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  • Unraveling the Red String

    By Amy Klein

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's just before midnight, and the Pico-Robertson neighborhood is bustling. Teenagers are hanging out on corners near the pharmacy and suited men and high-heeled women are walking from synagogue to synagogue to attend the lecture of their choice.

    It's the first night of Shavuot, the...

  • Competing Moments of Truth on Schools

    By Howard Blume

    April 9, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Tuesday April 18, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to lay the groundwork for the most defining initiative of his term in office: his attempt to take control of Los Angeles' schools. But the day before he does, opponents of his plan will beat him to the microphone. The L.A....

  • Wandering Jew - Propaganda for the Insipid

    By Alice Ollstein

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I've been working as teacher's assistant at my temple's religious school for the past four years. I love teaching my second-graders their first Hebrew letters. I love watching my sixth-graders find Israel on a map. But what I love most is the connection my job gives me to Judaism and...

  • 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...

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  • Q & A With Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    By Amy Klein

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After more than 20 years at Valley Beth Shalom, Rabbi Ed Feinstein recently was named senior rabbi at the Encino synagogue, succeeding Rabbi Harold Schulweis. Recently, Rabbi Feinstein, 51, began teaching an adult education course called "Knowing God: The History of the Jewish...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Supercause for Super bowl

    Goodies abounded on Super Bowl Sunday as, for the 20th consecutive year, "Doctor to the Stars" and Fulfillment Fund founder Gary Gitnick, chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases at UCLA School of Medicine, and his gracious wife, Cherna, opened their home...

  • Proposal Advocates Shoah Forgiveness

    By Joseph Hanania

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sam Oliner wants to help an estimated 200,000 Jewish survivors worldwide free themselves of their psychological bondage. The time, he believes, has come.

    In the 1970s, several years into teaching Holocaust-related studies at Humboldt State University, Oliner, now 75, experienced his...

  • Class Notes - A Weekend of Ethics

    By Julie G Fax

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Scholars-in-residence Rabbi Laura Geller, Rabbi Steven Leder and Dr. Bruce Powell will address teaching children values and ethics at Brandeis-Bardin Institute's family weekend Nov. 19-21. Sponsored by The Jewish Journal, the weekend will explore how ethics interface with...

  • Retiring Cal Tech Chief Reflects on Roots

    By Tom Tugend

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The announcement that David Baltimore will retire next year as president of the California Institute of Technology has been greeted with a rich outpouring of encomiums that go well beyond the mandatory praise on such occasions.

    What has not been mentioned is that the career of the...

  • Panel Rejects Texts Over Religious Bias

    By Sue Fishkoff

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In a surprise move, an advisory body to the California Board of Education rejected a sixth-grade history program that Hindu and Jewish groups blasted as biased, erroneous and culturally derogatory.

    During a two-day late September hearing before the state's Curriculum Development and...

  • Making Mensches

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Barbara Gereboff counts among her proudest moments an argument between two of her middle school boys. When Gereboff asked the hallway adversaries what the problem was, one boy responded, "He's not treating me with kavod [dignity]."

    The students had learned the term kavod through a...

  • Teacher Class on Mideast Stirs Doubt

    By Tom Tugend

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    An upcoming course on the Middle East for public school teachers has gotten the attention of Jewish organizations for its allegedly unfair tilt toward a pro-Palestinian viewpoint.

    Titled "Teaching About the Middle East," the professional development course, which earns participants...

  • Post-Gaza: A Time for Israelis to Reunite

    By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The disengagement or expulsion has ended. But is this also the end of religious Zionism? Are there lessons we can and must learn that may enable us to emerge stronger from this most difficult period?

    The first lesson we learned is that we are indeed one nation. There was no real...

  • Young Jews Can Act Out—on Sundays

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    After landing the lead in several school plays at Sinai Akiba Academy in Los Angeles, Leora Weinstock, 13, decided she wanted to be a professional actress. Her mother, Judith Weinstock, combed the city in search of just the right acting teacher. It wasn't long before she made a...

  • Don’t Get Lazy on Kids Summer Safety

    By Julie M. Brown

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Several years ago, before a rash of abductions made the headlines, before widespread sexual abuse in the clergy became news and before Michael Jackson was acquitted, five women got together to brainstorm a way to help children protect themselves from abduction, abuse and...

  • Is an Israel Brain Drain Nigh?

    By Dr. Aaron Ciechanover

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I was born in Haifa in 1947, the year Israel was recognized as an independent state by the United Nations, and grew up in the newly born country in the mid-1950s. There was little wealth in Israel at that time, and my family was not among the wealthy few. Nevertheless, I was...

  • Hope for At-Risk Youth at Yemin Orde

    By Larry Derfner

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    One of the notorious ways that overwrought Israeli parents get unruly kids into line is by threatening to send them to a pnimia -- a boarding school. For Israelis, "boarding school" carries the associations that "reform school" once did for Americans: juvenile delinquents, family...

  • Task at Hand

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the essay "The World as I See It," Albert Einstein wrote: "A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other people, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give the same measure as I have received and am...

  • Class Notes: Young Mr. Wizards

    By Julie G Fax

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Logan Stokols, a seventh-grader from Kadima Hebrew Academy, took first place in mammalian biology at the State Science Fair at Los Angeles' California Science Center in May. His project, "Does Pupil Size Affect Peripheral Vision?" moved to the state level after he received two honors...

  • 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...

  • A Concert Behind Bars

    By Rabbi Mark S. Diamond

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Most Jewish people I know have never set foot in L.A. County jails or a California state prison. Were they to do so, they would discover dangerous overcrowding in most penal institutions.

    They would see tens of thousands of inmates struggling to survive the daily routines of...

  • Learn to Remember

    By Julie G Fax

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Skip Aldrich signals a student to turn down the lights and flips on the projector. An image of a gaunt concentration camp inmate hunched over a workbench evokes a collective gasp from the 10th-grade world history class at John C. Fremont High School in South Los Angeles....

  • Letters to the Editor

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Anti-Semitism Awareness
    Rona Ram missed the point (“Awareness Week at UCLA Hit by Apathy,” March 18). In her article, she asserts that apathy and indifference among Jewish students with regard to anti-Semitism threatens Jewish continuity and resulted in disappointment among the...
  • SWF Rabbi

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It begins typically. I am sitting at the bar with some friends drinking a beer out of the bottle. I peel the soggy label off with my freshly painted nails; an odd ritual I took up back in college that has infuriated bartenders all over the world. I scope the scene out of mascaraed...

  • Principal for a Day, Lesson for a Lifetime

    By Sarah Price Brown

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    This Wednesday dawns as another tough, typical grind for the principal of the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES). There's the 7:15 a.m. arrival and the 10 p.m. departure. Then there's the picket line set up by half the teaching staff. And later, the little problem of...

  • Q & A With Parvaneh Doustan Sarraf

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Almost 30 years ago, Parvaneh Doustan Sarraf began teaching Judaism and Torah studies in Iran, becoming one of that community's first women to join a profession long dominated by men. Since then, she's taught a multitude of young students about the joys of Judaism at Jewish schools...

  • Out of the Car, Into the Classroom

    By Jane Ulman

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Years ago, Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom would run up and down the Hebrew school carpool line handing out cassette tapes of his and Rabbi Harold Schulweis' sermons.

    "If you're not going to come inside, at least listen to this," he'd tell parents.

    Today Feinstein...

  • Awards Appreciate the Unappreciated

    By Julie G Fax

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Sitting in a roomful of teachers and the people who love them in a Bel Air hotel on a recent Thursday afternoon, you could almost forget that Jewish educators are inexcusably underappreciated, underhonored and underpaid.

    The Jewish Educator Awards luncheon, hosted by award sponsors...

  • To Live and Teach in L.A.: A Difficult Job

    By Sarah Price Brown

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Eight-year-old Danielle dashes to the front of her third-grade classroom and shows off her drawing of an equilateral triangle.

    "That's fah-bulous, dah-ling," the teacher says.

    Danielle flashes a satisfied smile and prances back to her seat. The other students look admiringly at...

  • There’s No Santa, but Keep It Quiet

    By Julie M. Brown

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    It was in 1998 that my son, Sammy, broke out of his cocoon and started kindergarten at our neighborhood school. Up until then, he had spent his entire tiny life surrounded by Jews.

    Having left his Jewish preschool behind only a few months prior, he had little knowledge of his own...

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