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  • Studies look at ways to save Jordan River

    May 3, 2010 | 9:51 am

    Large sections of the lower Jordan River could dry out by next year unless the region’s countries take action, according to two studies.

    Some 400 million cubic meters of water are needed to restore the river, the reports have found.

    The studies were presented Sunday by...

  • A reminder of ‘the God gap’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 7, 2008 | 1:02 am

    These numbers from the Pew Research Center on “the God gap” are about a month old. But I think they were a recent daily dose, and Bloggish sent them to me, and, frankly, they’re worth posting because, though they are not at all surprising, they are a revealing reminder of a...

  • Funding shortage and ignorance hurt pancreatic cancer fight

    By Julie G Fax

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Marilynn Lowenstein walked into shul on Rosh Hashanah two and half years ago, her friend, a doctor, took one look at her and sent her to the emergency room. Lowenstein's skin and eyes were yellow -- she was severely jaundiced.

    By the time the congregation got to the "who shall...

  • Assume everyone is Jewish

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A couple of weeks ago I found myself in a seminar room at UCLA's Royce Hall attending a presentation by professor David Shneer of the University of Denver concerning Jewish museums in Los Angeles, a city he calls, "The Newest Jewish City in the World."

    As someone who has argued that...

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  • Education in the synagogue should aim for enhanced Jewish living

    By Rabbi Michael Weinberg

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For professors in a university's Judaic studies program, Jewish literacy appears to be a straightforward proposition. They can insist on prerequisites, delineate academic standards, articulate a curriculum, impose the extrinsic motivation of grades and design objective tests of...
  • There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on over Power Plate

    By Debbe Geiger

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Remember those machines from the 1950s that used to jiggle a person's fat in an attempt to rid the body of cellulite? These days, a more sophisticated generation of those machines, which vibrate the entire body, is claiming it can do a lot more than eliminate cellulite....
  • Jewish Studies Bug Bites Parents, Too

    By Sue Fishkoff

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eighteen months ago, when Lenard Cohen's 4-year-old daughter was enrolled in the family's congregational preschool, the Philadelphia-area father of three decided to go back to school himself.

    He signed up for the Florence Melton Parent Education Program, a Jewish adult education...

  • Sonoma Plan Adds   Flavor to Dull Diets

    By Soriya Daniels

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Connie Guttersen is on a mission to make America smaller. Well, perhaps not geographically, but at least to shrink the size of the average American.

    Scientific studies have proven that weight-loss diets that are based on moderate amounts of the healthiest types of fats, such as...

  • Read All About It

    By Rob Eshman

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The very thought of editors of Jewish publications gathering in an Oxford manor house cries out for a Rodney Dangerfield punch line.

    Yarnton Manor was once a holding of the Spencer-Churchill family, as in Princess Diana and Sir Winston. Juxtapose its dark wood-paneled rooms and...

  • Spy Kids’ Bar Mitzvah

    By Amy Klein

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's not easy for a kid to find out that his parents are spies, and that he and his sister have to rescue them from evildoers.

    But it's not as hard as trying to learn Hebrew from scratch in six months for a bar mitzvah -- especially when the spy scenario is fictional and the bar...

  • Is There a Smart Gene in Ashkenazis?

    By Geoffrey Carr

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The idea that some ethnic groups may, on average, be more intelligent than others is one of those hypotheses that dare not speak its name. But Gregory Cochran, a noted scientific iconoclast, is prepared to say it anyway. He is that rare bird, a scientist who works independently of...

  • A Divine Call to Action

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Once, on a mission to Israel, we needed a minyan for a prayer service during the airplane flight. We were a total of six men in our group, so we began to scan the plane for the remaining four for the requisite 10 men.

    As I went up and down the aisles, one fellow turned to me and...

  • Math Problem

    By Jill Stewart

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's spring in Sacramento, and that means the Capitol steps are jammed again with protesters against government cuts -- the first protesters to show up in mid-March were thousands of community college students demanding that California taxpayers continue paying the nation's steepest...

  • Academy for Adult Jewish Studies to Open

    By Journal Staff

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A pilot academy that would give adult students in Orange County certificates of graduation for completing three years of Jewish study expects to accept its first students in September.

    The Orange County Academy of Jewish Growth and Learning received funding approval for half its...

  • Dr. Louis Shub

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Louis Shub, longtime library director of the University of Judaism's (UJ) Jack and Bel Ostrow Library, died  March 10 of pneumonia at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. He was 89.

    Shub is credited with building the UJ's library from a modest collection to one of the...

  • Harold B. Gerard

    By Harlan Lebo

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Harold B. Gerard, professor emeritus of psychology at UCLA and one of the pioneers of experimental social psychology, died Jan. 16 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, from a cerebral hemorrhage following a lengthy bout with kidney failure. The Venice resident was 79.

    ...
  • A Forkful of Trouble

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Turkey, potatoes and gravy, candied yams -- all the foods you love to pile on your plate come Thanksgiving. But you might want to check your blood sugar before you take another helping of mashed potatoes, because if you are one of the many American Jews at risk for diabetes, that...

  • Jewish Studies Flourish on Campus

    By Tom Tugend

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    While the headlines speak of confrontations between pro-Palestinian and Jewish students at California's public universities, the number and variety of Jewish studies programs on the campuses have never been more bountiful.

    Students can earn their doctorate degrees in Jewish studies...

  • Students Get Religion

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Sept. 11 terrorist attack propelled already soaring interest in religious studies courses at mainstream college campuses in Orange County and around the nation.

    Enrollment in religious studies curriculum, climbing for a decade, closed a month before the 2002 fall semester began...

  • Patriots Owner Scores Big Among Jews, Too

    By JTA Staff

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Robert Kraft, Jewish businessman and philanthropist, nearly leapt through the glass window of his skybox at the Superdome in New Orleans as the clock ticked down and the 20-17 victory over the heavily favored St. Louis Rams brought the team he owns, the New England Patriots, its...

  • Fat and Fit

    By Rachel Louise Snyder

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Looking at television and magazine ads these days, you'd think the surest route to health is a diet that goes something like this: an apple slice and a thimbleful of skim milk for breakfast, a carrot with a gallon of water for lunch, four grains of rice, one strawberry and a shot of...

  • Religious Studies Resources

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Aish HaTorah: 9:30-11:10 a.m. "The Understanding Minyan," focusing on the meaning of prayers, Hebrew-reading skills and the "how- to" of the synagogue service. Saturdays. Kiddush included. 9102 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 278-8672.

    B'nai Horin: Torah classes begin. "Prayer for...

  • Have Library, Must Travel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    To reach David Hirsch's narrow, cluttered office at UCLA, you traverse bare, labyrynthine corridors in the basement of the University Research Library.

    Hirsch, the Jewish and Middle Eastern studies bibliographer at the library, supervises a collection of treasures that range from a...

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