Go East, Young Jew

Yael Barzideh applied to two colleges last year: University of Pennsylvania because she wanted to go there, and UCLA because that\’s where her parents wanted her to go.

Valley Community Resources

The following is a partial list of Jewish organizations, schools and synagogues in Valley cities with already developed, and growing, Jewish communities.

The School Project Nightmare

The fourth grade take-home assignment seemed fairly straightforward: take a huge hunk of butcher paper, lay your kid down on it, and trace a life-size version of their favorite American tall-tale protagonist.

The Rebbetzin

Didi Carr Reuben was not keen about the idea of dating a rabbi, and on her first official date with Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, she was desperate for a way to get out of it.

\”He\’s a cute guy, but I couldn\’t see cuteness,\” says Didi in her husky voice and Bronx accent. \”All I [imagined] was a guy who was 98, 3 feet 2 inches, with a white beard, smelly; three teeth, davening in another language.\”

Little did this aspiring pop star know that two years later she would marry the rabbi, and eventually serve by his side as a rebbetzin of Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades for more than 15 years.

Seniors 2001: Our Future

As the school year comes to a close, The Jewish Journal profiled eight outstanding graduating seniors from a cross section of high schools in Los Angeles. An examination of their dreams, their hopes, their personal and professional goals — as well as what has shaped them in the past — proves that the Jewish future is alive and well.

Peace of Mind

While the current crisis may have deterred some schools and parents from participating in the exchange programs, Pressman Academy and Milken Community High School of Stephen S. Wise Temple demonstrate that such programs can thrive despite the tense security situation.

Israel vs. ‘Ally McBeal’

When the new intifada first began, a few Israeli men I dated could not figure out why I wanted to remain in Israel considering the "situation."

Israeli-Style Fitness

Maybe it\’s no Sports Club/LA in its luxury and beauty, but the Elite Sports Center at Tel Aviv University is one of the best sports clubs in Israel, with facilities and services that may make even the premier sports club in L.A. a little envious.

Worshipping at Haoman 17

When Haoman first opened its doors five years ago, says Jerusalem nightlife mogul Ruben Lublin, who is one of five owners of Haoman, the emphasis was on the music.

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