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Samantha Behar and Jennifer Clemens

Staff Writer

Summer. Two months of Freedom. What will you do?

Summer 2015 is quickly approaching. College counselors often stress the importance of having a meaningful and productive summer. It isn’t too late to figure out how you will put this summer to use, and  explore the exciting things to do in upcoming summers.

Here are some options :

  1. URJ Kutz Camp

This camp is unlike others because it is only for teenagers. That means no one has been attending the camp their whole life, so it wouldn’t be difficult to start attending. Campers pick a major and minor to focus on during their stay at camp. URJ Kutz Camp focuses on improving their campers leadership skills.


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Here is a link to find out more: http://kutz.urjcamps.org/summer/

2) Rustic Pathways

Rustic Pathways is a teen summer tour program that has many options of places to travel to.  Not only can you sign up  with all of your friends and have a great time, but you will also have a very productive summer. This program involves participating in community service which can help get your hours done for the following year, while being on a vacation in a place of your choice!

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Here is a link to check out the different places you can travel on this teen tour: http://rusticpathways.com

3) Milken Summer School

While staying at Milken over the summer might not sound like the most exciting option, it could really help students get ahead for the following year. The classes range from history, science and math to health and the arts. Milken Summer school runs from June 22 – July 24.

Check out this link for more information: http://www.milkenschool.org/Page/Summer-Programs/Summer-Academy

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4) Counselor at Camp Harmony

You can spend your summer being a camp counselor at a camp helping less fortunate kids to have an amazing summer. Being a camp counselor is a great learning opportunity as well as an opportunity to practice leadership skills. You will leave this camp feeling great about  helping  kids with less opportunities as you have a great summer.

This deadline has passed for this year, but for future summers here is a link for more information about volunteering: https://unitedinharmony.org/camp-harmony

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5) Freedom School

Freedom School is a literacy summer program for children  who come from low income families. It is a combination of school and camp, which serves to give children both a fun and educational summer free of cost. Interested? Email FreedomSchool@WiseLA.org

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6) Israel Program

Tiferet is not the only opportunity to go to Israel during your high school career. There are many different programs that take teens to Israel over the summer. The tours range in their  length, price, and the tour’s purpose. Organizations such as USY and NFTY still have programs accepting applications.

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There are  countless ways  to utilize summer 2015 and make it a productive, meaningful, and fun break. Whether you decide on volunteering, getting a job, or going on a teen tour, make the most of this summer.

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Jennifer Clemens

Staff Writer

At this year’s Moot Beit Din competition, a competition against Jewish schools nationwide, Milken won first place.

This competition allows students to debate the moral and ethical dimensions of halakhah, while examining topical situations. This debate is good practice for students because it requires legal analysis, and shows students about the Jewish legal system.

The 2015 Moot Beit Din case explored ideas about social media, communication ethics, and internet privacy. The case the teams were debating on was about a student sending a snapchat about a fellow classmate, with a demeaning caption. The recipient of the snapchat showed the administration. The question the teams had to respond and find a conclusion to was, “Does a school administrator have the right to suspend a student based on information acquired from Snapchat?” This case taught students about Lashon Harah, and the consequences for doing so.

Team member Eliana Melmed ‘16 described Milken’s idea and opinions of the case. Eliana said that Milken “argued that Max, the boy who sent the offensive material, was wrong to do so and should be punished. We decided that Jonathan, the recipient of the Snapchat, was right to screenshot it and send it to the principal.” Eliana had a great time at this event, and said that she is “already counting down the days until the competition next year!”

Another Milken team member of the 2015 Moot Bein Din, Noa Rubin ‘16, also had a great time. Like Eliana, she said she “had a wonderful time at the Moot Beit Din Shabbaton this year. I got to meet Jewish kids from around the country and Canada, as well as spend time with some of my fantastic teammates and Rabbi Scheindlin.”

Overall, this year’s Moot Beit Din was a huge success. Not only did the students learn more about ethical issues, but got to bond with other Jewish students, and see how other their ideas compare and contrast with their own.

Lastly, another congratulations to the coach, Rabbi Scheindlin and students, Mara Saliman, Noa Rubin, Eliana Melmed, and Yonah Bernat-Kunin for the first place win!

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Justin Leff & Jordan Brenner

Staff Writers

With the rise in internet popularity over the past few years, Milken has taken action to restrict certain websites that hinder students’ learning. Sites blocked on the Milken server likely contain explicit material, online gambling, cyber bullying promotion, and drug related references.

Every year during March Madness, the championship tournament for college basketball, many  students attempt to stream games online. The large amount of bandwidth used provoked the IT department to block ESPN as well as CBS.com.

However, March Madness is over, and many students stood awaiting the return of such sports sites to the Milken server. The Journalism team did some investigation into the situation, and in result got ESPN and other sports sites unblocked. Milken students can now rejoice, as they can once again set up their fantasy lineup and follow sports games without using their phone data.

The IT department intends to block websites that impede upon students learning  as well as gaming websites that take up a large amount of data.


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Natalie Pashaie

Staff Writer 

Milken’s newest literary magazine, Between The Lines, will be released on Monday, April 27 during lunch in the amphiteatre. In the magazine are stories, poems, and artwork by Milken students in grades 7 to 12, faculty, and alumni. Magazine contributers can pick up a complimentary copy at the event. Those interested in buying a copy should make sure to bring $5.00. All of the proceeds go toward the production of next year’s literary magazine. Come enjoy free refreshments and support fellow students and teachers!



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Samantha Behar

Staff Writer

It’s no secret that our perception of the perfect body is impacted by the media. Body image is defined as the “subjective picture or mental image of one’s own body.” The way we view our bodies can be affected by the shows we watch, the magazines we read, and the stores we shop at.

Victoria Secret and Brandy Melville are stores commonly shopped at by female Milken students.  Not only do these stores have a large following, but they also advertise and size their clothes in a way that promotes women to feel insecure about their bodies.

Earlier this year I walked into Victoria Secret at  Third Street Promenade with one of my friends, and saw this ad campaign:

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We were appalled.

A store selling women’s clothing should try to make women feel beautiful and confident about their bodies. Victoria Secret is trying to sell the perfect “body”, but this perfect “body” is not a realistic (or healthy) goal for most women. All 7 of models have almost identical bodies: defined stomachs, ribs showing, and small thighs. Victoria Secret is defining beautiful as this one body type.

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An underwear brand called  Dear Kate used the same slogan “The Perfect Body” in one of their campaigns, but showcased more realistic, common and diverse  bodies – a stark contrast to the models used in the Victoria Secret campaign. These women’s bodies reflect regular women ranging in size and color. This campaign encourages women to feel beautiful about their bodies, whether or not they are a size 0.

I later found out that Victoria Secret’s campaign was a actually a big mistake on the part of the advertisers. They claimed that they didn’t mean that their models had the perfect body, but rather, “perfect body”  is merely the name of the bra. They have since changed the campaign to “a body for every body.” It does not matter if the campaign was really an accident; it was seen and consumed by thousands of shoppers. Another thing is also left unexcused:  all of Victoria Secret’s models are size zero, and praised, even idolized for having this body type.

Another store that is often under fire for issues with body image is Brandy Melville. It mainly advertises through its instagram, which has an overwhelming 2.4 million followers. They post photos of their employees  and their models in their clothing. The majority of the girls featured on their instagram look the same: Caucasian, petite, straight hair, long-legged, and blond (with an occasional brunette).

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Unlike most stores that have sizes, Brandy Melville has a “one size fit all” sizing policy. In their stores they have signs saying “one size fits most.” Buzzfeed made an article, featuring six women with different body types, trying on different articles of Brandy Melville clothing.

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This article proved that one size certainly does not fit all. Instead of making several sizes to fit all bodies, Brandy Melville’s one size policy limits the amount of women able to wear their clothing.

Why do stores that diminish women’s confidence and exclude certain types of women from their brand stay so popular? Why do we, Milken students, continue to stop at places like this? Yes, the clothes are cute, but the world we live in has glamorized the “ideal” “too thin”  body type to  the  point that we do not realize these stores advertise and prosper based on lowering the confidence of women of other body types.  Disturbingly, the glorification of only one body type in the media is so common that it doesn’t surprise anyone anymore.





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Milken held its first ever Shark Tank event on Thursday, March 26th in the theatre. Five individuals and two teams of innovators had the courage to dive into the tank, and present their inventions to a panel of successful businessmen and businesswomen, otherwise knows as “the shark.”

The presentations began with the entrepreneurs exhibiting their product ideas to the sharks. They explained the need for their product, how it works, and who is included in their target market. The sharks then asked the presenters questions, ranging from the economics of the product to its environmental safety. Once the questions were concluded, the sharks were given the opportunity to invest in the students’ inventions.

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First up in the tank were three freshmen, Clarissa Brock ‘18, Clara Pitt ‘18, and Alexandra Sabo ‘18. They demonstrated their vibrating music pillow which would aid students and adults who sleep through their alarm clocks. The pillow not only wakes you up with a gentle vibration, but also plays your favorite song. Next was Michael Moadeb ‘16, with his disposable gum size iphone battery charger. The demand for the product seems like it would be huge, as teens and adults often all need to recharge their batteries on the go. The convenience is the size of the product, as it is a large improvement over bulky portable chargers. Though impressed,  a few sharks remained skeptical and questioned the environmental safety of the disposable batteries and the chemicals that may be exposed.

Next was Brandon Soufer ‘17, who showed the sharks his proposed way to revolutionize the shoe industry. His idea for interchangeable soles of shoes really got the sharks interested. Soufer demonstrated how taking multiple pairs of shoes on a vacation takes up too much space, and with interchangeable shoe soles, you can easily transition from an athletic look to a dressy one. Elle Melmed ‘16 presented her soup ladle that filters out everything but the broth for those who dislike the more dense aspects of the soup. This is a great idea for a large market of kids who won’t eat soup unless it’s just the broth. 

Eli Esagoff ‘17 showed the sharks his family business, which involves the manufacturing and selling of broaches. These broaches in particular have magnets on the back that hold up a pocket with a counterpart magnet on the inside of the shirt. The product can really help women who lack pockets to compartmentalize.  Benji Stawski ‘16 showed off his Uber-like tutor service. His goal is to create an app where you can call a tutor on demand. Ilan Goldberg ‘15 and Noah Hendlish ‘15 cooked up some Kosher for Passover Tortillas for the sharks. The sharks loved it, but they were worried about competitors like Manischewitz.

The event was a monumental step in accomplishing Milken’s goal of getting students to think outside the box, and pursue entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurs were able to make connections with the accomplished business-men and businesswomen, and some even received internships. The Shark Tank format brought a lot of fans of the show to the event, and Milken will definitely bring this event back in the years to come. Do you have the next million dollar product?

Josh Berenbaum

Staff Writer

Earlier in the school year, many students leaving afternoon sports games heard a strange and distinct noise coming from the Skirball parking lot. Those who took a look over the railing witnessed a woman marching and playing the bagpipes.

After weeks of research, The Roar has identified the marching woman as Susan Lucas, Visitor Services director at the Skirball Cultural Center.

After she leaves work, Lucas occasionally parks her car in the lower Skirball lot and begins to play the instrument she was first introduced to in high school. Her high school band had bagpipes, and she believed that it was a commonplace instrument until she attended college. It was only three years ago, however, that Lucas finally pursued playing the instrument. She regrets not starting in high school, saying, “It would have saved me a lot of money [in lessons].” The bagpipes have become a passion for Lucas. She plays four times a week at a conference room in the Skirball Center, the Skirball parking lot, and Griffith Park.

The bagpipes are a loud instrument, therefore Lucas cannot practice at home. The board of the Skirball Center granted her permission to play in the lot, as long as it interrupts no events or anyone who is working nearby. Skirball or the Skirball parking lot are Lucas’ most preferred places to play, because she can finish work, practice the bagpipes and go straight home.

Bagpipes are not Lucas’ only hobbies — she writes a blog, too. Lucas is a former journalist, and still practices her skills when she blogs about the restaurants, museums, and landmarks she visits.



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Samantha Behar

Staff Writer


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“There’s no school like Freedom School. Reading books is really cool,” were the first words I heard being sung out as I walked into Freedom School on my first day. Freedom School is a literacy summer program for underprivileged children in Los Angeles. It acts as a combination of camp and school to give kids a fun and educational summer experience. Looking around at a room of strangers on my first day of volunteering at the Stephen Wise campus, I had no idea what an impact these children would make on my life.

In 2012, Stephen S. Wise Temple opened its first Freedom School, transporting students from Stanley Moss Elementary to the camp site. A second campus opened at Milken’s David Saperstein Middle School for students from Fullbright Elementary in the summer of 2014. This upcoming summer, a third campus will open at the American Jewish University.

Immediately upon joining Freedom School, I knew I had come across something extremely special and inspirational. The environment of Freedom School is unique because it is a place where children are encouraged to be themselves, where their confidence is built up, and where they are truly allowed to be free.

During my time volunteering as a teacher’s assistant, I became close to a fourth grade girl named Genesis. While she wasn’t the strongest reader in her class, she did one thing better than anyone: Genesis had a beautiful voice. At the end of the summer, a talent agency came to Freedom School to read to the campers and cook with them. Genesis, being her friendly self, started talking to a man from the agency and ended up singing for everyone. The agency told her that she has real potential and to continue practicing. The confidence Genesis radiated that day genuinely represents the principles of Freedom School.

Freedom School is not like a regular school. It is a place that allows kids to feel special and worthy. Children like Genesis are recognized for their talents and encouraged to be who they are.

Freedom School has broadened my world view. For most of my life I have been surrounded by Jewish people of the same socioeconomic class as myself. Freedom School has allowed me to form relationships with children I would not have met otherwise. The scholars are so positive and happy with the little things in life. Throughout my time working with them, I have become more grateful and learned to connect with people from different backgrounds. These children have taught me as much as I teach them.

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Me with Stephanie, a scholar, at Stephen Wise’s Mitzvah Morning

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Here I am posing at a photo booth with Teen Board Members, two scholars, and their younger sister at the Freedom School Board Holiday Party




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Jennifer Clemens

Staff Writer


Milken Community Schools just hosted its second annual TEDx. This event is created by students, for the students. TEDx Milken was put together by the students in the Leadership and Business Ethics classes where students develop skills that will allow them to be the next generation of leaders. This event presented students with the opportunity to share significant ideas, bringing students o, alumni, and Milken parents together.

The original TEDx event is a non-profit program dedicated to discussing ideas worth spreading. This program has expanded and now explores many world-changing ideas. The two annual TED conferences have had world leading thinkers speak about a variety of different topics.

So far, many successful individuals have come to speak at Milken’s TEDx event. For example, Ben Maddahi, Milken alumni of 2001, spoke. Maddahi is currently the President of Artist Publishing Group, as well as the Vice-President of A&R for Artist Partners/Warner Music Group. He has also been nominated for two Grammy Awards, and has been listed on Billboard Magazine’s “30 under 30″ list of notable music executives. Another successful individual who spoke at the TEDx was Gordon Myers, a Milken alumni’s parent. Myers has become a successful actor, teacher, author, entrepreneur, and father. Myers work mostly focuses on discussing issues that youth face today.

The TEDxMilken speakers showcased a variety of diverse topics at the event. From students with ambitious mindsets challenging worldwide problems, to students possessing YouTube channels based on teen advice, to other funny, and serious presentations, students surely covered the gamut. Overall, each aspect the students brought to the event embraced individuality.

Milken Junior Natalie Pashaie ‘16, was present at this event. Pashaie has recently been interested in world-wide problems, and wants to raise awareness for them. The topic she spoke about was human trafficking. She said that she “thinks the fact that Milken hosts a TED event is truly incredible. It gives students the opportunity to share ideas and passions on a platform shared with famous activists and politicians.”

This TedxMilken event can be viewed here on Milken Livestream. http://www.milkenschool.org/page/TEDxMilken


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Natalie Pashaie

Staff Writer

“What are you doing during Spring Break?” “I’m going to Coachella.” “Ooooh. Coachellaa. You’re soo cool.”

Every April, a music (and arts) festival takes place in Indio, California. The three day long festival in Palm Desert actually happens twice. Coachella goers have the ability to attend “Weekend one” or “Weekend two.” The same artists perform each week, in the same order. For many, Coachella season is a time of excitement and exhileration, and for others, it is a time of disdain. 

Milken students are no strangers to Coachella. Many of the school’s students look forward to this event year round. Almost one year ago, students were begging their teachers at around 10 AM to let them log on to Coachella.com during class, hoping to snag themselves pre-sale tickets.

Coachella begins in less than a week. Inevitably, a sort of stigma has developed surrounding the festival. “Funny or Die,” a website primarily ridden with comedy videos, previously released a list of all the different types of people you will allegedly see at the festival. Supposedly, you will encounter at Coachella: “Hopeless drug addicts, bros, industry people, dirty hippies, kids on ecstasy, people with babies, and actual music lovers.” Note the last phrase: actual music lovers

Music festivals originally began as celebrations of counterculture, youth, and most importantly, game-changing music. Now, festivals are more all-encompassing: it is not only the counterculture and the outlaws that are being embraced, but mainstream musicians as well. The music festival is not what it once was. And that is one of the many reasons people love to associate modern music festivals with so-called “posers.” A poser is, pretty much, someone who poses as someone or something that they are not.

Nowadays many Coachella goers try hard to emulate certain aspects of music festivals that occurred in the past. (The tired and overused flower crown is, after all, often regarded as a symbol of 1960’s hippie culture.) The diversity in the music taste of modern festival goers undoubtedly contributes to the ‘Coachella stigma’.

Take into account the Newport Jazz festival of 1954 and Woodstock in 1969; The former celebrated a particular genre of music, and the latter celebrated the “free love” spirit of the sixties. Now, specifically at a festival like Coachella, different genres of music and different types of people together constitute the audience. So, when a fourteen year old girl says to someone that they are going to Coachella, the person they are speaking to may naturally associate the festival with drugs, rock music, and other substances commonly linked to some of the most legendary festivals in music history. He may also may be unaware of the plethora of genres present at the festival and assume that she is not a fan of rock ‘n roll, thereby judging the girl and implicitly accusing her of being a poser when he says to her: “Ooooh. Coachellaa. You’re soo cool.”