescue Committee, 1933-1945, Efraim Zuroff, Yeshiva University Press, 316 pages, $39.50



    Efraim Zuroff is Israel's preeminent Nazi-hunter, the best of the younger generation....

  • Soldiers and Students

    By Mike Levy

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Noam Zissman, 21, a convoy commander from Ra'anana, and Moran Kalinsky, 20, a deputy company commander from Holon, sit in their Israeli officers' uniforms at Johnny Rockets on Melrose. They have just arrived in Los Angeles after more than a week of nonstop travel across the U.S.,...

  • Feeding the Hungry

    By Jane Ulman

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "We have slaves to help," Jerry Rabinowitz, the Friday co-captain of the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, announces. "We Jews know something about slaves."

    The "slaves" this morning are my sons Gabe, 13, and Jeremy, 11, who have a day off school. They are fulfilling part of a...

  • Learning Lessons

    By Tuvia Grossman

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most riveting - and controversial - photographs to have emerged from the recent violence in Israel was that of a bloodied and dazed young man with an angry Israeli policeman standing behind him shouting. While the young man was first identified by the Associated Press, the...

  • Sharing Hope for Peace

    By Jane Ulman

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    On Nov. 9, five years after the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Milken Community High School students reached across 7,563 miles and 10 time zones to their sister school, Tichon Chadash, in Tel Aviv.

    The 500 American students connected ostensibly via the modern...

  • Majoring in Courage

    By David Evanier

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    These are tense days for the Los Angeles parents of Jewish students studying at Israeli universities and yeshivas. Their sons and daughters are among some 4,000 Americans studying in Israel this year in a wide range of programs. Major universities, yeshivas, kibbutzim, the Israel...

  • Challenging Hate

    By Yaakov Arnold

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Two teenage boys were arrested Sun., Sept. 24, in connection with the ransacking of classrooms and painting of swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls of the West Valley Hebrew Academy in Woodland Hills.

    Police officers, responding to a call from a neighbor who apparently...

  • The Jewish Experience in the UCLA Plato Society

    By Hal Denner

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "World of the Sephardim," "The Other Side of the Holocaust - The Righteous Gentiles," "Wanderings - Jews in the Diaspora." Courses offered by the University of Judaism or Skirball Cultural Center? Not at all. These and other Jewish-oriented topics are part of the study-discussion...

  • Back-to-School Roundup

    By Beverly Gray

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Among students, this is the time of year for new shoes, new backpacks and new haircuts. And schools approach September with fresh paint and revamped goals.

    Within the Jewish community, this September will see the start of one preschool program and the revitalization of another.

    The...

  • Depicting Issues

    By Tom Tugend

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Some 30 delegates to the Democratic National Convention took time out from politicking to participate in a hands-on workshop in democracy and diversity, initiated by a Jewish institution. The workshop was based on the youTHink program, in which public school students use the arts to...

  • Charity Begins at Home

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Morris Leven-ger was a wealthy, pious Jew who lived in Atlan-ta, Georgia, and attended synagogue daily before going to work. One day the rabbi asked for his help with scholarships for youngsters whose families could not afford tuition for Jewish day schools.

    "Rabbi," he said, "I will...

  • Hands-on Democracy

    By Tom Tugend

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Delegates to the Democratic Convention will participate in a hands-on workshop in democracy and diversity from the youth perspective, thanks to an innovative program launched by a Jewish institution.The youTHink program uses the arts to help young people grapple with social issues...

  • Selective Memory

    By Stuart Schoffman

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's not easy being 52, especially when you're a country. Israel and I are the same age, and I get the feeling it's harder on her than on me. The other night my high school classmates living in Israel got together for a 35th reunion. There were 116 graduates of our modern-Orthodox...

  • The Class of 2000

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In this era of school violence and body piercing, teenagers, never the most applauded demographic segment of our society, have been getting some amazingly bad press. To hear the media tell it, adolescents who aren't destroying themselves or others are just too lazy and apathetic to...

  • All the News

    By Burt Prelutsky

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It all began when Times columnist Al Martinez wrote a column about the events at the Pacific Palisades high school. For those of you unfamiliar with the brouhaha, a number of students took it upon themselves to publish an underground paper for no other purpose than to attack some...

  • What’s the Jewish Stake in LAUSD?

    By Eric Roth

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Helen Burnstein, the former president of the United Teachers of Los Angles, used to argue, "Teachers want what students need." Many Jewish educators and parents feel the same way about Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). "Jews want what LAUSD needs." Educational excellence,...
  • Higher Ground

    By Melissa Minkin

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Take nearly 100 people training to be rabbis, priests, pastors, ministers, nuns and religious educators. Put them together for 24 hours at a Jewish summer camp. Add a torrent of rain, and stir in several inches of thick mud. What do you get? You never know.

    For 25 years, the National...

  • Officials Visit Israel

    By  Orit Arfa

    November 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Andrew Carter, a participant of Operation Unity, a program that brings minority Los Angeles high school students to live on an Israeli kibbutz for six weeks, never felt as accepted as he did in Israel. No one treated him differently because of his color, he said, and the minute he...

  • The Master Class

    By David Margolis

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Not all of them were Jewish, but they were definitely the chosen people -- five Los Angeles and 33 Israeli film students brought together for a two-week "master class" in screenwriting at Tel Aviv University. Held under the auspices of the Tel Aviv-Los Angeles partnership, the class...
  • Wanted: Volunteers

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This is by way of being an advance notice, a leg up, if you will.

    At the start of the upcoming school year, the Jewish Federation will embark on a new venture, Koreh L.A., the Los Angeles Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Its staff is busy (today) setting in place a cadre of volunteers...

  • Modern, Orthodox and Scared

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The placard near the escalator of New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel directed seekers up to the ballroom level for the founding convention of Edah, the fledgling voice of Orthodox liberalism. Stenciled below the arrow in bold blue letters, as if to fortify the fainthearted, was the slogan:...

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