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  • 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...

  • Tribe

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Back when I was working at a newspaper in New York, my editors and I tried to come up with a teen-sounding headline for a story on voting for our new teen section.

    "How about 'Gettin' Out the Vote'?" my editor offered.

    As if dropping a "g" off the end of the word is all one needs to...

  • 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...

  • Lessons From Abramoff’s Case

    By Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Lobbyist Jack Abramoff's recent indictment and arrest on charges of wire fraud involve an already notorious individual. The U.S.

    Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and federal grand jury have already investigated him about his unscrupulous dealings with Indian tribes.


  • Many Factors Enter Into Temple Choice

    By Gaby Friedman

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Mark Firestone was searching for a shul to join, he didn't look for a shul that had a nursery school or Hebrew school attached. Nor did he fret about the services he'd be getting for his membership fee. Instead, he wanted a shul that was quiet.

    "I wanted it to be very quiet, so...

  • A Read on Life

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Lately, I've been thinking about two novels I recently enjoyed: "The Other Shulman" by Alan Zweibel (Villard, $23.95), and "Joy Comes in the Morning" by Jonathan Rosen (Picador, $14).

    The two novels are strikingly different: One deals with confronting a marriage of long standing;...

  • The Final Frontier

    By Amy Klein

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Professor Ron Folman leads me down a few staircases of the science building of Ben Gurion University (BGU) in the southern Israeli city of Be'er Sheva to show me his million-dollar, state-of-the-art nanotech laboratory.

    It feels like we're descending to some basement bomb shelter of...

  • Beyond the Birds and the Bees

    By Julie G Fax

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    It was lights out in the guys bunk at Camp Alonim, and the beginning of the nightly brag session. Some of the 15 and 16 year olds started egging each other on to share details of who snuck where with whom and how far they got.

    But tonight Seth Ort, the 21-year-old...

  • Entrapment, Surrender and Silence

    By Michael Berenbaum

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    If recent press reports regarding the government case against two former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) employees are to be believed, then I am increasingly outraged at the government's case, AIPAC's response and the silence of the American Jewish community.

    A word...

  • An Oleh Love Story

    By Jonathan Udren

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    During my first visit to Israel when I was 24, fantasies of aliyah and Israeli women captured my imagination.

    I pictured myself waking up every day to the tangerine Jerusalem sun in a narrow Nachla'ot apartment that overlooked the city.

    Then I imagined falling in love with one of...

  • The Measure of a Jew

    By Leonard Fein

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    One of the signal contributions of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) over the many years has been its stream of publications reporting on and analyzing our community. Its annual American Jewish Yearbook has long been a staple in Jewish libraries; as David Harris wrote in his...

  • Mayor Hahn Deserves Another Four Years

    By Carmen Warschaw

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    There is no doubt that Antonio Villaraigosa is flashy. But Los Angeles has enough movie stars. What our community and our city need is a mayor of accomplishment and whose values are in line with ours.

    We should especially appreciate Mayor James Hahn's efforts on behalf of the...

  • Pots-and-Pans Faith

    By Ruth Mason

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    When I was in 12th grade at L.A. Hebrew High School, our Chumash teacher, Eliezer Slomovic, interrupted a lesson to share with us a little of his anger. He had davened on the previous Shabbat in a friend’s shul — I think to attend a bar mitzvah. Eliezer, as we called him, always...

  • Let My Students Go

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    To celebrate Passover, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy preschoolers spent time in ancient Egypt.

    Teachers and students transformed hallway bulletin boards into a colorful representation of the story of Passover. The journey begins with the pyramids, and then students pass through a...

  • Why Scapegoat?

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    On March 31, The New York Times ran an astonishing page: a photo showing Christian, Jewish and Muslim clerics gathered in what the newspaper called "a rare show of unity." What brought these sometime enemies together? The headline told the story: "Religious Chiefs Decry Gay Pride...

  • Israel Criticism Must Be Well-Founded

    By Arthur Cohn

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    What are the limits for criticizing Israel? Many condemn the Jewish community's refusal to listen to harsh criticism, while others object to the aggressiveness of the attacks against the Jewish state. Both sides claim to express themselves only on grounds of their "love" and...

  • Druse Riot Against Christian Neighbors

    By Gil Sedan

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Never before had the small church in the Galilee village of Mughar held so many important visitors as it did recently. Even the Vatican's representative in Israel, Monsignor Pietro Sambi, was there.

    But it was not a celebration that brought them together Sunday; on the contrary,...

  • Letters to the Editor

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Shalhevet's Future

    Let's look 20 years into the future. Who will be our community leaders ("What's Next for Shalhevet?" Feb. 4)? They will, by and large, be students from schools like Shalhevet High School and Middle School, because there they learn that when a community paper...

  • My Evangelist

    By Rob Eshman

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    A vocal and influential group is pushing for an evangelical Christian hegemony in American life, and I, for one, have absolutely no problem with that idea. That's right, bring on the evangelicals -- as long as they are all like Jim Wallis.

    If you don't know Jim Wallis, you'll have...

  • Where Will a Teen’s Schooling Continue?

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    When Amy Cohen graduated from Adat Ari El's day school in 2003, her family faced a decision: Where would she continue her education?

    While eighth-graders at Orthodox day schools generally continue on to Jewish high schools, graduates of Conservative, Reform or community day schools...

  • Charities Seek Ties to MTV Generation

    By Marc Ballon

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Jewish charities, already having a hard time because of intermarriage, assimilation and growing competition from non-Jewish nonprofits, face what could be their biggest challenge yet: finding a way to appeal to legions of young Jews who stand to inherit billions over the...

  • Israelis Question Army Morality

    By Leslie Susser

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    After more than four years of the Palestinian intifada, a debate is raging in Israel over whether the rigors of combat against terrorists who exploit and hide among the Palestinian civilian population is eroding the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) moral standards.

    The debate follows...

  • A Sporting Chanukah

    By Carin Davis

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    On the third night of Chanukah my true love gave to me, an Olympic swim cap signed by Lenny Krayzelburg, a game of Horse with the Houston Rocket's Bostjan Nachbar and a chance to be on the set of ESPN's Cold Pizza.

    Thanks to the Center for Sport and Jewish Life's online...

  • How to Choose an Elementary School

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    "No one likes to do it," said parent Andrea Daniels, who compares it to dating. "It's like buying a house," said Bea Prentice, director of the Early Childhood Center at Adat Shalom synagogue in West Los Angeles. "There are so many options to think about."

    One could also...

  • Choosing to be Jewish

    By Rabbi Michael Gottlieb

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jews-by-choice are one of our community's greatest gifts. They represent an ever-growing population that continues to invigorate and enrich the Jewish people. By the year 2020, sociology professor Egon Mayer predicts Jews-by-choice will number 10 percent of the Jewish community...

  • Heading Toward Normal in Bosnia

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jakob Finci, longtime leader of the Bosnian Jewish community, took a swallow of local draft beer and gestured at the mellow crowd enjoying dinner in an upscale new restaurant not far from the city's synagogue.

    The tables were full, and, Finci said, there were probably Serbs and...

  • Happy Campers

    By Rob Eshman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We are driving to pick up our son from camp. He's been there three weeks, the longest stretch he's been away from us since his birth. In this age of e-mails and BlackBerrys and cell phones, the rule at Camp Alonim at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley is no e-mails,...

  • Happy Campers

    By Rob Eshman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We are driving to pick up our son from camp. He's been there three weeks, the longest stretch he's been away from us since his birth. In this age of e-mails and BlackBerrys and cell phones, the rule at Camp Alonim at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley is no e-mails,...

  • Q&A With Jamie Court

    By Marc Ballon

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Consumer advocate Jamie Court has seen the enemy, and it is big, powerful and growing. Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Santa Monica, worries that multinationals are systematically whittling away our privacy, freedoms and safety. Unless society...
  • God’s Questions

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When we arrive in heaven, the talmudic sages wondered, what will God ask of us?

    This is not really a question about heaven. It is about how we live and how we locate eternity within life.

    The philosopher Franz Rosensweig explained that on Yom Kippur, we are offered a look at our...

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