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  • Jews in Poland Speak of Shoah Remembrance as a Curse

    By Jane Ulman

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    This tale is about two visions of Poland.

    In one, Poland is about pain and loss. It's the place where 3 million of a total population of 3.3 million Polish Jews perished in the Shoah, where Jews have nothing left, where indeed there are almost no Jews other than a few languishing,...

  • Community Briefs

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Five Klimt Paintings Arrive in L.A. -- After 68-Year Wait

    After waiting and hoping for 68 years, Maria Altmann last week celebrated the arrival in Los Angeles of a world-famous portrait of her aunt, which was stolen from her family by the Nazis. She was joined at the event by hordes...

  • What Do Gen-Y Jews Want? Everything

    By Sue Fishkoff

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Brandeis University just released a new study of Jewish college students. It found that they're proud to be Jewish, largely unaffiliated, attracted to Jewish culture more than religion, like diversity and don't feel strong ties to Israel or Jewish federations.

    Reboot, a nonprofit...

  • At ‘Beauty’ School, Looks Could Kill

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Liz Mermin flew to Afghanistan to shoot her documentary, "The Beauty Academy of Kabul" in 2003, she was consumed by dread. Never mind that she had previously trailed abortion doctors dodging murderous pro-lifers for her film, "On Hostile Ground."

    Now she was heading for even...

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  • Class Notes - National Nachas for Shalhevet

    By Julie G Fax

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shalhevet School is on a winning streak, bringing the Los Angeles yeshiva high school to national prominence in the areas of ethics, politics and sports.

    Shalhevet is the only Jewish school and the only school in Los Angeles included in a national report on how to produce students...

  • Wandering Jew - New Year’s in Vienna

    By Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    About six years ago at the University of Texas, I was asked to be the guest speaker for Shabbat 1,000, an event where 1,000 Jewish students are served full-course traditional Shabbat meals for free. There are no prayer services.

    They must have an interesting orientation program for...

  • Why I Became a NFTY Freak

    By Lauren Peikoff

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Friedman, celebrated Jewish songwriter and singer, wrote the words, "The youth shall see visions." For decades, this song has had a profound impact on Jewish youth of America, instilling value and hope among a generation in search of themselves.

    In October of my junior year,...

  • Pupils Vote Yes on Democratic School

    By Dina Kraft

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Under a classroom's fluorescent lights, students and teachers scramble to find seats. An important "Parliament session" is under way as together, they hammer out a plan for allocating the school's activities budget.

    The scene is the Hadera Democratic School in Israel, where students...

  • Keeping the SAT Drama to a Minimum

    By Julie Brown

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As if getting myself into college hadn't been difficult enough, now I'm embarking on the adventure of navigating my son through the process. I call it an "adventure," because it truly is nothing less -- a roller-coaster ride fraught with sudden turns, unexpected pitfalls,...

  • Teens Find Peace On and Off Stage

    By Sima Borkovski

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "We don't care about politics; we just like each other," says Shira Ben Yaakov, a cheerful brunette who is an eighth-grade student at Tel Aviv's A.D. Gordon Junior High School.

    Ben Yaakov is referring to Israeli-Arab friends she has met through the Peace Child Israel drama group,...

  • Out of My Comfort Zone

    By Benjamin Steiner

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Each morning at the Anti-Defamation League's Grosfeld National Youth Leadership Mission in Washington, D.C., which took place in November, about 20 students crowded into a hotel room for student-led Shacharit, or morning prayers.

    What was notable was that many of those students...

  • Hillel Students Help Rebuild Gulf Coast

    By Larry Luxner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Southern Mississippi's Jewish population suddenly mushroomed -- as 135 members of the campus organization Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life fan out through the area, repairing roofs of houses severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

    The Hillel students, who wore distinctive...

  • Lesson in Tolerance Seeks to Aid School

    By Sarah Price Brown

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A group of students from Jefferson High School gathers around the tour guide, Jewish grandmother Diane Treister, at the Museum of Tolerance on a recent Friday morning.

    While Treister talks about personal responsibility and respect, the students, many in jeans and T-shirts and...

  • A Big Impression

    By Wildman Weiner

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I'm too old to have heroes. But for those who live their lives with courage, I can make an exception. Like the Impressionists, for instance, whose lives of self-sacrifice I was trying to share with my class of older adults.

    "OK, everyone," I say, "whoever's not here, raise your...

  • Taking Winter Break on Jewish Time

    By Jennifer Garmaise

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Francis Bilak and her extended family are taking a cruise this week, but to do so, Bilak's son, Michael, is missing a week of preschool at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy.

    Hillel, like two-dozen other Orthodox schools in Los Angeles, doesn't have the last two weeks in December off....

  • L.A. Enters the Season of Mitzvot

    By David Finnigan

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Christmas Day is the day of the year which some Jews often fill by doing some mitzvah volunteer work, then enjoying Chinese food and a movie. But that annual mitzvah-Chinese food-movie ritual is being put aside this Dec. 25 for Chanukah.

    "Chanukah makes it a big deal because now Jews...

  • Pipes Bring More Than Water

    By Marit Pearlman Shapiro

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Our aging yellow school bus slowly drove up a steep mountain in a verdant forest in Honduras. I wondered why the bus driver was stopping at a seemingly random spot on the worst road I have ever seen. There were coffee and cornfields left and right. A herd of cows meandered down the...

  • Tribe

    By Molly Keene

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Cheating: The dreaded problem that faces every school across America -- and not just the obvious sneak-a-peak-at-your-neighbor's-quiz cheating. With thousands of essays, articles and book summaries at their fingertips, American students have discovered the Internet, expanding the...

  • Sowing Islamic Seeds in Students

    By JTA Staff

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Chairs are lined up in neat rows. Coffee is brewing, muffins arrayed. The table is thick with handouts.

    One of them is Saudi Aramco World, a magazine published by Aramco, the Saudi government-owned outfit that is the largest oil company in the world.

    "The Arab World...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hey Kids! The Help Goes On

    Los Angeles Jewish schools continue with their efforts to help the hurricane victims. The students from Temple Emanuel donated money, wrote letters, drew pictures and collected shoes for the victims.

    This Sukkot, which begins at sundown, Monday, Oct. 17,...

  • School Bond: A Way to Show You Care

    By Stu Bernstein

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Some friends and I were watching the news a couple months back, as journalists were covering the opening of a new high school in South

    Los Angeles. The TV reporter asked a student attending his first day of class on this beautiful, brand new campus what the new school meant for him....

  • Class Notes - Hurricane Heroes

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Sarah Rose Isenberg had a sure-fire marketing plan and a product no one could object to. So the fact that she took in hundreds of dollars in a few hours wouldn't be surprising -- if she weren't 7 years old.

    In the days before her lemonade sale to raise money for victims of Hurricane...

  • Between the Pages for Young, Young-at-Heart

    By Gaby Friedman

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Let's face it. Many people go to synagogue on the High Holidays because they have to. A feeling of poorly understood and unappreciated obligation can pervade this time of year. But it doesn't have to. You can put yourself or your children in the spirit and in the know with help from...

  • Local Shuls Were Alleged Targets

    By Tom Tugend

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The target list of an alleged cell of homegrown terrorists included two synagogues located in the Pico-Robertson corridor, The Journal has learned.

    The target information emerged as a federal grand jury issued four indictments last week in the ongoing probe. It was confirmed by a...

  • Rural Shuls Make Do Without Rabbis

    By Sue Fishkoff

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There's been a Jewish community in Muskogee, Okla., since 1867, when furrier Joseph Sonderheim opened his import-export business.

    In 1916 the first synagogue was dedicated, Congregation Beth Ahaba, a lay-led Reform congregation that served a tight-knit Jewish community of merchants...

  • Schools to Teach Ein Bisel Yiddish

    By Sarah Price Brown

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Linguists have predicted that within 100 years, more than half of the 6,000 languages that exist today will disappear.

    For a long time, it's looked as though Yiddish was among those bound for extinction, but scholars and Yiddish speakers, as well as some Jews who remember their...

  • Class Notes - A Ramah Reunion

    By Julie G Fax

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A group of 25 campers from Ramah of California's pilot summer in 1955 returned to camp this summer to kick off a yearlong celebration of Ramah's 50 years on the West Coast. The camp officially opened in 1956.

    Back then, there were 62 campers and 24 staff members. Tuition for the 10...

  • The Circuit

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Fun Way to Fund

    Dancing, networking, pool playing, raffle bidding and martini drinking were the main themes of the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) highly successful Young Leaders Summer Soiree fundraising party. Proceeds from the Aug. 11 event at Gotham Hall went toward the ADL's...

  • 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...

  • Battling Board Backs Bond

    By Howard Blume

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    What a difference a day makes.

    In 24 little hours, the L.A. school board journeyed last week from chaos to harmony; from nothing to a November ballot measure; from no new taxes to a bond measure that will ask voters to raise their property taxes for schools "one last time."

    If...

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