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  • Jewish Educator Q & A

    By Beverly Gray

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    With this issue, the Journal launches a new feature, Educator Q & A. We will be featuring regular interviews with teachers, school administrators and others involved in public, private and Jewish education in the greater Los Angeles area. Through their answers, we hope to shed light...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Mike Levy

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    3 Saturday

    Two Saturday evening revues for your pleasure. At the University of Judaism, "Two Tenors, Three Egos" takes on the friendly competition between Broadway stars, delivering comedy and showtunes. Musical selections include tunes from "Phantom of the Opera," "Les...

  • Women of the Shoah

    By David Evanier

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Seventy elementary, high school and middle school teachers, principals, counselors and psychologists gathered Jan. 18 at the Museum of the Holocaust for the first of four sessions in the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) 18th Annual Teacher-Training Workshop on the Holocaust, titled...

  • Peaceful Evolution

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "We have a place, all of us, in a long story -- a story we continue, but whose end we will not see."

    The first strains of George W. Bush's inaugural address, penned by his 36-year-old speechwriter Michael Gerson, put me in mind, oddly enough, of the American Jewish community and...

  • Something in Common

    By Tom Tugend

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    One of Hitler's first fiats in 1933 led to the dismissal of all Jewish professors from German universities. It was a staggering psychological blow for the Herr Doktor Professors, who from one day to the next tumbled from their status as revered mandarins of German society to jobless...

  • Connecting Generations

    By Melissa Minkin

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Florence Hoffman, 76, says, "my children are very well-behaved and very intelligent," she sounds like any other Jewish grandmother, brimming with pride. But the children who call her Grandma are not related. They're fifth-graders from Wilshire Crest Elementary School, just a...

  • Combating     Prejudice

    By Jane Ulman

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Although only 23 miles apart, Milken Community High School in Bel Air and Jordan High School in South Central might as well exist in different worlds.

    Milken, part of Stephen S. Wise Temple and the largest non-Orthodox Jewish high school in the United States, was founded in 1990....

  • Couscous for the Soul

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Pauline Bebe, France's first and only female rabbi, was in town last week, soaking up not only the winter California warmth but our spiritual rays, too. Dark-haired and soft-spoken, Bebe, 36, is a leader in a growing Jewish liberal revival that is now spreading rapidly through...

  • Sharing     Dreams

    By Mike Levy

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It's a rainy Monday morning, and youth from Watts and Beverly Hills are sitting together in the auditorium of David Starr Jordan High School in South Central L.A. Rabbi Marc Schneier and Martin Luther King III share a stage, and even the ninth-graders are paying attention. This just...

  • Good Deeds

    By Beverly Gray

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Becca Yuré turned 13, her enthusiasm for pandas became the focus of her Bat Mitzvah celebration. Her Torah portion provided a neat tie-in to her message: the importance of caring for endangered species. At her party, stuffed panda toys graced the tables, and teenaged guests...

  • Briefs:  KFC protest; tradition, tradition, tradition

    January 10, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi's Daughter Protests KFC for Bat Mitzvah Project

    Avital van Leeuwen, 12, took a stand against animal cruelty for her bat mitzvah project by protesting in front of a Van Nuys Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) on Sunday, Dec. 23.

    Inspired by a video at kentuckyfriedcruelty.com, a site...

  • Virtual Exchange

    By Yaakov Arnold

    December 28, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The world gets smaller every day.

    Thanks to technological tools such as the Internet and e-mail, people in the United States can easily communicate with others around the globe -- if they speak one another's language. Enter Jenny Kopeliof.

    Kopeliof, who teaches Spanish at Milken...

  • CSU Nixes Israel Study

    By Tom Tugend

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The 23-campus California State University (CSU) system has canceled its current overseas study program with Hebrew University in Jerusalem, leaving 11 enrolled students to face the loss of academic credits and tuition subsidies.

    Despite these difficulties, nine of the students...

  • Campus Choices

    By Julie Kraim

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As the High Holy Days approach, finding a place to attend services becomes especially pressing for college students. Fortunately, the area's many colleges and universities not only offer services to students (usually through Hillel) but to community members as well. It's a win-win...

  • Funding the Future

    By Beverly Gray

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In the past, the Jewish Community Foundation has used its grant-making powers to help senior citizens, Conejo Valley preschoolers, and teens traveling to Israel. Now it has announced a major initiative on behalf of Jewish college students on local campuses.

    Marvin I. Schotland, the...

  • Leaving USC

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Dean Morton Owen Schapiro of USC has been named president of Williams College in Massachusetts, one of the country's top liberal arts colleges.

    During his nine years at USC, Schapiro played a key role in turning the private university, once considered a WASP bastion, into an academic...

  • A Life in Science

    By Tom Tugend

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When Dr. David Baltimore, Nobel Laureate and president of the California Institute of Technology, looks at America's top science schools, he sees a decline in Jewish students.

    The fault lies in the Jewish home, he suspects.

    "In my generation, and the one before, the leading...

  • Completing the Revolution

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When last we en-countered the Los Angeles Unified School District, it was in the midst of a revolution. The April 9 primary election swept out two incumbents and replaced them with reformers, Caprice Young and Mike Lansing. With the re-election of board member David Tokofsky, it was...
  • Holocaust Museum Reopens

    By Ruth Stroud

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Next week's reopening of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust at its new location on Museum Row coincides with a string of events that will commemorate Yom HaShoah.

    * The first, a youth observance, will take place on Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to noon, at Pan Pacific Park's Los Angeles...

  • A Wall of Intolerance

    By Larry Derfner

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Thirty-three Reform rabbis, men and women from the United States and Canada, held their mixed-gender minyan at the Western Wall on Monday, protected by police barricades and dozens of cops, as a mob of more than 100 haredi yeshiva students hollered abuse at them.

    "For a minute there,...

  • Collecting an Unpaid Debt

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Campus organizations often go overlooked or get taken for granted by students and alumni alike. Hillel at Pierce and Valley Colleges has those problems -- and then some. Try serving thousands of students on multiple campuses with a small staff and a smaller budget. And from an office...

  • Art Power

    By Alexis Sherman

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Art may soothe the savage beast, as the saying goes, but can it get through to teen-agers?

    Artist Ed Massey believes it can. Massey and his brother, Bernie, both of Beverly Hills, are helping spearhead an award-winning program that uses art to bring social responsibility and...

  • A Solid Foundation

    By Beverly Gray

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Until recently the Milken Community High School was housed in cramped rows of portable bungalows. The high school's students spent their day in what looked like bunkhouses at a summer camp. Several of the portables are still in use until finishing touches are completed on the...
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