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Making Teen Mental Health a Priority

Three years ago, Rabbi Paul Kipnes of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas received an out-of-the-blue text from one of his young congregants, a 13-year-old...

Don’t kill us

We are teenagers on summer vacation. Some of us are religious Jews and some of us are religious Muslims. We are in different places and we come from different places.

With aunt of kidnapped yeshiva student in attendance, hundreds of L.A. Jews pray for safe return

Hundreds of Jews gathered in Los Angeles Sunday evening at Beth Jacob Congregation for a communal prayer service in response to the Jun. 12...

Israel’s whiz kids

Mickey Haslavsky of Holon is only 18, but he’s already on his second startup.

Teenagers reveal why this service is different from all other services

Since the recent holiday of Passover was one of asking questions and thinking about transitioning from one state of being to another, it is an appropriate time to think of the bar and bat mitzvah in a similar context. These four questions -- or more accurately one question and four answers -- can be recited by 13-year-olds, but their explanations are particularly relevant for all of us.

‘Teenism’ gives young adults an undeserved rep

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 20.2 million people in America aged 15 to 19, and they are 7 percent of the population. So be careful what statements you make, or what biases you might allow yourself to believe.

The seminar of a lifetime

Who knew that 20 teenagers from Los Angeles could help make a difference in the world?

A summertime find — future Jewish leaders

As a camper, Max Kates was full of energy, soaking up everything Camp Ramah in Ojai offered. He loved sports, singing, his friends and Shabbat. When the summer arrived for him to join the staff, he immediately applied to participate in Ramah\'s counselor leadership-training program. In his first year as a counselor, Max was placed in a unit I supervised, and I watched with pride as he developed valuable skills in problem solving, public speaking, teamwork, program design and assessment.

Teens and philanthropy are a MATCH

Survivor. No, not the television show, as I wish were the case. A young Jewish woman and personal friend, Amy Farber, is a real survivor who was diagnosed with LAM (short for the fatal lung disease lymphangioleiomyomatosis) a few years ago, when she was 35.

Israeli entry ‘Mud’ wins at Sundance

'Mud' Wins at SundanceTwo Israeli films taking critical looks at the Jewish state's society and institutions have won major prizes at the 2007 Sundance...

Rebecca Levinson: Born to Be a Volunteer

Rebecca Levinson grew up always doing things for the community. \"This is what you do,\" the 17-year-old junior at North Hollywood\'s Oakwood School, said matter of factly.

Israel’s Teens Get Ironic ‘Inheritance’

Amos Oz has explored the subject in novels. Amos Elon has penned essays about it. Politicians as varied as Abba Eban, Mahmoud Abbas, Bill Clinton and even Ariel Sharon have tried to solve it. So, what can a 26-year-old Ivy League graduate add to the long and storied history of the region with the world\'s most intractable political problem? Plenty of inspiration, if we are to judge by Jennifer Miller\'s new book, \"Inheriting the Holy Land.\"

yeLAdim

This section of the page is a way for you as kids to sound off about an issue. This month\'s Kein v\' Lo (yes and no) is about camps. Should Jewish kids go to Jewish camps or other kinds of camps?

A Circle of Friends

For several weeks, I had been visiting Nathan, a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with autism. We had been brought together through the Conejo Valley Friendship Circle, an organization that extends warmth to families in the community that have children with special needs.

Why I Became a NFTY Freak

Debbie Friedman, celebrated Jewish songwriter and singer, wrote the words, \"The youth shall see visions.\" For decades, this song has had a profound impact on Jewish youth of America, instilling value and hope among a generation in search of themselves.

Taking — and Giving — Stock

Move over fountain pens. If the Blue and White Fund has its way, the trend in bar and bat mitzvah gift giving might be instruments of the financial kind.

7 Days in The Arts

7 Days in the Arts

Youth Groups Are Worth the Fight

Here is a dreaded conversation familiar to most parents of Jewish teens: Them: \"Hi, this is your synagogue youth adviser calling to make sure you received the flyer about our upcoming youth group event. Will your child be joining us?\"

Survivor Voices Come to Classrooms

In the backlot at Universal Studios, somewhere between the lake where Jaws lurks and the courthouse square where Michael J. Fox sped back to the future, researchers in nondescript trailers are finishing up one of the most ambitious projects involving the Holocaust.

Iran’s New Export — Suicide Bombers

Behind the horrible scenes left by four explosions in London on July 7, loomed a more fearsome reality: The perpetrators, most of them very young, had voluntarily turned themselves into living bombs.

Teens Take a March to Remember

David Grossman, 18, wanted to make the Holocaust more personal. Eliya Shachar, 18, wished to understand her grandmother\'s pain. And Max Kappel, 17, wanted to find a tangible place to comprehend the Shoah. They were among 51 teenagers from Los Angeles who took part in last week\'s March of the Living 2005 in Poland, which retraces the nearly two miles from Auschwitz to Birkenau, following the path of concentration camp inmates forced to walk to the gas chambers. They were accompanied by survivors for whom that trail once meant death, including Nandor \"Marko\" Markovic, 82, a Holocaust survivor, and his wife, Frances, who squeezed into the slow-moving and untidy line of about 20,000 people from almost 50 countries.

The Circuit

Shoshanim, a magazine for Jewish teenage girls, is celebrating its fifth year in publication with a newly designed Web site, new features and an upgraded layout.

Tragedy and Triumph Comes Alive for Teens

As 14-year-old Lisa Jura said goodbye to her mother at a Vienna train station in 1938, Jura’s mother spoke words that would inspire her for a lifetime: “Hold on to your music. It will be your best friend.” Jura didn’t imagine that these words — and how her life came to embody them — would inspire subsequent generations of teenagers, even 70 years later.

MATCH Puts Giving in Students’ Hands

At Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, a unique program is giving teenagers the opportunity to put those lessons to work by serving as board members of their own philanthropic foundation.

7 Days In Arts

7 Days in the Arts

A Mitzvah Is Its Own Reward

"Be not like servants who serve their master for the sake of receiving a reward; instead be like servants who serve their master not for the sake of receiving a reward. And let the awe of Heaven be upon you." -- Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Fathers)

Teens Build a Bridge Beyond the Past

On April 19, 12 German teenagers left Heidelberg, flew west for about 6,000 miles, disembarked at LAX, and entered the lives and homes of 12 Jewish American teenagers. None of the 24 teens knew quite what to expect. During their two-week stay in homes of Kol Tikvah congregants, the German students visited local high schools, attended Shabbat services, took part in a Yom HaShoah program, tried a range of new foods and looked everywhere for Tom Cruise.

Just a Theory

In a sea of competitors, 17-year-old Ilya Gurevich of Israel is alone in the field of theoretical physics. All the other teenagers competing in the physics division at this year\'s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair have entered projects in practical physics, Gurevich said, but he stuck with the theoretical. \"The world\'s largest science fair,\" formerly known as the Westinghouse Competition, is taking place at multiple locations May 9-15, including the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Circle of Friends

The Friendship Circle and its Friends at Home program pairs local teenagers with families of special-needs kids in order to provide a social outlet for disabled children and support for their often over-extended parents.

Adults-In-Training Hopes and Fears

\"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.

Latest news

A Jewish Guide to Joe Biden’s VP Short List

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is expected to name his running mate in the next two weeks, and while the list of contenders has changed constantly for months, most reports have now whittled the group of front-runners down to Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Susan Rice, Karen Bass, Tammy Duckworth and Keisha Lance Bottoms.

B’nai Brith Canada Calls on Police to Investigate Polish Paper for Blaming COVID-19 on Jews

"To publish something like this in a Canadian newspaper, whether it’s in English or non-English, is criminal," B'nai Brith Canada said.

Jewish Veteran Who Had Democratic Party Backing Loses Tennessee Senate Primary to Progressive Activist

The progressive activist who won is an environmental activist with the Sierra Club.

Oakland A’s Bench Coach Apologizes for Making Accidental Nazi Salute

"My gesture resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I absolutely do not believe in. What I did is unacceptable and I deeply apologize.”
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