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  • ‘Teenism’ gives young adults an undeserved rep

    By Justin Morris

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Teenagers. The word strikes fear into the hearts of most parents and adults. I bet you get shivers down your spine as you're reading this. Though most teenagers are perceived as reckless, raucous, recalcitrant, rowdy and riotous, the truth is that for the most part, teenagers...
  • Vets for Freedom shed light on war

    By Phil Cooper

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As Shabbat ended on March 15, 150 teenagers, parents and senior citizens came to hear members of Vets for Freedom speak at YULA High School. As a 15-year-old freshman in high school, I wanted to attend to hear these soldiers' stories because I care about our country. I also wanted to...
  • Should laptops be allowed in class?

    By Emma Lipner

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Click, click, click! Walk into any classroom at my high school, Shalhevet -- and probably most high schools around the city -- and you may very well hear clicking. A new trend has erupted, as more and more students bring their laptops to class.

    Laptop use involves a lot of...

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  • Tikkun Olam, Thailand and an elephant named Yom

    By Phillip Nazarian

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Who would have guessed that a 15-year-old boy born and raised in West Los Angeles would befriend a 49-year-old elephant named Yom who lives in a conservation reserve hidden deep in the jungles of Lampang in Northern Thailand?

    Ever since my bar mitzvah, I wanted to do something that...

  • Experience at international camp broadens perspective

    By Sivan Ron

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    As I look at a picture from the summer of 2007, I wish with all of my heart that I could go back and relive it. This picture contains a group of campers, each with a big smile on his or her face, glowing with happiness to be surrounded by their new best friends.

    From a distance,...

  • ADL national youth conference inspires and empowers

    By Dani Bahrynian

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    On an overcast afternoon in Washington, D.C., sitting with about 120 other high school students from around the country, I listened to the empowering words of Holocaust survivor Henry Greenbaum as he described his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp. He declared that it wasn't...
  • I found unity, friendship and tzedakah in Anaheim

    By Matt Sackman

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine walking into a room full of 1,000 Jewish teenagers from all over North America who are singing in unity and celebration of their Jewish heritage. This was the sight at the 2007 United Synagogue Youth (USY) International Convention. From Dec. 23-27, the Marriott Hotel in...

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