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  • Jack and Judaism

    By Kathleen Vallee Stein

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Jack Stein taught me about being Jewish.

    First, he told me that Jewish husbands are the best husbands because

    they "only cheat a little." Jack grinned up at me and I smiled back. At 5-feet-8 inches tall, I am used to being taller than many men, but when I put my arm around my...

  • Spectator - Sweet Music Amid Turmoil

    By Tom Tugend

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Those who have followed the documentaries produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center know what to expect: Films like "Genocide," "Liberation" and "In Search of Peace" that hit you right between the eyes and in the solar plexus.

    Thus, it is more the surprise that its Moriah Films...

  • PhD on the Flying Trapeze

    By Beverly Gray

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    You're on the flying trapeze, gliding fearlessly through the air. Keeping you aloft, 30 feet above gaping spectators, are your trusted teammates. Today, your welfare is in their hands. Tomorrow they'll go back to being -- the guys from accounting?

    On that premise, Edy Greenblatt has...

  • Teaching in the Temple of Nature

    By Marc Ballon

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Gabe Goldman wanted to believe in miracles, wanted to believe in the power of prayer, wanted to believe that God had spoken to prophets. But Goldman, an Orthodox Jew, felt burned out on Judaism. He would perform the rituals with perfect technique, but no heart. A change, he thought,...

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  • One of the Girls

    By Rob Eshman

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I remember Danielle Magady as a tiny kindergartner whose broad smile arced across her face.

    I met her and her parents, Terry and Holly, 10 years ago when I wrote one of my first stories for The Journal on developmentally disabled children in Jewish day schools.

    Danielle was, at...

  • Confessions of a Bar Mitzvah Teacher

    By Ted Roberts

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Since, as the Torah says, "Confession is good for the soul," let's begin with a confession. I am a bar mitzvah teacher. My avocation -- my hobby -- is the navigation of Jewish girls and boys through the tangled web of the bar mitzvah ceremony.

    It is a job that demands a great deal...

  • Two Educators Earn Honors

    By Journal Report

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Barry Koff, who integrates technology and art into his religious school lesson plans, is a recipient of this year's Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

    Joanne Mercer, retiring director of education at Newport Beach's Temple Bat Yahm, suggested Koff be...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Marching On

    We leaped into leap month and we marched into March, and now we are springing into spring! This Shabbat is called Shabbat Hachodesh -- the "Shabbat of the Month," because we are entering the new month of Nisan. So why does this month deserve its own Shabbat? Because the...

  • Through God’s Eyes

    By Reb Mimi Feigelson

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    One of my students once asked me what was the greatest gift that my teacher Reb Shlomo Carlebach gave me. My reply was immediate: "He gave me a new pair of eyes."

    I had grown up praying from the first day I could speak.

    I was raised observing Shabbat from the moment I learned to...

  • The Smart Choice

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Recently, I came across a story about a man who made the "unforgivable" mistake of missing his wife's birthday. When the wife expressed her anger, the quick-witted husband responded, "Sweetheart, how do you expect me to remember your birthday when you never look any older?"

    If only...

  • Your Letters

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Hungarians in Hollywood

    I was very disappointed that Tom Teicholz's article, "Hungarians in Hollywood" (April 18), omitted any reference or mention of my late uncle, Joe Pasternak, who was among the most prominent and successful Hollywood movie producers from the 1930s to the late...

  • King and Heschel Remembered

    By Elliot Fein

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    There is a famous picture taken in Selma, Ala., in 1965 at the site of a historic civil rights march for voter registration.

    Abraham Joshua Heschel is marching in line with Martin Luther King Jr. and a number of other key civil rights demonstrators. At the end of the demonstration,...

  • Spinning a Jewish Web

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When preschool teacher Sylvia Rouss noticed a lack of children's literature about Judaism, she did something about it: she wrote the books herself. Rouss, who teaches at Stephen S. Wise Temple, is the author of the popular "Sammy Spider" series, which are widely used in Jewish...

  • Eulogies:Rabbi Marvin L. Labinger

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Marvin L. Labinger executive director of the Pacific Southwest Region of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism from 1990-2000, died July 25, 2002 at the age of 66.

    Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1960 and immediately began a...

  • Maseng of Many Hats

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Somebody must have perfected human cloning, because no way is Danny Maseng just one person.

    When the singer-songwriter-guitarist-actor-poet-dramatist-lay rabbi-teacher-visionary, who will headline the Fund for Reform Judaism's annual fundraiser at Temple Isaiah in Rancho Park on...

  • Got Teachers?

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Shirettes, five peppy women clad in jeans and T-shirts, sang a good morning song complete with hand motions, as one of them strummed along on a guitar. The audience applauded heartily -- only instead of the local singing group's usual nursery school audience, the crowd consisted...

  • Your Letters

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Chabad of the Marina

    I am shocked to hear that Rabbi Shmulik Naparstek of Marina del Rey has been fired by the head of California Chabad ("Rabbi vs. Rabbi," March 22). He and his staff work tirelessly at bringing Torah into the lives and homes of people. The dismissal of a...

  • Yomtov Pleads Guilty

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Teacher Mordechai Yomtov stood sobbing in his orange prison jumpsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court as he pleaded guilty to two counts of committing continuous sexual abuse on a minor and one count of lewd act on a minor.

    The Feb. 4 plea follows an agreement worked out between...

  • An Educator Speaks

    By Beverly Gray

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Eileen Horowitz, an elementary school teacher for two decades, taught general studies at Adat Ari El Day School for six years. She became principal of Temple Israel of Hollywood Day School in 1995. This February, Horowitz was one of 11 graduates of the Bureau of Jewish Education's...

  • My Best Teacher

    By Beverly Gray

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    There will be one empty seat at our seder table this year. Blanche Wadleigh Bettington, who has helped us celebrate the Jewish people's liberation from Egypt since my college-age daughter was a baby, passed away on March 1. She was four months shy of her 100th birthday.

    Bettington...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Passover Denial



    Dear Wendy:
    My 10-year-old daughter attends Hebrew school at our Reform synagogue. She recently reported that her religion teacher said that the Passover miracles never happened and that she saw a TV show "proving" that the splitting of the Red Sea was the result...

  • Educator Q &A: Dr. Stu Bernstein

    By Beverly Gray

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Stu Bernstein has spent 40 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as an elementary school teacher, principal and cluster administrator for Westside schools. On the occasion of his retirement, he was recently feted by the Association of Jewish Educators, with...

  • Reality-Based Schooling

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most engrossing reality-based television shows is the thrice-weekly KLCS public broadcasting program, "Conversation with Roy Romer." Unlike "Survivor" and "Temptation Island," where contestants wearing cruise and safari garb compete against each other and the weather,...

  • Addressing Anxieties

    By Beverly Gray

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Each November, Valley Beth Shalom holds a meeting at which its youth director urges parents to send their teenagers on a summer trip to Israel. In 1999, more than 100 families attended. This past November, there were only eight. The low turnout appears to reflect parental anxiety...

  • Torah Portion:The Holiness of Literacy

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    For many years, the Allen School was the worst in the Dayton, Ohio, system. Located in the dilapidated inner city, the dropout rate was astronomical. Fifth graders had parole officers. Then came a new principal. He brought the staff together and said to them: "We have to understand...

  • Education Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A highlight of the annual religious school educators conference sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education is always the presentation of the Lainer Awards. These cash awards, established in 1989, go to talented educators who help perpetuate Jewish traditions and values in a...
  • Double Duty

    By Beverly Gray

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A highlight of the annual religious school educators conference sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education is always the presentation of the Lainer Awards. These cash awards, established in 1989, go to talented educators who help perpetuate Jewish traditions and values in a...
  • What’s the Jewish Stake in LAUSD?

    By Eric Roth

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Helen Burnstein, the former president of the United Teachers of Los Angles, used to argue, "Teachers want what students need." Many Jewish educators and parents feel the same way about Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). "Jews want what LAUSD needs." Educational excellence,...
  • Shortage of Good Teachers

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A parent in North Hollywood is appalled by what passes for religious-school education: His child has a terrible teacher. A parent in Brentwood is ecstatic: Her child's current teacher is outstanding. Marcy Goldberg, director of education at Temple Aliyah of Woodland Hills, sums up...

  • Conservative Conversions

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Reuven Hammer is an American-born Conservativerabbi who has lived in Jerusalem since 1973, working as a writer andteacher -- Conservative rabbi is not much of a career option inIsrael -- and raising five kids along the way. Among variouspart-time jobs, he heads the bet din, or...

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