Local Schools Send Pesach Packages to Jews in the Military Yehudis Litvak As the Los Angeles Jewish community prepares for Pesach, local schools and families are reaching out to those Jews who will be spending Pesach away from home, serving the country and ensuring our…

Local Schools Send Pesach Packages to Jews in the Military

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Everything is Fixable Sarah Pachter As a young child, I always saw my brother pouring over books at the kitchen table. He was in an endless state of studying, whether for pre-med classes or the MCAT. Watching him, I realized two things: First, he could…

Torah Musings: Everything is Fixable

Dear Readers, Z’man cheirusenu, the “time of our freedom,” is finally upon us. Freedom—a word which is used often but not always understood. Freedom for children means being able to stay up and eat treats. For a teenager it might mean no rules. And for…

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Book Review: Adina at Her Best by Rebecca Klempner (Menucha Publishers 2019) Talia Liben Yarmush Adina at Her Best follows three days in the life of Adina Ben-Ami. In many ways, Adina is a typical fourth grade girl. She teases her little brother, she looks…

Book Review: Adina at Her Best by Rebecca Klempner

Daf Hayomi B’Halacha taking Los Angeles by Storm “What are you learning?” was the question asked to one of the people who attend my shiur. When he replied, “Mishnah Berurah,” his friend exclaimed, “Isn’t that boring?!” “Boring?! It is the most exciting learning that I…

Daf Hayomi B’Halacha taking Los Angeles by Storm

Magen David Adom Presents Nikki Haley With the Iron Dome Award Tova Abady Nikki Haley, a staunch supporter of Israel during her tenure as the 29th U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, was recently honored by Magen David Adom as Humanitarian of the Year. MDA’s…

Magen David Adom Presents Nikki Haley With the Iron Dome Award

Five Cs of Parenting Sarah Pachter Parenting can be such a dichotomy; at times it can bring you to your knees, and at others the bliss is indescribable. Catch me when my kids are throwing an epic tantrum, and, in that moment, I’d trade jobs…

Five Cs of Parenting

Yekkishe Problems Rebecca Klempner I pretend our carport is private property, but really anyone traversing the busy alley alongside our apartment building can see whatever we do in our parking space. On the Sunday after Purim, two of my kids and I were out there…

Humor: Yekkishe Problems

Dear readers, We’re coming from the geulah of Purim and approaching the geulah of Pesach. One represents redemption within nature; and the other, outside of it. In Nissan, we head into supernatural miracles of Yetziyas Mitzrayim. Despite dramatic reversals of natural laws, the Mitzrim didn’t…

Book Review: On Their Derech: The Conversation Continues… by Batya Ruddell (Tfutza Publications 2019) Reviewed by Rebecca Klempner Batya Ruddell has adapted her recent Binah column, “On Their Derech” into a new book by Tfutza Publishers, On Their Derech: The Conversation Continues… To her original…

Book Review: On Their Derech: The Conversation Continues… by Batya Ruddell

Yavneh Hebrew Academy Participates in Areivut Program One Los Angeles Jewish day school traveled around the world, from the leisure of their classrooms and dinner table. Over the last seven weeks at Yavneh Hebrew Academy, students participated in the Areivut program which exhibited Jewish communities…

Yavneh Hebrew Academy Participates in Areivut Program

Honoring the Men Behind the Mask at Spivak Ed. Center Gala 2019 Spivak Educational Center hosted its third annual gala event on March 14, 2019, honoring four men who contribute to the school from “behind the scenes.” The Purim themed event was held at The…

Surprise Purim Guest: A Hero is Welcomed Home at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy Hillel students experience a live “Homecoming.”  Two weeks ago, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy’s fourth- through eighth-grade students and faculty all gathered for what they thought was a Purim Chagigah.  The assembly began as usual…

Surprise Purim Guest: A Hero is Welcomed Home at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy

What Do I Want to Win? Sarah Pachter Recently, my family was playing a ring toss game at an amusement park. Over 100 glass bottles were clustered together in the center of the stall, and the players aimed their rings to land around a bottle’s…

What Do I Want to Win?

Emek Hebrew Academy celebrates 58th Annual Trustee dinner Emek Hebrew Academy Teichman Family Torah Center’s 58th Annual Trustee Dinner took place on February 21st at the Petersen Automotive Museum. This year’s dinner was dedicated to the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education and the legacy…

Emek Hebrew Academy celebrates 58th Annual Trustee dinner

That ONE Thing Sarah Pachter My student, Rachel, was telling me about a wonderful guy she was dating. She described him as a quality person, with tremendous motivation and loyalty, who had depth beyond his years. She was happy with his physical appearance and said…

Torah Musings: That ONE Thing