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  • Gifted diaspora teens

    November 8, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    Growing up in Los Angeles, Asaf Shasha, then 16, had everything a teenager could want: a loving family, good friends and a comfortable home. 

    Still, Shasha couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more to life than the fancy gadgets prized by the kids at his Jewish day school....

  • StandWithUs launching new Israel advocacy training for teenagers

    August 8, 2012 | 10:38 am

    The pro-Israel education and advocacy group StandWithUs is launching a new program to help train 48 teenagers from around the U.S. as proactive leaders on their future college campuses.

    While StandWithUs has been working with high school students since its founding in 2001,...

  • Israel’s whiz kids

    July 11, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Mickey Haslavsky of Holon is only 18, but he’s already on his second startup.

    “When I began my first startup at 16, I thought I was the only one creating Web sites at this age, but I was amazed to discover a huge community between [the ages of] 10 and 18 around the world, and I...

  • Letters to the Editor: Milk, languages, kindergarten, breakfast, philanthropy

    June 27, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    More on Milk

    Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz is restirring a tempest in a glass of milk (“How Kosher Is Your Milk,” June 22). This issue was addressed in great detail in the fall 2007 issue of the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society in the article “The Kashrut of Commercially...

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  • Teens arrested for implementing gender segregation on buses

    April 9, 2012 | 10:13 am

    Police arrested two secular Jewish teenagers hired to implement gender segregation on Jerusalem buses.

    The teens, aged 16 and 17, reportedly stood at a bus stop near the Dung Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday and used a megaphone to call for women to board the buses...

  • Opinion: Parents can help raise Jewish children even once they’re away at college

    August 24, 2011 | 2:06 pm

    American Jews are known for the emphasis they place on academic success.

    Jewish professors populate America’s universities, and, respectively, Jewish doctors, lawyers and politicians help fill the nation’s hospitals, law firms and legislatures. At the core of this success are...

  • Five California teens win Diller tikkun olam awards

    June 27, 2011 | 5:07 pm

    Five California teenagers won Diller Teen Tikkun Olam awards for their innovative social action projects.

    Each will receive an honorarium of $36,000, meant to support the project or the recipient’s future education.

    The winners are Gabriel Ferrick, 16, of Santa Rosa, for his...

  • As Moishe Houses catch on, Jewish orgs see new model for engaging 20-somethings

    June 20, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    Ben Levinson, 28, was born and raised in St. Louis. He returned after college to find most of the Jewish friends he grew up with had moved away.

    That’s not unusual: St. Louis is one of many U.S. cities with shrinking Jewish populations and, as in other cities, the young are the...

  • Anorexia and the new values of courtship

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    April 22, 2011 | 12:41 pm

    The New York Times article last week about the explosion of anorexia and eating disorders in the orthodox community highlights a tragedy that has long been buried. About four years ago I published a column about an eighteen-year-old girl my daughter knew at seminary in Jerusalem who...

  • Israel’s Facebook Kids: ‘Unrestrained Monsters?’

    By Jay Firestone

    March 15, 2009 | 9:09 pm

    By Tamar Rotem of Haaretz.com:

    “Two weeks ago, a group of students from one of Jerusalem’s most prestigious junior high schools was called out of class, before their classmates’ stunned eyes.

    One by one, the students gathered somberly in their school library. Something in the...

  • Milken JCC seeks to reopen pool, Chai Lifeline makes wishes come true

    December 30, 2008 | 11:18 pm

    Milken JCC Seeking Bids to Reopen Pool

    More than 300 people attending the annual candle-lighting and Chanukah celebration at the JCC at Milken on Dec. 22 witnessed what many consider an extra miracle: the announcement that the JCC is seeking bids on the work necessary to reopen its...

  • One more time with nachas —gift that keeps on giving

    September 11, 2008 | 4:17 am

    Our boys have surprised us by some of the choices they have made, and while we might not have made the same choices for them, we are proud of their growing commitment to living wholly, and holy, Jewish lives.

    Anyone who has planned a bar mitzvah can easily recall the stress of...

  • Photo exhibition reveals challenges, dreams of teen immigrants

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    September 11, 2008 | 3:13 am

    Arsim Mustafa, a 14-year-old boy who immigrated with his parents from Kosovo to the United States, is leaning against a paint-spattered wall, arms loosely crossed as they rest on the oversized T-shirt he is wearing. He looks like any American teen, wearing baggy pants and high-top...
  • Local teens to compete for gold at Maccabi Games

    August 12, 2008 | 7:34 pm

    At the same time Southland Jewish Olympians like Jason Lezak and Dara Torres medaled in Beijing, the next generation of local athletes was preparing to compete in events of their own.

    More than 200 teens with Maccabi teams from the Westside Jewish Community Center, Milken JCC in...

  • The painful truth about teen mouth piercing

    July 23, 2008 | 3:08 am

    A pierced tongue may be the height of cool in some teen circles, but a new study by Israeli researchers suggests that skin piercings in the mouth may lead to an increased risk of oral health problems and even tooth loss.

    The researchers from the School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv...

  • Jewish identity defined—a la Facebook

    July 3, 2008 | 11:30 am

    Ora Weinbach is not satisfied with merely calling herself a Jew. Instead, the recent high school graduate strives to put the za za zoo back into her religious observance by being an "impassioned Jew" -- a term she uses to define herself on Facebook.

    As opposed to the generic "Jewish...

  • Color puts Holocaust in new dimension

    June 5, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    When Monise Neumann, the incredible director of the March of the Living, came to my school to recruit students for the trip to Polish concentration camps and then Israel, I listened respectfully, picked up a paper and stuffed it in the deepest corner of my backpack.

    At the time, I...

  • Teens, fasting and fainting

    By Louis Keene

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The minutes of Yom Kippur are ticking off the clock. Your knees are weak from standing for all of the Neilah service and your stomach begins to growl -- you've been fasting all day and your body wants food, needs food. You tell yourself, "I can go without food another hour. I always...
  • Teens and philanthropy are a MATCH

    By Cliff Henry Zimmerman

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Survivor. No, not the television show, as I wish were the case. A young Jewish woman and personal friend, Amy Farber, is a real survivor who was diagnosed with LAM (short for the fatal lung disease lymphangioleiomyomatosis) a few years ago, when she was 35.

    I met Amy Farber last...

  • Wanna drink? Think again!

    By Louis Keene

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    This Purim will be the first test of a new teen anti-drinking campaign adopted by Los Angeles' Orthodox rabbis after a Simchat Torah debacle in which more than 100 teens were seen drinking publicly or intoxicated.

    The plan was adopted Nov. 14 at a meeting convened by Jewish Family...

  • Everybody’s kosher surfin’, surfin’ USA

    By Amy Klein

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Joe Veroba had a vision of starting a kosher surf camp for Orthodox teens, to teach them the beauty of surfing and of Judaism.

    A native of Long Island, he lived for surfing and for Judaism, and he traveled the world -- Hawaii, Costa Rica, France -- surfing the amateur circuit, but...

  • Peers give Orthodox teens lesson in drug use and abuse

    By Julie G Fax

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "We were a group of kids who were dying inside, but we didn't know it. We just thought we were a lost cause."

    With these words, Koby, a teenage yeshiva drug user, sets the level of earnestness and intensity on a new video that he and four of his friends produced under the auspices...

  • Troubled teens turn to Teen Line and its Leader

    By Karen Alexander

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Every night for the last 27 years, teenagers who need to talk have been able to find an understanding ear at Teen Line, a confidential phone hotline staffed by highly trained teenage volunteer listeners.

    The calls reflect every manner of teen suffering and angst, from mundane...

  • Students translate charity lessons into action

    By Lisa Armony

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For most kids, time off from school means hitting the beaches or other fun-filled attraction. For 17-year-old Neta Batscha, spring break sent her to the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

    Under the auspices of Milken Community High School's...

  • A night at the homeless shelter

    By Jackie Greenspan

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    545 San Pedro Street is an address I will never forget.

    It is the Union Rescue Mission downtown, inhabited by homeless individuals that reside in their designated corners on Skid Row. My school, Milken Community High School, offered a community service experience for 21 students,...

  • Trading in happy meals for real happiness

    By Rocky Salomon

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Living a life of dual identity is no simple task. On one hand, my peers and I are told to live up to the expectations of being Modern Orthodox teens, but on the other side of the spectrum we are tempted by the culture of the secular world on an everyday basis.

    How then is it remotely...

  • Shoah lessons drive curriculum

    By Julie G Fax

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Holocaust will play a major role in educating teens at a new Green Dot charter school in Exposition Park. The entire staff of the Animo Jackie Robinson High School -- seven teachers and two principals -- has been trained to teach a curriculum by Facing History and Ourselves, a...
  • The Bittersweet Meaning of Mud

    By Natalie Katz

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mud

    I had been waiting seven years, and my machon summer at Camp Ramah in Ojai was finally here. It would be different from every other summer, because we would finally be the oldest group, and camp domination would be ours. I knew it would be bittersweet, and I looked forward to making...

  • Spectator - Teens Band Together in Music Battle

    By Ali Austerlitz

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There is nothing like a battle to bring a people together.

    At least this is the hope of Brian Greene, executive director of the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC), as he plans the Los Angeles area's first citywide Jewish Battle of the Bands.

    "I believe that there needs to be a...

  • The Making of a Jewish Teen

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Community
    by Lauren Schein, Tribe Contributor

    I am a stubborn person. I get it from my dad. I also get many of my beliefs from my dad, who disregards all religion as not only mostly useless, but harmful.

    I also have influences from my grandparents, who are big players in their...

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