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How Teens Can Identify Mental Health Issues

July 2, 2019The Dreidel

By: Chanel Halimi, licensed psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA Do you recognize when someone has a cold? What are the symptoms? Perhaps they are coughing? Sneezing? Getting up to get tissues? Sound stuffy or congested? ...

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Hypocrizzy: Anti-Semitic Dutch Rapper Hides Behind Hate

June 27, 2019The Dreidel

A couple of years ago, there was a huge controversy over children dressing up as Anne Frank for Halloween.  Since we love the child like make believe world of hero worship, I didn't find anything wrong with trying to emulat...

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A New Way Big Tobacco Kills Teens: Vaping

June 10, 2019The Dreidel

Teenage Vaping or Juuling has become incredibly popular.  Why hide your cigarettes?  Who wants to hang out in high school lavatories anyway?  Why would you want to smell like the ashtray in your Uncle Irving's rec room? ...

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Chicago High Schools Pull Yearbooks Over Alleged anti-Semitic Messages

May 28, 2019The Dreidel

High school administrators in two Chicago suburbs are halting distribution of yearbooks after students were alleged to include anti-Semitic, Nazi and white supremacist elements. Highland Park High School, located 15 miles...

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Why a Huge Fight with My Teens Ended Up Making Shabbat Better

May 17, 2019The Dreidel

The cholent hits the fan in this fun and poignant article by Lisa Trank. In the SoCal Reform Jewish household of my youth, we lit candles and drank wine and grape juice on Friday nights, but Shabbat was not much more than...

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Looking Forward to College: Here’s a Great Resource For You

May 13, 2019The Dreidel

College students looking to find a robust Jewish community and other resources to practice their faith on campus have a lot of options at their disposal. From the number of active student groups to kosher dining options, the...

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One Week A Synagogue, One Week A School: Where Does It End?

May 8, 2019The Dreidel

The year isn't even half way through, and yesterday we had the thirteenth school shooting of 2019.  We had hardly turned our attention away from the Poway Hillel Congregation synagogue shooting, when once again we are confr...

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The Time Is Now! Treating Mental Health While Fighting the War Against Anti-Semitism

May 3, 2019The Dreidel

Jonah Sanderson is student advisor to The Dreidel and rabbinical intern at Temple of the Arts of Beverly Hills. The time is now. What great significance do those words have if we don’t act? From the Tree of Life Shoo...

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EXCLUSIVE! The Spirit of Tzedakah Lives In 15 Year Old Activist

May 2, 2019The Dreidel

You probably wouldn't give 15 year old high school freshman Cameron Newman a second look if you passed him on the street.  This unassuming young man doesn't wear a cape, he can't leap over buildings, and I'm pretty sure tha...

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A 15-Year-Old Teen Started the GoFundMe for Chabad of Poway

April 30, 2019The Dreidel

On the Shabbat morning of April 27, a 19-year-old with a gun killed Lori Gilbert-Kaye and injured several others at the Chabad of Poway outside of San Diego. But before the sun had set and observant Jews were able to see...

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