Lauren Levine is settling in with a group of friends apartment to watch “American Idol,” when a look of panic comes over her face. She rummages around, finds her keys and darts out.“I left the hair thing on,” she says when she returns, breathless, from her own apartment downstairs. “I was straightening Jasmine’s hair before we came up here, and I forgot to turn it off. Wow. That was close.” Levine has wide blue eyes accentuated with sparkly eye shadow, and her voice is spiced with a sense of interested wonder.
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 groups of the PLATO Society at UCLA Extension. The organization's name is an acronym for Perpetual Learning and Teaching Organization and has nothing to do with the Greek philosopher.