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  • Israelis Bring Situation Close to Home for Campers

    By Julie G Fax

    July 19, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    When news of Israel filters through to Camp Hess Kramer, the kids do what is only natural -- they turn to the Israelis who are spending the summer with them to make sense of what they're hearing, and to bring it home in a way that is intensely personal.

    "Because my campers know...

  • Summer Tours to Israel Rerouted, But Not By Much

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Most summers, the trip to the Naot Sandal factory on a kibbutz close to Israel's northern border is a highlight of the teen tours run by United Synagogue Youth (USY). But this summer, with the north under constant threat of rocket attacks, the 400 USYers stayed in the central and...

  • The Perfect Reads for Those Lazy Days of Summer

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I read and write during several days of rain in New York City, and I think about Los Angeles beaches, bleached with sunshine. So reclining on a couch isn't the same as stretching out on a blanket and listening to the surf, but there's a certain similar lazy quality, with pockets of...

  • Class Notes

    By Julie G Fax

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Get Packing
    It was weeks before camp started, but on Sunday, June 11, Gear Up for Camp Day brought 1,700 people -- including 500 campers and their families -- to The Federation's Camp Max Straus, run by Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Campers filled laundry bags with camp...

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  • Fleeing Nazis Breaks His Father’s Spirit

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My father, rarely impetuous, married my much younger mother when he was 46, and he was 49 when I was born.

    When I was a toddler and we went occasionally together to the Berlin zoo, people came up and congratulated my father on his cute grandson. So there was this age gap, to begin...

  • God Is Gray

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "This is heaven," I announced Sunday afternoon.

    Cruising the city (the absence of traffic in itself celestial), sunroof open, exposed shoulders browning. Wild poppies glistening, swaying in a soft breeze scented by orange blossoms; singing along to KOST 103.5 FM:

    I can see clearly...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Doctor in the House

    On Sunday, April 9, American Jewish Congress, StandWithUs and Beth Jacob Congregation welcomed Dr. Raanan Gissin, strategic analyst, international spokesman and senior adviser to Israel's prime minister, to Los Angeles. More than 150 people learned about Israel's...

  • yeLAdim

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We Love Israel

    Come Party With The Jewish Journal at the Israel Independence Day Festival on May 7. Answer the Kein v'Lo question on a separate sheet of paper, attach the completed entry form and bring it to our booth at Woodley Park, which will open at 10 a.m. Every family that...

  • Keep Kosher, Cool on Alaska Cruise

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Witnessing glaciers calving into crystal blue waters, humpback whales fluking their magnificent tails and clouds weaving cottony billows around the tips of waterfront spruce forests are all in a day's work for the average Alaskan cruise-goer.

    Like the humpback whales each summer,...

  • The Year Ahead

    By Abby Gilad

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    We have had a sad ending to 5765 -- devastating hurricanes and a continuing war in Iraq. Here is a blessing for the New Year, 5766: May we all experience an end to war and a new beginning for the people of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and all those who have suffered. And...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Josh Fields, 8, of Thousand Oaks, won the "My Amazing Summer" essay contest.

    He wins a gift certificate to the store of his choice.

    I went to Yellowstone National Park two days after school ended. It took two days to drive all the way to Yellowstone. We drove through beautiful...

  • Israel - Tourists Unfazed by Gaza Pullout

    By Daniella Peled

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    For visitors to Israel this summer, the disengagement from the Gaza Strip proved hard to ignore.

    "Everybody's orange," said Rebecca Kaminski, from Berlin, with a laugh, referring to the color adopted by the anti-disengagement activists. "I'm on the blue side, I guess."

    Sitting on...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Summer Fast

    In the middle of summer, when it is the hottest, we are told that we cannot eat or drink for one whole day. It was on the ninth of Av that the Romans burned Jerusalem and destroyed our Temple. Tisha B'Av (the ninth of Av) falls this year on Sunday, Aug. 14. The fast...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Share the Fun

    Have you been having fun this summer?

    Our rabbis say that we should give up to 10 percent of what we own to tzedakah (charity) every year.

    What percentage of your fun can you give to another person?

    Dr. Doolittle I Presume?

    In this week's Torah portion Balak, the...

  • Mensch Seeks Shayna Maideleh

    By Dina Kraft

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The search is on for "a nice Jewish boy" -- and no, this time it's not your mother who's looking.

    A team of scouts is scouring the Diaspora for the ideal single Jewish man for a new Israeli reality television show. Once selected, the bachelor, who according to producers preferably...

  • Hoop Star Scores On and Off Court

    By Cookie Lommel

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Aulcie Perry is a tall man -- and a man who stands tall in Israel. At 6-foot-11, the former professional basketball center would stand out in a crowd anywhere in the world. In Israel, Perry draws crowds of fans, especially youngsters.

    "I've been here a long time," said Perry, an...

  • Dive Into Home Swim Lessons

    By Galia Yardeni

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    One of the biggest dangers for children during summer is drowning. Some people think enclosing a pool with a fence or covering it with a pool cover will render the area safe, but fences are accidentally left open and covers can be left off.

    The only real solution is to teach...

  • Cure Found for the Summertime Blues

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When Sarah Winchell needs motivation or encouragement, during her daily prayers she visualizes Chimney Rock, a landmark in the Rocky Mountains surrounded by frozen lakes, a plunging cliff and a blanket of snow. The image has been imprinted in the 15-year-old's mind since she saw...

  • The Great Camp Learning Curve

    By Julie Brown

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Spring is in the air: apricot blossoms burgeoning on their branches, daffodil 10-packs floating in plastic pots at Trader Joe's and summer camp brochures stuffed into our mailboxes.

    I am a big fan of camp. Every summer from 1973 on, I packed my trunk and headed to Malibu. Camp...

  • Jewish Big Brothers Gets a New Parent

    By Marc Ballon

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Lately, the tears have fallen easily from Margy Feldman's eyes. It's not that the new president and CEO of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters (JBBBS) of Los Angeles is frustrated or depressed. Far from it. Hers are tears of joy, a feeling that comes from knowing that her work makes a...

  • Reach Out and Touch Faith

    By Julie Woldow

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    When Elizabeth Cobrin goes to Israel this winter break with Birthright Israel, she and her friends have devised a plan to find each other when participants in all the different Birthright trips get together.

    They are going to sing their camp songs really, really loudly, until they...

  • Happy Campers

    By Rob Eshman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We are driving to pick up our son from camp. He's been there three weeks, the longest stretch he's been away from us since his birth. In this age of e-mails and BlackBerrys and cell phones, the rule at Camp Alonim at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley is no e-mails,...

  • Happy Campers

    By Rob Eshman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We are driving to pick up our son from camp. He's been there three weeks, the longest stretch he's been away from us since his birth. In this age of e-mails and BlackBerrys and cell phones, the rule at Camp Alonim at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley is no e-mails,...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Game On!

    The summer Olympics are almost here. They will take place Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece. That's pretty cool, considering that's where it all started -- about 2,500 years ago. To learn more about this year's games, visit www.Athens 2004.com. For more on the history of the Olympics, visit www.olympics.org.

  • On Shabbat, Stay Cool as a Cucumber

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Miami is hot. In the summer, even sometimes in the winter, the air arches off the streets radiating heat circles that bend but do not break as you walk though them, slowly, slowly.

    My grandparents, Oma and Opa, bought an apartment in Miami Beach that my family of eight piled into for...

  • Boys Will Be Boys in ‘Harold,’ ‘Garden’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When "The Graduate" hit theaters in 1967, a poster depicted Dustin Hoffman as the quintessential aimless college graduate: "This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future."

    If every decade has its disaffected-youth films, two unconventional summer movies are adding to the...

  • Scholarship Takes No Vacation

    By Journal Report

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Two local synagogues are offering an opportunity for Jewish scholarship this summer, and a third is offering weekly Hebrew classes at all levels.

    Through the Community Scholar Program, Tustin's Congregation B'nai Israel will help host a six-day visit by a professor of Jewish history...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Somewhere New



    Are you traveling to new places this summer?

    Maybe you're exploring the desert like the Israelites have been in recent Torah portion. They're getting closer and closer to Israel, but they have to pass through the lands of many different tribes.

    Maybe you will be visiting Israel, too.

    If you do, please write to us about your experiences there.

  • Sweet Days of Summer at Day Camps

    By Stefanee Freedman

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Local synagogues, Jewish centers and other cultural organizations are holding day camps throughout the summer months that expose children to Jewish culture, popular culture and even pre-Columbian culture.

    The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Orange County operates two camps in two...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Somewhere New



    Are you traveling to new places this summer? Maybe you're exploring the desert like the Israelites are in this week's Torah portion -- Chukat. They're getting closer and closer to Israel, but they have to pass through the lands of many different tribes. Maybe you will be visiting Israel, too. If you do, please write to us about your experiences there.

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