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  • Educator Sees Needfor Teaching Morals

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Something vital is missing from public and day school curriculums, says Dr. Hanan Alexander, a rabbi, educator and author of "Reclaiming Goodness: Education and the Spiritual Quest" (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001), which received the 2002 National Jewish Book Award in...

  • Humanistic Judaism Trods Different Path

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Sherwin Wine of Birmingham Temple in Detroit founded Humanistic Judaism in 1963. Today, there are over 30,000 Jews involved with Humanistic Judaism in North America, including 1,000 in the greater Los Angeles area.

    He was named Humanist of the Year for 2003 by the...

  • Artist’s Works From Death Camp Live On

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The final portrait that Friedl Dicker-Brandeis drew was of a child's face. The portrait is clean and white, and the face has an enigmatic expression of purity, innocence and stark intelligence.

    What makes the child's portrait haunting is that it was drawn in 1944 in Terezin, where...

  • Beth Sholom’s Engel Gets Kudos for Outreach

    By Andrea Adelson

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Santa Ana's Temple Beth Sholom named Monica Engel as the congregant of the year for her enthusiasm for teaching Judaism to interfaith families.

    Raised in an Orthodox home, Engel's own family scrapbook has a different character, reflecting a blend of Judeo-Christian life-cycle...

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  • Christmas Takes

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As a young Jewish student in the '60s, Robin Siegal believed that Chanukah was basically ignored in the public schools she attended, which included Hamilton High School. "It was like there was this big birthday party for Jesus, and I wasn't invited," remembered the Beverlywood...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Say Halo to Samueli

    Nearly 600 guests were onhand as philanthropist Susan Samueli was honored at the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) Auxiliary's annual membership luncheon, held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire on Oct 23 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Samueli received the...

  • As Easy as Aleph, Bet, Gimmel

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "It's no sin to be a lefty and she's always right," instructs Rabbi Elie Stern of Westwood Kehilla in West Los Angeles.

    His adult students follow along in their textbooks, nodding and mumbling to themselves, as they commit the statement to memory. This pneumonic device for...

  • Hebrew School Horror Stories

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Randy Fried will never forget the day he almost had a police escort to Hebrew school. Like many other Jewish students around the country, the then-preteen class clown ("I was a Hebrew school teacher's worst nightmare") tried every excuse in the book to avoid going to his weekly bar...

  • It’s Not That Easy Being Gifted

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Alexa Gelb has learned to pace herself in Hebrew class. If she completes her work too quickly, the academically gifted fifth-grader will only receive additional assignments.

    "I'm pleased with the general studies program at Sinai Akiba Academy, but in the area [of Judaic] studies,...

  • A Rabbi’s Journey

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Jacob Pressman decided to become a rabbi because he could not choose among all the career options that were available to him.

    "I was looking for direction, because unfortunately -- and this sounds self-serving -- I was outstanding in everything," says the current rabbi...

  • LARAM

    By Carin Davis

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Three men storm the gym and force us to the ground: Our hearts race as they press mock guns to our heads.

    But as students of LARAM, we know we have options. We have tools to neutralize our aggressors -- during this in-class drill and during true-life attacks.

    LARAM, derived from the...

  • Being There

    By Rabbi Cheryl Peretz

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As you think about your day, how many different instances can you think of when someone -- your spouse or significant other, children, a parent, colleagues, an employee or employer, friends, relatives -- wanted or needed your attention. Perhaps one at a time; perhaps all at once....

  • In Search Of Home

    By Melissa Minkin

    June 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When 20 artists with developmental disabilities began talking about the idea of home and community, they never expected to land their first major exhibition. But the Skirball Cultural Center is now featuring their work in an exhibit called "In Search of Home."

    For the next two...

  • Tu B’Shevat Lessons

    By Andy Lipkis

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish birthday or new year of the trees, is a really fun and lightweight holiday, celebrated mostly by schoolchildren. As a child, this was one of my favorite holidays. I loved planting trees and somehow felt very much at home with this simple way to participate in...

  • Raising Children

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    February 1, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    What's the Jewish way to raise children? Simple: just teach them Torah, model your values and encourage them to be like their ancestors. Right?



    Right and wrong. True, as Jews we are all about education. But what kind of education? What kind of children are we aiming to raise? And...

  • Teaching Cops Tolerance

    By David Evanier

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    There's enough work to go around for everyone in teaching tolerance and diversity to law enforcement in California, according to the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    The ADL's A World of Difference program, which targets law enforcement personnel, among...

  • Remembrance Through Art

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Holocaust, impossible to grasp in its entirety, has been depicted, in part, through every conceivable format and medium. Two joint exhibitions, now at The Jewish Federation's Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, surprise with new and affecting insights into the measureless...

  • A Lesson Plan From Israel

    By Diane Arieff

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In our hardwired global village, the old curse "May you live in interesting times," has particular resonance. For local educators, the recent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians have made these past few weeks interesting times indeed. As events continue to unfold thousands of...

  • Reaching Out

    By Adam Wills

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein is talking about kabbalistic teachings with such passion that he pitches forward in his chair, but just as quickly settles back. His arms are a flurry of activity, and he continuously grabs the black kippah that keeps threatening to slip from his head.

    It's...

  • The Jewish Experience in the UCLA Plato Society

    By Hal Denner

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "World of the Sephardim," "The Other Side of the Holocaust - The Righteous Gentiles," "Wanderings - Jews in the Diaspora." Courses offered by the University of Judaism or Skirball Cultural Center? Not at all. These and other Jewish-oriented topics are part of the study-discussion...

  • Right at the Start

    By Beverly Gray

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's not only that children are killing children. There's also the fact, chronicled in such publications as U.S. News & World Report, that cheating is up in classrooms across the nation. No wonder educators of all stripes are pondering what it takes to teach ethics to their students....
  • Separation Anxiety

    By Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."-- Mark Twain

    We laugh at this quote because we can sense its truth. Each of us passes...

  • The Man Behind the Vision

    By Elaine Schmidt

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In fall 1994, UCLA hired Dr. Gerald Saul Levey to assume the newly merged role of provost of UCLA Medical Center and fourth dean of its top-rated medical school. Levey couldn't have picked a more precarious time for a job move.

    Beset by leadership conflicts, a weak census and budget...

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