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  • Sex & Death Before Breakfast

    By Marcus J Freed

    November 13, 2014 | 12:36 am

    “I can’t understand these chaps who go round American universities explaining how they write poems: It’s like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.” ― Philip Larkin


    There is an art to healthy giving & well-intentioned sharing. The Kabbalah teaches about how the...

  • The Question of My Life

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 20, 2014 | 1:55 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Approximately 25 years ago I was learning with Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man and he taught my class that Judaism is about questions. In fact, he asked us all one particular question: “What is the question that this experience is the answer for?” I was dumb-struck...

  • Science Fair: Punishment or Opportunity?

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 26, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    2014-05-05-LisaandLucy.pngScience Fair: Punishment or Opportunity?

    Personally as a child, I did not like science fair. It seemed like showing off, whoever bought the best kit or parents got the most involved won the “award.” As a teacher, I was unsure about this grand venture, which seemed to be a...

  • Coach, Sports, Lessons, Power & Greatness

    By Ilana Angel

    November 30, 2013 | 10:42 am

    I am dating a Coach and it has opened me up to a world that I never knew before. I like sports, but they have simply been a source of entertainment not a way of life or place to find inspiration. In spending time with Coach I have learned that beyond the activity and players, lies...

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  • Leonard’s story

    By Gina Nahai

    October 3, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    Years ago, I created a class, “Writer’s Marketplace,” dedicated to the business side of writing. It was inspired by all the I-wish-I’d-known-then-what-I-know-now moments in my own career, the realization that good writers often are clueless about how to sell their work, and that...

  • 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...

  • Fried millipedes and life in China

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    July 5, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    The best way to tell if a city has a sizable Jewish population, as my father used to say, is by the number of good Chinese restaurants. 

    The same cannot be said of China itself, of course, which has a billion Chinese but hardly enough Jews to make a minyan. Still, the undeniable...

  • The joy of teaching

    By Rachel Heller

    March 23, 2010 | 2:54 pm

    After teaching for 50 years, Adina Bender is looking forward to retiring this June — sort of.

    The petite, auburn-haired woman crinkles her nose when she contemplates leaving Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) Day School, her home away from home for half a century.

    “I asked another...

  • Hamas Leader Denies Holocaust, Objects To UN Plan To Teach Gaza Children About Holocaust

    August 31, 2009 | 6:03 pm

    From HuffingtonPost.com:

    A Hamas spiritual leader on Monday called teaching Palestinian children about the Nazi murder of 6 million Jews a “war crime,” rejecting a suggestion that the U.N. might include the Holocaust in Gaza’s school curriculum.

    A senior Israeli official said such...

  • The fear of silence

    By David Suissa

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Robert Geminder was six years old when he heard the dogs barking. He was hiding in a little pantry with his older brother, George. His mother, Bertl, would always tell them to be extra quiet, because you never knew when "the soldiers" would show up.

    When the dogs got louder, he...

  • Key rule for teachers: Never, ever turn your back on a 6-year-old

    By Mona Riss

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Two years ago, my father came to watch me in action in my first-grade classroom at Emek Hebrew Academy Teichman Family Torah Center. After two hours, he turned to me and said, "I don't know how you do what you do!"

    And the little voice inside my head said, "There are days I'm not...

  • ADL teacher-training class focuses on study of Shoah

    By Celia Soudry

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The atrocities of the Holocaust are difficult enough to understand, let alone teach. But Melissa Mazzei was willing to tackle the challenge with her at-risk teens at West Adams Preparatory High School near downtown Los Angeles.

    "Many of my students have unstable home lives, some of...

  • LimmudLA: 4,000 years of Jewish history in one hour

    By Jessica Steinberg

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm


    David Solomon
    With white butcher paper stretching around the room, David Solomon hurriedly scrawls timelines with his thick black marker, delineating 250-year blocks of time.

    "Dudes, don't try this at home," he jokes with the audience of mostly 20- and 30-something participants....

  • Briefs: Jewish Sports Hall of Fame picks honorees; Israeli Consulate welcomes you to MySpace

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish Sports Hall of Fame picks honorees -- Lyle Alzado tops list lyle alzado The National Football League's Lyle Alzado, boxing champ Bob Olin and Israeli swimmer Keren Leibowitz are among seven athletes and sports personalities elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

    At...

  • Hebrew course piques Iranian Jews’ interest

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "You teach me Persian, and I'll teach you Hebrew," quipped Rabbi Hillel Benchimol to the crowd. Nearly 150 Iranian Jews of various ages had gathered at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills on Oct. 29 for the third session of a free five-week crash course in Hebrew.

    Also known as...

  • Volunteers drive eclectic learning at LimmudLA

    By Julie G Fax

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    You can feel the ruach in this Limmud UK video
    At the Limmud conference in England three years ago, Angeleno Judy Aronson attended a session on the Jews and the Beatles, where she sat next to the former neighbor of Beatle's manager Brian Epstein. She tried to keep up with Romanians...
  • Kids slip into reading and cozy up with PJ Library

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holy Days can be a confusing time for children. It's not easy for them to understand the sense behind the story of a father who almost sacrifices his son or how a chicken can help take away sins.

    Luckily, the answers to these mysteries and many more can be found in a book...

  • 'The Joy (and the Oy) of Cooking' with kids

    By Julie G Fax

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's all about the food processor.

    As long as it involves a whirring blade or a spinning disc that will pulverize anything that has the misfortune to meet it, my 11-year-old son is there.

    Yair recently graduated my Cuisinart tutorial, replete with graphic descriptions of what might...

  • Can we can the homework, please?

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Homework can be frustrating, even for 4-year olds A second grader was bent over her worksheets at the kitchen table, long past her bedtime on a school night, and she still hadn't finished her six-page weekly spelling book.

    The girl was enrolled at Maimonides day school, where her...

  • Shoah seder—too young to know

    By Julie G Fax

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    We are walking home from shul, my son and I, my arm on his shoulders, his arm hooked awkwardly up to my neck. We take this short walk often on Shabbat, but tonight is Sunday, he's in sweats and sneakers, and we're discussing the Holocaust.

    We've just come from a Yom HaShoah...
  • Composer Martin Bresnick’s classically unique style turns 60

    By George Robinson

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Please don't think that Martin Bresnick is having a "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" moment. Sure the acclaimed composer and teacher celebrated his 60th birthday last month with a series of concerts and the release of a new CD of his music, "The Essential Martin Bresnick," performed by a gang...
  • Noah Bleich: A Man of Many Hats

    By Sarah Price Brown

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Noah Bleich
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Noah Bleich is standing at the entrance of an elementary school with a blue-and-white menorah on his head. Once again, he has...

  • The ‘Yearning’ for Torah learning goes to TV

    By Amy Klein

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Do you want to be happier? Do you want to have greater love and intimacy in life? Do you want greater self-awareness? And did you know that you could find all these things in the wisdom of Judaism?

    That's the premise of "The Hidden Wisdom of Our Yearnings with Irwin Kula," a...

  • Hitting the century mark doesn’t stop this translator

    By Jane Ulman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Most afternoons, you can find Eva Zeitlin Dobkin working. Undaunted by the 100-year marker she passed last month, she pulls her wheelchair up to the hospital bed in the room she shares at the Jewish Home for the Aging -- her side is separated by a curtain -- and spreads her work out...
  • Milken School head gets the surprise of her life

    By Julie G Fax

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rennie Wrubel had no reason to suspect.

    The board members, the 800 students on bleachers, the officials from the Bureau of Jewish Education and private foundations -- they had come to Milken Community High School to hear Gen. Shaul Mofaz, minster of transportation and deputy prime...

  • Reform, Conservative, Orthodox leaders tell all

    By Amy Klein

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Where are we as a people?"

    On Monday, the three heads of the leading Jewish seminaries tackled this question, as well as the challenges of teaching a new generation of Jews in an hourlong plenary session that stepped outside the overriding focus on Israel at the United Jewish...

  • Learning With the Learned; Virtual Hartman Institute; Jewish Law Course Offers CLE Credit

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Learning With the Learned

    Five of Los Angeles' learned rabbis and teachers will share their wisdom in "Master Class," an advanced Judaic continuing education class open to all at the University of Judaism (UJ), beginning Nov. 9. Each thematic section will meet for three sessions on...
  • Secrets of cosmos draw eyes heavenward

    By Nick Street

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Ultra Deep Field Image from the Hubble Space Telescope is rapturous.

    Over the course of four months in late 2003 and early 2004, the orbiting observatory trained its eye hundreds of times on a speck of the heavens just south of the constellation Orion.

    Why this minuscule spot?...

  • Behind the Bimah

    By Meredith Jacobs

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In "Teaching Your Children About God," Rabbi David Wolpe suggests taking our children to a sanctuary when services are not being conducted to give them a sense of the sacred.

    I love this idea. I have been in my own sanctuary at odd hours, and even if I am there for "business...

  • Deeds Not Words Will Reveal Real Gibson

    By Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There is a silver lining, although not necessarily an obvious one, in the recent events surrounding Mel Gibson's diatribe against Jews. That silver lining is not Gibson's apology but the fact that he seems to have felt it necessary to apologize. It has long occurred to me that...
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