I’m fed up with the inefficiency of the judicial system! I’m going to become a judge. I may not be a lawyer, but I’ve been a law-abiding citizen all my life. I mean, how hard could it be? I have 20 years of business experience in the TV industry. When I blow into the courtroom...
A night of anger and reflection
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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...
November 1, 2011 | 8:54 pm
November 1, 2011 | 8:48 pm
For nearly 30 years, Los Angeles secondary-school educators have attended the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual Holocaust Education Workshop as part of their professional development. During the month-long series, L.A.-area teachers learned the history of anti-Semitism,...
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...
August 26, 2009 | 3:49 pm
During her first week as a seventh-grade English teacher, Anna Taggert discovers her colleague, Randi Abrahams, at Starbucks writing a paper for one of her students, while the kid sips his peppermint mocha and texts his friends. The most popular English teacher in the school,...
June 5, 2008 | 2:33 pmJewish Educators Award Scholarships
Nine students from Los Angeles Unified School District schools each received a $2,000 scholarship from the Association of Jewish Educators (AJE), a group of Jewish teachers and administrators at Los Angeles public schools.
At a May 18 brunch, the...
September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pmThe last week of September is Banned Books Week. Ever read a book from the "Harry Potter" series or "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"? Then you've read a banned book -- a book taken off of shelves in a classroom or library at one time because people complained about it....
August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pmIt's a scene straight out of the worst-case scenario parent handbook. Our child -- a normally happy student -- lands the "Teacher From the Black Lagoon." She's evil, he tells us shaking in his Air Jordans. Not to mention out to get him. How can he possibly be expected to learn when...
July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Technion Gets $25 Million Gift From Californian
A California philanthropist has donated $25 million to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. The gift from Lorry Lokey, founder and chairman of Business Wire, will be used to create a new combined life sciences and...
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...
March 1, 2006 | 7:00 pm
A leading contender in next week's L.A. school board race is at odds with USC and UCLA over his academic standing, the latest in a series of uncomfortable disclosures for Christopher Arellano.
Arellano, 33, the candidate endorsed by the powerful Los Angeles teachers union, did not...
August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Once upon a time, children didn't step into a classroom until kindergarten. There, 5-year-olds got their first real introduction to ABCs and 123s, colors and shapes and how to share and take turns.
Today, kindergartners are widely expected to know their letters and numbers before the...
August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm
In November 2003, California voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with Arnold Schwarzenegger. White voters backed the recall by a large margin, but Jewish voters swam against the tide, with 69 percent voting against the recall. On the second part of the ballot, where...
March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm
This month's Political Journal is a tale of two labor disputes. One is dragging on and on; the other has come to a peaceful conclusion just when it seemed there might be a strike ahead.
Hotels Battle Continues
A protracted 11-month debacle continues between UNITE HERE, Local 11,...
January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Several times during my visit with Rabbi Karmi Gross at Maimonides Academy, coaches and kids came to pull balls out of the corner of his tiny office in a prefab building smack in the middle of the schoolyard. It didn't seem to bother Gross, who smiled at them as he did at the...
December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Often I find myself staring at walls or lying on my bed staring at the ceiling, blank-minded. But I am not one who has the luxury to
be blank-minded. There is too much to do -- not by will, but by force. There is work to be done -- two lessons of math homework, 26 pages of AP...
October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm
It was the first day of preschool and 2-year-old Jessica didn't know any of other children in her new class at B'nai Tikvah Congregation Nursery School. But the child's anxiety paled in comparison that of her mother.
"I worried that Jessica would get her feelings hurt or that she...
October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Jewish educators hope one of the largest gifts ever for Jewish education in America will prompt other philanthropists to follow suit.
The $45 million donation from a group of anonymous families is intended to improve Jewish day school education in Boston. The money will be spent...
September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm
When it came to modern Israel, Ziva London found herself living in the past. Having immigrated to the United States 23 years ago, the Jewish-day-school teacher recently realized that her concept of the Holy Land reflected the Israel she knew there as a citizen more than two decades...
June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm
May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm
"We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."
To grasp the importance of this striking statement made in 1954 by a unanimous United States Supreme Court in Brown vs. Board...
February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Joseph Kanfer deftly wrapped wires and affixed pieces of material to a truncated test tube. Then he glued the Hebrew letter "shin" to the creation, producing a mezuzah.
While the scene resembled a preschool project, it signified much more. Kanfer, former chairman of the Jewish...
February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm
While the Los Angeles community has it share of rabbis and teachers who can teach a great class or two, there is always an allure of having someone come in from overseas as a special guest speaker. But now, airplanes are no longer necessary to get an overseas speaker to talk in Los...
September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Assembly Passes Holocaust-Related Bills
Two bills pertaining to the Holocaust era, one creating a state center for Holocaust study, the other extending the deadline for claims to recover artworks, were passed by the Legislature last week.
The Assembly passed and sent to the...
September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Incense burned, rose petals fluttered, Persian entrees simmered and Persian slippers were sewn. That was the scene at University Synagogue as congregants re-enacted Queen Esther's wedding during this year's Purim celebration. The event was the trademark approach of director Heidi Jo...
August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm
After teaching in a Northern California religious school for four years, Jen Wakefield thought she knew everything there was to know about teaching Torah to religious school students.
"Boy, was I wrong," laughs the Palo Alto, Calif. resident. "The process will be dramatically...
July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm