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  • CERT Training

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 17, 2012 | 8:00 am

    I don’t remember how I heard about it, but several weeks ago I signed up for CERT training, which I just finished this weekend. CERT is an acronym for “Community Emergency Response Team.”

    The idea is that, in case of a large emergency like a major earthquake, the professional...

  • Push your brain and your body, says sports physician and author Jordan Metzl

    July 3, 2012 | 10:25 am

    When I was growing up in the 1960s in Skokie, Ill., reading was the main sport in my family. I’m pretty sure it was also the main sport in most families in my predominantly Jewish neighborhood: Neither my friends nor I ever heard the phrase “traveling soccer team” cross our...

  • ‘Lone wolf’ gunmen are security puzzle for West

    March 22, 2012 | 11:18 am

    The possibility that a killing rampage by a French gunman was a solo campaign will inject fresh urgency into Western efforts to detect “self-starter” or “lone wolf” terrorists before they strike.

    The tactic Al Qaeda calls “individual jihad”—low-tech attacks by untrained sympathizers...

  • IsraAID opens training program in South Sudan

    March 7, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    The Israeli nongovernmental organization IsraAID opened a training program to deal with gender-based violence for social workers in the fledgling country of South Sudan.

    Helen Murshalli, the South Sudanese minister of social development, inaugurated the program in Juba organized by...

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  • Classes bring a bit of shul to yoga

    June 28, 2011 | 5:11 pm

    In a dimly lit room overlooking Santa Monica’s bustling Third Street Promenade, prayers set to electronic music float between bodies in motion. Barely audible over the melodies are the deep exhales of students.

    “Shabbat Shalom,” said Zach Lodmer, walking around the room....

  • Mind, body and sole

    By Orit Arfa

    June 28, 2011 | 5:06 pm

    The Grinberg Method, named for its Israeli founder, Avi Grinberg, is described as “a structured way of teaching through the body.” But a better way to explain it is through an example. Let’s take a universal source of anxiety that most women can relate to: waiting for the guy...

  • LAPD bomb squad officers to train in Israel

    By Ryan Torok

    March 8, 2011 | 6:21 pm

    Four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) bomb squad technicians are visiting Israel to train with their counterparts in the Israeli National Police Bomb Squad.

    Ronald Capra, an LAPD bomb squad officer who will accompany three other officers for the training, said LAPD’s...

  • Israeli soldier killed during training

    June 3, 2010 | 11:37 am

    An Israeli Defense Forces soldier was killed in a training accident.

    The Givati Brigade unit was participating in a live-fire training session in the Negev Thursday morning. The soldier was shot in the back, according to reports.

    All Israeli military land training has been halted until more is known about the accident, Ynet reported.

  • Workmen’s Circle celebrates 100 years; Progressives fight for what’s Left

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Workmen's Circle Celebrates 100

    It's not every centenarian who can celebrate his birthday with full-throated songs and Yiddish jokes, but the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring did just that in marking its 100th anniversary year in California with high good humor, leavened with a bit of...

  • Don’t hold your breath on plans for baby

    By Julie M. Brown

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Nothing is more exciting than finding out that you're having a baby. The moment I found out I was expecting, I began making grand plans. I read the books, spoke to pregnant friends and questioned all the new mommies I knew. Then I made some big decisions.

    Disposable diapers were...

  • There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on over Power Plate

    By Debbe Geiger

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Remember those machines from the 1950s that used to jiggle a person's fat in an attempt to rid the body of cellulite? These days, a more sophisticated generation of those machines, which vibrate the entire body, is claiming it can do a lot more than eliminate cellulite....
  • Rabbinical marriage counseling works—up to a point

    By Marc Ballon

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Karen Fox remembers the moment when she decided she needed to pursue a master's degree in counseling psychology.
     
    In the late 1980s, Fox, a rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, decided to create a support group for several couples who had privately sought her out to discuss...
  • The IDF and Civilians:  A Personal Account

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    To all those who feel that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers have no regard for civilians, and that they "do what they need to do" without regard for potential civilian casualties, I offer no opinions on this matter.



    Instead, I offer this personal experience for your...

  • Why I Became a NFTY Freak

    By Lauren Peikoff

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Debbie Friedman, celebrated Jewish songwriter and singer, wrote the words, "The youth shall see visions." For decades, this song has had a profound impact on Jewish youth of America, instilling value and hope among a generation in search of themselves.

    In October of my junior year,...

  • AF Academy’s New Religion Rules Hit

    By Matthew E. Berger

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The U.S. Air Force last week introduced revised guidelines on religious tolerance and practices at its training academy, and they are widely regarded as a step backward.

    A number of Jewish leaders say their efforts to change the Air Force Academy's position on Christian proselytizing...

  • Tightrope of Life

    By Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the days of communism's fierce grip on the Soviet Union, there lived a Chasidic Jew named Reb Mendel Futerfas. Reb Mendel repeatedly put his life at risk with his efforts to promote Jewish education behind the Iron Curtain and for some 14 years was incarcerated in prisons and...

  • Student Rabbis, Cantors Take Next Step

    By Julie G Fax

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    University of Judaism

    It might just be a demographic blip, but it certainly is an interesting one. This year's graduating class of rabbis at the Conservative University of Judaism (UJ) in Los Angeles is made up of four women and two men. And at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS)...

  • Exploring Judaism’s Healing Potential

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Rabbi Donald Goor, senior rabbi of Temple Judea in the West Valley, has identified a deficiency within the Jewish community: There's not enough emphasis on care of the soul.

    "In my rabbinate, I see so many people who walk around wounded. They function very well in life, but they...

  • Twin Triathletes Go for the Gold

    By Carin Davis

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. may have the Hamm brothers, but Israel has the Alterman brothers. Like their American counterparts, these 24-year-old twins have their eyes on Olympic gold.

    Ran and Dan Alterman are Israel's reigning triathlon champions. For the past four years, they have dominated the sport...

  • Israel Serves Up a Star

    By Bucky Fox

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When the U.S. Open swings into New York Aug. 30, you'll have to squint to find Israel's tiniest tennis player.

    It'll be easier to catch her on the scoreboard. She's the one with the muscular name -- Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi -- and the big game.

    Generating power with her 5-foot-2,...

  • Your Letters

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    From a Soldier

    About a month ago, my aunt purchased a subscription of The Jewish Journal for me as a gift while I am in basic training at Ft. Sill, Okla. The Jewish Journal has allowed me to keep up-to-date on world events especially those important to the Jewish community. The...

  • Wrestling With Family

    By Ric Drasin

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Yes, it's true. I was raised as an Orthodox Jew -- in Bakersfield no less. My parents were very strict about going to temple and observing the holidays and religion. But Dad also used to take me to the local wrestling matches when I was around 10. He got a kick out of watching the...

  • The Great Jewish Hope

    By Carin Davis

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dmitriy Salita doesn't fight on the Sabbath, which gives his competition a much-needed day of rest from this powerful junior welterweight. With a 13-0, 10 KO record, the 5-foot-9, 139-pound fighter who goes by the moniker "The Star of David," is a rising star in the boxing ring.

    ...

  • Right Place, Right Time

    By Rabbi Ben-Tzion Kravitz

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It was Sunday afternoon, July 6, 2003, and I was approaching the end of a successful three-week mission to Israel dedicated to responding to a new wave of missionary activity. In addition to lectures, news interviews and meetings with government officials, my colleagues and I...

  • Where Synagogue Leaders Learn

    By Julie G Fax

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Mark Diamond asked seven Westside rabbis last summer to nominate emerging lay leaders for the Board of Rabbis' new Synagogue Leadership Institute (SLI), many of the rabbis countered with another request. Rather than potential leaders, they wanted to send current leaders --...

  • JVS Program Heals Immigrants’ Lives

    By Marc Ballon

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Balancing a large tray on her shoulders, Nahide Kafri dashed from table to table serving dinner to patients with Alzheimer's disease at the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging (JHA). Despite the hard work, a smile crossed her face.

    As a certified nurse assistant (CNA), Kafri earns...

  • A Canine Commencement

    By Tom Tugend

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A black Labrador retriever, proudly bearing Israeli and American flags, joined several dignitaries on stage this month to celebrate the first graduation exercise of Pups for Peace.

    The ceremony marked the end of an intensive two-month training course for 20 dogs -- Belgian and...

  • The Sixth Sense in Security

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Even though we've just crossed the first anniversary mark of Sept. 11 without incident, security specialist Dennis Kennedy does not think America should relax just yet.

    "I believe that everything we see happening in Jerusalem will happen in Los Angeles in the near future," he said.

    ...

  • The Way of No Way

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Drawn in part by the recent movie, "Enough," in which actress Jennifer Lopez uses Krav Maga to even the score against an abusive husband, a long-established Orange County class in self-defense is seeing a jump in popularity.

    Sessions in the self-defense training developed for the...

  • U.N., Refugee Camps and Our Money

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Why is the United Nations running refugee camps like Jenin, for people who claim to be living in their own land? How could a refugee camp under U.N. auspices become a world center for recruiting and training suicide bombers? And why is the United States essentially bankrolling these...

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