For many years, at-risk behavior and drug use among yeshiva high school students has been an open secret, but only in recent years have kids and their families had anywhere to turn.
Walk into any Judaica store looking for a Kiddush cup, candlesticks or spice boxes and you’ll find yourself confronted with a plethora of silver and wood and an abundance of carved or engraved Jewish symbols from Stars of David to Lions of Judah.
Painter and sculptor Tobi Kahn tries to break that mold with his innovative ceremonial objects which eschew kitsch and present Judaica in an entirely new light.
On Sunday, Nov. 14, come to the second annual Jewish Children's Bookfest at the Triangle, Mount Sinai Memorial Park (6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley, exit the 118 West at Yosemite).
"Why are you having a bar or bat mitzvah?" Larry Kligman, dean of students at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge, asks the school's 65 seventh-graders.
As Sukkot approached, UCLA Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller was reluctant to take Hillel's old canvas-and-metal sukkah out of storage.
"I felt we were in a new building," he said of the $10 million Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish life on Hilgard Avenue. "We should go beyond prefabricated sukkot and create something special."
Synagogues and Jewish institutions will help sell tickets, which can be purchased via credit card through The Jewish Federation of Orange County.
Participants at the Bureau of Jewish Education of Los Angeles's (BJE) 23rd annual Early Childhood Spring Institute had the opportunity to take a special journey to Israel through music.
Sherrie has cerebral palsy, which causes her hands to tremble. So when she was hired to work as an artist for L.A. GOAL in Culver City, she was concerned.
"How do you explain breast cancer to your 3 1/2-year-old son?" asked Susan Cohen of Woodland Hills. "How does your spouse feel about becoming your caretaker?" These are some of the questions addressed at The Safe Spot. "The things we shared with other families [who] were on the same difficult journey as us," said Cohen, a USC professor and breast cancer survivor.
When Ephraim took her hand, "I was not reaching out to her as a man does to a woman but as a soul reaching out to a soul in mourning," he recalls. "I was very surprised when she wouldn't let me take my hand back. She was giving me a green light, and I was intrigued."