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  • Judge: Key job protection laws for California teachers are unconstitutional

    June 10, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    A judge ruled Tuesday that California's public school teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional, after hearing testimony from students who argued the job protections made it virtually impossible to dismiss low-performing teachers.

    The decision's implementation was put on hold,...

  • Maya Angelou: Teacher of Quiet, Lady of Grace

    By Ilana Angel

    May 28, 2014 | 7:23 am

    This was originally posted on October 16, 2013. Dr. Angelou passed away today and my heart weeps. I will forever admire this woman. Thank you Maya, for easing my sorrow and teaching me to see the joy that surrounds me daily.

    I was speaking to someone about Maya Angelou yesterday...

  • Leaving Teaching For Traveling, The Drama of American Education

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 6, 2013 | 7:57 am

    Thank you to the Huffington Post for sharing my story: Why So Many of America's Teachers Are Leaving The Profession

    John Owens in his book, Confessions of a Bad Teacher, shares that "America's public school teachers are being loudly and unfairly blamed for the failure of our...

  • LeAnn Rimes Lawsuit Against Teacher Thrown Out

    By Ilana Angel

    June 5, 2013 | 10:32 pm

    I am happy to be the very first person to share with you all that the lawsuit LeAnn Rimes filed against Kim and Lexi Smiley has been thrown out, and LeAnn has 20 days to re-file should she want to continue with the case. I hope someone who truly cares about Ms. Rimes will advise...

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  • The Worst Teacher I Ever Had & The Most Important Lesson I Ever Learned

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 12, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    I have taught children of every age since the early 1970s. In more than four decades I have learned many lessons about how people best learn, why teachers need to teach to the individual child and what is ultimately important in the teacher-student relationship. The Babylonian...

  • Sinai Akiba teacher retiring after 46 years, will travel to Israel

    August 1, 2012 | 1:29 pm

    After 46 years of teaching Hebrew at Sinai Akiba Academy, Rivka Shaked is retiring to spend more time in Israel. She will embark on her first extended visit at the end of this summer to celebrate the High Holy Days in Israel for the first time since her youth.

    “Rivka is the...

  • Teacher arrested after Holocaust lesson goes awry

    May 1, 2012 | 11:02 am

    A South Carolina teacher was arrested on charges of assault and battery after trying to make a point during a lesson on the Holocaust.

    Patricia Mulholland, a veteran seventh-grade social studies teacher at Bluffton Middle School, is accused of dragging a student from his seat by his...

  • Accidental Talmudist: Day 2,558 - A Teacher Like Mrs. Schreiber

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 15, 2012 | 5:02 pm

    If I ask you to name a teacher who influenced you, does a name and a face come to mind?

    We were recently asked to recall such teachers by a young rabbi at Temple Beth Am. Conversations buzzed instantly. The gentleman sitting next to me had a professor who said, “You’ll never be...

  • Italian police probing Holocaust-denying teacher over threats

    January 9, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Police in Turin are investigating a high school teacher who threatened in a Facebook post to massacre Jews and go “target shooting” against African immigrants.

    Police searched the home of Renato Pallavidini Jan. 6 and seized computers, a flash drive and CDs. He could be charged...

  • The Russian way of educating children.

    By Julia Bendis

    November 15, 2011 | 10:40 am

    A distant memory came to mind the other day.  Back in Russia, well technically it was in Riga, Latvia my parents decided to get my brother and I English lessons in the anticipation of our future move to the United States.  This was about a year before we actually immigrated, so we...

  • Soviet Dentists and My Anxiety…

    By Julia Bendis

    June 13, 2011 | 9:46 pm

    Is it just me or do other people have a huge phobia of Dentists?  I don’t know why I have such a fear of them, but I do know that I’d rather have another baby than go to the Dentist.  Actually, now that I think about it, I would even prefer a colonoscopy to having someone put...

  • A Soviet Passover…

    By Julia Bendis

    April 18, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    How do you prepare for Passover when the rest of the world doesn’t stop to observe it?  When the rest of the world takes a break for Christian holidays, and people have time to cook and prepare for a religious celebration, do they realize how much it sucks to be a Jew, a Muslim or...

  • There is nothing like seeing your kid singing Christmas Carols!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 17, 2010 | 1:47 pm

    Wouldn’t you agree that there is nothing like watching your child singing Christmas Carols in a school performance?  I am sorry, let me re-phrase that.  There is nothing like watching your Jewish kid singing Christmas Carols, in a school performance!  Am I right? 

    All the schools...

  • The teacher

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2008 | 12:06 am

    Mickey Palmer is 87 years old and living in a cozy home by Elizabeth Lake, near Palmdale. She moved there 25 years ago when she retired from teaching sixth grade.

    When she called me at The Journal, I tried to do the math on how old that made her when she was my teacher at Encino...

  • My (early) ‘golden years’

    By Jay Firestone

    July 9, 2008 | 9:11 pm

    My nursing home is my mattress, my "stories" are Sunday morning football and my "meals-on-wheels" program is a delivery of Buffalo wings. At 24 years old, this is my retirement -- from teaching religious school.

    For the past nine years, I've devoted a portion of my week to educating...

  • Is this a job for a nice Jewish boy or girl? You bet it is!

    By Michael Zeldin

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    "We are a great institution with a great program of Jewish education. We're looking for a top-notch Jewish educator. It's quite an opportunity for someone, and if we find the right person we'll do whatever it takes to make it work. Do you know of anyone?"

    This time of year, I get...

  • Teacher’s impact creates lasting memories and values

    By Julie G Fax

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Morah Malka will understand.

    She'll get that I am focusing on Alan Rosen because he was my teacher and not because she and the other recipients of the 18th annual Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator Awards are any less worthy of notice than Alan, who also received the award last...

  • Israel’s teacher strike highlights cracks in the system

    By Michele Chabin

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As much as he's been wanting to complete his master's degree in history, David Graniewitz would rather be standing in front of a classroom, teaching history or English to junior high and high school students.

    Instead Graniewitz, who has taught in Israeli secondary schools for almost...

  • Crossroads School thanks its courageous music man

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Crossroads School in Santa Monica might not be where one would expect to find the archived works of a celebrated composer who survived Dachau and Buchenwald, especially when one considers that the Vienna-born Herbert Zipper worked as an educator at a variety of institutions of...
  • Films: Teen gang members take a page from Anne Frank in ‘Freedom Writers’

    By Nick Street

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Freedom Writers" opens with a montage of scenes from Long Beach two years after the Los Angeles riots. Images of gang life and the neighborhoods where members stage their brutal rites float on a stream of hip-hop sound.

    Into this picture steps an eager but overdressed Erin Gruwell,...

  • Working-class lads vie for Oxford in ‘History Boys’

    By Tom Tugend

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Posner, one of eight freshly minted British high school graduates in "The History Boys," summarizes his life in a couple of lines.

    "I'm a Jew," he says. "I'm small. I'm homosexual. And I live in Sheffield. I'm f....d." The lines hint at the tone of the movie, which happily features...

  • Guide to Torah fleshes out flat characters in stories

    By Robert J. Avrech

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Between the Lines of the Bible: A Study From the New School of Orthodox Torah Commentary," by Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom (Yashar Books)

    Besotted with Torah.

    That's the phrase that springs to mind when reading Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom's "Between the Lines of the Bible: A Study From...

  • United Teachers Los Angeles just says ‘no’ to Israel divestment push by union commitee

    By Marc Ballon

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Under a tidal wave of pressure from the local Jewish community, the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has decided to deny use of its headquarters to a UTLA committee planning to host a meeting to discuss the launch of a local boycott of sanctions against and divestment from Israel....
  • Shoah lessons drive curriculum

    By Julie G Fax

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Holocaust will play a major role in educating teens at a new Green Dot charter school in Exposition Park. The entire staff of the Animo Jackie Robinson High School -- seven teachers and two principals -- has been trained to teach a curriculum by Facing History and Ourselves, a...
  • Promoting Jewish Learning

    By Carolyn Slutsky

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On a recent Friday afternoon, the chapel bells at Duke University chimed "Shalom Aleichem" as about 1,300 educators gathered for the 31st annual conference of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE).

    Billed as "Jewish Literacy: A Learned Community and a...

  • What Will Life Be Like in 2026?

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In honor of The Jewish Journal's 20th anniversary, yeLAdim asked some of our young readers at the May 7 Israel Independence Day Festival: What will you be doing in 20 years?

    "I will run a restaurant with spaghetti and macaroni and cheese."
    -- Hannah F., prekindergarten, B'nai...

  • Focus on the Love

    By Rabbi Perry Netter

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher made me diagram sentences, not unlike most seventh-graders in America's public schools. Truth be told, I would have rather pulled knitting needles through my cheeks than learn the rudiments of English grammar, but Mrs. McGee insisted...

  • 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...

  • A Definite Maybe

    By Jill Stewart

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa swirled through both Washington and Los Angeles this year, a media darling wherever he went,

    I contemplated a core mystery: Can Los Angeles' schools be fixed by a man who loves to be loved, who with his union allies opposed education reform...

  • 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...

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