October 24, 2002

Hebrew School Horror Stories

Talk to any Hebrew school graduate and he or she is likely to have a Hebrew school war story.

It’s Not That Easy Being Gifted

Just as most day schools are not equipped to cater to the needs of special education children, most do not have resources for academically advanced students. While there is a legal mandate enabling special education students to get services through public schools, there is no such mandate for gifted children in California.

Do Jewish Schools Make Good Neighbors?

Local schools are anything but a deterrent for those interested in the community, said Meredith Michen of Landmark Realtors, which services the Pico-Robertson area. \”Most of the people who move to that area think it\’s a good thing to have the schools there,\” said Michen, adding that Pico-Robertson real estate prices are affected by demand, not by the schools in the area.

The Battle Over Mesivta

The protracted court case, which is now awaiting an environmental impact report (EIR) from the school, shows how badly a school building project can go when met with fiery opposition by the surrounding community.

My Yiddische Papa

\”Yiddish is our language; it\’s our culture,\” said educator Yakob Basner. \”Before the war, 12 million Jews spoke it. And the last words spoken by the Jews in the Holocaust before they were killed was in Yiddish.\”

Why Does Everyone Want My Money?

Check out my checkbook register. Every time I turn around, I\’m giving money to one school or the other. On top of three hefty tuitions.

No Experience Required

On this particular Wednesday night at the Jewish Learning Exchange (JLE) in Hancock Park, a dozen adults — young professionals, middle-age homemakers and senior citizens — cluster around two tables, studiously bent over worksheets.

Jump-Start for Schools’ Arts

Mark Slavkin sounded like a proud parent when he described the play staged in the Wilmington Middle School auditorium, previously dark for more than a decade.

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