Sharon Kupferman, a junior at Cal State Northridge, was one of 11 students left "hanging in the air" last fall, when the statewide university system abruptly canceled its overseas study program in Israel.
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 groups of the PLATO Society at UCLA Extension. The organization's name is an acronym for Perpetual Learning and Teaching Organization and has nothing to do with the Greek philosopher.
Scenes from Lishma, a joint project of Camp Ramah and the University of Judaism's Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, in which young adults engage in a six-week program of serious spiritual practice and text study.
Last year, as summer approached, Julie Pelc was moving towards a master's degree in education, with plans to go on to rabbinical school. Andrew Weitz was serving as the northeast field representative of the United Jewish Communities, working with Jewish student leaders on outreach and social action projects. Jonathan Dorff was finishing up his first year of medical school. All three of these young Jewish adults found themselves faced with the luxury of a free summer, what Dorff calls, "my last summer off ever." All chose to take part in Lishma, the six-week egalitarian yeshiva-study program newly inaugurated by Camp Ramah in California.